Generico To Challenge Richards at GBH X

The main event of ROH’s tenth annual ‘Glory By Honor’ spectacular has been announced.

The show, which takes place on November 19th, in Chicago Ridge, will be headlined by World Champion Davey Richards’ second defense on the black canvas of ROH.

After successfully defeating arch nemesis Roderick Strong, in a bout that was aired as a part of Episode 3 of the all-new ‘ROH Wrestling’ TV show,  Davey will now face another of his great historical rivals.

Long-time fan favourite El Generico has held down a consistent place as a top five contender to singles gold, with his form throughout a difficult calendar year. The masked man has exhibited his trademark bouncebackability, in his quest to put his annus horribilis of 2010 behind him.

The eccentric lucha libre master has put on a number of stand-out performances, against top tier talent, this year. Not least of these, against former World Champion Roderick Strong. Indeed, he came out on top in his series with the Messiah of the Backbreaker, winning their blow-off Cage Match at the ‘No Escape’ card of July 9th. This show marked his second decisive victory over the perennial title challenger.

Strong had only been able to get one over on Generico, in the course of their long conflict, due to rulebending, outside interference and other similar shenanigans. Generico came tantalisingly close to cutting Strong’s title reign short at  January’s ‘SoCal Showdown II’ event, before Strong resorting to using a foreign object.  Generico was later frozen out of title contention, after falling to the unsportsmanlike Strong in the all-or-nothing Defy or Deny match, that took place on March 18th. This multi-month program was truly a ding-dong battle between two icons of ROH.

As 2011 wore on, Generico became embroiled in a personal feud with, not only Strong, but also his House of Truth cohort Christopher Daniels. Generico was, ultimately, able to put together back-to-back wins over the Fallen Angel. With the second, he unseated him as the holder of ROH’s Television title. The mystery man from Tijuana went on to lose this title, only in the overtime period of a high-octane clash with the highly-rated Jay Lethal.

Despite this loss, Generico’s fine vein of form, also including a win over the world-class Chris Hero, has been enough to safeguard his place in the bracket of top contenders for singles gold. As a result, ROH officials have handed this proven commodity a chance to challenge for wrestling’s ultimate prize at ‘Glory By Honor X’, an event that will stand as, perhaps, the most prestigious of the non-iPPV shows on this year’s ROH schedule.

Generico, who has held not only the TV title but also Tag Team gold, in the past, will be hoping to seize the opportunity to become only the second ever Triple Crown Champion in Ring of Honor history.

It should be noted that the respect and rivalry, between Generico and Champion Richards, dates back to Generico’s peak as a tag team wrestler. Arguably the greatest match that the two were involved in, against one another, was the unforgettable Ladder War that took place at 2009’s ‘Glory By Honor VIII’.

Undoubtedly, both mens’ partners, from that evening, will be watching this one intently.

Dave Wood

Dave is a former member of the ROHWorld team who wrote feature articles on a semi-regular basis.

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