Tonight is the first of two shows from Fort Lauderdale.
1. Mike Bennett (w/Maria Kanellis) vs. Lance Storm.
Storm, semi-retired these days, has come in to teach the so-called "Prodigy" some respect, and, more likely, some manners. Brutal Bob Evans, Bennett's trainer/flunky, is in absentia. Very good back and forth match with plenty of chain wrestling, holds and counters, the sort of thing you rarely see in WWE or TNA these days. Key point in the match came when Maria grabbed hold of Bennett's ankle, anchoring him so that Storm couldn't hit the superplex. That didn't have any bearing on the match. Storm applied the straight shooter, but Bennett made the ropes. Box Office Smash (Rock Bottom) gets 2, as does a spear. Storm with a superkick for 2. Bennett hit a 2nd Box Office Smash off the middle rope after the blocked superplex, but that was also for 2. Bennett finally ended it with the TKO. Winner: Mike Bennett.
Post-match, Bennett shook hands, but used that to set up a 3rd Box Office Smash. Storm cut a promo backstage after demanding a rematch.
2. Non-title (Proving ground match): Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. Mike Nichols & Shane Haste.
Had the Australians won, they would've earned a title shot. The last few minutes were shown only. Mark picked up the fall with a Doomsday Device on Nichols, so the champs now can focus on former champs Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin. Winners: Jay & Mark Briscoe.
3. Ring of Honor title: Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong (w/Truth Martini) vs. Eddie Edwards.
Again, only highlights were shown of this three way elimination match. Truth Martini tried to get in on the action, but was thwarted. Twice. Martini looks like a poor man's love child. By poor man, I mean something that looked like what would happen if they combined elements of Don Callis and the late Grand Wizard, but forgot certain ingredients, like, for example, charisma. I digress. Richards pinned Strong to end it. Winner: Davey Richards.
4. Last Man Standing: El Generico vs. Kevin Steen.
Earlier, during the Inside ROH segment, they replayed from last week the press conference that set up Steen's title shot vs. Richards in 4 weeks in Toronto. There are some pro-Steen fans in Fort Lauderdale, meaning we'll get dueling chants in this one. Steen looks out of shape, but can move pretty well. To think these two used to be friends and tag team champs a while back. Generico attacked before ring announcer Bobby Cruise could finish ring introductions, and turned up the heat early. Steen hit a slingshot senton through a table, which of course had the fans going nuts.
The turning point came when Jimmy Jacobs came out. He's tried to reform, but just can't. Handed Generico a chair, then turned on Generico with a spike to the face. Steen needed to catch his breath, so Jacobs hit the knockout shot with a chair to the head. End of story. Winner: Kevin Steen.