Tonight at Ring of Honor Death Before Dishonor XIII, two ROH mainstays face off for the ROH World Championship. World titleholder and ROH World Television Champion Jay Lethal takes on “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong with the top spot on the line. Plus, The Addiction put the ROH World Tag Team Championships on the line against reDRagon, The Kingdom, and War Marchine in a Four Corners Survival match! All that and more on this year’s edition of Death Before Dishonor!
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“The Last Real Man” Silas Young vs. Will Ferrara
Code of Honor agreed to and Silas Young gets heated with a fan at ringside. Will Ferrara with crash and burn outside and the action moves inside. Ferrara with strikes and Young works him back to the corner. Young pulls the referee in front of him to work out of the corner and rakes the eyes. Suplex nearfall from Young and Ferrara fights up to take a back bodydrop. Young works Ferrara on the mat and Ferrara comes back with a dropkick. Tornado DDT gets Ferrara a nearfall. Rollup for Ferrara gets a nearfall and Young drops him with a backbreaker and lariat. Codebreaker and shiranui from Ferrera see Young move outside. Ferrara brings Young inside and Young with a small package for a nearfall. Counters upon counters see Young land Misery.
Winner by pinfall: Silas Young
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Comments: Good opener with a quick pace. Nothing sloppy, but nothing that shines or gets you to care. Serviceable and entertaining.
Post-match, Dalton Castle’s young boys enter the ring and fan Silas Young. Young attempts to attack the two and they send him out.
Video package recaps the rivalry between Cedric Alexander and Moose.
Prince Nana joins the announce team.
Grudge Match: Cedric Alexander (w/Veda Scott) vs. Moose (w/Stokley Hathaway)
No Code of Honor and Cedric Alexander immediately moves out to Veda Scott. Alexander gets in and slaps Moose, then leaves. Moose with hip tosses and corner work back inside and Alexander moves out. Alexander thrown into the barricade and a fallaway slam into the barricade. Scott grabs the leg of Moose getting back inside and Stokley Hathaway pulls her away. Alexander takes advantage with a running boot and grounds Moose. Flying clothesline gets one on Moose. Moose puts Alexander down and starts landing headbutts. Dropkick drops Alexander and Moose with a choke bomb off the top for a nearfall. Moose comes off the top and lands on a 540 kick from Alexander. Tornado DDT nearfall for Alexander. Michinoku Driver for Alexander gets a nearfall and Moose comes back with a knee and a lariat. Moose sent out and Alexander with a flip dive outside.
Alexander takes the headset from Nana and drops him. Hathaway sent into the barricade and Moose sends Alexander back in. Scott tries to hit Moose with a chair and he walks her down. Alexander with a suicide dive that gets caught and Moose turns it into an apron bomb. Alexander moves under the ring and Moose pulls him out. Alexander drops Moose with the wrench as the referee separates Scott and Hathaway.
Winner by pinfall: Cedric Alexander
Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars
Comments: Moose is an acquired taste that I personally like, but Cedric Alexander works well with so many and that was no different here. Match had the crowd going and had the right amount of schmaltz outside the ring.
Roppongi Vice vs. The Briscoes
Jay Briscoe hits the Jay Driller on Baretta.
Code of Honor sees Rocky Romero start with Mark Briscoe. Arm drags and dropkicks exchanged at the same time and Briscoe and Romero shake hands. Romero rakes the eyes and Baretta in with corner work. Jay Briscoe in and a double team drops Baretta. Mark and Jay work Baretta on their side of the ring. Baretta moves outside and meets with Romero. Dropkick from Mark and a dive from Jay knock them down. Mark sent over the ring post with a back bodydrop and Roppongi Vice work Jay inside. Mark gets in and gets a nearfall with a Russian Legsweep on Romero. Romero fights back and Mark flips out of a back bodydrop to land an enzuigiri. Baretta gets in to drop The Briscoes and they work them on the floor for a Baretta nearfall. Romero in with corner clotheslines and Mark kicks him away. Jay in with strikes and Romero dropped by a forearm. Baretta exchanges forearms with Jay. Mark in and Baretta drops and stomps him down. Mark comes back with Redneck Kung Fun and a single-leg dropkick. Mark drops off the top into a superkick. Double team from Roppongi Vice gets a nearfall that is broken by Jay.
Jay taken out outside with a running knee off the apron by Romero. Mark and Baretta trade forearms and kicks to the head. Running knee lands for Baretta and Roppongi Vice look for Strong Zero and Jay pulls Romero off the apron. Jay tags Mark and lands a splash off the top; Neckbreaker nearfall and Jay Driller blocked as Romero comes in to break it. Double team from Roppongi Vice gets a nearfall. Doomsday Device variation blocked as Jay rolls through for a nearfall and Romero sent out by a uranage. Blockbuster from Mark on Romero outside and Jay Driller on Baretta followed by a Froggy Bow.
Winners by pinfall: The Briscoes
The teams shake hands post-match.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Comments: The Briscoes in great form and the clash of styles made for an interesting match. Two great teams with great chemistry. What else would you expect?
Dalton Castle plays peekaboo with the audience during his elaborate entrance.
Adam Cole vs. Dalton Castle (w/The Boys)
Code of Honor and Dalton Castle plays mind games. Adam Cole returns the favor. Cole with a side headlock and shoulder block. Castle with counters and a springboard splash out of the corner for a nearfall. Deadlift gutwrench suplex from Castle and arm drag followed by headbutts to the back of Cole’s head. Castle sent out and Cole chases off The Boys. Cole mocks Castle and applies a rear chinlock. The Boys fan Cole over on a sunset flip for a Castle nearfall. Cole chases The Boys down and Castle with a suicide dive. Nearfall back inside for Castle and bearhug applied on Cole. Cole fights out of the corner and gets caught coming off the top for an overhead belly to belly that gets Castle a nearfall. Neckbreaker and shining wizard in return from Cole get a nearfall. Figure Four in for Cole and Castle forces a rope break. Cole follows Castle outside and gets a hurricanrana to the floor. Deadlift German Suplex gets a nearfall for Castle back inside.
Cole toys with Castle and gets hit with a running knee. Castle dives into a superkick from Cole. German Suplex followed by a shining wizard for a nearfall for Cole. Shots exchanged and Castle with a forearm. Big boot from Cole followed by a superkick to the back and the front. Castle fights back and gets dropped by a neckbreaker.
Winner by pinfall: Adam Cole
The two shake hands post-match and Silas Young and attacks The Boys.
Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars
Comments: Good comedy match where both got to show off some charisma and some in-ring skill. Fun, but expendable.
Video package recaps the rivalry between Adam Page and ACH.
BJ Whitmer and Colby Corino make their way out. Whitmer on crutches and he announces that he has had knee surgery. Whitmer says he can’t wrestle for the time being and says he can be so much more than a wrestler. Whitmer says he can mentor Corino and Page, but tonight, he will be joining the announce team. Whitmer tells King Corino to move over and says he might learn a thing or two about announcing and even being a good father.
No Disqualification Match: Adam Page (w/The Decade) vs. ACH
Adam Page hits the Rite of Passage on ACH through a table.
ACH with a Thesz Press and punches and stomps to work Adam Page into the corner. Page sent outside with a dropkick and ACH with a flip dive over the top. ACH sent into the post and he flips off and clips the cameraman. Page worked against the barricade. ACH does a lap around the ring and gets shoulder blocked into the barricade. Nearfall back inside from Page and the fight moves back outside. ACH sat on a chair and Page goes back to charge in. ACH tosses the chair in the face of Page and works Page against the ropes back inside. Page crotches ACH up top and takes the chair across his back. Page with a powerslam on the chair for a nearfall and we go back outside. ACH with a head kick to stop Page from bringing out the table and ACH brings it out himself. Page puts ACH into the barricade with a drop toehold. Ladder in the ring and ACH takes a workout club to the body of Page. Page slams ACH on the ladder. Corkscrew crossbody off the top misses for ACH and Page lands a fallaway slam on the ladder in the corner for a nearfall.
ACH sat on a chair and the two exchange standing switches. ACH breaks it with a kick below the belt and both men down for the referee’s count. Page boxed into the corner and hit with a clothesline. Belly to belly suplex onto the ladder by ACH. Page moves out and is brought back inside for a brainbuster on the chair for a nearfall. Page tosses a chair in the face of ACH running in and lands a DDT for a nearfall. Midnight Star from ACH on the floor on Page. ACH up top and Colby Corino gets to the apron to distract him. BJ Whitmer slides his crutch into the ring and Page hits him with it. Rite of Passage through the table at ringside and Corino rolls Page on top of ACH inside.
Winner by pinfall: Adam Page
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comment: Very good match with just the right amount of weaponry. Page and ACH have conflicting styles and something didn’t click for me, but still a worthwhile match worth seeking out.
Four Corners Match for the ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Addiction (c) vs. reDRagon vs. The Kingdom (w/Maria Kanellis) vs. War Machine
Maria Kanellis, with Mike Bennett, can’t take her eye off our photographer.
Code of Honor adhered to and Kazarian starts Bobby Fish before tagging in Michael Bennett. Adam Cole makes his way to the announce table and Fish works Bennett down for a nearfall. Kyle O’Reilly in and The Kingdom work O’Reilly outside as Matt Taven tags in. The Addiction take over as Christopher Daniels tags in and O’Reilly with a sleeper. Raymond Rowe tags O’Reilly and War Machine go to work on Daniels. Rowe slams Hanson on Daniels and Kaz in as he is worked into the War Machine corner. Fish in with an exploder suplex for a nearfall on Kaz. Fish worked by The Addiction. The Kingdom continue the work on Fish until Matt Taven misses a frog splash. Fish brings in Rowe and he works The Kingdom. reDRagon take control of the match, followed by The Kingdom and then War Machine. Everyone into the ring and everyone taken out outside of the ring. Cole leaves commentary as reDRagon lands Chasing the Dragon on Taven. Kaz lands a DDT on Bennett and O’Reilly comes in with kicks. War Machine take control and Hanson cartwheels to land a clothesline on Daniels. The Path of Resistance lands on Daniels and Kanellis gets on the apron. Daniels taking one of the tag belts to everyone and The Kingdom get a nearfall. Fish saves O’Reilly and gets taken out by Taven. Kaz tags himself in and Celebrity Rehab lands for The Addiction.
Winners by pinfall and STILL ROH World Tag Team Champions: The Addiction
Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars
Comments: This match started hot and really slowed down and got sloppy once the inevitable mid-match chaos kicked in. Some good spots and exchanges, but it took a huge dive somewhere along the way to go from good to average.
Video package recaps the rivalry between ROH World Champion and World Television Champion Jay Lethal and Roderick Strong.
Nigel McGuinness joins the announce team.
Match for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship: Jay Lethal (c) (w/Truth Martini & The House of Truth) vs. “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong
Code of Honor and the two start out exchanging submissions. Roderick Strong kicks out of the headscissors of Jay Lethal to end the exchange. Strong with the first nearfall of the contest and the two scramble on the mat. Lethal moves out and consults with Truth Martini. Strong follows and enters the ring slowly to land a chop. Slam for Strong lands a nearfall and Lethal comes back with an elbow for a nearfall of his own. Strong works Lethal from corner to corner before Lethal tosses him out. Strong worked against the barricade. Lethal with a nearfall back inside and a cloverleaf turned into a stretch on the back that gets a rope break. Strong fights out of the corner and lands a butterfly suplex for a nearfall. Strong works Lethal down and to the outside. Chops against the barricade and Lethal gets dropped on the barricade by Strong. Nearfall for Strong inside and a slingshot suplex on Lethal gets another. Backbreaker submission in for Strong and he drops Lethal to the mat for another nearfall. Atomic drop and enzuigiri from Lethal get some space. Lethal slams Strong all over the ring and works him into the corner. Strong comes out of the corner with a dropkick that puts both men down. Surfboard in between the ropes by Strong.
Lethal moves out and snaps the head of Strong on the top rope before working him in the corner. Lethal tries for a Jay Driller and Strong gets out with a back bodydrop. Lethal counters a gutbuster from Strong with a superkick and lands the Lethal Combination for a nearfall. Strong sent out and he comes back in for a sunset flip. Lethal holds the ropes and again tosses Strong out to the floor. The House of Truth attack as Lethal gets the attention of the referee. Strong comes back inside and locks in a Camel Clutch. Lethal able to slip an arm out and get the rope break. Strong chops Lethal in the corner and gets a powerslam for a nearfall. Strong drops Lethal for a nearfall and a backbreaker connects for another. Strong rollups turn into a surfboard from Lethal. Lethal with a nearfall of his own and a lariat drops Strong for a nearfall as well. Lethal tosses Strong out to the announce table and Donovan Dijak clubs Strong at ringside. Inverted DDT counter by Strong lands on the floor. Dropkick back inside gets Strong a nearfall and Lethal moves back outside. Strong with chops and the two exchange chops and strikes at ringside. Lethal tossed on the barricade and the referee with a second to spare on his count as Strong gets himself and Lethal back in for a nearfall.
Front suplex from Strong back inside and The House of Truth grab the legs of Strong in the corner for a distraction. Strong fights out and runs into a kick from Lethal. Strong sent out and Lethal goes for a suicide dive. Strong sidesteps and Lethal crashes into the barricade. Strong with a dive to take out Dijak, J. Diesel, and Lethal. Lethal hit with a backbreaker on the barricade and Strong with knees and a forearm in the corner. Double knee gutbuster nearly puts Lethal away. Strong chops Lethal down and lands a suplex for a nearfall. Lethal put up top and he blocks a superplex. Tornado DDT into a guillotine from Lethal and Strong gets a rope break immediately. Lethal takes off his wrist tape and uses it in a rear-naked choke on Strong. The referee takes a while to spot it and breaks the hold. Lethal sends Strong to the floor on a neckbreaker over the top rope. The two exchange strikes outside. Strong with a backbreaker back inside and Truth Martini lays under the ring to hook the legs of Strong. Lethal with kicks and a trio of suicide dives. Strong makes it back inside with a second to spare and Lethal tosses him out to look for the countout. Strong again gets inside and Lethal with a back suplex. Crossface in and Strong gets the rope break with his foot on the bottom rope. Chops from corner to corner by Lethal and Strong calls for more. before turning it around and landing chop after chop. Lethal dumped outside and he gets back in. Exchange sees a Lethal Injection blocked for a back suplex by Strong for a nearfall. Strong Hold in and Lethal almost taps before struggling for the rope break.
Lethal sat up top and Strong slaps Lethal. Lethal drops Strong for a nearfall and a Lethal Combination followed by a Koji Clutch. Strong able to roll over and cradle the head to get a nearfall. Book of Truth slid in by Martini and a double knee gutbuster lands for Strong. Lethal fights up to land a shot with the book as Martini distracts the referee on the apron. Strong able to kick out. Lethal dropped on the apron by Strong for a nearfall. Lethal Injection countered by Strong, but Lethal uses it to land a superkick. Lethal goes up top and gets crotched. Superplex, double knee gutbuster, and Sick Kick land for Strong and Lethal still able to kick out. Lethal Injection lands and Strong able to kick out. Strikes exchanged and a superkick from Lethal lands after a corner flurry from Strong. Time limit expires.
Time Limit Draw
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: Perhaps I am the Doubting Thomas judging by the initial reactions I’ve seen, but there wasn’t anything story or in-ring wise to justify this going an hour. It is special in the sense that it went the hour and there was nothing bad, but I honestly wouldn’t recommend anyone go back and seek this out.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Overall Comments: A fine show, but pretty run of the mill by ROH standards. Nothing really stood out aside from The Briscoes and Roppongi Vice. Perhaps I’m missing something here or I’m not used to the ROH PPV product, but a fun show that is wholly worthy of missing.