A View From Ringside – Death Before Dishonor Weekend

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  1. By Kevin Kelly
    Friday marked a personal landmark for me as a wrestling announcer. The main event between Jay Lethal and Roderick Strong for the ROH World Championship represented the first 60-minute draw I called in my career.

    At the bell, almost on instinct, the Baltimore crowd briefly asked for “five more minutes” until they collectively realized that both Lethal and Strong had nothing left to give. Instead the crowd showed the two amazing wrestlers the respect they deserved for a remarkable display of athletic competition.

    Nothing was settled at “Death Before Dishonor” but I expect many questions to be answered on Friday August 21st in Philadelphia for THE REMATCH for the ROH World Championship as champion Jay Lethal tries to turn back Roderick Strong.

    Here are some other observations from the weekend:

    Both Lethal and Strong were physically spent but otherwise healthy. Jay did suffer a mildly sprained ankle but Strong was injury-free coming out of the weekend. ACH was sent to a local medical facility for observation following his No Disqualification match against Adam Page. There was concern that he may have suffered a kidney injury but was given a full clearance before competing on Saturday.

    reDRagon is one of the top contending tag teams chasing The Addiction for the ROH World Tag Team Championships but both Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish have singles’ title opportunities coming up at All Star Extravaganza on September 18th in San Antonio but each assured me that reDRagon will always be a team, regardless of the singles’ aspirations of each man.

    Deepest tag team division in Pro Wrestling? Right here in Ring of Honor. Not since 2010 has ROH presented so many quality tag teams. Champions the Addiction and challengers the Young Bucks, the Kingdom, reDRagon, War Machine, RPG Vice and the Briscoes’ bring an unprecedented level of talent to the tag team ranks. Rumors of new teams wanting to come in and some old teams could be reuniting?

    On the Whitmer/Corino situation: Not everyone in ROH likes Corino and what has been described to be as his “baggage” while there are some in the ROH hierarchy who have grown weary of BJ Whitmer and his repeated attempts to goad Steve Corino into a match. Some even think Whitmer knew he was going to miss time with a knee injury and was hoping to get Corino fired or suspended so he could take over on commentary while rehabbing. Either way, I was in a meeting on Saturday and a call on Monday and I made my feelings known about this situation. It has to stop.

    That being said, I think BJ Whitmer has not earned enough credit for the job he has done on Adam Page who is poised to break out to the upper half of the card in the second half of 2015. Page has added size and confidence. His in-ring swagger is all Whitmer. Page is a high-profile win away from title contention.

    Adam Cole and Dalton Castle had a memorable encounter on Friday and that was the highlight of either man’s weekend. Tough Saturday for both Cole and Castle and each will have important decisions to make in the near future.

    Baltimore is known as “Charm City” and famous for Crab Cakes but that town loves CHEESEBURGER!

    I had several conversations with two Maryland based wrestlers who have been in the news as of late. Both have incredibly bright futures and will compete in Ring of Honor someday.

    Details on the next ROH Tryout Camp will be released soon as well as the latest DVD compilation that was worked on over the weekend.

    Thank you to all the fans who continue to watch Ring of Honor Wrestling TV every weekendon Sinclair Broadcast Group stations and Wednesday nights on Destination America. Check your program guide for time and channel.

    Yours in Sport,


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