Ring of Honor returns to the Sunshine State for the first time in over three years for "Showdown in the Sun" & two days of the best pound-for-pound wrestling action you will see anywhere on the planet!
From championship matches to grudge matches to returning legends, this weekend has it all and comes to you live from the historic War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale!
And in addition to the great in-ring action, as a special treat for all our fans on Friday, we will be putting on a Fan Fest prior to the start of the event and giving you the opportunity to meet the stars of ROH in-person!
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or at the door on the day of each event, and if you can't be there live, worry not, because you can always order the iPPV broadcast from GoFightLive right here! However you do it, don't miss out on the best pure wrestling action you will see this weekend.
Let's take a look at the line-up for each event:
"Showdown in the Sun - Day 1"
March 30, 2012
ROH World Championship Triple Threat Match
ROH World Champion Davey Richards defends against "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards and Roderick Strong w/ Truth Martini
The history between these three men is rich and spans several years. Between Strong & Richards partnership in The No Remorse Corps, Davey & Eddie's team of The American Wolves, or the World Title history involving all three men, the careers of Roderick, Eddie, and Davey have been closely tied to one another. That continues this Friday night when all three meet in a battle over the ROH World Title. This bout came about as a result of a contest on "Ring of Honor Wrestling TV" between Roderick & Eddie to see which of the two former World Champions would meet ROH World Champion Davey Richards in Ft. Lauderdale on March 30th to challenge for the title. What it came down to was the involvement of Truth Martini, Michael Elgin, and Adam Cole providing a distraction for Roderick to load up his boot with something and nailing Edwards with the Sick Kick to score the victory & the title shot.
ROH official Paul Turner immediately hit the ring to inform Senior Referee Todd Sinclair of what Strong did behind his back, allowing Edwards to nail Roderick, accidentally leveling Sinclair in the process, but leaving Turner there to now make the count for Edwards and awarding him the title match. All of this confusion brought out Jim Cornette who declared that on March 30th at The War Memorial Auditorium it would be a Triple Threat Match with Davey Richards defending his ROH World Title against BOTH Roderick Strong & Eddie Edwards in an Elimination Match!
Davey has beaten both men over the course of his World Title reign, Roderick has recently beaten Eddie in both the aforementioned TV match and in their No DQ match at "Rise & Prove" AND holds numerous victories over Richards in the past, most notable at "Final Battle 2010". Eddie has beaten Roderick his fair share of times, primarily at "Manhattan Mayhem IV" when he captured the ROH World Title, but only holds one victory over Davey from their TV Title bout several years ago.
This is truly anyone's ball game, especially with Elimination Rules in place. Will The American Wolves reunite to rid Roderick from the match? Maybe the NRC will rise again for one match in order to dump Edwards from the fight? Or perhaps Roderick & Eddie can come to terms to end Davey's title reign and insure a new World Champion? However this goes down, whether it be Davey retaining the title or Roderick & Eddie claiming the belt for the 2nd time, the winner will have to prepare for another title match less than 24 hours later as part of "Blind Destiny"...
The ICON vs. The PRODIGY
Lance Storm vs. "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis
It has been a long time since the highly-decorated Lance Storm has competed inside a Ring of Honor ring; two and a half years roughly, since "Death Before Dishonor VII" weekend where he first defeated Chris Hero & Davey Richards in a tag team bout with Kevin Steen as his partner then, one night later, was the victim of a KO from Hero.
Still that wasn't the first time Storm had competed for ROH either as he challenged Bryan Danielson for the ROH World Title at "Better Than Our Best" on April 1, 2006 in a battle that Storm bills as one of the favorites of his career.
Lance Storm & ROH have an association that goes back a number of years, and as announced this weekend on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV, it's one that will be renewed on March 30th at "Showdown in the Sun" when he returns to battle "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett!! Storm himself contacted ROH officials after watching TV these past few months and said out of all of the great wrestlers that he sees every week, Mike Bennett, despite all his potential, seriously needs some honor and respect taught to him
Shortly after the bout was officially announced, ROH officials deemed it prudent to make Lance's initial letter to Ring of Honor public, and that can be read here (http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/lance-storms-original-letter-roh-has-been-disclosed). In addition, over the course of the last several weeks on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV words have been exchanged back and forth between both camps as their match has gotten closer and closer.
The question comes in whether or not Lance Storm is ready to go. He is obviously in phenomenal shape, anyone who follows him on Twitter can tell you that he is constantly in the gym and in the ring with his students, but training is not the same as being in the ring competing. Conversely, Mike Bennett may be competing non-stop but he doesn't have the wealth of experience & knowledge that Lance has in his head, the kind of intuition that tells an athlete what their body is capable of after the rigors of years in wrestling. Whether it's youth or experience that wins out in the end, one thing is certain about this match, Lance will certainly have his hands full because Bennett will also apparently have Maria, the self-proclaimed First Lady of ROH, in his corner...
ROH World TV Championship Match
World TV Champion Jay Lethal defends against Kyle O'Reilly
Apparently having seen the end of Future Shock as a team considering how the events of the "Young Wolves Rising" tag match went down at the "10th Anniversary Event" the career of Kyle O'Reilly is now heading straight at the ROH World TV Title in Ft. Lauderdale.
Despite his loss in the "Blind Destiny" qualifier on TV, as a result of his impressive performance in recent months, in particular at the anniversary event, the former Future Shock member will receive a World TV Title Match! It is certainly the biggest individual match of Kyle's young career, his first shot at a singles championship since debuting in ROH, and it is against a man who may not be 100% focused on the hard-hitting "young wolf".
Lethal is coming off a time limit draw with Tommaso Ciampa at the "10th Anniversary Event", which in itself wouldn't necessarily shake his focus, but the aftermath of the battle saw The Embassy Ltd steal the title belt. Now ROH officials have mandated that Prince Nana's group return the belt at "Showdown in the Sun" but one must imagine this blatant disrespect has shaken Lethal's focus on anything outside of Ciampa & The Embassy Ltd. The question then is whether or not he can put the blinders on, drown out the distractions, and focus on the task at hand to retain the TV Title. Then there's the little matter of his potential World Title match on Saturday should Roderick Strong win in the main event, but more on that later...
Will Kyle taste his first championship success in ROH? Or will Lethal continue to dominate the TV Title scene like he's done for nearly 8 months?
LA REVANCHA!! - Last Man Standing Match
"Wrestling's Worst Nightmare" Kevin Steen vs. El Generico
On Friday night March 30th, as part of "Showdown in the Sun - Day 1", two men whose bitter war defined Ring of Honor throughout 2010 will meet one-on-one for the first time in 15 months. Their last fight took place at "Final Battle 2010" in an Unsanctioned Fight Without Honor and it cost one man a year of his ROH career. The exiled man was Kevin Steen and the man who put him out was El Generico. It was a defining moment in both men's careers; the culmination of years of feuding, eventual friendship, and then the slow deterioration of what many thought was a bond that would endure the test of time.
Following that December night in 2010, Generico moved on with his life while it is evident that Steen obsessed on his banishment, the circumstances surrounding it, and found it necessary to lay blame at the feet of everyone but himself. So when Kevin returned, unwanted, to ROH at "Best in the World 2011" it was a shock...but even more shocking was his declaration of "**** Ring of Honor" as he assaulted Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs. At "Death Before Dishonor IX" he returned to assault Jacobs again, in lieu of Steve's absence, and given that Jimmy's opponent that night was El Generico, it drew the men into conflict once again.
At "Glory by Honor X", following Generico's unsuccessful bid to capture the ROH World Title from Davey Richards, Kevin once again inserted himself into the situation and was fought off by the champion, his challenger, and Steve Corino. Then, at "Final Battle 2011", after Steen earned his way back into ROH by beating Corino, the two former tag team partners came into conflict as Generico stopped Kevin from assaulting Jim Cornette. Unfortunately for Generico the chaotic scene ended with him being carted off to an ambulance following a Package Piledriver off the ring through a table.
Months of silence followed from Generico while Steen began his mission to tear down ROH and claim the World Title. That silence was broken only a few weeks ago with two words, "La Revancha", and the proclamation that Generico had answered the call to fight Steen in Ft. Lauderdale on March 30th.
Given the history of these two men and the level of brutality we have seen whenever they have stood opposite one another inside the ring, ROH officials have determined that a stipulation is absolutely necessary to ensure the match comes to a decisive conclusion.
The chosen stip: Last Man Standing!
No pinfalls, no submissions, just two men fighting it out with whatever they have at their disposal, until one man cannot answer the 10 count. The only caveat to this war is that the ban on the piledriver remains in effect...
There have only been two Last Man Standing matches in ROH's 10 year history and one of those involved Steen when he beat Colt Cabana at "Supercard of Honor V". With Generico returning for the first time in nearly four months, with all the history between these two men, this battle has all the potential to be as bloody & brutal as "Final Battle 2010".
Dual Duel #1
The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. The All Night Express (Rhett Titus & Kenny King)
As we know at "Final Battle 2011", The Young Bucks took advantage of a pre-existing knee injury to Rhett Titus to win the Tag Team Gauntlet match & earn a future shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles. The sustained abuse to the knee forced Titus to undergo a surgery that kept him on the shelf for the first two months of the year whereas rehab may have proven successful if not for the Jackson's assault.
Fast forward to March 4th, the "10th Anniversary Event", and Titus' return to action alongside his ANX tag partner, Kenny King, as they faced Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin in a rematch of their "Glory by Honor X" & "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV bouts. WGTT, to the shock of none but the disappointment of many, tried to take advantage of Titus' injury to gain the upper hand, and it was successful for some time. Still, the tide turned eventually, and when the final bell rang, it was The All Night Express who came out with a victory.
Later in the night The Young Bucks got their championship opportunity against Jay & Mark Briscoe but the evening proved nowhere near as successful for The YB as it was for The ANX. Matt & Nick indeed gave it all they had, but the 7-Time champions proved victorious, retaining the Tag Titles, and sending the California brothers home unsatisfied.
"One step closer." said Rhett Titus, "One step closer to getting at that tag title shot me and Kenny earned when we beat Haas and Benjamin on TV, and one step closer to getting our hands around the necks of The Bucks. Every day of rehab I'm thinking about what you did to me at Final Battle, every hour I'm there I'm burning on some serious rage towards you boys. That's why I can't wait ‘til we get to Florida, that's why me and Kenny can't wait ‘til this Street Fight."
What Street Fight you may ask? Well recently on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV it was announced that The All Night Express and The Young Bucks will fight in a "Dual Duel" at "Showdown in the Sun" on BOTH March 30th & 31st! ANX wanted a Street Fight, The Young Bucks wanted a Tornado Tag, so ROH officials agreed to BOTH matches, one for each event!
As seen on TV, the Street Fight would go down on the 30th and while the Tornado Tag Team Match would go down on the 31st, BUT since that episode aired, there has been some serious controversy between the teams as to which match should take place first. ROH officials have heard valid points from all four men and have decided to settle the issue in the fairest way possible; with the flip of a coin. The decision will be made the night of the 30th as to which bout will go down which day, leaving both teams in the same position, having to prepare for either possibility.
Two days, two matches, two chances for The Bucks to prove themselves the superior team, two chances for ANX to get some revenge.
Proving Ground Match
ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. TMDK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste)
They are Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, two standouts from the Australian continent who spent a great deal of time training in the Pro Wrestling NOAH dojo and touring alongside the likes of Marufuji, KENTA, Shiozaki, and former ROH World Champion Morishima. They are also the men who beat two other tag teams in Cincinnati as part of the "Rise & Prove" Tag Tournament and earned the right to step onto The Proving Ground against the ROH World Tag Team Champions.
"It's the opportunity of a lifetime mate." said Nicholls, "And thanks go out to Ring of Honor officials for given me and Shane the chance to prove ourselves in Cincinnati. Now comes the big test for us, the one that all our time in the NOAH dojo and on the road in Japan prepared us for, this Proving Ground. Whenever it goes down, wherever we get that chance, whoever it's against, we will make the most of it earn a match for the ROH Tag Titles. Taking this one step at a time; the first one was in Ohio, earning that shot is the next step, then...."
Well that opportunity will come pretty quickly for Haste & Nicholls as they have now been invited to "Showdown in the Sun" on March 30th when Ring of Honor travels to Ft. Lauderdale for the first time ever! That night, live on iPPV, they will get the Proving Ground match they've are waiting for, but along with that comes a meeting with the 7-Time World Tag Champions Jay & Mark Briscoe! The two teams had a confrontation after the "Rise & Prove" tournament:
Can Haste & Nicholls earn that title opportunity against ROH's benchmark team? They already proved themselves once in Cincy, but like Nicholls said, that was just step one. Now they face the most decorated tag team in ROH history with the chance to earn a title shot on the line. The Briscoes vs. Haste & Nicholls, March 30th, "Showdown in the Sun"!
Tag Team Rematch
Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) vs Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
Recently on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin went at it with Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander in tag team competition, this being Shelton's first match back since fines were levied against him for his blatant use of a chair against Mark Briscoe.
Coleman & Alexander gave it their all but the deciding factor came when The Briscoes, looking to even the score for the repeated chair assaults WGTT have inflicted upon them, attacked Haas with a steel chair, allowing Coleman & Alexander to pick up the win.
"M***** f****** b*******!", Haas said to ROHWrestling.com, "The money is trivial, I've got that in spades so I could give a damn, it's the principle of the thing and obviously ROH officials don't have any. Throw fines down on the hillbillies! Suspend them! Strip them of their titles! At least be fair...but that's too much to ask I guess, wouldn't want to rob the people of their redneck BS. Well here, let me be the fair one, let Charlie Haas be the level headed one here. Caprice, Cedric, I'm looking at you. You can't be proud of that win can you? In your heart you know you didn't be me and Shelton. You know it was the Briscoes who did the real work so how about the two of you step up to this challenge. That's right, we are challenging you. Come meet us in Ft. Lauderdale on the 30th and show us that you can do it yourselves. I am calling you out, hell I'll beg if that's what it takes, all we want is the two of you to meet us in the ring one more time and show us you've got the nuts to do it again."
ROHWrestling.com contacted Caprice for his answer, "Were we excited to get that win over Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team? Well of course we were, but it was tainted, and that puts a damper on the thrill. Charlie...I know, Caprice knows, that this challenge of yours was probably done with a smile on your face and a laugh in your belly. I've looked into your eyes, I've seen the disrespect inherent in your heart, and I know in mine that you don't think we have it. That thing that it takes to rise up over adversity and take you two down on our own, you don't think we've got it, but you're wrong. It's you two who don't have that...that drive, that burning desire to be the best, that hunger to fight. You don't think you need to anymore, you've already done that, but when Cedric and I meet you in that ring in Florida, you'll realize that you always need that fuel, that inspiration, that motivation. That will make the difference, that's what we bring to the dance that you two can't possibly match."
There you have it! It's WGTT vs. Coleman & Alexander on March 30th at "Showdown in the Sun - Day 1"! If Caprice & Alexander pick up the win in this one, it will certainly bode well for their championship aspirations considering WGTT are battling for the titles less than 24 hours later!
In addition, ROH officials have stated that their will be matches going down that aren't announced in advance and with "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin, "The Dominant Male" Tommaso Ciampa, and Adam Cole also signed on to compete that night, one can only guess at what those bouts may be!
"Showdown in the Sun - Day 2"
March 31st, 2012
**One of these matches will be for the ROH World Title**
ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal vs. Roderick Strong w/ Truth Martini
"Die Hard" Eddie Edwards vs. "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare" Kevin Steen
Current ROH World Champion Davey Richards vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin
As determined recently on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV, three men are in the position to potentially challenge for the ROH World Title after winning their respective bouts.
First it was ROH World TV Champion Jay Lethal defeating Kenny King for the right to face Roderick Strong on March 31st. Then Kevin Steen bested Adam Cole to determine who would challenge Eddie Edwards, and finally Michael Elgin beat Kyle O'Reilly to see who would take on Davey Richards in Ft. Lauderdale.
Now all three of those men must wait, anticipation gnawing away, as their fate is determined by the Triple Threat Elimination ROH World Title match on March 30th between Richards, Strong, and Edwards. Whoever walks out of the War Memorial that Friday with the championship in their possession will defend it on Saturday...
"Ring of Honor officials can talk all they want about blind destiny," said Michael Elgin, "but my eyes are wide open, and they are fixed on you Davey Richards. It is fate that you and I will meet for the ROH World Title, it's written in the Book of Truth, and I will do whatever I have to in order to make sure that fate comes to pass.
"Roderick," offered Jay Lethal, "it's an odd position to find myself actually rooting for you to win the ROH World Title but that's what has to happen doesn't it? So I will sit there on Friday, watching your title match intently, hoping for your victory, but honestly, hating myself just a little for that. It's an unfortunate position to be in, but thankfully, my support of you will be as short-lived as that title reign will be."
"I love you Eddie" Kevin Steen told ROHWrestling.com, "I just want you to know that before we all go do Florida and have our little showdown, and I know you love me too. You have to because without me, without me breaking your little elbow, you'd only be half the man you've turned into. I think it's safe to say you owe me a whole lot so all I want you to do is pay me back by winning the World Title okay? It's not too much to ask is it? Just chop Davey's face off, beat up Roddy, and then I'll take the title from you the next day. Then I can take it to Disney and celebrate. We all win! Jimmy, you can even come to Disney with me. We'll make the drive together and I can tell you stories about what I'm going to do as YOUR world champion. It'll be great!"
Well there is a degree of mystery surrounding who will get this World Title opportunity, there is also some lingering questions around the Elgin situation. Recently on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV, Roderick stated that should Davey retain the belt on Friday, then Elgin would give his title match over to Strong, effectively giving Roderick two chances that weekend. Before Elgin could speak up on his own behalf on the matter he was cut off by Jay Lethal so one has to wonder where Elgin's head is at on that situation. As an additional note pertaining to Michael Elgin, we feel it necessary to point out that SHOULD "Unbreakable" end up as the man with the title match on Saturday, it WILL NOT count as the title match he earned with his "Survival of the Fittest 2011" victory.
As for Lethal, he faces Roderick Strong, and in recent months has pinned Roderick's shoulders to the mat on two occasions: in an overtime period of their "Glory by Honor X" Proving Ground match and on TV in the "March Mayhem" tournament. What psychological factor that may play is anyone's guess, but it should also be noted that Strong was the first man to last in the Proving Ground with Lethal and as such is owed a World TV Title match himself.
As for Steen, he and Edwards have a rich history of their own that includes Eddie shattering his elbow at "FC: Boston" in a Street Fight against Kevin just one night before the Ladder War II between The Wolves & Steen/Generico. It's been a long time since the two men have faced as opponents but some injuries are likely never forgiven...
It's "Blind Destiny" as Steen, Elgin, and Lethal must wait until the final bell rings on 3/30 to see who fortune has smiled upon. One man will get their shot at ROH history on 3/31...
ROH World Tag Team Championship Match
The Briscoes defend against Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin)
Recently on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV, ROH World Tag Champion Mark Briscoe went one-on-one with Charlie Haas with his brother Jay handcuffed at ringside. Where was Shelton Benjamin? Well he was sitting at home on suspension after refusing to pay his fine for viciously assaulting the Briscoes with a chair a few weeks prior.
The younger Briscoe came out on top in the battle but it was Haas who won the war that night because, after losing, the former tag team champion took advantage of Jay's restraints and assaulted Mark with a chair shot right across the head. As cocky as ever, Charlie took money out of his own pocket, paid the $5,000 fines for both he and Shelton, and walked away quite pleased with himself.
"We can play that f****** game Charlie." said an angry Jay, "Hell we been playing that game for years here in ROH. We ain't never given a damn about fines and you best believe that next time we get our hands on you boys there's gonna be some hefty dues to pay that night. Ring of Honor ya'll better make this happen, and it damn sure better happen soon cause Charlie and Shelton need an ass whuppin like nobodies business. Do it on TV, do it on pay per view, hell do it in my damn backyard for all we care, titles, no titles, just best make sure you put those two ***** in the same ring as me and Mark ASAP before this **** gets worse, and you know Dem Boys can make this plenty worse."
After The Briscoes retained their titles against The Young Bucks, this officially became a World Tag Title match, and heated up even more when Jay & Mark decided to return the favor to WGTT during the bout with Coleman & Alexander on TV. Jay, taking advantage of a ref distraction, cracked Charlie with a steel chair, leaving him open to get pinned by Caprice. To say WGTT was furious after the loss would be an understatement, and given how the level of violence has been escalating over the course of this rivalry, one can only guess how ROH officials will manage to keep this one under control. It is obvious that neither team cares for the physical well-being of the other; in fact it would be safe to say that both The Briscoes & WGTT are intent on maiming one another. Will the issue be settled in Ft. Lauderdale?
Dual Duel Night #2
The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. The All Night Express (Rhett Titus & Kenny King)
The reasons for this one were stated up above, all the remains to be seen is whether or not this match is a Tornado Tag or a Street Fight. The flip of a coin will make the determination on Friday...
Former Partners Collide
Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole
For the majority of their ROH careers, Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly have been synonymous with one another as the tag team Future Shock. They climbed the ranks together, battled for the World Tag Titles together against WGTT, and most fans thought they would eventually claim those belts together. But the closing months of 2011, and in particular the ROH World Title match between Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards at "Final Battle 2011" seemed to cause Kyle to drift closer to Team Richards.
Still, Future Shock battled as a team in the Tag Gauntlet that December night but were unsuccessful in their bid for a title shot when they were eliminated by the eventual winners, The Young Bucks. Yet with the dawn of the New Year, the wedge between the two men grew, and despite their tag team bout with WGTT at "The Homecoming 2012", it seemed evident that they were not on the same page.
This notion was further cemented when Davey & Kyle united as a team to fight The House of Truth at "ROH Underground" in a match where the winner would receive a Tag Title Match. The newly christened Team Ambition successfully won that bout, but were not as fortunate at "Rise & Prove" when they lost to The Briscoes in said title match.
While Kyle's focus turned towards his partnership with Davey, Eddie Edwards reached out to Adam Cole after Cole stepped up in his stead at "The Homecoming 2012" in the scheduled No Holds Barred match with Roderick Strong. Edwards, suffering from a serious staph infection, was ruled unable to compete by the doctors so Cole took the match upon himself. Adam lost in a brutal fight that saw Eddie get involved to stem the interference of Michael Elgin, but Cole's effort earned a standing ovation from the notoriously critical Philly fans.
In the face of his dissolving partnership, as well as friendship, with O'Reilly, Cole accepted the offer of Edwards to form a duo of their own which ultimately led to the "Young Wolves Rising" tag team match that headlined the "10th Anniversary Event": Edwards/Cole vs. Richards/O'Reilly. It was a special affair, especially for Adam & Kyle, made even more so when Adam pinned the ROH World Champion to win the match for his team! Following the bell, to the shock of many (no pun intended); Kyle refused to shake the hands of Eddie or Adam and flat out told his former partner that he did not respect him.
Recently, on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV, following Cole's defeat of Chris Silvio, Kyle came out and issued the challenge for Adam to meet him, one-on-one, on March 31st. Cole readily accepted...
"I'm tired of Kyle's whiny attitude to be honest." said Cole to ROHWrestling.com, "Something changed with him over the last few months and I'm honestly not liking what I'm seeing. If this is the influence Team Richards has on you, then I am glad to have no part of it. It was one thing to not shake my hand in New York Kyle, I can understand being a bit frustrated after a loss, but to tell me you don't respect me after everything we've been through, after the fights we've had together, that's a whole new side of you, an ugly side at that. In Ft. Lauderdale, I'll be glad to beat some respect into you if that's what it takes to wake you up, to snap you out of whatever this is you're going through."
With Kyle facing a World TV Title match the night before, could this potentially end up a TV Title match all its own, especially considering Cole is slated to challenge for the belt in Baltimore on April 7th? That's for ROH officials to decide, but what it most certainly will be is a clash of two of the most promising young wrestlers in Ring of Honor. Each man has something to prove to their former partner, and they are likely to pull out all the stops in their attempt to do so. Will it be the submissions & strikes of O'Reilly that win out or the high flying stylings of Cole? Either way it's sure to be a treat for the ROH faithful...
Special Attraction : Chikara vs. Ring of Honor
"Technical Lightning" TJ Perkins vs. Chikara's Fire Ant
The groundwork was laid at "The Homecoming 2012" when Team CHIKARA, Hallowicked & Jigsaw, took on ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay & Mark Briscoe in a Proving Ground match. Standing united, various members of the CHIKARA roster stood at ringside throughout the match to support their representatives, eventually lending an assist to help their team win but only after the champions attempted to remove the masks of their opponents: the ultimate disrespect in the world of CHIKARA. That earned Hallowicked & Jigsaw a tag title opportunity at "Unity" in Chicago Ridge on April 28th.
The next step was taken at our "10th Anniversary Event" where CHIKARA Grand Champion Eddie Kingston, along with other members of the roster, was invited to attend and Kingston was even given some time to speak to the assembled ROH faithful. It is generally believed he intended to talk to ROH World Champion Davey Richards but whatever Eddie had planned to say was thrown out the window when he was interrupted by Kevin Steen. Words were exchanged, disrespect was certainly tossed around, and the situation quickly escalated into a brawl, highlighted by Fire Ant diving onto the mass of security attempting to pull apart the fight. ROH officials have heard on a near daily basis from Eddie Kingston as he is still looking for a fight with "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare"...
Now, as we get closer and closer to the ROH/CHIKARA joint "Unity" event in April, another member of their unique locker room has been invited to come compete at "Showdown in the Sun" at The War Memorial in Ft. Lauderdale. That guest, none other than the men who soared through the sky in the Hammerstein Ballroom during the Steen/Kingston brawl: Fire Ant!
Fire Ant, a former Young Lions Cup Winner & Campeon de Parejas (Tag Team champion), is a high-flying marvel representing The Colony. His opponent, Ring of Honor's own "Technical Lightning" TJ Perkins!
"I've traveled the world." said Perkins to ROHWrestling.com, "The United States, Japan, and most importantly here, Mexico. I understand the importance of the mask in the Lucha tradition, I've even competed under a mask myself at one point in my career, so I understand what it means to the wrestlers under the CHIKARA banner. What I can promise you Fire Ant is that you do not have to worry about me going for your mask or attempting to humiliate you in that fashion. What else I can promise you is that stepping into the ring with me will be the toughest fight you've had in your life. I hear you're fast on your feet, I'm lightning. I hear you can fly, I soar with eagles. I can make your head spin, wrap you up like a pretzel, and knock your head off before you even realize the bell rang to start the match. You're stepping into the lion's den Fire Ant, be ready."
For those unfamiliar, CHIKARA is a pro-wrestling experiment that displays its unorthodox and unique style to a devoted fanbase known as the CHIKARMY. CHIKARA is a hybrid of all global styles with a heavy-handed Lucha Libre influence. Currently, CHIKARA maintains a roster unlike any other in professional wrestling with the majority hiding their true identity under a mask. In CHIKARA, like Lucha Libre, the mask is sacred to the wrestler that dons it - each athlete displaying qualities embodied by the individual mask. The CHIKARA mystique and offbeat presentation spawns a fun and exciting atmosphere that is appropriate for all ages. For more information, check out their official website here.
Just as with Friday, ROH officials have promised that their will be matches going down that are unannounced prior to event. Those wrestlers not locked up elsewhere include: "The Dominant Male" Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Embassy Ltd, Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman, and "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis!
Don't miss out on the Spring Break of Pro Wrestling as ROH presents "Showdown in the Sun" on March 30th & 31st at The War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale, FL!!! Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or at the door on the day of each event, and if you can't be there live, you can always order the iPPV broadcast from GoFightLive right here!