On Sunday December 16th Ring of Honor returns to Manhattan for our last event of the year, “Final Battle 2012: Doomsday”!!! That night Kevin Steen will defend the World Title against El Generico in the first ever one-on-one Ladder War but there is one other man who will be just as focused on that bout, perhaps more so than the battle that he faces himself.
Jay Lethal, following the events of “Killer Instinct” and Steen's subsequent demands, has been effectively locked out of the World Title picture as long as Kevin remains World Champion. That is even in spite of the fact that Lethal is owed a title opportunity as a result of his “Survival of the Fittest 2012” victory. Lethal has stated that he will fight the ROH World Champion that night in NYC but perhaps what he should focus on is his date that afternoon with one of the most volatile men on the ROH roster: “The Man Beast” Rhino!
Rhino, having quite literally tossed Truth Martini out of his life at “Glory by Honor XI”, now stands at the start of new chapter in his ROH career, one in which he is fighting for himself. His new goals are known only to him at this moment but one can safely assume he would love to once again have a World Title draped over his shoulder or strapped around his waist. He had one opportunity at “Death Before Dishonor X” under the banner of the HoT, but his path could begin anew with one deadly Gore on Lethal.