Ring of Honor debuts in Birmingham Saturday
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Corey Hollis will compete in the Ring of Honor show set for Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham tonight.
Corey Hollis will compete in the Ring of Honor show set for Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham tonight.
When Chelsea High School graduate Corey Hollis entered professional wrestling four years ago, he was performing in front of small crowds in small gymnasiums across Alabama, including a few in Walker County. Now Hollis is an up-and-coming star with the internationally-known Ring of Honor promotion making its Birmingham debut Saturday night at Boutwell Auditorium.

“I remember those days wrestling in Parrish and Jasper,” Hollis said. “Those were some of my first matches. Back then, I was wrestling in Alabama all the time. These days, I hardly ever wrestle in my home state, and that is what makes this Ring of Honor event so special to me.”

Hollis said one of his goals when he started his career was to make it to ROH, a promotion known for its pure wrestling style. He said he wrestled once for ROH during his first year, but was invited back to the promotion last year.

“Since I’ve gotten back in ROH, it’s been a great thing for my career,” he said. “I’m wrestling independent shows all over the country. I’ve wrestled in 15 or 16 states this year.”

During Saturday’s ROH show, Hollis and his Alabama Attitude tag team partner Mike Posey will compete in a 4-team match against ROH World Tag Team Champions reDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish), C&C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander) and Adrenaline RUSH (ACH and Tadarius Thomas). If any team other than reDRagon wins, that team will receive a tag title shot immediately.

“I’ve got a good feeling about it,” Hollis said. “Mike and I will have the home field advantage. I think we’ll see new tag champions in Birmingham.”

Another wrestler on the card is former ROH TV champion Adam Cole, who will be featured in Saturday’s main event — a Ringmaster’s Challenge match against Roderick Strong. The stipulation of the match is it is best 2-out of-3 falls with the first fall only winnable by pinfall, the second fall only winnable by submission and the third fall (if necessary) being a 15-minute Iron Man match with sudden death overtime.

“Roderick Strong and I have a long history,” Cole said. “A lot of people are saying this could be a classic match, and I know that’s the goal for us both.”

Cole said a ROH live show is unlike any other wrestling event.

“For people who are on the fence about coming to the show, I don’t promise a lot of things, but I will promise that it will be unlike any other live professional wrestling event you’ve ever witnessed,” Cole said.

The live event will also be interactive, with fans getting a chance to meet several of the wrestlers. A meet and greet session will be held at 6:45 with Jay Lethal, reDRagon and Maria Kanellis. Individual photos of each will be available for $10 each.

“Our events are great for the fans,” Cole said. “They get a chance to meet a lot of the wrestlers. It’s very interactive. When we come into a new market, we want to do our best to blow them away. That’s what we’ve got planned for Birmingham.”

Doors at Boutwell Auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with bell time set for 7:30. Other wrestlers scheduled for the card include Davey Richards, Tommaso Ciampa, Kevin Steen, Michael Bennett, Matt Taven and more.

Tickets are available at www.rohwrestling.com   and will also be available at the door.