On Saturday afternoon, April 6th, ROH presents their first-ever TV taping at The Grand Ballroom. The American Wolves will be in singles action as Davey Richards battles Kyle O'Reilly and Eddie Edwards takes on Bobby Fish. In addition, Karl Anderson will be in action against Michael Elgin, the TV Title will be up for grabs, and more to be determined by whatever happens at tonight's iPPV.
Here's a preview of tonight's iPPV, courtesy of ROH:
ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Kevin Steen (c) vs. Jay Briscoe
Come Friday night the statistics will read like this: 328 days with 18 successful title defenses against 16 different opponents. Those are the cold, hard facts of Kevin Steen's Ring of Honor World Title reign. Of those 18 defenses all but one, the infamous No Contest with Jay Lethal at "Killer Instinct", ended with Steen's hand raised in victory. Those are numbers that make him the most successful World Champion since Nigel McGuinness' reign ended on April 3, 2009.
Those are all impressive statistics but the scariest of them all is the number 839. That is how many days it has been since Steen last saw his shoulders pinned to the mat or uttered the words "I Quit" or was directly beaten by any individual. To be fair, that number does take into consideration his in-ring absence from "Final Battle 2010" to "Final Battle 2011" but even if you take that year long hiatus out of the equation, it has still been 469 days since Kevin Steen tasted defeat inside the ROH ring. He has been on the losing end of tag and multi-man matches but not once has he been the recipient of the deciding pinfall or submission. Those are the numbers...now add in the names: Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Roderick Strong, Homicide, Jay Lethal, Michael Elgin, and El Generico are just a portion of the men that Steen has beaten to stay on the top of the mountain. Those are the facts and figures of Kevin Steen and they are drastically different than those of Jay Briscoe.
One of the founding fathers of ROH, one of the two men in the first official Ring of Honor match, Jay has challenged for the ROH World Title against Xavier, Samoa Joe twice, Takeshi Morishima, Nigel McGuinness, Jerry Lynn, Roderick Strong...nearly half of the champions in ROH history, seven times in all. Despite his historic success with brother Mark in the tag team ranks, not once has Jay Briscoe raised his hand in victory in a World Title bout. That's 4059 days without a singles title...
Now, during the biggest wrestling weekend of the year, Jay Briscoe will get his chance to end that drought and against one of the biggest rivals he has faced in his ROH tenure in Kevin Steen. The history between these two men dates back to 2007 when a feud over the tag team titles spiraled out of control into the birth of the original Ladder War at "Man Up". That was a rivalry largely dominated by the brothers from Sandy Fork and in recent memory, since the birth of S.C.U.M and Kevin's crowning as World Champion, the pattern has largely continued. At nearly every turn, Jay & Mark have owned the members of S.C.U.M. Be it in a tag match, inside a Steel Cage, or in a trios bout, the record-setting tag team has largely had Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacob's number but that direct victory over Steen has always eluded them.
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