ROH in Richmond, VA (5/18/13) Preview

Ring of Honor returns to Richmond, Va., Saturday night for a special Road Rage taping. Matches from the loaded card will be filmed to be aired on Ring of Honor’s weekly television show. The ROH World Title will be on the line in the main event, but almost every match on the show could have long-term effects in the company moving forward.

Let’s take a closer look at each match.

ROH World Championship
Jay Briscoe  (c) vs. BJ Whitmer

Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness made a flurry of title matches to dethrone Kevin Steen after he retained the ROH World Title at the “11th Anniversary Show.” McGuinness’ plan worked as Jay Briscoe captured the title at “Supercard of Honor VII” in April. Talents who were scheduled for title matches against Steen would still get their shots, and BJ Whitmer is finally getting his opportunity. Whitmer has expressed how much winning the title would mean to him, especially after everything he’s been through over the past few years. Whitmer is a completely different wrestler since the last time he’s challenged for the title, but Briscoe will be his toughest challenge to date. This should be a wild brawl as both wrestlers are at their best when the match turns into a bar room brawl. Whitmer is one of the toughest men in all of wrestling, but Briscoe may be the one wrestler who is tougher.

Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish & Matt Taven vs. Caprice Coleman, Cedric Alexander & Jay Lethal

Caprice Coleman, Cedric Alexander and Jay Lethal have all earned title shots at “Best in the World 2013” due to events that took place at the television taping following “Border Wars 2013.” Coleman and Alexander will challenge Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish for the ROH World Tag Team Titles, while Jay Lethal will try to recapture the ROH World TV Title against Matt Taven. The challengers will try to get the upper hand on the champions and build momentum into their respective title matches this Saturday in Richmond. The champions have their own reasons to fight. After missing “Border Wars 2013” with what they called major injuries, reDRagon will be trying to prove themselves as the top team in ROH once again. Matt Taven will look to continue his winning streak and a win here would only add to the Hoopla! This is going to be a fun match that could be the best one on the show. The six wrestlers should mesh extremely well and make for an entertaining match.

Kevin Steen vs. Jimmy Jacobs

Kevin Steen continues his war against S.C.U.M. in Richmond, and this time it will be against a man he has a lot of history with in Jimmy Jacobs. Steen’s match with Jacobs at the “10th Anniversary Show” led to Jacobs rediscovering his evil side and joining alongside Steen and Steve Corino in S.C.U.M. Steen has since left the faction and has started a crusade to rid the company of the group, which he started last week with three Package Piledrivers on Rhett Titus. He hasn’t won every battle, though, and has been the reason ROH has lost some key matches in this war. He’s going to try redeeming himself in his match against Jacobs. Steen’s misfortunes have been Jacobs’ success, as he’s been able to take advantage and get the wins in matches Steen takes part in. Jacobs is going to try to continue his hot streak and prove that Steen cannot be trusted to save ROH in Saturday’s match. This is going to be a brutal and intense match between two wrestlers who are willing to put their health on the line to punish their opponents.

The American Wolves (Davey Richards  & Eddie Edwards) vs. Two Members of S.C.U.M. 

When S.C.U.M. declared war on ROH at the “11th Anniversary Show,” the American Wolves were among the the wrestlers the renegade group set its eyes on. Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards will try to get their revenge in Richmond, but it will be far from easy. The Wolves are one of the best tag teams in the world and are almost always the favorite to win whenever they step into the squared circle. But that may not be the case this time. With two mystery opponents under Steve Corino’s guidance, Richards and Edwards could be in a lot of trouble. It’s impossible to tell what will happen when the American Wolves collide with S.C.U.M., but it’s guaranteed to be a physical contest.

Roderick Strong vs. Mark Briscoe

For only the second time in the company’s history, Roderick Strong and Mark Briscoe will go one-on-one. Both men are cornerstones in Ring of Honor and this is a match between two of the most respected wrestlers on the roster. Both men are trying to get back to their winning ways, especially Briscoe. He’s come up short in television and tag team title matches in the past few weeks, and a win here would give him momentum going into the huge opportunity he has on the horizon. Strong has been floating around the roster for much of this year, but a win against Briscoe could put him in the midst of the ROH World Title scene. This should be a great match and be the one everyone is talking about after the show.

Adam Cole vs. Adam Page

Adam Cole is looking to rebound from a couple of toss losses over the past few weeks. He was unable to win the ROH World Title at “Border Wars 2013,” but has been promised another shot due to Corino’s interference. He then lost the deciding fall in last week’s triple threat match in Belle Vernon, Pa., to BJ Whitmer. Cole will try to get back to form and maintain his standing in his match against the young Adam Page. A win for Page would do wonders for his career. He’s been impressive in his sporadic appearances in Ring of Honor, but has yet to have a breakout victory. He will have that chance Saturday against Cole. This should be a fun and past-paced match that could be the match Page needs to make the roster full time.

Michael Elgin vs. Kyle Matthews

This match is very similar to the last one. Michael Elgin is trying to maintain momentum as the No. 6 contender to the ROH World Title and a win would get him one step closer to capturing the title. His opponent is no slouch, as Kyle Matthews has locked horns with some of the best wrestlers the world has to offer. He’s traveled around the globe honing his craft, including spending time in Japan’s Zero-1 Dojo. Matthews is making his first appearance in Ring of Honor since facing Eddie Kingston in a losing effort in 2009, and he will get a tremendous opportunity against Elgin. Matthews could immediately thrust himself into the title scene with a win over Elgin, which some may not consider a giant upset.

Aden Chamber & Brandon Day vs. A-1 (Jeff Early & Zac Hilton)

Ring of Honor is always looking to add new talent, and they will give two young tag teams the chance to impress this Saturday in Richmond. The winners could find themselves among the best tag team division in wrestling, while a loss could set a team back a few years.

In addition to these matches, Tommaso Ciampa will also be in action in Richmond.

Ring of Honor tapes Road Rage this Saturday at the Greater Richmond Convention Center-Hall B. The show starts at 7:30 p.m..

Keep checking ROHWorld.com for results throughout the night.

Jon Shumake

Jon has been with ROHWorld since March 2011. The American Bearded Nightmare is one half of ‘Team America’ on ROHCast, which is available every week on ROHWorld, iTunes and Stitcher.