William J Myers Pavillion – Baltimore, MD – Saturday, May 31, 2014
Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino are commentary.
MATCH #1: ACH vs. Roderick Strong w/ Adam Page and TaDarius Thomas
Strong immediately starts grinding away with a headlock. ACH fights back and quickens the pace, eventually taking Strong over with a headlock of his own. Things pick up again as the battle spills to the floor. Strong drops ACH’s back right on the ring apron to finally slow him down as we head to a commercial break.
When we come back Strong is in control. Back in the ring Strong focuses on the back, a natural strategy for him. ACH fights back and unleashes a flurry of offense, including a neckbreaker for a two-count. They go to the floor and ACH pulls Strong’s face right into the edge of the ring frame. ACH then wipes Strong out with a dive. Back in the ring ACH hits a springboard flying back elbow for a two-count. ACH follows up with a spinning Flatliner for two. Strong avoids a charge in the corner and hits an Olympic Slam for two. He puts ACH on the top rope, which leads to a series of reversals ending with ACH hitting a double stomp and a soccer kick to the head for a near-fall. Strong rolls to the floor and his lackeys rush over to check on him. ACH wipes out all three of them with a springboard dive. Back to the ring ACH misses a 450 Splash and Strong delivers the Sick Kick. Strong follows with the End of Heartache to get the pin.
WINNER – Roderick Strong
We come back from a commercial with a recap of Jay Lethal’s successful title defense over CHEESEBURGER last week, and the post-match brawl that led to a triple threat match between Lethal, Tommaso Ciampa, and Matt Taven for the ROH World TV Title tonight!
MATCH #2: ROH World TV Title Match – Jay Lethal vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Matt Taven
Lethal has been the Champion since 4.4.14, and this is his third defense. Taven is introduced first, btu while he’s in the ring waiting for Ciampa to come out, Lethal attacks Ciampa from behind! Referees and security try to break it up while Taven joins the melee. They take a commercial break to try and sort out the mess.
When we come back order has most certainly not been restored, as Lethal is attacking Ciampa with a chair. Taven challenges Lethal to fight him in the ring. Lethal obliges and the bell rings, but Truth Martini interferes about five seonds in and it turns into another huge brawl. The match is thrown out, and the title defense is null and void.
WINNER – No contest
MATCH #3: Jay Briscoe vs. Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis
Jay attacks right away but quickly gets derailed thanks to Maria’s distraction. Momentum continues to shift back and forth between these two heated rivals, who have been at each other’s throats for months. The fight spills to the floor as Maria joins the commentary team. The outside of the ring is generally Jay’s territory but Bennett is doing pretty well for himself. Jay weathers the storm and comes out on top as we head to a commercial.
Back from the break Jay misses a cross body block from the top rope and Bennett catches him with a spinebuster. Bennett works Jay over for a bit, and then Jay makes his usual comeback. Jay hits a neckbreaker for a two-count. He tries to follow up but Bennett still has some fight left in him and hits a superkick. Bennett lands the Box Office Smash for a near-fall. He tries the Twist of Fate but Jay avoids it and locks on a Sleeper. Bennett reaches the ropes to break the hold. Jay goes for the Jay Driller but Bennett counters with a Pepsi Twist for two. Bennett tries the Go Back to Japan but Jay fights it off. Jay hits a Death Valley Driver and the Jay Driller to get the pin.
WINNER – Jay Briscoe
Tags: ach, Jay Briscoe, michael bennett, Ring of Honor, Roderick Strong