Pro Wrestling: A conversation with ROH’s Adam Cole
By Jessi Virtusio Pro Wrestlingemail@example.com September 12, 2012 4:54PM
Adam Cole is the Ring of Honor Wrestling world TV champion.
RING OF HONOR’S DEATH BY DISHONOR X
◆ 7:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. doors)
◆ Frontier Park fieldhouse,
9807 Sayre Ave., Chicago Ridge
◆ Tickets, $20 for general
◆ rohwrestling.com, where the show also will be available on Internet pay-per-view
Updated: October 15, 2012 9:23AM
For people who are familiar with Ring of Honor Wrestling, young and hungry talent is something they are used to seeing.
The Baltimore-based promotion, which counts WWE champion CM Punk (a Lockport native) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling world heavyweight champion Austin Aries among its alumni, is known for the skill its competitors bring to the ring.
Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, ROH also regularly hits the mat in the Southland. The Internet pay-per-view Death By Dishonor X is set to take place Sept. 15 in Chicago Ridge.
With the Frontier Park fieldhouse being like a second home to ROH, it’s no surprise that ROH world TV champion Adam Cole is looking forward to being in the area again.
“ROH is the true alternative in professional wrestling,” he said.
“ROH and more specifically pro wrestling constantly needs to grow. ROH right now is the true epitome of wrestling evolving.
“With mixed martial arts exploding the way that it is and with a giant focus on what goes on in the cage, we still have creative story lines and interesting characters.
“We have a very high emphasis on in-ring action. Chicago is one of our favorite towns that we go to. This card is going to be one of the best cards we feature all year.”
Cole defeated Roderick Strong in June to win his first ROH title.
“For me, winning the ROH world TV championship is a testament to all the hard work you put in for ROH,” Cole said.
“Being the guy to carry the company in that way is a very humbling experience.
“The pressure of being a champion is certainly raised as well, and the expectations I’ve set for myself and for the fans is very important to me. I take winning the TV title very seriously.”
“No Fear” Mike Mondo will challenge Cole for his belt at Death Before Dishonor X.
“Mike Mondo is a dark horse in ROH,” Cole said. “People never expect him to walk out the winner, but lately he’s been doing just that.
“Mike is very competitve and a great athlete. This match epitomizes what ROH is all about. It’s two young guys trying to move up the ladder.
“You’re going to get the very best competitive match possible. He’s certainly the top contender for the TV title, and you have two guys going into Chicago with a lot to prove.”
Cole said he’s looking forward to checking out the main event.
“The ROH world champion, Kevin Steen, is taking on “The Man Beast” Rhino in this first-time matchup,” Cole said.
“Rhino is a guy who is hungrier than ever. He’s got a great career and is looking to get back on top. Kevin Steen has been on a tear as well.
“Both of these guys are known as brawlers. The fact is these two guys are going to war in Chicago.”
Death Before Dishonor X also will feature former WWE and TNA talent Matt Hardy making his return to the promotion, “American Wolf” Davey Richards addressing the fans as well as the ROH locker room, and independent pro wrestler ACH making his ROH debut.
“It’s the closest thing to a rock concert roller-coaster ride you can experience,” Cole said of an ROH live event.
“It is just unbelievable. It’s the most innovative professional wrestling you’ll ever see. We have the highest flyers and the hardest hitters. It’s a lot of fun if you come check out ROH.”
◆ Keep an eye on Elaborating on Entertainment, blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment, for the Pro Wrestling Extra topic featuring Adam Cole discussing being a part of a segment on WWE’s “SmackDown,” what training with DJ Hyde at the Combat Zone Wrestling Academy did to prepare him for the ring and much more.
◆ Information about meet and greets, signings and other events can be found in the Upcoming Shows forum at ChicagoProWrestling.com.