Death Before Dishonor IX Preview

Ring of Honor’s ‘Death Before Dishonor IX’ internet pay-per-view emanates from the Manhattan Center, Grand Ballroom in New York City, NY on Saturday, September 17th. The event is available for only $14.99 on GFL.tv. The event is set to feature some of ROH’s best in 7 different matches, lets take a look at the full card:

Ring Master’s Challenge Match 
Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong

Two bonafide masters of the ring will face off, once again, in what promises to be a technical wrestling clinic.

The singles history, between Roderick Strong and Eddie Edwards goes back to March’s ‘Manhattan Mayhem IV’. On this night, in New York, Edwards unseated Strong as ROH World Champion, in one of the biggest upsets in company history. The return bout also when the way of the American Wolves man. He retained his gold successfully at ‘Supercard of Honor VI’.

Edwards title reign was eventually ended by his friend and partner Davey Richards and both competitors, in this match, will be looking to get themselves back into contention for a shot at the champ.

The rules of the innovative Ringmasters’ Challenge match are as follows:

  • Best of 3 Falls
  • 1st Fall – Pinfall Only
  • 2nd Fall – Submission Only
  • 3rd Fall (If Required) – 15 minute Iron Man Match

Ladder War III 
All Night Express vs. The Briscoes

ANX and the Briscoes have been feuding for the past 12 months, with King & Titus looking to make a name for themselves, by standing up to the belligerant ROH legends. Buckets of blood have been spilled, around the ROH circuit. Expect more of the same from this brutal stipulation match.

The Briscoes pioneered the Ladder War stipulation, back in 2007, at the all-time classic ROH show ‘Man Up!’. That night they defeated the team of Kevin Steen & El Generico, to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships.

Only once since has a Ladder War been sanctioned by ROH management. At 2009’s ‘Glory By Honor VIII’ event, Eddie Edwards announced himself on a world stage, competing with a broken arm and successfully helping his team, the American Wolves, to retain their gold. Steen & Generico again came up on the losing end.

The historic third tag team Ladder War will take place, exclusively on iPPV, this Saturday night. On the line, this time, is a guaranteed contract for a shot at current champions Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin.

The blood feud will have the most decisive of ends.

Special Challenge Match #1
Shelton Benjamin vs. Mike Bennett

ROH World Tag Team Champions, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin, will take place in two specially-arranged, first-time-ever, singles matches, at ‘Death Before Dishonor IX’.

Benjamin has been signed to take on the self-proclaimed “Prodigy” Mike Bennett.

The cocky Bennett has made it clear that he isn’t looking to win friends, in ROH, he is simply looking to win gold. With a successful track record already behind him, a victory over a world-class athlete, like Shelton Benjamin, could put him at the front of the queue, for a shot at one of ROH’s prestigious singles titles.

Benjamin, himself, has competed only once, as a single, since his ROH debut in September of last year. He won a hardfought match, over Swiss adonis Claudio Castagnoli. If Shelton can get the duke over Bennett, he could be well on the way to getting a chance to add another belt to his collection.

Special Challenge Match #2
Charlie Haas vs. Michael Elgin

ROH World Tag Team Champions, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin, will take place in two specially-arranged, first-time-ever, singles matches, at ‘Death Before Dishonor IX’.

Haas will be pitting his wits against rookie monster Michael Elgin.

The powerful Elgin is a follower of Truth Martini’s new age teachings and has made a huge impact during his maiden year in ROH. The Canadian-born star is known for a no-nonsense smashmouth style and he will be looking to use a steamrolling of the veteran Haas as a springboard to a shot at ROH gold.

Haas, on the other hand, has wrestled only once, in singles competition, since coming to ROH. He was beaten, on the night, by the top contender Davey Richards. However Haas & Benjamin have dominated all comers in the tag ranks and may now be looking to re-assert themselves on a second front.

El Generico vs. Jimmy Jacobs

Jimmy Jacobs returns to ROH competition, for the first time in two years, after putting himself forward as a late replacement for Steve Corino.

Corino was uncomfortable with the idea of facing the Generic Luchador, owing to the events of 2010. Corino and his cohort Kevin Steen, attempted to end the wrestling career of, Steen’s one time partner, Generico.

Corino has since repented his sins but, after many years of ill behaviour, has found it hard to win over his peers in the ROH locker room, as well as company management. A match with Generico may have been a step to far. Until the ROH family can learn to trust him, he cannot trust himself.

His sponsor, in wrestling rehabilitation, Jacobs will be remembered, by long-time fans, as one of the most cerebral competitors in ROH history. Generico, too, is supremely talented in the combat arts.

This bout could be the sleeper match of the night.

Three Way Tag Team Elimination Match
Young Bucks vs. Future Shock vs. Bravados

These three fast and furious young tag teams will meet in a traditional three way dance.

Combatants must pin a member of an opposing team, to eliminate that team. The last team standing will take the victory and will jump up the ultra-competitive ROH tag team rankings.

Future Shock and the Young Bucks previously wrestled one another at the ‘Best in the World’ iPPV, back in June, this match came to an abrupt ending, after the Bravados took it upon themselves to run-in.

This rare case of outside interference, in an ROH match, has made the Bravados extremely unpopular with the rest of the ROH roster and Cole & O’Reilly and the Californian Jackson brothers will be looking to exact a measure of revenge, on them, in this one, before taking care of some unfinished business

Tag Team Grudge Match
Homicide & Jay Lethal vs. The Embassy (Tommaso Ciampa & Rhino)

The unlikely pairing of Homicide and Jay Lethal have been brought together in this one.

Homicide has spent the best part of two months on the shelf, after a vicious assault from Embassy mercenary Rhino. Lethal was a late addition to the show, putting prior commitments aside to compete, at short notice.

The well-oiled Embassy machine, will bring not only the ECW legend Rhino but also the  Italian-American prospect, Tommaso Ciampa, to the Manhattan Center. Ciampa has yet to be pinned or submitted in an ROH ring and he and the Man Beast could make for a devastating combination.

Lethal and Homicide will need to put their well-documented chequered history aside, if they want to leave NYC in one piece.

Steven Coney

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

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