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ROH on HonorClub Preview for August 17, 2023

Last week, we witnessed former ROH World TV Champion Shane Taylor defeat Gravity in the Eliminator Tournament to earn a shot at Samoa Joe, and saw Josh Woods walk away from The Varsity Athletes. Plus, Billie Starkz topped Robyn Renegade only to fall victim to an attack from her sister Charlette, and Maria Kanellis-Bennett continued to scout the talent around the Ring of Honor landscape!

This Thursday night at 7pm ET/6pm CT, exclusively on Honor Club, Samoa Joe teams with Stokely Hathaway to fight The Boys, Charlette Renegade and Billie Starkz lock horns, Josh Woods and Silas Young fight under Pure Rules, and so much more is going down on Honor Club!


ROH World TV Champion Samoa Joe & Stokely Hathaway


The Boys (Brandon & Brent Tate)

It seems ROH World Television Champion Samoa Joe is having a little fun playing with Stokely Hathway's emotions by inserting the ROH Board of Directors member into a match. Yes, that is correct, Stokely may have the power on paper, but it is Joe who called the shots here and Big Stoke had little option but to go along with Joe's decision.

That is why this Thursday night, with Joe as his partner, Stokely Hathaway will fight inside a ROH ring for the first time since 2015! Now Stoke has had the training, yet aside from his two bouts in AEW with The Firm, he hasn't really competed since 2019, but this is something which Samoa Joe has to be keenly aware of, yet doesn't really care. This feels more like the ROH World TV Champion knowing he can handle The Boys himself, so he's just enjoying messing with Stokely in the process.

Now Dalton Castle, given his desire to fight Samoa Joe once again, will no doubt be keenly paying attention to this fight, regardless of what his night may bring him. Will Joe's bit of fun at Stokely's expense backfire on him and lead to one of The Boys biggest victory ever as a team? And will the fact that is Shane Taylor waiting in the wings for Joe and his ROH World Television Championship opportunity play a factor?


Billie Starkz vs. Charlette Renegade

Suffice to say Billie Starkz has not made friends of The Renegade Twins since she came onto the Ring of Honor landscape. A victory over Robyn led to an assault by both sisters, but strangely enough, it also brought out a surprising assist from the unlikeliest of sources:

Whatever that was about, whatever Athena was doing, that remains to be seen, but what we do know is that this week on Honor Club Billie Starkz will have to go head-to-head with the other half of The Renegade sisters, Charlette! Clearly the ladies have no problems using their numbers to gang up on Billie, and clearly they are also sore losers if the bout doesn't go in their favor, so will it be a repeat scenario when the final bell rings? Does Starkz have another pyrrhic victory coming this Thursday, or will she be prepared for another fight after the fight should she get her hand raised?


“The Technical Beast” Josh Woods vs. “The Last Real Man” Silas Young

After his ROH Pure Championship loss to Katsuyori Shibata, Josh Woods has made the choice to walk away from group training, the Varsity Athletes, and walk his own path once again. This doesn't mean he's leaving “Smart” Mark Sterling behind, just that he intends to be his own man rather than in a tag team, and make it his mission to once again become Pure Champion.

Sterling has said he supports the choice, and as such would line up some proper competition for “The Technical Beast”, and that begins this Thursday evening with a man quite familiar with what Woods brings to the table, “The Last Real Man” Silas Young! Young and Woods have been both friend and foe, Silas even challenged Josh for the Pure Title during his reign, so between that, a Last Man Standing fight at DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR 2021, and a 30 Minute Time Limit Pure Wrestling bout on ROH WRESTLING #507, Woods holds three consecutive victories over his former partner.

Will Josh make it four in a row as he begins this solo quest in earnest, or can the former 2-Time ROH World TV Champion shut Woods down right out of the gate?


ROH Women's World Champion Athena vs. Brittany J

The roll “The Fallen Goddess” Athena is on continues unabated as she heads into another Thursday night with an unblemished record in Ring of Honor competition! Thirty-five straight victories is unquestionably the best record of any competitor in the new era of honor, and likely the best streak in the history of ROH as a whole. Even Samoa Joe's historic ROH career began with multiple losses before he claimed the World Title from Xavier, and saw him on the losing end of several matches before his title reign was over, but at no point did that legend go 35 consecutive matches without a loss.

Athena is on a remarkable run, and she aims to continue it this weekend when she invites Brittany J onto the Proving Ground for her Ring of Honor debut! Brittany has fought a handful of times in AEW, but this is her first ever ROH match, and what an opportunity is being presented. Just last ten minutes with the champions, and a future title match will be hers; Brittany doesn't even have to defeat Athena to get a shot, just survive, but thus far no one competing on the Proving Ground has done that with “The Fallen Goddess”. Can Brittany J be the first?


-Trish Adora vs. Lady Frost

-Leyla Hirsch in action

-And more!!

Ring of Honor is back with an all-new ROH ON HONOR CLUB this Thursday night at 7pm ET/6pm CT as ROH World TV Champion Samoa Joe teams with Stokely Hathaway of all people to take on The Boys! Plus, after walking away from the Varsity Athletes, Josh Woods is taking on former partner Silas Young in a Pure Rules match, and Billie Starkz takes on Charlette Renegade! That, and plenty more, comes your way this Thursday night.

Honor Club is the destination for more than 20 years of ROH history, featuring the WEEK IN HISTORY playlist that is updated every Monday, as well as the exploits of Samoa Joe, Josh Woods, Kyle O'Reilly, CM Punk, Sara Del Rey, Dalton Castle, Great Muta, Naomichi Marufuji, and more!!

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