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Ring of Honor Special Edition

March 2, 2008 – by Sassy

Instead of our regular weekly News Bytes –





This week’s edition is all about Ring of Honor and the upcoming March pay per view…

”Rising Above”.

There was no February ROH pay per view and it was almost more than I could bear!  “Undeniable” in January 2008 was one great show and then NO ROH FOR A MONTH! ROH is BACK and the matches are going to be over the top in the world of wrestling entertainment. 

I’m already chanting ROH, ROH, ROH!

And it’s only the SECOND of March!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, true wrestling fans of all ages! Check with your local pay per view provider for Ring of Honor’s “Rising Above” debuting March 7, 2008!

If you like first class wrestling with a little less talk and a lot more action, ROH delivers it in style! The price ranges from $9.95 to $14.99 depending on your pay per view carrier and it is worth every cent. 

How does ROH deliver such action at such a low cost?  I don’t know how they do it, but I wish the “other guys” could provide the same kind of action, suspense, cheers and jeers for the same price.

Check back after the premier of “Rising Above”. This site will have the low down and the winners of each and every match, along with what went on during the pay per view.

I encourage you to see “Rising Above” for yourself.  Reading about it is not the same as seeing the action on your screen or, better yet, make it to the next ROH live event! 

If you missed ROH’s “Undeniable” – shame on you!  You can check this site for the matches and the outcome of each match.

And don’t forget to visit Ring of Honor’s website for all the latest news, live events and pay per view schedules. Visit their online store for a great selection of ROH matches on DVD.

Here are the scheduled matches for  “Rising Above” 



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I’ve added the basic stats for each wrestler.

ROH World Title Match

Nigel McGuinness


Austin Aries

This match is going to do me in.  I love them both these wrestlers and can’t wait to see them go one on one in a match, even if it is for the ROH World Title. I like Nigel as the ROH Champion but I would like to see the gold around the waist of Austin Aries.

Nigel McGuinness is a Brit with talent and cockney charisma. If you have not seen Nigel in the ring, this match is the one to see. Nigel has a stiff, almost formal, style in the ring that will be challenged by Aries’ smooth, quick style.


6’1”, 220 lbs., age 32

Trained by Robbie Brookside, Chic Cullen, Les Thatcher and Dave Taylor.

Professional wrestling debut September 1999.

Current ROH World Champion.

Austin Aries has been on my favorite list for a long time.  I was thrilled that he made his way back to ROH after going a round or two in TNA.  His wrestling ability is all that and more. TNA didn’t give Aries the chance to shine. Back in ROH, Aries takes uses his skills to thrill his fans. 


5’9”, 205 lbs., age 29

Trained by Eddie Sharkey and Terry Fox

Professional wrestling debut November 24, 2000.

ROH World Tag Team Title

2 out of 3 Falls Match

Jay & Mark Briscoe


Rocky Romero & Roderick Strong

All I can say is oooh! Oooh! Oooh! The Briscoe Brothers in the ring as a tag team is a license to have a major free for all. Add Rocky Romero and Roderick Strong to the mix and someone may need medical attention before the match is over.

Jay and Mark, The Briscoe Brothers are one of THE best tag teams currently in the ring.  They are brothers and know each other so well, they appear to be one person.  Their high-flying maneuvers both in the ring and out in the arena are spectacular. Romero and Strong are known for a smash mouth style of wrestling but the Briscoe Brothers are not strangers to a brawl.


Jay, age 24

Mark, age 23

Combined weight 430 lbs.

Trained at home in a backyard ring.

Professional wrestling debut May 20, 2000.

Rocky Romero, as part of the No Remorse Corps, is a brutal force in the ring. Not exceptionally large in size, his attitude and ferociousness take him through his matches. Along with Roderick Strong and Davey Richards, the NRC has wreaked havoc on their ROH opponents. Romero’s wrestling style includes well-orchestrated use of his legs and feet to wear down his foes.


5’7”, 175 lbs., age 25

Trained by Kevin Quinn, Jesse Hernandez, Bill Anderson, Antonio Inoki, Shinya Makabe, and Negro Casas

Professional wrestling debut September 13, 1997.

Roderick Strong, as a member of NRC with Rocky Romero and Davey Richards, has not endeared himself to ROH fans. He does have wrestling talent but has chosen to go after his opponents with the zeal and tactics of a brawler. He and Strong should have no problem working together as a tag team and don’t be surprised if Davey Richards makes an appearance – and interferes – on behalf his NRC teammates.


5’10”, 212 lbs., age 24

Trained by Jim Neidhart, The Warlord, Prince Laukea, Tim Mahoney, and his father.

Professional wrestling debut in 2000.

Grudge Match #1

Bryan Danielson


Takeshi Morishima

This match could have a surprise ending but only if Danielson manages to take down Morishima in a submission maneuver.  I’m a big Danielson fan and am always surprised when he leads the way in matches with much larger opponents.  I am not a big Morishima fan but he does do well in the ring and until recently held the ROH World title.

American Dragon Bryan Danielson is no stranger to ROH fans. He has won matches, been beaten to a pulp and always comes back with the same strong wrestling style. Although I prefer to watch Danielson dance through a match with pure wrestling style, he can get down and dirty when the occasions arises.  This may just be one of those occasions.


5’10”, 185 lbs., age 26

Trained by Texas Wrestling Academy, Rudy Boy Gonzalez, Shawn Michaels, William Regal, Tracy Smothers, Bobby Eaton, Masato Tanaka, and Grant McKee.

Professional wrestling debut in 1999.

Takeshi Morishima is a large wrestler and is surprisingly quick in the ring. He does wrestle but is known for his straightforward beat ‘em down style. He has a sizeable height and weight advantage over Danielson but Danielson is much faster and maneuvers in a more fluid fashion.


6’3”, 320 lbs., age 29

Trained by AJPW dojo.

Professional wrestling debut March 22, 1998.

Grudge Match #2

Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chris Hero

with Larry Sweeney

Without the mouth of ROH, Larry Sweeney, and his Sweet ‘n Sour, Inc. hanging out at ringside, Claudio would be the one to bet on in this match up. One can only dream that Claudio will remove Hero and the rest of SnS from the arena allowing him to finally get his hands on Sweeney!

Claudio Castagnoli often appears too tall for the ROH ring. Don’t let his height or that “melt your heart” accent fool you. Claudio is quick and adept and, although I prefer to see him in matches where he can use that fantastic wrestling ability, his opponent in this match isn’t going to allow us to see much in the way of “wrestling”.


6’5”, 232 lbs., age 27

Trained by SigMasta Rappo, Dave Taylor, Chris Hero. Mike Quackenbush, Skayde, and The Honky Tonk Man.

Professional wrestling debut December 24, 2000.

Chris Hero is the wrestler every ROH fan loves to hate.  Although he is as tall as his opponent in this match up, Claudio always manages to look taller. Hero has great wrestling talent but as the golden boy of Larry Sweeney and Sweet ‘n Sour, Inc., Hero does his best to avoid his opponents in wrestling holds and tends to go for the down and dirty style in his matches.


6’5”, 240 lbs., age 28

Trained by Dory Funk, Jr., Ian Rotten, Les Thatcher, Tracy Smothers, Dave Taylor, Fit Finlay, William Regal, and Jorge "Skayde" Rivera.

Professional wrestling debut September 12, 1998.

And speaking of those ROH roster members you love to hate, Larry Sweeney continues to top the list as the most despised manager of the wrestling kingdom.  He has a mouth that won’t quit and a smirk that makes fans worldwide demand his blood. Believe it or not, Sweeney is a wrestler – I’ve seen him in the ring!


5’9”, 185 lbs., age 27

Trained by Mike Quackenbush, Chris Hero, Buddy Rose, Colonel DeBeers, and Skayde.

Professional wrestling debut May 1, 2004.

Grudge Match #3

Erick Stevens


Davey Richards

Erick Stevens was aligned with The Resilience, mortal enemies of the No Remorse Corps, which included Davey Richards. This match should be worth watching with these two facing off in the ring.

Erick Stevens appeared in ROH and took everyone by surprise.  He is stocky and doesn’t appear at first glance to be a supreme athlete but he manages to make wrestling look like second nature. Stevens will have to be concerned about outside interference from the other members of NRC throughout this match.


6’0”, 235 lbs., age 25

Trained by Roderick Strong.

Professional wrestling debut in 2003.

Davey Richards and his ne’er do well companions, Rocky Romero and Roderick Strong, make up the NRC, and all three are enemies of Erick Stevens. Davey Richards, left to his own devices, should be able to face Stevens in a great wrestling match.  Richards should have Stevens in the speed department but Stevens has height and a slight weight advantage.


5’8”, 202 lbs., age 25

Trained by Tony Kozina.

Professional wrestling debut June, 2004.

Three-Way Women's Match

Sara Del Rey




Daizee Haze

No, no, no! Not a three way match for the women’s division!  Three way matches are not bad, but I would rather seen one on one action in the ring with Sara and Lacey one on one.  All three of these girls are great in the ring and this match should be worth the watch.

Sara Del Rey is a member of Larry Sweeney’s Sweet ‘n Sour, Inc. I have no idea why she aligned herself with this group because the girl can stand on her own without any outside help. She’s tough and she’s quick and she can wrestle or brawl. Chances are that Sweeney and his stable will be outside the ring and Sara’s opponents will have to watch their backs throughout this match.


5’9”, 160 lbs, age 27

Trained by Donovan Morgan, Pro Wrestling IRON Dojo, Antonio Inoki, Bryan Danielson, and All Pro Wrestling Boot Camp.

Professional wrestling debut in 2001.

Lacey has the lungs of a banshee and does not hesitate to use those lungs to drive the fans and viewing audience to reach for the mute button or search for the earplugs.  Lacey is a member of Age of the Fall and may have backup of her own at ringside. This could make for entertaining on the floor brawling between AOF and SnS.


5’6”, 135 lbs., age 24

Trained by Eddie Sharkey.

Professional wrestling debut August, 2000.

Daizee Haze is petite and looks too small to be in any wrestling ring but her size is just a ruse.  She is one tough cookie in the ring and can go one on one with the likes of Sara and Lacey. She has speed and talent but gives up height and size in this match and, if Daizee comes alone to the ring, she will need eyes in the back of her head to keep track of her opponents and her opponent’s teammates who may be outside the ring.


5’4”, 110 lbs., age 24

Trained by Delirious, Kid Kash

Professional wrestling debut March 29, 2002.

Tag Team Scramble

Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black


Kevin Steen & El Generico


Jack Evans & Ruckus


Adam Pearce & BJ Whitmer

This tag team scramble will be a brawling melee and I predict some spilling of blood. All four teams are made up of members who can and do fight to the bitter end and this match will be hard to follow at times.

Jimmy Jacobs is a member of Age of the Fall.  I have seen Jacobs in action and have seen him take multiple hard knocks and get back up fighting (and bleeding). One of his specialties appears to be fighting outside the ring and in the seating area. 


5’7”, 173 lbs., age 24

Trained by Joe "El Tejano" Ortega and Frankie the Face.

Professional wrestling debut May 1,1999.

Tyler Black is another AOF member and I am not as familiar with his style as I am with Jacobs, but most likely they will be working as Jacobs generally does, with an in your face style.


6’1”, 210 lbs., age 21

Trained by Danny Daniels

Professional wrestling debut in 2005.

Kevin Steen and El Generico are no strangers to ROH fans. They work well together in the ring with Steen relying on his size and build and Generico relying on his high-flying abilities. 

Kevin Steen may be a big boy but he is quick and never hesitates to use high-risk maneuvers to thrill his wrestling fans.  He has the personality that makes the fans tend to either really love him or really hate him but he always goes all out in the ring whether the audience is for him or against him.


5’10”, 220 lbs., age unknown

Trained by Jacques Rougeau and Pierre Carl Ouellet.

Professional wrestling debut in 1999.

El Generico is slight in appearance but his size and abilities make him the perfect tag team partner for Kevin Steen. Generico tends to be more of a fan favorite is his partner and he tends to use high-flying maneuvers both in and out of the ring.


5’11”, 180 lbs., age 23

Trained by Patty the Kid.

Professional wrestling debut in 2002.

I have not seen Jack Evans and Ruckus as much in the ring as Steen and Generico but if their tag team abilities are anything like the singles match work they do, they should be able to stay in the running in this scramble.

Jack Evans is another wrestler with a slight build and he uses high-risk maneuvers and speed to stay a step ahead of his opponents.


5’8”, 165 lbs., age 25

Trained by Bryan Alvarez, Tim Flowers, Bruce Hart, Ross Hart, and Teddy Hart.

Professional wrestling debut in 2000.

Ruckus always looks larger than he is due to his wrestling attire but he is quick in the ring and can be just as smash mouth as Jacobs and Tyler.  If Ruckus and Evans work well as a tag team, they can win this competition.


5’8”, 225 lbs., age 29

Trained by Chad Olsen and Brainbusters Wrestling School

Professional wrestling debut April 18, 1999.

Adam Pearce and BG Whitmer, along with Brent Albright, are members of The Hangman Three. Pearce and Albright are two men ROH fans didn’t think would ever team up again but here they are. Pearce is a much-hated ROH roster member and Whitmer, who once had the respect of ROH fans, seems to have fallen out of favor since aligning himself with Pearce.

Adam Pearce is big and bad and when he talks, ROH fans jeer.  He is a heavy in the ring and on the mic but his style does take him to the winner’s circle.  And as much as we may dislike Pearce, he works magic in the ring whether it is with wrestling or showing no mercy to his opponents.


6’2”, 245 lbs., age 29

Trained by Sonny Rogers, Randy Ricci, Ace Steel, Danny Dominion, WCW Power Plant and New Japan Dojo.

Professional wrestling debut May 16, 1996.

BJ Whitmer is another wrestler I enjoy watching in the ring but since his alliance with the evil Adam Pearce, his style may well change to that of a brawler. BJ has a lot of talent and I’ll miss his personal wrestling style and hope that he turns on Pearce in short order.


6’1”, 232 lbs, age 30

Trained by Les Thatcher and Ian Rotten.

Professional wrestling debut January 23, 2000.

Grudge Match #4



Brent Albright

How Delirious managed to get himself in a match against Brent Albright is beyond me.  Not only is Albright built like a solid wall, Delirious has the other members of The Hangman Three, Adam Pearce and BJ Whitmer, to worry about.

If you have never seen – or heard – Delirious in a match, I suggest you do so.  He is a great wrestler, an absolutely magnificent ring worker and makes no sense at all when he talks.  Please note:  If you understand what Delirious is saying when he has the mic in his hand, you are a true ROH fan. I speak from experience.


5’10, 186 lbs., age 26

Trained by Kid Kash and Tracy Smothers.

Professional wrestling debut July 19, 2001.

Brent Albright, a member of The Hangman Three with Adam Pearce and BJ Whitmer, appeared in ROH as a hired gun.  He has since decimated ROH roster members in and out of the ring. He is an incredible in ring presence and looks much larger than his actual size. 


6’0”, 230 lbs., age 29

Trained by APW Boot Camp and Michael Modest.

Professional wrestling debut in 1998.

Unless otherwise noted, stats for ROH roster members taken from www.en/



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