On February 2nd ROH heads back to Baltimore for our second “Ring of Honor Wrestling” TV Tapings of 2013!! Last time out we kicked off the Top Prospect Tournament, the Briscoes defended the World Tag Titles against Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander, and Jay Lethal went face-to-face with both ROH Match Maker Nigel McGuinness and World Champion Kevin Steen!
Well it looks like, per their request and coming off a hard-fought defense in Dearborn against The American Wolves, Jay & Mark Briscoe have told McGuinness they want to defend the belts once again in Baltimore! They aim to be fighting champions and ROH officials are more than happy to oblige whenever possible. In addition to this title defense, a number of other matches have been signed:
-The Briscoes Will Defend the World Tag Titles!
-The Semi-Finals and Finals of The Top Prospect Tournament with QT Marshall, Silas Young, Tadarius Thomas, and Matt Taven
- 6 Man Grudge Match: Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. The American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) & Michael Elgin
The tensions in this one are very evident as Fish & O'Reilly look to even the score with The Wolves after their loss at "Final Battle 2012" while Roderick wants to continue his winning streak on Michael Elgin. Roddy beat him at “FB '12” and was responsible for his elimination in the Defy or Deny challenge at “Defy or Deny II”; a third victory in a row would certainly put the former World Champion at a psychological advantage in this fight of former HoT members. Davey is coming off putting down Kyle in a singles bout also at “Defy or Deny II” while Eddie needs a victory after the demoralizing loss in the aformentioned DoD match that has now seen him boxed out of the World Title picture. That all says nothing of the history between Davey, Eddie, and Roddy...the emotions wrapped up in this one run deep and it's the type of situation that is a veritable powder keg.
- Grudge Match: Jimmy Jacobs vs. Jay Lethal
Jacobs put in the performance of his life in Dearborn last Friday as he challenged World TV Champion Adam Cole in a Proving Ground match and while he failed to earn a future shot at the title, Jacobs showed that he is still just as capable of running solo as he is in a tag team. That same night, in a victory that was as much about revenge as sending a message to Kevin Steen, Lethal defeat Steve Corino in a singles bout. Now, with victories over both Corino and S.C.U.M's most recent acquisition Rhino in his pocket, Jay's sights are set on putting down Jimmy Jacobs as he looks to get the World Title.
- Women of Honor: Mia Yim vs. MsChif
Last time in Baltimore MsChif went one-on-one with Athena in battle of the Women of Honor. Now “Your Soul's Tormentor” returns to action to take on someone we haven't seen since August, an opponent with whom she faced off back at “Gateway to Honor” in 2011: Mia Yim! Once merely the candy on Prince Nana's arm, Mia has spent the majority of the last year training & competing in Japan, primarily for the REINA promotion, and honing her both her body and her in-ring skills. She returns to ROH a very different competitor than when we last saw her, and MsChif is certainly in for one of her toughest fights.
- Nigel McGuinness confronts Matt Hardy
Nigel has expressed extreme disgust at the fashion in which Matt Hardy defeated Adam Cole back at “Final Battle 2012” and is now even more displeased after the brawl that broke out at “Defy or Deny II” between the two men. That dust-up ended with Hardy smashing Cole across the skull with the TV Title belt and now the ROH Match Maker has promised to confront the “Self Proclaimed Icon” in Baltimore.
The road to our “11th Anniversary Event” continues on February 2nd in Baltimore and you can certainly expect more matches to go down at The Du Burns Arena that night! Tickets are on-sale now in the ROH Store so make sure you don't miss out as we head to Baltimore now because we won't be back until June!