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RING OF HONOR TELEVISION REPORT: LOOKING BACK AT SOME OF THE TOP MATCHES FROM TV IN 2012: EDWARDS/RICHARDS IV; STORM/BENNETT III; AND COLE/STRONG

By Richard Trionfo on 2012-12-23 00:00:05
Earlier this week, Ring of Honor had their final show of the year with the Final Battle: DOOMSDAY iPPV. It is time to take a look back at some of the top moments from the company in 2012.

Kevin Kelly is in the Inside Ring of Honor control center.

The first match is from the June 9th episode of Ring of Honor television, and it is Edwards/Richards IV.

Match Number One:Die Hard Challenge Match

They lock up and Richards backs Edwards into the corner and Richards with a clean break but he gently taps Eddie on the chest. Davey works on the wrist and arm but Edwards with a reversal. Davey with a reversal and back drop but Edwards with a head scissors and Davey escapes. Edwards with an arm drag followed by one from Richards. Edwards misses a chop and Davey misses a kick. Both men go for boots to the chest and the other blocks it so they hop around the ring for a moment until they agree to release the hold and break.

They lock up again and Davey with a snap mare but Edwards with a hammer lock. Richards backs Edwards into the corner and Richards with an Irish whip. Edwards floats over and then hits a single leg take down. Edwards goes for a leap frog but Richards with a spinning heel kick to the chest.

Richards goes for a baseball slide but Edwards sees him coming and avoids Davey and gets back into the ring. Davey with a running boot to Eddie but Eddie stays on his feet. Edwards goes to the floor again. Davey tries to get Eddie on the floor but Eddie returns to the ring. Davey gets on the apron and Eddie with a running boot that knocks Richards off the apron and into the guardrails.

Eddie with a chop against the guardrails as they move around the ring. They return to the ring and Eddie hits a Shining Wizard for a near fall. Edwards with an Irish whip but Davey with a boot in the corner. Davey goes up top but Eddie with an enzuigiri. Eddie sets for the backpack jawbreaker but Davey is able to turn it into a cross arm breaker and Edwards gets to the ropes.

The fight goes to the apron and Eddie chops Davey and Davey with kicks to Eddie. Davey with an arm wringer and Edwards hits the ring apron and the referee checks on Eddie as we go to commercial.

We are back and Davey sends Eddie into the guardrail and then we see shots of the crowd because who needs to watch the match. Davey with a kick to the chest and leg. Davey kicks Eddie in the arm and returns to the ring. Eddie rolls back into the ring and Davey works on the arm and he hits a belly-to-back suplex with Eddie’s arm in a hammer lock. Davey with a hammer lock using his leg and then he ties up Eddie.

Davey continues to work on the injured arm with the Thames Barrier but Eddie escapes. Davey sends Eddie shoulder first into the turnbuckles. Eddie with chops but Davey with elbows to the injured arm. Davey tries for a suplex but Eddie blocks it by moving his center of gravity. Eddie tries for a suplex but Davey avoids it. Eddie catches Davey as he comes off the ropes with a handspring move and Eddie turns it into a belly-to-back front driver and both men are down.

Eddie runs into a boot from Davey but Eddie with a chop. Davey with a kick and then Davey goes to the floor. Eddie with a suicide dive but he makes contact using his injured arm and then the arm hits the guardrail. Eddie gets back to his feet first and he rolls Davey back into the ring. Eddie goes up top and hits a missile drop kick and gets a near fall.

Eddie tries to get some feeling back in his arm and he chops Davey with his good arm. Davey with kicks to Eddie but he misses a round kick. Eddie with a Dragon suplex for a near fall. Eddie goes back to the apron and the turnbuckles. Davey with a punch to the midsection and then he applies the Kimura on the turnbuckles. Eddie with head butts to knock Davey off. Davey with a kick and then Davey returns to the turnbuckles and he head butts Eddie and hits the superplex but Davey rolls through and hits another suplex throw into a cross arm breaker. Eddie is able to roll through and Eddie with the Achilles Lock. Davey reverses into an ankle lock.

Eddie crawls towards the ropes and then he kicks Davey away. Both men with kicks at the same time and neither man goes down. Davey with crucifix float over into a cross arm breaker. Eddie rolls through but Davey gets a near fall. Eddie with a near fall and then they exchange near falls.

Eddie with a chop but Davey hits the Alarm Clock, but the batteries may have been depleted because Eddie stays on his feet and Eddie with a super kick that does not knock Davey off his feet. Davey with a back round kick. Eddie with a spinning back fist. Davey with a lariat that spins Eddie in mid air.

Davey runs into a boot and Eddie goes up top but Davey stops him again. Davey with a chop but Eddie with a fireman’s carry front driver and a chop to the temple for a near fall. Eddie goes up top and goes for a double stomp but he misses and his knee appears to buckle. Davey with a rollup and then he turns it into an ankle lock on the injured leg. Eddie kicks Davey away but Davey with the running kick to the head.

Davey goes to the apron and he tries to kick Jimmy Jacobs, who made his way to the ring. Jacobs tries to interfere on the apron but Davey kicks him away. Davey goes up top and Eddie has recovered. Eddie blocks a missile drop kick and Eddie with a jackknife cover for the three count.

Winner: Eddie Edwards

After the match, Davey applauds Eddie’s victory and then he raises Eddie’s hand in victory, but Eddie reminds him about his injured arm.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Kevin mentions the live show experience during 2012. They were in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Charlotte, Baltimore and many more cities.

Ring of Honor will be in Baltimore, Dearborn, and Milwaukee in January.

During the summer in Milwaukee, Kevin Steen and Jimmy Jacobs faced The Briscoes. We go to highlights from that match.

We see Jay kicking Steen but Jacobs with a spear to Jay. Mark with a mule kick to Jacobs. Steen hits a pop up power bomb on Mark. Mark gets suplexed onto the ramp. Jacobs and Mark fight to the back. Steen hits the F-Cinq on Jay but Jay kicks out. Mark is on the balcony and he hits a splash o Steen through a table.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Kevin tells us that we will find out what the match of the year for Ring of Honor in 2012.

A number of wrestling legends were in the ROH ring this year. One of them was Lance Storm, and he faced Mike Bennett at Showdown in the Sun. Bennett defeated Storm and then Bennett hit a Box Office Smash after the match. Storm defeated Bennett at Border Wars.

On August 3rd, we had the rubber match.

Match Number Two: Mike Bennett (with Maria Kanellis and Bob Evans) versus Lance Storm

Lance and Bennett get face to face and the push each other but they are not done talking. Storm with a pie face. They lock up and they go to the corner. Storm with a clean break. They lock up again and Bennett works on the arm. Storm rolls through and reverses. Storm works on the arm and he sends Bennett into the turnbuckles. Storm with a European uppercut.

Bennett with a back elbow to Storm followed by kicks and punches in the corner. Storm with a knee and chop followed by a forearm. Bennett with a boot to Storm followed by a sunset flip but Storm rolls through and he tries for a single leg crab.

Bennett goes to the floor and Storm brings him back in. Bennett wants a time out but Storm with a kick and suplex for a near fall. Bennett with a kick and slam to Storm. Bennett with elbow drops and he gets a near fall. Storm with a jawbreaker and drop kick for a near fall. Storm with an elbow to the head followed by a punch.

Bennett with a forearm in the corner followed by an Irish whip but he goes for a splash into the corner and Storm moves. Storm with a boot to the abdomen followed by what appeared to be an elbow drop but the camera was focused on Maria. Storm with an elbow drop that we see for a near fall.

Bennett runs Storm into the turnbuckles to escape a front face lock. Bennett runs Storm into the turnbuckles again. Bennett tries for a drop kick but Storm holds on to the ropes. Storm with a jackknife cover for a near fall. Storm sends Bennett into the turnbuckles. Bennett sends Storm over the top rope to the apron. Storm with a shoulder and then he brings Bennett to the apron. They exchange punches and then Bennett with a thumb to the eye and he sends Storm into the guardrail and he hits a clothesline off the apron. We go to commercial.

We are back and Bennett with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Bennett with a belly-to-back suplex and he gets a near fall. Bennett with a rear chin lock. Storm with punches but Bennett with a knee and he sends Storm shoulder first into the ring post. Bennett goes to the floor and he wrings the injured shoulder into the ring post. Bennett with a kick to the shoulder and then he drops the arm on the top rope.

Bennett gets a near fall. Bennett continues to work on the arm with a quarter nelson and chin lock. Storm with punches and a head butt. Bennett with a divorce court and he gets a near fall. Bennett stomps on Storm’s forearm. Storm with a punch but Bennett with a knee. Storm with a kick and elbow but Bennett with a punch. Storm with a punch and Bennett with a kick. Bennett tries for a suplex but Storm counters with an inside cradle.

Bennett with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Bennett with a wrist lock and he knee in the back. Storm with forearms but Bennett with a punch. Storm with a back heel kick and enzuigiri and both men are down. Storm gets a near fall. Storm goes to the apron and Bennett runs Storm’s ribs into the turnbuckles. Bennett does it again. Bennett goes to the apron and he tries to suplex Storm. Storm blocks it and he clotheslines Bennett back into the ring.

Storm tries for a slingshot move back into the ring but Bennett moves and Storm hits the mat. Bennett gets a near fall. Storm and Bennett exchange punches. Bennett with elbows as well. Storm with a back elbow and clothesline followed by a leg lariat for a near fall. Storm with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner.

Storm with a springboard clothesline for a near fall. Bennett with a punch but Storm tries for the Maple Leaf but Bennett drops down and gets a near fall. Bennett avoids an enzuigiri and applies a single leg crab. Storm with a boot to the head and Storm with an uranage for a near fall.

Storm gets Bennett up for a TKO but Bennett gets Storm up. Storm escapes the hold and he rolls through for the Maple Leaf but Bennett gets to the ropes. Storm puts Bennett on the turnbuckles and then he sets for a superplex but Evans holds the foot. Bennett with a neck breaker from the turnbuckles for a near fall.

Maria gets on the apron to distract the referee while Bennett hits a TKO onto a chair that Bennett rolls into the ring and Bennett gets the three count.

Winner: Mike Bennett

After the match, Evans and Bennett pick up Storm and Maria hits Storm with her boot. Sara Del Rey comes into the ring and she kicks Maria and applies a single leg crab. Eddie Edwards comes out to even the odds.

Kevin reminds us that Mike Bennett faced Jerry Lynn at Final Battle in Jerry’s final Ring of Honor match.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Kevin says that the biggest accomplishment is to be a champion.

Kevin Steen defeated Davey Richards to become the World Champion in 2012. A total of four teams held the Tag Team Titles in 2012 and the belts are currently around the waists of the Briscoes. The other teams that held tag team gold in 2012 were Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team, the All Night Xpress, and the team of Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs. The Ring of Honor Television title went from Jay Lethal to Roderick Strong and then to Adam Cole.

We are going to see how Adam Cole became the Ring of Honor Television Champion in our main event. We go to July 28th.

Match Number Three: Match Number Three: Adam Cole versus Roderick Strong (with Truth Martini) for the Ring of Honor Television Title

Strong and Martini sucker Cole into a handshake and Strong drop kicks Cole when Cole shakes Martini’s hand. Strong sends Cole to the floor and into the guardrails. Strong gets Cole on his shoulders and then drops Cole onto the apron. Strong sends Cole into the ring and gets a near fall.

Strong with a forearm to the back followed by shoulders and a chop. Strong with more kicks to Cole. Martini chokes Cole while Strong talks to the referee. Strong with a punch but Cole with forearms. Strong with a chop but Cole blocks a second one and then Cole with a kick. Strong with a hot shot followed by a uranage back breaker for a near fall.

Strong with a forearm across the chest. Cole and Strong exchange punches and then Strong regains control with a chop. Strong sends Cole to the floor and he follows. Cole with an Irish whip into the guardrails but Strong with a super kick and Cole goes down.

Strong gets Cole on his shoulders and then he sends Cole’s ribs into the ring post. Strong returns to the ring and the referee approaches the twenty count but Strong breaks it up. Strong chops Cole against the guardrails followed by a forearm. Strong with a suplex on the floor.

They return to the ring and Strong gets a near fall. Strong with a reverse chin lock and we go to commercial.

We are back and Strong chops Cole while Cole responds with forearms. Strong with a drop kick to the knee. Strong gets Cole on his shoulders but Cole with a crucifix for a near fall. Cole with a back slide for a near fall. Cole cannot get Strong up for a suplex because of the damage to his back and Strong capitalizes immediately with the Strong Hold. Cole fights to the ropes but Strong pulls him into the center of the ring and Strong has turned it into a Cloverleaf but Cole gets to the ropes.

Strong tries for an atomic drop but Cole blocks it. Cole with an enzuigiri and both men are down. Cole with forearms to Strong followed by punches and more forearms. Strong with a kick and chop to Cole but Cole clotheslines Strong over the top and Cole with a suicide dive onto Strong.

Cole goes up top for a cross body and he gets a near fall. Cole runs into boots from Strong and Strong with a chop and Irish whip followed by a running knee. Cole with a drop kick to the knees followed by a Shining Wizard for a near fall. Cole tries for the wrist clutch German but Strong blocks it. Strong puts Cole on the turnbuckles and then Strong with an enzuigiri to the back. Strong with a back breaker onto the top turnbuckle and Strong gets a near fall.

Strong gets Cole up but Cole with a knee to escape the suplex. Strong with a knee to the midsection followed by the gutbuster from a fireman’s carry position but Strong can only get a two count. Strong tries for the Gibson Driver but Cole escapes it. Cole sends Strong to the apron and then Cole hits a slingshot DDT onto the apron. Cole returns to the ring and gets a near fall.

Martini gets on the apron and Cole avoids him. Cole sends Martini into the ring post to stop him. Strong with a forearm and he tries for the suplex throw into a back breaker but Cole lands on his feet and tries for a figure four. Strong with an inside cradle for a near fall. Cole with another super kick followed by a shoulder breaker for a near fall.

Michael Elgin comes into the ringside area while Cole has Strong in the figure four. Elgin looks at the ring while Strong gets to the ropes and Cole releases the hold. Cole with an inside cradle for a near fall. Strong with a discus forearm but Cole with a kick and super kick followed by the wrist clutch German suplex and bridge for the three count.

Winner: Adam Cole

After the match, Strong yells at Martini about what Elgin did not do during the match.

Next week, the 2012 Match of the Year will be revealed and we will see that match as well as other matches from 2012.

We go to credits.