While today belongs to the Irish (and the not so Irish), Saturday will belong to the wrestling fans. With WrestleMania season in the air, Ring of Honor and World Wrestling Entertainment invade the hearts of New York City with back-to-back shows.
First up, Ring of Honor presents: “Manhattan Mayhem IV” at the Manhattan Center with a special start time 4PM. The show will feature three pay-per-view worthy main-events:
ROH World Title Match: [C] Roderick Strong vs. Eddie Edwards
Non Title – Dream Tag Team Match: The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) with Shane Hagadorn and Sara Del Rey vs. The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez)
Richards Vs. Daniels II – Pure Rules Match: Davey Richards vs. Christopher Daniels
Also listed on the card:
Tag Team Challenge Match: Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. The All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus)
Special Challenge Match #1: TJ Perkins vs. El Generico
Special Challenge Match #2: “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett with Brutal Bob vs. Steve Corino
Singles Action: Grizzly Redwood vs. Tommaso Ciampa with Prince Nana and The Embassy
Tag Team Action: Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly vs. Michael Elgin (with Truth Martini) and the newest potential House of Truth member
Then, after ROH delivers pound-for-pound the best pure wrestling, WWE presents: “Raw’s Road to WrestleMania Tour” at Madison Square Garden at 7:30PM. Not much has been revealed on the night’s line-up except for these three featured matches:
MSG Street Fight: Triple H vs. Sheamus
2 out of 3 Falls Match for the WWE Championship: [C] The Miz vs. Randy Orton
Fans Choice Match: John Cena vs. CM Punk
Also scheduled to appear (subject to change): Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Mason Ryan, John Morrison, R-Truth, Santino Marella, Vladimir Kozlov, Eve Torres, Maryse, Evan Bourne, and Ted DiBiase, Jr.
I will be attending both events on Saturday, and expect to have the best day a wrestling fan not going to WrestleMania can have. The matches that I will look forward to are: Richards vs. Daniels II, Roderick Strong defending the ROH World title against Eddie Edwards, The Miz and Randy Orton in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the WWE Championship, and (though I’m not a fan of his) John Cena vs. CM Punk (I am of his).
A match that I hope takes place is Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler because the trilogy of matches that these two had were simply amazing. Not to mention the simple fact that I have yet to see The American Dragon wrestle live.
“The time for talk is over, it’s time for WrestleMania,” – The Rock