Tonight’s big event was presented free on GFL Dot TV.
Ring of Honor was in Philadelphia, PA tonight to crown a new World Champion.
The event opened with former Ring of Honor Champion Jay Briscoe coming to the ring, looking even more grizzly than normal. As previously reported, the Sandy Fork native is still in possession of the world title. The stripped champion discussed being with the company since its inception, helping to build ROH to what it is today. Briscoe noted his displeasure that Match Maker Nigel McGuinness stripped him of the title, but stated that he would hand over the strap to the new champion… if he wins it “like a man.”
- Opening Match: Jay Lethal defeated Silas Young after the Lethal Injection.
- World Title Tournament Semis: Adam Cole pinned Tommaso Ciampa to advance to the finals. Cole had the Sicilian Psychopath in a figure-four, and booted him in the head to knock his shoulders to the mat for the three count.
ROH reported that Ciampa earned a trip to the hospital following the match. However, word is that the Psychopath is getting married on Sunday, so this could be a way to give him a week or two off.
- World Title Tournament Semis: “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin submitted Kevin Steen. After kicking out of the F-Cinq, Elgin countered Steen’s Package Piledriver into a crossface, forcing the former champion to tap out.
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: The Forever Hooligans (c) defeated the American Wolves with the Contract Killer in a phenomenal match. The four men adhere to the Code of Honor post match.
- Intermission -
Veda Scott and RD Evans come to the ring following the break. Veda’s playing up her new crusade against the injustices perpetrated by Nigel McGuinness and Ring of Honor. Adam Page comes to the ring, also dressed to wrestle. He tells Evans and Scott that, essentially, nobody cares. Page challenges Evans to an impromptu match, which apparently got the blessing of McGuinness.
- Adam Page pinned RD Evans after a Guillotine Driver in a very quick match.
- Roderick Strong pinned Ricky Marvin following a Tiger Driver. Marvin was making his US debut.
Nigel McGuinness introduces “Buzzsaw” BJ Whitmer, who was on-hand to address his status following his recent neck injury. BJ thanks the ROH fans for their support throughout the last couple of months. He specifically thanks Les Thatcher, and Gabe Sapolsky. His voice shaking slightly, Whitmer announces his decision to end his in-ring career. This comes after many doctor visits.
Before retiring, Whitmer says he wants to tie-up a loose end, and calls out Jimmy Jacobs. The two had a fierce feud previously, but BJ revealed that Jacobs has been in contact with him every day since the injury. Whitmer states that Jacobs has heart, and asks for McGuinness to give the Zombie Princess a chance to earn his job back, to prove that he has honor. Nigel will give Jimmy Jacobs his shot on Saturday’s show.
- Eight Man Tag Team Match: C&C Wrestle Factory and Adrenaline RUSH defeated reDRagon, Matt Taven, and Michael Bennett when Alexander pinned Kyle O’Reilly after the Overtime.
(Note – The steam was having issues throughout the evening, but went absolutely Maximus during the main event. Thanks to PW Ponderings Dot Com for the results.)
- ROH World Title Finals: Adam Cole beat Michael Elgin after multiple German Suplexes, followed by the Florida Key. Cole, five years into his pro wrestling career, is the 19th ROH World Champion!
Post Match: Jay Briscoe reluctantly handed the belt over to Adam Cole. The new champ then superkicked Briscoe in the back of the head, and nailed Elgin with the title. The show ends with Cole posing with the title on the ramp.