Ring of Honor Wrestling #144 (Adam Cole, Michael Elgin)


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Larry Mercy and Mandy Leon are hosting. Mandy is a recent graduate of the ROH Wrestling School and this is her TV debut.

They begin by showing a video package for Kevin Steen versus Silas Young. After Steen’s match with Shinsuke Nakamura at War of the Worlds, Steen said he was going to step away for a while. Silas Young came out to intrrupt and says that Steen is the only other real man in the locker room. But he takes issue with Young quitting, and says that Steen’s kid will grow up to be a quitter too. Them’s fightin’ words, and a huge brawl breaks out that has to be broken up by security.

The next match previewed is the submission match between Roderick Strong and Cedric Alexander. This started when Alexander debuted his new backbreaker finishing maneuver and Strong took offense. The Decade then targeted Alexander every chance they had and beat him down on multiple occasions. Strong and Alexander have traded victories, leading to this ultimate grudge match.

Next up is a look at the ROH World Tag Team Title contest between reDRagon and Bad Influence. There hasn’t been a lot of build up for this one, other than the announcement of Daniels’ return and reDRagon talking some trash.

Now they preview the grudge tag team match between Jay & Mark Briscoe and Matt Hardy & Michael Bennett. This started as an issue between Jay and the ROH World Champion Adam Cole, but with all the interference Cole needed from Hardy and Bennett to keep his title, the feud took on new life as a tag team issue.

We finish up with a close look at the main event, ROH World Champion Adam Cole versus Michael Elgin. They have had similar career paths in ROH, but Cole was the first to the ROH World Title. The issue got personal when Cole, Michael Bennett, and Maria tied Elgin up in the ropes and first shaved his mullet, and then put his wife MsChif in the Figure-Four Leglock while Elgin watched on helplessly.

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