At “Survival of the Fittest 2012” in Baltimore, “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin and “The Man Beast” Rhino collided in a Qualifying Bout while both men were still operating under the umbrella of The House of Truth. That night, with some involvement from Martini himself that prevented Rhino from hitting The Gore, Elgin scored a victory and advanced to the Elimination Finals of the SOTF tournament.
Fast forward only three months and now neither man claims any affiliation to Martini's leadership, or his money, as they have both declared their independence from the HoT in very physical fashions.
Still, Martini won't let Elgin go easily as he played a direct factor in his defeat at the hands of Roderick Strong at “Final Battle 2012” but at least Truth suffered for it after the fact. As for Rhino, well that is another question entirely because while his ties with Martini have been cut clean, there is now a lingering riddle of just what his affiliation to S.C.U.M may be following “Final Battle 2012”.
With the S.C.U.M question out there, and with Elgin still looking to get his hands on Roderick in a Martini-less fashion, these two mountains will go one-on-one once more when ROH returns to Dearborn, MI on January 18th!!!
“The last time Rhino and I went head to head, I may have won but it was far from satisfying.” said Elgin to ROHWrestling.com, “Truth threw himself in the middle of that match, just like he did at Final Battle, and it left that question out there of just who would have won if not for Truth's involvement. As for you, Rhino...I saw what you did to Lethal in New York, and while I honestly don't care one way or the other about whatever you're doing with SCUM, I'm forced to wonder if I have to worry about that too, or if it was just one moment in time. See my aim is to run you over Rhino, my aim is to get back in the ring with Kevin Steen and take the ROH World Title, and I will break SCUM, I will break Truth, I will break Roderick, and I will break anyone who tries to get in the way of that.”
It's Elgin vs. Rhino on January 18th at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI! Add that powerhouse match-up to the already announced Wolves vs. Briscoes, Cole vs. Jacobs, and Lethal vs. Corino bouts and it looks like ROH is kicking off 2013 with a bang! Tickets for our return to the Great Lakes State are available right here!