Last week's edition of ROH ON HONOR CLUB saw Samoa Joe retain his ROH World Television Championship over Matt Sydal, The Mogul Embassy retain their ROH World Six-Man Championship against Andretti/Fox/Martin, and Daniel Garcia use The DKC to send a message to ROH Pure Champion Katsuyori Shibata! Plus we heard more from the new ROH Board of Director members, saw Athena turn away another Proving Ground challenger, and so much more as we get closer to the 20th anniversary of DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR, live on pay-per-view from Trenton, NJ on July 21st:
This week, the issues between Athena and Kiera Hogan will be settled when “The Fallen Goddess” defends her ROH Women's World Championship in a Chicago Street Fight! Plus, The Kingdom and The Infantry dance once more time, Daniel Garcia will be in Pure Rules competition with former multi-time ROH World Tag Champion Rocky Romero, and we will see The Dark Order, The Mogul Embassy, Kyle Fletcher, Shane Taylor, The Workhorsemen, and more in action! The night begins at 7pm ET/6pm CT exclusively on Honor Club, the home for Ring of Honor's 20+ years of history, as well as brand-new weekly episodes showcasing top tier talent from around the professional wrestling world, all for just $9.99/month!
ROH WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHICAGO STREET FIGHT “The Fallen Goddess” Athena (c) vs. Kiera Hogan
We've seen the issues between ROH Women's World Champion Athena and Kiera Hogan continue to escalate week-after-week, and it is clear that Hogan has had enough of the champion's behavior, as well as her talk, and is fed up with seeing Athena take liberties after a match with everyone that she defeats. Clearly the time for a traditional wrestling bout between these two women has long passed, and that is why Stokely Hathaway came to the table with a suggestion for ROH CEO Tony Khan:
So it will be this Thursday night that, for the first time since HONOR REIGNS SUPREME 2019 (available on Honor Club), and only the second time in the history of ROH's Women's Division, there will be a Street Fight...Chicago Style! The only rule about this one is that the deciding fall has to take place inside the ring, other than that, these two warriors have carte blanche for tables, chairs, kendo sticks, whatever implement of violence they choose to use is fair game, and at the end, whoever walks away with the ROH Women's World Championship in their possession will know they earned it the hard way.
Can the score between Kiera Hogan and Athena finally be settled this Thursday night at the United Center? Can Kiera end the domination of “The Fallen Goddess” and usher in a new era for the Women's Division, or will Athena continue to reign supreme over the women of honor?
TAG TEAM CHALLENGE...
The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett) vs.
The Infantry (Capt. Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo)
The Kingdom of Matt Taven and Mike Bennett, 2-Time former ROH World Tag Team Champions, clearly feel they are owed another shot at the belts currently held by Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix, in part because of their current 5-2 tag team record in 2023, but also because they never got another traditional shot after The Briscoes defeated them at FINAL BATTLE 2021: END OF AN ERA. Sure they were part of the Reach for the Sky Ladder Match at SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2023, but they never had an opportunity at a traditional tag championship rematch.
Well, that night was called End of an Era for a reason, and as Stokely Hathaway essentially said, it's about what they've done today since he's been watching, and he doesn't think it's enough to justify a shot at The Lucha Brothers. Right now The Kingdom's ROH resume includes three straight victories after losing that Fight Without Honor to Action Andretti and Darius Martin, and under special skills it should clearly list “stirring the pot”.
So while Bennett and Taven clearly feel they are owed something because of what they've done in the past, The Infantry of Carlie Bravo and Capt. Shawn Dean are more apt to earn the success they're chasing, and it doesn't matter how many times they get knocked down, they will keep getting up for the next challenge. That is why, despite already losing in two previous encounters with The Kingdom, Carlie Bravo and Shawn Dean remain confident, remain hopeful, and remain willing to step up to any challenge.
Can The Kingdom go three straight on The Infantry this Thursday night, or will The Captain and Carlie figure out a way to break this streak?
Daniel Garcia vs. Rocky Romero
After Wednesday nights tag team victory pitting Garcia and NJPW World TV Champion Zack Sabre Jr. against ROH Pure Champion Katsuyori Shibata and AEW International Champion Orange Cassidy, The J.A.S' Daniel Garcia is right back in action, once again fighting under Pure Rules with eyes towards a future fight with Shibata, as well as thoughts on his AEW International Championship bout this Sunday. But this time not against one of Shibata's pupils, but rather against former 3-Time ROH World Tag Team Champion Rocky Romero! Rocky is no stranger to Pure Rules, over the last two years he is 2-1 under those auspices, including a victory over Lee Moriarty on Episode 10 of ROH ON HONOR CLUB, and was a participant in the 2020 tournament that reintroduced the Pure Championship to the ROH landscape.
Garcia, as a former ROH Pure Champion, is also intimately familiar with the rules, so much so that even before he set foot inside a ROH ring, he was bringing those rules to independent promotions where he competed, and finding success. As a defending champion for three months in 2022, Garcia successfully retained the title on two occasions before Wheeler Yuta reclaimed it at FINAL BATTLE 2022, but the desire for the title clearly never left Garcia's heart given that he took it upon himself to confront Shibata several weeks ago, and used his pupil The DKC to send a message.
With designs on becoming a 2-Time ROH Pure Champion like Yuta, Garcia enters into this battle with Rocky Romero on Thursday night, but considering the fight he had on DYNAMITE, perhaps another battle isn't the smartest choice, yet it's the best way to insure he's ready for a Pure Wrestling Championship challenge against “The Wrestler” and for his AEW International Championship bout at FORBIDDEN DOOR 2023!
-ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS LUCHA BROS, EL HIJO DEL VIKINGO & KOMANDER VS. SPANISH ANNOUNCE PROJECT'S SERPENTICO, THE BUTCHER & THE BLADE, & KIP SABIAN
-GRINGO LOCO VS. WILLIE MACK
-TRISH ADORA VS. ALLYSIN KAY
-UNITED EMPIRE'S KYLE FLETCHER VS. SILAS YOUNG
-ROH WORLD SIX-MAN CHAMPIONS THE MOGUL EMBASSY VS. TRENTON STORM, AJZ & LUKE KURTIS
-DALTON CASTLE VS. VARSITY ATHLETES' JOSH WOODS
-LEE MORIARTY & BIG BILL VS. MATT SYDAL & BLAKE CHRISTIAN
-DARK ORDER'S ALEX REYNOLDS & JOHN SILVER VS. DAVEY BANG & AUGUST MATTHEWS
-LEILA GREY VS. DIAMANTÉ
-AR FOX , ACTION ANDRETTI, & DARIUS MARTIN VS. SHANE TAYLOR & THE WORKHORSEMEN
Each and every week, ROH ON HONOR CLUB drops on Thursday night at 7pm ET/6pm CT, and this week showcases “The Fallen Goddess” Athena and Kiera Hogan battling in a Chicago Street Fight with the ROH Women's World Championship at stake! Plus, Daniel Garcia takes on Rocky Romero in a Pure Rules contest, The Mogul Embassy will be in action, as will AR Fox, Action Andretti, and Dante Martin, and The Dark Order will get back into the fight as well!All that, and plenty more, is coming your way on this edition of ROH ON HONOR CLUB, and it can only be seen on Honor Club, the place for fans to experience ROH's rich history for just $9.99/month! Don't miss out on content such as the WEEK IN ROH HISTORY playlist updated every Monday, NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS from 2003, the Honor Club Exclusives collection, and so much more!