2/28/15 ROH 13th Anniversary Show Preview

As usual, ROH used its final TV timeslot before a PPV to promote that show. Correspondingly, here are some of the big stories heading into the show.

Jay Briscoe will defend the ROH World Title against Michael Elgin, Tommaso Ciampa, and Hanson.

ROH has done a fair job of creating some excitement around this four-way title match that Briscoe requested when none of the other three could stand out as the #1 Contender.

 

The build for the match has revolved almost entirely around Briscoe’s charisma. Elgin, while better lately as a heel, flopped as ROH Champion and is unlikely to get another chance so soon. Ciampa and Hanson are both strong workers, but are semi-main types who would be miscast as the face of the company. Without a realistic challenger in the bunch, it might have made more sense to book Briscoe against a big name part-timer, like AJ Styles or Alberto El Patron.

 

It is fairly obvious that Briscoe will win, so the attraction is the potential quality for the match. All four are creative and will take some chances to make sure the main event delivers. That is why, even though the result is hardly in question, the match should still live up to its slot.

 

Jay Lethal will defend the ROH TV Title against Alberto El Patron

The World Title’s loss has been the TV Title’s gain over the last two months in ROH. I cannot remember another recent program over a secondary title in a U.S. promotion that has been as good as the program between Lethal and El Patron. As soon as the big-name El Patron debuted, he set his sites on the TV Title, which makes that belt feel more important. Even more importantly, both wrestlers have worked a series of excellent matches to build anticipation for their confrontation. I can’t wait to see them finally square off, and this match could be the best of the night.

 

Redragon will defend the ROH Tag Team Titles against the Young Bucks

This match will not be for wrestling traditionalists, but it will undoubtedly be an entertaining spectacle. The Bucks don’t tell stories and they don’t work a body part. What they do is work a frantic pace and come up with inventive moves. Redragon can match them in either direction, and they have the resume against one another to prove it. It makes sense for Redragon to hold the American titles, but after they briefly held both the ROH and IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Titles, it would not surprise me to see the Bucks get a run as double champions.

 

Other Highlights

Roderick Strong is on his best run in years. He should win his grudge match over BJ Whitmer, and it could lead to bigger and better things for him over the summer…

 

The star power in the tag match between the Bullet Club, the Addiction, and the Kingdom is monumental. The stakes of the match don’t match it, but it should be fun to watch anyway…

 

Similarly, a match with ACH is relatively small potatoes for IWGP Champ AJ Styles. Even lower on the card, Styles is a can’t-miss and could turn in the best match on the card…

 

Maria Kanellis has never been much of a wrestler. If even WWE wouldn’t put her in the ring, that does not say much of her potential. ODB will have a challenge to carry her through the match. I would be surprised if it lasted five minutes from bell to bell…

 

Mark Briscoe will do his customary singles job against Moose…

 

Samoa Joe is scheduled to appear at the show, though not in a match. He will probably give a promo that will set up for a program in the coming weeks.




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