Source: Pro Wrestling Ponderings
Pre-show match Brutal Burgers (Brutal Bob & Cheeseburger) def Benchmark Bill Daly & Will Ferrara with a piggyback stunner from Cheeseburger while he was on the back of Bob
Special Challenge Match
Matt Hardy def Adam Page with the twist of fate after several attempts were countered. Hardy got a good reaction and good heat while Page also looked good.
Silas Young def Mark Briscoe in Strap match. Mark was piggybacking and touched 3 corners but Silas hit #4
Tag Team Attraction
IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) def Adrenaline Rush (ACH & Tadarius Thomas) with More Bang For Your Buck. YB of course were super over. ACH/TD got good reactions during their dives but received a hearty applause and ‘that was awesome’ chants post match.
Stretcher Match – Loser Must Stop Using The Piledriver
“Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen def Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis via ref stoppage.
There was a brawl ringside very early in the match with Steen ramming Bennett into the turnbuckle crotch first many times. Maria stopped the staff from carrying Bennett out on the stretcher. This lead to Bennett hitting Steen multiple times with a chair to the back and arms. There was a Box Office Smash through two tables outside. There were Ole! chants following a brainbuster onto a chair. Steen would hit a package piledriver through several chairs which caused the ref to stop the match. After Steen gave one to Maria and said, ” Merry Christmas bitch!”
After intermission Prince Nana came out and gave a RIP to Nelson Mandela. He talked about new signings in ROH and talked about Outlaw Inc (Homicide and Eddie Kingston). reDRagon came out to confront them and gave Chasing the Dragon to Nana. This brought out Outlaw INC
ROH World Tag Team Championship
reDragon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) def Outlaw Inc (Homicide & Eddie Kingston) with Chasing the Dragon using a chair behind the ref’s back.
The match wasn’t that great according to Ari with it being a clash of styles and everyone on the wrong page. There were petulant fans in the balcony that didn’t help, assisted by botches during the match. After the match Homicide hit a gringo killer on a staffer as Kingston turns on the crowd telling them to not applaud, that they play by their rules, and that everyone can kiss their ass. Kingston goes into the crowd, throws a garbage can around and has a temper tantrum as Homicide goes up to the balcony.
ROH World TV Championship Match
“The Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa def Matt Taven w/ Truth Martini with rings of saturn for the submission to win the ROH TV championship
Not a complete squash but short and fun match. Ciampa hit a crazy air raid crash on a barricade laid out on the floor to Taven. Ciampa would smash Scarlett with a knee in the ring after she tried to protect Taven and he laid out Truth. Kasey Ray attempted a hurricanrana which Ciampa turned into Project Ciampa.
Special Tag Team Match
“Die Hard” Eddie Edwards & BJ Whitmer def Roderick Strong & Jay Lethal
Nigel says it’s for one night only and he asked for one more match so Whitmer could leave on his own terms before the match started. The match ended with an O’Connor roll in a hot finishing sequence between Edwards and Strong. Clean match. BJ did a lot and took some bumps but was protected well even though he may have taken more than he should. Very competitive.
After the match all four men hugged. Lethal got on the mic and said everyone will miss Eddie. Eddie got on the mic and said thank you to Lethal, Cary Silkin (who he hugged) and thank you to the fans and ROH. Edwards puts over Whitmer and thanks him. BJ says his career is just starting and TURNS Whitmer/Strong/Jacobs are new faction. They are sick of being unappreciated while guys like Edwards leave. Jacobs spikes Edwards. Strong and Whitmer hold Edwards for the beat down.
**MAIN EVENT – ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLE THREAT MATCH**
ROH World Champion Adam Cole def “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin and Jay Briscoe with a roll up on Elgin after super kicking both men.
Matt Hardy came out during the match to help Cole. After the match they embraced and Hardy hit everyone with the belt. Chris Hero’s music hit and he made the save to the ring by KO’ing Hardy and Cole. He took the mic and said he was back in ROH.
Said to be a pretty standard three way stuff in the first half of the match that the crowd was kind of dead for. One guy in/one guy out and Cole avoiding both challengers. Elgin and Jay were stiff with each other during their striking exchanges. The crowd woke up during the near falls of the match and bigger moves. Elgin hit his stalling suplex on Cole and Jay immediately splashed him for a close near fall. Later both Elgin and Jay rock bottomed Cole through a table outside. Jay ended up piggybacking on Elgin and they both went through the announcers table. Matt Hardy came out then and tried to pull Elgin in only have Elgin strike him down. Cole hit a twist of fate on Elgin for the tease and near fall. Hardy was stopped at one point by Mark Briscoe which lead to an Elgin Bomb on Cole onto Hardy. Mark and Jay hit tope’s to the outside at one point for a huge pop. There was a close near fall after a Jay Driller onto Elgin.