Ring of Honor announced on Tuesday that Cody (Rhodes) will be defending the Ring of Honor (ROH) World Championship this weekend at Saturday night’s Survival Of The Fittest event. Rhodes will be facing Christopher Daniels at the event.
ROH issued the following press release:
The Best Wrestling on the Planet returns to Dallas on Saturday, November 18 for Night Two of Survival of the Fittest! Your favorite ROH stars will compete in a three-night tournament to determine the 2017 Survival of the Fittest winner. The winner of this year’s tournament will get the customary ROH World Title shot at a later date and etch their name in the history books! Seven out of ten men that have won have gone on to either win the championship with their title shot or do so at a later date – winning ROH’s preeminent tournament has proved it can launch careers!
At the Soaring Eagle Cup, former ROH World Champion “Almighty” Christopher Daniels took on the man he lost the championship to – current ROH World Champion “The American Nightmare” Cody. A hard-fought bout went to a time limit draw. It was the third time these men met one-on-one and the fans wanted desperately to see a winner.
Chants of “five more minutes!” rang through Soaring Eagle but Daniels said he wouldn’t compete unless the ROH World Championship was on the line. When Cody acquiesced, Daniels backed out saying he wouldn’t fight Cody with the title on the line 15 minutes into a match.
With wounds still open, and Cody maintaining an open challenge, a Pay Per View Main Event Rematch will be Survival of the Fittest – Night Two’s main event..and this time it’s a TEXAS DEATH MATCH!
There was a marked change of attitude from “Almighty” Christopher Daniels following his loss of the ROH World Championship to Cody at Best in the World. Revered as he chased the gold and celebrated by fans as he won it, Daniels was surprised by the fans’ reaction in Lowell, MA when Cody defeated him for the title.
The following night, Daniels and Frankie Kazarian addressed the crowd at the International Television Taping, with over eight minutes of footage deemed unairable by the ROH Board of Directors. The Addiction insulted the fans, wrestlers, commentators, staff, officials and more, racking up fine after fine and being suspended from television.
The duo felt the fans turned their backs on them to support the new Champion Cody and Bullet Club. It is tough to say they are wrong!
Meanwhile, since winning the ROH World Championship, Cody became a barnstorming, free agent champion, defending the title at independent events against competitors Ring of Honor cannot legally mention the names of. When Cody signed the most lucrative deal in ROH history after defeating Minoru Suzuki in the biggest win of his career at Death Before Dishonor, Cody began defending the title against anyone and everyone. With another successful defense against Rocky Romero this past weekend at ROH Elite, Cody will now defend his title against Daniels in Dallas!
While Cody has proved to be a fighting champion, something seems odd about this match. The match is entirely on Christopher Daniels’ terms based on their confrontation at the Soaring Eagle Cup. Additionally, Cody has maintained a more strenuous international travel schedule that puts him behind the eight ball more so than Daniels as the Addiction have an opportunity to isolate Cody in their tag team bout against Kenny Omega and Cody the night before in San Antonio!
Has Cody played straight into the hands of the Smartest Men in the Room? Or will Cody’s reign continue with Cody making Daniels kiss the ring? Be there in Dallas to find out!
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