It's hard to believe how much the world of pro-wrestling has changed in the last 3 years and you can see just by looking at this match. The first to leave the Indies from this match was Kevin Steen who would join the WWE and become Kevin Owens. As for Shinsuke he along with AJ Styles, Anderson, and Doc Gallows all chose to leave NJPW at the time following Wrestle Kingdom 10.
The WWE isn't the only company that has gone through vast change in the last couple of years as ROH has seen a tremendous amount of change as well. At this point names like Kevin Steen, El Generico, Roderick Strong, and others covered the top of ROH events. In modern ROH none of those names listed are still a part of the company as they all have moved on. The year 2017 has already presented various dream matches all over the world of wrestling and the next year will be accentual in shaping the wrestling world for years to come.
Basically, my point is another to the idea of open your eyes. They used to be here in ROH and tore the house down at War of the Worlds and it's match that once seen you will not forget. It's that good!!
Recently, Ring of Honor celebrated their 15 year anniversary holding their first show in February 2002. Most people may not know at this point that ROH didn't crown a World Champion on their first show. ROH didn't crown a World Champion until the month of July on the show fittingly named event called "Crowning a Champion."
The reasoning behind not crowing a World Champion on the first show is two fold as most companies may not be able to afford a World Title belt right away. The other reason is because you have to also have someone on your roster worthy of the title meaning someone who you could turn into a regular roster member for the company.
Looking at this show their are a few names that I am surprised to see like a Jeremy Lopez who was often used as a job guy in the later years of WCW. Then you look at the amount of raw talent on this show from AJ Styles to Low Ki to Christopher Daniels to Bryan Danielson to Jay Briscoe and the list can keep going and going. Though the ROH roster was fantastic at this point I think it might be even better in the modern day.
Tony Mamaluke Def. (Sub) Jeremy Lopez
Christian York & Joey Matthews Def. (Pin) Jacob's Ladder & Prince Nana
Bio-Hazard & Michael Shane Def. (Pin) Don Juan & Paul London
Mafia & Monsta Mack Def. (Pin) Chris Divine & Quiet Storm
James Maritato Def. (Pin) Jay Briscoe
Boogalou & Homicide Def. (Sub) H. C. Loc & Tony DeVito "Bunkhouse" (Tag)
A.J. Styles (C) Def. (Pin) Adam Jacobs, David Young Three-Way DanceNWA X-Division Title
Dunn & Marcos & Mike Tobin Def. (Pin) Black Gordman, Jr. & Brian XL & Dixie 6-Person Tag
Scoot Andrews Def. (Pin) Xavier
Low Ki Def. (Pin) Christopher Daniels, Doug Williams, Spanky 60 Minute Iron-man (4-Way) ROH World Heavyweight Title
Trying a new series to help boost the content of Ring of Honor articles on the site I came up with the idea of looking at some of the top contenders for the various championships in the companies outside WWE. Over the last few years very people have seen their stock rise as much as Jay Lethal's has. Ring of Honor have done a phenomenal job of building up Jay and allowing him to not just carry the ball, but also reach the potential that all of always knew he had.
Since his title reign ended ROH has really tried to give fans a break from Jay being in the title picture which is a good thing as he spent around two years leading the company. With his feud against Cody Rhodes being somewhat underrated and the building block for Cody to reach the World Title I think there is some meat left on the bones for that feud to be revisited. However, I think that ROH would be more beneficial to keep Jay out of the World Title picture for at least most of this year to keep the title picture fresh and maybe allow Cody a longer run.
At this point, I think that Jay could help Ring of Honor by being partnered with and up and coming talent to help the company bring up and new star with the help of an established talent. Eventually I do think that Jay will be back in the World Title picture, but I think that ROH would be better off keeping Jay out for right now which is the reason why I list Jay at number 5.
The main reason why I will always believe that Ring of Honor will always stay one step ahead of there competition is that they have a fantastic eye for talent. For the last 15 years they have been developing unknowns into household names and international superstars. With the advent of the Top Prospect tournament it has allowed ROH to keep a pulse on the hottest young stars in wrestling.
Actually, the 2016 winner of the top prospect tournament and former television champion Lio Rush is heading to a new home. After his most contract expired with ROH it was the young up and comer who decided it was time to leave as he received an offer from WWE. At last word it seems that Lio has signed a contract with NXT and will likely begin in the performance center in the early part of the fall. This is an amazing opportunity to Lio and I would like to wish him the best as he tries to make his mark in the WWE.
On the other side of the coin we have Flip Gordon who had recently signed a contract with ROH and joined the roster. I think it is fair to say that ROH maybe in a period of healthy transition as some members of the old guard are leaving to make way for new faces. A little background on Flip is that he was once in the US Army prior to trying his hand in wrestling and now will be able to go to the company that has had tremendous amounts of success developing talent from the ground up.
It's been a few weeks since the last visit to the ROH section of the site and that's why we are going the easy way with a match. In recent years it feels like the Briscoe's are a partial team and also focus on singles careers. In Ring of Honor there is no more legendary team then the Briscoe's as they have carried the division for most of their entire careers outside of some small sample sizes.
Every company goes through periods of transition and times when they have to start rebuilding the roster. I will be the first to tell you when Dalton Castle debuted in ROH at first I thought that his gimmick was far to over the top and a joke. But then after a while his gimmick grew on me and I've become a fan of Castle.
In recent months the WWE has been tied to a vast amount of talent and one of those names was Dalton Castle. I do think that Castle would fit in the WWE as his gimmick is similar to that of a Goldust in the variety of an over the top gimmick. However, it was recently reported that Dalton has resigned with Ring of Honor and will remain with the company that helped him gain national exposure.
I am very happy that Dalton decided to remain in ROH as he still has more to accomplish in the company before he walks away for greener pastures. But Dalton is also one of the many reasons why ROH will always stay ahead of the game because they find new stars from nowhere and aren't afraid to give someone the ball.
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