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Now we get to know the real Matt Taven - a man who made an immediate impact on ROH by winning the 2013 Top Prospect Tournament and the World Television Championship. He has taken his renewed aggression even further and challenged Adam Cole. And the World Champion has accepted.
Raising the Bar: Night One is the biggest opportunity in Taven's career: an ROH World Title match! On March 7th in Milwaukee, it's been signed: Matt Taven vs. Adam Cole!
Matt Taven said it himself: he's BEATEN Adam Cole - and Cole has yet to defeat him. Now he has the opportunity to take another title from Adam Cole.
But regardless of the outcome, Matt Taven's challenge has already proven he's raising the bar in a way many thought impossible when he was surrounded by the pageantry of the Hoopla. The evolution of Matt Taven continues in Milwaukee, and you can be there live! For tickets, click HERE.
Due to the controversial nature of this world title defense, Head Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness has decided that Chris Hero must receive another ROH World Title shot. And it will happen sooner rather than later: March 8th in Chicago Ridge at RAISING THE BAR!
But this time, Cole vs. Hero will not be a straight, one fall to a finish wrestling contest. Since Hero pinned Cole at Wrestling's Finest and got a visual tap out last Saturday, Nigel wants to ensure a winner. So at Raising the Bar, it will be a RINGMASTER'S CHALLENGE match!
The Ringmaster's Challenge plays out in 3 distinct phases of action:
1st fall: Pin fall only
2nd fall: Submission only
3rd Fall (if necessary): 15 minute Iron man with Sudden Death Overtime if necessary
Adam Cole himself took part in the second Ringmaster's Challenge match in ROH history, taking on Roderick Strong. That gives him the experience advantage for this particular stipulation, but Chris Hero is legendary for his endurance in the wrestling ring. He has had 30 minute, 60 minute, even 90 minute matches throughout his career - with stamina a huge factor in Ringmaster's Challenge strategy, Hero is more than prepared. Additionally, both competitors utilize high impact AND submission maneuvers to win matches. Cole has his Florida Key straight jacket German Suplex and the figure four while Hero comes armed with devastating variations on knockout elbows and neck cranking submissions. With both men so focused and prepared, this will be an intense battle you need to see live!
RAISING THE BAR: NIGHT TWO rolls into Chicago Ridge on March 8th. To purchase tickets, click HERE.