Ring of Riley
With Riley Ross
Welcome back to Ring of Riley where I break down each segment and match on Ring of Honor. At the end of the review, I will give out honors for Riley’s Rewind which is the best match, Riley’s Regret which is worst match or segment, and to cap it the review, I will award a wrestler with Star of the Night. Each honor will have a brief justification as to why they were awarded the honor or dishonor. On tonight’s show we get more matches from the Ring of Honor World Title tournament. Prince Nana is on commentary with Kevin Kelly. On tonight’s line up we have great matches such as Michael Elgin vs. Karl Anderson, Kevin Steen takes on Roderick Strong, and Tommaso Ciampa battles Michael Bennett.
Michael Bennett vs. Tommaso Ciampa—Maria has been barred from the building since Bennett’s match with BJ Whitmer. Both men reluctantly adhere to the Code of Honor. Michael Bennett quickly gets out of the ring. He tries to pull Ciampa out of the ring. One will get in the ring as soon as the other gets out. Ciampa finally gets his hands on Bennett and slams him into the barricade outside the ring. He throws Bennett into the ring and slams him face first into the turnbuckle. He slams him down before doing a dropkick. He goes for the pin but Bennett kicks out. Ciampa sends him flying into the ropes and Bennett kicks him. Ciampa strikes him down and goes for another pin but Bennett kicks out. Ciampa is acting like he reinjured his knee, he plays possum and takes Bennett down. Bennett comes back with a drop toe hold and goes to the outside to deliver a dropkick. Both men are outside the ring fighting it out. Bennett delivers a kick to Ciampa’s face. He goes for another running kick but Ciampa moves out of the way. Ciampa delivers a series of knees to Bennett. Bennett tries to counter one but Ciampa viciously slams him into the barricade. He does another brutal knee to Bennett before a commercial break. Back from commercial and Ciampa is in charge or he was until Bennett drives him backwards into the corner. Bennett has him hanging from the ropes and Bennett attacks him. The referee gets him down and Bennett starts working the left leg of Ciampa. They trade striking blows, Bennett blows him a kiss before charging at his opponent. Ciampa moves and Bennett crashes balls first into the steel ring post. Both men are on their knees as they trade blows, Ciampa gets to his feet first. The striking blows keep coming and Bennett gets taken down with a clothesline. He goes for a pin but Bennett kicks out. Ciampa has him locked into a submission move but Bennett finally gets to the ropes. Ciampa’s knee is bothering him and Bennett takes advantage of the distraction and spears Ciampa. He goes for the pin but Ciampa kicks out. Bennett struggles to do a piledriver but fails so he locks in the Sharp Shooter. Ciampa struggles to break the hold and Bennett goes for the pin but Ciampa kicks out. Bennett delivers a flying bulldog which plants Ciampa’s face into the mat. Bennett goes for the GTS but Ciampa counters and does the GTS on Bennett. Both men are on the apron trading chops and punches. Bennett goes for a piledriver on the apron but Ciampa grabs the ropes. Ciampa strikes him with a knee and Bennett goes flying to the floor. Ciampa nails him with the Kryptonite Crunch outside the ring. He rolls Bennett into the ring and goes for the pin. Winner: Tommaso Ciampa
Roderick Strong vs. Kevin Steen—the code of honor is adhered too. Strong quickly takes Steen down and goes for the pin but Steen kicks out. Strong knocks him off the apron and he does another move but Steen catches him and slams him against the apron. Steen throws him in the ring and goes to the top rope and dives down on the scrawny Strong. He goes for the pin but Strong kicks out. Steen picks him up and puts him on the outside of the ring onto the apron. He delivers a vicious DDT and goes for the pin but Strong puts his foot on the ropes. While Strong is holding onto the ropes, Steen steps on him. Strong strikes him when he gets back up but Steen starts nailing him with forearms. Steen pulls him up and Strong runs him into the corner. Strong takes him down and he starts pulling Steen up. He goes for a move but Steen drives him backwards into the corner. Strong makes a comeback with a kick and a clothesline. Steen gets up first and delivers a neckbreaker. He goes for the pin but Strong kicks out. Strong has Steen in the corner and puts him on the top rope. He goes to the top and Steen punches him in the back. He goes for a superplex and it connects. Holy shit. He goes for a submission move but Steen grabs the ropes. Back from commercial and Steen counters Strong’s move into the Sharpshooter but Strong grabs the ropes which forces Steen to break the hold. Steen gets kicked and Strong delivers a gut buster to him. He goes for the pin but Steen kicks out. Strong starts punching him again and puts him back on the top turnbuckle. He joins him and tries to go for another superplex. Steen slams him down and goes for the pin but Strong kicks out. Steen goes for the package piledriver but Strong counters and starts fighting. Steen nails him with the package piledriver. Winner: Kevin Steen
Karl Anderson vs. Michael Elgin—both men shake hands and refuse to let go of one another until the ref breaks it up. Elgin attacks first. They trade kicks and punches. Anderson cannot move Elgin with his pansy ass pushes. Elgin rolls him up but Anderson kicks out. They go for a wrist lockup but Anderson kicks him. Elgin slams him down and goes for the pin but Anderson kicks out. He has Anderson in the corner and is chopping away at him. He sends him flying into the corner, Anderson drops down. Elgin picks him up and does a standing suplex. He drops him after a few moments. Elgin goes for a pin but Anderson kicks out. Back from commercial break and Anderson is dominating Elgin so far. Elgin gets back up to his feet and delivers a series of clobbering blows to Anderson. He sends him flying into the corner and slams him down to the mat. He goes for a pin but Anderson kicks out. Elgin powerslams him down and goes for another pin but Anderson kicks out. He points menacingly at the turnbuckle, hey that turnbuckle didn’t do anything to you. Elgin goes for a move but Anderson counters. They fight it out and Elgin starts chopping him across the throat. Anderson delivers a spine buster. Elgin gets to his feet and powerslams Anderson down. He goes to the top rope and does a dive but Anderson moved out of the way. Anderson tries to slam him down but Elgin counters. He takes Anderson down and goes for a German bridge pin but Anderson kicks out. Elgin goes to the top rope and Anderson follows him. He has Elgin draped over his shoulders before falling with him. He goes for the pin but Elgin kicks out. He does another fantastic maneuver before going for another pin but Elgin once again kicks out. Anderson goes for the Ace Crusher but Elgin counters with a back slide, Anderson kicks out. Elgin locks in the Crossface and Anderson grabs the bottom rope. Both men are on the apron and Anderson kicks Elgin. Anderson goes to the top rope and Elgin follows him. They fight it out and Anderson bites him, Elgin comes back with a nasty kick. He stands on the second rope and pulls Anderson up for a superplex. He goes for a pin but Anderson kicks out. Elgin buckle bombs him and kicks him. He throws an elbow before powerbombing him. He goes for the pin but Anderson kicks out. This match is amazing. Elgin buckle bombs him before powerbombing him. Winner: Michael Elgin
Riley’s Rewind—this honor goes to Kevin Steen and Roderick Strong, also upon further review, I have to bestow this honor to Michael Elgin and Karl Anderson. Yes I will admit I was surprised that Strong could superplex him off of the top rope. This match had me chanting holy shit a couple of times. Kudos to both men for a hell of a match. Both matches were fucking amazing.
Riley’s Regret—there are no regrets with this showing of Ring of Honor.
Star of the Night—after much deliberation this goes to Michael Elgin. Despite his size, he is super athletic and can move really quickly. He is truly one of the best wrestlers in Ring of Honor.
In closing this was one of the best episodes of Ring of Honor. Seriously if you aren’t watching Ring of Honor then I feel sorry for you because you are missing out. . Seriously everyone should watch it. Make sure you all check out http://www.blogtalkradio.com/live-nation-radio-network. We’ll be airing Tuesday at 10pm ET Call in at (347) 945-6363. Have a good night and a better tomorrow!