-We open with highlights of Kevin Steen destroying Steve Corino, Jimmy Jacobs, and El Generico at Final Battle. In the process, Steen won back a spot on the ROH roster.
-From Baltimore, MD. Our hosts are Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness. In tonight’s main event, “The New American Wolves” of Davey Richards and Kyle O’Reilly face off against Cedric Alexander and Caprice Coleman.
-Backstage interview with The Embassy Ltd. R.D. Evans reminds Prince Nana that the investors are looking for Tommaso Ciampa to face better competition. Ciampa has strong words for TJ Perkins, who has been bragging about being undefeated on television. Ciampa, on the other hand, has been completely undefeated for over a year in ROH.
-Grizzly Redwood is being put over as ROH’s most beloved star. Redwood was a premature baby and wasn’t expected to live past the age of 4. He needed repeated surgeries to repair his throat. Redwood fell in love with wrestling and entered the business despite the pleas of his family and doctors. He feels that every time he enters the ring, he’s a winner, because he’s overcome the odds so many times.
-Just before the bell rings for a Grizzly Redwood vs. Devon Storm match, Truth Martin, Roderick Strong, and Michael Elgin crash the party. Martini earns a “Willy Wonka” chant due to his unusual attire. Martini says life is all about choices and has a choice for Storm. He can accept $500 to allow Elgin to take his place in the match, or get his ass kicked. Storm accepts, of course. Martini then turns to Redwood and tells him that after this match, he’s going to wish he’d died as a child. Whoa, that’s a bit harsh. Redwood isn’t backing down.
-We’re treated to extended highlights of the violent Kevin Steen vs. Steve Corino match from Final Battle. This includes the post-match attack on Jimmy Jacobs and El Generico. This transitions to Kevin Steen leaning against a cage wall. He feels like he’s been stuck in a cage over the past year but now he’s going to be unleashed on ROH TV. This show has been lacking unpredictability, chaos, and fear, but that’s over now, because Steen is here. Steen speculates that Jim Cornette doesn’t like him because they’re too much alike. Unlike Cornette, Steen will never go soft and conform. In seven days, everything will change.
-Jim Cornette responds to the Kevin Steen situation. Cornette defends his position on Steen, as three men went to the hospital because of Steen at Final Battle. Cornette admits that Steen is a popular guy but he doesn’t want to sell tickets at the expense of others’ welfare. He teases that he has a message for Steen next week, one that he’s not going to like.
-It’s time for Inside of Ring of Honor! We’re treated to back and forth interviews between Eddie Edwards and Kyle O’Reilly. Edwards says that after he won the ROH title, Kyle O’Reilly began to show resentment towards him. O’Reilly defends himself, saying that he didn’t like the way Edwards carried himself. He felt that it put Davey Richards in an awkward position, since Richards had vowed to leave if he didn’t win the title on his next try. Edwards retorts that he needed to get out of Davey’s shadow. Eddie thinks Kyle is jealous, and Kyle thinks Eddie has no loyalty. How sweet. Davey Richards chips in that the brewing feud between his two friends is a lose/lose situation for him. Richards admits that if forced to choose between them, he’d have to go with O’Reilly.
-Mike Bennett explains to his girlfriend, Maria Kanelis, that he had the Television title won before Jay Lethal jumped him from behind at Final Battle. Next week, he gets a rematch with Lethal in a match with no time limits.
-Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin are still upset over losing their titles at Final Battle. Benjamin says that after all the crap they took from the NYC fans, they deserve a rematch. The ROH officials turned them down, partly because they haven’t paid their fines for the chair shots yet. Haas demands to know whatever happened to the concept of an automatic rematch.
-Eddie Edwards comes out and applauds the victory.
Final Thoughts: Kyle O’Reilly and Eddie Edwards feuding over who is a better friend to Davey Richards is a bit of a stretch, but it provided the background for a good main event this week. It also gives Edwards a fine spot to land on after coming up short at Final Battle. Speaking of Final Battle, the fallout from that event is still being felt, which should be making viewers who didn’t order the show feel like they missed something. If this show isn’t finding an audience, it really should be, because it’s telling a lot of nicely constructed, long-term stories. I’m looking forward to Steen’s return next week, as well as the blow off to Bennett/Lethal.