MCNEILL'S TAKE Unbreakable Hope: McNEILL previews ROH's Glory By Honor XI iPPV!
Oct 13, 2012 - 11:48:55 AM
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By Pat McNeill, PWTorch columnist
Wake the pets and call the neighbors. It's time for our semi-monthly ROH semi-internet sort-of-a-pay-per-view preview column!
DISCLAIMER: Projections are made by myself and for myself with absolutely no assistance from James E. Cornette, Gary Juster or The Man With The Lizard Face. No one knows the contents of these projections, but I, in my divine and mystical way, will ascertain the finishes to these matches while being several months behind on my Ring of Honor DVD's. Some of our departing contestants will receive "The Touch" scanner by Regency. Put the excitement of police, fire, emergency or weather calls at tip of your fingers with Regency. Don't forget, four whammies brings tears to your eyes and puts you out of the game. Remember, this is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Please, please, no wagering. This lineup is based on the best available information as of this writing.
Glory By Honor was the original ROH supercard. It was a bigger deal back in the day. And, judging by tonight's lineup, it's still a big deal. Note the absence of lower tier acts like The Guardians of Truth, Q.T, Marshall and Mike Posey. You're not going to see this much of the main roster together until, oh, Final Battle.
Also, Jim Cornette has been officially demoted to ROH assistant booker. Cornette's character has been "injured" by Jay Lethal and written off as an on-air authority figure, but that doesn't matter, because there's no way Ring of Honor could get away with sneaking Cornette across the Canadian border. Not even if they wrapped Cornette in bathroom tissue and claimed he was the reincarnation of Prince Kharis.
The big news going into tonight is...Oh, just watch the main event of last week's ROH television show. It's less typing for me. Here's Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino defending the ROH World Tag Team Titles against Cedric Coleman & Caprice Alexander.
And without further ado, let's roll right into this month's Wrestling History Lesson. Before Ring of Honor, the "number three promotion" in North America was the Philadelphia-based Extreme Championship Wrestling. The original ECW ran from 1993 through 2001. Among the many wrestlers who passed through ECW were Steve Austin, Mick Foley and the late Eddie Guerrero. A young Gabe Sapolsky worked for the company, as did ROH founder Rob Feinstein and legendary manager Jim Cornette.
Back in the original ECW, Extreme Championship Wrestling ran its big "Ultimate Jeopardy" show on November 8, 1997 at the ECW Arena in South Philadelphia. This show brought us a four-way elimination match of Axl Rotten vs. John Kronus vs. D-Von Dudley vs. Tracy Smothers. Have a look, why don't you?
And, as your free gift for viewing this column, let's take you back to June 18, 2010 to a big C*4 Wrestling show in Ottawa, Ontario. If you want to learn more about this "Michael Elgin" fellow, here he is in action against current WWE developmental prospect Brodie Lee.
On with the projections!
I have no idea what the dark match will be for this show, but I hope Bobby Fish is involved.
Rhett Titus & B.J. Whitmer vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin: After all the heat between Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team and Jersey Shine, it makes sense to have them face off here. Projection Shelton Benjamin removes a turnbuckle pad and Haas throws Whitmer into an exposed bolt for the victory.
Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. The Bravado Brothers: The good news is, the two teams already did a run through of this match last month in Charlotte, and nobody saw it. Well, nobody in Ontario anyway. Projection? Cedric Alexander pins Lancelot Bravado with the frog splash and the C&C Wrestling Factory gets some juice back.
Tadarius Thomas vs. Roderick Strong: Tadarius is an intriguing young prospect, but this is Ring of Honor, where nobody puts Roddy in a corner. Projection? Death by Roderick and the Strong Hold is too much for Thomas. A submission win for Strong.
Jay Lethal vs. Davey Richards: If you're ordering tonight's show, it's probably so you can watch this particular bout. Projection? It's important to make Davey look good, but it's more important that Lethal win this one. Jay busts out the Lethal Injection II for the upset victory.
Mike Mondo vs. Mike Bennett: Mike Mondo wanting to beat up Mike Bennett is a good babyface storyline. Mike Mondo wanting to force himself on Maria Kanellis is...a little creepy in 2012. Get with the times, kids. Projection? Mondo wins with a rollup. Bennett kicks Mondo in the doo-dads after the match to keep Mondo from macking on his woman.
Adam Cole vs. Eddie Edwards (TV Title): The "Jilted Lovers" tag team from the 10th Anniversary Show explodes in a battle for the television title. Projection? The best guess here is that Ring of Honor wants to keep Cole strong going into his eventual match with Matt Hardy. Cole retains after hitting the Corona Crash.
Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino vs. Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe (ROH Tag Team Titles): When you're booking the ROH Tag Team Division, the goal is to keep the tag belts away from the Briscoes for as long as you can. Why? Because, eventually, the Briscoes will get them back, and it's not fair to the other teams not to get a crack at them. Projection? Going with a crap finish here as one of the Briscoes accidentally hits referee Paul Turner and gets the challengers disqualified. Yeah, I know, but it's not like you can have the S.C.U.M. going fifty-fifty with your top attractions for a full-length match.
Kevin Steen vs. Michael Elgin (ROH World Title): Rhino will be at the show with Truth Martini in order to protect the interests of the House of Truth. Projection? Sure, Steen and Elgin could probably have a sound in-ring match in another context, but tonight it's garbage time. Corino and Jacobs come out to help Steen. Strong and Elgin and Truth respond in kind. The Briscoes, still pissed off after their loss, are out there too. Somewhere in the melee, Strong accidentally/on purpose tags Elgin with the Sick Kick, and Steen scores the victory.
Aftermath: We go to Final Battle in December, where we see Steen vs. Lethal II, Adam Cole vs. Matt Hardy (maybe) and we find out exactly who doesn't plan to resign with Ring of Honor. Join us then.
*** Pat McNeill of Richmond, Va. has been a Torch columnist since February 2001. He'd like to congratulate his Washington Nationals on making the playoffs this year.
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