The one true home of professional wrestling in the United States, Ring of Honor Wrestling, is proud to present: Homecoming 2012!
Coming to you on Friday the 20th from the city of extreme, the birthplace and mecca of independent wrestling, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania National Guard Armory surely will be packed for this supercard house show. The event begins at 8, so East Coast fans don't be late.
7 hard-hitting matches are scheduled for the show, and every style of professional wrestling will be on display.
Now on to the matches...
Four corners survival match
"The Dominant Male" Tommaso Ciampa looks to impress and please Embassy leader Prince Nana, but he will have his work cut out for him in this four corners survival match.
Ciampa will be up against three other men: Grizzly Redwood—this little lumberjack has a lot of heart and is the constant underdog.
"The Prodigy" Mike Bennett will no doubt have his girlfriend, "The First Lady of ROH" Maria Kanellis and his trainer, Brutal Bob, by his side to help him during this match.
Andy "Right Leg" Ridge will also be taking part in this match as he tries to score an upset over the bruising Ciampa and Bennett, and the resilient Redwood.
Kenny King vs. "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare" Kevin Steen
Kevin Steen is back in ROH with a vengeance and has his eye on the ROH world title; he promised Davey Richards back at Final Battle 2011 that he'd be champion in 2012.
Kenny King, a former Tough Enough contestant and member of the All Night Express, has other plans for Steen and won't lie down to be used as a stepping stone. Expect a brawling and high-impact match between these two.
Steve Corino discusses his future in ROH
The "King of Old-School Wrestling" has traveled the world over and racked up titles in every promotion he's worked for. The years are catching up with Corino, and many want to know what his future role will be in ROH. Never one to hold his tongue, expect this King to set us all straight.
Proving Ground match: ROH Tag-Team Champions The Briscoe Brothers vs. Chikara's Jigsaw and Hallowicked.
The match I'm looking forward to the most is the seven-time ROH tag champs, The Briscoes, taking on the high-flying lucha team of Chikara's Jigsaw and Hallowicked.
If the Chikara luchadores can win the match or if the match goes to a time-limit draw, then they get a future shot at the ROH tag titles. Hopefully this will be the start to a working agreement between these top two independent promotions.
Gateway to Honor rematch: Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas vs. Future Shock, Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly
Both teams suffered a loss at Final Battle and look to start the new year off right with a big win in ROH's Philly homecoming. These are two of the best tag teams in wrestling right now, and this match will not disappoint.
Chris Hero vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin
The returning Chris Hero, fresh off of a WWE rejection, should be fired up in his match against House of Truth member Elgin. Truth Martini will be in Elgin's corner, giving him an advantage as he tries to spoil Hero's return.
No Holds Barred match: "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards vs. House of Truth Member Roderick Strong
Two former ROH World Champions will wage war all over the Armory—and the Philly crowd wouldn't have it any other way.
Edwards failed to take the ROH world title from his American Wolves partner, Davey Edwards, at Final Battle 2011; a win over Strong should put Edwards back on track.
Strong will have the backing of Truth Martini and the rest of the House of Truth during this match; the numbers might be too much for Edwards as I expect Strong to pick up the victory.
Champion vs. Champion match: ROH World Champion Davey Richards vs. ROH TV Champion Jay Lethal
The main event of the evening and possible match of the night.
ROH World Champ puts his American Strong style against Lethal's high-flying technical skills. Richards is in his first run as ROH World Champ, has Daniel Bryan's approval of being Best in the World and looks to prove that he is worthy of the title.
Lethal made his ROH return in May of 2011 and it's as though he never left, winning the ROH TV title from El Generico in August. He's out to prove that he is the better champion, and this dispute will be settled at Homecoming 2012!
Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my first article on Homecoming 2012.