Ring of Honor Presented "Best in the World: Hostage Crisis" Internet PPV Live from New York, NY (Hammerstein Ballroom) on June 24, 2012 - Thanks to Jason Namako of wrestleview.com for allowing us to use this review.
Hello everyone and welcome to the "Best in the World: Hostage Crisis" iPPV recap. If you all are ready, then let's get on with the show!
Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness welcome us to the show, from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Kelly & McGuinness talk about tonight's ROH World Title match & Tag Team Title match before taking us to our opening contest.
Tag Team Grudge Match: "The Baddest Tag Team on the Planet" #DemBoys The Briscoes (Jay & Mark) vs. The Guardians of Truth w/Truth Martini
"Man Up" chants for the Briscoes and loud "Shut the F up" chants for Martini. Martini comes out alone and introduces his "Guardians of Truth", who are two guys wearing faceless black masks. GOT start taking control with frequent tags isolating Mark Briscoe until The Briscoes take the advantage. Jay with a spinebuster, followed by a dancing back senton from Mark off the middle rope. The ropes are very loose as the fans chant" Fix the ropes". Mark with a headbutt, followed by a right hand. Tag into Jay as the Briscoes hit their double shoulder tackle. Martini goes on the apron as the GOT does a switcheroo. The other GOT hits a flatliner on Jay, then unloads on him with stomps.
Tag into the other one as they hit a side slam/dropkick combo for a near fall. GOT #2 with a chinlock as the fans will on Jay. Jay fights out, but GOT #2 rakes the eyes. GOT #1 now in as they drive Jay into the corner. An attendant comes out to fix the ropes as the GOT work over Jay in their corner. GOT #2 chokes Jay while the referee is with Mark. Jay fights out of the corner and then tags in Mark.
Mark with some Redneck Kung Fu to both GOT, knocking them down. Mark with the Uncle Mule Kick on one of the GOT, then heads up top and hits the Froggy Bow. However, the other GOT breaks it up until Jay comes in. Martini hops up on the apron as the Briscoes go for the Doomsday Device.
One of the GOT tries to reverse it, but Jay counters it with a roll-up for the victory.
Winners: "The Baddest Tag Team on the Planet" #DemBoys The Briscoes by pinfall (Roll-Up)
After the match, the Briscoes go over Martini and try for the Doomsday Device, but the GOT comes back in to break it up. GOT hit a double flapjack on Jay and continue the assault until security comes in to break it up.
Die Hard Challenge: "Die Hard " Eddie Edwards vs. "The Notorious 187" Homicide
Kelly & McGuinness mention that while in training, Eddie Edwards injured his arm. Dueling chants for both combatants. Homicide does not adhere to the Code of Honor and then Edwards slaps him. Lock-up and Edwards with a belly-to-belly-suplex that sends Homicide to the outside. Edwards gets a head of steam and hits a tope dive on Homicide.
Edwards with a series of chops on the outside, but Homicide rakes his face. Homicide with a right hand and a chop, then rakes Edwards' back. Edwards comes back with some more chops, then sends Homicide back into the ring. Edwards heads up top and hits a front missile dropkick for a near fall. Homicide with a knee to the gut, but Edwards counters a back suplex with a release German Suplex, followed by a Shining Wizard for a near fall. Homicide with an uppercut, then both exchange forearms and chops, followed by boots to the head until both nail each other. Edwards charges, but Homicide catches him with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Irish whip by Homicide, but Edwards goes up & over and charges, but Homicide moves out of the way and Edwards goes shoulder first into the ringpost with his injured arm.
Homicide sends him into the ringpost again, then goes out outside and grabs a steel chair. Referee stops Homicide from doing so and Homicide goes on the apron. Homicide pulls at Edwards' arm while using the ropes for leverage. Homicide bites at Edwards' hand, then taunts the crowd. Edwards fights back, but Homicide comes back, locking in an armbar. Homicide pulls at Edwards' mouth, then drives a knee into the injured arm. Homicide goes for the Three Amigos, but takes too long on the 3rd as Edwards then goes for the Three Amigos himself. Edwards goes for the third, but Homicide takes him down by the arm. Homicide heads up top, but Edwards nails him with a running kick.
Edwards goes up with Homicide and hits a Top Rope Superplex. Homicide goes for the Gringo Cutter, but Edwards counters with a fallaway facebuster. Edwards then with a Fisherman's Buster for a close near fall. Edwards goes for a Tiger Suplex, but Homicide counters out. Homicide runs into a back elbow, then Edwards hits the Boston Tea Party (2nd Rope Codebreaker) for a near fall. Edwards switches to an STF, but Homicide reaches the ropes to force a break. Homicide comes back with an inverted atomic drop, followed by a charging forearm and a 2nd Rope Tornado DDT for a near fall. The crowd is chanting "SI SI" for Homicide as he charges, but Edwards places him on the top turnbuckle. Edwards goes for the Chin Checker, but Homicide counters out and then hits the Gringo Cutter for a close near fall. Homicide pulls off his elbow pad, looking for a lariat. Homicide with a Northern Lariat, but Edwards with a superkick, but then Homicide with a big lariat for another close near fall. Homicide goes for the Gringo Killa, but Edwards counters out and then roll ups Homicide for a near fall. Homicide charges, but Edwards catches him, hooking Homicide in the Achilles' Lock. Homicide kicks at the injured arm of Edwards to break free, then hooks Edwards in an inside cradle for a near fall.
Homicide goes back to the arm, then hits the Gringo Killa for the victory.
Winner: "The Notorious 187" Homicide by pinfall (Gringo Killa)
After the match, referees attend to Edwards' injured arm and help him to the back.
We see video detailing the rules of the Hybrid Fighting Rules match before our next match.
Hybrid Fighting Rules Match (Must win by KO or Submission): Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly
Cole tries to sweep O'Reilly's leg, but O'Reilly steps out of the way, goes behind Cole and takes him down with a waistlock. Cole tries for a switch, but O'Reilly hooks Cole's arm and hiptosses him. O'Reilly takes Cole down and nails him with strikes. Both men miss one another on strike attempts and we are at a stalemate. O'Reilly with a kick to the gut and tries a back suplex, but Cole slips through and tries one of his own. O'Reilly counters out, but comes down bad on his ankle so Cole goes after it. Cole then dropkicks O'Reilly's bad leg out from under him. Cole with a dragon screw legwhip, then tries another, but O'Reilly counters with an enziguiri. Cole holds onto the ankle, then O'Reilly tries for another enziguiri, but Cole ducks and uses O'Reilly's momentum against him for another dragon screw legwhip. O'Reilly is down in the corner and Cole unloads with punches until the referee forces him to back off.
O'Reilly then rolls through into a cross armbreaker, but Cole makes the ropes. Cole tries to fight back, but O'Reilly catches him with some stiff strikes to knock him down. O'Reilly lets the referee count, but Cole starts to get up, so O'Reilly puts him in a seated abdominal stretch while repeatedly drilling him with open hand strikes to the face. O'Reilly tries an arm wringer, but Cole breaks free and hits a leg lariat. Cole with a series of back elbows using his good arm, but then both men exchange forearms. Both men hit simultaneous big boots and both go down. Both men then trade right hands back & forth and while doing so, Cole's front teeth are knocked out and Cole's mouth is bloody.
Both men then trade headbutts coming off the ropes until Cole drills O'Reilly with a superkick. O'Reilly beats the count and knocks Cole down, but he pops right back up. Both men are covered in blood as O'Reilly hits a series of hard strikes, followed by a backdrop driver. The crowd boos as a doctor from the NY State Athletic commission takes a seat at ringside. O'Reilly locks in a front guillotine choke, but Cole counters out into a brainbuster onto his knee. O'Reilly gets to his feet, then Cole superkicks him again, sending O'Reilly tumbling out to the floor. O'Reilly gets back in and tries for a cross armbreaker, but Cole reverses into a Texas Cloverleaf.
O'Reilly tries to reverse into the LeBell Lock, but Cole blocks it and then locks in a Figure 4 and O'Reilly has no choice but to tapout.
Winner: Adam Cole by submission (Figure 4)
After the match, Cole extends his hand, but O'Reilly slaps him across the face and walks off, while the fans give Cole a standing ovation.
We see video showing comments from Michael Elgin before the show, where he says he does not want Truth Martini & Roderick Strong out at ringside for the match.
Challenge Match: "The Belfast Bruiser" Fit Finlay vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini
Both men adhere to the Code of Honor, then Finlay pulls Elgin in for a very tense staredown. Lock-up and Elgin sends Finlay to the corner, Finlay reverses it and then breaks clean. Finlay takes Elgin to the corner and head feints at Elgin, but Elgin doesn't flinch. Finlay with a side headlock. Elgin takes Finlay to the ropes and slowly breaks, but Finlay takes Elgin down, then stomps on the knee and kicks him in the face. Elgin then with a forearm as a receipt. Finlay steps on the back of Elgin's knee to take him down to the mat, then hits an elbow down on the top of his head. Finlay with a drop toehold into a side crossface. Elgin tries to roll Finlay to his back, but barely manages a 1 count before Finlay rolls back and then goes after Elgin's arm. Elgin with a pair of forearms, but Finlay just dropkicks Elgin's knee out from under him and goes back to the side crossface. Finlay takes Elgin down to his knees again and hits a forearm to the chest. Elgin comes back with a pair of forearms, but Finlay takes him down again and grinds Elgin's knee with his elbow. Elgin tries to peel Finlay off, but Finlay holds on until Elgin rolls out and we have a stalemate.
Finlay slaps Elgin in the face, then Elgin comes back with a pair of forearms, but Finlay takes him down yet again. Elgin with a waistlock, but Finlay counters out and takes Elgin back down into a keylock. Elgin gets to the ropes, but then Finlay uses the referee to distract Elgin so he can come in and kick Elgin in the gut. Finlay with a series of forearms to the chest of Elgin. Irish whip by Finlay, but Elgin reverses it, however Elgin runs into Finlay's boots. Elgin then comes back with a suplex, followed by a big clothesline. Both men go out to the outside, where Finlay rams Elgin's back into the ring apron. Finlay then picks Elgin up in a fireman's carry and drops him across the top of the guardrail. Back in the ring, Finlay boots Elgin in the face, followed by a forearm. Finlay with a short-arm clothesline, followed by a knee drop for a near fall. Finlay locks Elgin in with a chinlock. Elgin tries to counter out with a back suplex, but Finlay maintains control of the chin lock. Elgin counters into a head scissors, but Finlay escapes and takes Elgin back down. Elgin comes back with an enziguri, then avoids a charge from Finlay as Finlay goes shoulder first into the ring post.
Elgin with a series of clotheslines in the corner, followed by a superkick. Elgin then lifts up Finlay from his knees and turns it into a version of the Hellavator for a near fall. Elgin goes for a powerbomb, but Finlay counters out with a backdrop. Finlay charges, but this time Elgin catches him with his boots. Elgin goes up top for a moonsault, but Finlay shoves him out to the outside. Finlay brings Elgin back in the ring and gains a near fall. Finlay then hits the Celtic Cross for a near fall. Finlay then lifts up Elgin for the Tombstone and connects with it, but Elgin barley kicks out and Finlay can't believe it. Finlay goes or another Tombstone, but Elgin escapes and drills Finlay with a spinning backfist.
Elgin then hits the Buckle Bomb, followed by the 360* Powerbomb for the victory.
Winner: "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin by pinfall (360* Powerbomb)
Finlay wants to shake Elgin's hand after the match, but Truth Martini laughs Finlay off. However, Elgin comes over and shakes Finlay's hand. Martini gets in Elgin's face about it, then Elgin backs him to the corner and yells at him until Martini backs off.
Back from intermission as Mike Bennett makes his way to the ring with Maria Kanellis and Brutal Bob Evans for the first ever live edition of the Prodigy Service Announcement. Bennett says New York City wasn't his first choice for this since he's from Boston, but ROH told him that he could wrestle anyone he wants on the show, however Bennett says that unless it's a title match, he won't do it because he's the best wrestler on the planet and nobody else comes close. Crowd starts a CM Punk chant as Bennett says that they can chant for the Best In The World, but he's Better Than The Best, so he's just going to hand the microphone back to his fellow Bostonite Bobby Cruise, and he and Maria will show the fans the best makeout session they've ever seen. Bennett & Maria start to play tonsil hockey, but Mike Mondo comes out from the crowd.
Mondo says he's from New York and that the first show he ever came to was here at the Manhattan Center and it's always been his dream to wrestle here. Mondo says he keeps getting ignored by ROH management when they see his number on the caller ID, but he wants to live his dream and he says he's not leaving until he gets to fight Mike Bennett, then after he gets done fighting Mike Bennett, he's gonna f*** Maria.
Bennett & Mondo go at it until referee Paul Turner comes in to break it up, leading to.......
Challenge Match: "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett w/"Brutal" Bob Evans & "The 1st Lady of Ring of Honor" Maria Kannelis vs. "No Fear" Mike Mondo
Mondo goes out to the apron and takes out Evans with a Lou Thesz Press, but then Bennett picks him up and hits a spinebuster onto the ring apron. In the ring, Bennett unloads on Mondo with a series of right hands. Mondo then fires up and unloads on Bennett with a series of uppercuts and knee strikes to the head. Mondo heads up top, but misses a Top rope headbutt.
Bennett stands over Mondo and talks trash, but then Mondo reaches up and catches Bennett in an inside cradle for the victory.
Winner: "No Fear" Mike Mondo by pinfall (Inside Cradle)
We see video of how the Triple Threat match for the TV Title came about before our next match.
Triple Threat Match for the Ring of Honor Television Title: Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini vs. Jay Lethal vs. "The Sicilian Psychopath" Tommaso Ciampa w/The Embassy Limited
Lethal and Ciampa need to be physically held apart during ring introductions, but go right after each other as soon as the bell rings. Strong is sent out to the outside ,then Lethal charges and connects with a tope dive on Strong. Lethal goes back in the ring, but then Mia Yim gets up on the ring apron and superkicks Lethal. Strong then hits an uranagi backbreaker on Lethal for a near fall. Lethal unloads with a pair of chops on Strong, but then Ciampa comes in and connects with a reverse Electric Chair on Strong for a near fall. Ciampa unloads on Lethal with chops in the corner, then goes for the running KO knee, but Lethal pops up and drills Ciampa with a superkick. Lethal charges, but Ciampa catches him coming in with the KO Knee.
Strong sends Ciampa to the outside and gains a near fall on Lethal. Strong with a suplex for another near fall. Strong unloads with a series of forearms while talking trash. Lethal gets to his feet and both men exchange chops. Ciampa comes in, but Lethal & Strong then go back and forth on Ciampa with chops. Lethal then takes both men out with running clotheslines. Lethal with a handspring elbow to Ciampa, then runs off of Strong's chest to hit Ciampa with a tornado DDT. Lethal locks in a Figure 4 on Strong, then at the same time, locks Ciampa in a Crossface, but Ciampa gets to the ropes to force the break. Lethal hits Strong with a Pop-Up Neckbreaker, but then Ciampa cleans his clock with another KO Knee. Ciampa then heads up top and hits Lethal's own Hail to the King for a near fall. Ciampa tries for Project Ciampa, but Strong comes in and nails Ciampa with a leaping knee. Lethal with a leg lariat to Strong and then places Ciampa on the turnbuckles. Lethal tries for a superplex, but Ciampa shoves him off right into a rolling elbow from Strong.
Strong then hits a leaping enziguiri on Ciampa, followed by going up with Ciampa and hitting a Top Rope Superplex. Lethal then goes up top and hits Hail To The King on Ciampa for a close near fall. Strong sends Lethal to the outside, where Truth Martini tries to go after Lethal, but Lethal nails him. Prince Nana tries to go after Lethal, but Lethal sees him coming and the chase is on. The chase leads into the ring where as Ciampa lifts up Strong for Project Ciampa, Nana rolls into Ciampa's leg, knocking him down.
Strong falls on top of Ciampa to eliminate him from the match.
Tommaso Ciampa is eliminated (Thanks to Prince Nana)
Lethal goes off the ropes, looking for the Lethal Injection, but while the referee is with Ciampa to try and get him out of the ring, Martini nails Lethal with the Book of Truth on Lethal's handspring in.
Strong then hits the End of Heartache on Lethal to retain the title.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor Television Champion: Roderick Strong by pinfall (End of Heartache)
We see video of how the Ring of Honor Tag Team Title match came about.
Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles: Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team ("The Outlaw" Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) (c) vs. The All Night Express ("The Pretty Boy Pitbull" Kenny King & Rhett Titus)
King and Haas start us off and the crowd tells Haas what they think of him, so he tags out and Shelton goes at it with King instead. King gets a series of hiptosses and armdrags as Shelton bails out to the floor. King unloads on Shelton with right hands, then rams him hard into the corner, and finally backdrops him before taking him down with a headlock. Benjamin tags in Haas, but King quickly recovers and ANX then hits a double team splash/slingshot legdrop. King then winds up in the wrong corner and gets choked out by Haas, followed by Shelton hitting an enziguiri as Haas gains a near fall.
Shelton tags in and locks in a chinlock on King. Shelton with a snap suplex for a near fall. Haas hangs King in the Tree of Woe and charges in, drilling King with a knee. Haas tries another charge, but King leapfrogs Haas and rolls him up for a near fall. Haas knocks King back down, then tags Shelton in, who hits a series of kneedrops. Shelton then hits a version of the Glam Slam on King. Haas comes in and works over King until the referee steps in, and that allows King to use the distraction to roll Haas up for a near fall. Haas and Benjamin go for a double suplex on King, but King counters it to a double DDT.
Titus gets the tag and he is a house of fire. Titus cleans house on WGTT, backdropping Shelton and then nailing Haas with a big boot to the head and a leaping bulldog. Titus with a big boot/discus clothesline combo on Shelton for a near fall. Titus heads up top and when Shelton tries to do the leaping suplex, Titus drops under Shelton and hotshots him across the top turnbuckle. King charges in, connecting with Shotgun knees on Shelton for another near fall. Haas then comes in and hits King with an exploder, followed by the Olympic Slam on Titus as Shelton gains a near fall. King tosses a chair into the ring to Shelton and dares him to use it, but the referee sees it and tells King to get lost, but then Titus sneaks in and hits Shelton with a DDT onto the chair for a close near fall. King then takes Haas out with a corkscrew plancha. Titus goes for one as well but Shelton blindsides him and clotheslines him over the ropes to the outside. While the referee is with Haas, Shelton nails Titus with one of the Tag Team Title belts and Titus is busted open. Back in the ring, Haas unloads on Titus in the corner and then chokes Titus out with his boot. Shelton tags in unloads with stomps as the referee stops him to check on the blood, but then Shelton and Haas come back to beat on him some more. Haas takes the microphone and asks the referee if he's going to stop the match, because they're going to kill him if he doesn't. The referee lets it go, so Haas says the blood's on his hands, and he goes back to beating the hell outta Titus. WGTT set up Titus for the Leap of Faith, but King comes in and takes out Shelton with a Tornado DDT.
Haas takes out King with a big boot, but Titus then comes in from behind and surprises Haas with a roll-up for the victory.
Winners and NEW ROH Tag Team Champions: The All Night Express by pinfall (Roll-Up)
After the match, the celebration is on as the ANX breaks the wine open while Haas & Benjamin stand in the ring in disbelief. WGTT then attack ANX, laying them out before leaving. WGTT leave, but the new champions get back up and raise the belts high before heading to the back.
We see what happened on the last ROH TV between Richards-O'Reilly vs. Steen-Jacobs before our main event.
Main Event in an Anything Goes Match for the Ring of Honor World Title: "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare" Kevin Steen (c) w/"The Zombie Princess" Jimmy Jacobs vs. "American Wolf" Davey Richards w/Kyle O'Reilly
Steve Corino comes out before the main event and says that he's proud to be evil and he's going to sit on commentary for the main event so Kevin Steen has representation from someone who cares about him, unlike "that fat piece of s*** Jim Cornette." This brings out Cornette, who says that he's not stupid because he knows that Corino will get involved if his boy gets in trouble. Corino's a contracted announcer for ROH so he can sit in on commentary, but Cornette will sit right out here with him, and if Corino gets involved the slightest bit, he's going to do something about it.
After the ring introductions, Kyle O'Reilly gets the mic and says that he's not in Davey's corner because Davey didn't like how he handled his loss to Adam Cole. He respects Davey, but he's not going to let Davey slap him around on TV, and he's not out here to stab him in the face, he's going to stab him right in the eye because he's telling him to his face that he's tired of being Davey's little bitch, and that's all he's going to be as long as he stays with him. No more Team Richards, no more Team Ambition, there's Davey Richards and Kyle O'Reilly, and New York can kiss his ass. O'Reilly drops the microphone and walks off.
Steen goes right out to the apron to start the match, but Davey kicks him off and through a ringside table. Davey goes after Jimmy Jacobs, but he turns around and runs right into a pop-up powerbomb on the ring apron by Steen. Steen rams Davey into the guardrail and slams him on the floor, then throws a couple of metal barricade covers on top of him and comes off the ring apron with a splash.
Back in the ring, Steen goes for a Swanton, but Davey gets his knees up. Richards charges, but Steen catches him and suplexes him into the corner. Davey then kicks Steen out to the outside before getting a head of steam and nailing Steen with a tope dive. On the apron now as Davey drills Steen with an exploder suplex. Davey sets up a table at ringside and puts Steen on it, then heads up top and double stomps Steen through the table. Back in the ring, Davey connects with another top rope double stomp for a near fall. Davey goes after Steen with a chair, but Steen blocks it and hits a Codebreaker using the chair, followed by a slam on the chair for a near fall. Steen heads up top, but Davey goes up after him, suplexing Steen onto a pile of chairs in the ring for another near fall. Davey gets another table and sets it up in the ring. Davey places Steen up top and goes for another superplex, but Steen rakes him in the eyes and hits a super fisherman's buster through the table. Steen sets up a couple of chairs face to face, but Davey fights back and then suplexes Steen onto the chairs.
Davey grabs a chain and chokes Steen with it, then wraps the chain around his boot and Kawada kicks Steen before sitting him up and drilling him with kicks to the head for a near fall. Davey is incensed and then proceeds to lay out the referee Todd Sinclair with a kick to the gut. Davey gets a ladder out from under the ring and slides it under the bottom rope, but Steen pops up and surprises him with the F-Cinq for a close near fall. Steen now is incensed as he lays out the 2nd referee Paul Turner with the Package Piledriver. Steen goes for the Package Piledriver on Davey, but Davey escapes and hits the DR Driver onto the ladder.
Davey covers Steen, but there is no referees left. Davey then grabs Sinclair and drags him back in. Jacobs comes in now and goes after Davey. Jacobs pulls the steel spike out of his boot, but Jim Cornette comes into the ring and grabs the spike away. Cornette threatens to go after Jacobs with it, but turns around and gets kicked low by Corino, who left the commentary table. Jacobs gets the spike back and goes after Davey with it, but Davey catches Jacobs and drills him with an exploder suplex. Steen then gets ahold of the spike and hits Davey in the nuts with it.
Steen lifts up Davey and connects with the Package Piledriver to retain the title.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor World Champion: "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare" Kevin Steen by pinfall (Package Piledriver)
After the match, Steen gets a mic and says that he's closed out the last two ROH shows with the mic, and now he's going to make it a hat trick.
He's waited a long time to stand in front of those people in this ring, in this building, with this belt.
Steen says he hates hypocrites like Jim Cornette, but right now he wants Davey to know that for the last 18 months, he's been a hypocrite because he's needed to get a title match.
The stuff he said about Davey being an undeserving champion wasn't true, he thinks Davey is one of the hardest working people in the business and he is the best in the world.
Steen then says that the fans are the most hypocritical people in the wrestling business, and to illustrate that, he talks about how the fans cheered when Generico beat him and sent him packing at Final Battle 2010, but then six months later he showed back up here and he was like a god.
Steen says that everyone thanks Cary Silkin for everything he did for the company, but they went nuts when he was going to break his neck with the Package Piledriver.
Steen says the fans buy tickets to an ROH show, then chant for Bryan Danielson and CM Punk, two guys who probably don't even remember this company.
Steen says that the fans turn on every World Champion, they did it to Nigel McGuinness, Tyler Black and Davey Richards, but can't turn on him because he doesn't give a s*** what they think.
Steen says he is going to be the last ROH World Champion, and now instead of saying f*** ROH, he's going to say what he means and burn Ring of Honor to the ground to close the show.