The Return Of The Proving Ground

A future shot at the TV Title is on the line!

As of today December 20th, Adam Cole has been reigning World TV Champion for 173 days and has successfully defended that title against names like Eddie Edwards, Mike Mondo, and Kyle O'Reilly. Yet after the events of “Final Battle 2012”, he certainly does not feel like a champion...

 

Prior to the close of “Final Battle 2012”, Jimmy Jacobs had reigned as World Tag Team Champion alongside Steve Corino for 92 days. They had previously defeated teams like Coleman & Alexander, WGTT, Titus & Whitmer, but after losing to The Briscoes that night, Jacobs certainly did not feel like he was ever a champion...

 

“I will say this about Final Battle.” Jacobs offered to ROHWrestling.com, “Steve and I, we firmly believe, and the evidence is sitting there right before your eyes, that the deck was intentionally stacked against us by Nigel McGuinness. He set the table so both teams were only focused on defeating us, they didn't give a damn about beating each other because they knew they could only be champions by pinning us. Someone might say we had the benefit of being able to defeat either team to keep our titles, but if you can say that to me with a straight face, if you can tell Steve that without a hint of irony, I would call you a liar. Nigel wants to save ROH? The Briscoes want to save ROH? Did they ever think that the only way to save ROH was to blow it up and rebuild it from scratch? That is what S.C.U.M wants to do! We want to save ROH too, but your shortsightedness certainly put the brakes on that mission.”

 

Well Jimmy Jacobs may have an opportunity to continue that mission because on January 18th when we return to Dearborn, he will step onto The Proving Ground opposite World TV Champion Adam Cole and attempt to earn a future shot at that championship! Cole is still livid about what happened at “Final Battle 2012” in his bout with Matt Hardy and it sounds like Jacobs may be on the receiving end of that frustration...

 

“The more I think about Final Battle and Matt Hardy, the angrier I am becoming.” said Cole via e-mail, “I am the Ring of Honor World TV Champion and as such I am a representative of this company. I'm feeling this sense of failure, this sense that I let ROH down when Hardy beat me, regardless of how he got that victory. As a champion, I can tell you that a loss in a non-title match means that much more because it puts a lingering thought in your head that if my title had been on the line, well obviously my run would be at its end. It would have been my responsibility if this new, ugly version of Matt Hardy was a representative of Ring of Honor...just as it would be my fault if Jimmy Jacobs, a member of SCUM, were to get any closer to having a title once again. I know we will be locking up in your neck of the woods Jimmy, I know that will likely bring you some more support than you would generally have, but in this instance...in this match, I'm not fighting directly for the fans, and I can't even say I'm fighting for myself. I will be fighting for Ring of Honor, and I will be fighting to keep you and SCUM as far away from any championship as I can!”

 

It's Jimmy Jacobs vs. World TV Champion Adam Cole in a Proving Ground contest! Jacobs either has to defeat Cole or go the distance to earn himself a future shot at the TV Title and bring S.C.U.M one step closer to once again controlling the majority of the ROH championships. Can Cole step up to the challenge of the dangerous Zombie Princess? We will see on January 18th in Dearborn! Tickets are on-sale right HERE  in the ROH Store!