Kevin Steen will wrestle on Ring of Honor (ROH)'s television pay-per-view (PPV) debut later this month. He'll be facing Silas Young.
An angle was set-up between the two men at last month's War of the Worlds show in New York City. Steen stated that he was taking time off from ROH in what many interpreted as a farewell promo after a hard fought loss to New Japan's Shinsuke Nakamura. Young interrupted, disrespectfully inserting himself and his "last real man in pro wrestling" gimmick into what seemed like a heartfelt moment between Mr. Wrestling and the fans at Hammerstein Ballroom.
The two brawled, but that was that for the evening. Reports started to hit the dirt screens shortly thereafter that Steen had signed a developmental contract with WWE.
No word on if his presence on the June 22, 2014 Best in the World show means he is staying with ROH and in the independent scene, or if he will do one more job to establish Young on his way out the door.
Here's the rest of the announced card for a show ROH is trying to use to make a bigger splash on the national scene:
- ROH Title Match: Adam Cole (c) vs. Michael Elgin
- Submission Match: Roderick Strong vs. Cedric Alexander
- ROH TV Title Match: Jay Lethal (c) vs. Matt Taven (With Truth Martini handcuffed to a ringpost)
- The Briscoes vs. Matt Hardy & Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis
- Kevin Steen vs. Silas Young
- Christopher Daniels returns to Ring of Honor
It seems like if a new wave of talent is coming to NXT, it may be happening a little slower than many of us would have hoped. Does this change your views on whether or not Steen will be a WWE Superstar?
And what do you think about ROH's line-up for one of the most important shows in company history?