We open with the usual awesome video recap of last week’s main event.
-From Louisville, KY. Our hosts are once again Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness. Tonight we will see a Team Richards Challenge, as Davey Richards battles his training partner, Kyle O’Reilly.
-Mike Mondo wants the TV crew to back off because he takes up a lot of space. He can’t promise he won’t hurt anyone but he doesn’t know his own strength. Mondo will do whatever he must do to show he’s the biggest man in town. The modern day Crash Holly shtick is going to get old really fast.
-Jim Cornette addresses the Kevin Steen situation. Next week he’ll announce whether or not he’ll offer a settlement, but he has a personal response. He denies all of Steen’s claims that he unfairly set the deck against Steen in his match against El Generico, including tampering with the contract and having the referee in his pocket. But hey, this is American, you can sue for anything.
-Next week, Jay Lethal defends the Television title against El Generico. We are treated to footage of Jay Lethal putting himself over. Lethal says Generico fought him like a man, unlike Bennett, who refused overtime in their draw.
-Before his match, Mike Bennett takes the microphone. Bennett claims that he is actually the TV Champion. Therefore, he’s giving Jamin Olivencia a title match. “Good luck, kid.” offers the “champ.”
-Welcome to Inside Ring of Honor! This week, Davey Richards made a poorly worded announcement on Twitter. It turns out that Eddie Edwards went behind Richards’ back and began training with Dan Severn, and Kyle O’Reilly had to stooge the information back to the champion. Richards says he doesn’t feel anger (yet) but instead confusion and distrust, but mainly hurt. He feels that Edwards has broken their bond, because it was Richards’ idea to seek out Severn. At Final Battle, Richards’ whole world will fit into the ring and he will win.
-Next week, we will see exclusive footage from Dan Severn’s training facility. Yay?
-Last week, The All Night Express confronted Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team in the ring. Meanwhile, the Briscoes have issued a challenge to Cedric Alexander and Caprice Coleman. This is an attempt to embarrass WGTT. The Briscoes are mad that it took them six months to get a shot at WGTT but Coleman and Alexander could just walk into the company and get them right away. It took WGTT 13 minutes to beat Coleman and Alexander, and the Briscoes think they can do it in 3. Coleman and Alexander respond, saying the Briscoes have bit off more than they can chew. They do not fear the Briscoes.
-Davey Richards takes the microphone before his match with Kyle O’Reilly. Richards thinks the fans came here to see a fight. Richards and O’Reilly shake hands and agree that the better man will win. Truth Martini shows up after the ring announcements, presumably to get an up-close look at the action.
-Truth Martini enters the ring and tries to get a word in with Richards. Truth tells Richards that he did something wrong and finds himself on the receiving end of a beating from both Richards and O’Reilly. Team Richards stands tall as we end the show.
Final Thoughts: I’m a little concerned about the build to Richards/Edwards III after this week. Richards is hurt because he had the novel idea of training with Dan Severn, and Edwards beat him to the punch. Maybe it’s just me, but that means Richards has some seriously thin skin. Otherwise, this was a middling episode, as we didn’t get any really big developments, but a lot of key talent got the chance to get over. Middle of the road episodes will help me appreciate the great ones more. Thumbs in the middle.