By Ryan Clark on October 1, 2011
Credit: Mike Johnson and PWInsider.com
– ROH opened with Jim Cornette in the ring, bringing out ROH Tag Team champions Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin. Cornette said that they have proved their excellence with their win last week over the Kings of Wrestling but one team that wants to face them are the Briscoes. The crowd popped for the Briscoes.
Shelton Benjamin said that they beat all the top teams in ROH in NYC, including the Briscoes but those mad dogs attacked them and laid them out in NYC. Benjamin said that it makes him mad that they haven’t been given a chance to get to the Briscoes. Cornette said they were fined $5,000. Benjamin said, “So what?” Haas said that his own father had never beaten him as bad as the Briscoes did in NYC.
Cornette said they won’t wrestle the champs unless the titles are on the line. The champs said that they would put them on the line. Cornette said he and ROH aren’t going to reward the Briscoes for what they did. The champs said they are going to get their hands on the Briscoes, or else.
- Jimmy Jacobs (with Steve Corino) vs. Mike Bennett (with Bob Evans)
Fans threw toilet paper in the ring at Evans. They were all over Bennett with a “You can’t wrestle” chant. He controlled Jacobs early but Jacobs cut him off and stomped the hell out of him in the corner. Bennett came back to drill him with a big forearm and smashed Jacobs into the buckles.
Jacobs came back with a spinning head scissors, sending Bennett to the floor. Jacobs went for a pescado but Bennett got out of the way. He went for a dive of his own but stopped and stepped out of the ring, then went to the floor. He worked over Jacobs and tossed him back into the ring. Bennett nailed an over the knee backbreaker for a two count. Bennett beat Jacobs down with a series of rights. Jacobs began psyching himself up.
Bennett caught Jacobs with a knee but Jacobs came back with a flurry of offense, including a hangman’s neckbreaker for a two count. Jacobs nailed a tornado DDT for a two count. Bennett cut off Jacobs, who quickly came back with a bodypress off the ropes for another near fall. Jacobs went to the top rope and went for a flying elbow but Bennett pulled his knees up. Bennett nailed a leaping sideslam for the pin.
Your winner, Mike Bennett!
Decent back and forth match.
Bennett shook Jacobs’ hand after, mocking Steve Corino in the process. Corino wanted to fight but Bob Evans backed Bennett off and pulled him out of the ring.
– Nigel McGuiness interviewed a ringside fan for his prediction on the winner of El Generico vs. Jay Lethal for the ROH TV championship. Nigel then introduced a video package.
- ROH TV champion El Generico vs. Jay Lethal
Lots of streamers for both men. They shook hands before the bell. They locked up and did some nice back and forth wrestling to open up. Lethal went for a hiptopss but Generico leapt up and nailed a rana into the corner. Lethal shook his head in surprise. They locked up again and this time Lethal used the ropes and drilll Generico with headscissors. There was a “Let’s go Lethal” chant.
They circled each other. Lethal grabbed a waistlock, took down Generico and drilled him with a leaping dropkick. He drilled Generico with a big uppercut in the corner. Generico was whipped into the ropes and nailed with the Lethal Combination. Fans began singing to rally Generico. Lethal covered him for a two count.
Lethal worked over Generico on the mat, then drilled him with a forearm. Lethal locked on a front facelock. Generico fought his way back to his feet. Generico and Lethal went back and forth with shots. Lethal nailed a nice standing dropkick for a two count. Generico and Lethal went back and forth. Generico leapfrogged Lethal. They exchanged hiptosses. Lethal ended up on the outside, where Generico nailed a big dive over the ropes to the floor. They battled on the floor. There was a spot but I couldn’t see it due to fans standing. It must have been cool since the chanted, “This is wrestling.”
Back in the ring, Lethal evaded Generico several times and nailed several big punches. Lethal went to come off the ropes and began selling his knee. While Lethal was dealing with the knee issue, Generico nailed a kick to the head for a two count. Lethal went to the apron. where he nailed Generico with a shoulderblock and a sunset flip into the ring for a two count.
Generico went to grab Lethal, who fired back with a series of shots to the mid-section. Lethal nailed a springboard elbow for a two count. They fired back and forth. Generico backdropped Lethal onto the apron but was punched. Lethal came off the top with a missile dropkick for a two count. They continued to go back and forth. The ring announcer called that there were two minutes left in the time limit.
Generico caught Lethal with a springboard tornado DDT for a two count. They continued to go back and forth with near falls. The bell rang and the time limit expired as Generico went for a suplex.
Time limit draw.
The fans booed and chanted for five more minutes. Jim Cornette came rushing out and told everyone that they had three minutes left in the show and if they want it, they got it. They agreed and began throwing punches back and forth as the crowd went nuts.
Generico caught Lethal in the corner with a big boot for a two count. The crowd chanted “ROH.” Generico tried to set up for a superplex but Lethal escaped and reversed it. Lethal came off the top but was nailed by Generico. Lethal avoided the superplex and nailed the flying elbow for a two count.
Lethal charged Generico but was caught with a suplex into the corner. Generico set up for the Coast to Coast but Lethal caught him. Lethal nailed the Lethal Combination and scored the pin.
Your winner and new ROH TV champion. Jay Lethal!
Good match. This was by far the best thing on the show in terms of action and crowd response, particularly the re-start.
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