The Bravado Brothers have been in and around Ring of Honor for a few years now and it’s a crying shame that they have not progressed through the company at all.
For the record, I’ve always been a big fan of the brothers from North Carolina. I feel they have a unique gimmick which is a bit goofy but still very entertaining. A bit of light comedy is sorely needed in the ultra-serious landscape that is ROH. They are good in the ring and only getting better. From January to the end of March this year, Lancelot and Harlem spent time in the Pro Wrestling NOAH dojo out in Japan. This shows their passion and willingness to improve themselves which are some of the key ingredients needed in ROH.
Since returning to ROH at the ‘Unity’ event towards the end of April, they have been used very sparingly despite showing a notable improvement since we last saw them at ‘Final Battle 2011’ where they competed in the Tag Team gauntlet match. They faced off against The Young Bucks in Chicago and beat them after a rollup in a 15-minute match which was said to be very entertaining. They then gained another win at the ‘Battle of Richmond’ thanks to a disqualification victory over then champions Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team and in a dark match at ‘Boiling Point 2012′ where they defeated Mike Sydal and Jorge Bryant.
If anything, though, the match in Richmond put them right back at the beginning. They were booked as not being worthy to be in the same ring as Haas & Benjamin. They were dominated for several minutes and Haas even broke up a couple of his own pinfall attempts. Unfortunately, despite the Bravados’ noticeable improvement, and the fact that ROH’s tag team division is hardly flourishing right now, the way they are being booked has completely hindered their progression and has meant they are still seen as some sort of comedy act.
Take the tournament for the Tag Team titles as another example. The Bravados could have easily made it into the semi-finals to give them a boost and give them a sense of credibility. They could have also continued their winning streak since coming back from Japan. They could have made a really big deal of it going into ‘Death Before Dishonor X’. Instead, they lost to Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs, hardly a regularly competing duo, in the first round in this week’s ROH TV show.
Ring of Honor’s tag team division is in a transitional period at the moment and as I previously said, the Bravados bring something unique to the table and they could easily put on some good matches against Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander for example. The brothers have been gaining some notoriety in other companies such as Chikara and I firmly believe that the same could happen in ROH if they were given a chance to show what they could do on an even playing field. The key is to make them look strong, even in defeat, or the crowd will never get behind them. A gentle push and a couple of wins would do the tandem no harm at all.
For now, though, it appears that the bandwagon has stalled. I just hope it can get rolling again.