By Billy Carpenter
Welcome back to another edition of ‘Corner of Honor’, right here on 4crwrestling.com! This week, we give you the latest updates on upcoming events, a feature article on Michael Elgin and a brutal ‘Classic Match of the Week’! Without any further ado, let’s jump right into this weeks ‘CoH’!
ROH TV Review
No review this week, as the newest episode of ROH TV showcased 3 matches from the ‘Border Wars’ iPPV. Ant & I did a review of the show which you can listen to here. Haven’t seen ‘Border Wars’ yet? Click here to watch the on-demand stream right now!
*With the next iPPV- ‘Best in the Word 2013’- fast approaching, Ring of Honor has announced the first group of talent scheduled for the event:
– ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe
– ROH World Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish)
– ROH Televison Champion Matt Taven with Truth Martini
– The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)
– Kevin Steen
– “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin
– Adam Cole
– Roderick Strong
– Mark Briscoe
– BJ Whitmer
– Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
– Jay Lethal
– “Sicilian Psychopath” Tomasso Ciampa
– Tadarius Thomas & ACH
I’m assuming matches will start to take shape on next week’s TV broadcast. We do know that the main event will pit brother against brother, as current ROH World champ Jay Briscoe defends against brother Mark Briscoe. The event is being held in the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore and I know that we’ve got some of the 4CR Family attending the show. Tickets are on sale for both the iPPV and the TV tapings the following day here.
*This Saturday, May 18th, Ring of Honor returns to Richmond, VA for a big live event, headlined by Jay Briscoe defending the ROH title against BJ Whitmer. Here’s a rundown of the rest of the card:
-Tag Team Champions reDRagon & TV Champion Matt Taven vs Jay Lethal & C&C Wrestling Factory
-Kevin Steen vs Jimmy Jacobs in a ‘grudge match’
-The American Wolves take on 2 members of SCUM
-Adam Cole vs Adam Page
Michael Elgin, Roderick Strong & Mark Briscoe are also scheduled to appear. Tickets are still available by clicking here.
*The DVD release from this past Tuesday’s ‘Roll Out’ is the new Kevin Steen set, “Hell Rising”. In addition to 12 full matches, the set includes a 2+ hour interview recorded the day after the ‘Supercard of Honor VII’ iPPV. He discusses everything from Jim Cornette all the way through his title reign. Should be a good set and one that I’ll definitely be picking up. You can order the new Kevin Steen DVD here.
An ‘Unbreakable’ Destiny
When looking at the current landscape of Ring of Honor, one can see a bevy of young, talented athletes ready to leave their mark on professional wrestling on a grand scale. From Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Eddie Edwards to Bobby Fish, ACH and TaDarius Thomas, ROH is stacked with some of the best young wrestlers not just on the indies but in the entire business. There is, however, one man who stands out a little more than the others. He has been building an incredible momentum for quite some time now, and I feel that his time to ascend to the throne in Ring of Honor is at hand. I can only be talking about one man whose destiny seems ready to be fulfilled…he is ‘Unbreakable’…he is Michael Elgin.
Elgin has been a part of the ROH roster for a number of years now. First popping up in 2007 and then appearing sporadically for a while after, Elgin became a regular in 2010 as part of the ‘House of Truth’, led by Truth Martini. Since that time, he has assimilated the roster and taken part in some of ROH’s more recent classic matches—his match against Davey Richards from ‘Showdown in the Sun’ was given the Holy Grail of 5 stars by Dave Meltzer and was legitimately the best match in North America in 2012. He’d go on to have great matches with Adam Cole and Kevin Steen, to name a few, and by the end of 2012 Elgin had become one of wrestling’s most buzzworthy stars. 2013 has, so far, been more of the same as he vanquished an old demon in Roderick Strong at the 11th Anniversary show before having an early Match of the Year candidate against Jay Lethal at ‘Supercard of Honor VII’ to earn a future world title shot. Currently embroiled in Ring of Honor’s feud against the Steve Corino-led faction of SCUM, I see the biggest and best to come later this year for Michael Elgin.
This column has asked the question before about who could be the one to stop SCUM and become THE face for the company going forward. To me, there’s no better choice than ‘Unbreakable’. Strong, athletic and he seems to get better and better every time he steps in the ring—Ring of Honor fans need not look any further than Michael Elgin. At the recent ‘Border Wars’ iPPV, he teamed with Jay Lethal to take on Jimmy Jacobs and Cliff Compton of SCUM. Lethal went down to an injury during the match but even still, Elgin was dominant and looked like he could’ve possibly pulled off the handicap victory. The end saw Kevin Steen get involved to try and help Elgin before taking the pinfall and securing a win for SCUM. However, it’s obvious that Michael Elgin poses the biggest single threat to any and all members of the rogue faction and as such, should be the man that ROH rallies behind. Then there’s the issue of that guaranteed title shot he earned at ‘SCOH7’…
When looking at the list of upcoming challengers to Jay Briscoe’s reign as champion, there are certainly some worthy challengers in his path. ROH stalwart BJ Whitmer gets the next shot followed by Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards and Jay’s brother Mark Briscoe. There are two variables here, however—Elgin’s guaranteed shot and also the one that SCUM won as part of the tag match that Elgin was involved in at ‘Border Wars’. Since Kevin Steen’s excommunication from the group, it seems as if Matt Hardy has become the ‘face’ of SCUM and will most likely be the recipient of the guaranteed title shot. From there the scenario almost writes itself—SCUM unseats Jay Briscoe for the World title and runs roughshod on the roster for a few months. Then, at some point, Nigel McGuinness reminds them of a man that earned a World title opportunity and Michael Elgin gets his shot at, let’s say, Final Battle. The stage is now set—Elgin gets an opportunity at redemption against SCUM and also a shot at the World title. The Ring of Honor roster and its faithful fans rally behind him as he vanquishes SCUM and becomes the new top guy in the company. Like I said, it writes itself and all of the elements are in place to make this the biggest year thus far in ‘Unbreakable’ Michael Elgin’s career. Mark my words—2013 will be the year that an ‘Unbreakable Destiny’ is fulfilled, and a new era in RoH will begin.
Now, it’s your turn to tell me what you think! Is Michael Elgin the man to ascend to the throne in Ring of Honor? Do you think it’s someone else? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments section below!
This week’s ‘Classic Match of the Week’ is still relatively new, but damn if ain’t good. From “Best in the World 2012”, Adam Cole goes one-on-one with former Future Shock partner, Kyle O’Reilly in a ‘Hybrid Rules’ match. Hope you enjoyed the column and, as always, I look forward to hearing your feedback on Twitter. See you guys next week for another ‘Corner of Honor’!