Ring of Honor returned home to Philadelphia & The National Guard Armory last Friday night, September 20th, for “Death Before Dishonor XI”! A new World Champion was crowned as the title tournament came to an end, BJ Whitmer addressed his professional wrestling future, the IWGP Jr. Tag Titles were up for grabs, plus a whole more lot more went down in the City of Brotherly Love!
Read on for the complete results:
Death Before Dishonor XI – Philadelphia, PA 9/20/13
- Before the show even started, Steve Corino entered the building demanding his reinstatement and was thrown out by security
- Former World Champion Jay Briscoe came to the ring, with the World Title in hand, to kick off the show and told Nigel McGuinness that if you want to be successful in life, you have to put hard work in. Jay said that the company is only as good as how hard their employees work. He said that eleven years ago, ROH was born at the Murphy Rec Center and that he was on the first show. Jay said he's spent his entire adult life trying to make this company grow and that when Kevin Steen and SCUM were trying to take down the place, he kicked Kevin's ass and took the title. Jay said that according to Nigel, he has an injury and isn't allowed to defend the title so he was stripped. Jay asked why Nigel, when he was the ROH champ, was allowed to defend the title hurt but he can't. Jay also said that he knows Nigel is just the messenger but told him that from the bottom of his heart, “this is bull****”.
Jay then said that his daddy told him not to look back but look ahead and that if the winner of the tournament wins like a man, like the way he won the belt, he's going to have to come down and hand the belt over. Jay said he doesn't want to but he will and that when he's cleared to wrestle, he's going to return and take the belt back.
1. Jay Lethal pinned Silas Young
2. World Title Tournament Semi-Final Match: Adam Cole defeated Tommaso Ciampa via referee stoppage to advance to the finals; The end came when Cole had Ciampa locked in the Figure Four and repeatedly kicked him in the head. After the bell, Ciampa had to be helped out by referees and security and went to get checked out at a local medical facility
3. World Title Tournament Semi-Final Match: Michael Elgin submitted Kevin Steen to advance to the finals
4. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match: The Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov) beat The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)
- Following intermission, RD Evans & Veda Scott came to the ring to address Outlaw Inc's recent assault on Evans and specifically Nigel McGuinness' culpability in it but Adam Page interrupted which led to...
5. Adam Page pinned RD Evans
6. Roderick Strong defeated Ricky Marvin
- Nigel McGuinness then brought out BJ Whitmer who announced that, due to the injuries suffered at “All Star Extravaganza V”, he was choosing to end his in-ring wrestling career. After thanking everyone who had supported him over the years, BJ asked Jimmy Jacobs to come to the ring. This lead to Whitmer making one final request to McGuinness: reinstate Jimmy. Nigel, caught by surprise, acquiesced and told Jimmy he could earn his way back in and it would start at the TV Tapings the next night!
7. C&C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander) and Adrenaline RUSH (ACH & Tadarius Thomas) defeated World Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish), World TV Champion Matt Taven, and Michael Bennett; The chaotic match came to an end when C&C hit Overtime on O'Reilly to pick up the win.
- Bobby Fish immediately tried to assault C&C but was caught off by the arrival of Homicide & Eddie Kingston. reDRagon ran for cover as Outlaw Inc told everyone that whether it's the tag team champions, or whoever was crowned World Champion later that night, everyone was on notice
8. World Title Tournament Finals: Adam Cole defeated Michael Elgin to become the 19th World Champion; During the course of the match, as Elgin nailed Cole with the Elgin Bomb, Todd Sinclair was clipped by Cole's feet which briefly rendered him unable to make a three count. Both men survived a great deal of punishment, including Elgin surviving a Panama Sunrise (Canadian Destroyer) from Cole. Following the match Jay Briscoe returned to the ring to present the new champion with the title belt. After accepting the belt and shaking Jay's hand, Cole waited for the former champion to turn his back before superkicking him in the head and then nailing Elgin with the title belt across the face!
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With Adam Cole as the new face of ROH we head to Hopkins, MN this Saturday night for a huge live event at the Eisenhower Community Center featuring an Honor Rumble with the winner getting an automatic World Title match that night! You can expect the complete card for the event to be released later today on ROHWrestling.com. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please click here!