Today, and every Friday for as long as “Nasty” allows me to blog, I’ll be doing a “Casual Friday”. It’ll provide a break from talking about the woes of the current losing skid, the contract negotiations, the analysis, and do something a bit more colorful. Mostly it’ll be about sports, sometimes it wont, but it’ll absolutely be a bit outside the box.
I pride myself in embracing as much local sports as I can. This extends far beyond the Orioles and Ravens, and far beyond traditional sports in general. I was at the Baltimore Mariners AIFL championship game in their second (and final) season. I’ve seen more Baltimore Blast games this year then I ever thought possible (and liked it). I’m a big fan of the Baltimore Charm, and not just for their Lingerie jerseys, these girls play hard, and play with passion. Finally, the Charm City Roller Girls bouts are some of the most fun you can have on a Saturday Night.
I’m a life-long pro wrestling fan, and not afraid to admit it. I’ve been to 2 Wrestlemania’s (which is a number that will grow), countless Raw, Smackdown, Monday Nitro’s, and other assorted PPV’s. I saw an ECW show in Philly before Vince McMahon had the chance to destroy it. I’ve seen the up-and-comers too. I’ve watched pro-wrestling in Kenwood High Schools gymnasium (or Cafeteria, I can’t be certain), I’ve driven out to Western Maryland, just because they had a “Free” wrestling show. Vacationing in Orlando, I made it a point to see a TNA taping. I planned a Vegas Vacation around the fact WWE was there that week, and walked away from Blackjack and Burlesque shows long enough to take it all in.
Tonight, i’m attending my First “Ring of Honor” event. It’s a television taping. As their parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting, is headquartered in Hunt Valley, for sake of argument, i’ll call it Local Wrestling, although ROH is usually regarded as the 3rd biggest Pro-Wrestling organization in the company.
Over the years, ROH has been a breeding ground for big name stars, Current WWE Champion C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, A.J. Styles, Colt Cabana, and Samoa Joe, to name a few.
What separates this company from others, it they allow their talent to wrestle for other organizations concurrently. Current world Champion Kevin “Super Dragon” Steen is also world champion for California based PWG.
Scheduled to perform is a solid mix of Former big-name talent, and fast rising superstars that’ll be fighting for your merchandise dollar in the WWE before long. Former stars include Lance Storm (ECW legend, multiple title holer in WWE and WCW), former WWE Diva and Playboy cover girl Maria Kanellis, Ex TNA X-Division champion Jay Lethal, and a personal favorite of mine, The Man Beast Rhino, the Final World Champion in the Original ECW. Up and coming talent scheduled to hit the ring are Eddie Edwards, Roderick Strong, and the Briscoe Brothers.
Tonight’s main event:
“Canadian Icon” Lance Storm vs “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis & Brutal Bob
Also, for the ROH World TV Championship, Roderick Strong w/ Truth Martini defends against Adam Cole
Needless to say, i’m excited. The event is 7:30 at Du Burns Arena. Tickets are still available.
Anybody else coming? Look me up in Row 6. It’s indoors, a great way to beat the heat, and afterwords, since i’m already in Canton, might go bar hopping, sing some Karaoke.
Note: Ring of Honor can be seen Locally Saturdays, 1pm on Fox 45, 10pm on the CW Baltimore.
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