We are just over one week away from “Glory by Honor XI,” but there is one more stop Ring of Honor has to make Saturday night in Rahway, NJ, with “Killer Instinct.” It features a very solid card, which has become routine for house shows in recent months. There are two huge title matches, and there are several wrestlers debuting or returning to Ring of Honor.
Let’s take a closer look at each match.
ROH World Title Match
World Champion Kevin Steen defends vs Jay Lethal
Ever since Kevin Steen began his reign of terror by capturing the ROH World Title at “Border Wars,” Jim Cornette has been looking for someone to take the belt off him. Jay Lethal recently asked for a title shot, but was denied after Cornette told him he didn’t have the killer instinct to defeat Steen. Lethal has since shown a ruthlessness that was missing before, and has shown he is dangerous enough to match Steen’s viciousness in the ring. Lethal, in his home state of New Jersey, was awarded the opportunity to achieve the title that has eluded him for so long. Lethal will have to continue showing his killer instinct if he wants to capture the title from Steen, otherwise Steen’s title reign will continue for at least one more week. Steen, who will defend the belt against Michael Elgin at “Glory by Honor XI,” better not overlook Lethal or his reign as ROH World Champion will end Saturday night.
Davey Richards vs Mike Mondo
Mike Mondo has been riding a wave of momentum since he took Davey Richards to a 15-minute time limit draw earlier this year. Mondo has since received ROH World and TV Title matches and has had impressive performances against many of Ring of Honor’s top stars. The draw was the start of a tumultuous summer for Richards, who only returned to the company at “Death Before Dishono X.” Richards is looking to get back to his old form, and he is looking to redeem himself by defeating Mondo. If Mondo wins, this has to put him in line to get another title shot.
Jay and Mark Briscoe vs ROH World TV Champion Adam Cole and Eddie Edwards
Adam Cole and Eddie Edwards have proven themselves to be more than cohesive as a tag team in the few matches they’ve had together. No match illustrates this more than their match against Davey Richards and Kyle O’Reilly at the “10th Anniversary Show,” where Cole pinned then-ROH World Champion Richards. Cole and Edwards have not teamed together in months, which is about as far as one can get in the opposite direction of their opponents: the Briscoes. The Briscoes team on pretty much every show, and have proven themselves time and time again by capturing the ROH Tag Titles seven times. Saturday will be the first time these two teams square off, although all four men do have experience against each other. The Briscoes and Edwards battled many times when Edwards was a part of the American Wolves, and Cole has faced off with the Briscoes once before. There is something both familiar and new in this match, and it will come down to which team can work together the best. No matter who wins, though, this has a good chance to be the best match of the night.
Three-Way ROH World Tag Team Title Match
ROH World Tag Team Champions Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino defend vs Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer vs Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin)
When Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino captured the ROH World Tag Team Titles at “Death Before Dishonor X” in September, they did so against the unlikely duo of Rhett Titus and Charlie Haas. In their first defense of the titles, they defend the belt against Haas and Titus once again, but this time Haas and Titus have found different partners. Haas is teaming with his longtime teammate Shelton Benjamin, and they are looking to hold the tag titles for the third time in their Ring of Honor run. Titus chose BJ Whitmer as his partner, who is a four time ROH World Tag Team Champion. Two of those times Whitmer held the belts with Jacobs. There is a deep-rooted hatred between members of all three teams, and Jacobs and Corino are the ones who will be able to harness the hatred to help them win the best.
3.0 (Scott “Jagged” Parker and “Big Magic” Shane Matthews) vs The Bravados (Lancelot and Harlem Bravado)
Scott Parker and Shane Matthews are making their Ring of Honor debut in Rahway, NJ, and they are doing so against familiar foes in the Bravados. These two teams have been feuding for the better part of the year in CHIKARA, and now the action comes to the Bravados’ home turf of Ring of Honor. 3.0 is an exciting tag team who have energy that is unmatched by almost anyone in professional wrestling. They have big mouths, but luckily for them they also have the skills to back it up. This match is going to be a lot of fun, and should feature a ton of fast and high-flying action. If 3.0 is able to pull out the win that has to help them gain more bookings in Ring of Honor in the future. And more 3.0 in Ring of Honor is a good thing! Booyah!
Michael Elgin vs Mike Bennett
Michael Elgin is looking to build some momentum going into “Glory by Honor XI,” where he’s getting a ROH World Title match against Kevin Steen. Elgin has a tough opponent in Mike Bennett. Bennett is going to do everything he can to slow down Elgin, while also putting himself in a position to earn future title matches. Bennett is good at getting under his opponents skin, and Elgin can’t allow that to happen if he wants to come out victorious in this match.
Roderick Strong w/ Truth Martini vs Kyle O’Reilly
The House of Truth has been falling apart right in front of Truth Martini’s eyes, although he refuses to acknowledge it. Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin have had a falling out in recent months. The same can be said about Kyle O’Reilly and his former mentor Davey Richards. Both Strong and O’Reilly have proven themselves to be as disrespectful and arrogant as they come, but they can also claim to be two of the best wrestlers in Ring of Honor. This should be a great match that features a lot of stiff, hard-hitting action.
QT Marshall vs Bobby Fish
Bobby Fish makes his Ring of Honor return after a several year absence. He has a tough challenge in his return in QT Marshall. Marshall recently earned a Ring of Honor contract at “Boiling Point” by winning a Four Corner Survival match, and has been undefeated in run thus far. Fans, however, have not been so impressed by Marshall. If there is anyone that can get a good match out of Marshall, it’s Fish.
“Killer Instinct” takes place Oct. 6 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, NJ. The event has a 7:30 bell time.