7/27 ROH TV taping spoilers: Full coverage of the taping for upcoming television shows, title change, ROH Title tournament begins (spoilers)
ROH TV Taping
Providence, R.I. at the Rhode Island Convention Center
Report by Dot Net staffer Zack Zimmerman
Before the show, Jay Lethal, Forever Hooligans, Mark Briscoe, Karl Anderson, Mike Bennett, and Maria were signing autographs.
1. Slyck Wagner Brown beat Rocco Caprese. Brown is just not very good.
The first show taped airs one week from tonight.
1. Adrenaline Rush (ACH and Tadarius Thomas) beat 3.0 (Shane Matthews and Scott Parker). ACH scored the win with a cradle DDT in about 8 minutes.
Nigel McGuinness recapped that the ROH title is vacant for the first time. He put Jay Briscoe over and said the decision to strip him wasn't Nigel's, but the doctors. He announced that in three weeks, the title tournament would begin.
He said that with the focus off the world title for the time being, he wants to put emphasis on the tag team titles. He announced that he would be bringing in top tag teams from all over the world.
Red Dragon came to the ring and Bobby Fish did a good job of turning cheers to boos. Fish said he wanted to turn tonight's proving ground match against the Forever Hooligans into an ROH Tag Team Championship match.
The American Wolves interrupted and the crowd was super hot for local boy Eddie Edwards. Davey Richards cut a typical promo and said the whether it was Red Dragon or Forever Hooligans, The American Wolves were coming to collect their tag team titles...
QT Marshall made his way to ringside and talked his way into the qualifier match between Silas Young and Adam Page.
2. Silas Young beat QT Marshall and Adam Page in a three-way to qualify for the ROH Championship Tournament. Young had a very impressive showing and won with a small package on Marshall in about eight minutes.
3. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov) defeated Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly to win the ROH Tag Team Championships. Fantastic 15 minute match that ended when Romero escaped Reddragon's finisher and got the pin on a backslide. Stellar action throughout, a must-watch.
1. Michael Bennett (w/Maria) pinned "Brutal" Bob Evans. Bennett won after the Box Office Smash and a TKO in about 7 minutes. Decent match. Post-match, Bennett went to keep attacking Evans, but Cheeseburger hit the ring and ended up eating a piledriver for his efforts.
2. MsChief beat Bonesaw Brooks. MsChief got the win off the Desecrater in about five minutes. Not very good.
3. Michael Elgin, Kevin Steen, and Tomasso Ciampa beat The American Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards) and BJ Whitmer in a six-man tag. Elgin pinned Richards after the Revolution Bomb in an awesome 25 minute match. All six men stood tall after the match and got a great extended standing ovation from the crowd.
20 minute intermission.
Before the third taping began, Steve Corino came out to ringside. He was quickly escorted out of the convention center by referees and officials.
1. Brian Fury beat Vinny Marseglia, Todd Hanson, and Kongo in a four-way match. Fury pinned Marseglia after a reverse Samoan drop bulldog. Pretty good action in this one.
2. Cedric Alexander and Caprice Coleman beat Mike Sydal and Zizou Middoux. Coleman got the pin on Middoux after the Frankensteiner/springboard frog splash combo in about 10 minutes. Some good action, nothing special.
Nigel McGuinness, Cary Silkin, and Joe Koff stood in the ring to introduce the kick-off to the ROH Championship Tournament.
3. Jay Lethal pinned Sonjay Dutt to advance to the second round of the ROH Championship Tournament. Lethal won the solid back-and-forth match after a superkick to the back of Dutt's head and the Lethal Injection. Another good main event.
Bobby Cruise praised Providence as one of the best crowds they've had for a TV taping and thanked everyone for their enthusiasm.
1. ROH TV Champion Matt Taven (w/Truth Martini and the Hoopla Hotties) beat Brian Fury to retain the ROH TV Title. Taven scored the pin after hitting his modified headlock driver.
Michael Elgin came to the ring and said that nothing means more to him the winning the ROH Championship. He said that because of that, he bypassed being handed the title due to his number one contendership in order to earn the title by winning the tournament.
Kevin Steen interrupted and said Elgin's a liar. He said the Elgin knows the one man he can't beat is Kevin Steen. Steen egged Elgin on and said to try him.
Michael Bennett interrupted and said that he sees two guys who have been given opportunity after opportunity. He said he's looking at the last of Ring of Honor. He said that he's been held back because people think he's leaving ROH. He said he is leaving, but first he's staying.
Tomasso made his full entrance and then took a microphone. He simply said that the next ROH Champion was The Sicilian Psychopath, and then he left the ring and headed to the back. Michael Elgin's music hit and the segment came to an end with the ring full of referees maintaining the peace.
2. "Machine Gun" Karl Anderson beat ACH to advance to the second round of the ROH Championship Tournament. Anderson won after the Gun Stun in a good match.
3. Adam Cole beat Mark Briscoe to advance to the second round of the ROH Championship Tournament. Cole won after hitting the Jay Driller on Mark to continue his slow heel turn. Good match.
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