SoCal Showdown was a professional wrestling event promoted by Ring of Honor. It took place on January 29, 2010 at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton in Los Angeles, California. ROH's debut in Los Angeles, the show was part of the Wrestle Reunion 4 convention and several returns and debuts to Ring of Honor, as well as the final appearance of a few wrestlers.
Japanese wrestling legend Jushin Liger, who made his ROH debut in late 2004 during the Weekend of Thunder weekend, made his return to take on ROH World Champion Austin Aries in a non-title match. Larry Zbyszko made his first on-screen appearance for ROH taking on the debuting Scott Taylor, formerly Scotty 2 Hotty of the WWE, in a match presented by Wrestle Reunion 4 with guest referee Johnny Fairplay. Making their debuts as well that night were popular southern California wrestlers Scott Lost and Scopio Sky, who regularly compete for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Also making his return at SoCal Showdown was former ROH World Champion Jerry Lynn, who was taking the man who took him out of Ring of Honor for several months with a neck injury, Kenny King, in a grudge match.
Human Tornado, who had a brief run from late 2007 to early 2008, made his return to ROH after being sidelined for over a year with a knee injury. Tornado was scheduled to take on Kevin Steen on behalf of El Generico, his friend and former tag team partner in other promotions. His return at SoCal Showdown was to be to start of Tornado's run as a full-time member of the ROH roster, but shortly after the show Tornado unexpectedly announced his retirement from professional wrestling, making it his final match for Ring of Honor. Also making their final appearances for ROH that night were The Young Bucks, Nick and Matt Jackson. The Bucks were leaving to compete for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as "Generation Me" under the names Max and Jeremy.
The Pick 6 standings as of January 8, 2010:
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) & The Kings Of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) defeated The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) & The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) (27:34)
|2010 Ring of Honor Events|
SoCal Showdown • 8th Anniversary Show • Gold Rush • Epic Encounter III • From The Ashes • Phoenix Rising • The Big Bang! • Pick Your Poison • Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies 2 • Civil Warfare • Supercard of Honor V • Buffalo Stampede II • Death Before Dishonor VIII • The Bluegrass Brawl • Hate: Chapter II • Salvation • Champions Challenge • Tag Wars 2010 • Fade To Black • Glory by Honor IX • Allied Forces • Richards Vs. Daniels • Survival Of The Fittest • Fate Of An Angel II • Tag Title Classic II • Final Battle