Nigel McGuinness joins Kevin Kelly for commentary in the second half of tonight's show.
"Machine Gun" Karl Anderson vs. Roderick Strong
Anderson takes Strong down into a side headlock, but Strong escapes the hold. An Irish whip sends Strong to the ropes, and he botches a leapfrog over his opponent, only to recover with a dropkick. They fight to the corner with Strong throwing rights and lefts, followed by several knife-edge chops. The brawl to the ouside, and Anderson gets thrown hard into the barricade.
Back in the ring, and Strong backs Anderson into a corner and traps his legs behind the ropes. After a running start, Strong lands a knee to the jaw followed by an Olypic Slam; two-count. Strong lands about a dozen knife-edge chops, followed by another knee to the jaw. He bursts out of the corner, but Karl catches him with a huge spinebuster! They battle to the apron and trade rights; Anderson gets the better of the exchange and nails Roderick with a big book, which almost puts him through the announce table.
He heads up to the top rope and comes down with a huge neckbreaker. Running powerbomb finds its mark! 1…2…No! Strong just gets right back up and is suddenly in control again. Because who cares about ring psychology…? Anderson connects with a spinning sidewalk slam, but only gets a two-count. He lands the Ace Cutter, and tries for the pin: 1…2…3.
Results: Karl Anderson wins via pinfall
ROH Television Championship
Steve Corino takes the microphone from the ring announcer and gives a long, rambling introduction of his own, calling Matt the "Jesus Christ of professional wrestling". The fans chant "f*ck you Hardy" in response. As the match finally gets started, Cole wastes little time in diving out of the ring and taking out Matt Hardy. There are things happening in the ring, but Taven's girlfriend is mounting Nigel on commentary for some reason.
Hardy goes for a bulldog on Taven, but runs into a superkick from Adam Cole. Taven rolls him up from behind, but only gets a two-count. Taven gets Cole up for a suplex, and drops him down hard with a shoulder-breaker. The champ then turns his attention to Hardy, and the two fight up to the top rope. Taven with a huge superplex; two-count. Hardy battles back and gets a Twist of Fate on the champ ("Same old sh*t" chant from the crowd) but doesn't get a pin because Truth Martini is distracting the referee.
Adam Cole walks up to Matt Hardy while the ref is distracted, and kicks him in the balls. Roll-up! 1…2…3! Matt Hardy has been eliminated from the match, and the crowd goes nuts for this. ROH really hates Matt Hardy. Steve Corino gets in the ring and has words with Adam Cole, long enough for Taven to hit an Arm-Trap Headlock Driver for the 3-count.
Results: Matt Taven retains the championship via pinfall
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