It can’t be said enough that Ring of Honor have really let the fans down with the way they’ve booked the recent tag team title tournament. What could have been used as a launching pad for a revitalised doubles division has instead been used to push the veterans of the roster. That the Young Bucks, Bravados and the new-to-ROH BLK OUT were eliminated in the opening round was nothing short of ridiculous.
The semi-finals and finals will take place at Death Before Dishonor X next Saturday. SCUM members Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs will take on the C&C Wrestle Factory leaving the Briscoes to clash with the pairing of Rhett Titus and Charlie Haas.
Due to stipulations and storylines I’ve expected a Titus and Haas v Corino and Jacobs final since the brackets were announced. The SCUM boys have been told that if they don’t win the straps then they’ll be fired from the company. Haas and his regular partner Shelton Benjamin have been feuding with Rhett Titus (along with his regular partner Kenny King) for several months and putting the two together as a unit is the company’s way of keeping that rivalry alive.
As this tournament has been more about pushing storylines than providing young talent with an opportunity to get themselves over it would make sense for both of those units to make it to the final. If the odd couple win then their programme could continue with an added “who deserves the straps?” twist. If Corino and Jacobs win their war on the company storyline could be furthered. It would make SCUM appear a stronger unit too.
Because I think Corino and Jacobs are favourites of the ROH booking unit I believe they’ll be the ones to win. Haas and Benjamin could continue their feud with Titus without the tag titles (though preferably they’d get something new to do altogether). That said Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team are also favourites with the ROH office so a win for them shouldn’t be ruled out.
The Briscoes strike me as unlikely winners. They had a fairly forgettable run from Final Battle 2011 until Border Wars in May. It would seem soon for them to recapture the gold and there would be nothing new or dynamic about the situation. They’re best kept as challengers for particularly big events.
I think the C&C Wrestle Factory should be the next champions. Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander have never held the belts before and would bring a sense of change with them were they to win. They’re a talented, athletic team that deserve a chance to show they can become bigger stars for Ring of Honor. Pushing young talent like them should be a priority.
In an ideal world C&C would win, the firing stipulation regarding SCUM would be honoured and ROH would bring in BLK OUT as regulars in their place. A division built around the Young Bucks, Ruckus and Jeez, and the Bravados, with Coleman and Alexander as champions iswhat ROH needs to show it’s serious about tag team wrestling.