By Ryan Clark on September 18, 2011
Credit: Scott Slimmer
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Grudge Tag Team Match
Jay Lethal & Homicide vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Rhino w/ The Embassy
It’s Ciampa and Lethal to start the match, and Lethal immediately takes down Ciampa with a drop toe hold. Ciampa gets back to his feet, and Lethal leap frogs him before flipping off the second rope. Ciampa catches Lethal with a head scissors and makes the tag to Rhino. Lethal quickly makes the tag to Homicide. Rhino military presses Homicide and drops him face-first down to the mat. Rhino makes the tag to Ciampa, and Ciampa stomps a mud hole in Homicide in the corner. Ciampa distracts the referee as Prince Nana goes to work on Homicide from the outside. Homicide fights back to the middle of the ring and levels Ciampa with a lariat before making the tag to Lethal. Lethal gets tosses to the outside, and Rhino works him over before rolling him back into the ring. Ciampa gets a two count, but Lethal just manages to kick out. Ciampa and Lethal trade chops in the middle of the ring, and Lethal knocks Ciampa down to his knees. Lethal heads for Ciampa, but Ciampa springs from his knees up into the air and connects with a low drop kick to Lethal’s knee. That was pretty damn impressive. Ciampa makes the tag to Rhino, and Rhino repeatedly levels Lethal with a series of short clotheslines. Rhino goes for the tag but only gets a two count. Lethal gets back to his feet and fights back with a volley of chops. Lethal hits the ropes and charges Rhino, but Rhino catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex. Rhino sets up for the Gore, but Lethal catches him with a super kick. Both men are down, but eventually they make the tags to their respective partners. Homicide goes for the Three Amigos, but Ciampa blocks the third suplex. Rhino charges the ring to make the save, but Homicide head butts him and follows up with a head scissors takedown that sends Rhino to the outside. Ciampa whips Homicide to the ropes, but Homicide dives through the ropes and takes out Rhino with a tope con hilo. Homicide heads back into the ring, but Ciampa catches him with a Northern Lights Suplex. Ciampa hits Homicide with a series of knee shots in the corner, but Homicide retaliates with the Ace Crusher. Rhino and Lethal storm the ring, but Lethal sends both men to the outside with a hurricanrana. Homicide goes for Da Cop Killa, but Ciampa flips over and counters into Project Ciampa II (i.e., a powerbomb dropped into a double knee backbreaker) for the three count.
Match Result: Tommaso Ciampa defeats Homicide with Project Ciampa II.
Match Length: 10:12
Special Challenge Match #1
Shelton Benjamin vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/ Brutal Bob
Benjamin and Bennett lock up to start, and Bennett muscles Benjamin to the corner. The referee calls for the break, and both mean head back to the middle of the ring. Benjamin catches Bennett with a side head lock, transitions to a rear hammer locks, and muscles Bennett down to the mat. Benjamin stomps on Bennett’s fingers, and Bennett rolls to the ring apron to catch a breather. Bennett heads back into the ring, but Benjamin once again gains the advantage, so Bennett once again retreats to safety on the outside. Bennett returns to the ring and catches Benjamin in a side head lock, but Benjamin creates separation and connects with a big hip toss that once again sends Bennett to the outside. Benjamin pursues Bennett on the outside, but Bennett slides back into the ring and connects with a drop kick through the ropes. Bennett retrieves Benjamin and gives him a back breaker on the ring apron. Bennett rolls Benjamin into the middle of the ring and goes for a cover but only gets a two count. Bennett locks in a seated rear chin lock, but Benjamin fight backs to his feet with a series of elbows to the gut. Bennett hits a backbreaker and gets another two count. Bennett drapes Benjamin over the second rope and connects with a boot the skull. Bennett hits a standing drop kick and gets another two count. Bennett locks in a seated abdominal stretch, but Benjamin again fights back to his feet. Bennett goes for a suplex, but Benjamin floats over and counters into a neck breaker. Benjamin and Bennett slug it out in the middle of the ring and the crowd gets into a Boo (for Bennett) / Yeah (for Benjamin) rhythm culminating in a big back body drop from Benjamin to Bennett. Benjamin whips Bennett to the ropes and finds a Samoan drop for a two count of his own. Benjamin hits a Sky High Powerbomb and gets a LONG two count. Benjamin stalks Bennett, but Bennett catches him with a back breaker for a two count. Bennett heads up to the top turnbuckle and hits a missile drop kick from the top for yet another two count. Benjamin gets back to his feet and launches Bennett with a HUGE belly-to-belly suplex. Benjamin goes for the cover, but Brutal Bob puts Bennett’s foot on the ropes to break the count. Brutal Bob rushes the ring but inadvertently sets up Bennett for a Dragon Whip from Benjamin. Benjamin nails Brutal Bob with a super kick and then connects with Pay Dirt to Bennett for the three count.
Match Result: Shelton Benjamin defeats Mike Bennett with Paydirt.
Match Length: 10:29
Three Way Elimination Match
The Young Bucks vs. Future Shock vs. The Bravados
There will be three men (one member of each time) in the ring at all times. Heaven help me. The Bravados immediately send the Young Bucks to the outside and begin to beat on Future Shock, but the Bucks head back into the ring and toss the Bravados to the outside. One of the Bucks connects with a low drop kick through the ropes to the Bravadoes, and the other Buck flies over him and takes out everyone on the outside. Everybody is on the outside, and they all take turns flying and taking out the rest of the competitors. They all head back into the ring, and it looks like Nick Jackson, Kyle O’Reilly, and Lancelot Bravado will be the legal men. Jackson and O’Reilly team up on Lancelot, and O’Reilly makes the tag to Adam Cole. Nick makes the tag to Matt, but all hell once again breaks loose. At some point Lancelot made the tag to Harlem, and Harlem got a two count on Cole. Matt Jackson shows up and hits an Asai DDT on one of the Bravados. O’Reilly sets up one of the Bucks for a suicide dive / Doomsday Device combination on the outside. One of the Bucks catches one of the Bravadoes with a suplex off the ring apron and to the floor. Future Shock double team the Bravados and quickly get the first elimination of the match. The Bucks hit Cole with a spike tombstone that surely would have been a three count, but O’Reilly makes the save. O’Reilly hits a double Dragon Screw to both Bucks and follows up with a suplex to one of the Bucks. The other Buck flies off the top rope, but O’Reilly catches him in a triangle chock and goes to work with elbow shots to the head. Cole comes back to life and catches the other Buck in a guillotine, but eventually the Bucks break the holds. All four men trade super kicks, and they’re all down in the middle of the ring. This match has been balls to the wall since the opening bell. Cole gets sent to the outside, and the Bucks hit O’Reilly with More Bang for Your Buck to pick up the three count.
Match Result: The Young Bucks defeat Future Shock with More Bang for Your Buck.
Match Length: 10:35
El Generico vs. Jimmy Jacobs
Generico and Jacobs follow the Code of Honor and shake hands before the match begins. The bell rings, and Generico muscles Jacobs to the corner. The referee calls for the break, and both men return to the middle of the ring. Jacobs muscles Generico to the opposite corner, and once again the referee calls for the clean break. We get an “Little Jimmy” chant from the crowd. Nice. Jacobs locks in an arm wringer, but Generico flips out to break the hold. Jacobs drops Generico with a deep arm drag. Jacobs allows Generico to get back to his feet, and Generico drops Jacobs with a running shoulder block. Jacobs kips up into a spinning head scissors takedown that sends Generico to the corner. Generico catches Jacobs with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count. Generico nails Jacobs with an volley of elbow shots and follows up with chops in the corner. Generico hits a scoop slam and follows up with a standing moonsault for a two count. Generico goes back to work with the chops, but Jacobs stand tall and takes it. Jacobs hits two lariats and tosses Generico to the outside. Jacobs hits a suicide dive to the outside and levels Generico. Jacobs rolls Generico back into the ring and connects with a boot to the face. Jacobs hits a tornado suplex out of the corner and gets a two count. Generico goes for a Big Boot, but Jacobs catches the boot. Generico regains control with a Michinoku Driver for a two count. Generico sets up for a Yakuza Kick, but Jacobs catches him with the End Time. Jacobs connects with an Ace Crusher variation for a two count. Generico finally lands the Yakuza kick and sets up Jacobs for the top rope brainbuster, but Jacobs fights off. Generico goes for the top rope brainbuster again, but Jacobs counters into a top rope tornado DDT. Both men are down in the ring, and the a thunderous roar from the crowd signals the emergence of Kevin Steen. He grabs a mic and says that he is NEVER going away. He starts an ROH chant and then asks Jacobs to tell Corino that he is a “fucking pussy.” Somebody cuts Steen’s mic, and the locker room comes out to ringside to diffuse the situation. Jacobs attacks Steen, but Steen powerbombs him right onto the ring apron. Generico flies and wipes out everyone… except Steen, who rolls into the ring and stand triumphant. Cary Silkin climbs into the ring and offers to shake Steen’s hand. Steen shakes his hand but goes for the package piledriver. Jim Cornette enters the ring, and we’ve got a pull-apart brawl between Steen and Cornette. “Let them fight!” chant from the crowd. They might be talking about Steen / Generico, or they might be talking about Steen / Cornette. The roster separates Steen and Generico, and we get a “Mr. Wrestling” chant from the crowd. Generico breaks free, but Jacobs keeps him from following Steen into the crowd. Generico is PISSED. Cornette is PISSED. Jimmy Jacobs isn’t too pleased. Jacobs and Cornette get into a heated argument at ringside
Match Result: No contest.
Match Length: 12:00ish before the Steenference, 16:00ish total
Special Challenge Match #2
Charlie Haas vs. Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini
Haas and Elgin circle each other to start and lock up in a collar-and-elbow tie-up. Haas gets a double leg takedown, but Elgin creates distance and gets back to his feet. Haas and Elgin go for a test of strength and Haas counters into a modified Fujiwara arm bar. Haas whips Elgin to the ropes, but Elgin tosses Haas to the outside. Elgin distracts the referee as Martini works over Haas on the outside. Elgin rolls Haas back into the ring, heads up to the top, and levels Haas with a top rope shoulder block for a two count. Elgin goes to work with elbows to the head. Haas and Elgin level each other with simultaneous clotheslines, and both men are down on the mat. The slowly get back to their feet and slug it out in the middle of the ring. Haas hits two rolling German Suplexes, but Elgin breaks the hold before the third. Haas regains control and catches Elgin with two more rolling German Suplexes before following up with a power slam for a two count. Haas heads up top, but Elgin catches him with a punch. Elgin heads up top and hits a top rope superplex for a two count. Haas connects with a volley of elbow shots and follows up with a Big Boot for a two count. Haas hits the ropes and LEVELS Elgin with a running clothesline for a three count.
Match Result: Charlie Haas defeats Michael Elgin with a running clothesline.
Match Length: 10:00ish (my stopwatch froze)
The “Ringmaster Challenge” 2 out of 3 Falls Match
First Fall: Pinfall only
Second Fall: Submissions only
Third Fall: 15 minute Iron Man Match
Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong w/ Truth Martini
Edwards and Strong circle to start, but Edwards catches Strong with a quick roll-up. Strong muscles Edwards to the corner and chops away. Edwards whips Strong to the opposite corner, but Strong rebounds and levels Edwards with a super kick for a two count. Edwards and Strong trade chops in the corner, but Strong tosses Edwards to the outside. Strong follows Edwards and chops him against the guard rail. Strong beats Edwards around the ring and finally rolls him back in for a two count. Strong locks in a rear chin lock, drags Edwards to his feet, and destroys him with a backbreaker for a LONG two count. Edwards makes it up to his knees, but Strong indignantly shoves him down to the mat. Edwards heads up top and connects with a top rope drop kick for a two count of his own. Edwards drags Strong to his feet, but Strong connects with a kick to the gut. Strong muscles Edwards to the corner and drops him with a modified spinebuster for a two count. Strong traps Edwards in the corner and charges at him, but Edwards connects with a second rope flying Code Breaker. Strong catches Edwards with a quick roll-up for a three count. Roderick Strong takes the first fall. Strong gets some water in his corner, attacks Edwards, and spits the water in his face. Strong drapes Edwards over the middle rope and chokes him with his shin. Strong drags Edwards to the middle of the ring and locks in the LeBell Lock. Edwards breaks the hold, but Strong regains control with another back breaker. Edwards gets back to his feet, creates distance, and catches Strong with an STF. Strong looks to be close to tapping, but he finally makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Strong heads to the outside to catch a breather, but Edwards goes over the top rope. Edwards flies toward Strong, but Strong slides to side and kicks Edwards in the chest. Strong rolls Edwards back in the ring and locks in the Strong Hold, but Edwards escapes. Edwards catches Strong in the Achilles Lock, and Strong has no choice but to tap at 21:00ish. Eddie Edwards takes the second fall. Edwards heads up top, but Strong catches him with a kick to the back of the head. Strong heads up top and hits Edwards with a top rope backbreaker onto the top turnbuckle. That was VICIOUS. Strong sends Edwards to the outside, drags him to the entrance ramp, and hits him with a Gibson Drive on the ramp. Strong heads back into the ring as the referee begins his count on Edwards. Edwards begins to crawl back toward the ring and JUST manages to slide back in at 19. Strong goes for a quick cover but only gets a two count. Strong hooks the leg and again gets a two count. Edwards takes Strong up top and hits the Chin Checker for a two count. Edwards hits a Saito Suplex and goes for the cover, but Strong gets his foot on the rope to break the count. We’ve got 5 minutes left in the third fall, and the Iron Man score is still 0 – 0. Edwards takes Strong up top and they trade chops and bitch slaps. Strong creates some distance and heads up top, but Edwards flies and connects with a boot to the side of the head. Edwards meets up top and delivers a HUGE top rope superplex to Strong for another two count. Edwards goes for the Die Hard, but Strong counters into a crucifix pin, but Edwards rolls into a pin, but Strong rolls, but Edwards rolls, and finally they break. Strong catches Edwards with a backslide pin, and Martini holds Edwards’ feet to allow Strong to get the three count. 1 – 0 Strong. Martini rushes the ring but inadvertently nails Strong with the Book of Truth, thus allowing Edwards to get a three count of his own. 1 – 1 with 15 seconds remaining in the match. Both men are down on the mat, and the time expires. We get a “Five More Minutes” chant from the crowd, but the referee’s official decision is a draw. Jim Cornette comes down from the back and says that this was too good a match to be considered a draw. Both men agree to continue the match, and Cornette declares that we are in sudden death overtime with one fall to a finish. Edwards and Strong slug it out in the middle of the ring and then trade chops. Strong connects with a knee strike to the face, but Edwards retaliates with a super kick. Edwards gets a Tiger Suplex for a LONG (seriously, LONG) two count. Strong lands the Sick Kick, but Edwards kicks out at two. Strong hits the Gibson Driver but once again only gets a two count. Strong takes Edwards up top and lifts him onto his shoulders, but Edwards spins and counters into a super hurricanrana off the tope rope. Edwards hits a double knee gut buster, but Strong hits ANOTHER SICK KICK. Strong goes for the cover, but EDWARDS KICKS OUT AGAIN! “This is awesome!” chant from the crowd. Strong takes Edwards up top and sets up for a top rope Gibson Driver, but Edwards knocks Strong off the turnbuckle with a kick to the skull. Edwards comes off the top rope with a double stomp to Strong’s arm on the ring apron. Edwards hits another double stomp to Strong’s back in the ring and follows with a powerbomb and a sit-out powerbomb for a two count. Edwards connects with a lariat and HITS THE DIE HARD FOR THE THREE COUNT!
Match Result: Eddie Edwards defeats Roderick Strong in sudden death overtime with the Die Hard.
Match Length: 43:00ish (seriously, my stopwatch hates me)
Ladder War III
Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. The All Night Express
The action quickly spills to the outside, but Mark Briscoe quickly sends Kenny King through a ringside table with a big back body drop. Mark slugs it out with Rhett Titus in the ring as Jay bridges a ladder between the ring apron and the guard rail. The Briscoes take turns launching a steel chair into Titus’ head, but Titus fights back to his feet. Titus takes a chair shot to the back and then gets sent face-first into a chair wedged in the corner. Titus is a bloody mess right now. Mark tries to backdrop Titus onto the bridging ladder, but Titus lands on his feet on the ring apron. Titus suplexes Mark over the top rope and through the bridging ladder before heading back into the ring and flipping over the top rope to take out everyone. Jay gets body slammed onto a ladder in the middle of the ring and then takes a leg drop on the ladder. King and Titus put a ladder around Jay’s neck and ram in into the ring post. King flies over the top rope toward Mark, but Mark grabs a piece of the broken table and connects with King mid-air. Mark and Titus pound on each other at ringside, and Mark launches a chair at King. Jay is wearing the crimson mask, and he connects with a boot the King’s skull. Titus and Mark are back in the ring, and Titus repeatedly bounces the ladder off Mark’s forehead. Holy crap, Jay is POURING blood right now. He’s wearing the crimson mask and the crimson sweater vest. Mark is busted open as well. King drops Mark on the outside and connects with a moonsault off the guard rail. Jay is dragging Titus up the ramp and suplexes him on the ramp. Mark comes off the ring apron with a rolling senton to King. Jay drapes Titus across a ladder set up on two chairs. Jay comes off the ring apron and connects with a senton to Titus through the ladder. King and Mark head back into the ring. King hits the ropes, but Jay DRILLS him with a chair shot to the back from the outside. Kenny King isn’t bleeding yet, so we get a loud “Make him bleed!” chant from the crowd. Jay sets up a ladder in the corner, and the Briscoes double biel King through the ladder. “You killed Kenny!” chant from the crowd. Jay chokes King in the ring, and outside of the ring it looks like Titus has taken blood loss to a new level as well. Mark repeatedly head butts King and holds him as Jay tosses a chair straight into King’s face. The referee is checking on Titus, because that dude looks pretty sick on the outside. The Briscoes go for a spike Jay Driller from the top rope, but Titus comes back life and sends Mark off the top turnbuckle and through a table at ringside. King and Titus set up a table in the ring and KILL JAY WITH A POWERBOMB / SPRINGBOARD BLOCKBUSTER COMBINATION THROUGH THE TABLE. HOLY SHIT, INDEED. Both Briscoes appear to be dead, so Titus sets up a ladder in the middle of the ring and begins to climb it. Jay miraculously comes back to life, heads up to the top turnbuckle, and takes Titus off the ladder with a flying drop kick. Mark sets up a ladder near the entrance ramp as Jay sets up a GIANT FUCKING ORANGE LADDER OF DEATH in front of it. Mark climbs the GIANT FUCKING ORANGE LADDER OF DEATH as Jay puts Titus on the table. Mark is literally as high as the balcony seats right now. MARK FLIES OFF THE GIANT FUCKING ORANGE LADDER OF DEATH AND SPLASHES TITUS THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Ho. Lee. Shit. Them two boys are dead. Jay slides the giant ladder into the ring, but King follows him into the ring and catches him. Jay goes for the Jay Driller, but King counters and heads up top. King connects with the Shooting Star press to Jay. “Kenny King!” chant from the crowd. King sets up the giant ladder and begins to climb, but Jay begins to climb the other side of the ladder. Both men reach the top of the ladder, and we’ve got a slugfest in the sky. King punches Jay off the ladder… AND GRABS THE CONTRACT TO WIN THE MATCH!
Match Result: Kenny King climbs the ladder and retrieves the contract to win the match.
Match Length: 27:13
Lord, the pool of blood that is forming under Jay’s head is just sick. Titus climbs back into the ring and celebrates the victory with King. We close the show with the All Night Express standing tall in the ring and the Briscoe Brothers lying motionless in their own blood.
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