Ring of Honor returns to The Gateway Center Sunday Nov. 6 when they present a card that features several first-time matches, as well as a tag team title match. Let’s take a closer look at each match.
ROH World Tag Team Titles
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) defend vs Future Shock (Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly)
Future Shock won the rights to a tag team title match when they defeated the Bravado Brothers at “Tag Team Turmoil 2011” in July. They are using that title match Saturday and will challenge Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team for the titles. These two teams have met once before in a non-title match at “Revolution: USA” in May. Future Shock took the champions to the limit, but in the end Haas and Benjamin walked away with the victory. Will things be different this time?
While Future Shock will be more prepared for Haas and Benjamin the second time around, Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team has more motivation for winning the match other than just retaining their titles. If Haas and Benjamin can keep the belts until “Final Battle,” then they will finally be able to get their revenge on the Briscoes for the attack at “Best in the World 2011.” It’s not going to be an easy road for the champions, but I think that extra motivation is going to be enough for them to keep the titles around their waists.
The American Wolves (ROH World Champion Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards)
vs The All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus)
Sunday will mark the first time these two teams have ever faced off and the match pits one of the best tag teams in Ring of Honor history against one of the best up-and-coming tag teams on the roster. 2011 has been a career year for all four of the wrestlers involved, but all for different reasons. The All Night Express have established themselves as one of the top tag teams on the roster in 2011 by having multiple victories over the Briscoes, including a win in Ladder War III at “Death Before Dishonor IX” in September. They are also challenging for the ROH World Tag Team Titles at “Glory By Honor X” in November. 2011 has been the year that Kenny King and Rhett Titus have made a name for themselves.
It has also been a great year for the American Wolves as well. Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards have both held the ROH World Title this year, with Richards defeating Edwards for the belt in a great match in June. They remained brothers and teammates throughout the build to the match. Both Edwards and Richards have proven that they are two of the best wrestlers in the world.
A win would be huge for either team. The All Night Express would further prove themselves as an elite tag team in Ring of Honor by defeating the American Wolves. It would give them the confidence and momentum they need heading into their title match at “Glory By Honor X.” The Americans Wolves would further prove that they are two of the best in the world by defeating a team like the All Night Express.
El Generico vs “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett
This is the first time these two competitors have ever wrestled each other. Both men have been in the thick of the ROH TV Title scene as of late. Generico lost the title to Jay Lethal at the first set of television tapings for the SBG show in a great match that went into overtime. He is getting his rematch for the title Saturday at the television tapings in Louisville. Bennett recently went to a time limit draw when he challenged Lethal for the TV Title. Lethal wanted five more minutes to try to get a decisive winner, but Bennett declined. A win over the former-TV Champion Generico would be a gigantic boost to his already massive ego and further legitimize him as a contender for the belt. A win for Generico would give him some much needed momentum heading into his ROH World Title match against Richards at “Glory By Honor X.” It wouldn’t be surprising to see Bennett get the victory by some underhanded tactics to get another shot at the TV Title, but if the match is contested cleanly, it’s almost impossible to pick against Generico. It’s going to be an explosive first-time matchup between Generico and Bennett no matter who the winner ends up being.
Proving Ground Match
ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal vs Mark Briscoe
The Proving Ground is a new concept in Ring of Honor and could possibly lead to big things for those participating in the match type. A Proving Ground match is a match where a champion competes in a non-title match against a competitor, and if the competitor wins or the match goes to a time-limit draw, then that wrestler will receive a title match within 90 days. Lethal will compete in his first Proving Ground match against Mark Briscoe.
Lethal has been on fire since he made his Ring of Honor return in June. He is undefeated since returning and captured the TV Title in August. He looks to continue his impressive run against Mark Briscoe. Briscoe, while primarily one-half of the best tag team in Ring of Honor history, has had plenty of experience as a single’s wrestler. He has competed in at least five singles matches in 2011, despite being in a blood feud with the All Night Express, including taking the then-TV Champion Christopher Daniels to the limit at “SoCal Showdown II” in January. He has come close to capturing the ROH World TV Title several times over the past year, and the Proving Ground match may be the perfect opportunity for him to set himself up for a title match.
TJ Perkins vs Jay Briscoe
Perkins recently made his ROH television debut with a victory over Mike Mondo. He is looking to continue to build upon that with a match against Jay Briscoe, but it won’t be easy. Like his brother Mark, Jay Briscoe is an accomplished singles wrestler. He challenged Roderick Strong for the ROH World Title at “Only the Strong Survive” in January. Despite coming up on the losing end of the match, just competing for the World Title shows that Jay Briscoe is a great singles wrestler. Perkins is going to have to use his technical and high-flying ability to have a chance to win, but even then it’s going to be difficult. Jay Briscoe is one of the toughest wrestlers on the Ring of Honor roster and is willing to do whatever it takes to pick up a victory. This match has the potential to steal the show.
Delirious vs Tommaso Ciampa with the Embassy
Delirious makes his return action in Collinsville Sunday when he takes on Ciampa. This will be his first match since losing to Colt Cabana at “Revolution: Canada” in May. His return could not come against a tougher opponent. Ciampa is undefeated in Ring of Honor and has been impressive in his run so far. With the Embassy in his corner, it seems like “The Dominant Male” will once again, well, dominate his opponent. Delirious is unlike any other wrestle Ciampa has competed against and it may throw him off his game, but it seems highly unlikely that he will walk away from this match with anything other than another win to add to his impressive streak.
The Bravado Brothers vs Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs
Corino has been on a path of redemption this year as he is trying to make up for all the sins of his past. Jacobs has been there every step of the way to aid him in his journey. Corino has been putting his sights on the younger wrestlers in Ring of Honor who are going down the wrong path and is trying to send them in the right direction. The Bravado Brothers fit that description perfectly. While they may seem like nothing more than a couple of Grandma’s boys, they often resort to not-so-noble tactics to help them get the upper hand in matches. It’s going to be interesting to see if Corino and Jacobs will help them get onto the straight and narrow path, or if the Bravado Brothers will continue on their devious ways.
Michael Elgin with Truth Martini vs Grizzly Redwood
Nobody on the Ring of Honor roster has more heart than Redwood. “The Littlest Lumberjack” shows that heart every time he steps into the ring. But it’s going to take a lot more than heart to chop down the powerhouse Elgin. Elgin is among the most powerful men on the roster and should be able to throw the small Redwood around with ease. There is little doubt that Elgin is the clear favorite in this match, especially with Truth Martini in his corner.
There is also a meet and greet session before the show with ROH World Champion Davey Richards and ROH World Tag Team Champions Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin. The event has a scheduled bell-time of 4 p.m.