A World Title opportunity will be on the line when "Survival of the Fittest 2012" takes place on September 22nd in Baltimore. Adam Cole, Michael Elgin & Jay Lethal, have all been entered into the field that will ultimately boil down to a 6-Man Elimination battle to name the contender. Each of these men have competed in the tournament before but only The House of Truth's Michael Elgin has earned that title opportunity, one he will get at "Glory by Honor XI" in October. As of today another competitor who won it all has put his name into the competition. Entering his 7th tournament, the 2005 SOTF winner, one of two ROH Triple Crown Champions Roderick Strong!
Strong has competed in every "Survival of the Fittest" tournament, save 2010 when he was the reigning champion, and scored his sole victory in 2005 when he defeated Austin Aries. With the most tournament experience of any man on the ROH roster, Strong is certainly a solid bet to run the table but given his current "strike" from the House of Truth, one must wonder if he goes into this one representing only himself or if he will be waving the HoT flag on Martini's behalf.
"The Messiah of the Backbreaker" Roderick Strong
ROH Title(s) Held:
ROH World Champion (9/11/10 – 3/19/11)
ROH World TV Title (3/31/12 – 6/29/12)
2005 – Winner after defeating Austin Aries in the Finals
2007 – Defeated Brent Albright in a Qualifying Bout; Eliminated by Chris Hero in the Finals
2009 – Defeated Rhett Titus in a Qualifying Bout; Eliminated by Tyler Black in the Finals
2011 – Defeated Rhett Titus in a Qualifying Bout; Eliminated by Eddie Edwards in the Finals
With five men now entered into the fray, "Survival of the Fittest 2012" is getting competitive before the first bell has even rang. All of these competitors are viable candidates to take home the future ROH World Title shot, with two of them having already done so in the past. The field is only going to get more competitive as additional names are announced so check back next week right here on ROHWrestling.com as we continue to set the stage for our return to return to Baltimore on September 22nd!
-- Here is the updated lineup for stage one of the PWG Battle of Los Angeles…
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's 2012 Battle of Los Angeles - Stage 1
Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 8:00PM Bell Time - Reseda, CA
American Legion Post #308 - 7338 Canby Ave., Reseda, CA 91335
First round matches in the 2012 Battle of Los Angeles are scheduled to include:
* Adam Cole (1st Battle of Los Angeles) vs. El Generico (8th Battle of Los Angeles - 2011 Battle of Los Angeles winner)
* Ricochet (2nd Battle of Los Angeles) vs. "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen (6th Battle of Los Angeles)
* Sami Callihan (1st Battle of Los Angeles) vs. Willie Mack (2nd Battle of Los Angeles)
* TJ Perkins (2nd Battle of Los Angeles) vs. Joey Ryan (6th Battle of Los Angeles - 2010 Battle of Los Angeles winner)
* B-Boy (1st Battle of Los Angeles) vs. Brian Cage (2nd Battle of Los Angeles)
* Roderick Strong (7th Battle of Los Angeles) vs. Drake Younger (1st Battle of Los Angeles)
-- CHIKARA has announced that the following teams will be apart of the 2012 King of Trios Tournament. The 2012 King of Trios tournament takes place on September 14th, 15th and 16th. The matches announced thus far are…
* The Colony: Fire Ant, Green Ant and assailant vs. Team Sendai Girls: Dash Chisako, Meiko Satomura and Sendai Sachiko
* The Swarm: combatANT, deviANT, Soldier Ant vs. Quack, Jig and Toyota: Mike Quackenbush, Jigsw and Manami Toyota
* The Batiri: Obariyon, Kobald and Kodama vs. 3.0 & Akuma: Scott Parker, Shane Matthews and Gran Akuma
* F.I.S.T: Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano, Icarus
* The Spectral Envoy: Hallowicked, Frightmare, Ultramantis Black
* The Throwbacks: Mr. Touchdown, Dasher Hatfield and Matt Classic
* Team JWP: Comando...