When you think of Ring of Honor's future there are some names that instantly come to mind, and if one of those isn't Cedric Alexander, then the future may very well pass you by. Since making his Ring of Honor debut in 2011, Alexander has became one of the most promising talents on the Ring of Honor roster, whether it be lighting up the tag team division with former partner Caprice Coleman as C&C Wrestle Factory or in his new found singles career, Alexander has all the tools to succeed in ROH.
Making appearances in dark matches and on some ROH events in 2010, Alexander would capture peoples attention alongside Caprice Coleman at Tag Team Turmoil 2011, challenging Future Shock for the #1 contender ship to the ROH World Tag Team Championships. This performance was impressive enough to warrant the team full-time spots on the roster, and for the next two years C&C Wrestle Factory would face every team that walked through ROH, from The Briscoes to Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team to The Young Bucks to reDRagon and more, Cedric and Caprice faced and gave them all a run for their money.
C&C Wrestle Factory would be involved in the war between Ring of Honor and SCUM in the spring and summer of 2013, often on the receiving end of criticism from Steve Corino and SCUM, facing different combinations of the group in tag team matches. They would focus on the ROH World Tag Team Championships for the remainder of the year, challenging reDRagon three times before at Pursuit: Night 2, after failing once again to capture the titles, Coleman and Alexander mutually decided to go their separate ways, Alexander preparing to embark on his first singles run in Ring of Honor.
Cedric immediately gained the eye of the newly formed DECADE, Roderick Strong especially taking an interest after Cedric Alexander began using a backbreaker called the Lumbar Check, which Strong took exception to. The two would trade insults and confrontations for a couple months, these include The DECADE throwing Alexander's gear out of the dressing room at State of the Art in San Antonio, Texas, and distraction from The DECADE leading to Strong defeating Alexander at Supercard of Honor VIII.
Cedric immediately fought back, costing Strong his match against Cedric Alexander on an episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling. The DECADE would bite back, holding Cedric down as they mentioned his wife and daughter, attacking him when he tried to defend himself, leading to his second meeting with Strong at Global Wars, which Alexander won, but was attacked after, making it so that he couldn't compete against Kazuchika Okada as scheduled the following week at War of the Worlds.
At Ring of Honor's first live pay-per-view Best in the World, Alexander defeated Strong in their rubber match, a Submission match, with Roderick's own Strong Hold submissive maneuver.