“Die Hard” Eddie Edwards and Roderick Strong spent a great deal of 2011 embroiled in a competitive rivalry with one another that started on the night Edwards defeated Strong for the ROH World Title at “Manhattan Mayhem IV”.
Looking to even the score, Strong received his rematch for the title at “Supercard of Honor VI” where Edwards, now in the role of champion, put down his challenger and scored his second straight victory over Roderick.
Edwards lost the World Title at “Best in the World 2011” to Davey Richards, but it did nothing to quell the rivalry between him and Strong, or rather did nothing to dampen the disdain Roderick had developed for Edwards. The tension was exacerbated at “Tag Team Turmoil 2011” when The American Wolves beat Roderick & Michael Elgin in a tag team affair, leading to a first time-ever bout at “Death Before Dishonor IX” between the two former World Champions.
The two warriors would meet that New York night in the Ringmaster Challenge: a 2 out of 3 falls bout where the 1st fall had to be won via pinfall, the second fall must end in submission, and the third fall, if necessary, would be contested under Iron Man rules with a 15 minute time limit. It was a true test of heart, athleticism, and endurance that saw Roderick score the first fall, Edwards win the second, and the final end in a time limit draw. Ordered into sudden death overtime, Edwards, after 40 minutes of grueling war, scored the final fall to earn the victory, and burying the issue with Strong, or so he thought.
Both men ended up in the finals of “Survival of the Fittest 2011” and Edwards eliminated Strong there before being eliminated himself by Strong’s HoT ally, and eventual winner, Michael Elgin. Both men were part of the 8-Man Elimination Tag at “Northern Aggression” and it was Edwards who beat Strong for the final elimination to claim the victory for his team. To say that any of this sat well with Roderick would be a complete fallacy and as witnessed in today’s ROH Video Wire, the issue between these two men is apparently far from over.
These two men have fought it out in tag team competition, in singles action, over championship, and over cash prizes, but for the first time in their rivalry, Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong are doing away with the rules and at “The Homecoming 2012” they will fight it out with No Holds Barred! Strong is fresh off a victory at “Final Battle 2012” over Chris Hero, taking a good first step towards cementing himself a future title opportunity while Edwards is coming off a bitter defeat that same night when he failed to reclaim the ROH World Title and needs to string together victories to get back in the hunt. Will “Homecoming 2012” be a night of celebration for the HoT or for “Die Hard”? Be there live and in person to find out! Tickets are available now!
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