Tonight is the Night
Death Before Dishonor X emanates live from the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, IL, tonight at 8:30 P.M EST as an internet pay-per-view on the official Ring of Honor web site. Read ROHWorld.com’s comprehensive preview of the show here
The already stacked show, featuring a nine-match card and a returning promo by “American Wolf” Davey Richards, got even more intriguing this past week when Ring of Honor officials announced that former WWE and TNA superstar Matt Hardy would be at the show. Sources close to the situation said that Ring of Honor has been interested in Hardy for some time and finally made the deal work for this show.
Hardy, 37, had a brief stint in ROH in 2005 following his release from WWE. While working with Ring of Honor the first time, Hardy had matches with Christopher Daniels, Homicide, and Roderick Strong.
Matt Hardy’s time in ROH, albeit brief, was a successful one, especially when compared to his brother Jeff’s 2003foray into the company, a debacle which coincidentally took place at the inaugural Death Before Dishonor show.
Matt Hardy’s return to the company could potentially play into the current storyline, which portrays Jim Cornette as desperate to take the world title away from Kevin Steen, even if Cornette has to bring in “outsiders” to do it. Hardy could present a new challenger for Steen for later this year.
As one half of arguably the most entertaining tag team of the past decade, Hardy brings a level of name recognition to the table for ROH that the company has lacked previously. Whether name value translates to IPPV buys or live event ticket sales remains to be seen.
The ROH web site teased that Hardy is interested in a particular match tonight, promising that he will join the announce team at some point for color commentary. Hardy will also be part of an autograph signing for the live crowd.
As of press time, we don’t know if Hardy plans on wrestling in Ring of Honor or if this will be a one-time appearance. We will update as we learn more.
Survival of the Fittest Line-up Almost Complete
All but two participants for this year’s Survival of the Fittest tournament have been named. The final two combatants for the Sept. 22 tournament in Baltimore, MD, will be determined tonight at the Death Before Dishonor X show.
A qualifying match pits Silas Young against Tadarius Thomas, the winner of which will move on to face Adam Cole in the first round of the tournament next weekend.
ROH promised to reveal the final participant tonight as well. Whoever that participant turns out to be, he will face Mike Bennett in the first round.
Other SOTF opening round matches announced thus far include Jay Lethal vs. Q.T Marshall and Michael Elgin vs. Rhino.
New Jersey Homecoming
Jay Lethal will receive his shot at the Ring of Honor world championship at the Oct. 6 show in Rahway, NJ, appropriately titled “Killer Instinct.”
Lethal will challenge the winner of tonight’s main event between current champion Kevin Steen and challenger Rhino.
TJP in TNA
ROHWorld.com broke the story on Wednesday that Ring of Honor roster-member TJ Perkins would be participating in a dark match at the Sept. 13 Impact Wrestling television taping. Later we learned that Perkins would be dawning his mask for the first time in a few years, once again assuming the Puma character.
It soon came out that Perkins was released from his Ring of Honor contract. It remains unclear whether his appearance in front of the Impact live audience and ROH release are connected. The Kenny King situation would lead one to assume that the events are in fact connected, but King’s controversy came more from the fact that he appeared on television, whereas Perkins’ appearance for TNA remained dark.
The details of this situation are still sketchy. We will shed more light on the subject as information becomes available.
ROH Presence in Chikara
This weekend also marks Chikara’s King of Trios tournament. A team representing Ring of Honor will be in the fold, consisting of current Campeonatos de Parejas the Young Bucks and Mike Bennett, which explains why Bennett is not booked on tonight’s IPPV.
This Week on ROHWorld.com
In case you missed it earlier, our Death Before Dishonor X preview is here.
Click here for our latest ROHCast previewing the Death Before Dishonor X show and talking last weekend’s ROH on SBG television show.
We have results from last weekend’s Charlotte, NC, show, Caged Hostility, here.
ROHWorld’s Dave Hatton analyzes the semi-finals and finals of tonight’s tag team title tournament here
ROHWorld Active: Post your answer in the comments. Who do you expect to be announced as the final SOTF participant?.
That’s all the news for this week. We’ll be updating the site all weekend with full results and fallout from Death Before Dishonor X, so keep checking back with ROHWorld.com for major Ring of Honor news, notes, and analysis. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend.