Match 1: Steve Corino and Rhino def. The Flatliners (Asylum & Matt Burns) in 4.5 minutes. This was your basic squash. The Flatliners have tagged for years and their coordination showed. Corino had some really good crowd work. In the end it was GORE GORE GORE on Asylum. After the match, Rhino and Corino beat up one of the ROH Dojo guys assisting at ringside.
Nigel McGuinness comes to the ring.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Nigel McGuinness accused Matt Hardy of having no honor due to his attacks on Adam Cole and subsequent theft of the ROH Television Title Belt. He announced that Hardy will get his one-on-one match with Adam Cole in two week’s time on ROH TV. However, that match will only be for the Television Title if Hardy proves he can fight with honor. He’ll get that chance next week in a four corners survival match with Michael Elgin, Roderick Strong and Davey Richards.
NIGEL: Matt Hardy, I know you can hear me. You’ve been parading around all day today with the Television Title around your waist. You obviously want everybody to see it, so why don’t you come out here and show the world?
Mat Hardy came to the ring with the Television Title on his shoulder.
CROWD: Feed Matt more! Feed Matt more!
NIGEL: You’re a grown man and you’re acting like a spoiled child. The worst thing is – you stole that belt, pure and simple. You think I’m going to let that go? You have another thing coming. I brought you out here now to tell you, give me that belt back or I’m going to have somebody take it from you.
MATT: Let me tell you what should be painfully obvious. I beat Adam Cole 1-2-3 in the middle of the ring, so I should be Television Champion right now. Furthermore, I defeated BJ Whitmer. Then I was attacked by Adam Cole not once, not twice, but multiple times. I only used the title belt to defend myself. You know that. I took the title with me to stop the little bitch from hitting me again.
MATT: I see you wanting to punish me. Why don’t you punish Adam Cole? Oh, I know why. Because he’s one of your friends. I’m not one of your favorites, because you’re jealous of me. I can see the jealousy in your eyes.
NIGEL: Matt, why wouldn’t I be jealous of you? You’ve had a fantastic career. You had the type of career I dreamed of as a child. But maybe you’re jealous of me because I’m only one of ten Ring of Honor champions in company history. I was one of the most critically acclaimed professional wrestlers in this sport.
NIGEL: Listen, this isn’t about you. This isn’t about me. This is about this belt and the fact that you now have a problem with me. To better resolve that, in two week’s time on Ring of Honor TV you will have a one-on-one match with Adam Cole.
MATT: Outstanding! That’s all I was looking for. And you know what, Nigel? I’m even going to hand this title back to you, because in two weeks the wrestling icon Matt Hardy will officially be the Television Champion of Ring of Honor.
NIGEL: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I set you’d get a one-on-one match. I didn’t say you’d get a Television title shot…just yet. If you’re going to win this title it’s going to be with honor, because that’s what this company is about – Ring of Honor.
NIGEL: Next week on Ring of Honor TV, you’re going to have that opportunity in a four corners survival match with you, Matt Hardy, against Michael Elgin, Roderick Strong and Davey Richards. If you prove to me that you can fight with honor, then the following week against Adam Cole, this belt will be on the line.
Matt: Ok, Nigel. I’ll prove to you that I can fight with honor. I just hope that when I win next week, you keep your word. I’ll prove that I’m a man of my word. I hope you’ll do the same.
Match 2: Grizzly Redwood vs. Vinny Marseglia is a no contest. Mike Mondo was on commentary. Kevin Steen came to the ring and interrupted before things got started.
STEEN: [to Marseglia] Get out.
STEEN: You have guts. I respect that.
Steen offered to shake Marseglia’s hand. Then he kicked him in the gut and nailed the pocket piledriver. Grizzly Redwood looked on, stunned.
STEEN: You know something, Redwood? Sometimes opportunities come out of nowhere. You have to be smart enough to recognize it and take it. Now I have my reasons for doing what I’m doing right now. I’m giving you a match right now. What do you say?
Match 2 (the real one): Kevin Steen def. Grizzly Redwood in 4 minutes. This was basically another squash. Redwood tried to get his offense it, but he was just too small. Steen hit some huge sentons and a fade away slam into the ring barricade. The crowd winced as Steen nailed a nasty powerbomb onto the ring apron. He finished things off with the F-Cinq. Steen helped Redwood back to his feet after the match.
Match 3: The Briscoes def. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team in a match for the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Per the stipulation of the match, Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team must now disband. This was a solid, hard hitting match. The crowd launched into “man up” and “fuck you Charlie” chants. They reallllllly hate Charlie Haas.
These teams fought with the animus you’d expect. Mark Briscoe tried unsuccessfully to bring a chair in the ring. Shelton dropped one of the Briscoes back first onto the barricade. Charlie took Cheeseburger and threw him into the barricade, drawing out three officials to carry him to the back.
The Briscoes hit the Doomsday Device on Charlie, but Shelton pulled the ref out of the ring. Shelton and Mark traded shots in the ring until Shelton did his leaping top rope overhead suplex for a two count.
Then, in what was definitely the coolest spot of the match, Shelton did the famous HBK spot in reverse. As Mark sprung off the top rope at him, Shelton nailed the superkick drawing a big reaction from the crowd. A double powerbomb on Mark was fruitless as Jay pulled the ref out of the ring. Shelton fought out of a Doomsday Device attempt and hit a big Paydirt on on Jay.
Charlie returned to the ring and hit the Olympic Slam on Shelton! As the turncoat walked to the back, Mark hit the froggy elbow for the 1-2-3. Charlie ripped a WGTT T-shirt up, flipped the crowd the bird and literally said “fuck you” to everybody.
CROWD: Thank you, Shelton! Thank you, Shelton! Hey, hey, hey goodbye!
The crowd offered Shelton a solid round of applause for what will likely be his final Ring of Honor match.