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The "Pick 6" is a ranking system currently used in Ring of Honor. Like it's predecessors the Contender's Ring and the Top Five, the Pick 6 is used to determine worthy challengers for the ROH World Championship.

Creation

Similar to how the Number One Contender's Trophy was created after then-champion Xavier began dodging challengers, the Pick 6 was created after Austin Aries began trying to dodge challengers with the "A Double L Double" (Austin Aries Lucky Lottery). Claiming that everyone entered into the lottery was a worthy challenger, it soon became apparent that was full of wrestlers he could score an easy victory over (i.e. Alex Payne). Soon after returning to Ring of Honor as Executive Producer, Jim Cornette instituted the Pick 6 on November 5, 2009, officially ending the A Double L Double.

Rules

Several rules were put in place upon the creation of the Pick 6 to determine who would be in the Pick 6, how the would be ranked and which wrestlers would receive title shots:

  • Only wrestlers ranked in the Pick 6 are eligible to challenge for the ROH World Championship.
  • The higher a wrestler is seeded, the more leverage he has in determining the scheduling of championship matches.
  • Wrestlers securing victories in Pick 6 matchups earn a match bonus.
  • Wrestlers can only enter the Pick 6 Standings by defeating a ranked wrestler.
    • A ranked wrestler that defeats a higher seeded wrestler assumes that spot in the Pick 6. The losing wrestler and those ranked lower drop one spot in the standings.
    • An unranked wrestler that defeats a Pick 6 contender assumes that wrestler's spot, and everyone lower slides down one rank, with the wrestler ranked number 6 falling out of the Pick 6. The lower a wrestler is ranked, the more they have to lose.
  • If a Pick 6 Ranked wrestler wins the ROH World Championship then he will be, of course, dropped out of the rankings.

Final standings

Standings as of August 27, 2010.

Rank Wrestler
1 Roderick Strong
2 Christopher Daniels
3

Davey Richards

4 Kevin Steen
5 Colt Cabana 

6 Chris Hero

This was the last date that a Pick 6 Spot changed hands. After Glory by Honor IX on September 11, 2010, the Pick 6 system was quietly abandonned. Chrsitopher Daniels and Davey Richards were the last two wrestlers to utilise their owed title shots via the Pick 6, procuring title matches at Fate of an Angle II on November 13, 2010, and Final Battle on December 18, 2010, respectively.

Ranking history

Date Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4 Rank 5 Rank 6 Note(s)
November 5, 2009 vacant Tyler Black vacant Colt Cabana Delirious vacant 1) Black entered by beating Sonjay Dutt.
2) Cabana entered by beating Claudio Castagnoli.
3) Delirious entered by beating Kenny King.
November 6, 2009 Roderick Strong Tyler Black Kenny Omega Colt Cabana Delirious Jay Briscoe 1) Strong entered by beating Davey Richards.
2) Omega entered by beating Chris Hero.
3) Jay entered by beating Mark Briscoe.
November 7, 2009 Roderick Strong Tyler Black Kenny Omega Colt Cabana Delirious Claudio Castagnoli Castagnoli beat Jay Briscoe in a ranked match.
November 13, 2009 Chris Hero Roderick Strong Tyler Black Kenny Omega Colt Cabana Delirious Hero beat Strong in a ranked match. As a result of being #6, Claudio Castagnoli fell out of the rankings.
November 14, 2009 Kevin Steen Chris Hero Roderick Strong Tyler Black Kenny Omega Colt Cabana Steen beat Hero in a ranked match. As a result of being #6, Delirious fell out of the rankings.
December 5, 2009 Claudio Castagnoli Kevin Steen Chris Hero Roderick Strong Tyler Black Kenny Omega Castagnoli beat Steen in a ranked match, as a result of being #6, Colt Cabana fell out of the rankings.
December 19, 2009 Claudio Castagnoli Kevin Steen Chris Hero Kenny King Roderick Strong Tyler Black King beat Strong in a ranked match, as a result of being #6, Kenny Omega fell out of the rankings.
January 13, 2010 Claudio Castagnoli Kevin Steen Chris Hero Delirious Kenny King Roderick Strong Delirious pinned King in a Four-Corner Survival ranked match. As a result of being number 6 and receaving his final shot at the ROH World Championship later on the night, Tyler Black fell out of the rankings.
March 5, 2010 Kevin Steen Chris Hero Delirious Kenny King Roderick Strong vacant Claudio Castagnoli was stripped of the #1 spot for inactivity, having neither challenged for the ROH World Championship nor defended his Pick 6 ranking in ninety days. As a result, every other wrestler in the Pick 6 was bumped up a ranking with #6 becoming vacant.
March 6, 2010 Roderick Strong Kevin Steen Chris Hero Delirious Kenny King Austin Aries Strong defeated Steen in a ranked match to move from #5 to #1. Aries won a six man Battle Royal to claim the vacant spot in the Pick 6.
April 3, 2010 Roderick Strong Kevin Steen Chris Hero Delirious Davey Richards Kenny King Richards defeated King in a ranked match to claim the #5 spot. As a result of being #6, Austin Aries fell out of the rankings.
April 15, 2010 Roderick Strong Kevin Steen Chris Hero Davey Richards Kenny King Austin Aries Delirious was withdrawn due to the Castagnoli Rule, pushing Davey Richards up to #4, Kenny King up to #5, and Austin Aries was awarded the #6 spot.

May 7, 2010 Roderick Strong Christopher Daniels Kevin Steen Chris Hero Davey Richards Kenny King Daniels defeated Steen in a ranked match to claim the #2 spot. As a result of being #6, Austin Aries fell out of the rankings.

July 22, 2010 Roderick Strong Christopher Daniels Kevin Steen Colt Cabana Chris Hero

Davey Richards

Daniels defeated Steen in a ranked match to claim the #2 spot. As a result of being #6, Austin Aries fell out of the rankings.

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