By Chuck Carroll
In sports activities, there’s a subsequent-man-up mentality. When the highest man leaves a spot opens up. The query then turns into: who takes it? Who will seize the brass ring? The individual has to have the drive, the willpower and the willpower to be the face of the corporate.
When Adam Cole left for WWE earlier this yr, the chance introduced itself for anyone to emerge within the highlight. Cody Rhodes has taken Ring Of Honor by storm, however he got here in already as a longtime star. The Younger Bucks and Kenny Omega additionally had carved out strong reputations and amassed giant fan followings. So who wouldn’t it be? An argument could possibly be made for Marty Scurll whose inventory has surged since taking Cole’s place in Bullet Membership. However there’s one other rising contender.
A person who’s about as colourful and flamboyant as they arrive. His entrance is harking back to a Las Vegas present, however with out the women. As an alternative, Dalton Citadel struts to the ring sporting a flashy cape and escorted by a gaudy duo generally known as The Boys. His cape illuminates the world, and he proudly holds it open as followers bathe him with streamers in a powerful explosion of shade. Some would say his cape is impressed by Ric Aptitude, who’s extensively thought-about as top-of-the-line wrestlers in historical past. However they might be improper. Lifeless incorrect.
You see, Citadel is a former radio DJ and an enormous fan of basic rock. It’s truly Freddie Mercury and Elton John who impressed his flashy gimmick, not Aptitude. You possibly can add David Bowie to that record as nicely. However there’s something about Aptitude that did encourage him: sixteen world titles.
Fort might earn his first championship subsequent Friday at ROH’s Ultimate Battle pay-per-view when he squares off towards Cody in the primary occasion. He’s rising as some of the in style skills within the promotion, having seen his inventory surge prior to now yr. His outlandish gimmick is resonating with followers, and that’s what issues most to the consummate showman.
Gimmick apart, he’s nonetheless blown away by the very fact he’s sharing a locker room with the likes of Tommy Dreamer and Bully Ray, whom he views as mentors. He’s imparting a number of the recommendation and knowledge they’ve bestowed upon him as he journeys his solution to the highest of the ROH pecking order.
Simply forward of Last Battle, I had the chance to talk with Citadel about his ambitions and the longer term he envisions for himself within the wrestling enterprise. Does he plan on following Cole to WWE, or will he be a part of a rising variety of wrestlers carving out a reputation for…