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COMPLETELY COMPLETE ROH DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR X iPPV COVERAGE (UPDATED FRIDAY AT 3:30 PM EST): NEW ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS ARE CROWNED, DAVEY RICHARDS RETURNS AND SETS HIS EYES ON SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, MANY VIEWERS MISS HALF THE SHOW DUE TO MORE TECHNICAL ISSUES

By Stuart Carapola on 2012-09-21 15:30:00
The show opens with a video package looking at the announcement that the ROH World Tag Team Title was declared vacant and that a tournament would be held to crown new champions. We then see recaps of the opening round wins of the teams participating in our opening match...

ROH World Tag Team Title Tournament Semifinals: Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman vs Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs

After Tadarius Thomas' name pops up on screen for some reason, we start off with Jacobs and Alexander going back and forth and trading quick rollup attempts. They wind up back at a stalemate, so they tag in Coleman and Corino, and Corino wrestles circles around Coleman with a series of pinfall attempts, but Coleman dodges the sliding lariat and gets a crucifix for 2. Coleman with another couple of rollups but still can't put Corino away, so Jacobs tries to come in for a cheapshot, but Cedric Alexander comes in to even the odds. Corino and Jacobs get dumped out to the floor and Alexander comes over the top rope with a dive that wipes both men out. They head back inside and go at it again, but Corino dumps Coleman out to the floor and now Jacobs comes off the apron with a shot behind the referee's back. They double team Coleman for several minutes, but then he gets the hot tag and Alexander comes in like a house of fire, taking Corino out with a spinning enziguiri for 2. Corino comes back with a leg lariat of his own and tags out to Jacobs, who takes Alexander out with a series of clotheslines and a springboard elbowdrop for 2. Alexander blocks a suplex attempt and shoves Jacobs off to the corner, but charges into Jacobs' boot and takes a tornado DDT for 2. Jacobs sets up for a running boot, but Alexander blocks and dropkicks Jacobs' knee out from under him. Coleman tags back in and connects with a dropkick, then tackles Jacobs into the corner and hits a trio of rolling northern lights suplexes for 2. Coleman with a Ron Simmons spinebuster and then he puts Jacobs in a figure four stump puller. Corino comes over and kicks Coleman in the head to break the hold, then he tags in and delivers the Colby Shock for 2. Coleman blocks a lariat, but Corino connects with a second attempt and gets 2. Coleman with a sort of swinging, inverted bulldog for 2 on Corino and then he and Alexander hit a series of kicks and a modified double goozle, but that only gets 2. Alexander with an Uncle Slam and a top rope legdrop from Coleman also fails to put Corino away when Jacobs breaks up the fall. SCUM hit a neckbreaker/STO combo for 2, then they dump Alexander out to the floor and Jacobs hits a springboard Ace Crusher followed by the sliding lariat from Corino, but Coleman still manages to kick out at 2. Alexander comes rushing back in to the aid of his partner, but Jacobs spears Alexander on the ring apron to take him out of the equation. Coleman gets an O'Connor Roll on Corino, but Corino kicks out and the momentum sends Coleman into the ropes where Jacobs smashes him in the skull with a chair. Corino quickly hits the bridging Saito suplex and gets the win.

Winners: Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs

Corino & Jacobs move on to the finals, and are now one win away from saving their ROH careers and adding more gold to the collection of SCUM.

Tadarius Thomas vs Silas Young

Thomas uses some of his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu moves to evade Young, but Young takes him down with a wristlock. Thomas gets a headscissors, Young tries a schoolboy rollup but Thomas counters to a triangle choke and then lets Young go so he can connect with a martial arts kick to the head that sends Young out to the floor in a daze. Thomas tries a dive, catches himself when Young moves, but Young shoves him into the rail and then rolls him inside and covers for 2. Thomas gets whipped to the ropes and holds on, kicking backward to the apron and getting Young in a sleeper, but he lets to move go and tries a springboard cross body, and Young catches him coming in and rolls through, then picks Thomas up and hits a backbreaker for 2. Thomas fights back with some lightning-fast martial arts moves and sweeps Young's legs out from under him, then connects with a flurry of kicks and a slingblade for 2. Thomas with a cartwheel kick, but he comes off the ropes right into the backbreaker/clothesline combo from Young. Young covers for 2, but Thomas gets a swinging fisherman's suplex for 2. Young tries a Finlay roll, Thomas escapes but Young boots him in the face and connects with the Finlay roll on the second attempt. Young misses the headstand moonsault andThomas knocks him out with a spinkick to the face and covers for 3.

Winner: Tadarius Thomas

Great showing by Thomas, who truly brings something different to ROH.

Kyle O'Reilly vs ACH

Have I ever mentioned how lame I think it is when wrestlers have initials instead of a name? Some basic mat wrestling to start with neither man able to get an advantage, so they go to a Greco-Roman knucklelock. ACH takes O'Reilly to a bridge and tries to float on top of him, but can't break the bridge and O'Reilly ducks under his arm into a bridging suplex for 2. Series of armdrags as the cameraman decides to look at the ceiling and ACH counters a cross armbreaker attempt to a cradle for 2. ACH gets a couple of shoulderblocks, but O'Reilly with a Saito suplex out of nowhere and ACH bails out to the floor. ACH swings through the ropes and catches O'Reilly unawares, kicking him out to the floor and taking him out with a moonsault. ACH gets whipped into the rail and he blocks himself, but turns and charges at O'Reilly and runs right into an overhead release suplex. O'Reilly sends him back inside and covers for 2, then whips him to the ropes and connects with a kitchen sink for 2. ACH smacks O'Reilly in the face and O'Reilly responds, leading to a slap fight and O'Reilly finally losing his patience and beating the crap out of ACH with martial arts strikes. O'Reilly with an abdominal stretch and, like a good heel, he uses the ropes for leverage. The referee finally catches him and ACH gets a hiptoss, but O'Reilly connects with a high kneestrike and a running boot to the chest for 2. ACH finally starts a comeback, hitting a flying headscissors and a slingshot Ace Crusher for 2. ACH...um...dances to his feet and knocks O'Reilly into the corner, then hits a sort of diving IED that blows him right through O'Reilly and out to the floor. O'Reilly connects with a big right hand that floors ACH, but ACH gets to his feet and continues going strike-for-strike with O'Reilly. ACH with a tornado DDT for 2, then DDTs O'Reilly into the second turnbuckle, which I've never seen before. ACH goes for a second rope 450 splash, but O'Reilly gets the knees up and gets a triangle choke, then drives elbows into ACH's skull until the referee stops the match.

Winner: Kyle O'Reilly

O'Reilly refused to release the hold for several seconds after the match, finally letting poor ACH go. ACH looked okay, but didn't really stand out any more than your standard fiery indy babyface who does innovative moves that look like they could kill people.

After another video package looking at the first round victories of the Briscoes and Titus & Haas, it's time for our second semifinal match in the tournament.

ROH World Tag Team Title Tournament Semifinals: Jay & Mark Briscoe vs Rhett Titus & Charlie Haas

As promised, Haas brought Shelton Benjamin with him to stand innocently in the corner and not interfere. Titus still isn't on the same page as WGTT, and is arguing with them before the match even starts. Titus follows the Code of Honor, but his partner decides to pass on that. Titus starts off with Jay and they trade wristlocks, Jay whips Titus to the corner but charges into his boot. Titus tries a charge but winds up on the receiving end of a series of jabs before Mark tags in for a couple of Redneck Kung Fu chops and a vertical suplex for 2. Titus fires back with some shots of his own, but then Haas tags himself in and he whips Mark hard into the corner and follows in with a spear into the corner. Haas tries a release German suplex, but Mark rolls through and lands on his feet, and he and Jay lay Haas out with a double team. Jay charges Haas, and Haas pulls down the top rope and Jay goes out to the floor where he gets in Shelton's face. Titus goes out and tells Shelton to back off, and Haas uses the distraction to ram Jay into the barricade. Now Jay is in trouble and Haas works him over with some heavy offense, hitting a hard spinebuster and an overhead release suplex. Jay finally hits a Flatliner into the second turnbuckle on Haas, and he makes the hot tag to Mark, who comes in and unloads on Haas with redneck kung fu. Mark with a sitout Iconoclasm and then comes off the top rope with the froggy elbow, but he tweaked his arm on the way down and takes just long enough to make a cover that Haas is able to roll toward the ropes where Shelton can put his foot over the bottom rope. Haas nails Mark from behind and goes for a backdrop, Mark lands on his feet and connects with an enziguiri. Haas falls toward Titus, who comes in with a spinning kitchen sink and a big boot before going toe-to-toe with Mark. Titus hits another big boot and a discus clothesline for 2 on Mark, but Mark turns it around and the Briscoes hit a double team neckbreaker on Titus for 2. Mark kicks Haas out to the floor and they set Titus up for the Doomsday Device, but Shelton distracts Mark from the floor long enough for Haas to pop back into the ring and suplex him while Titus rolls Jay up for 3.

Winners: Rhett Titus & Charlie Haas

So the finals is set, and it's the two teams that weren't even supposed to be in the tournament.

Davey Richards makes his return to ROH for the first time since Best In The World, and Kevin Kelly asks what the future holds for him in ROH. Davey takes the microphone and asks Kevin to step aside, then tells the fans he told himself he wasn't going to cry. He said it's amazing because everyone knows his story, and everyone here is going to go home to their families, but he doesn't have a home or a family because this is his home and the fans are his family. He's always been proud of the person he is in the ring because he never came here to be a superstar, he's a small town guy who wanted to work his way off and be the best. He watched Joe vs Kobashi, Danielson vs KENTA, and Nigel vs Morishima, and he loved it. But he's not proud of the person he is outside the ring, he came out here to apologize because he trusted the wrong people, but starting tonight, the wolf is back. He realizes that he doesn't want to win another World Title, he doesn't need a shiny gold belt, but he wants to be the best in the world. He doesn't want it on a t-shirt, he wants to earn it, and there's going to be no more American Strong Style, no more Team Ambition, he's hunting alone from now on. Call him the Lone Wolf or whatever you want, he's entering Survival of the Fittest and Mike Bennett should know that the hunt is on.


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