SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2023 is just over a week away, and the matches that will shape it are taking form with each and every moment! We know there will be the first-ever Reach For The Sky Ladder Match designed to crown new ROH World Tag Team Champions and that former AEW World Tag Team Champions The Lucha Brothers will be involved! Clearly there are other teams with their eyes on that prize, Daniels and Sydal, Aussie Open, Top Flight, and The Kingdom just to name a few, so who else will join the fray?
Plus, we saw ROH Women's World Champion Athena call out “The Magical Girl” Yuka Sakazaki for a match on March 31st, a rare instance of the champ making the challenge to a potential foe, but given Athena's 14-match unbeaten streak in Ring of Honor competition, she has a copious amount of confidence. Plus, Eddie Kingston continued to pursue the ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli, the issues between Top Flight and The Kingdom got even more heated, as did those between The Trustbusters and Blake Christian/Metalik! Oh yes, and Mark Briscoe wants a little piece of Tony Nese before heading into his ROH World Television Championship match with Samoa Joe at SUPERCARD '23!
SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2023 is just eight days away, and ROH's first pay-per-view extravaganza of 2023 is going to be a wild ride! And the road to get there is just as crazy as ROH ON HONOR CLUB gives fans the best in-ring action in pro wrestling, and that will again be the case this week when Samoa Joe puts his ROH World Television Championship on the line in an open challenge, Mark Briscoe collides with Tony Nese, Matt Taven and Darius Martin lock horns, and former ROH World Tag Team Champions Matt Sydal & Christopher Daniels lock up with Aussie Open! Plus, another pair of former World Tag Champs, Rhett Titus and Tracy Williams, will go head-to-head with LFI while Billie Starkz is in action, as is Skye Blue! The action takes places this Thursday night starting at 7pm ET/6pm CT exclusively on Honor Club!
Mark Briscoe vs. Tony Nese (w/ Josh Woods & “Smart” Mark Sterling)
Mark Briscoe defeated Josh Woods on AEW DYNAMITE back on February 15th, then he stopped The Trustbusters Slim Jon the debut of ROH ON HONOR CLUB, and then he and The Lucha Brothers toppled Ari Daivari and The Varsity Athletes in trios action during the REVOLUTION 2023: ZERO HOUR, a match where Mark pinned Ari, but this issue isn't buried just yet. Not until the 13-Time ROH World Tag Team Champion finishes one last piece of business with Mark Sterling's clients: facing Tony Nese.
Having topped both Daivari and Woods, Nese is all that's left for Mark to handle, and this Thursday night, before he tackles the mountain that is ROH World TV Champion Samoa Joe at SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2023 come March 31st. Mark is definitely on a roll the last couple months, having won six straight matches beginning with he and Jay's Double Dog Collar World Tag Title victory over FTR at FINAL BATTLE 2022, and that's the momentum he needs to keep going if he hopes to finally best Samoa Joe in Los Angeles.
Can “The Premier Athlete” be the one to derail the train this Thursday night on Honor Club, and get a little revenge for all the hits that Mark Sterling's clients have taken at Mark Briscoe's hands? Or will this be another “W” for Chicken as he prepares for the biggest fight of his solo career come March 31st?
TRIOS GRUDGE MATCH...
AR Fox, Blake Christian, & Metalik vs. The Trustbusters (Ari Daivari, Jeeves Kay, & Slim J)
In just a matter of weeks, the ROH faithful have seen this rivalry escalate rather rapidly. In the first week of action on Honor Club, Ari Daivari bested Metalik with a little help from his friends, the same week Blake Christian came up short in his NJPW World TV Title bout with Zack Sabre Jr. The following week, after their victory of Jake Crist and The Man Scout, Ari Daivari bragged about his victory over Metalik, which in turn brought out the luchador, who then fell victim to the numbers game of The Trustbusters. It was only the save of Blake Christian that brought a halt to the assault before it got worse, and that led to the tag team bout last Thursday night where Metalik and Christian topped The Trustbusters in tag team competition.
The incensed Ari made the challenge, and as can be seen in the interview embedded above, Blake and Metalik have found their third man in the form of AR Fox! Now AEW fans have seen Fox compete alongside Top Flight in several AEW World Trios Championship bouts, and know he's quite adept at this form of competition. Add into that the success, albeit a pyrrhic one, he and Blake Christian had as a tag team back at FINAL BATTLE 2022 with LFI, and Fox is a perfect compliment to what Christian and Metalik bring to the table!
This one is going to be a tremendous battle, and there is a very good chance that whoever wins this bout, well they will likely have some designs on the ROH World Six-Man Championship currently in the clutches of The Embassy! Which unit will rise and prove this Thursday night?
The Kingdoms Matt Taven vs. Top Flight's Darius Martin
The issues between The Kingdom and Top Flight only escalated last week when, after Mike Bennett was beaten by Dante Martin, Matt Taven attacked, only to be run off by Darius. Clearly the former ROH World Tag Team Champions weren't just going to take the loss with grace, especially not when they've got designs on becoming champions for a third time sooner rather than later, and when compounded with the humiliation they feel from being beaten by the less-experienced team, The Kingdom are not going to lay down easy.
That is why this Thursday night, as a result of what happened last week, Matt Taven will go one-on-one with Darius Martin! Given that Top Flight has beaten The Kingdom in tag team competition, and Dante's toppled Bennett in singles action, this may be the last stand for the Taven and Bennett when it comes to the Martin brothers. If Darius takes this one, it's a clean sweep for Top Flight, and The Kingdom really doesn't have a leg to stand on in looking for more. But if Taven can take this one over Darius, then this rivalry is likely not at its end!
And there's still a matter of the Reach for The Sky Ladder Match at SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2023, and which teams will join Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix in that fray to determine the new ROH World Tag Team Champions! It's likely both The Kingdom and Top Flight want in on this one, and the results of this could certainly color how that unfolds.
-TAG TEAM CONTEST
Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal vs. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis)
Lady Frost vs. Skye Blue
-TAG TEAM CHALLENGE
LFI (Dralistico & Rush w/ Jose The Assistant) vs. Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams
The Embassy's Brian Cage vs. Tony Deppen
-FORMER TV CHAMPIONS COLLIDE
Shane Taylor vs. Silas Young
Billie Starks vs. Miranda Alize
-ROH World TV Title Open Challenge
Samoa Joe vs. Cheeseburger
ROH ON HONOR CLUB's fourth edition continues the new era of honor's amazing output of matches as SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2023 draws near on March 31st! We know who will challenge for the ROH World Television Championship, we know one team in the Reach for the Sky Ladder Match, and we know who wants to fight for the ROH World Championship! But the only way to see how everything else shapes up in advance of ROH's trip to Los Angeles is to sign up for Honor Club where not only can you watch all the action on Thursday nights, but it is also the home for 20+ years of the pound-for-pound best professional wrestling on the planet! Not only is FINAL BATTLE 2022 now available for your viewing pleasure, but so are classic events like the 15TH ANNIVERSARY where Christopher Daniels battled Adam Cole for the ROH World Championship, the AJ STYLES: THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME compilation, and other historic ROH events dating all the way back to 2002!