Heading into "SoH VII", with his arm still in a sling as of earlier this week, Jay Briscoe looks to put a grinding halt on the momentum of Kevin Steen's World Championship reign and end S.C.U.M's dream of killing ROH. Yet the question is still floating out there...where does Kevin Steen stand with S.C.U.M? The chaos that erupted at the "11th Anniversary Event", the scene that put Jay in a sling in the first place, that all happened around Kevin but the champion himself seemed quite removed from the scenario. In fact, this past week on ROH TV when Jay & Kevin went face-to-face it seemed as if Steen had something to say regarding Steve Corino and the rest of the unit but Steve interrupted the proceedings before Kevin could say his piece. Is there more to the story of Steen & S.C.U.M, especially in light of Kevin's recent claims to actually be proud of representing ROH as champion? Then again, after the events of Steen's career since he turned his back on El Generico back at "Final Battle 2009" can you really trust any word that falls out of his mouth?
Either way, Jay Briscoe and Kevin Steen will collide one-on-one this Friday night in the Hammerstein Ballroom and when that bell rings, all the numbers & statistics, the successes & failures, the dreams & nightmares of both men, none of them will mean a thing. All that will matter is that moment; whether it takes five minutes or fifty, all that will matter is who will be called champion when the final bell rings. Will it still be Kevin Steen or will it finally be Jay Briscoe...and what will it mean for the future of Ring of Honor?
ROH World Tag Team Championship
reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly) vs the American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)
At the "11th Anniversary Event", Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish scored a huge victory against Jay & Mark Briscoe and as a result claimed the World Tag Team Titles as their own. It was a title opportunity earned when redDRagon won a Tag Team Gauntlet on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV by beating The American Wolves (albeit with some unrequested assistance from S.C.U.M) and although the shot may have been tainted, the championship came in a victory free of question. O'Reilly and Fish beat the most decorated team in ROH history to become champions, a feat that Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards could not pull off at "The Hunt for Gold" less than two months prior.
"Bobby and I did what Davey and Eddie could not do." said Kyle O'Reilly to ROHWrestling.com, "We beat the men who helped create Ring of Honor, we beat the Briscoes, we took their titles, WE beat The Briscoes! The legendary American Wolves couldn't do it, just like they couldn't stop us from getting the title shot in the first place. For everything The Briscoes have done the last eleven years, for everything The Wolves did in their time on top, they certainly deserve recognition. Now though, they are the past and Bobby and I are the present, the now of Ring of Honor's tag team division, and we are most certainly the future as well. The time to man up has passed, the hunt is over and done, now everyone can chase the dragon."
Well Kyle & Bobby will have the chance to back up those words soon enough because on April 5th at the sold-out "Supercard of Honor VII" iPPV event, the World Tag Team Titles will be on the line with redDRagon defending against Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards, The American Wolves!
Last time in NYC at "Final Battle 2012" The Wolves, competing in their first tag team match in over a year, put down Fish & O'Reilly who were certainly competing in the biggest match of their nascent tag team career. The rematch, as mentioned earlier, went in favor of Fish & O'Reilly and now the rubber match will go down in the Hammerstein Ballroom om 4/5/13! Will redDRagon maintain their championship status or will it be The Wolves who are crowned for the second time? Not to be lost in the midst of the S.C.U.M/ROH war, the tag team division will be on fire with this one!
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