Survival of the Fittest is a professional wrestling tournament held by Ring of Honor (ROH). The inaugural tournament took place in 2004, and - with exceptions (2008, 2013, 2019–2020) - has become an annual tradition in ROH ever since.[1]

Format

Wrestlers compete in a variety of "qualifying" matches, usually either singles matches or tag team matches, with the winner(s) of each match advancing to an elimination match where the last remaining competitor would be deemed the Survival of the Fittest winner, and receive a future ROH World Championship match.[1]

History

The tournament setup is based on Maryland Championship Wrestling's Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup, as ROH was to continue the Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup following the shutdown of MCW in 2003. However, following a controversy with ROH's owner in early 2004, MCW dropped their association with Ring of Honor, and ROH renamed the already scheduled tournament "Survival of the Fittest".[2][3] [4]

In 2019, it was announced the event would take place on November 9 and 10, but the shows were ultimately cancelled.[5]

List of winners

Tournament results

2004

ROH's first Survival of the Fittest tournament took place on June 24, 2004 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3][7]

2005

ROH's second Survival of the Fittest tournament took place on September 24, 2005 in Boston, Massachusetts.[7][8]

2006

ROH's third Survival of the Fittest tournament took place on October 6, 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio.[7][9]

2007

ROH's fourth Survival of the Fittest tournament took place on October 19, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[7][10]

2009

ROH's fifth Survival of the Fittest tournament took place on October 10, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.[7][11]

2010

ROH's sixth Survival of the Fittest tournament took place on November 12, 2010 in Dearborn, Michigan.[7][12]

2011

ROH's seventh Survival of the Fittest tournament took place on November 18, 2011 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton, Ohio.[13][14]

2012

ROH's eighth Survival of the Fittest tournament took place on September 22, 2012 at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. The tournament was recorded in a single day for Ring of Honor's television show, and aired on a taped delay over the span of several weeks.[1][6][15]

2014

ROH's ninth Survival of the Fittest tournament took place on November 8, 2014 at the Seagate Convention Center in Toledo, Ohio. The tournament took place over a span of 2 days.

2015

Main article: Survival of the Fittest (2015)

2016

Main article: Survival of the Fittest (2016)

2017

Main article: Survival of the Fittest (2017)

2018

Main article: Survival of the Fittest (2018)

2021

ROH announced the tournament would return in 2021, taking place throughout the month of June on ROH's flagship TV program Ring of Honor Wrestling, and their online show ROH Week by Week.

There were 12 participants competing in six qualifying matches, with the winners advancing to a six-way elimination finals (aired June 26 on Ring of Honor Wrestling) where the winner received an ROH World Championship match at Best in the World.[16]

Participants:

Qualifying matches:

Finals:

Order of Elimination:
  1. Bandido pinned Flamita
  2. Rhett Titus pinned Brian Johnson
  3. Chris Dickinson defeated Titus by submission
  4. Bandido pinned Dickinson
  5. Bandido defeated Eli Isom by submission to win the tournament

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "It's "Survival of the Fittest 2012!" This Weekend!". Ring of Honor. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  2. ^ "ROH Year Three Archive: Looking Back at Ring of Honor's Most Controversial Year". PWInsider.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  3. ^ a b "Dark Pegasus Video Review: Ring of Honor - Survival of the Fittest 2004". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  4. ^ "ROH - Survival of the Fittest, June 24, 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  5. ^ "ROH pospone Survival of the Fittest por un 'conflicto operacional'". 29 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b "ROH TV results". Ring of Honor. Archived from the original on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Past events". Ring of Honor. Archived from the original on 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  8. ^ "Dark Pegasus Video Review: Ring of Honor - Survival of the Fittest 2005". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  9. ^ "Ring of Honor - Survival of the Fittest". Online World of Wrestling.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  10. ^ "Survival of the Fittest 2007". Online World of Wrestling.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  11. ^ "What's All the Hubbub: ROH Survival of the Fittest 2009". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  12. ^ "Ring of Honor Survival of the Fittest 2010 Live Report". PWInsider.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  13. ^ ""Survival of the Fittest 2011" - Dayton, OH". Ring of Honor. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  14. ^ "ROH Survival of the Fittest 2011 DVD Review: The Largest Field in SOTF History Vies for a Shot at th ROH World Title, Steve Corino's Road to Redemption Continues as He's Finally Ready to Face El Generico, a Champions' Challenge with All Four ROH Champions in One Match, and More". PWInsider.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
  15. ^ "ROH Survival of the Fittest 2012 DVD Review: Twelve Men Vie for a Shot at the ROH World Title, Rhett Titus and His New Partner Get One Over on Haas & Benjamin, the Guardians of Truth Reveal Their True Identity, and More". PWInsider.com. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  16. ^ ROH reveals bracket for Survival of the Fittest tournament - Fightful.com