Who will emerge from Survival of the Fittest and earn a future World Title match? Will it be Adam Cole, Davey Richards, Jay Lethal, Roderick Strong, Mike Mondo, or Michael Elgin?
Match Number One: Briscoe Brothers versus Bravado Brothers
Mark and Harlem start things off and they lock up. Mark with a side head lock. Harlem with a sunset flip but Mark rolls through and Mark with a boot to the head. Jay tags in and he hits a leg drop while Mark hits a belly-to-back suplex. Jay gets a near fall. Jay with a back elbow and he gets a near fall.
Mark tags back in and we see a Briscoes t-shirt in the crowd while the match continues. Mark with a suplex to Harlem and he kicks Harlem in the head and gets a near fall. Mark with a throw to Harlem and then he kicks him. Mark with chops and a head butt to Harlem. Lancelot grabs the foot and Harlem with a bicycle kick for a near fall.
Harlem with a kick and he tags Lancelot in. They hit a double back elbow and a double elbow drop for a near fall. Lancelot with a kick to the back and he hits a suplex. Harlem tags back in and he kicks Mark. Harlem wit a forearm but mark with punches in the corner and he tries for chops but Harlem hits Mark from behind and Lancelot kicks Mark to allow Harlem to get a near fall.
Harlem kicks and chops Mark. Mark with a palm thrust and shots to the chest followed by a thrust to the throat. Jay and Mark work over Lancelot who made the tag. Mark with a hesitation drop kick to Harlem through the ropes. Jay with a Falcon Arrow to Lancelot for a near fall. Jay gets Lancelot on his shoulders and Mark goes up for the .Doomsday Device. Harlem pushes Mark off the turnbuckles and then Lancelot with a facebuster. Harlem with a slingshot stunner to Jay. Harlem with a knee to Mark from the apron. Lance with a snap mare and Harlem with a blockbuster but Mark breaks up the cover.
Harlem sends Mark to the floor. Jay with shots to each Bravado. Harlem kicks Lancelot with the Gentlemanâ€™s Agreement when Jay moves. Jay with a roaring elbow and then the Briscoes hit the Doomsday Device on Lancelot for the three count.
Winners: The Briscoe Brothers
After the match, the Guardians of Truth make their way through the curtain. They say that they have some unfinished business. When they came to Ring of Honor, Truth Martini promised them greatness, but he has been a little busy trying to fix the House of Truth. They have become afterthoughts with Truth Martini so they are going to do things their way. They are former WWF Tag Team Champions. They are the most tremendous tag team in wrestling today. They are the Headbangers.
They remove their hoods.
They tell the two redneck hillbillies that they know that the Briscoes are seven time tag team champions. They have beaten legends and have held titles for the biggest wrestling companies. They want to know if the Briscoes will man up or will they be chickens.
Jay gets on the mic and he rhetorically ask if they are going to man up. He tells the Headbangers that with all due respect, until you prove yourself in a Ring of Honor ring, you havenâ€™t done s&&t.
Mosh says that there is no right way and there is no wrong way, there is only the Headbanger Way.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we go to Kevin and Nigel at the announce table. Kevin mentions how Survival of the Fittest has springboarded people to stardom.
We look at the people who have won Survival of the Fittest in the past. In 2004, it was Bryan Danielson who won by making Austin Aries tap out. In 2005, Roderick Strong won by pinning Austin Aries. In 2006, Delirious won after eliminating Matt Sydal. In 2007, Chris Hero won by defeating his on and off tag team partner Claudio Castagnoli. There was not tournament in 2008, but in 2009, Tyler Black defeated Roderick Strong to win. In 2010, Eddie Edwards eliminated Kenny King to win. Last year, Michael Elgin eliminated Kyle Oâ€™Reilly to win.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the rules of Survival of the Fittest are announced by Bobby Cruise.
Match Number Two: Survival of The Fittest Elimination Match: Adam Cole versus Jay Lethal versus Davey Richards versus Mike Mondo versus Roderick Strong (with Truth Martini) versus Michael Elgin
Strong and Richards start things off and there is No Remorse as they begin. They lock up and Richards works on the wrist and Strong reverses. Richards and Strong with reversals and they go to a stalemate. Strong teases a crane kick. Elgin tags in and Strong goes to the floor to avoid Elgin.
Strong gets to the apron and then he finally gets into the ring and he tags Mondo into the match. They lock up and Mondo with a side head lock. Mondo with a shoulder tackle but Elgin stays on his feet. Mondo goes for another shoulder tackle but he cannot budge Elgin. Elgin comes off the ropes and he catches Mondo on a leap frog and hits a power slam for a near fall. Elgin goes after Strong and Roderick gets to the floor again.
Elgin with a forearm to the back but Mondo with punches. Elgin with a knee to the midsection but Mondo with a head butt to the midsection. Richards tags in and he connects with forearms. Mondo with forearms but Richards with a drop kick. Richards with a drop kick to Elgin and Richards with a running kick to Elginâ€™s head from the apron. Strong with a back breaker to Richards on the apron. Cole with a pescado onto Strong. Lethal with a suicide dive onto Cole. Mondo goes up top and hits a moonsault onto everyone and they all go down.
Mondo gets a near fall on Richards. Mondo with a forearm to the back followed by a kick to the back. Richards with a back heel kick. Cole tags in and he punches Mondo. Cole with forearms to Mondo. Mondo sets for the double underhook DDT Cole. Strong makes the blind tag and he hits the Sick Kick to get the pin on Mondo.
Mike Mondo Eliminated
Cole and Strong exchange punches but Strong with the advantage. Strong runs into a boot from Cole and Cole with punches. Cole with an Irish whip but Strong with a boot and enzuigiri for a near fall. Strong tries to get under Elginâ€™s skin and then he knocks Richards off the apron. Strong and Cole exchange punches and then Strong runs Cole into the corner and he chops Cole. Strong with a running knee followed by a gutbuster from the shoulders and he can only get a near fall.
Strong kicks Cole and then he goes after Elgin. Strong with a forearm to Cole but Elgin with a spinning back fist to Strong. Cole with a superkick to Strong to eliminate him.
Roderick Strong Eliminated
Richards puts Cole in the ankle lock but Cole escapes and he hits a death valley neck breaker for a near fall. Elgin tags in and he goes for an Oâ€™Connor Roll on Cole but Elgin tries to roll through into a German suplex but Cole counters and gets a near fall with a rollup. Cole with an enzuigiri and then he goes for a rana but Elgin with a buckle bomb and spinning power bomb to eliminate Cole.
Adam Cole Eliminated
Lethal comes in and he hits a drop kick on Elgin and gets a near fall connects with forearms. Lethal goes for the Lethal Combination as we go to commercial.
We are back and Elgin gets Lethal on his shoulders and then he grabs Richards and hits a fallaway slam to both men. Lethal and Richards roll to the floor. Elgin goes up top. Strong pushes Elgin into the ring and then Lethal and Richards return to the ring. Lethal with a punch and Richards fires back. They continue to exchange punches. Richards with an enzuigiri and then he hits an exploder suplex on Elgin through the ringside table.
The referee checks on Lethal.
Richards wants Lethal to take a shot at him and Lethal connects with a shot to the jaw. Richards punches back. They go back and forth. Lethal with a chop and Richards with a kick. Lethal and Richards with rapid fire punches and both men go down. Richards and Lethal with forearms and we see Elgin roll himself back into the ring and Lethal and Richards stop.
Elgin blocks a kick from Richards. Lethal has a kick blocked. Richards with an enzuigiri and Lethal with a DDT to Elgin. Richards and Lethal go up top and Richards with a double stomp and Lethal with the elbow drop but Elgin kicks out when Lethal and Richards make the cover.
Richards with a clothesline but Elgin stays on his feet. Richards with a second one and Elgin does not budge. Elgin with a back fist. Lethal and Richards with a super kick and then they both hit a superkick at the same time and Elgin is pinned.
Michael Elgin Eliminated
We go to commercial.
We are back and Richards and Lethal stand across the ring from each other. The wrestlers come out from the locker room to surround the ring.
Lethal with a cutter after a handshake and Lethal goes up top for the elbow drop but Richards kicks out. Lethal gets Richards on his shoulders but Richards escapes and Richards with the Alarm Clock followed by a forearm. Lethal with the Lethal Combination and he hits a second one but Richards kicks out. Lethal with the Koji Clutch on Richards but Richards turns it into an ankle lock.
Lethal with an ankle lock and he lifts Richards using his feet. Richards gets to the ropes and the hold is broken. Lethal and Richards fight on the apron. They exchange punches, chops, and kicks. Richards with an Exploder suplex off the apron and then Richards goes up top and hits the double stomp. Lethal kicks out at one.
Richards with a super kick and round kicks but Lethal kicks out at two. Lethal with a super kick but Richards with a round kick. Lethal with a super kick and he gets a near fall.
We see Kyle Oâ€™Reilly watching from the entrance. Lethal picks up Richards and signals for the Lethal Injection. Richards moves and he puts Lethal in the ankle lock. Lethal kicks Richards away. Richards with a running forearm or three. Richards puts Lethal on the turnbuckles and hits a superplex and then he rolls through into a brainbuster and gets a two count. Richards with a sliding kick to the head but he only gets a two count.
Richards returns to the ankle lock. Lethal with a German suplex but Richards pops up. Lethal with a Dragon suplex for a near fall. Lethal thinks of what he has to do to win this match while Richards struggles to get back to his feet. Lethal with a head butt and chop. Richards spits in Lethalâ€™s face. Lethal with an enzuigiri and Lethal Injection for the three count.
Winner: Jay Lethal
After the match, Kyle Oâ€™Reilly goes to the back and he does not look impressed with what he saw.
Lethal celebrates in the ring and then he stands face to face with Davey Richards. Richards holds Lethalâ€™s hand up in victory.
We go to credits.