1. Raymond Rowe vs. Corey Hollis.
Hollis was to face "Benchmark" Bill Daly in the quarters, but Daly withdrew, claiming an ankle injury, so Hollis' partner-mentor, former ref Mike Posey, subbed, and Hollis advanced. Not so here. Rowe weathered a storm of offense, but his superior size and experience were the difference. Daly hit a full nelson slam dropped into a knee strike to the back of the head to KO Hollis and advance to the finals.
Winner: Raymond Rowe.
2. R. D. Evans (w/Veda Scott) vs. Matt Sells.
Squash. Evans' new gimmick is he has become a parody of Bill Goldberg in that he has run up a winning streak, which Steve Corino (of course) believes in, but Kevin Kelly does not. No mention of QT Marshall, Evans' partner. Evans hit a wraparound lariat to set up a diving headbutt to end this one early.
Winner: R. D. Evans.
Post-match, Scott, who interfered in the squash by grabbing Sells' leg for no reason to blunt a rally, issued an open challenge. Be careful what you wish for........
3. R. D. Evans (w/Veda Scott) vs. Michael Elgin.
Bill Goldberg never needed to have someone help him with his streak until he got close to the WCW title. Evans' comedy act will wear thin in no time. Elgin squashed him like a bug, but his focus was elsewhere. Specifically, on Adam Cole, the ROH champ, and that would cost Elgin. He had Evans beaten after the Elgin (Batista) Bomb, but didn't go for the pin. Instead, he decided to send a message to Cole by putting two chairs in the ring and putting Evans through with another powerbomb. Evans gets his 2nd win of the night via DQ.
4. Matt Taven vs. Tadarius Thomas.
These two were in the finals of the Top Prospect tournament last year, but Truth Martini had to stick his wig and his nose in it, and ended up recruiting Taven. However, Martini and his "Hoopla Hotties" haven't been seen since Final Battle. Taven didn't need Martini in this one, and in this writer's opinion, never really needed that Grand Wizard wannabe. Best match on the show so far. This time, Taven wins clean after a frogsplash off the top.
Winner: Matt Taven.
Jay Briscoe called out Adam Cole last week, and offered to put up his self-created title belt. Cole, it seems, declined, and tag team co-titlist Bobby Fish, the pride of upstate NY, took the gauntlet instead........
5. Jay Briscoe vs. Bobby Fish.
Kelly & Corino sold it like Fish was doing Cole's dirty work. Well, Kelly sold it hard. Corino doesn't know how to sell anyting if he's not in a match anymore. He's a poor imitation of a buffoon. It started with Fish using martial arts strikes, but Briscoe turned it into a brawl on the floor. Back from commercial, and Fish has taken control. No sign of Kyle O'Reilly, which kills Kelly's collusion theory dead. Corino tried to sell it like Fish was representing for everyone in the back who was tired of Briscoe's delusions. Well, maybe they are, but I wouldn't trust an over-the-hill dweeb like Corino to explain that to me.
Late in the match, with both men down, Cole finally showed up. He grabbed the belt, which held Briscoe's attention long enough for Fish to get a low blow in and a Saito Suplex for 2. However, back comes Briscoe. Cole made a mistake by getting on the apron. One meeting of the minds later, and Briscoe hit the Jay Driller on Fish to "retain".
Winner: Jay Briscoe.
Cole tried to attack after, but was chased out of the ring, and the show ends with Briscoe holding both belts, then throwing his down to hold up the ROH title.
Next week: AJ Styles vs. Roderick Strong, Hanson vs. Andrew Everett, and Michael Bennett returns.