Ring of Honor start their big Revolution weekend on Friday night in Dearborn, MI. This is shaping up to be an excellent event with numerous matches with match of the year potential. ROH World breaks down each match on the card in our in-depth preview:
Kings Vs. Wolves II
The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) w/Shane Hagadorn vs. The American Wolves (ROH World Champion Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards)
In December 2010 at ‘Tag Title Classic II’, The Wolves challenged The Kings to their ROH World Tag Team titles but came up short in what was being described as their final hunt as both Richards and Edwards wanted to focus more on their singles careers. A lot has happened since then, Edwards is the ROH World Champion after beating Roderick Strong at ‘Manhattan Mayhem IV’ and The Kings lost their titles to Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) at ‘Honor Takes Center Stage’. Edwards and Richards reunited at ‘Honor Takes Center Stage: Chapter Two’ to take on the new champions but were defeated after miscommunication but say they have put any problems behind them. Edwards will face off against Chris Hero for his World Title the following night in Toronto so both men will have an eye on that. A win for Richards would prove that he has what it takes to challenge his partner as The Kings try and show that they deserve a rematch for the ROH World Tag Team Titles. This should be a classic.
El Generico vs. Roderick Strong with Truth Martini
Strong has had Generico’s number for quite a while now. At ‘SoCal Showdown II’, Strong successfully defended his World Title against Generico and then made sure he couldn’t contest for the title again whilst he was champion with a win over Generico, Jay Briscoe & Homicide at ‘Defy or Deny’. El Generico and Roderick Strong have never seen eye to eye and tension between the two men escalated in Atlanta after Generico beat Strong. Post match, Christopher Daniels hit the ring and took out both Generico and his friend Colt Cabana before Strong delivered a backbreaker to “The Generic Luchadore” onto a steel chair. Tensions are obviously running high between these two men and that’s why ROH Officials have decided to make this one a No Disqualification match. Generico will no doubt have to fight against the numbers game as The House of Truth will be backing Strong up. Generico has proved time and time again that he can overcome the odds and he will have to do just that to beat the former World Champ.
First Blood Match
Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. The All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus)
These two teams faced off at ‘Manhattan Mayhem IV’ and after ANX picked up the win, The Briscoes attacked them. This led to a match at ‘Honor Takes Center Stage’ which The Briscoes won, the match will mostly be remembered from the amount of blood lost by Jay Briscoe who was wearing a proverbial crimson mask. Rhett Titus was also busted open during the match and The Briscoes then challenged Titus & Kenny King to a First Blood match which they duly accepted. This should be an all out violent war with plenty of blood being spilled. The Briscoes have said that they aren’t going to lose any more in ROH but the ANX are looking to prove that they belong at the top of the Tag Team mountain, this should be a fascinating but bloody match.
World Tag Team Champions Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas
vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly
Cole & O’Reilly are one of the hottest young tag teams in Professional Wrestling and have really caught people’s eyes in recent months in ROH. The youngsters keep proving they belong with the big boys and although they lost both their matches at ‘Honor Takes Center Stage’, they put it great showings against The Briscoes and The Kings of Wrestling. Despite these performances, they must be feeling the pressure to start getting wins under their belts and they have been given the toughest of tasks in Dearborn. They will face off against the new ROH World Tag Team Champions – Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team. Haas & Benjamin will be looking to prove that they are the best in Ring of Honor with a strong showing and this is a potential show stealer.
Christopher Daniels w/Truth Martini vs. Colt Cabana
Colt Cabana looks like he is being dragged into another war alongside his friend El Generico. Cabana tried to help Generico at ‘Honor Takes Center Stage’ as he was being beat down by the House of Truth. Daniels hit the ring and laid both men out and thus joined Martini’s group. Cabana just wanted wrestling matches to showcase the art but this match means a bit more than that. Daniels seems to have completely forgotten about the honor in ROH since reading the Book of Truth so it will be interesting to see how this match pans out.
Homicide vs. Tommaso Ciampa with The Embassy
Ciampa has been impressive since his arrival in ROH and took on Homicide in a singles match at ‘Honor Takes Center Stage: Chapter Two’. “The Project” was able to cause a major upset as he won the bout with a Northern Lights suplex following help from The Embassy. “The Notorious 187” was furious with his loss in Atlanta and threw a steel chair at Barrister R.D. Evans after the match which knocked Prince Nana’s lawyer out. Homicide says he wants revenge and that he should never have lost to Ciampa in the first place. Homicide has never seen eye-to-eye with Embassy leader Nana and he looks to get the better of the illustrious group in Dearborn.
“The Prodigy” Mike Bennett vs. Grizzly Redwood
Whether ROH fans like him or not, Bennett has been extremely impressive so far. Bennett was crowned ‘Top Prospect 2011’ after winning a tournament held on ROH on HDNet but was involved in a war of words with Steve Corino. Bennett and Corino still don’t see eye-to-eye and will face off in Toronto. Before then, Bennett faces off against a man Corino has lots of respect for – Grizzly Redwood. Grizzly hasn’t been flush with wins recently and “The Prodigy” will be looking to send a message to Corino for the following night.
Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini vs. Andy “Right Leg” Ridge
Truth Martini was desperately looking for a powerhouse for the House of Truth and finally found himself one in Elgin. Since his arrival, Elgin has showed that he can mix it with anybody on the roster. His variety of power and speed based moves make him a formidable opponent for anybody. Ridge was the first man to go through the ROH Trial Series and although he didn’t pick up a win, he gained valuable experience from the matches. Ridge will have his work cut out and will need to use every ounce of experience he gained to try and topple Elgin in what would be a massive upset.
So there you have it, ROH kicks Revolution weekend off in Dearborn, MI and the show looks great. For full results of this show and the following night’s show in Toronto, be sure to check back here at ROHWorld.com.