ROH Recap: Addiction vs Best Friends for Shot at ROH World Tag Title

ROH World Television Title Contender’s Match: Punishment Martinez vs. Josh Woods

The winner of this match earns a spot in the Four Corner Survival Match for the ROH World Television Title at Final Battle Dec. 15. Woods tried to compensate for his size and experience disadvantage by using his arsenal of submission maneuvers and hard strikes, and it proved effective. He nearly took out Martinez with a Dragon Sleeper, but Martinez powered out and hit Falcon Arrow for a near fall.

Woods came back with a modified suplex for a near fall, but Martinez responded with a spinning heel kick from that top rope. Woods managed to kick out from that, but Martinez went on to hit the South of Heaven chokeslam for the win. Martinez advances to Final Battle.

Mark Briscoe Gets His Title Shot -- And a Manager

Briscoe said that people are calling him an idiot for deciding to face ROH World Television Champion Kenny King for the title tonight with a severely dislocated elbow, but he said he earned the shot and he’s taking it.

Briscoe’s brother, Jay, entered. “You know how I feel about this,” Jay said, “but you’re my brother and I’ll be in your corner.”

Mark said all he wanted all along was his brother’s support. “So you’re going to be my manager?” Mark asked. Jay said that he would.

Marty Scurll Issues a Challenge to Jay Lethal

Lethal came to the ring and said that every time he gets focused on regaining the ROH World Title, something or someone sidetracks him. He said he’s the best wrestler in the world and it’s time to become a two-time world champion. He said he’s one of the few people in ROH who has a victory over current ROH World Champion Cody.

Scurll interrupted. He said when he came to ROH he wanted to face the best wrestlers in the world, and Lethal is one of them. However, Scurll said that he wanted to face the “villainous” Lethal, not the one who shakes hands and shows compassion.  Lethal said the difference between him and Scurll is that he did villainous things because he wanted to do; Scurll does them because he has to.

Scurll said the “old” Lethal was unbeatable, and if he doesn’t want to be that guy anymore, he “may as well put the clown costume with the tassels back on because at least that shtick was entertaining.” He said the fans that used to cheer for Lethal when he was “a badass” are all wearing Villain Club shirts now. 

Scurll said that ROH is allowing him to handpick his opponent for Final Battle, and he’s choosing Lethal. Lethal accepted the challenge.

“At Final Battle, you’re going to get that badass,” Lethal warned, “and I may teach you some new tricks.”

Bullet Club Has Ominous Words For Dalton Castle

ROH World Champion Cody said all Adam Page cares about is protecting the fraternity of the Bullet Club. Page, speaking about Castle -- who will face Cody for the title at Final Battle -- said Castle’s Boys are gone forever and he’ll never see the ROH World Six-Man Tag Title belts again or get to kiss Cody’s ring because he’s going to fall victim to Page’s “big old … rope.” Page said Castle won’t make it to Final Battle.

ROH World Television Title Match: Kenny King (champion) vs. Mark Briscoe (w/Jay Briscoe)

Just as King and Mark Briscoe were about to lock up, Jay Briscoe threw in the towel. The match was awarded to King. Mark was livid, but Jay just walked away from his brother.

Suddenly, Punishment Martinez hit the ring and attacked King. Then Shane Taylor came out, and he and Martinez began slugging it out. Jonathan Gresham, Silas Young and Cheeseburger all joined in on the free-for-all. All of the the men involved in the fight are participants in the ROH World Television Title contender’s series.

After the brawl spilled outside the ring, King hit a corkscrew dive on all of them.

Coleman’s Pulpit Welcomes Shane Taylor

Caprice Coleman asked Taylor why he has taken such a violent path since The Rebellion disbanded. Taylor said he’s always been violent, but now he’s not waiting for opportunities; he’s taking them. Coleman asked Taylor if he’s a hired hitman, and Taylor said he has no problem taking money to do others’ dirty work.

Coleman asked Taylor what makes him tick. Taylor said he has a family to take care of, including a 3-year-old daughter, and he wants her to have a better life than the violent, troubled upbringing he had. He said he will do whatever it takes to make sure that happens.

ROH Tag Team Title Contender Match: The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) vs. Best Friends (Chuckie T. and Trent Beretta)

The winner of this match earns a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Title at Final Battle.

During the match, ROH World Tag Team Champions The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) sat in on commentary, and The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan) watched the match from the stage.

Best Friends gained an early advantage thanks to their crowd-pleasing, unorthodox, double-team maneuvers. Kazarian halted their momentum, however, by hitting a slingshot hurricanrana over the top rope onto Beretta on the floor.

The Addiction were in control for several minutes until Beretta tagged in a fired-up Chuckie T.  He hit Falcon Arrow on Daniels for a near fall, but The Addiction answered with a Blue Thunder Bomb/Cutter combination on Chuckie T. for a near fall.

Daniels attempted to bring a chair into the ring, but War Machine (Hanson and Rowe) came down to ringside and took the weapon away from him. War Machine obviously was still furious with The Addiction for costing them their match against The Motor City Machine Guns for the tag title last week.

Chuckie T. went on to hit the Awful Waffle on Daniels to secure the victory and a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Title.

After the match, the Machine Guns got in the ring and had a faceoff with Best Friends. Shelley eventually broke the tension by giving an exaggerated hug to Beretta.