I'm not much of a writer, and I don't usually throw my thoughts out there for everyone to see. I've been a part of Ring of Honor for almost 10 years - and with this upcoming weekend being as huge as it is, I felt compelled to write a little bit about how I'm feeling going into Baltimore.
No One Fights Like Family
On Saturday night at 5pm EST, Ring of Honor presents "Best In The World" via worldwide pay-per-view. The main event of BITW has the ROH World Championship on the line, as champion Jay Briscoe defends against his younger brother, Mark Briscoe. It's a match that I'm very much looking forward to, but maybe not for the same reasons as most people.
I am the oldest of five children in my family, all of us boys. Growing up, the five of us were always competing in one way or another - who can run the fastest, who brought home the best report card, wrestling matches on my parents' bed, etc. Just about everything was a competition.
Being the oldest brother, I always had an advantage because I was the biggest at any given time. Wrestling matches weren't even close. Running always went my way because I had a bigger step. Report cards always came home with me in the lead, because I had a natural talent in math and science. I won a whole lot more than I lost - but that's not how I hoped it would go.
Winning is fun. It's a hell of a lot better than losing. If you had a choice, of course you'd prefer to win instead of lose. But as the oldest of five brothers, part of me was always rooting for my younger brothers to take over. Learn from defeats and turn it into victory. Put me in my place. I wasn't going to lay down and let them win, but I would be really happy when they did. Hoping that they grow and learn, and be the best they can be.
As an older brother, I feel that I can relate to how Jay Briscoe is feeling going into his title defense this Saturday. On one hand, he wants to continue to be the ROH World Champion. To continue to be the best. To remain on top. But I think there may be a part of Jay that is actually rooting for his younger brother to defeat him. Hoping that Mark earns his spot atop the sport. To win a championship that he knows that Mark deserves to win. There's no way Jay is laying down, he's going to give Mark the fight of his life... and deep-down hoping that Mark can pull it out.
I can't wait until Saturday at "Best In The World". Jay Briscoe vs Mark Briscoe. Older brother vs younger brother. The ROH World Championship on the line. So many little stories and details ready to play themselves out. I'll be in the ring, with the best seat in the house, ready to raise the hand of the winner. May the best brother win.