Ring of Honor
Date: September 12, 2018
Location: Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
Commentators: Ian Riccaboni, Colt Cabana, Caprice Coleman
We have to be about done with Atlanta as we’re only two and a half weeks away from Death Before Dishonor, meaning Ring of Honor will only have one more week to waste time before starting its nothing push to the show. Tonight is a thirty minute Iron Man match for the World Title with Jay Lethal defending against Jonathan Gresham. Let’s get to it.
Mark Briscoe vs. Frankie Kazarian
We’re joined in progress with the fight already going hard as Kazarian hits a nice hiptoss neckbreaker. The slingshot Fameasser sets up the slingshot hurricanrana to put Mark down on the floor. Mark is right back with a Blockbuster off the apron but he stops to throw a barricade. Back in and Mark hammers away in the corner, only to get caught in a Backstabber. Kazarian’s slingshot dropkick in the corner has Briscoe in trouble and we take a break. We come back with Jay Briscoe at ringside and distracting Kazarian for a shot to the back. The Froggy Bow misses and Kazarian grabs a quick crucifix for the pin at 7:58.
Result: Frankie Kazarian b. Mark Briscoe – Crucifix (7:58)
Post match the beatdown is on until Scorpio Sky runs in. Punishment Martinez comes in as well though and So Cal Uncensored is beaten down.
Clips of some recent attacks.
Here are some clips of a brawl between Cheeseburger and the Dawgs after a match, with Ian saying they’re keeping this short to make sure the Iron Man match gets its full time. Cheeseburger gets beaten down but spits at Will Ferrara, who palm strikes him down.
Video on Bully Ray and Silas Young’s issues. After Ray turned on him last week, Young yelled at him in the back.
ROH World Title: Jay Lethal vs. Jonathan Gresham
Lethal is defending and it’s a thirty minute Iron Man match. Feeling out process to start, as you might have expected. Gresham gets taken into the corner but shoves Lethal away as they still haven’t really gotten going yet. Lethal works on a wristlock but gets taken down by the leg, which Gresham rolls into a headlock exchange. That leads to a standoff as they’re certainly taking their time here.
Gresham gets taken into the corner again and we take a break. Back with things getting a bit more heated with Gresham throwing a punch and getting chopped into the corner. A belly to back suplex gives Jay two and another suplex gets two more. We hit the sleeper for a few moments before another chop exchange goes to Jay. The announcer says fifteen minutes gone by, though I’ve got it closer to eleven. Gresham gets more intense and kicks the arm out, followed by a tilt-a-whirl armbar into a faceplant.
Back from another break with Gresham dropping the arm onto the apron. They get back in and it’s an armtrap headlock as Gresham is certainly focused. Gresham wraps both arms around his leg and cranks back as we hit twenty minutes (not quite seventeen by my clock). Back up and they chop it out again with Lethal getting the better of it, eventually enziguring Gresham as we take another break.
We come back again with Gresham being knocked down but slipping out of the Figure Four. Instead it’s the Lethal Combination for a close two. At twenty five minutes down, Gresham gets two off a bridging German suplex. A cross armbreaker is countered into a countered Figure Four attempt and Gresham slaps on the Octopus Hold for a tap at 22:58, though the clock is still all over the place. Gresham is stunned and Lethal goes right at him with three minutes remaining on the official clock. The Figure Four goes on and Gresham is in big trouble. After over a minute and a half in the hold, Gresham taps out at 25:23 to tie things up.
We’re told there’s a minute left so Gresham tries a bunch of rollups for two each until time expires at 26:41. Hang on though as Gresham wants five more minutes of sudden death and Lethal says start the clock. They strike it out with Gresham’s enziguri rocking Lethal. La majistral gives Gresham two as we’re a minute into overtime.
Lethal is right back with a torture rack and the top rope elbow for two with three minutes left. It takes some time to get back up until a pinfall reversal sequence takes us to two minutes left. Lethal knocks him down again though and the Lethal Injection retains the title at 33:25 (counting the break between regulation and the start of sudden death).
Result: Jay Lethal b. Jonathan Gresham – Lethal Injection (33:25)
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Smackdown Reviews.
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