Eddie Edwards became the new Ring of Honor World Champion by defeating Roderick Strong at “Manhattan Mayhem IV.”
Edwards is the first Triple Crown winner in Ring of Honor history, winning every belt currently being defended in the company. Other than Low Ki, who was the first wrestler to win the title, Edwards joins Samoa Joe, Austin Aries and Takeshi Morishima as the only wrestlers to win the Ring of Honor World Title in their first attempt at the belt.
Holding championship gold is nothing new to Edwards. He won the ROH World Tag Team Titles alongside his American Wolves tag partner Davey Richards in April 2009, which was roughly a year after Edwards became a full-time Ring of Honor wrestler. They defeated the team of Kevin Steen and El Generico in a “Tables are Legal” match on an episode of ROH on HDNet to win the titles. They held the belts until December when they were defeated at “Final Battle 2009” by the Briscoes.
The Wolves went their separate ways for much of 2010, even though they still occasionally teamed together. Edwards and Richards faced off against each other in the finals of the tournament to crown the first ever ROH Television Champion, which Edwards won in a great match. He won the Survival of the Fittest Tournament while holding the belt, which guaranteed him a World Title match, which he successfully cashed in at “Manhattan Mayhem IV.” Edwards held the belt until December 2010 when he was ultimately beat by current Television Champion Christopher Daniels. Edwards attempted to regain the belt at the “9th Anniversary Show,” but the match ended in a time limit draw when Daniels was unable to continue wrestling due to an injury.
Edwards will not have much time to enjoy his title win, though. Ring of Honor will be traveling to Atlanta April 1 and 2 as they present their “Honor Takes Center Stage” events. Edwards defends his newly won title on the first night against the man who defeated him for his Television Title, Christopher Daniels. He has been unable to beat Daniels since losing the Television Title to him, although the last time they wrestled it ended in a draw. That has to weigh on the mind of Edwards as he makes his first title defense. Will Edwards ride the wave of momentum he is currently on, or will “The Fallen Angel” once again be able to defeat him for a title?
Edwards has a match that is just as tough on the second night. The American Wolves will team together for the first time since December to wrestle Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team. Haas and Benjamin have are undefeated in 2011, including a win over the current Tag Team Champions, the Kings of Wrestling. They became the Number One Contenders to the Kings’ titles by defeating the Briscoes in the main event of the “9th Anniversary Show,” and they will challenge for the belts April 1. Edwards may also have to worry about Richards, who has been determined to win the Ring of Honor World Title for nearly a year. Richards said if he is unsuccessful in his next attempt to be champion that he will never challenge for the title again. How will Edwards winning the title influence Richards? Will he be jealous of Edwards’ success? Or will Richards be a friendly challenger to him? It will be an interesting couple of days in Atlanta for Edwards.
Congratulations Eddie Edwards for becoming the 14th man to hold the Ring of Honor World Title. We all wish you the best in all of your title defenses.