A View From Ringside – Philadelphia and Brooklyn

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  1. By Kevin Kelly
    view from philly & brooklyn
    What a time to be a fan of Professional Wrestling and what a weekend!

    Ring of Honor kicked off the weekend in Philly with a huge announcement regarding our continuing partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and continued with two tremendous events. Here are my thoughts from the “best seat in the house”.

    The Addiction showed once again they are the smartest tag team in Professional Wrestling. Daniels and Kazarian don’t try to match the Young Bucks move-for-move but their wrestling acumen is off the charts. MENSA doesn’t rank tag teams, nor does it crown champions but the “substance over style” prize goes to the Ring of Honor World Tag Team Champions.

    Speaking of tag teams, the Kingdom is poised to claim their first crown in Ring of Honor on September 18th at All Star Extravaganza. Has Maria Kanellis’ Kingdom moved beyond Adam Cole completely?

    How many “View From Ringside” columns can I write that Roderick Strong is incredible, better than ever and is more impressive every time I see him before it becomes redundant? I must write it again because he was that and more this weekend. He beat the hell out of Okada in Brooklyn, physically dominating the IWGP Heavyweight Champion.

    I made the point on the VOD broadcast that if I’m Okada, I don’t ever want to face Roddy with the title on the line because Strong is too much. Even if he’s successful, Okada will be vulnerable to another challenger because Roderick will beat the hell out of him regardless.

    I have to wonder if the pressure is starting to get to Jay Lethal with challengers everywhere and never a night off. He disrespected Shinsuke Nakamura Saturday, refusing to shake hands with his tag team partner. Not a good look for the face of the company.


    His music hit Saturday and Brooklyn came unglued. I was amazed. Yes, Dalton Castle is one of the most popular stars on the roster and he’s become something of a phenomenon. Moose also told me he had chills when he came out Saturday as the ovation the former Atlanta Falcon received was tremendous as well. Expect more of the same for Moose this Saturday in Atlanta.

    What can I say about Luke Williams other than “thank you”? I got to spend time talking with the legend on Friday and he’s an incredible, living history book. I look forward to seeing him again.

    Goto vs Elgin was a big-time, physical war and a rivalry that is far from over. Look for a rematch somewhere down the line. Perhaps with the IWGP Intercontinental Championship on the line?

    So, why did King Corino dress up as a cow on Saturday? #AskKingCorino. It was a beautiful night but I thought Corino was going to pass out. It’s said that Disney park characters only are in costume for about 20 minutes at a time and my broadcast partner was in for four-plus hours. Anything to entertain!

    Adam Page does not need BJ Whitmer to be successful but I think Whitmer needs Page to stay relevant. When will Page cut the apron strings and move on?

    Silas Young and I chatted for a bit on Saturday. I don’t always agree with his point of view but I think some of his opinions on the softening man of today are on point. He’s the “Donald Trump of ROH”.

    With Philly sold out and standing-room-only on Friday and a great crowd in Brooklyn on Saturday, it’s obvious that ROH is a hot ticket. Fans in Dearborn, Chicago Ridge, San Antonio, suburban Pittsburgh and the Buffalo area better act quickly to get the best seats possible for upcoming Ring of Honor events. See you Saturday, Atlanta!

    Yours in Sport,

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