DOUBLE OR NOTHING 2023 week would not be complete without Ring of Honor joining the action, and presenting one of the most loaded edition of ROH ON HONOR CLUB yet! As always, the action comes your way exclusively on Honor Club, and here's just a little of the kind of action you can experience every week with bouts like Zack Sabre Jr. defending his NJPW World TV Title against AR Fox:
This week the aforementioned ZSJ will team with ROH World TV Champion Samoa Joe to face former ROH World Tag Champ Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal, the ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli will welcome Serpentico onto the Proving Ground, as ROH Women's World Champion does the same for Promise Braxton, The Kingdom takes on Ninja and Willie Mack, Stu Grayson sides with The Righteous, all while Rocky Romero, Willow Nightingale, Mercedes Martinez, and more will be in action!
The fights begins at 7pm ET/6pm CT exclusively on Honor Club, the home for Ring of Honor's 20+ years of wrestling history as well as brand-new weekly episodes, and an absolute bargain for just $9.99/month!
TAG TEAM BOUT...
ROH Television Champion Samoa Joe and NJPW World Television Champion Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Christopher Daniels and Matt Sydal
Last week on Honor Club, following his championship victory over AR Fox, NJPW World Television Champion Zack Sabre Jr. had some choice words to share with the world regarding his status as a Television Champion. Suffice to say the words did not sit well with Ring of Honor's own World Television Champion, and they brought ZSJ face-to-face with Samoa Joe.
Their confrontation would in turn become a confrontation with the former ROH World Tag Team Championship team of “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels and Matt Sydal, and more challenges were issued. The one from Daniels and Sydal would create this unlikely tag team encounter, with Joe and Zack Sabre Jr. agreeing to set aside their issue until after they've dealt with Chris and Matt.
But can they co-exist? That's the eternal situation in situations like this; can Samoa Joe and ZSJ actually be a team given the tensions simmering between the two? Daniels and Sydal, although it has been over 15 years, were a championship-level team while Joe and Zack just want to fight each other to settle who is the better Television Champion. We shall see this Thursday night which duo proves the better team!
PROVING GROUND MATCH...
ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli vs. Serpentico
Coming off his ROH World Tag Team Championship bout on Wednesday's DYNAMITE, ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli is welcoming Serpentico onto the Proving Ground, giving the Spanish Announce Project member an opportunity to earn a future championship match. Last week, in tag team action with Angelico, the masked man picked up a rare victory and is now fired up to meet “The Swiss Superman” in one-on-one competition!
This is the biggest opportunity of Serpentico's short time in Ring of Honor, maybe even the biggest of his entire wrestling career, and it would undoubtedly be the biggest upset in company history if Serpentico could actually defeat Castagnoli in this bout, but he doesn't have to beat Claudio to earn that title match, he just has to survive for ten minutes.
That is the rule of the Proving Ground, beat the champ or survive ten minutes and a future title shot will be yours. Can Serpentico do either of those and etch his name in the ROH history books? No one has managed to win a Proving Ground match in this new era of honor; can he be the first?
PROVING GROUND MATCH...
ROH Women's Champion Athena vs. Promise Braxton
As of today, ROH Women's World Champion Athena stands as the second longest reigning champion in the nearly two year history of the title, and is tied with Rok-C as the most successful of those champions, both having successfully defended on nine occasions. To eclipse Mercedes Martinez's reign, Athena needs to hold onto that title for another 54 days, but in order to become the champion with the most defense, she needs to just put up one more.
The problem seems to be though that no one can defeat “The Fallen Goddess” in a Proving Ground Match to actually earn a championship bout, but that doesn't mean people will stop trying. This Thursday night Promise Braxton will be the one getting the nod, and though they not be from the same generation, both women trained under the learning tree of Booker T. Braxton is no stranger to the ROH Women's World Championship, having challenged Rok-C back in October of 2021, and though she failed to claim the title, Promise did take the defending champion to her limits for thirteen minutes, three minutes longer, it should be noted, than she has to survive in order to earn a shot against Athena.
Promise Braxton just has to last ten minutes with Athena in order to earn her championship bout, it's either that or actually defeat “The Fallen Goddess” on Thursday night; which one will it be?
TAG TEAM ACTION...
The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis) vs. Ninja Mack & Willie Mack
Last week on Honor Club, The Kingdom went through physical hell in battling Action Andretti and Darius Martin in the second-ever tag team Fight Without Honor. Unfortunately for the 2-Time former ROH World Tag Team Champions, that situation didn't lead to victory, but rather a bitter bloodied defeat after eating a variation on the Doomsday Device with Andretti coming off a ladder.
So after tasting that loss, Taven and Bennett are looking to bounce back with a vengeance, and they've got the newly minted Mack Attack in their sights! After facing each other in singles competition two weeks ago, in a match won by Willie Mack, he and Ninja Mack have decided to join their forces and join the tag team division here in ROH. The Kingdom will be the first duo to test the mettle of the Mack Attack; which duo will be found wanting?
The Righteous (Dutch & Vincent) and Stu Grayson vs. Marcus Kross & Vary Morales & LSG
The Righteous of Vincent and Dutch are finally getting their wish fulfilled as, this Thursday night, Stu Grayson will spend an evening away from The Dark Order and ally himself with The Righteous. As can be heard in the video embedded above, Grayson was tired of others, specifically Evil Uno, doing his talking for him, and has chosen to give Vincent one night to show him something. It's a frightening prospect for Evil Uno, potentially losing his closest friend and longest-standing ally, to a man who seems even more akin to a cult leader than anything The Dark Order has done since their inception.
What would it do to Uno to see another ally, especially Stu Grayson, abandon The Dark Order and sign on to another unit? But what will Grayson do if doesn't care for what he sees from The Righteous?
-ROH World Tag Team Champion Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Slim J
-Rocky Romero vs. Titus Alexander
-Willow Nightingale vs. Hyan
-Mercedes Martinez vs. Dream Girl Ellie
-Skye Blue vs. Miranda Alize
-Kiera Hogan vs. VertVixen
The new edition of ROH ON HONOR CLUB premieres this Thursday night at 7pm ET/6pm CT, and it will featured the ROH World TV Champion & NJPW World TV Champion uniting to face former ROH World Tag Champions, one-half of the current ROH World Tag Champions in action, Stu Grayson giving The Righteous their one chance, two Proving Ground matches, and so much more!!! Honor Club give you the most bang you can get for your wrestling buck as $9.99/month gets you access to so much history! You get the WEEK IN ROH HISTORY playlist updated every Monday, a TV archive dating back to 2011, the 2ND ANNIVERSARY SHOW where AJ Styles won the original ROH Pure Wrestling Championship, and so much more!