Ring of Honor heads to the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wi, for what will most assuredly be a night of great pro wrestling action. Aside from a recently announced autograph signing with “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, “The Man Beast” Rhino, and world champion Kevin Steen, fans will see stars like Rhett Titus, Jay Lethal, and the Briscoe Brothers. Speculation is also running rampant regarding Rhett Titus: Will he address the tag team title situation at all on Saturday?
Let’s look at what has been announced so far, starting at the bottom.
Kyle O’Reilly vs Tadarius Thomas
Since severing all ties with “American Wolf” Davey Richards, O’Reilly’s performance has been less than impressive, seeing him fall victim to Jay Lethal’s Lethal Injection back in Pittsburgh. The young prospect has a chance for redemption this Saturday in Milwaukee, and it’s imperative that he get the win against a hungry Tadarius Thomas. O’Reilly is out to prove something to the fans, to Ring of Honor management, and to his former mentor Davey Richards. Will Milwaukee be the place for O’Reilly to do just that, or will the brash young athlete come up short yet again?
“No Fear” Mike Mondo vs. Jay Lethal
Lethal is coming off a win against Kyle O’Reilly from the Pittsburgh show, but on Saturday Lethal faces a man with a little momentum and a whole lot of determination in Mike Mondo. Mondo shocked everybody when he beat Mike Bennett after rudely interrupting a live Prodigy Service announcement. Plus, Mondo came out on top in a four-way a few weeks ago against Mike Bennett, Kenny King, and Mike Sydal, three prime competitors. Factor in that Mondo managed to wrestle former world champion Davey Richards to a 15-minute time limit draw, and with all that momentum behind him, it’s difficult to count Mondo out of any situation. Will Mondo’s climb to the top continue undeterred, or will Jay Lethal put a sudden stop to all the momentum?
“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin vs. Silas Young
Those who keep up with the independent scene will have surely seen Silas Young do his thing in various promotions as “Wrestling’s Last Real Man.” Since his last appearance in Ring of Honor, Young has honed his craft, and he looks to prove that to everyone in Milwaukee. Unfortunately for Young, he’ll be stepping in the ring with one of Ring of Honor’s hottest current stars in “Unbreakable” MIchael Elgin. Elgin has impressed fans and management alike over the past few months, and there are no signs that this runaway train will be derailed any time soon. But before Young is completely ruled out of the equation, it’s important to remember Elgin’s current relationship with Roderick Strong and the House of Truth. Will this rocky relationship cost Elgin the match? Can Elgin and manager Truth Martini coexist long enough for Elgin to get the win?
Roderick Strong vs. BJ Whitmer
Roderick Strong tried and failed to capture Kevin Steen’s Ring of Honor world title, but now Truth Martini’s posterboy looks to get back on a winning track against BJ Whitmer. Whitmer, who last lost to “The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs via count-out, is also hunting for that ever-illusive victory. But Whitmer promised Jacobs that their long-standing feud is “far from over.” How will that guarantee play into this match if at all? Expect a solid, high-impact, hard-hitting match between these two. If given time, this could potentially tear the roof off the place.
“Die Hard” Eddie Edwards vs. “The Man Beast” Rhino
This one is being billed as a Border Wars rematch. If the last match between Strong and Whitmer isn’t crazy and hard-hitting, rest assured that this one certainly will be. Since Edwards lost to Rhino at Border Wars thanks to the Gore! Gore! Gore, it would make the most sense for him to get his win back. But with Truth Martini at ringside supporting “The Man Beast,” anything is possible. Expect the unexpected. Will Rhino hit one more gore, or will Edwards roll his way up to victory?
“The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs and Kevin Steen vs. The Briscoe Brothers
The Briscoes were recently announced as the first of eight teams that will partake in a tournament to crown a new set of tag team champions. With that in mind, it’s safe to assume that “Dem Boys” are more motivated than ever to get momentum on their side before the tournament kicks off on August 3. But the Briscoes won’t be in for any old fight; this fight is with “Pro Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen and his cohort in all things evil Jimmy Jacobs. This match is sure to get as physical as it gets. One might wonder, too, if this match might have any implications on the aforementioned tag tournament. Can the Briscoes conquer the world champion in tag team action? Find out on Saturday night in Milwaukee.
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