Ring of Honor returns to iPPV Saturday, Oct. 13, with “Glory by Honor XI: The Unbreakable Hope” at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The stacked card features nine huge matches, including three title matches. “Glory by Honor XI” looks, on paper at least, like the best card Ring of Honor has put on in a long time, and it has received quite a bit of buzz around it despite the lack of build on television. The wrestling will be great, as long as the fans get to see it and there are no streaming issues. “Glory by Honor XI” looks like it could potentially be Ring of Honor’s best show of 2012.
Let’s take a closer look at each match.
ROH World Title
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Michael Elgin
Michael Elgin’s title shot at “Glory by Honor XI” is a long time coming. It has been almost a year since he won the Survival of the Fittest tournament to earn a ROH World Title match, and his manager Truth Martini held that opportunity close to his chest. Martini announced at “Boiling Point 2012” in August that Elgin will challenge for the title at “Glory by Honor XI,” although he had previously promised the opportunity to Elgin’s House of Truth stable-mate Roderick Strong. Martini’s decision only led to more dissension among the House of Truth. Elgin has further distanced himself from the House of Truth in recent weeks. On the October 6 episode of ROH on SBG, Kevin Steen and S.C.U.M. called Elgin to the ring. Steen told Elgin why Steen doesn’t like him: Elgin stole the show in Florida when Steen tries to steal the show everywhere he goes. Elgin had enough of the talking and punched Steen in the face, although S.C.U.M. quickly overran him. Rhino and the Guardians of Truth eventually made the save, but Strong refused to help despite Martini begging him to. Steen will undoubtedly have back up Saturday, but the same can’t be said for certain for Elgin.
As for the match itself, it’s going to come down to Elgin’s power against Steen’s size and brawling ability. Elgin relies on his power game to defeat his opponents, but it will be interesting to see if he will be able to do so against Steen. If he can, he will walk out of “Glory by Honor XI” the new ROH World Champion. If not, Steen’s reign of terror will continue for at least another few weeks.
ROH World TV Title
Adam Cole (c) vs. Eddie Edwards
Eddie Edwards has been a mentor to Adam Cole for the better part of a year now. Cole has flourished in Ring of Honor since Edwards took him under his wing. The two have teamed together several times throughout the year with some success, most notably when Cole pinned then-champion Davey Richards at the “10th Anniversary Show.” Cole has since challenged for the World Title, albeit unsuccessfully, and captured the ROH World TV Title; a title that was first worn by Edwards nearly two years ago. Now the teacher challenges the student for the student’s belt at “Glory by Honor XI.”
This could very easily be the best match of the night. Edwards is a technical master, while Cole has become one of the most sought after talents in all of professional wrestling. There is no doubt in my mind that this match is going to be anything short of incredible.
ROH World Tag Team Titles
Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs (c) vs. The Briscoes
Jay and Mark Briscoe have had Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino’s number throughout the second half of 2012. Dem Boys beat Jacobs and Corino in a wild match at “Brew City Beatdown.” They defeated S.C.U.M. at “Boiling Point” in August. The Briscoes, along with Rhett Titus, beat Jacobs, Corino and Steen in a steel cage at “Caged Hostility.” Now the brothers have a chance to make it four-for-four against Jacobs and Corino, this time with the belts on the line. S.C.U.M. have been known to use some, well, evil tactics to win their matches or hold on to their belts. It doesn’t matter how they do it, it’s impossible to say they haven’t been successful. If they are able to walk out of “Glory by Honor XI’ with the ROH World Tag Team Titles still around their waist, no one will be able to dispute they’re championship material.
Davey Richards vs. Jay Lethal
These two men’s careers have gone in drastically different directions since their matches against each other in early 2012. Lethal has shown an edge like he’s never seen, laying waste to anyone in his path. He even seriously injured Jim Cornette following his title shot at “Killer Instinct” being ruled a No Contest. Lethal will be entering “Glory by Honor XI” with a chip on his shoulder. Richards, on the other hand, has lost pretty much everything. He wasn’t seen in Ring of Honor for months after losing his only chance to recapture the ROH World Title from Kevin Steen at “Best in the World 2012.” He returned to Ring of Honor at “Caged Hostility,” and at “Death Before Dishonor X” he announced that the old Davey – The American Wolf – was back. Richards began his road to redemption at “Killer Instinct” when he beat Mike Mondo. Both Lethal and Richards have something to prove at “Glory by Honor XI,” and neither man is going to back down from proving themselves. This should be another fantastic match on the card, if their previous matches are any indication of their future matches. This match main evented cards earlier this year, and it’s positioning on the “Glory by Honor XI” card only further illustrates how great this show will be.
Roderick Strong vs. Tadarius Thomas
This match pits one of the elder statesmen of Ring of Honor against one of the company’s most exciting new competitors. Strong is the second-ever Triple Crown winner in company history and can boast victories over the best wrestlers Ring of Honor has seen. Thomas is an impressive newcomer who has looked like a future star in his few matches thus far. He brings a unique brand of offense that is a lot of fun to watch. Strong is going to have to make sure he doesn’t get too cocky – if that is even possible for him to do – against Thomas, or we might see an upset on Saturday. A win for Thomas would quickly show he has what it takes to hang in Ring of Honor and would have to boost him into ROH World TV Title contention. This is another match that should be very good.
The Bravados vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
These two teams met at “Caged Hostility” in September, and based on the reports, this match stole the show. That night, the team of Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander came out on top. The Bravados are getting their rematch, and a chance to redeem themselves, at “Glory by Honor XI.” This is going to be a fast-paced, high-flying match that is going to be a lot of fun to watch.
Mike Mondo vs. Mike Bennett
The issues between Mike Mondo and Mike Bennett go back to “Best in the World 2012,” when Mondo was proud of having a chance to compete in the Hammerstein Ballroom while Bennett mocked the opportunity. Mondo told Bennett if he won a match between the two, then Mondo would to have his way with Maria. Mondo won an impromptu match, and has since been sneakily taking advantage of Maria and has been molesting her at every turn. Bennett is looking to protect his girlfriend and fight off Mondo, and he gets the chance to do so Saturday. This match has the potential to be a lot of fun if they go about it the right way. This match could surprise a lot of people as two extremely underrated talents square off. It’s just a shame the storyline between the two has been so illogical.
Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer
The issues between Rhett Titus and Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team are well-documented. Another chapter to the never ending saga was added on the most recent episode of ROH on SBG when BJ Whitmer was revealed as Titus’ teammate, and Whitmer got a surprise pin on Shelton Benjamin. Haas and Benjamin beat down Whitmer after the match, and now the rematch is on Saturday.
“Glory by Honor XI” takes place live on Ring of Honor’s official website. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, and is preceeded by a 30-minute preshow.