Rise & Prove

Cincinnati Masonic Center – Cincinnati, OH – Friday, February 17, 2012

Kevin Kelly is on commentary.

MATCH #1: Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin

Elgin is accompanied by Truth Martini. He asserts his power advantage early on and Cole has to regroup. Cole hits a headscissors off the second rope that sends Elgin to the floor, and he follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Cole goes up top and Martini distracts him, allowing Elgin to back suplex Cole into the turnbuckles. Now Elgin is in complete control and he commences to wearing Cole down. Elgin dominates using his impressive strength until Cole fights back with a slingshot DDT onto the ring apron. Cole gets back into the ring with a cross body block off the top rope for a two-count. They trade strikes and Elgin wins that battle with a big clothesline for two. Elgin goes for a powerbomb but Cole avoids it and goes to the top rope and is able to hit a sunset bomb. Cole charges at Elgin but runs right into a Buckle Bomb. Elgin follows with the Spiral Bomb for the win at 8:03. Cole always finds a way to look good losing, and he has good chemistry with Elgin. These two won’t be wrestling each other in the opening match by the end of this year I can promise that.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Rise and Prove Tournament Match – Shiloh Jonze & Rudy Switchblade vs. Sean Casey & Chris Silvio

Silvio is definitely ripping off Superstar Billy Graham. He starts the match with Jonze. They exchange holds and both kip up at the same to polite applause. Jonze lands a hard chop and makes the tag. Switchblade goes to work on Silvio, but runs into a boot in the corner. Casey tags in but Switchblade takes over and brings Jonze back in. Switchblade and Jonze control both of their opponents, thwarting all their attacks and dumping them both to the floor. Jonze follows them out with a huge dive off the top rope. Back in the ring Jonze goes up top but Casey pushes him down and Silvio covers for two. Casey and Silvio get a brief bit of offense in on Jonze before Switchblade gets the hot tag. The referee loses control and bodies are flying all over the place. Switchblade hits Silvio with a Frog Splash to get the pin at 7:51. Everyone worked hard to impress, but I wouldn’t book Casey or Silvio again. Jonze and Switchblade looked solid, so at least the right team went over.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #3: Rise and Prove Tournament Match – Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls vs. Alabama Attitude

Haste and Nicholls, who are from Australia, cut a promo on Cincinnati, saying they can’t wait to win the tournament and get out of there. Haste and Hollis start the match with some mat wrestling. Hollis gets the better of it and makes the tag. Posey takes Haste down and hits a mini enziguiri for two. Nicholls tags himself in after Haste stumbles into the corner. The momentum completely changes, as Nicholls grounds Posey and works him over. He tags Haste back in and they show some great teamwork in isolating Posey in their half of the ring. This goes on for several minutes and things don’t look good for the Alabama duo. Finally Posey comes back with a neckbreaker and he makes the hot tag. Hollis is on fire, throwing dropkicks and suplexes all over the place. He hits Haste with a front suplex and a diving European Uppercut for two. Hollis tries a tornado DDT but Haste counters it with a headscissors and a huge lariat. Nicholls makes the tag and hits a Blue Thunder Driver for two. Hollis comes back and makes the tag to Posey, who hits a slingshot legdrop for two. Posey continues the offense and then the referee loses control. Hollis sends Haste to the floor and follows him out with a headscissors. He hits Nicholls with a nasty Asai DDT and Posey follows with the Alabama Jam for two. Nicholls and Haste reverse the momentum and take Hollis out, leaving Posey prey to an Au Revoir for the win at 10:42. That was a bit of a surprise, as both teams looked great here. The action never stopped and they both looked strong.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #4: No Holds Barred Match – Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong

Strong is accompanied by Truth Martini. Before the match can start, Jim Cornette makes his way out and declares that Martini will be handcuffed to the ring post for this match! Strong attacks right away and the brawl is on. They quickly spill to the floor and Edwards takes control. Strong fights back and drops Edwards back-first on the ring frame. Back in the ring Strong gets a two-count. Edwards fights back but Strong cuts him off and goes to work on the arm. Strong tries to use the Book of Truth but Edwards avoids it, only to get hit with a dropkick for two. They go back to the floor and Edwards bodyslams Strong on the entrance ramp. Edwards sets Strong on a table but gets distracted by Martini and Strong resumes control. Even with Martini handcuffed he’s able to interfere, as Strong drags Edwards over and holds him for his manager to get a few shots in. Strong hurls Edwards into the barricade and continues the abuse. He picks Edwards up and drops him chest-first on the barricade. Edwards recovers rather quickly and hits a moonsault off the ring apron. Back in the ring Edwards hits the backpack chinbreaker for two. Edwards sets up a chair and goes for the Die Hard but Strong counters it and drops Edwards nuts-first on the chair for a two-count. Strong tries the gutbuster but Edwards counters with a hurricanrana and they slug it out. Moments later Strong lands the gutbuster and gets a two-count. Strong drops Edwards chest-first on the chair and gets two again. He sets up chairs in the corners but it backfires as Edwards avoids a charge and sends Strong face-first into one of the chairs. Edwards sets up the Tree of Woe and hits a dropkick. He follows with a chair-assisted dropkick and then a double stomp off the top rope for a near-fall. They take the fight up top and Edwards knocks Strong down and tries a double stomp but Strong moves and sweeps Edwards’s legs for a nasty bump off the ring apron. Back in the ring Edwards is somehow able to kick out at two. Strong sets up a table outside the ring and tries a Gibson Driver off the apron but Edwards avoids it and they trade kicks. Referee Todd Sinclair gets in the way and gets kicked in the face. Edwards gets Strong on the table and follows him down with a double stomp off the top rope to break the table. Back in the ring Edwards covers but there’s no one there to count. Michael Elgin comes running out and Adam Cole is right behind him. Cole takes Elgin out to the floor and then hits a dive. Martini is able to grab the key from Sinclair and he frees himself. He grabs the Book and Edwards gets distracted by him. Edwards hits a superkick to send Martini to the floor, but then turns around and gets waffled by the Book of Truth and Strong covers for the win at 17:31. These two have fought so many times and they have good chemistry. This was a step below some of their prior matches, mostly because the finish was a bit overdone. Why overbook a match that already has no disqualifications with referee bumps and run-ins.
Rating: ***

MATCH #5: Mike Mondo vs. Samson Walker

Walker dominates early on with his power, as Mondo can’t figure out what to do with him. Mondo gives it a game effort but Walker just bowls him over, clotheslining him off the apron and to the floor. Back in the ring Mondo pulls the referee in front of him and is able to gain his first advantage. Mike Mondo on offense is about as exciting as it sounds. He uses his wrist tape to choke his much larger opponent, all behind the referee’s back. After what seems like forever Walker comes back and hits a big knee drop for two. Walker misses a charge in the corner and Mondo rolls him up with his feet on the ropes to get the pin at 7:23. Referee Todd Sinclair shows up and tells the original referee that Mondo used the ropes. The original referee then restarts the match and Walker hits a spinebuster to get the pin in about 15 seconds, or 7:38 total. I don’t know why ROH books either of these guys, and then gives them such a stupid finish on top of a boring match.
Rating: *

MATCH #6: Rise and Prove Tournament Final – Shiloh Jonze & Rudy Switchblade vs. Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls

Haste and Nicholls attack right away, sending Jonze to the floor. They double-team Switchblade and isolate him in their half of the ring. That doesn’t last too long before Jonze gets the hot tag and he’s all over Haste. Nicholls grabs Jonze’s leg from the floor to trip him up, and that gives his team the advantage again. Haste and Nicholls isolate Jonze and use legal and illegal double-team maneuvers to keep him down. Eventually Jonze makes the hot tag and Switchblade is a house afire. Haste cuts him off and hits a flying knee to the chest for two. Nicholls tags in and he trades forearms with Switchblade, who gets the better of it. Switchblade hits a chinbreaker and Jonze follows with a neckbreaker for two. The referee loses control and there are bodies flying everywhere. Nicholls hits a running powerslam on Jonze. Haste wipes out on an attempted Cannonball in the corner. Jonze hits Nicholls with an enziguiri. Switchblade follows with a Frog Splash for two. Jonze tries a dive to the floor but Haste avoids it. While the referee is looking elsewhere, Nicholls blatantly kicks Switchblade in the junk. Haste and Nicholls follow with the Au Revoir to get the pin and win the tournament at 8:55. The right team definitely won the tournament, and I’d say it turned out a bit better than I anticipated it being when I first heard these matches announced.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Proving Ground Match – Jay Lethal vs. BJ Whitmer

Whitmer is in phenomenal shape, by the way. They wrestle back and forth in the early going to establish that Whitmer is worthy of returning to ROH competition. Things get heated and they trade chops. Whitmer wins that battle but Lethal fights back with the hiptoss/dropkick combination for a one-count. Lethal hits a Russian Legsweep and then locks on a version of the Koji Clutch. Whitmer reaches the ropes. Lethal channels Randy Savage by clotheslining Whitmer’s neck across the top rope. He goes up top and hits the flying axe handle for two. Lethal hits the Chris Jericho springboard dropkick and signals for a dive but Whitmer cuts him off with a big boot to the face, sending the TV Champion to the floor. Whitmer follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Whitmer wears Lethal down, keeping him on the mat. Lethal tries to fire up but Whitmer cuts him off with an exploder for two. Whitmer follows up with a belly-to-back suplex for two. Ten minutes have gone by as Whitmer is in complete control. Lethal fights back with a nice leg lariat off the second rope. Both men make it back to their feet at the count of eight and start trading strikes. Lethal gets the better of it and unleashes a flurry of offense. He hits the handspring back elbow for a two-count. Lethal follows with the Lethal Combination for another two-count. Whitmer fights back with chops and a high knee. He hits a vertical suplex into a Northern Lights Suplex with abridge for two. Lethal hits a superkick, an enziguiri, and another superkick to take Whitmer off his feet. He hits Hail to the King but Whitmer kicks out! Whitmer comes back with a Perfect-Plex for two as there is one minute remaining. Lethal is able to hit the Lethal Injection to get the pin and deny Whitmer a title shot at 14:32. Whitmer looked great and should definitely be brought back. Lethal continue his streak of good matches with everyone. I was very against taking the title off El Generico so fast, but Lethal has put together a very good reign.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #8: ROH World Tag Team Championship Match – The Briscoes vs. Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly

The Briscoes have been the Champions since 12.23.11, and this is their third defense. Richards and O’Reilly earned this shot by beating Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin at Underground in January. Mark and O’Reilly start the match, but before anything can happen Richards tags himself in. Richards and Mark go back and forth briefly before making tags. O’Reilly schools Jay and then tags out. Jay and Richards mat wrestle and Richards gets the better of it. Tags are made again and things get heated between Mark and O’Reilly. Richards tags back in and the Briscoes use some double-team moves to take the advantage. The fight spills to the floor and that’s where the Briscoes really take an advantage, whipping the challengers into the ring post and barricades. Back in the ring the champions continue to work on Richards, keeping him isolated in their half of the ring. Richards fights back with an enziguiri and makes the tag. O’Reilly hits Mark with two butterfly suplexes and Mark counters with a series of Northern Lights suplexes, but O’Reilly catches Mark with a cross armbreaker on the mat. Mark reaches the ropes. O’Reilly tries to focus on the arm but Jay makes a blind tag and clobbers him with a clothesline. Jay knocks Richards off the apron as well just for fun. The Briscoes continue to work on O’Reilly and Mark knocks Richards off the apron again. O’Reilly gamely fights back and executes a double dragon screw leg whip. That sends Mark to the floor. Richards illegally enters the ring and clobbers Jay and then dives to the floor to wipe Mark out. Meanwhile O’Reilly hits Jay with a missile dropkick for two. O’Reilly follows up with a DDT for another two-count. Richards gets back in the ring and hits Jay with the Alarm Clock and O’Reilly clobbers him with a clothesline. O’Reilly then hits a Dragon Suplex for two when Mark breaks it up. Mark sends Richards to the floor. Jay grabs O’Reilly in a Death Valley Driver. The referee has no control of the match whatsoever. Mark hits O’Reilly with the Iconoclasm for two. The Briscoes set O’Reilly up for the Doomsday Device but Richards breaks it up. Team Ambition lock the Briscoes in dueling submission holds but the brothers are able to break them. All four men start kicking each other in the face and the crowd loves it. They knock each other out and all four men are down. Back on their feet Richards and Jay become the legal men. Richards puts on a cross armbreaker and then turns it into the Ankle Lock. He drills Jay with a kick to the chest and then goes to the ring apron to give one to Mark as well. Richards goes to the top rope and hits a double stomp for a two-count. Meanwhile O’Reilly hits Mark with the dropkick off the apron. Richards hits Jay with a knockout kick but it only gets two. O’Reilly tags in and hits a belly-to-back superplex but Jay kicks out. Richards gets back in the ring and Team Ambition hits a kick to the head/brainbuster combination for two. O’Reilly hooks Jay in a guillotine choke but Jay counters it with a Falcon Arrow. Mark then lands the Froggy ‘Bow and Jay covers for a two-count. The Briscoes hit O’Reilly with the Doomsday Device to get the pin at 21:31. There wasn’t much in the way of selling or a story, but these four kicked the crap out of each other for 20 minutes and the crowd was into it so it was quite a bit of fun.
Rating: ***¾

Underground – The Scope Arena – Norfolk, VA – Saturday, January 21, 2012

Eddie Edwards makes his way out, with Jim Cornette already in the ring. Cornette announces that due to a staph infection, Edwards will not be competing tonight. However, Edwards did want to say something. Edwards says he wishes he could wrestle tonight, and he thanks everyone for coming out.

MATCH #1: Kenny King vs. Andy “Right Leg” Ridge

King dominates the early going as Ridge gets frustrated. Ridge perseveres and hits some of the kicks that he is known for. King takes a powder and Ridge follows him out to continue the fight. That proves to be a mistake though, as King takes control out there, dropping King face-first on the ring apron. Back in the ring King maintains control, hitting a leg lariat for a two-count. King continues to keep Ridge grounded and avoid getting kicked. He lands a big clothesline for two. A T-bone suplex gets another near-fall. King tries a slingshot splash but either misses or hits knees, it’s hard to tell. Ridge hits a running knee strike for two. He hits a superkick and the slingshot Ace Crusher for a near-fall. King fights back with a couple of kicks and then the shotgun knees. He follows up with the Coronation to get the win at 7:53. Ridge is still trying to figure himself out as a performer, and he has shown some improvement. King is on a roll and ready for a bigger push. This was a decent opener.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: Mike Bennett vs. Grizzly Redwood

This is a rematch from Revolution: USA last May. Bennett is rolling without his trainer Brutal Bob or his girlfriend Maria Kanellis. He cuts a promo before the match, since he was supposed to be facing Eddie Edwards tonight. Bennett says Edwards was afraid to face him. He then gives Redwood the chance to walk away rather than get beaten. Redwood of course declines and the match is underway. As Bennett puts the microphone away, Redwood hides underneath the ring. That allows Redwood to sneak up behind him and get a schoolboy rollup for two. Redwood controls the early going with his unorthodox offense but can’t keep Bennett down. He does the mounted punches in the corner and Bennett takes him down with an inverted atomic drop. Bennett goes to work now, hitting a bodyslam. He goes to the top rope but Redwood knocks him down and crotches him on the top rope, and does the old Shawn Michaels spot with him. Redwood then runs directly into a big boot. Bennett goes back on offense but Redwood stays in it, locking on a Sleeper. Redwood continues on offense, even hitting a seated senton off the second rope for a two-count. He tries a cross body block but Bennett catches him and puts him up on the top rope. Redwood hits a headscissors to send Bennett’s face into the second turnbuckle. He tries another cross body block and this time Bennett catches him and hits a TKO to get the win at 5:03. That was what you would expect – nothing much.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #3: Adam Cole vs. Kevin Steen

Steen eschews the handshake and takes the fight to Cole right away. Cole is ready for him though, and he brawls right back. He hits a dropkick that sends Steen to the floor and he takes the right to him there. Cole gets back in the ring and tries a baseball slide, but Steen blocks it and dumps Cole to the floor face-first. Steen then throws Cole’s ribs directly into the steel ring post. The fight continues outside the ring and Steen is fully in control. Back in the ring Steen kicks Cole in the face and covers for two. Steen continues to abuse Cole and act like a jerk about it. Cole fights back and hits a leaping DDT off the second rope. He follows up with an enziguiri, a superkick, and a shining wizard for a two-count. Cole charges into the corner and Steen backdrops him to the floor. From the floor Cole hits an enziguiri, but when he tries to follow with a slingshot maneuver Steen cuts him off and hits the Orton DDT. Steen hits the cannonball in the corner for a two-count. Cole comes back with a lungblower for two. He blasts Steen with two straight superkicks and then runs right into a hard powerbomb. Steen hits a huge Lariat and then the F-5 to get the pin at 10:05. These two worked well together in this brief match, and I would definitely like to see it again – and higher on the card.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: ROH World Tag Team Championship Match – The Briscoes vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander

The Briscoes have been the Champions since 12.23.11, and this is their second defense. The winners of this match will face the winners of tonight’s main event in a couple of weeks in Cincinnati. Mark and Coleman start it off. The Briscoes take early control but Coleman fights back with a dropkick on both brothers at the same time. Coleman hits a leg lariat on Jay in the corner and uses his momentum to take Mark out on the floor. That was pretty neat. Back in the ring the challengers take control. Unfortunately for them it doesn’t last too long and the Briscoes go right back on offense, this time working Alexander over in their half of the ring. Eventually the challengers come back and quicken the pace, flying all over in and out of the ring. The Briscoes cut Coleman off with a big boot / dragon suplex combination. Jay hits Coleman with a Falcon Arrow for two. Coleman makes a blind tag, allowing Alexander to take Jay down with a springboard flying clothesline. The referee loses control as all four men are in the ring. Coleman quickly sends Mark to the floor and the challengers double-team Jay but can’t put him away. Jay fights back, hitting Coleman with a spinebuster and Alexander with a big boot. The Briscoes then hit Alexander with the Doomsday Device to get the win at 10:03. There wasn’t much of a story to that match but the challengers brought a lot of energy and the Briscoes are fairly reliable these days.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Team A1

Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin make their way out for a promo. They run down the fans, talking about all the big venues they’ve wrestled, but now they’re stuck here. What does that tell you about them? They challenge any team from the back to come out and face them. A1 is comprised of Jeff Early and Zak Hilton. Jeff Early wrestled Steve Corino at Champions Challenge in Richmond on August 27, 2010, while this is Zak Hilton’s ROH debut. Benjamin starts the match with Hilton, and this is an obvious mismatch from the get-go. Things go exactly as one might expect, and then Haas is tagged in to continue the abuse. Benjamin comes back in and he allows Hilton to make the tag. This squash match continues long after I thought it would be over. Team A1 gets a couple of double dropkicks in and WGTT get frustrated out on the floor. Hilton and Early make the mistake of going to the floor and they get kicked in the face for their troubles. Back in the ring Haas and Benjamin go back to work on Early. The match crosses the seven-minute mark, really. I don’t understand why this is happening. This is the longest squash match ever. Referee Paul Turner tries to stop WGTT from double-teaming one of the jobbers and Hass shoves him to the mat for the disqualification at 9:50. What did I do to deserve that? Haas and Benjamin continue the assault after the bell and bring in a steel chair. The Briscoes run out for the save (why do they care about the jobbers?) and clean house. Jim Cornette waddles down again. A referee actually wrestles a chair away from Mark Briscoe, which is preposterous. Everyone yells a lot.
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #6: Proving Ground Match – Jay Lethal vs. Tommaso Ciampa

Ciampa is accompanied by Prince Nana, Barrister R.D. Evans, Ernesto Osiris, and Mia Yim. Lethal has been the TV Champion since 8.13.11, and has won Proving Ground matches against Mark Briscoe, TJ Perkins, and Adam Cole in that time. The champ gets the first advantage and sends Ciampa to the floor after the hiptoss / dropkick combination. Back in the ring they start chain wrestling and Lethal stays one step ahead. Lethal sends Ciampa to the floor again and follows him out with a house show dive. He pitches Ciampa back in the ring and then the Embassy interferes to give their man an unfair advantage. Ciampa abuses Lethal out on the floor, and then continues to do so back in the ring. He doesn’t really target a body part, but rather just generally works the body. Lethal tries a quick Lethal Injection but Ciampa blocks it with a dropkick for two. Moments later Lethal simply fires up and slugs Ciampa down in the corner. Ciampa cuts him off and hits the running knee strike in the corner. He follows with two more and Lethal pops up and hits a superkick. Both men are down. They get up and trade strikes as the crowd boos and yays alternately. Lethal unleashes a flurry of offense as the ring announcer notes that three minutes are left in the time limit. With time running down Lethal hits a handspring elbow, which is almost the Lethal Injection but not quite. That gets a two-count. Ciampa almost fights back but Lethal cuts him off with the Lethal Combination for another near-fall. Lethal goes up top for the Elbow Drop but Ciampa stops him and hits a super Schwein, which surprisingly only gets two. We’re down to one minute (though not by my clock) as Ciampa goes outside the ring to grab a chair. Nana stops him, not wanting him to get disqualified. Back in the ring Lethal starts knocking Embassy members off the apron, but has a kiss for Mia. That gives Ciampa the chance to hit Project Ciampa for the win at 15:20. Is it really that hard to time matches properly? The crowd was into this one but there wasn’t much of a cohesive story being told. Ciampa steals the belt on his way back to the locker room.
Rating: **½

MATCH #7: Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly vs. Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin with Truth Martini

The winners of this match will get a tag team title shot in less than four weeks when ROH makes its debut in Cincinnati. O’Reilly and Strong start the match. They chain wrestle to a standoff and Strong is already acting cocky. O’Reilly responds by going after the leg but Strong counters out of it. Richards and Elgin tag in and they try to intimidate each other. The champ lands a dropkick and Elgin responds right away with a back suplex, sending Richards to the floor. Back in the ring Richards tags O’Reilly, so Strong makes his way back in as well. They go back and forth again but this time O’Reilly gets aggressive and takes Strong down. Richards tags back in and puts on a Texas Cloverleaf. Elgin breaks that up. Strong comes back with a dropkick and makes the tag. Richards and Elgin trade pinning combinations but neither man can get a three-count. They take it to the mat and Richards tries a Cross Armbreaker, but Elgin powers his way out of it into a Buckle Bomb. It doesn’t take long for Richards to fight back and nail Elgin with the running kick from the apron. Strong and Elgin try to regroup on the floor and O’Reilly grazes them with a suicide dive. Back in the ring O’Reilly goes to work on Elgin, keeping him on the mat. They did some good stuff back at Survival of the Fittest 2011 and I’d like to see them have a straight up singles match. Elgin nails O’Reilly with an enziguiri and Strong comes in for the cover and gets two. They fight to the floor and Strong drops O’Reilly’s back across the ring frame. Ouch. Back in the ring that gets a two-count. The House of Truth isolates O’Reilly in their half of the ring. O’Reilly tries to fight back with kicks but Elgin cuts him right off with a spinebuster and then fights out of a triangle choke with a powerbomb. Elgin is strong, yo. Strong and Elgin continue to abuse O’Reilly, keeping him away from the Wolf on the apron. Finally after several minutes the hot tag is made and the Champ is on fire. Richards hits a simultaneous missile dropkick and then unloads on Elgin with kicks. He hits the Alarm Clock for a two-count. Another kick o the head and a bridging German Suplex gets another two-count. Elgin comes back with the simultaneous fallaway slam and Samoan Drop. Corino thinks that move needs a name. So give it one, that’s what you’re getting paid for. Richards and Strong wind up in the ring and they fight back and forth intensely. Strong hits the gutbuster for two and then locks on the Stronghold. O’Reilly tries to break it up but Elgin cuts him off and O’Reilly counters to a guillotine choke. Meanwhile, Richards counters the Stronghold to the Ankle Lock! The HOT counter with rollups, but they only get two. Everyone gets up and strikes at someone else and then all four men are down. Back on their feet O’Reilly hits the rolling butterfly suplexes into a double-arm DDT for two. Elgin had tried to break it up but he hit Strong instead. O’Reilly kicks Elgin to the floor and Richards holds him for the flying dropkick off the ring apron. Back in the ring O’Reilly hits a missile dropkick on Strong for two. Richards hits Strong with the Alarm Clock. O’Reilly hits a superkick and a Regalplex for a near-fall. Elgin gets back in the ring and starts throwing Richards and O’Reilly around. He hits O’Reilly with a TKO and Strong kicks him in the chest for a two-count. Elgin and Richards take their fight to the floor while O’Reilly gets a small package for two. Strong fights back with a knee strike and then tries a suplex but O’Reilly reverses it to the guillotine choke. Martini gets in the ring to distract the referee and then tries to break the Choke. O’Reilly turns his attention to him, and then Strong grabs O’Reilly from behind. Martini tries to hit O’Reilly but he ducks and Strong gets hit instead! O’Reilly then cradles Strong to get the pin at 29:42. That was like a lot of Richards matches – good but long for the sake of long and followed with a promo.
Rating: ***¼