This past edition of “Ring of Honor Wrestling” TV turned out to be a major episode with big implications on the upcoming “Best in the World 2013” iPPV taking place on June 22nd in Baltimore.
The show kicked off with a #1 Contender's Match for the World Tag Team Titles pitting RD Evans & QT Marshall against ACH & Tadarius Thomas and C&C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander). The action was fast-paced, showcasing the tremendous athleticism of the men involved, and, based on how hard all six men fought for the victory, demonstrating just how desired an opportunity at the tag titles is here in ROH. In the end, after RD & QT were wiped out on the floor by ACH, it was C&C who picked up the victory by pinning Tadarius Thomas and earned their shot at the World Tag Team titles currently held by Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish, collectively known as reDRagon.
“The American Wolves.” said Bobby Fish, “Alabama Attitude, The Briscoes...twice; that is what the championship resume of myself and Kyle O'Reilly looks like right now. Caprice, Cedric, you two are amazing athletes, I would be lying to you if I didn't admit that and Bobby Fish is certainly no liar. You have impressed against The Wolves, against Jay and Mark but unfortunately all you did was impress. See the difference between the two of you and me and Kyle is that we didn't just impress, we won, we beat those teams while you just gave them a run for their money. We became champions by beating the most decorated team in ROH history while the two of you still dream of the day that you can become champions. That day will not be June 22nd, that day will never come as long as reDRagon remains champions, and trust me that we plan on holding these titles for a very long time. In mixed martial arts, every once in awhile you get a fighter that is so good that he is referred to as, in a positive sense mind you, he is called a division killer because he has defeated everyone there is to beat, forcing match makers to find new competition constantly. That will be reDRagon.”
As the show rolled on, Match Maker Nigel McGuinness came to the ring with two men who were supposed to battle it out in Paul London and “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin. Unfortunately a concussion suffered during his “Border Wars 2013” fight with Davey Richards forced London to pull out of the bout but Nigel said that Paul proved he can hang with the best and that Paul has a spot for life in Ring of Honor. Nigel stated Paul has to take care of his concussion and that the match between Elgin & London will take place when Paul is healthy.
The two men shook hands but before London could say a word he was interrupted by RD Evans & QT Marshall. Evans took the microphone and whined about the tag team division, how Nigel should just hand the tag belts to him and QT since reDRagon were not in attendance (due to an injury to O'Reilly).
Evans then insulted Paul London by telling him that it is his time to go away to which Elgin, who had had enough, drilled Evans with a back fist while Marshall escaped to the floor. Except that escape was short-lived as Tommaso Ciampa stopped the escape as drilled QT into the ramp with an Air Raid Crash.
Ciampa then made his way to the ring while Elgin held Evans for Ciampa who then laid out The Barrister with Project Ciampa in the ring. Ciampa and Elgin then went nose-to-nose but officials got between them before anything physical went down.
As a result of those events and apparently at the request of both individuals, it will be “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa versus “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin at “Best in the World 2013”!!! Twice in 2011 these men were involved in multi-man scraps, including the first and thus far only Double Danger Scramble at “Revolution: Canada”, but this will mark the very first time they have collided one-on-one! It is certainly the biggest test for Ciampa since his return at “Border Wars 2013” and, considering Elgin's status as a top contender for the World Title due to his “SoH VII” victory over Jay Lethal, it could also be the biggest win of Ciampa's ROH career if he is victorious!
Finally, in a match to determine the #1 Contender for the World TV Title at “BITW '13”, Jay Lethal went to battle with both “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett and BJ Whitmer. It too was a hard for contender's battle with both Bennett & Whitmer nearly capturing the victory on several occasions but, after Lethal knocked Bennett to the floor, it came down to BJ getting caught with a Lethal Injection which allowed the former TV Champion to pick up the win and earn himself a chance at becoming a two-time champion on June 22nd in Baltimore when he goes one-on-one with current World TV Champion Matt Taven.
Then, in the aftermath of the battle, some words were exchanged between BJ Whitmer and Maria who was seated at the announcers table with Kevin Kelly & Steve Corino. Those words led to a brawl erupting between Mike Bennett and Whitmer that security had to break apart and, because of that dust-up, Nigel McGuinness has also signed Whitmer and Bennett to go head-to-head on 6/22 at The Du Burns Arena!
This was just one episode of TV and four huge matches were signed for “Best in the World 2013”:
World Tag Team Title Match
reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly) defend against C&C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander)
World TV Title Match
Matt Taven w/ Truth Martini defends against Jay Lethal
Special Challenge Match
“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin versus “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa
Grudge Match
“Buzzsaw” BJ Whitmer versus “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis
It all goes down on June 22nd at “Best in the World 2013” in Baltimore! Great seats are still available right here in the ROH Store or you can catch all the action live on iPPV here on! It's the biggest wrestling event of the summer and it is courtesy of Ring of Honor!