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1. The Romantic Touch vs. Andrew Everett.
Touch is a masked man who fancies himself a bit of a bon vivant, if you will. Full mask aside, it looks like he's cribbing Marc Bagwell's old Handsome Stranger persona from Global back in the early 90's, before Bagwell went to WCW. Steve Corino put over Everett very strong, claiming to have known the rookie since Everett was 12. I don't like Corino's attempt to be a poor man's Bobby Heenan, because it's an epic fail. Sounds more like a poor man's Jimmy Hart on commentary. Prince Nana joins Corino & Kevin Kelly on commentary for the first two matches, as he's working as a talent scout these days. Pretty even matchup, with Everett making his ROH debut. Looks like a keeper. Near the end, Veda Scott, reporter-turned-heel manager, shows up and whines about RD Evans not being in the tournament. More on that later, but Veda also accuses Touch of being Rhett Titus under a hood. Titus is still in the open, but hasn't been seen since SCUM was put out of business. The distraction proves costly for Touch, as Everett rolls him up and advances. Winner: Andrew Everett.
Jay Briscoe came out and cut a promo on Adam Cole. Cole, now with his hair slicked back and looking like a reject from a CW show, came out and cut a counter-promo. Seems they'll settle their issue next week.
2. Hanson vs. Cheeseburger.
Cheeseburger was on the ring crew at this time last year, and was in a brief feud with Charlie Haas before Haas left the company and retired. Hanson, billed as being from Lithuania, looks more like a Bruiser Brody wannabe with that long, bushy beard. El squashola. Cheeseburger tried, but one standing spin kick did him in. Winner: Hanson.
Andrew Everett has a rough road to hoe going forward, as he gets Hanson in the semis.
Clips are shown of Eddie Edwards' departure from ROH last month, and the debut of The Decade (Jimmy Jacobs, Roderick Strong, & BJ Whitmer). Whitmer quotes the line, "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.". This won't last long.
Match never started, as The Decade came out and tried to recruit Briscoe. Not. Gonna. Happen. Yet. They went after Page first, so Briscoe saved, and that led to.......
4. Briscoe & Page vs. BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs (w/Roderick Strong).
Match joined in progress. Sort of like what the other guys are doing all the time. Whee. Near the end, Strong joins the announcers, with Nana having long since left, and plays the lack of respect card. Corino turns face for a moment and continues to tear a few new ones into Whitmer, as the sides seem to be reversed, but with Corino, you just never know. This clown will be genuflecting before the Decade soon enough. Even lied about Jacobs, claiming it was Jacobs who tried to burn ROH down, but as we know, it was the other way, as Jacobs tried to stop Corino from burning Kevin Steen, and got elbowed up side the head for his troubles. They had to get the Decade over strong, and so, either way, Page was going to be jobbing. Whitmer & Jacobs with what I'd call a hook & ladder, as Whitmer had Page set for a running powerslam, but Jacobs comes in with a rear lariat on a defenseless Page. Winners: BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs.
Kevin Steen cut a promo on Cliff Compton, who returned last week, and attacked the former champ. Veda Scott cut a promo for RD Evans, claiming he's undefeated. Yeah, sure, and chickens have lips. He'll be exposed again as a poser soon enough.
5. ROH TV title: Tomasso Ciampa vs. Silas Young.
Young won a #1 contenders match two weeks ago. Former champ Matt Taven came out in street clothes, and sans the House of Truth, with Kevin says may be el finito after Final Battle. But before Ciampa can shake hands with Taven, Young knocks Taven from the ring. Taven has to be restrained by security and led to the back. Fairly even match. Jay Lethal on commentary for this one, as he will face Ciampa for the title, perhaps as soon as next week. Young hit a headstand into a springboard moonsault for 2. However, he got frustrated, and went to the leather strap. Ref Paul Turner had a time getting the strap out of the ring. Young with a steamroller, his 2nd of the match, but Ciampa clamps on the Sicilian Stretch (Rings of Saturn), and Young taps. Winner: Tomasso Ciampa.
Post-match, Young, no-selling, attacks. Lethal leaves the desk, but Taven returns and sends Young packing with a superkick. Looks like a 3-way for the TV title. See ya.