Ring of Honor returns to North Carolina for the first time since last year’s “Northern Aggression” Saturday Sept. 8, when it presents “Caged Hostility” in Charlotte. Ring of Honor was originally supposed to return to the Carolinas in July, but the shows were canceled. There are six matches announced for the show, and it’s headlined by a huge six man tag steel cage main event.
Let’s take a closer look at each match.
Six Man Steel Cage War
The Briscoes & Rhett Titus vs. Kevin Steen, Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino
This match was originally announced as the Briscoes and a mystery partner against Steen, Jacobs and Corino. After the events from “Brew City Beatdown,” the Briscoes’ former foe in Titus was revealed as their mystery partner. The Briscoes and Titus have a storied past and have gone to war against each other many times, including Ladder War III from “Death Before Dishonor IX.” Now, they stand united as they face a common enemy in S.C.U.M. Titus said it was the battles with the Briscoes that made him a man, and now with a fire lit inside him by the departure of his former tag team partner Kenny King, Titus can be very dangerous. Mark, Jay and Titus could receive a huge opportunity by winning this match, as it would have to set them in line to get an ROH World Title shot. S.C.U.M., however, are set to do whatever it takes to keep the belt on Steen and keep Ring of Honor held hostage.
This match is going to be everything a wrestling fan would expect a cage match to be. It’s going to bloody. It’s going to be violent. It’s going to be a great match. All six of the wrestlers in the match have proven time and time again that they are willing to do whatever it takes and put their bodies on the line to pick up a victory. This has all the makings of an amazing match.
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Michael Elgin & Roderick Strong
The tension has been building for months now between the Elgin and Strong. Elgin has slowly been freeing himself from the confines of the House of Truth, while Martini has been claiming that the stable is still united as one. Martini seems to be the only one to believe that, and has been the key to keeping Elgin and Strong from any sort of physical altercation. This match could be a pivotal point to see how cohesive the House of Truth is. This match also marks Benjamin’s return from the suspension he earned from attacking Rhett Titus with a steel chair. With Haas in the ROH World Tag Team Title Tournament with Titus as his partner, how will that affect their teamwork in this match?
The key to this match is how well the teammates work together. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team have been teaming together for roughly a decade, and they know what the other wrestler is going to do before they do it. The House of Truth seem to be falling apart at the seams, and if there is any sort of miscommunication, Haas and Benjamin are too experienced not to capitalize on it to ensure a victory.
Proving Ground Match
ROH World TV Champion Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly
Cole and O’Reilly stole the show and cemented themselves as stars in Ring of Honor at “Best in the World 2012” in the Hybrid Fighting Rules match. O’Reilly showed a killer instinct and a mean streak as he busted Cole’s face open and continued to punish his former Future Shock teammate with strikes and submission. Cole showed unbelievable heart and determination by battling through the adversity and ultimately pulling out the victory with a Figure Four. It was a star-making performance for both wrestlers that had everyone in the Hammerstein Ballroom, including Nigel McGuinness, on their feet. O’Reilly has said that he never gave up, and ROH officials have given O’Reilly a Proving Ground match after. If O’Reilly is either able to beat Cole or last the time limit, he will receive a future ROH World TV Title match.
This should be another great match on this show. Although it wouldn’t be fair to expect the same level of match they put on at “Best in the World 2012,” these are two of the best young wrestlers in the world and they will both put on a phenomenal performance in this match. Although it may not reach the same level of brutality and pure passion that their previous encounter did, both O’Reilly and Cole will do everything they can to pull out the win. Neither man wants to lose to their former partner; and for O’Reilly, his match could be the gateway to capturing his first title in Ring of Honor. This is a match that could steal the show.
Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. The Bravados
This is being billed as a “Battle of Charlotte’s Own” as all four of the wrestler’s involved hail from the Tar Heel State. For Lancelot and Harlem Bravado, this is a homecoming of sorts. This will be their first time wrestling in North Carolina in Ring of Honor since their return from Pro Wrestling NOAH earlier this year. They are looking to get revenge on their fellow North Carolinians in this match. It was Coleman and Alexander who defeated the Bravados at “Final Battle 2011” in the tag team gauntlet match, which sent the Bravados on an extended hiatus. That hiatus allowed them to travel to Japan, and they have returned a much improved team.
This should be a very fun match between two really good teams. The Bravados are vastly improved from where they were this time last year and have looked great since their return from Japan. Coleman and Alexander have been on fire lately and have put on some of the best matches of the night every time they team together. This should be a fun, fast-paced match that has action from bell to bell.
Jay Lethal vs. Adam Page
Jay Lethal is looking to continue his winning ways in this match, and he will be one step closer to an ROH World Title match if he shows killer instinct that Jim Cornette has wanted to see out of him. Adam Page is only 21-years-old, and this is the biggest opportunity of his career thus far. If Page is able to pull off the upset, he will have to have earned a spot of the ROH roster. He has appeared on ROH TV in the past and has looked decent, so it would come as no surprise if he puts up a valiant fight against Lethal. Still, though, Lethal is too good and is too close to earning a title shot to allow himself to be Page’s stepping stone onto the roster.
Mike Mondo vs. QT Marshall
This is a battle between two men who have impressed ROH officials in recent weeks. Mondo has been slowly but steadily climbing his way up the card throughout 2012 by putting on gutsy performances and living up to his moniker of “No Fear.” He has gone toe to toe with some of the biggest names in ROH, such as Kevin Steen, Roderick Strong and Davey Richards. Although he didn’t defeat any of the three – he and Richards went to a time limit draw – he showed he will never back down from a fight. The jacked and tanned Mondo will face off another wrestler who has given ROH officials a reason to get behind him in Marshall. Marshall earned a Ring of Honor contract at “Boiling Point” in August when he won a Four Corner Survival match. He recently made his first TV appearance as a member of the Ring of Honor roster when he defeated Tadarius Thomas. Mondo is looking to build momentum for his shot at Adam Cole’s World TV Title at “Death Before Dishonor X” the following week, but Marshall will look to make a name for himself by defeating someone who has been turning heads all summer.
Ring of Honor presents “Caged Hostility” in Sept. 8 at the Metrolina Tradeshow Expo in Charlotte, N.C. The scheduled bell time is 7:30 p.m. There will be an autograph signing with the Briscoes and Rhett Titus before the show, and Jay Lethal and Veda Scott will be signing autographs at intermission.