1/25/21 - Hit the Road 2021 Jan 24, 2021 12:15:26 GMT
Post by Big Time Fights on Jan 24, 2021 12:15:26 GMT
Good evening and welcome to the best hour of professional wrestling you'll see all week. In the bubble here in Chicago, I'm Sam Hewitt. Fans, the demands on a World's Heavyweight Champion are endless. Not everyone can be a World's Champion, you have to sacrifice a lot in order to train and be both physically and mentally prepared to compete at that level. Once you're on top of the mountain, it becomes a whole different game all together. For some men, capturing the title is the easy part and defending the belt is difficult. That seems to be the case here in Lion's Road. Since 2016, only five champions of thirteen have been able to make a second defense of the World's Heavyweight title. In fact, only three men have ever been able to make it to three or more. Let's take a closer look...
Where does current champion David Troy rank in all of this? Well, this is his third reign and back in December - he made his first defense against Hammerstein. In his other two reigns, he was only able to make one defense in each of those before losing the title. Will that trend continue this evening? On the challenger side of things, I sense a bit of trepidation. Jack Mace has been here since September and come up short twice - once in the Strong Style Summit and again in the Strongest Tag League. He was able to score a direct fall over Troy in the Tag League to earn himself this shot, but fell to the champion by pinfall last week on this program. Troy's taste of victory wasn't all sweet though as he very clearly hurt his shoulder, but to what to degree isn't known. Eddie Dante and the House of the Dante - the unit that Troy and Mace are both apart of have kept everything under wraps. Knowing Dante, it's likely to prevent either man from having the advantage.
Brian Shelzi walks into the scene.
It's gotta be nice to not have to worry about losing the title from your managerial grip. Win or lose, Eddie Dante gets himself a slice of the hundred grand that goes to the winner.
As a former manager, let's get your insight on this - would it matter to you which one of your clients walked out the winner?
Whoever wants it more. Whoever's healthiest. If I got a World's Champion in my stable, I want him at his best because that's my money making machine. If David Troy's got a bad shoulder, then Eddie Dante and Jack Mace gotta take old yeller behind the barn...
Fans, we'll be back in just a moment with our matches right here on Wrestling from the Lion's Road!