Davey Richards pulled off an emotional victory when he finally won the ROH World Title from Eddie Edwards on June 26 at Best in the World. Emotional because wrestling consumed his life to fill the void of not having a family. At Final Battle, what was to be his final wrestling bout, became a waking call for Davey after he failed to ascertain the ROH World Title from Roderick Strong. Not only was he staying in Ring of Honor, but he made a promise to ROH officials and to the fans that the next time he challenged for the belt it would be his last. Then on March 19 at Manhattan Mayhem IV, Eddie Edwards defeated Strong for the belt. Many assumed Davey would be upset because Edwards managed to accomplish what he couldn’t, but he was genuinely happy for Eddie because he sees him as a brother.
Although Eddie Edwards was the World Champion, he couldn’t help but doubt himself. Wanting to prove that he was the best, Edwards challenged Davey Richards to a World Title match with the ultimatum, “If you don’t fight me for this World Championship, I quit.” For the first time in history, the champion challenged the challenger because Eddie felt that he may have been overlooked as part of The American Wolves since Davey is so sharp and focused on what he does in the ring. No one added these harsh stipulations, but themselves because they wanted to prove who indeed was the Best in the World.
When Eddie was caught in the ropes, he shouted at Davey who hesitated to follow-up with a strike. “Just do it!” Davey struck Eddie with a kick to the head. Eddie not only asked for this match, but he asked for Davey at his absolute best so that when it was all said and done, there would be no regrets. Eddie didn’t hold back either, having driven Davey through a ringside table with a double foot stomp. The two exchanged strikes and ankle lock submissions, but Davey overcame with a number of kicks, and before delivering the final blow told Eddie, “You asked for it.”
Mirroring what took place at Manhattan Mayhem, Eddie Edwards this time wrapped the ROH World Title around Davey Richards’s waist after a long embrace. Richards delivered a heart wrenching speech that left him his tears. He looked up and said, “Hey grandma, hey grandpa … I DID IT!”
Steve Corino has been on a road of redemption ever since costing Kevin Steen his Ring of Honor career back at Final Battle. Along with his sponsor Jimmy Jacobs, Corino advocated that Jim Cornette and ROH Officials grant Steen a second chance. The Hammerstein Ballroom erupted when they saw Steen up on the balcony. He was stopped by Cornette and crew from entering the ring and was then tossed out by security. After Corino lost his match to Michael Elgin, Truth Martini and Elgin continued by attacking both Corino and Jacobs until Kevin Steen made the save. Then after much deliberation on the part of Jim Cornette, Steen was able to talk and instead of asking for forgiveness, he cursed out Ring of Honor. “F–K ROH!” Steen turned on both Corino and Jacobs before finally being driven out of the Hammerstein Ballroom by security.
El Generico defeated “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels to earn his first singles title in Ring of Honor. Having scored a non-title victory over Daniels when ROH invaded Canada, El Generico battled for the honor of entering Ring of Honor’s new era as the new ROH World Television Champion. Christopher Daniels, despite ROH not having a television deal for several months, felt he was more qualified as the Television Champion because he was the only one still featured on television via SpikeTV. At a point in the match, The Fallen Angel felt so confident that Generico would not be able to answer the 20-count, he started strapping the belt around his waist. But when Generico broke the count, he hit the Yakuza kick and drove Daniels with a top rope Brainbuster to score the pinfall.
In other bouts at Best in the World, Tommaso Ciampa beat Colt Cabana … Jay Lethal pinned Mike Bennett with a diving elbow drop in respect to Randy Savage … Homicide beat Rhino in a No Holds Barred Street Fight … Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin last eliminated The Kings of Wrestling to retain the ROH World Tag Team Titles in a Four Way Elimination match also involving The All Night Express and Jay and Mark Briscoe.
The dark match, which will be available as a DVD exclusive, was a Dream Tag Team match between Generation Me (The Young Bucks) against the new up-and-comers Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly.
If WWE and TNA are ever in the market to learn how to compose a compelling storyline, they should watch Kevin Steen. His feud with El Generico, which spanned all of 2010, and this segment at Best in the World is entertainment and impeccable storytelling at its finest.
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