"Reach for the sky boys!!!!" The only word that can be used to describe these two is Legend. Because it doesn't matter how long the company has been around as "Dem Boys" have been around since the very first day. Both Mark and Jay competed in the ring within the first year of ROH's existence and if my memory serves me correctly Mark competed on the very first Ring of Honor show in February of 2002.
At this point there isn't much that The Briscoes haven't done in an ROH ring as they hold the record for the most reigns as Tag Team champions with 8 different reigns as the Tag Team Champions. Also both men have had singles success with Jay being only one of two people to hold the ROH World title on two occasion (the other being Austin Aries) and Mark is a former ROH Television champion. If you need a little more proof who could be considered the better of the two well their was a time when Jay was undefeated for over a year in the company so that should tell you how much the company believes in them.
In my book loyalty should be considered invaluable in the pro-wrestling business because it is very easy a wrestler just get up and leave either because he doesn't like how he is being booked or because of getting a better offer by another company. The Briscoes have been loyal to Ring of Honor since day one and think they will remain with ROH for the remainder of their active wrestling careers. One thing I know for sure is that if ROH does in fact chose to make an ROH Hall of Fame the first inductees in my book should be a Tag team, because if not them then you need to..... Man Up!!!
With the talk the last couple of months being set on the WWE brand split and all the new championship that the company is setting up for the brand split. Now we shift our attention back to a different company as the news broke a few weeks ago at this point that Ring of Honor will be debuting a 6 man tag team title in the near future. The tournament will start in Lowell, MA on September 30 and October 1st with the finals happening on December 2nd at Final Battle.
At this point right now it is expected that the following stables will be a part of the tournament: Bullet Club, The Cabinet (Rhett Titus, Kenny King, and Caprice Coleman), The Addiction (Daniels, Kazarian, and Kamaitachi) will be a part of the tournament. Right now these are the only names in the tournament thus far, but more groups will be expected to be added to the tournament. Also considering the new working agreement between ROH and CMLL with everyone knowing that Lucha Libre wrestling has always spotlighted the 6 man or the trios which makes me think it has to do with the agreement.
The idea of 6 man titles returning to center stage in a wrestling company hasn't been talked about since it was that WWE might have brought them in. However, since that didn't happen this would be the first time we saw the 6 man tag titles since the territory days back in the 1980's. I will be 100% interested to see how well the Tag titles go over in the modern days of pro-wrestling after being inactive for so long.
In my book at this point Steve Corino is one of the many names on a short list of names that could be considered legends of Ring of Honor. Though he has spent most of his time marching to the bet of his own drum and going on his own road it didn't matter if it was in ECW or ROH or MLW or any other company either way he did it his way. Steve offers that veteran presence in a locker room full of up and comers and other veterans. Here I am talking like Corino is gone, but he isn't. Look time isn't always our friend however to say that Corino didn't have a respectable career then what do you call 21 years in the ring plus time spent as a color commentator and in basically every major US company other than the WCW and WWE.
Now looking from the other side Alex Shelley, first of all god Shelley looks so young in this video then again so does Steve Corino. Either way I will say that back in the 1980's and 1990's wrestling fans saw a lot of US based wrestlers become pretty big names in Japan for example: Vader. Steve Willams, Bruiser Brody, Gordy, and a variety of others. In the modern wrestling it seems to be the case that US based Junior heavyweights have made it pretty big in Japan like Shelley. Honestly I could either take or leave this match due to the clash of styles in my book, but this gives fans a glimpse into the early days of Ring of Honor. Enjoy!!
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