With the Ring of Honor’s 2012 Best in the World pay-per-view coming up this weekend, it’s time to break down the company’s latest effort to put on an amazing show.
ROH continues to make all the right moves.
Best in the World is one of the deepest cards the company has ever seen, and the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC could once again be witness to a wrestling revolution.
Move over ECW, this is ROH.
Where: Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
When: Sunday, June 24 at 5 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ROH’s iPPV Site
ROH World Championship—Kevin Steen (c) vs. Davey Richards
ROH World Tag Team Championship—Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) vs. The All-Night Express (Rhett Titus & Kenny King)
Special Challenge Match—"The Belfast Bruiser" Fit Finlay vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini
Three-Way Elimination Match for the ROH World TV Championship—Roderick Strong (c) vs. Jay Lethal vs. "The Sicilian Psychopath" Tommaso Ciampa
"Die Hard" Eddie Edwards vs. "Notorious 187" Homicide
Grudge Tag Team Match—Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. the Guardians of Truth w/ Truth Martini
Hybrid Fighting Rules—Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly
Signed to Appear
“The Prodigy” Mike Bennett with Maria Kanellis
What They’re Saying
Contender for breakout star of the year, Adam Cole, talks about walking out of Best in the World a winner:
Add an "MMA" stipulation all you want O'Reilly, this is still a pro wrestling match. And I'm still walking out the winner. #WatchROH— Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) June 19, 2012
Popular radio show, Ring Rust Radio, talks about how this is ROH’s big chance to become a contender in the mainstream wrestling game:
Main-Event Preview and Prediction
If you missed the main event of Border Wars or the story leading up to the event, you have missed out on one of the best storylines in all of wrestling.
With Kevin Steen bringing a certain wrestling entertainment aspect to ROH, he was met head-on by MMA-trained star and former champion Davey Richards. What followed was a classic match at Border Wars that saw Steen walk away victorious.
Now the title is on the line one more time, with Richards having only one chance at retaking the title before he is forced out of the title scene by Jim Cornette.
With Steen carrying so much momentum and leading the company down a whole new path, there is no way ROH pulls the belt off him already. Either way, expect everything both men have because that’s the only way they know how to wrestle.
Prediction: Kevin Steen retains
Undercard Match to Watch
Roderick Strong (c) vs. Jay Lethal vs. "The Sicilian Psychopath" Tommaso Ciampa
With three of the best workers in the world in the ring at the same time, this should be a wrestling fans dream. Add in the personal drama between Jay Lethal and Tommaso Ciampa, and this will be a wild bout.
Don’t forget current champion Roderick Strong, though.
Only the second triple-crown winner in ROH history, Strong has the chance to let the two contenders beat each other down before focusing his attention on one.
After a hard-fought match, I expect Strong to retain the strap and the battle between Lethal and Ciampa reaches its boiling point. This should be amazing.
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