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Truth Martini comes out before the match to say that he has the breakout star of 2012 in Michael Elgin, the World TV Champion Roderick Strong, and now he wants tag team gold, so he introduces the faceless Guardians of Truth.
Jay & Mark Briscoe vs The Guardians of Truth
he Guardians of Truth are a couple of guys in Executioner-style long black trunks and black masks, and they jump the Briscoes as soon as the bells rings. They work Mark over after dumping Jay out to the floor, but the Briscoes regain the momentum and take Guardian #1 out before Mark hits a rolling senton off the ropes on #2 for a 2 count. The Briscoes are all over the GoT as the fans chant "fix the ropes" to reference the fact that they appear dangerously loose. Briscoes with the double football tackle on Guardian #2, but #1 switches in and lays Jay out. GoT with a side suplex/flying legdrop combo on Jay for 2, then they put the boots to him, but Jay makes the hot tag and Mark comes in with Redneck Kung Fu. Mark comes off the top with a flying elbow (coming off the ringpost since the top rope was too loose for him to stand on), then they set up for the Doomsday Device. Whichever Guardian was on Jay's shoulders tried a victory roll, but Jay just dropped down on top of him and got the pin.
Winners: Jay & Mark Briscoe
The Briscoes try to give Truth Martini the Doomsday Device after the match, but the Guardians shove Mark off the top rope and attack Jay until security runs in to break them up. Match seemed to have had its momentum slowed down a lot because of the loose ropes.
Eddie Edwards vs Homicide
They traded slaps at the start, Homicide goes after Edwards and gets suplexed. Homicide rolls out to the floor, so Eddie comes through the ropes with a dive that smashes him into the guardrail, then they trade chops all around ringside with Edwards getting the better of the exchange. They go back inside and Eddie comes off the top rope with a dropkick that gets 2. Homicide tries a back suplex, but Eddie lands on his feet and hits a full rotation german suplex, then hits Homicide with a running kneestrike for 2. They go back to trading chops in the middle of the ring, then they decide to upgrade and go back and forth hitting Yakuza kicks until they both go down. They make it back to their feet and Homicide has the presence of mind to hit an overhead belly to belly suplex. Eddie leapfrogs Homicide and tries a charge in the corner, but Homicide moves and Eddie smashes his shoulder into the ringpost. Homicide, being the gentle soul that he is, grabs Eddie and runs him into the post a second time. Homicide grabs a chair, but the referee takes it away from him, so he grabs Eddie's arm and bends it awkwardly around the top rope instead. Homicide goes back to work on Eddie's arm, which was fairly heavily bandaged coming in, and gets a Fujiwara armbar before releasing the hold to drop a knee on his elbow. Homicide hits two of the three amigos, but Eddie reverses on the third to two of his own amigos. He also goes for the third, but Homicide breaks free and hammers his elbow down across Eddie's arm. Homicide goes to the top rope as the fans chant "si si si" at him, but Eddie nails him and hits a top rope superplex. Homicide goes for an Ace Crusher, Eddie counters to an F5 and a fisherman's buster for 2. Back and forth exchange ends with Eddie getting a schoolboy rollup for 2, then countering Homicide's kickout right into the Crippler Crossface. Homicide makes the ropes, then hits a tornado DDT for 2. Eddie tries for a Backpack chinbreaker, but Homicide blocks and hits the Ace Crusher for 2. Homicide with a northern lariat, Eddie blocks a second lariat with a big boot, but Homicide hits him on the second try and gets 2. Homicide is starting to get frustrated and goes for the cop Killa, but Eddie slips out the back and gets a forward victory roll for 2. Homicide charges for another lariat, but Eddie rolls through into the Achilles Lock, Lance Storm-style. Homicide gets out and small packages Eddie for 2, then another elbowsmash to the arm stuns Eddie long enough for Homicide to hit the Cop Killa for the win.
EXCELLENT MATCH! I was saying to Mike Johnson as we were watching this that this could main event an ROH show, and they wrestled like they were main eventing.
Hybrid Fighting Rules: Kyle O'Reilly vs Adam Cole
Fans are solidly behind Cole as they circle one another. Cole tries to sweep O'Reilly's leg, but O'Reilly steps out of the way, goes behind and takes Cole down with a waistlock. Cole tries a go behind, but O'Reilly overhooks Cole's arm and hiptosses him. Cole finally gets a shot in, so O'Reilly takes Cole down and just pounds the snot out of him. They do a fast paced martial arts exchange with neither man able to connect, and they wind up at a stalemate. O'Reilly with a boot to the gut and he tries a back suplex, Cole slips through and tries one of his own, O'Reilly comes down bad on his ankle so Cole quickly tries to capitalize by shooting on the leg. O'Reilly spins behind, but Cole comes around on top of O'Reilly and dropkicks his bad leg out from under him. Cole with a dragon screw legwhip, then he tries another and O'Reilly counters to an enziguiri. Cole manages to hold onto the ankle, so O'Reilly tries another enziguiri, but Cole ducks and uses O'Reilly's momentum to make the next dragon screw legwhip even harsher. O'Reilly is down in the corner and Cole pummels him with punches until the referee forces him to back off. O'Reilly gets a roll through into a cross armbreaker, Cole makes the ropes and tries to fire back at O'Reilly, but O'Reilly catches him with some stiff shots and Cole goes down. O'Reilly lets the referee count, but Cole starts to get up, so O'Reilly puts him in a seated abdominal stretch and repeatedly drills him with open hand strikes to the face. O'Reilly tries an arm wringer, but Cole breaks free and hits a flying leg lariat. Cole with a series of back elbows using the good arm, but tries an ill-advised suplex and winds up in a strike exchange. They hit simultaneous big boot and both go down, but they both beat the count back up and go back to trading right hands and literally beat each in the face until both their faces are covered in blood. They give that up and instead do the old Danielson-McGuinness headbutt exchange off the ropes, Cole gets the advantage and superkicks O'Reilly square in the face. O'Reilly beats the count and knocks Cole down, but he pops right back up. Both men are covered in blood as O'Reilly gets several more hard strikes and a backdrop suplex. The crowd boos as the guy from the NY State Athletic commission takes a seat at ringside, O'Reilly gets a front guillotine choke but Cole muscles him up into a brainbuster onto his knee. O'Reilly somehow gets to his feet, so Cole superkicks him square in the face and O'Reilly is knocked out and tumbles to the floor. He somehow manages to make it back in yet again and gets a cross armbreaker, Cole reverses to a Texas Cloverleaf, O'Reilly tries to reverse to the LeBell Lock, but Cole blocks and gets a figure four, and O'Reilly taps.
Winner: Adam Cole
This was just insane, absolutely way more than I was prepared for and so, so good. When I reviewed their first match over Wrestlemania weekend, I said that it was okay, but thought they could do a lot more given more time and a higher profile spot. This was that match, and one you absolutely need to go out of your way to see. Cole tries to shake O'Reilly's hand, but O'Reilly smacks him in the face and walks out.
The show continues as Fit Finlay takes on Michael Elgin on Page 2!
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