MCNEILL'S TAKE Battle Of The Belts: McNEILL previews ROH's Best In The World 2015!
Jun 19, 2015 - 5:54:31 PM
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By Pat McNeill, PWTorch Columnist
Wake the pets and call the neighbors. It's time for our semi-monthly ROH pay-per-view preview column!
DISCLAIMER: Projections are made by myself and for myself with absolutely no assistance from Joe Koff, Nigel McGuinness or The Man With The Lizard Face. Projections are not predictions, because this is the column where everything's made up and the points don't matter. This preview has been sealed in a mayonnaise jar on Funk & Wagnall's porch since noon today. Some of our departing contestants will receive a year's supply of Quaker's Corn Bran cereal. You'll delight in the lightly sweetened crunchy corn flavor of this wholesome cereal. And remember, four Whammys will bring tears to your eyes, and put you out of the game. Remember, this is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Please, please, no wagering. This lineup is based on the best available information as of this writing. These predictions are based on what the columnist would do if he had creative control over ROH, unless a better one-liner comes along.
It's been building for nine months now. This is the war of the Jays, as Briscoe tangles with Lethal over the ROH World Title, with guys like Adam Cole and Moose waiting in the wings to snap up a piece of the winner. Ring of Honor now has a national timeslot on Destination America, which gives the company slightly more brand awareness than it had before.
The pregame show isn't up online just yet. But on last week's episode of Ring of Honor, we saw Michael Bennett & Matt Taven of the Kingdom battle Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson of the Bullet Club in the main event. That was good stuff.
And without further ado, let's roll right into this month's Wrestling History Lesson. Twenty years ago, on June 17th, 1995 Extreme Championship Wrestling did its monthly show ("Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams") from the ECW Arena in South Philadelphia. On this show, Tommy Dreamer battled The Vampire Warrior (later known as Gangrel) for the love of the fair maiden Luna Vachon. Yes, this happened. Joey Styles had the call. Good times.
And, as your free gift for viewing this column, let's take you back to December 17th, 2005 for ROH's Final Battle 2005 from Edison, New Jersey. On that show, we saw Steve Corino lock up with Alex Shelley. Dave Prazak and Lenny Leonard had the call.
Speaking of 2005, something else important happened in Ring of Honor that year...
On with the projections!
I have no idea what the dark match will be for this show, but I hope Romantic Touch is involved.
Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. War Machine: The former C&C Wrestle Factory is back together to see if they can pose a challenge to Rowe & Hanson. Projection? Mr. Coleman gets hit with the Fallout, and the War Machine keeps its momentum.
Dalton Castle vs. Silas Young: The Party Peacock takes on the Last Real Man. If you don't enjoy these two characters, you don't enjoy professional wrestling. Projection? Sorry, Silas lovers. The Last Real Man is going to get bang-a-ranged as he falls victim to Dalton Castle and the New DC Universe.
Mark Briscoe vs. Donovan Dijak: Dijak is awesome, but his future looks pretty secure whether he gets the victory here or not. Projection? Little brother scores the fall with the Cut Throat Driver in a fan-pleasing bout.
Matt Sydal & ACH vs. B.J. Whitmer & Adam Page: Sydal & ACH are awesome. Adam Page is awesome. BJ Whitmer is also in this match. Projection? My gut tells me that the Decade needs this victory more, so Colby Corino (or somebody) interferes to allow Page to pin ACH.
Bullet Club (AJ Styles & Young Bucks) vs. The Kingdom (Adam Cole, Michael Bennett & Matt Taven): It's a New Japan special on Ring of Honor pay-per-view. I like how the Bullet Club are babyfaces here in ROH. It feels authentic. Projection? Cole pins Matt Jackson after a Panama Sunrise, setting the former champ up to get back into the ROH World Title picture.
Roderick Strong vs. Moose vs. Michael Elgin: Let me see. One man is not under ROH contract. The second guy is a formed champion, who is still recovering his footing after last fall's falling out with the creative team. The third guy is Moose. Projection The former NFL star catches Roddy Strong with a spear, setting up his next big championship opportunity.
The Addiction vs. ReDragon (ROH Tag Team Titles - No Disqualification): Fish and O'Reilly are the best tag team act in the company (sorry, Addiction), but Kyle O'Reilly is way past ready to bust out as a top singles wrestler in Ring of Honor. Projection? Chris Sabin interferes and Kazarian catches Fish with the Wave of The Future. The ROH tag roster is deep enough to keep Daniels and Kazarian occupied for a bit.
Jay Briscoe vs. Jay Lethal (ROH World Title): So, isn't Jay Lethal about due to capture the ROH World Title? It'd be a great storyline move, and it would set up a tournament for the ROH Television Title. All the same, it doesn't feel like an ROH storyline. Projection? Jay Briscoe survives everything Lethal, Dijak, Diesel and Truth throw at him, then scores the victory with the Jay Driller. Moose drops by for a post match staredown.
Aftermath: The next pay-per-view is Glory By Honor, right? That's be a good night for Jay Briscoe vs. Moose, AJ Styles vs. Adam Cole, and The Addiction & Chris Sabin against War Machine & Mark Briscoe. We'll see you there.
*** Pat McNeill of Greenville, South Carolina has been a Torch columnist since February 2001. He'd take the L.A. Dodgers to defeat the San Francisco Giants on Sunday Night Baseball. You know, if gambling were legal.
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