Ring of Honor Wrestling held a special two-day event called “Raising the Bar” with the first day’s matches taking place on March 7. Here is a look at the Ring of Honor “Raising the Bar” results from the first day’s action.
Adam Cole opened up the big show with a promo and referred to his match tonight with former ROH TV champion Matt Taven as a “warm up match” before tomorrow’s big title defense against Chris Hero. Taven came out and reminded Cole that he has never beaten him before.
The first match saw Jay Lethal pick up a big win over Silas Young. Lethal hasn’t been winning a lot of matches lately, so it was nice to see him pick up the win. Truth Martini watched the match but it is unclear who he will end up managing in the end. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Lethal turn heel soon.
Michael Bennett beat Tyson Dux in the next match.
Adrenaline RUSH won the next match over Outlaw Inc and reDRagon in a three-way match. The tag titles were not on the line but since Adrenaline RUSH won the match by pinning a member of reDRagon, they got an automatic title match. ReDRagon won that match after Outlaw Inc. destroyed everyone in the ring and then Kyle O’Reilly pinned ACH using the tights.
After an intermission, The Decade members B.J. Whitmer and Jimmy Jacobs beat Adam Page and Cedric Alexander. Whitmer faked a neck injury at the end of the match (cheap since he almost lost his career last year to a neck injury) and then The Decade hit the Dominator/Ace Crusher combo on Page for the win. The Decade said that Page has a chance to be big and he left with them.
Chris Hero fought Roderick Strong of The Decade. This match was big because Hero was one of the ROH stars who went to the WWE, the kind of people The Decade are fighting against. Hero won the match by making Strong tap out.
The Briscoe Brothers and Michael Elgin beat The Young Bucks and Kevin Steen in a six-man tag team match. Elgin picked up the win for his team when he pinned Nick Jackson.
In the main event of “Raising the Bar’s” first night of action, Ring of Honor world champion Adam Cole beat Matt Taven in a title match when he hit a modified Canadian Destroyer.