The indie wrestling scene continues to heat up with two of the biggest names in independent wrestling set to headline at Ring of Honor’s Survival Of The Fittest.
Kenny Omega, the reigning IWGP United States Champion, and Cody Rhodes, the ROH World Champion, will combine forces on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Ring of Honor’s annual Survival Of The Fittest tournament. The two will face off against The Addiction in a tag team match as the main event of the first night of the tournament.
The winner of the tournament will be granted a shot at the ROH World Championship belt.
Both Kenny Omega and Cody Rhodes are massive stars in their own right. Omega has been wrestling largely for New Japan Pro Wrestling where he’s held the title of United States Heavyweight Champion since its inception in May this year. Rhodes is the current reigning Ring of Honor World Champion after defeating one element of The Addiction, Christopher Daniels.
The match is seen largely as a grudge match between the two wrestling stars and The Addiction. Both Omega and Rhodes are members of Bullet Club, which The Addiction have been at odds with ever since one of their members infiltrated the group in order to award the other the ROH World Championship.
Last February, The Addiction very publicly broke up as Frankie Kazarian betrayed his teammate Christopher Daniels during a Ring of Honor taping. Kazarian then joined Bullet Club while Daniels fought for himself, eventually leading a shot at the ROH World Championship against then-champion Adam Cole in March.
Daniels first seemed to be losing the match, but then Kazarian appeared to distract Coles by defecting back to The Addiction, allowing Daniels to triple-moonsault Cole from the top ropes and secure the victory. This out-of-ring maneuvering has earned The Addiction the slogan “The Smartest Men in the Room”.
Daniels would hold his ROH World Championship belt until last July when he was defeated by Cody Rhodes.
Now facing off against the man who was the scene of his greatest defeat, as well as two members the wrestling club they hate, it’s anybody’s guess what The Addiction will do to win. Both Cody Rhodes and Kenny Omega had better be ready for anything come the following Friday at Survival of the Fittest.