When Ring of Honor returns to action on October 23 in Kalamazoo, the card will feature a Women of Honor contest where one of the competitors has a lot in common with the city’s founder, Titus Bronson. Historical documents describe Bronson as brash and eccentric; those adjectives are appropriate, but are likely understatements when describing Women of Honor competitor “Crazy” Mary Dobson.
Dobson has just a touch of madness in her eyes, a madness that compels her to compete in intergender tag team matches and death matches, where, in both instances, Dobson frequently ends up with the winner’s share of the purse. In Kalamazoo, Dobson will stand across the squared circle from Canadian globe trotter Leah Von Dutch during Glory By Honor XIV weekend!
On the surface, both competitors possess similar backgrounds: each veterans of the ring for four years, Dobson and Von Dutch have competed on many of the same cards on the independent circuit. Their familiarity extends to their Ring of Honor debuts when the foes signed to compete on opposite sides of a six-woman tag team match just over a year ago.
But the two Women of Honor stars stylistically couldn’t be more different. While Von Dutch is cut from a long line of more traditional Canadian female wrestling stars that include ROH alumnae Allison Danger, Velvet McIntyre, and, her inspiration for becoming a pro wrestler, Hall of Famer Trish Stratus, Dobson has moments where her ruthlessness and unpredictability that have had observers invoke the names of Abdullah the Butcher and Terry Funk.
While Von Dutch was honing her craft, traveling around the world learning Lanchasire style from Robbie Brookside in England, Von Dutch learned to tactically dismember opponents in a style similar to Luna Vachon taught to her by trainer Mad Man Pondo.
Like any great match-up, style will be the key in determining the winner in Kalamazoo. Will Von Dutch’s experience across Europe and Japan afford her too many tactical advantages for Dobson to handle or will Dobson use unadulterated violence to snuff out any hope of a Von Dutch victory early? Will Von Dutch’s mat wrestling be the difference or will Dobson’s unpredictability be the key in earning the duke? Find out in Kalamazoo on Friday, October 23!