Aside from Kevin Steen leaving NYC as champion, it was a banner night for Ring of Honor on Sunday at “Best in the World 2012”. For two individuals in particular it may be the catalyst to a future championship reign!
First, following a victory over Kyle O’Reilly that saw him bloodied, battered, and bruised, Adam Cole will get the TV Title match he earned after pinning Roderick Strong in the Proving Ground Four Corner Survival at “The Nightmare Begins…” in Charleston, WV. Sunday night was the fight of Cole’s life, his face was left mangled following O’Reilly’s vicious strikes and with blood pouring out of his mouth, Adam fought through the pain to win the Hybrid Rules battle and now will look to capitalize on that momentum THIS Friday night when ROH returns to Baltimore, MD for another set of “Ring of Honor Wrestling” TV tapings! Cole let it all out in NYC and he will certainly have to do the same at The Du Burns Arena to take the title from Roderick Strong, the man who just survived the combined challenge of Jay Lethal & Tommaso Ciampa. Tickets for our Baltimore return are available here!
The other men benefiting hugely from his NYC victory is New York’s own “The Notorious 187” Homicide who, in his first ROH match since March, defeated Eddie Edwards via Cop Killa in the center of the ring! Beating the former World Champion was a huge moment for Homicide, a former ROH World Champion himself, who hasn’t had the greatest success over the last year. Still, as a former champion, and a man who has been victorious every time he has been inside an ROH ring with Kevin Steen, “The Notorious 187” has been awarded, or burdened depending on how you look at it, with the opportunity to win the ROH World Title on July 28th when Ring of Honor returns to Spartanburg, SC! Tickets for that big return are available right here!
The World Title picture could change by then with Roderick Strong pursuing the belt on 6/30 in Pittsburgh as well as someone getting a World Title opportunity in Baltimore on 6/29 as announced last week. Homicide will have to stay ready for any potential opponent but as he has proving himself one of the most versatile athletes to step into the ROH ring, it’s safe to say that whoever the champion may be, they will be in for the fight of their lives!