To lead into Death Before Dishonor, Ring of Honor presented one of the worst go-home shows in recent memory with ROH TV Episode 200. Despite that, the card is intriguing due to a Jay Lethal vs. Roderick Strong main event that promises to deliver and a fresh matchup between The Briscoes and Roppongi Vice.

The rest of the show is unlikely to be must-see but the bell-to-bell wrestling should be enough to make this a solid card from top to bottom.  -Aaron Bentley

Ring of Honor
Death Before Dishonor XIII
July 24, 2015
William J. Myers Pavilion – Baltimore, Maryland
Watch: ROHWrestling.com

Silas Young vs. Will Ferrara

Aaron Bentley (@aaron_bentley): This is a rematch from last week’s episode of ROH Television. In that match, Dalton Castle’s boys distracted Young, which allowed Ferrara to get a roll-up victory. Ferrara and Young are capable of having a good match together, as they were starting to show in their television contest, but this is more likely to be another vehicle to advance the Young/Castle program that began at Best in the World.

Prediction: Silas Young

Rob Reid (@TheRDouble): Ferrara does very little for me, while on the flip side I’m a big Last Real Man fan. Consequently, I’m really hoping this is a way to give Young a win to make him look strong, or at least stronger than he has looked, before taking on Castle again.

Prediction: Silas Young

Warren Taylor (@TeddyNoir): I am in a solid minority that enjoys Will Ferrara. He is a great scrappy underdog and a perfect temporary diversion for Silas Young. Ferrara beat and embarrassed Young in their last match. Look for Young to pull out the victory after a nice effort from Ferrara. I also have a hunch that Young will beat Ferrara black and blue to send a message to Dalton Castle.

Prediction: Silas Young

Cedric Alexander vs. Moose

Aaron Bentley: It’s no secret that I think ROH should run with Moose, and eventually make him champion. For that to happen, he has to pretty easily dispense with Cedric Alexander. It’s a shame that these two are paired together, though, because I think there is life in the Alexander heel turn. Regardless, Moose is the future star here. Alexander can be rehabbed after Moose has moved on to bigger things.

Prediction: Moose

Rob Reid: Unlike Aaron, I don’t think Moose is even close, and by that I mean within two years, of being a real asset to Ring of Honor near the top of the card, and I think there’s a good chance he’ll never be. Sure there’s athletic ability there, but as a wrestler he’s yet to truly impress me. I’m not writing him off, he could get there eventually, but I’m not somebody who thinks he’s currently on his road to the world title. As a result I don’t think Moose has to win here, this feud could and probably should continue longer term. I’m thinking either Cedric steals a win here, perhaps by some form of cheating, or loses by DQ. Just so we have a nice range of predictions I’ll go with the former.

Prediction: Cedric Alexander

Warren Taylor: Most of what I have read about this match online indicates that many ROH watchers think Moose will make easy work out of Cedric Alexander. I just don’t see that happening. An extended feud between these two would be an excellent way to break in their new characters. Either Cedric is going to cheat to beat Moose again or he will use the wrench to get himself disqualified.

Prediction: Moose

No Disqualification
ACH vs. Adam Page

Aaron Bentley: I am really over this program. It hasn’t had any juice in some time. However, Page seems to be coming into his own and there is a real chance this could be a good match bell-to-bell. Of concern, however, is the no disqualification stipulation. ACH & Page aren’t brawlers so that kind of no DQ match certainly wouldn’t be interesting. What’s more likely, and frightening, is that BJ Whitmer and Colby Corino are involved in some manner. I get that this is supposed to be some sort of blood feud but you still have to play into the participants’ strengths, instead of setting them up to fail.

Prediction: ACH

Rob Reid: I’m a bigger fan of Page than most and I’ve been all aboard the ACH train since I first saw him, but the No DQ stipulation on this one has drained my interest from it. Of course it could still be good, or perhaps even great, but I think match quality wise it would have had both a higher floor and a higher ceiling had it been a standard match. As for who wins, I’m honestly not overly sure. It being No DQ does lend itself to Page’s fellow Decade members helping Page get the win, but then again this does feel like it could be the end of the feud and with the way the feud has been set up where Page has got the upper hand at every turn one has to imagine the final victor is going to be ACH.

Prediction: ACH

Warren Taylor: ACH was in need of a creative direction for months. A mid-card blood feud with Adam Page has given him just that. So, far Page has gotten the best of ACH at every turn of this feud. He’s cheated him out wins and recently brutally assaulted ACH’s tag partner Matt Sydal. It’s time for ACH to get his revenge and show more of an edge than ROH fans are accustomed to seeing.

Prediction: ACH

Adam Cole vs. Dalton Castle

Aaron Bentley: Adam Cole’s return from injury has not been filled with positive momentum. He seems rather static, with only the tease of a split from The Kingdom worth getting excited about. To this point in his ROH run, Castle has largely been used to battle it out with guys and put them over in the end. I expect that to be the case here. There is a chance that The Kingdom and/or Silas Young get involved to further those respective stories but it is important that Cole get a clean win.

Prediction: Adam Cole

Rob Reid: I’m really looking forward to this one. Behind all of Dalton’s glitz and glamour, which of course is most fabulous, there’s a really good wrestler that some haven’t noticed yet. I expect this to be Castle’s breakout match from an in-ring perspective, and also have the added bonus of giving Cole a much needed singles win after dropping a handful of falls since his return.

Prediction: Adam Cole

Warren Taylor: ROH has given no explanation for why this match is happening. I have a few theories though: 1) This will Dalton Castle’s breakout match on a major ROH card, 2) Castle is going to earn Adam Cole’s respect and the post match handshake will further drive a wedge between Cole and the rest of the Kingdom and 3) Silas Young will either cost Castle the match or lay him out after the bell. Regardless of reasoning this one should be a lot of fun.

Prediction: Adam Cole

Roppongi Vice vs. The Briscoes

Aaron Bentley: There has been no build for this contest and that doesn’t dampen my excitement in the least. This is one of those matches I didn’t know I wanted until I was about to get it. Jay Briscoe is now stuck in this weird spot where he is a top star in the company but he can’t be in the title picture. And I don’t foresee him being back in the title picture soon. That creates a great opportunity to run with The Briscoes again, especially with no overwhelming pair in the tag team division. A future series of Briscoes/War Machine matches for the titles sounds fantastic. As for Beretta and Rocky Romero, these guys have been outstanding since their formation. They will be great dance partners for The Briscoes and can easily eat the pinfall since they spend the large majority of their time in New Japan.

Prediction: The Briscoes

Rob Reid: In many ways I think Roppongi Vice have been more impressive since their debut as a team in their Ring of Honor matches than they have over in New Japan. I’m very glad to see the Briscoes back in tag team action, I’ve been shouting from the rooftops that Jay hasn’t been delivering in a singles environment (the Lethal match is the exception that proves the rule) since his shoulder injury in early 2013, but as a tag he still manages to deliver at a high level. This should be good, and I imagine Dem Boys will pick up a win to set them up for a title defense for the Addiction.

Prediction: The Briscoes

Warren Taylor: The outcome of this one is not really in doubt. Dem’ Boys are going to pick up the win and set their sights on the ROH World Tag Team Championship.

Prediction: The Briscoes

ROH World Tag Team Title Four Corner Survival Match
The Addiction vs. reDRagon vs. The Kingdom vs. War Machine

Aaron Bentley: Two things I’ve tired of: four-way tag matches and the Addiction/reDRagon feud. In a just world, War Machine would dominate and we could all move on to that War Machine/Briscoes series I talked about earlier. Instead, we’re likely going to get another Addiction/reDRagon match that I can only hope surpasses what they did at Best in the World. Luckily, The Kingdom are no longer IWGP Tag Team Champions and can take the fall here.

Prediction: The Addiction

Rob Reid: This could be fun I guess, but I can’t get too excited about it. I think the end game for the tag titles is for War Machine to win the straps from the Addiction, but I don’t think this happens here. I imagine the Addiction’s reign will first have them defeat reDRagon again (hopefully the two teams will finally show some chemistry) and then the Briscoes, both wins added to this one to give them some legitimacy before being felled by Hanson and Rowe. I imagine War Machine will look strong here, and will perhaps have either Taven or Bennett dead to rights before one of the Addiction steals the pin from them.

Prediction: The Addiction

Warren Taylor: I hate seeing The Kingdom and War Machine being used as a buffer to prolong The Addiction/reDRagon feud. The problem is the ROH Tag Division has the depth of a puddle and until that change I foresee it going the way of the New Japan Junior Tag Division. The Addiction are going to get a cheap win and also cost reDRagon the match to set up the blow off for their feud.

Prediction: The Addiction

ROH World Title Match
Jay Lethal (c) vs. Roderick Strong

Aaron Bentley: With the excellent booking of the match that ended with Jay Lethal becoming World Champion, ROH has bought itself the benefit of the doubt going forward on its booking of Lethal as champion. Strong is currently as on fire as anyone in all of wrestling. The only thing to do here is to have an excellent contest that ends with a clean Jay Lethal win. I have faith that’s how this will go.

Prediction: Jay Lethal

Rob Reid: They’ve done a very good job of building Strong up since the turn of the year, obviously helped by him turning out great match after great match. The flip of the switch in pushing Strong seemed to come about at exactly the same time they decided Lethal was winning the title at Best in the World, so props to ROH for creating a very good first major defense for Lethal. It should be a tremendous match, and I can only hope it’s relatively interference clean emulating the success of Lethal winning the World title rather than reverting back to his interference laden TV title defenses from before he became dual champion.

Prediction: Jay Lethal

Warren Taylor: Two of the hottest stars in wrestling collide in what should be an excellent main event. There is no way Lethal is losing the title so the interesting part of the match will be how it ends. Lethal does not have a lot of challengers lined up on the horizon besides Jay Briscoe and Moose. Both those potential matchups need to happen later down the line and that worries me. I have an awful gut feeling that this match will either end in a no contest or the HOT is going to cost Roddy the match. Jay Lethal’s title reign does not need an overabundance of bullshit finishes and I’d love to see him get a few clean wins to establish his credibility as the new gold standard in the company.

Prediction: Jay Lethal