Ring of Honor has announced that Davey Richards will defend the ROH World Title against former World Champion Roderick Strong.
Richards finally captured the ROH World Title after several failed attempts at “Best in the World 2011” when he defeated his American Wolves partner Eddie Edwards for the belt. He has been scheduled to defend the title for the first time at the first ever Sinclair Broadcast Group television tapings.
Strong has been named as Richards’ opponent. Strong has not won a match in Ring of Honor since “Revolution: USA” in early May when he defeated El Generico. Strong’s history, though, is enough to justify him getting a title shot at any time. He entered 2011 as the ROH World Champion and he held the belt for over six months. He is more than a worthy competitor despite his recent slide.
Richards and Strong have wrestled three times over the past year. They wrestled to a time limit draw at “Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies 2” in April 2010. Strong defeated Richards at “Final Battle 2010” to retain the ROH World Championship. Richards got his revenge at “Honor Takes Center Stage: Chapter One” this past April. All three of the previous matches have been great, so there is no reason to think the title match in Chicago Ridge, Illinois will be any different.
Ring of Honor announced that all of the titles would be on the line at the first Sinclair Broadcast Group television tapings, and they have backed it up. Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team will defend their ROH World Tag Team Titles against the Kings of Wrestling, El Generico will defend his ROH World Television Title against Jay Lethal and, in what should be expected as the main event, Richards will defend the ROH World Title against Strong.
The television tapings are scheduled for August 13 in Chicago Ridge, Illinois.