Welcome back to The Wrestling Times, we have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s jump right into it and discuss… you guessed it… wrestling!
This weekend, as you all know, is WrestleMania weekend in Atlanta. Everyone is getting psyched for the spectacular that only WWE could bring. However, when it comes to the actual professional wrestling aspect, WWE tends to disappoint. Thankfully, Ring of Honor, an independent promotion that thrives on delivering a wide variety of quality wrestling matches, will be in HOT-lanta (Jim Cornette™) this weekend as ROH presents “Honor Takes Center Stage,” a two show event: Friday April 1st at 8PM and Saturday April 2nd at 1PM. Tickets have already sold out for both shows, but lucky for us, the shows will stream live on iPPV from GoFightLive.TV. You can get both shows for $20, more than half the price for WrestleMania. If you are a fan of professional wrestling, which I know you are, then do yourself a favor watch and support Ring of Honor Wrestling.
Some of you may already know, but for those of you who don’t, ROH’s two-year television deal with HDNet ended this year, with its final episode airing the Monday night after WrestleMania. Though ROHonHDNet was the little company that could, with many fans not even aware of its existence because it was on such and obscure channel that wasn’t available to everyone, it still did a great job of introducing these independent wrestlers to a wider audience. At the last live Ring of Honor Wrestling event that I attended, “Manhattan Mayhem IV,” the people who I was sitting with, some new to the product, were unaware of some of the talents in the ring. I proudly spouted off the names to all of these wrestlers, and it’s mostly due to seeing them on HDNet every week. So like I said, HDNet did its job in introducing these guys. And God willing, ROH will find another TV Deal soon, because they deserve to have that kind of exposure, these are some of the hardest working individuals you will ever get the privilege of cheering (or jeering) for.
Now, this Friday, “Honor Takes Center Stage” will feature several anticipated matches, including the new ROH World Champion Eddie Edwards defending against ROH’s World Television Champion Christopher Daniels. It was to “The Fallen Angel” that Eddie Edwards lost the TV title to, can lightening strike twice with Daniels realizing his dream as the World Champion? Or will Eddie Edwards continue to prove that he is the next great thing to happen to Ring of Honor?
After seeing these two teams contend for the first time at Glory By Honor IX, The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) will defend the ROH World Tag Team Titles against Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas). Believe me, you don’t want to miss that.
When Eddie Edwards won the belt in NYC, there was a pang in my heart knowing that I would never get another chance to see Davey Richards challenge Roderick Strong for the title. This Friday, Roderick Strong and Davey Richards meet in a “Final Battle 2010” rematch, and knowing these two, they will leave everything in the ring.
In a Tag Team Challenge Match, former 6-time ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe will meet with a formidable new tag team sweeping the independent circuit Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly.
Also, if you are sick and tired of Divas and Knockouts (who might as well be Divas), ROH will showcase some true women’s wrestling as the Women of Honor take center stage in Atlanta. Former SHIMMER Champion Sara Del Rey will team up with Serena Deeb to take on Japanese stars Hiroyo Matsumoto and Ayumi Kurihara.
That and so much more to happen on the first show. Then, when “Honor Takes Center Stage” on Saturday at a special start-time of 1PM, the fans will get to witness a Dream Tag Team Match between Haas and Benjamin against The American Wolves (ROH World Champion Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards). That’s right, you won’t have to wait for a cartoonish video game to simulate the dream, because it will happen live this Saturday. This is must-see because never have these two teams met, and who knows if we will ever see this again.
Then Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly issue another Tag Team Challenge, this time against The Kings of Wrestling. Depending how they fare against The Briscoe Bros. and KOW, could Cole and O’Reilly be the next great Tag Team? Yes, unlike WWE, ROH adds emphasis to their tag team division, even more so than TNA.
On Friday night, El Generico will face off against House of Truth trainee Michael Elgin, then on Saturday, Generico and Roderick Strong have a rematch from “SoCal Showdown II.”
Speaking of rematches, Jay and Mark Briscoe attempt to finish off what they started against The All Night Express (Rhett Titus and Kenny King) in NYC “Manhattan Mayhem IV” on the second show of “Honor Takes Center Stage.”
If you haven’t heard this next guy’s podcast, then you should because its the most entertaining 45 minutes a week that you could spend listening, that’s right, I’m talking about The Art of Wrestling podcast with your host Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana. Show Two will feature Cabana (former WWE Star Scotty Goldman) against former WWE star Dave Taylor. How will wrestling’s funny man fare against British grappling veteran? It’s why you have to watch this weekend.
Now, for those of you who attended The Eagles Club (I wasn’t one of them) or have access to the internet know that SHIMMER crowned new Tag Team Champions: Daizee Haze and Tomoka Nakagawa. I will have a post in a week or so on when SHIMMER crowned their first Tag Team Champions, but that’s for later. This Saturday, Haze and Nakagawa defend the belts against Hiroyo Matsumoto and Ayumi Kurihara.
Now, if you haven’t decided whether or not two days of some of the best wrestling you’ll see this weekend is worth $20, then proceed to slap yourselves. If you don’t have the money, chip in with some friends, get ten friends to put in $2, or 20 to pitch in a dollar. All I’m saying is that it’s must-see, cannot-wait-to-see pure and true professional wrestling.
Now that’s all the time I have for this post. Please subscribe, tell a friend, add The Wrestling Times to your favorites either on your computer or your mobile devices. Follow me on Twitter @WrestlingTimesX for quick rants that I will be too lazy to post on this site. Oh, and RT everything I say because it’s golden.