Here’s a preview of this weekend’s episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling:”
ROH World Champion Bandido & Rey Horus vs. Violence Unlimited (Brody King & Chris Dickinson)
This tag match features four of the hottest competitors in ROH, two of whom are champions.
All of the participants are coming off big wins at the Best in the World pay-per-view: Bandido captured the ROH World Title from RUSH; Horus beat rival Demonic Flamita; King scored a decisive victory over Jay Lethal; and Dickinson teamed with Homicide to win the ROH World Tag Team Title from Rhett Titus and Jonathan Gresham (substituting for the injured Tracy Williams).
As the new world champion, Bandido is literally the most wanted man in ROH. King, the No. 2-ranked contender, has his sights on the ROH World Title. Dickinson also has a score to settle with Bandido, who eliminated the “Dirty Daddy” in the Survival of the Fittest final to earn the title shot against RUSH.
Both teams have experience as a unit. Bandido and Horus are former co-holders of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title, and King and Dickinson have had success as a tag team in NJPW Strong.
ROH Women’s World Title Tournament First-Round Matches
Mandy Leon vs. Quinn McKay
These two squared off a few weeks ago, with Leon scoring a tainted victory thanks to her use of brass knuckles.
McKay had needed to win that match to earn a spot in the tournament, but due to the controversial finish, ROH Board of Directors member Maria Kanellis-Bennett left McKay’s fate in the hands of the fans.
In an online poll on The Experience Facebook page, 95 percent of respondents voted for McKay to be in the tournament. As fate would have it, McKay’s first-round opponent is none other than Leon.
This time it’s more likely to be a fair fight, as Leon’s partner in crime, fellow Allure member Angelina Love, has been banned from ringside.
Leon has a significant edge in experience, but McKay proved in her matches against Leon and Love that she is a more than capable competitor.
Trish Adora vs. Marti Belle
Speaking of having a significant edge in experience, Belle, who made her in-ring debut in 2009, has more than twice as many years in the sport as Adora.
Belle, who was trained by Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz, owns victories over former world champions Sumie Sakai, Mia Yim, Madison Rayne and ODB. She also defeated Adora in their only previous meeting, which took place on an independent show two months ago.
Adora is the Pan Afrikan World Diaspora Champion, a title she defends all over the world. An Army veteran and a five-year pro, “The Afro-Punk” has trained at the Team 3D Academy and also with Gresham and World Famous CB.
Adora has been impressive in her two ROH appearances (a singles match against Miranda Alize and a tag match with Mazzerati as her partner against Alize and Sumie Sakai), but she is still searching for her first win in an ROH ring.
To view the updated tournament bracket and first-round schedule, click here.
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