Haas & Benjamin going solo at DBD IX

Since making their ROH debut, in September 2010, the team of Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin have not shied away from competition. Over the past 12 months they have taken on all comers, dominating the top talent in the tag team ranks. However, over the course of their inaugural year, the two co-holders of the World Tag Team Championships have had the opportunity to test themselves only once each, in singles action.

At ‘Supercard of Honor VI’, on May 21st, the veteran unit met mixed results as one-on-one wrestlers. Haas had a hard time establishing a rhythm and came up on the losing end, against Champion-elect Davey Richards. Benjamin, on the other hand, was victorious, against a long time rival – Kings of Wrestling member Claudio Castagnoli.

Come September 17th, at the historic 9th annual ‘Death Before Dishonor’ show, Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team will once again compete in a pair of specially-arranged singles matches.

Haas has been booked against rookie monster Michael Elgin, in what is perhaps the most high-profile match of Elgin’s fledgling ROH run. Elgin’s handler Truth Martini is promising that the explosive Canadian will prove to be “indomitable”, in New York City.

Benjamin will lock horns with the self-proclaimed “superstar” of ROH, Mike Bennett. Again, this will be the biggest challenge of the confident Bennett’s young career.  Bennett has stated that, although he respects Shelton’s tag team pedigree, he believes that he will hold a sharpness edge over the veteran, when it comes to mano-a-mano wrestling.

A win over an internationally-recognised athlete, of the calibre of a Haas or a Benjamin, would catapult one of ROH’s bluechip prospects into immediate contention for singles gold.

Will DBDIX be the first step on the road to world domination, on two fronts, for WGTT or will Elgin and Bennett show that the future of ROH singles competition is in their hands?

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Dave Wood

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