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By Richard Trionfo on 2013-01-26 21:04:48
Last week, the Tag Titles were defended by the Briscoes against the other challengers at Final Battle. We also saw the latest developments in the road to Jay Lethal getting a World Title Match against Kevin Steen even though he cannot get one due to his actions reacting to his mom’s assault and battery of the champion. Who will advance in the Top Prospect Tournament? What will happen when Adam Cole defends the television title against BJ Whitmer?

We are in Baltimore, Maryland and your announcers are Kevin Kelly and Caleb Seltzer.

Nigel McGuinness is in the ring with security in and around the ring.

Nigel brings out Jay Lethal first. Nigel then brings out the World Champion Kevin Steen. Kevin is accompanied by Steve Corino, Jimmy Jacobs, and Rhino.

Nigel tells Jay that he wanted this chance to talk so he should talk.

Jay says that he is surprised that Kevin had the balls to come out here, but wherever Kevin goes, his scumbags are sure to follow. Jay says that this is not about them or the security guards or Kevin. It is about them. He wants Kevin to accept his challenge for the Ring of Honor Title.

Steve Corino wants to know how Jay Lethal could do this. He thought Jay’s beautiful mother would have taught him better. Steve tells Jay that he does not understand that it was his mother was spit upon because Jay’s father threw water on Kevin Steen.

Steve wants to know if Jay is angry at him.

Jay tells Kevin that he is not a real Ring of Honor champion. He is not like the other great champions. He is a vile human being who spits in the face of 58 year old women. He is a disgusting human being who only cares about himself. Jay says that Kevin is here to kill Ring of Honor because of what it did to him in the past. Will he kill it by defeating everyone who believes in the idea that ‘Honor Lives’? The biggest believer is standing in his face challenging him, but Steen is telling everyone that he is too scared.

Jay tells Kevin that not only is he too scared, but they need each other. Jay says that Kevin needs to help him fulfill his dream of becoming the Ring of Honor Champion. Jay says that Kevin needs to beat him to stick it to Ring of Honor. He would do it by defeating one of the most honorable people in the back.

The sad part is that he knows that he can beat Kevin for the World Title. He is fueled by more than winning the title. He is fueled by his family and his hatred of Kevin Steen. He sees it as clear as day. Kevin knows that until he can beat Jay, he ain’t s***.

Jay tells Kevin that he challenges him for the World Title.

Kevin thinks about a response but he decides to go to the apron.

Steen accepts the challenge and leaves.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Kevin and Caleb talk about the challenge that Jay Lethal made and Kevin Steen’s acceptance of the challenge.

Truth Martini is with Kevin and Caleb.

Match Number One: Silas Young versus Adam Page in a Top Prospect Tournament First Round Match

They lock up and Young backs Page into the corner and he connects with a knee and chop but Page with a chop. Young with a side head lock and Page with a side head lock of his own. Page with a few shoulder tackles and he blocks a hip toss and connects with a hip toss of his own. Page with a few chops to Young but Young with a kick. Page with an Irish whip and punch to the midsection.

Page with a running knee lift and Young goes to the apron. Young drops Page’s throat across the top rope and Young runs into a boot. Page with a clothesline from the turnbuckles and he gets a near fall. Page misses a boot from the apron and Young sends Page’s head into the turnbuckles.

Young with a DDT while Page is hanging from the second rope and Young gets a near fall. Young with a snap mare and he wants silence for a back heel kick after kicking over Page’s head intentionally. Young with a waist lock. Young with a matrix followed by a back breaker and clothesline for a near fall.

Page slaps Young and punches him. Page with another punch and chops to Young. Young with a boot to the chest and he gets Page on his shoulders. Page escapes and hits a power slam for a near fall. Young sends Page over the top rope but he lands on the apron. Page misses a shoulder from the apron and Young with a forearm to the back. Page with a back body drop that sends Young over the top rope to the floor.

Page with a running shooting star press off the apron onto Young. Page sends Young back into the ring and he goes up top. Page with a cross body but Young is able to get his shoulder up. Young gets pulled up and lands on his feet and Young with a Bubba Bomb and then he applies the Stopwatch and gets Page to tap out.

Winner: Silas Young (Advances to face the winner of the ACH versus Matt Taven match)

We go to commercial.

We are back and Charlie Haas is at ringside and he has a beverage with him.

Charlie gets a mic and he listens to the adoration of his fans. He says that he is not happy to be back in Baltimore because this city sucks. He says that he knows why Ray Lewis is retiring. Maybe it is because he is a big pussy.

Charlie says that he is a little pissed off about a few things. Charlie says that he is being told that he is going to be censored by ROH offices, but he says that he lives in the United States and he has the freedom of speech. He tells ROH to ‘censor that’.

Charlie says that nobody knew about BJ Whitmer until he sent Haas through a table with a Haasplex from the top rope through a table. Now BJ gets a TV Title match. That is a load of crap.

He wants to talk about Nigel McGuinness. He thinks that because he has the pen and he will set up a tag team gauntlet knowing that Shelton Benjamin won’t be there. He says that is a load of crap.

A member of the ring crew tries to get some of the toilet paper out of the ring and Haas tells him not to get in his ring and then he wants him in the ring. Charlie asks him what his name is. Charlie says that his name should be hungry because he wants to eat a cheeseburger every time he sees him. He calls him Cheeseburger. He wants to know if he is a wrestler and why should he be in the ring with him.

He says that he is a wrestler. Charlie asks him if he is a member of the ROH Dojo. Charlie says that he will give him his chance. Tonight, Charlie Haas faces Cheeseburger one-on-one.

Haas shakes his hand and then he hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Haas pulls him into the center of the ring and applies the Haas of Pain and he taps out.

Haas poses and has his boot on Brendell’s head.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Two: Rhett Titus versus Matt Hardy

They lock up and Hardy sends Titus into the corner and he pats the taped ribs of Titus before giving a clean break. Titus works on the wrist but Hardy with a reversal. Titus with a reversal of his own. Hardy gets to the ropes and Titus with a break but Hardy punches Titus in the ribs.

Titus with a hurdle leap frog and punches to Hardy. Matt with a knee to the midsection and a side head lock. Titus with a leaping back elbow and a cross body for a near fall. Hardy rolls to the floor. Titus with a pescado but Hardy gets back into the ring and Titus hits the floor. Matt goes to the floor and he punches Titus in the ribs and he sends Titus back into the ring. Hardy with shoulders in the corner followed by a punch.

Hardy with a side slam for a near fall. Hardy with a kick to the midsection. Titus with punches to Hardy. Hardy with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner but Titus counters a bulldog with an O’Connor Roll for a near fall. Hardy with a bulldog for a near fall. Hardy goes to the turnbuckles for the screaming elbow but Titus with a drop kick to counter and both men are down.

Titus with a running drop kick into the corner and he connects. Titus with a sit out spinebuster for a near fall. Titus with a front face lock. Titus block a kick and kicks Hardy. Hardy with a side effect for a near fall. Hardy signals for the Twist of Fate and Titus counters with a back slide and he gets a near fall. Titus with a chop and Hardy rolls to the floor.

Titus with a baseball slide but Hardy avoids it. Titus pulls Hardy from the apron. Hardy with punches to the ribs and then he runs Titus into the ring post. Hardy with a standing power slam on the floor and he returns to the ring to break the count. Hardy brings Titus back into the ring and he hits the Twist of Fate for the three count.

Winner: Matt Hardy

We go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Adam Cole versus BJ Whitmer for the Ring of Honor Television Title

They lock up and Whitmer works on the wrist. Cole rolls through and reverses. Whitmer with a back body drop to reverse the wrist lock. Whitmer with a knee drop to the shoulder into an arm bar. Something is going on in the ring as we watch Matt Hardy walking to the announce table to join Kevin and Caleb for commentary.

Cole with an arm drag and drop kick for a near fall. Cole with an arm bar. Cole continues to work on the arm and shoulder. Cole with a leaping neck breaker. Cole charges at Whitmer but BJ drops down and Cole goes to the floor. Whitmer sets for a suicide dive but Cole with an enzuigiri.

Cole goes up top but misses a splash and we go to commercial with both men down on the mat.

We are back and Whitmer with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Whitmer kicks Cole in the head and then he punches Cole. Cole and Whitmer exchange forearms until Cole gets the advantage. Cole with an enzuigiri and he hits a Yakuza Kick to the head and gets a near fall.

Whitmer with a running knee into the corner followed by a suplex following into Northern Lights suplex and bridge for a near fall. Whitmer with two perfectplexes for a near fall. Cole with an Irish whip but Cole is sent to the apron. Cole goes up top and hits a cross body for a near fall.

Cole runs into an Exploder suplex from Whitmer but BJ can only get a two count. Whitmer puts Cole on the top turnbuckle and he punches and chops Cole. Whitmer sets for a superplex and he hits it but both men are down. Whitmer holds his head after the impact on the superplex and he cannot take advantage of the situation.

The referee keeps Cole from Whitmer but Whitmer slaps Cole. Cole with a superplex followed by a German suplex and shoulder breaker for a near fall. Cole signals that it is over and he hits the Florida Key for the three count.

Winner: Adam Cole

We go to credits with the image of Matt Hardy and Adam Cole staring each other down from a distance.

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