7/18 ROH in Cincinnati, Ohio results: Michael Elgin vs. Roderick Strong for the ROH Title, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. Adam Cole and Jay Lethal, Kevin Steen vs. Silas Young in a No DQ match
ROH Live Event
Cincinnati, Ohio at the Cincinnati Masonic Center
Report by Dot Net Member Jeremy "JMos26" Moses
I arrived shortly before 7:00 PM, you could get a photo with Maria Kanellis, Kevin Steen, and Michael Elgin for $10 apiece or get that plus an autograph at $15. I went the photo route and had my picture taken with Steen and Kanellis.
Nigel McGuinness came out to hype the card. He announced that Michael Bennett (food poisoning) and Alex Koslov (separated shoulder) wouldn't be able to compete in their respective matches. Koslov was replaced by Tommaso Ciampa for the first match by McGuinness.
Also of note, Scarlett as a ring announcer...okay. Not great. Gotta be honest, I think I liked her better as a valet because the way she announced each match was kinda...flat. Steve Corino was one half of commentary, but as to the other I don't know.
1. Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly beat Tommaso Ciampa and Rocky Romero. A solid opener. Red Dragon retained with Chasing the Dragon after a miscommunication between Romero and Ciampa, who had to be separated post-match.
2. Jay Lethal beat Romantic Touch to retain the ROH TV Title. Touch was unmasked (yet again) as Matt Taven, leading to the pinfall by Lethal. And we'd see both these men later in the night!
I must stop here and do some complaining now. Do you remember when Shannon Moore had that "Book of DILLIGAF" with him at TNA? That "Book of Truth" that Truth Martini has been carrying around off and on for EONS is at that level for me and needs to go the hell away. He needs to change his character and that's one way I'd do it -- burn the Book of Truth.
3. The Decade (Jimmy Jacobs, BJ Whitmer, and Adam Page) beat ACH, Cedric Alexander, and Caprice Coleman. This was kinda crazy in spots, but logical in others. They were all over the place. It was so crazy towards the end, I didn't catch who finished the match.
4. Silas Young beat Kevin Steen in a No DQ match. One hell of a garbage brawl. The big spot was basically a suplex off the top into a makeshift "table" made of chairs – Steen hilariously pointed out the fact that there was no table under the ring. Young won the match shortly after that big spot. Afterwards, Steen got on the mic and sent us to intermission by thanking the fans.
5. RD Evans beat Moose, Matt Taven, and Ethan Page in a four-way. Moose is green, I must say, but he's also one hell of an impressive physical specimen. All four made sure to stay involved and it led to RD Evans capitalizing and making the pin.
Right after this, Maria came out and ended up announcing that Jay Lethal would wrestle a second time in the night, teaming with Adam Cole in place of Bennett. The Briscoes then came out and chased her off, leading to...
6. The Briscoe Brothers fought War Machine to a no-contest. This was okay. Not as impressive as the tag title match. It ended in a no contest when Adam Cole and Jay Lethal ran out, presumably defending Maria's honor. The seventh match immediately followed.
7. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian beat Adam Cole and Jay Lethal. Not so sure I'd have went with three tag matches on this show (four if you count the six-man). I'm also not sure I'd have went with a miscommunication or bump between Lethal and Cole - the Tag Title match ended with one. I missed a portion of this match, but caught the finish which saw Daniels hit the BME for the pinfall.
8. Michael Elgin defeated Roderick Strong to retain the ROH Championship. Holy shit. These guys worked hard, and it was nearfall after nearfall down the stretch! Elgin won, I believe it was an Elgin Bomb. After the match, Elgin again put over the fans, and said that if we kept coming and kept watching, ROH would keep coming.
That was it. No Cincinnati return announced, but Columbus will see ROH return November 7.
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