Creative Direction: Future Shock‏‏

If you’ve been reading since we began in February of last year, you might recognise ‘Creative Direction’. For those who don’t and newer readers, ‘Creative Direction’ is where I share my thoughts on what I’d like to see, storyline-wise, to various members of the roster. I’m back with a new edition, this time I look at Future Shock and in particular, Adam Cole. Please give it a read and let me know if you’d like to see more!

Future Shock firmly solidified themselves in Ring of Honor’s stacked tag team division in 2011. A string of impressive performances meant that ROH fans quickly endeared themselves to the duo.

Despite their progress, it seems that Future Shock’s days as a team are numbered. Kyle O’Reilly has started to feature more as a singles star including a good showing against his mentor, and ROH World Champion, Davey Richards. He also got to the last two of the ‘Survival of the Fittest’ tournament but ultimately lost out to ‘Unbreakable’ Michael Elgin. O’Reilly was also a key part of ‘Team Richards’ preparing for Final Battle and Richards’ highly-anticipated title match against Eddie Edwards.

So where, exactly, does that leave Adam Cole? Cole seems to be the odd one out in this situation. O’Reilly is going further away from his partner and is even teaming up with Richards to take on the House of Truth in Norfolk on January 21st. The recent TV tapings in Baltimore and even the latest video wire show cracks appearing in Future Shock’s relationship.

Yes, the pair have been booked to take on Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team at ‘The Homecoming 2012’ but opponents such as Haas & Benjamin are sure to use the uncertainty surrounding the pair as something to target. So, what will happen in the future?

In my opinion, Adam Cole should turn heel. O’Reilly has shown he can cut it on his own; and his allegiance with Richards doesn’t hurt either. Cole himself features in CZW and is a former champion. He works as a heel there and then-booker Adam Pearce originally has plans of bringing in Cole as a heel before he was replaced by Delirious – another big fan of Cole’s work.

Cole is the stronger promo man of the two and a cocky persona would suit him down to the ground. He could be angry that O’Reilly is hogging the limelight and going off to tag with Richards. Cole could show signs of frustration and ultimately snap, walking our on O’Reilly during a tag team match thus leaving his now-ex partner to be beaten down two-on-one.

O’Reilly’s popularity can be capitalised on here to get Cole even more heat and both men certainly have bright futures in both Ring of Honor and professional wrestling. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to see Cole vs. O’Reilly?

Even though they are a fantastic team, ROH’s tag division is a deep one. If this were to happen, it would most likely have to wait until the return of Rhett Titus so that the All Night Express can re-unite.

A slow burner effect on Cole’s heel turn would work perfectly and I’m sure he could get his cocky persona over with the ROH fans. It looks, unfortunately, as if Future Shock’s run as a tag team will run prematurely. But rather than dwell on that, creating a feud between the partners would not only give a valid reason for the break-up but also supply fans with several entertaining matches.

So what do you think? Do you agree with my thoughts or would you go down a different route? Let us know by tweeting us @ROH_World. By posting on our Facebook or by posting on our forum!

Steven Coney

"Stuff Pants" Steven is the co-owner and editor of He founded the website in February 2011 with Harry. Last spotted trying to take down ROHCast with his SCUM faction.