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ROH on HonorClub Preview for May 11, 2023

On Thursday night, the ROH faithful will witness TWO World Championship bouts when Athena defends her Women's World Championship against Skye Blue, and ROH World Television Champion Samoa Joe takes on the challenge of Blake Christian! Plus, ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli teams with Wheeler Yuta as they prepare for a championship bout with The Lucha Brothers, Mark Briscoe battles Shane Taylor, as well as appearances by The Righteous, The Dark Order, Ninja Mack, Willie Mack, Tony Deppen, The United Empire's Kyle Fletcher, and more!!!

The night's action begins at 7pm ET/6pm CT exclusively on Honor Club, an absolute steal for just $9.99 per month, and the only home for more than twenty years of Ring of Honor history, plus the new episodes that drop every single Thursday night!


“The Fallen Goddess” Athena(c) vs. Skye Blue

The challenge was issued by Skye Blue last week on Honor Club, a response to everything ROH Women's World Champion Athena has done during her reign atop the division, all the bullying, the post-match assaults, and the general disdain she projects onto every woman who has even looked at the championship title. Well it is very clear that Skye Blue, now 5-0 in Ring of Honor competition, is exhausted of Athena's antics, and looking to bring them to an end!

“The Fallen Goddess” has her own stance on how this is going to go and has no problem taking on the challenge of Skye Blue this Thursday night! This will mark the first time these two women have locked up in singles competition, although they have battled in a pair of three way matches outside of the confines of AEW/ROH, as well as in a tag match on DARK: ELEVATION #100 earlier this year, a match it should be noted that was won by the team of Skye and Yuka Sakazaki.

But that was a tag team affair, that was several months ago, and Athena had only just begun her reign of terror over the ROH Women's Division. It was only the dawning stages of this 22-match win streak, just six weeks into this incredible championship run, but just as Athena has been on her roll, Skye Blue has been building her own resume within Ring of Honor. This Thursday, the two will collide with the ROH Women's World Championship at stake, but also Skye's opportunity to shock the world by ending this incredible unbeaten streak!


The Blackpool Combat Club (ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta)


“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams & “The Professional” Rhett Titus

Last night on DYNAMITE, ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli collided with ROH World Tag Team Champion Rey Fenix in a match billed as Double Jeopardy. What that meant was in a battle of two champions, the victorious man would earn an opportunity to challenge for the other's championship. So when Castagnoli pinned Fenix to the mat after a tremendous battle, the ROH World Champion earned his shot at becoming a 3-Time ROH World Tag Team Champion!

That ROH World Tag Team Championship match will come soon enough, and Claudio starts his preparation, along with former 2-Time ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta, this Thursday night on Honor Club! The Blackpool Combat Club's work begins with a former ROH World Tag Team Championship duo, Tracy Williams and Rhett Titus, two men with whom Claudio and Yuta are quite familiar. The history between Tracy and Yuta was well-documented several weeks ago when they collided during the April 13th Honor Club episode, but they aren't the only ones with history. Titus and Castagnoli have their own interactions dating back to their first interactions in 2008, and including multiple ROH World Tag Team Championship battles between The Kings of Wrestling's and ANX during the former's record-setting (at the time) 363 day reign.

Can the team once referred to as The Foundation throw a roadblock in the path of The Blackpool Combat Club's championship aspirations, or will The BCC steamroll Rhett and Tracy en route to challenging The Lucha Brothers for the ROH World Tag Team Championship?


Samoa Joe(c) vs. Blake Christian

Just a week after decimating “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels in their ROH World Television Championship match, Samoa Joe is stepping right back into the ring to for his 11th championship defense. Since defeating Minoru Suzuki nearly 400 days ago, Joe has put down the challenges of Daniels, Colt Cabana, Mark Briscoe, Cheeseburger, Tony Deppen, Juice Robinson, Brian Cage, Josh Woods, Jay Lethal, and Trent Beretta. Some of them former Ring of Honor champions in their own right, some looking to claim their first trophy in ROH, but all ended up as victims of the ROH Legend.

This Thursday night, a new face will step up to challenge Joe for the ROH World Television Championship, one whose Ring of Honor record may not be stellar, but who has more than earned his moniker of “All Heart”. Blake Christian is 1-4 in ROH singles competition, 4-6 overall, but those numbers do not measure fight, they do not measure desire, they do not measure heart, and those are things that Blake has in spades.

So while he is unquestionably the underdog in this fight, while he is certainly fighting from underneath, that doesn't mean Blake Christian is going to to just roll over and die, that he's not going to fight with everything in his body. “All Heart” will live up to that name, and win or lose, Blake Christian aims to make sure Samoa Joe knows he was in a fight!


Mark Briscoe vs. Shane Taylor

Mark Briscoe and Shane Taylor are no strangers, they first set foot into the ring opposite each other back in at 2016, and have fought in tags, trios, Honor Rumbles, Four Corner Survivals, but never in a one-on-one situation. That all changes this Thursday night when, stemming from a bout several weeks ago when Mark and The Lucha Brothers beat Taylor and The Workhorsemen in Trios action, Mark Briscoe and Shane Taylor will go one-on-one!

Taylor is hungry to make an impression in this new era of honor, something he's found a kinship with in JD Drake and Anthony Henry apparently, and putting the screws to the former 13-Time ROH World Tag Champ would be the way to make that impact. That's not to say Shane doesn't come with his own impressive resume, Taylor was a dominant ROH World TV Champ for 218 days and 1/3 of the ROH World Six Man Champs for 295 days, and even went toe-to-toe with Rush for nearly 20 minutes over the ROH World Championship in February 2021. Shane Taylor is a bona fide threat, something Mark Briscoe knows from their history together, and from what he witnessed during their time in ROH, and as such, Mark is going to have to bring his A-game to this fight.


-The Righteous (Dutch & Vincent) vs. The Infantry (Carlie Bravo & Capt. Shawn Dean)

-Robyn Renegade vs. Vertvixen

-Ninja Mack vs. Willie Mack

-ROH World Six Man Champions The Embassy Affiliates(Brian Cage, Kaun, & Toa Liona) in action!

-United Empire's Kyle Fletcher vs. Tony Deppen

-AR Fox vs. The Workhorsemen's Anthony Henry

-The Dark Order (Alex Reynolds, Evil Uno, John Silver, & Stu Grayson) vs. The Trustbusters (Jeeves Kay, Slim J, & Sonny Kiss) & The Varsity Athletes' Josh Woods

New episodes of ROH ON HONOR CLUB premiere every Thursday at 7pm ET/6pm CT and this week features both the ROH Women's World Championship at stake as well as the ROH World Television Championship, plus The Blackpool Combat Club is in tag team action as they prepare for their ROH World Tag Team Championship match with The Lucha Brothers! In addition, Mark Briscoe, The Righteous, The Dark Order, The Embassy Affiliates, and AR Fox will all be in action, but that's not all you get for your $9.99/month! In addition to the weekly episodes available exclusively with an HONOR CLUB subscription, there is also a plethora of classic content from ROH's 20+ year history including the WEEK IN ROH HISTORY playlist updated every Monday, 2019's HONOR UNITED events, and so much more!


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