On Saturday September 7th Ring of Honor heads to Birmingham, AL for the very first time and we are bringing the very best professional wrestling on the planet to the Boutwell Auditorium! A Ringmaster's Challenge bout has already been signed with World Title Tournament Semi-Finalist Adam Cole going one-on-one with Roderick Strong in a unique 2/3 Falls match-up and now Nigel McGuinness has confirmed several additional bouts including two Proving Ground match-ups, one of which has a new twist....
Proving Ground: Instant Reward
World Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish) vs. Alabama Attitude (Mike Posey & Corey Hollis) vs. Adrenaline RUSH (ACH & Tadarius Thomas) vs. Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman
**Should AA, RUSH, or C&C be victorious then they will earn an IMMEDIATE World Tag Team Title Match against reDRagon**
By now most fans are aware of what the Proving Ground concept entails; a challenger goes head-to-head with a champion and if that challenger either defeats the champion, or lasts the time limit, then said challenger will earn a future championship bout. In a case of the Four Corner Survival variation on the match, the champion does not even have to be pinned for the winner to earn a title shot, further upping the pressure on the title holder.
Well Nigel McGuinness has added a further wrinkle into this contest because, for the first time since the inception of the Proving Ground concept, not only will it be a Tag Team Four Corner Survival BUT should AA, RUSH, or C&C earn the victory, they will get their title opportunity on the spot! No waiting for the next slot to open up, no delay until the next event, the winner will ride that momentum straight into a title match with reDRagon!
Proving Ground Match
World TV Champion Matt Taven w/ Truth Martini vs. Jay Lethal
**If Lethal wins, or lasts the time limit, he will get a TV Title match during "Death Before Dishonor" weekend**
A former World TV Champion himself, Jay Lethal will attempt to earn a shot at the belt he nearly reclaimed at "Best in the World 2013" during a Three Way contest with Taven & Jimmy Jacobs. Besides that match, these two men are no stranger to one another, most recently being part of a Four Corner Survival at "Reclamation: Night One" alongside Michael Elgin and Adam Cole as well as several other encounters in both tag team & one-on-one formats.
The Proving Ground has not been kind to Taven though. He has dropped matches to both ACH and Eddie Edwards during his TV Title reign but, when it came time to defend the championship against those men, by hook or crook Taven stepped up to the plate and still remains TV Champion for what will be 6 months by the time he arrives in Birmingham.
That makes two official Proving Ground matches but if you look at the other bouts Nigel has signed to take place on September 7th, it almost seems as if the entire card is made up of contests putting a lot of people in a position to prove themselves:
Survival of the Fittest 2012 Rematch
Michael Bennett with Maria vs. Davey Richards
- Luke Hawx vs. "The Sicilian Psychopath" Tommaso Ciampa
- "God's Gift" QT Marshall vs. Kevin Steen
- Raymond Rowe vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin
It will be quite the interesting night in Birmingham when Ring of Honor comes to town with the pound-for-pound best professional wrestling on the planet! Tickets for our September 7th debut at The Boutwell Center can be found right here on ROHWrestling.com or through the venue box office, Magic City Tix.