Kevin Steen. Tommaso Ciampa. Adam Cole. Michael Elgin. Who Will Be the Next ROH World Champion?

Mike Killam


"Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen is the only man still left in the tournament that knows what it's like to represent Ring of Honor as World Champion. Ironically, he's never really been one to get super excited about "representing Ring of Honor" either. I'm not sure whether that experience helps or hurts Steen's chances to win. It's very rare that anybody holds the ROH World title more than once. In fact, Austin Aries is the only guy to have ever done it. That being said, if I were to look down the line of all the people who have put the company on their shoulders – whether they liked it or not – and thought seriously about who could and should do it again…Kevin Steen is the obvious choice. 

I alluded to this in my review of the quarter-final matches: sometimes it's like Steen never dropped the belt to Jay Briscoe. Obviously he did, and we have no world champion at the present, but after he beat Roderick and yelled "that's my title" into the camera, I believed him. The fans believe him. Nobody commands a ring quite like Kevin Steen; at least not on the independent scene. He's (sort of) a changed man since the last time he held the title, and instead of trying to destroy the company, he's…kind of…fighting for its honor. I mean, as much as you can when they don't want you selling your own t-shirts. One of which, by the way, I totally designed. 

I'm not thrilled about Steen's odds in this tournament, because he's got two people with a ton of momentum to go through, and one of them – Michael Elgin – he's got to get through first. Elgin might be the #1 seed in the entire tournament, and even though Steen is a former champion, picking him off might actually be considered an upset by a lot of people, myself included. I'm going to be happy with whoever wins that match, but it will be damn close, damn physical, and I'll pretty damn close to peeing my pants in anticipation by the end of it. #Wrestling

Check out Kevin Steen's…sort of Death Before Dishonor "blog" on 

Kevin Steen. Tommaso Ciampa. Adam Cole. Michael Elgin. Who Will Be the Next ROH World Champion?

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