Friday night September 20th will be an historic day for Ring of Honor wrestling as we not only return home to Philadelphia for the first time since January 2012, but it will also mark the crowning of a new World Champion as Tommaso Ciampa, Adam Cole, Michael Elgin, and Kevin Steen compete to fill the vacancy cause by Jay Briscoe's injury back in June.
In addition to that monumental occasion, the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Titles will be defended, Ricky Marvin will join ROH stateside for the very first time, and Match Maker Nigel McGuinness has now informed ROHWrestling.com of two new matches just signed:
8-Man Tag Team Action: World Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish), World TV Champion Matt Taven, and Michael Bennett w/ Truth Martini, the Hotties, & Maria Kanellis vs. Adrenaline RUSH (ACH & Tadarius Thomas) and C&C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander)
With the championship focus on the World Title Tournament and the IWGP Tag Team battle between The Forever Hooligans & The American Wolves, Nigel determined that neither the TV nor Tag Team Champions would be defending their titles on 9/20. Instead, he has united reDRagon and Matt Taven, and alongside Michael Bennett, they will take on two of the most exciting teams on the ROH roster today! Caprice and Cedric found themselves frustrated in singles bouts against Fish & O'Reilly at “Road to Greatness: Night 1” and that frustration was compounded when they, along with RUSH & Alabama Attitude, were denied a tag title opportunity in the Proving Ground Instant Reward match on Night 2.
The frustration isn't isolated to one side of this contest though as Matt Taven experienced one of his most disappointing weekends since becoming TV champion as he was first submitted by former World Champion Davey Richards in Chattanooga and then defeated in Proving Ground action by former TV Champion Jay Lethal during the Birmingham event. That loss now means Taven will have to defend the title against Lethal and we expect more information on that bout later today.
On the flip side, both reDRagon and Michael Bennett experienced triumphant weekends as the World Tag Team Champions first defeated Coleman & Alexander in a pair of singles bouts and then denied C&C, RUSH, and AA a chance at challenging for their championship titles. As for Bennett, while he only competed in Birmingham, it was in a victorious battle over Davey Richards that came as a result of the former Prodigy's devastating piledriver (albeit with a little assistance from Maria).
There are a lot of threads running through this one folks! Can Bennett capitalize on his biggest victory in quite some time? Will Taven get some momentum back prior to his championship battle? Will reDRagon continue to reassert their dominance over the tag team division? Will either C&C or RUSH breakthrough and get that win over Fish & O'Reilly they desperately crave? We will see on 9/20 in Philly!
Jay Lethal vs. Silas Young
Two men who were frustrated in their bid to become World Champion, Jay Lethal and Silas Young will now collide for the very first time at “DBD XI”! Young has been impressive as of late and as evidenced by his first meeting with Tommaso Ciampa, the self-proclaimed “Last Real Man In Wrestling” will show no restraint in his attempts to secure victory. Be it Ciampa, Steen, Richards, or Adam Page, Silas has shown no fear regardless of who his opponent may be and it is safe to say he won't be intimidated by a former TV Champion either.
Lethal, coming out of “Road to Greatness”, has a World TV Title match with Taven in his immediate future. After a disappointing outing in the World Title Tournament, Jay has rebounded with that victory over Taven as well as one over Luke Hawx, and now hopes to continue that with a win over Young.
These are two veterans of the ring wars and they will collide for the very first time at “Death Before Dishonor XI”!
History will happen on September 20th when ROH returns to Philadelphia for “Death Before Dishonor XI”! For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, click here now so you do not miss out on the best professional wrestling on the planet!