Back from commercial, Roderick Strong is already in the ring for our opening contest. Mike Mondo then joins Kevin Kelly on commentary for our opening contest.
“The Messiah of the Backbreaker” Roderick Strong vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/”Brutal” Bob Evans
Somewhat of an adherence to the Code of Honor as the bell sounds. Strong with a go-behind, then Bennett goes to work on the arm. Strong cartwheels to get free, then reverses on Bennett. Strong takes down Bennett with an armbar. Bennett backs him into the corner and hits a shoulder to the ribs as Brutal Bob quips to Mondo about how his leg is. Bennett runs into a boot, then Strong with a dropkick off the middle rope for a nearfall. Bennett sends Strong to the outside, but Strong quickly pulls Bennett out with him. Bennett misses a clothesline and Strong with a pair of chops. Strong with a back club and sends Bennett to the barricade. Crowd holds Bennett’s arms as Strong hits him with a chop. Bennett then reverses Strong and now sends him into the barricade.
Bennett pulls up the ring mat and drills Strong with a big right hand. Again Strong goes into the barricade as Bennett has words with Mondo. Bennett rakes Strong’s face against the barricade, but Strong fights back with chops. Bennett sends Strong back in the ring, but Strong trips him up. Strong off the ropes, but Bennett catches him with a spinebuster. Bennett with right hands from the mount, then chokes Strong with his boot in the corner. Bennett catches Strong with a back elbow, then taunts the crowd before gaining another nearfall. Bennett with a half nelson lock as the crowd wills on Strong. Strong gets free, but Bennett shoves him into the corner. Strong avoids a charge and rolls up Bennett with an O’Connor Roll for a nearfall. Strong with some more chops, followed by a dropkick off a whip. Strong with another whip, but Bennett holds onto the ropes and catches Strong with a boot off a charge. Strong sidesteps Bennett and sends him to the outside, then Strong connects with a baseball slide kick that sends Bennett head-first into the barricade. Strong sends Bennett hard twice into the barricade, followed by some forearms. Bennett sends Strong into Mondo, charges, but Strong side-steps him and causes Bennett to spear Mondo into the barricade. Strong then lifts up Bennett torture-rack style and drives him down across the apron. Back in the ring, Strong gains a close nearfall.
Strong with a running knee, followed by a running forearm in the corner. Strong with a belly-to-back into a backbreaker for a nearfall. Strong goes for the Strong Hold, but Bennett kicks him off. Exchange of right hands & chops until Bennett with a knee to the gut. Bennett off the ropes, but Strong follows him in and hits his own knee to the gut. Bennett slips off Strong’s back, then catches him with a Spear for a nearfall. Bennett goes for the Photo Finish, but Strong gets out. Strong with a leaping knee, but again Bennett slips off his back and lifts up Strong as Brutal Bob gets on the ring apron. Bennett hits the Photo Finish, but Mondo pulls Brutal Bob off the apron and decks him with a right hand. Bennett goes after Mondo, but Mondo hot-shots across the top rope. Strong then hits the End of Heartache for the victory.
Winner: “The Messiah of the Backbreaker” Roderick Strong by pinfall (End of Heartache)
Afterwards, Mondo comes in and goes after Strong. Mondo then goes after Bennett as well. The three men begin brawling with each other as referees & security come out to break them up as we go to commercial.
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