Ring of Honor returns to iPPV Saturday Sept. 15 when it presents “Death Before Dishonor X: State of Emergency” from the Chicago Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, IL. The card features nine matches and is full of returning and debuting stars. It will be a night to remember as new ROH World Tag Team Champions will be crowned in the tag team title tournament. Two other titles are also on the line at the show.
Let’s take a closer look at each match.
ROH World Championship
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Rhino
Kevin Steen has been causing mayhem wherever he goes since he won the ROH World Championship from Davey Richards at “Border Wars” in May. Jim Cornette has been desperate to get the belt off of Steen and will do anything to crown a new champion. No matter who Cornette lines up to challenge Steen, “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” has came out on top every time. Truth Martini convinced Cornette to give a title shot to the winner of a match between Eddie Edwards and Rhino on an episode of ROH on SBG. Rhino came out victorious after a brutal Gore through a table. Cornette has made a deal with the devil to get rid of the Antichrist of professional wrestling.
Some fans aren’t too excited to see Rhino main event a Ring of Honor iPPV in 2012. I disagree. I think he and Steen can put on a very fun brawl that will incorporate some brutal spots. I think a hardcore stipulation will be added to this match, and I think it will only help it. Fans remember Rhino from ECW and know what he is capable of doing with weapons, and he showed just that in his match with Edwards. Steen has proven time and time again he will go through hell to keep the title around his waist. This match isn’t going to be a technical masterpiece. In fact, I would be surprised if a single wrestling hold is used. But it will be a fun brawl that should be a solid main event. I think Steen will find a way to retain the belt.
ROH World Tag Team Title Tournament
Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino vs. Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman
Jacobs and Corino became the eighth team entered into the tournament after Rhett Titus and Charlie Haas decided to team, which left a vacant spot. They got Cornette to agree to let them into the tournament on one condition: if S.C.U.M. loses any match in the tournament, they are gone from Ring of Honor. It’s championships or nothing for Jacobs and Corino. Their careers may very well be in jeopardy when they face the exciting duo of Coleman and Alexander. Coleman and Alexander have come a long way in their roughly one year Ring of Honor careers. They have become a team that can steal the show on any card they appear on, and put on great matches night after night. They upset the Young Bucks in the opening round of the tournament to advance. Will their hot streak continue? Or will Jacobs and Corino having their back against the wall make them too dangerous to overcome? Either way, it’s going to be great to watch it play out.
The winners of S.C.U.M. and Coleman and Alexander will face the winners of the following match in the tournament finals.
ROH World Tag Team Title Tournament
Rhett Titus & Charlie Haas vs. The Briscoes
Titus not having a partner is the reason the tournament is happening in the first place. Titus’ All Night Express partner Kenny King left for TNA after he and Titus won the ROH World Tag Team Titles at “Best in the World 2012.” After King’s departure, Cornette vacated the titles and announced the tournament, allowing Titus to pick a new partner. Haas was also without a partner due to Shelton Benjamin’s suspension for a chair attack. The two agreed to team for the tournament, and they will wrestle each other if they win the belts to decide who the champion is. Both of these men have quite the history with their opponents in this match, the Briscoes. The Briscoes feuds with the All Night Express and Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team are well documented, and you know it will only further fuel the fire of “Dem Boys.” They are hungry to get their eighth taste of championship gold after losing the belts to Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team at “Border Wars” after Haas used ether to incapacitate Mark Briscoe. While it would normally be a no-brainer to pick an established team like the Briscoes over a thrown together team like Titus and Haas, Benjamin will be in Titus and Haas’ corner for their matches. He could potentially be the x factor Titus and Haas need to advance in the tournament.
ROH World TV Championship
Adam Cole (c) vs. Mike Mondo
Adam Cole has had a career year in 2012. Not only did he pin then-champion Davey Richards at the “10th Anniversary Show,” he also put on one of the gutsiest performances in Ring of Honor’s history when he pulled out a win over his former Future Shock teammate Kyle O’Reilly at “Best in the World 2012.” Cole has become a fan favorite for his flashy offence and never-say-die attitude, and it has helped catapult him to becoming the ROH World TV Champion. He’s facing another man who has been riding a wave of momentum in Mike Mondo. Mondo may not have the high profile victories like Cole but has looked great in defeat in matches with Roderick Strong and Kevin Steen. He also took Richards to a time limit draw. Mondo earned the title shot by winning a Six Man Mayhem match on ROH on SBG. He is looking to prove he really has no fear and capture the ROH TV Title. Cole wants to show that it doesn’t matter if Mondo fears him or not, Cole is the best young wrestler in the world. This should be another very good title defense for Cole.
ACH vs. Kyle O’Reilly
ACH is one of the most exciting high flyers in the world today. He is so innovative with what he does and executes his moves with such crisp that it is just amazing to watch him perform. ACH has had a buzz around him for months now, and he is finally making his debut in Ring of Honor. He faces no small task in his first match in the company in O’Reilly. O’Reilly recently earned a future ROH World TV Title match by coming out victorious in a Proving Ground match against Cole at “Caged Hostility.” O’Reilly has been showing a mean streak lately and has been ruthless against opponents. These wrestlers’ styles should mesh very well together and this is the match that I think could steal the show. I hope this is the first of many matches ACH has in Ring of Honor.
Survival of the Fittest Qualifier
Tadarius Thomas vs. Silas Young
Two spots remain for the annual Survival of the Fittest tournament and one of these two wrestlers will earn an opportunity of a lifetime with a victory at “Death Before Dishonor.” ROH officials hoped one spot would go to Tommaso Ciampa, but a knee injury will keep him from competing. The winner of this match will battle Adam Cole in the opening round of Survival of the Fittest. Thomas has been impressive in his limited appearances in Ring of Honor, and a win here would go a long way to further build on his impressive start. Young is someone who has traveled the world and has competed in Ring of Honor before. Qualifying for Survival of the Fittest could be the jumpstart his career needs to get back on track.
Jay Lethal vs. Homicide
Jay Lethal has been looking for a ROH World Title match in recent weeks, but Jim Cornette claimed Lethal didn’t have the killer instinct needed to become champion. Since then, Lethal has been doing whatever he can to prove to Cornette he does in fact have that killer instinct, including low blowing Matt Taven and hitting the Lethal Injection on a referee. He gets another chance to show his ruthless side when he takes on one of the most dangerous men in Ring of Honor’s history in Homicide. Homicide will be able to bring out the dark side Lethal hasn’t shown in the past. Lethal won’t have any choice but to channel all of his killer instinct if he wants to defeat Homicide and move one step closer to challenging for the ROH World Title.
Michael Elgin & Roderick Strong vs. The Irish Airborne
There seems to be some cracks in the foundation of the House of Truth, although Martini is doing whatever he can to convince people otherwise. He has said numerous times that the House of Truth is a cohesive unit despite numerous tense moments between Elgin and Strong. Strong went on strike from the House of Truth at “Boiling Point” after Martini didn’t honor a promise Strong said Martini told him. There is a rift between Strong and Elgin, and they can’t continue on this way for too much longer before it starts boiling over. If there are any problems between them, the Irish Airborne will take advantage of the situation. This marks the Crist brothers’ return to Ring of Honor after a several year hiatus. They had a run in the company a few years ago but have since traveled all over honing their craft, including CZW. They have been successful in CZW and have earned another opportunity in Ring of Honor. The Irish Airborne is a good enough team to defeat the House of Truth on their own, and with the dissention between the members of the House of Truth it will only help them have a successful return.
In addition to the nine matches on the card, former ROH World Champion Davey Richards will make his return to the company. He is expected to address to crowd at the Frontier Fieldhouse and those watching at home on iPPV about what his future has in store.
“Death Before Dishonor X: State of Emergency” airs live from the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, Ill., Saturday Sept. 15. The show will start a little later than normal, as it begins at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. The show will be streamed live on Ring of Honor’s website.