This Thursday night ROH ON HONOR CLUB presents a tremendous night of professional wrestling action, highlighted by ROH Women's World Champion Athena putting her title on the line against former champion Mercedes Martinez! It's a rematch nearly a year in the making, and it's going down this Thursday night! Plus, “All Ego” Ethan Page clashes with “The Technical Beast” Josh Woods, Lee Moriarty and Darius Martin dance for the second time, Leyla Hirsch works to earn the services of Maria Kanellis-Bennett, and plenty more in store for your wrestling needs!
The bouts get underway at 7pm ET/6pm CT exclusively on Honor Club(www.watchroh.com), your home for more than 20 years of of ROH's history including the history of the ROH World TV Championship worn by ROH luminaries like Eddie Edwards, Christopher Daniels, El Generico, Jay Lethal, Matt Taven, Shane Taylor, and the man who just broke the record to become longest-reigning TV Champion in history, Samoa Joe!
ROH WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH...
“The Fallen Goddess” Athena(c) vs. Mercedes Martinez
December 10, 2022 at FINAL BATTLE 2022; that was the night “The Fallen Goddess” Athena defeated Mercedes Martinez to begin her record-setting reign as ROH Women's World Champion. In the 326 days since that night in Texas Athena has bested sixteen challenges to her crown, defended the championship in ROH, in AEW, and outside the confines of either company. She's beaten Miyu Yamashita, Willow Nightingale twice, Allysin Kay, as well as Kiera Hogan in a Street Fight just to name a few, and through it all Athena remained utterly unbeaten in Ring of Honor competition. Be it a title defense, a Proving Ground, an Eliminator, or a tag team match, “The Fallen Goddess” had gone undefeated across forty ROH matches...that is until last Thursday night.
In a Tornado Tag Team affair pitting Athena and Billie Starkz against Diamante and Mercedes Martinez, Starkz was pinned to lose the bout for her mentor, and thus checking the first mark in Athena's ROH loss column. As can be seen in the video embedded above, Athena is furious with her Minion-In-Training, leaving Billie in tears after that tirade, not just because of the loss, but also because that loss earned Mercedes Martinez the rematch she's been wanting for nearly a year!
This Thursday night only on Honor Club, “The Fallen Goddess” Athena will clash with Mercedes Martinez with the ROH Women's World Championship on the line, and for the first time in quite some time, it's not the champion riding high on momentum. She may not have been the one beaten, but Athena still experienced loss for the first time in the new era of honor, and that stings. So the question is whether or not that sting will be assuaged with a victory over Martinez, or if it will be exacerbated by the loss of the ROH Women's World Championship? Can Mercedes even the score for FINAL BATTLE 2022 as the 2023 edition of ROH's year-end spectacular draws near?
“The Technical Beast” Josh Woods vs. “All Ego” Ethan Page
After losing to Tony Nese thanks to the exact kind of tactics one would expect when “Smart” Mark Sterling is in the picture, “All Ego” Ethan Page is now set to collide with former ROH Pure Champion Josh Woods for the very first time! After having his winning streak snapped by Nese's shady victory, it looks like Ethan is now in the position to return that favor to Woods as “The Technical Beast” comes to this Thursday night on a six match streak, including two Pure Rules victories, with championship aspirations on his mind.
Will “All Ego” fall victim to the machinations of Sterling and Nese in this fight, or will Josh Woods play it straight in this first-ever collision? The only way to see how this goes down is to subscribe to Honor Club (www.watchroh.com), where you will also get FINAL BATTLE 2023 on December 15th at no additional charge!
“Legit” Leyla Hirsch vs. Robyn Renegade
Maria Kanellis-Bennett spent a great deal of time trying to recruit “Legit” Leyla Hirsch to her camp, and was rebuked repeatedly despite her best efforts. Maria took it all in stride, kept her eyes on other prizes, and brought her “Baby Boys” Griff Garrison and Cole Karter into the fold.
But after losing to Athena in their ROH Women's World Championship match, Leyla actually came to Maria herself looking for that assistance only to find the tables had been turned. Instead of Maria jumping at Hirsch saying she would let Maria help her now, Kanellis-Bennett told Hirsch to go out and earn that help. So that's what “Legit” is going to do starting this Thursday night on Honor Club, and it begins with Robyn Renegade! Hirsch already holds a victory over Robyn dating back to DARK: ELEVATION on 5/31/21, but more recently Leyla teamed up with the Renegade Sisters in a losing trios effort opposite Kiera Hogan, Willow Nightingale, and Skye Blue.
Will Thursday night be the beginning of Leyla Hirsch earning the help she now desires from Maria Kanellis-Bennett, or will it be another frustration joining her losses to Athena and Willow Nightingale?
-The Righteous (Dutch & Vincent) vs. Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal
-Darius Martin vs. Lee Moriarty