The “Fight without Honor” is a pretty well protected stipulation for Ring of Honor (ROH), and they’re breaking it out next Friday, June 24, for the long-building blowout between Steve “King” Corino and BJ Whitmer at Best in the World.
I’m not sure I’d say a fight between a 43 year old ECW legend and 38 year old ROH lifer is highly anticipated, but they’ve been working toward this match for almost two years. Corino is a loveably unhinged guy in the Kevin Owens mold, and is even more beloved than before thanks to the “inspiration” he provided to masked commentator Mr. Wrestling III, who “replaced” Steve during a kayfabe suspension and real-life surgery.
They’ve also made the feud feel personal via the use of Corino’s son Colby, who was enlisted in Whitmer’s stable The Decade and then booked to take beatings while his dad watched. And, even before he started stalking Steve’s wife and infant son on YouTube, BJ is just a performer who you want to see get punched in the face.
ROH apparently wasn’t sure that was enough to sell the Fight without Honor, however. So they’ve thrown it all the way back to the ninties, and enlisted a certain master of tasks...
Yep, that’s Kevin Sullivan - appearing mysteriously via mirror monologue, no less - encouraging Corino to embrace his old ways. Ways that, though not explicitly mentioned here, include convincing the then-Kevin Steen to betray his partner El Generico and setting off “Fight Forever” chants which can still be heard in the WWE to this day.
Is this a one-off YouTube appearance for a man who led a years long crusade to end Hulkamania? Or will we see a Dungeon of Doom comeback?
Start finding out next week, when Best in the World 2016 comes your way from Concord, North Carolina. Tickets are still available for those in the area, or the show will be available on televised and internet pay-per-view (PPV).
Here’s the rest of the card as it now stands:
Jay Briscoe vs. Jay Lethal for the ROH World Championship
Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Addiction for the ROH Tag Team titles
Dalton Castle vs. Bobby Fish (c) for the ROH Television championship
BJ Whitmer vs. Steve Corino in a Fight Without Honor
Moose & War Machine vs. Bullet Club (Adam Cole & Young Bucks) - Tornado Rules
Roderick Strong vs. Mark Briscoe
Kamaitachi vs. Kyle O’Reilly
Silas Young vs. ACH