The Big Picture: Fish vs Strong - More than Gold On the Line

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  1. By Kevin Kelly
    The Big Picture: Fish vs Strong
    The Big Picture: Fish vs Strong
    More than Gold On the Line
    By Kevin Kelly

    When I have a guest at commentary on ROH Television, I want to hear their point-of-view but I don’t want them to take away from the match in the ring. But two weeks ago, Bobby Fish’s comments on Roderick Strong made me want to call a timeout.

    Bobby made these controversial statements during Strong’s victory over Samson Walker, donned Roddy’s belt and tried to start a fight. Fish’s antics, however, were pedestrian compared to what he said. This was not the usual pre-fight banter.

    Bobby Fish said that Roderick Strong getting a shot at the Television title against Jay Lethal was a “consolation prize” awarded by ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness after Strong came up short twice in World title opportunities. Fish also said that Roddy didn’t beat Lethal for the ROH World Championship because he’s not “the guy”.

    There is a lot of gravity in those remarks. In just a few sentences, Bobby Fish insulted Roderick Strong, Jay Lethal, Nigel McGuinness, the ROH World Television title and every champion that has held the belt.

    In my opinion, that was exactly what Bobby Fish wanted to do.

    Fish beat Roderick Strong on September 12, 2015 in a contest that was as fine a wrestling match as I saw in the past year. The idea of beating Strong twice in three months in a clean wrestling match is not out of the realm of possibility but Roddy is on another level since beating Lethal and Fish knows it. So, was Bobby trying to provoke Strong into making a mistake at Final Battle?

    These words were more than just about the match, the title and competitiveness. Fish’s statements were a stinging indictment of Strong and a rebuke of McGuinness for giving Roddy the Number One contendership before Fish got his rematch following the controversial outcome at All-Star Extravaganza.

    Not only did Bobby Fish say those things on purpose but he meant them. Fish carries grudges and never forgets when he thinks he’s been wronged. I appreciate Fish’s outspokenness but he’s not just trying to market his match. He spoke out in a way few in ROH would if given the opportunity. It is fine for Bobby to feel that way but if Roddy beats him at Final Battle, I hope Fish will shake his hand.

    But he will never forget.

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