ROH Supercard Of Honor Live Coverage Tonight, Final Comments From Steen & Briscoe, Preview
Since "Final Battle 2012" when Matt Hardy beat then-World TV Champion Adam Cole in a non-title affair, albeit through the use of a low blow behind the official's back, the "Self-Proclaimed Icon" has been politicking for a TV Title match. Cole was ready to give it to him to show that Hardy was not the better man but ROH Match Maker Nigel McGuinness was reticent to do so considering how Hardy secured his December victory. Hardy antagonized the champion and Nigel both, even laid out Cole with the TV Title belt at "Defy or Deny II", and took it as his own property until finally a title match was set for the March 2nd TV Tapings in Chicago.
In the midst of this situation, Matt Taven was in the process of impressing fans and officials alike with his success in the 2013 Top Prospect Tournament. Beating ACH in the Opening Round and Silas Young in the Semi-Finals, Taven went head up with Tadarius Thomas in the Finals with a future shot at the World TV Title on the line. To the shock of many, Taven secured the victory and the title match that came with it but not on his own. In fact it was with the assistance of one Truth Martini that Taven got his win and while that help seemed more convenient for Taven than wanted, Martini whispered something into the air of the 2013 TPT victor that convinced him to give Truth a chance.
Come the "11th Anniversary Event" where Taven was scheduled to receive his title opportunity the change in the challenger was evident...he had fully embraced the Hoopla of the HoT. It proved to be the best decision of his career as, with Matt Hardy sitting in on commentary, Taven shocked the world once again when he beat Adam Cole to become the new World Television Champion and send Hardy's plans to dethrone Cole the following night into chaos. Hardy then surprised the world in his own fashion when, later that night, he joined S.C.U.M in the massive assault on the ROH locker room that closed the iPPV event.
It was determined that, despite his S.C.U.M alliance, Hardy and Cole would go one-on-one to determine the TV Title challenger for "Supercard of Honor VII" on April 5th. Unfortunately the match on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV was tainted as Adam fell victim to a Gore from Rhino which in turn brought out Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander, followed by members of S.C.U.M, turning the scene into absolute chaos and causing a No Contest for the match.
"I'm not surprised by what happened." said Nigel McGuinness. "Of course Steve Corino and SCUM would take the easy way out when it looked like their man was on the ropes. The problem I have though is that, no matter what, Matt Hardy will never stop running his mouth and demanding title match after title match until he is put down properly. Adam Cole of course deserves his rematch for the TV Title, and Matt Taven must defend the championship at "Supercard of Honor VII" in New York City. So taking all the factors in, I have decided that on April 5th Matt Taven will defend the TV Title against BOTH Matt Hardy and Adam Cole! It will be an elimination match, and I am confident that in this war, honor will prevail."
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It was announced recently on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV, in addition to the title opportunities granted to Mark Briscoe at the recent "WAR" event, Jay Briscoe at "Supercard of Honor VII", Adam Cole at "Border Wars 2013", and BJ Whitmer in Richmond, when Ring of Honor returns to NYC for "Supercard of Honor VII" on April 5th, two recent World Title challengers will go head-to-head!