Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kyle O’Reilly is Main Eventing ROH

This Sunday afternoon, Ring of Honor presents our “10th Anniversary Event” live from The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City! The festivities officially begin at 5PM EST, but before we go live on iPPV, there will be a special autograph signing at 4pm with the two of the guys who have been here since day one, the 7-Time ROH World Tag Team Champions, Jay & Mark Briscoe, and “The First Lady of ROH” Maria Kanellis.

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since we first set foot in the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia for “The Era of Honor Begins”. So much has changed, but one thing that always stays the same is ROH’s commitment to present the absolute best professional wrestling on the planet to our faithful fans. That tradition continues on Sunday and here’s a look at the match-ups for this historical event:

Main Event
“Young Wolves Rising”
ROH World Champion Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly vs. “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards & Adam Cole

The story of Richards & Edwards is well-known; their trilogy of matches is a modern classic as they’ve battled over both the TV Title & World Title with Richards winning the most recent bout at “Final Battle 2011”. There’s been tension, dissension, and distrust, but at the end of that last clash they shook hand and embraced like the brothers they have been more so many years.

On the other hand, Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole have a much shorter history as Future Shock, one not filled with the great successes of The American Wolves, and while they have bonded over their time as a team, their relationship was nowhere near as strong as that of The Wolves. So when Kyle began gravitating more towards Davey Richards as a training partner, when he elected to shine a spotlight on Edwards’ deception in the Dan Severn situation, it illuminated an aspect of the Richards/O’Reilly relationship thus far unseen. Kyle’s bond with Davey as both friend & training partner was obviously stronger than his relationship with Cole and as such, it seemed that O’Reilly was also receiving a share of Davey’s spotlight, leaving his Future Shock partner in the shadows.

So between Davey & Kyle teaming at “ROH Underground” in Richmond to earn a shot at the ROH World Tag Titles, uniting on “Ring of Honor Wrestling” TV, and battling The Briscoes at “Rise & Prove” in Cincinnati, it certainly appeared that O’Reilly had left Future Shock in his past, and Adam Cole in his rearview mirror.

In the meantime, Cole didn’t just sit on his laurels, waiting for something to happen, rather he stepped up to the plate at “The Homecoming 2012” against Roderick Strong, taking Eddie’s place in a No DQ match AFTER he already fought Haas & Benjamin earlier in the night. He lost, but a standing ovation from the fans showcased just how hard he fought. The next night, while Team Richards fought over a title shot, Cole took on Kevin Steen, again in a losing effort, but the involvement of Edwards in both bouts showcased a growing bond of respect between the two men. That bond came to a head on “Ring of Honor Wrestling” TV when Edwards officially offered Cole a partnership with someone who actually respected him and wasn’t just killing time, waiting to become an American Wolf with Davey (to paraphrase Eddie). That’s what brought us here to “Young Wolves Rising” as Cole & O’Reilly team with Edwards & Richards respectively to prove themselves deserving of that top tier slot. Eddie & Davey have done this dance many times over; they know each other as well as anybody and a battle between the two of them can go either way. Adam & Kyle are the x-factors in this bout and the weight of the world is on their shoulders in NYC…as both men intimated in their respective blogs, this is their opportunity to shine, to prove themselves, and rise to the top…

ROH Wrestling – 10th Anniversary Event

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