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  • ROH On HonorClub Episode 1 Preview

    This is the moment that ROH faithful have been waiting for since March 2, 2022 when it was first announced that AEW CEO Tony Khan had purchased Ring of Honor Wrestling and that it would continue to operate moving forward. Fans witnessed the various Ring of Honor championships defended on All Elite Wrestling programming, saw Chris Jericho become one of the most impressive ROH World Champions in the title's history, Wheeler Yuta become the first 2-time Pure Champion in ROH history, and The Briscoes claim the World Tag Team Titles for the 13th time with their epic Dog Collar Match against FTR at FINAL BATTLE 2022. ROH fans have seen the TV Title carried by ROH Legend Samoa Joe, making Joe a Triple Crown Champion some 17 years since he last held a ROH championship, and watched Athena defeat Mercedes Martinez to become the current ROH Women's World Champion, a position she has relished using to abuse any women coming for her championship. Through a trio of pay-per-view presentations in 2022, Ring of Honor continued to present the wrestling that has shaped the industry over the last two decades, and through it all fans kept speculating when Ring of Honor would return to some form of weekly programming. Tony Khan told the world after FINAL BATTLE 2022 that ROH's Honor Club service would be host to a weekly programming in the new year, and it is finally happening this Thursday night beginning at 7pm ET/6pm CT exclusively on Honor Club With the first edition of Ring of Honor on Honor Club, it only felt right to pay tribute to the origins of ROH while simultaneously looking to the present and future of what's to come in this new era of honor! So while there have been so many exciting ROH events and moments that have taken place over the last year, sadly there has also been tragedy as we lost Jay Briscoe earlier this year following an automobile accident. But his memory lives on through the moments he made, the fans he touched, the wrestlers he influenced, and the family who loved him, and in honor of his contributions to ROH, just as Jay Briscoe was part of the first official match in ROH history back on 2/23/02, so too will Mark Briscoe be part of this first Honor Club match! ONE-ON-ONE ROH World Tag Team Champion Mark Briscoe vs. Slim J At THE ERA OF HONOR BEGINS twenty-one years ago, Jay Briscoe defeating The Amazing Red in the first official match in Ring of Honor history. From that moment forward, and for nearly the entirety of ROH's existence, The Briscoe Brothers were the foundation of the entire promotion. They claimed the ROH World Tag Team Titles on 13 occasions, including three unforgettable 2022 battles with FTR that culminated in the must-see Double Dog Collar Match at FINAL BATTLE 2022. Jay claimed the ROH World Championship on two instances, and although Mark never acquired a singles title of his own during the first 20 years of ROH's existence, he was a consistent contender for the World Television Championship. So with this new era of honor continuing to unfold with the first episode on Honor Club, it only seemed appropriate that ROH pays tribute to Jay by having Mark Briscoe be in the first match fans will see on Thursday night! Twenty-one years ago Mark was relegated to (reluctantly) supporting his brother from ringside for the first ROH match, but with this first match he will be in action against another man whose ROH credentials date back to Year One as well! Once a part of the Special K faction that included Jay Lethal, Slim J made his own ROH memories during those early days, competing in multiple Scramble Matches with the likes of The S.A.T, The Carnage Crew, and even fighting The Briscoes on occasion. His original tenure with Ring of Honor ended in 2004, but at DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR 2022, as part of the Zero Hour presentation, Slim J returned to the fold alongside Ari Daivari as part of his TrustBusters unit! This is a moment for Mark Briscoe and Slim J to set the tone, not just for the future of their respective ROH careers, but also for the future of ROH on Honor Club and for what's to come on April 1st at SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2023! NJPW WORLD TV TITLE MATCH Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Blake Christian At New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual WRESTLE KINGDOM event on January 4th, Zack Sabre Jr. become the first-ever NJPW World Television Champion, defeating Ren Narita in a tremendous 11 minute battle. Immediately following that match, he was offered membership in TMDK (The Mighty Don't Kneel) by Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste, an offer ZSJ readily accepted after bidding farewell to his SUZUKI-GUN stable a few weeks prior. In the two months since claiming the NJPW TV Title and aligning with TMDK, Zack Sabre Jr. has experienced a great deal of success, including retaining his championship on two outings, first against Tomohiro Ishii on February 5th and then opposite Clark Connors on the 18th. Now the submission master returns to ROH for the first time since the G1 SUPERCARD event and brings the nascent championship with him as ZSJ continues to establish the title's value. For Blake Christian, this is a huge opportunity as both his Ring of Honor and New Japan careers are in their relative infancy. Blake's very first ROH match was only at SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2022 as part of the ZERO HOUR presentation, but he was gifted a championship opportunity against Claudio Castagnoli earlier this year. As for his NJPW career, that first began in August 2020, and has been fought primarily under the California-based NJPW STRONG banner. He took part in the 2020 Super J Cup Tournament, attempted to qualify for the New Japan Cup in 2021, and has been in the ring with fighters like Hiromu Takahashi, El Desperado, David Finlay, and Juice Robinson during his time with STRONG. But this championship challenge against ZSJ is the biggest opportunity he's had to date in either ROH or NJPW, and Blake Christian aims to make the most of it on this premiere edition of ROH ON HONOR CLUB! ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH... Claudio Castagnoli(c) vs. AR Fox A 2-Time World Champion during the course of 2022, Claudio Castagnoli is ready to lead Ring of Honor into this new era as the kind of honorable, respectable champion that the promotion deserves, the kind of champion ROH sorely needs after suffering through Chris Jericho's persistent denigration of Ring of Honor throughout his championship reign. Jericho may have been having spectacular defenses during his title run, but he had nothing positive to say about Ring of Honor, even rechristening it “Ring of Jericho” and treating it like a second-class organization. Since FINAL BATTLE 2022, when Claudio reclaimed the championship from “The Ocho”, it has been Double C's mission to represent Ring of Honor as it deserves to be, and that means defending the title whenever possible against top challengers from all corners of professional wrestling. It goes without saying that the very first edition of ROH ON HONOR CLUB needs to feature the ROH World Championship, and the man stepping up to the challenge is well-traveled AR Fox! Now AR Fox and Claudio Castagnoli have never crossed paths in a singles match, but it was the trio of Fox and Top Flight who cost The Blackpool Combat Club $300,000 in that Three Kings Trios Battle Royale on the 12/23 edition of AEW RAMPAGE, a victory that Fox and the Martin Brothers also parlayed into a pair of failed AEW World Trios Championship title bids. Coming out of that, and with Claudio willing to face any man with designs on the ROH World Championship, the main event of this Thursday's premiere presentation will be AR Fox challenging Claudio Castagnoli for the ROH World Title! Between this fight and the NJPW TV Title match, Ring of Honor is definitely the land of opportunity, and AR Fox would love nothing more than to close out the first Honor Club episode by dethroning The Swiss Superman in his 4th championship defense. Just as Mark Briscoe and Slim J have the opportunity to make that first impression, so too does it fall on either Claudio Castagnoli or AR Fox to lead Ring of Honor as we move forward in this new era of honor! In addition to those featured bouts, fans tuning into the very first addition of ROH ON HONOR CLUB will also see: - ROH World Six Man Champions The Embassy (Brian Cage, Kaun, & Toa Liona) in action! - Metalik vs. Ari Daivari - The Renegades (Charlette & Robyn) vs. Madison Rayne & Skye Blue - The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Mike Bennet) vs. The Infantry (Carlie Bravo & Shawn Dean) - “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels vs. Rohit Raju - Konosuke Takeshita vs. “The Technical Beast” Josh Woods - Willow Nightingale vs. Lady Frost This new era of honor began one year ago when it was announced to the world that AEW CEO Tony Khan had purchased Ring of Honor, and now it advances to the next level with the premiere of ROH ON HONOR CLUB! It all begins again this Thursday night at 7pm ET/6pm CT on Honor Club as we head towards SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2023, but Honor Club isn't just the home for this premiere, but also for twenty years worth of history from the most influential professional wrestling promotion of this generation!

  • The New Era Of Honor Begins March 2nd!

    This Thursday, March 2, the New Era of Honor will begin! ROH World Champion Claudio Castagnoli defends the title vs. the man who cost him $100,000 at Christmas: AR Fox! Don’t miss the first episode of ROH HonorClub TV: subscribe today at http://watchROH.com!

  • Jay Briscoe Memorial T-Shirt Available Now

    On January 17th, the wrestling world lost one of its most beloved family members when Jamin Pugh, known professionally as Jay Briscoe, tragically lost his life in an automobile accident. A member of the Ring of Honor family from the very beginning, Jay became a multi-time ROH World Champion, a 13-time ROH World Tag Team Champion, and a first-ballot ROH Hall of Famer with his brother Mark. Together, The Briscoe Brothers were a part of ROH's foundation, the heart and soul, and were essential in building that company into the most influential wrestling promotion of the last twenty years. But more than that, the Pugh family lost a husband, a father, a brother, a son, and in an effort to both honor Jay's memory as well as support those left behind, we are offering this “Reach For The Sky” t-shirt with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit the Pugh family as they cope with this tragic loss. Visit ShopHonor to purchase the Jay Briscoe "Reach for the Sky" memorial t-shirt. Please also consider contributing to the GiveSendGo campaign to support the Pugh family.

  • ROH Mourns The Passing Of Jamin Pugh

    It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the tragic passing of Jamin Pugh, known to wrestling fans around the world as Jay Briscoe. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and his fans.

  • Tony Khan Announces Relaunch of Ring of Honor's HonorClub Platform

    Tony Khan Announces Relaunch of Ring of Honor’s HonorClub Platform -- More than two decades of Ring of Honor Content Now Available For $9.99/Month,With New PPV and TV Content To Come -- December 11, 2022 – On the heels of a momentous Ring of Honor Final Battle pay-per-view from College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, Tony Khan announced that the company’s HonorClub streaming platform has officially relaunched, featuring more than 2,500 hours of premium professional wrestling content dating back to 2002, with new weekly television episodes coming soon to the platform. The announcement was made during an afternoon filled with title changes, as Claudio Castagnoli regained the ROH World Championship from Chris Jericho, Athena taking the ROH Women’s World Championship from Mercedes Martinez, The Briscoes winning the ROH World Tag Team Championships back from FTR in their third matchup this year, Wheeler Yuta winning the ROH Pure Championship back from Daniel Garcia and the Gates of Agony defeating Dalton Castle & The Boys for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championships. Fans can sign up immediately for HonorClub for just $9.99 per month by visiting WatchROH.com. HonorClub is accessible via the ROH app on iOS, Android, Roku and Amazon FireTV. The relaunched platform features updated functionality, where fans will be able to enjoy thousands of hours of Ring of Honor content including classic matches from the full ROH television archive and hundreds of pay-per-views and special events. Khan also announced plans for a weekly ROH television show to be solidified at the top of next year. Pay-per-view events will be available for viewing on HonorClub 90 days after they happen live, with live broadcasts still airing via Bleacher Report. About Ring of Honor Wrestling Entertainment, LLC Ring of Honor (ROH) is a professional wrestling promotion recently acquired by Tony Khan, CEO of AEW, Chief Football Strategy Officer of the Jacksonville Jaguars and GM/Sporting Director of Fulham F.C. The acquisition, which was completed through an entity that is wholly-owned by Tony Khan, included ROH’s extensive video library dating back to 2002, brand assets, intellectual property, production equipment and more. ROH features numerous championships, including the ROH World Championship, ROH World Television Championship, ROH Pure Championship, ROH World Tag Team Championship, ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championships and ROH Women’s World Championship. For more info, check out: rohwrestling.com; facebook.com/ringofhonor; twitter.com/ringofhonor; instagram.com/ringofhonor; youtube.com/user/ringofhonor

  • Final Battle 2022 Results

    Final Battle 2022 Results **CONTAINS SPOILERS** ROH: FINAL BATTLE 2022 was broadcast live on December 10, 2022, from the College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas-Arlington! The event began with the ROH: Zero Hour preshow kicking things off on the official ROH YouTube Channel! Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman were the commentary team for tonight’s event. United Empire’s Jeff Cobb vs. Mascara Dorada! “I’m grateful to be part of this new era,” said Caprice. “The King of Ropes” Mascara Dorada jumped off the ropes with a Mexican arm drag takeover on Cobb. Outside the ring, Cobb caught Dorada and smashed him into the steel ring post! Cobb went to work on the ribs and back of Dorada, trying to neutralize him. Dorada ducked a clothesline and hit Cobb with a spectacular tornillo over the top rope on Cobb! Dorada followed up with a springboard senton onto Cobb for a near fall! Cobb yanked Dorada off the top rope and squashed Dorada with a standing moonsault for a two-count. Dorada countered the Tour of the Islands for a near fall on Cobb. Mascara Dorada nailed Cobb with a bulldog off the top turnbuckle. Dorada clocked Cobb with a clothesline. Cobb fired back with a pop-up Tour of the Islands and pinned Dorada! Jericho Appreciation Society’s “Daddy Magic” Matt Menard & “Cool Hand” Angelo Parker vs. Shinobi Shadow Squad—Cheeseburger & Eli Isom! Isom cradled Parker off the bat but Parker quickly kicked out. Cheeseburger tagged in but Parker and Menard used a backbreaker-knee combination for tandem offense on Cheeseburger. Parker unloaded with a Garvin stomp on Cheeseburger, and then went to work on Burger’s wrist. Menard and Parker double teamed Cheeseburger. Finally Burger got the tag to Isom and Isom speared Menard and Parker in the turnbuckles. Parker and Menard planted Isom with a double DDT and then Parker pinned Isom! Willow Nightingale vs. Trish Adora! Willow applied head scissors to Adora. Trish Adora used a rolling catch on Willow but Willow quickly kicked out. Willow knocked Adora to the mat with a running shoulder tackle. Willow hit Adora with running hip attacks. Adora fired back with a great Northern Lights suplex. “They’re not wasting any time or movement,” said Ian. Willow attacked Adora with quick chops in the corner. She followed up with a shotgun dropkick to Adora. Willow pounced Adora out of nowhere. Willow spiked Adora with the Doctor Bomb and pinned her! The Kingdom—Matt Taven & Mike Bennett (with Maria Kanellis-Bennett) vs. Top Flight—Dante & Darius Martin! The Kingdom blindsided Darius at the start of the match. Darius dropkicked Bennett and made the tag to his Darius. Taven inadvertently booted Bennett. Dante knocked Bennett off the apron with a running dropkick off his brother’s back! Darius came in and cleaned house on the Kingdom! Maria stood on the apron, attempting to distract Darius. Taven rocked Darius with the Purple Thunder Bomb! Bennett applied a double wrist lock to Darius. Darius escaped and he and Bennett traded strikes in the center of the ring. Darius unloaded on Bennett and then shocked Bennett with a Spanish Fly! Dante tagged in and splashed Taven with a standing shooting star press. Top Flight used top level tandem offense on Taven. The Kingdom went to work on Darius, with the momentum of the match quickly shifting. Maria jumped up on the apron again, trying to distract Dante. Maria shoved the ref and the ref ejected Maria from the ringside area. Darius hoisted up Bennett and then Dante spring boarded off the top rope, wiping out Bennett and allowing Darius to grab the pin! “Top Flight is definitely here to stay. I’m impressed,” said Caprice. The pay-per-view portion of the event kicked off with the opening contest of Final Battle… AR Fox & Blake Christian vs. Dralistico & Rush (with Preston Vance & Jose the Assistant)! “Dralistico is making his Ring of Honor debut tonight,” said Ian. Rush and Fox chopped away at each other and then traded forearms. Rush rocked Fox with a stiff forearm. Fox fired back with a kick to the back of Rush’s head. Rush tagged in and whipped Blake into the guardrails. Rush grabbed the auxiliary cords and whipped Blake with it. Meanwhile Dralistico powerbombed Fox onto the ring steps! Black t-boned Dralistico and made the tag to Fox. AR Fox jumped over the top rope and splashed Rush. He followed up with a dive to Dralistico! And then another to Rush! Fox smashed Dralistico with a senton off the top rope for a near fall! AR Fox splashed Dralistico with the 450 and pinned him! After the match, Rush and Dralistico attacked Fox and Blake with steel chairs! ROH Women’s World Championship Match! Mercedes Martinez (c.) vs. “The Fallen Goddess” Athena! The champ and Athena slugged it out in the center of the ring until Athena went for the eyes. Athena unloaded with hammer strikes on Mercedes. Athena drove Mercedes to the mat with double knees. Mercedes rallied back, looking for a spider German suplex but Athena had it scouted. Athena powerbombed Martinez from the corner! She followed up with a running thrust kick to the champ for a near fall! Mercedes nailed Athena with a brainbuster for a two-count! “Athena is in a lot of trouble,” said Caprice. Mercedes grapevined Athena’s legs but Athena escaped. Athena swung for the fences, planting Mercedes on the ring apron! Athena went for the shotgun dropkick but Mercedes moved out of the way. Mercedes walloped Athena with the Anarchist’s Suplex on the arena floor! Mercedes attempted to put Athena in the Brass City Sleeper but Athena bit the champ. Athena finished off Mercedes with the O-Face and pinned Mercedes! Your new Ring of Honor Women’s Champion…Athena! Swerve In Our Glory—Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland vs. Shane Taylor Promotions—JD Griffey & Shane Taylor! Griffey used his MMA to kick Keith lee in the ribs. Shane Taylor tagged in but Swerve tagged himself in before Keith Lee and Shane Taylor could lock up. Swerve used a head scissors takeover on Shane Taylor. Keith Lee and Shane Taylor slugged it out like two behemoths. Taylor delivered a right haymaker. Swerve’s adrenaline kicked in but Griffey grabbed him and dropped him across his knee. Griffey applied a triangle choke on Swerve. Instead of helping his partner, Keith Lee went after Taylor. Keith Lee squashed Griffey with a moonsault! “Keith Lee welcome back to Ring of Honor!” said Ian. Both teams brawled in the center of the ring. Swerve swarmed Shane with his signature combination. Shane Taylor spiked Keith Lee and Lee managed to kick out! Griffey followed up with a kill shot and Lee kicked out of that too! Swerve Strickland deserted his partner, leaving Keith Lee high and dry. Griffey attempted a knock out kick but Lee ducked it and the kick landed on Shane Taylor! Keith Lee finished off Griffey with a jackhammer and Swerve In Our Glory won! “Against all odds Keith Lee showed the world what he is capable of,” said Caprice. ROH World Six-Man Championship Match! Dalton Castle & The Boys (c.) vs. The Embassy—“The Machine” Brian Cage, Kaun, & Toa Liona (with Prince Nana)! The Boys tried to swarm Brian Cage, switching in and out. The Boys flew out of the ring but were caught by Toa and Cage. Brian Cage tossed Brent and then hit a lariat on Brandon spinning him inside-out. Brian Cage suplexed Brandon into the ring after Toa splashed Brandon on the apron! Cage used a knee strike on Dalton and tagged in Toa. Toa picked up both Boys and dropped them with a double Samoan backdrop! Brian Cage ate a back elbow from Dalton Castle. Castle followed up with a running bulldog on Cage. The Gates of Agony hurled Brent into Cage who then powerbombed Brent and pinned him! New Six-Man Tag Champions…The Embassy! Lexy Nair was backstage to interview Top Flight! Angelo Parker and Matt Menard interrupted the interview. They challenged Top Flight to a fight and Top Flight didn’t back down. Both teams began to brawl around the arena! Angelo Parker grabbed a microphone and said only Chris Jericho could resurrect Ring of Honor! Matt Menard pulled out a purple bucket hat and said that Claudio would tag with Jake Hager after Jericho beat Claudio. ROH Pure Championship Match! Daniel Garcia (c.) vs. Wheeler Yuta! Pure Match Rules: Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls. 1.After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts on or under the ropes by his opponent are considered legal. 2.No closed-fist punches to the face permitted. 3.Open-handed slaps or chops to the face are permitted. 4.Punches to the rest of the body are allowed, excluding low blows. 5.The first use of a closed fist to the face receives a warning. 6.The second use of a closed fist to the face results in disqualification. 7.The title can change hands via disqualification and count out. 8.Outside interference will result in automatic termination from the roster for the wrestler that interferes. The judges at ringside where Christopher Daniels, Jerry Lynn, and BJ Whitmer. Yuta and Garcia traded forearms. Garcia used his first warning for a closed fist to Yuta’s face. Wheeler Yuta hit back with a closed fist to Garcia’s face. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen this in under a minute,” said Ian. Garcia suplexed Yuta on the arena floor and then whipped Yuta into the steel ring steps. Garcia booted Yuta in the face. Garcia removed the protection from the turnbuckle hinge but Yuta hit a headbutt to Garcia. Daniel Garcia kicked Yuta and Yuta fell throat-first across the unprotected turnbuckle connector. Trent Seven was watching from the front row. Garcia wrapped Yuta into the ring ropes and told the ref that Yuta was using his rope break. The ref used his discretion and counted it as an official rope break for Yuta. Garcia wrapped Yuta around the ropes with a surfboard submission and the ref counted it as another rope break for Yuta. “Garcia has targeted the windpipe of Yuta,” said Caprice. Daniel Garcia grabbed Yuta’s arms and stomped on Yuta’s back. Yuta rallied back with a splash on Garcia in the corner. Garcia grabbed the Dragon Sleeper on Yuta out of nowhere, focusing on Yuta’s neck. Before Garcia could turn it into the dragon sleeper, Yuta touched the bottom rope with his boot, forcing the rope break, but exhausting all of his rope breaks for the match. “This changes the trajectory of the match, and Garcia has all of his rope breaks available,” said Caprice. Garcia grabbed an inside catch on Yuta and locked him in a sharpshooter in the center of the ring. Yuta transitioned into a cross face on Garcia. Yuta escaped and he and Garcia traded open hand strikes. Yuta dropped Garcia with a brainbuster. “This is wrestling!” said Caprice. Yuta planted Garcia with a high angle slam for a near fall. Garcia came back, spiking Yuta with a piledrive for a two-count. Garcia went back to a sharpshooter but Yuta didn’t have any rope breaks left. Yuta and Garcia got tangled up in the ropes, both men tumbling to the arena floor. “Fans are seeing a master class in wrestling here,” said Ian. Yuta fought his way out of a piledriver and backdropped Garcia on the ring apron. Yuta trapped Garcia’s legs and nailed Garcia with a piledriver. Yuta blasted Garcia with elbows and the ref stopped the match as Garcia was unconscious. Your new ROH Pure Champion…Wheeler Yuta! ROH World Tag Team Championship Dog Collar Match! FTR—Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood (c.) vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe! “The dream match has turned into a nightmare scenario,” said Ian. Cash and Mark were chained to one another, while Dax and Jay were chained up to each other. The fans chanted “Holy s—t! Holy s—t!” before the match even began. Dax grabbed a double leg takedown and he and Jay began to brawl outside the ring. Mark tried for a double ax handle off the apron but Cash grabbed the chain and whipped Mark with it. Mark was busted open! Harwood hurled a steel chair at Jay Briscoe and then they began to brawl in the stands. Jay blocked a chair from Harwood and countered it. Dax had the chain wrapped around Jay and Dax suplexed Jay. Jay landed on the chains! Mark cracked Cash with the Redneck Kung Fu, hitting Cash in the ear drum! The Briscoes double teamed Dax inside the ring. There were dueling chants of “Top Guys! Dem Boys! Top Guys! Dem Boys!” Dax held Mark back while Cash whipped him with the chain! “FTR kicking it into another gear here,” said Ian. FTR spun Mark inside-out with the doomsday device for a near fall! “All four men are busted open,” said Ian. Cash had Mark draped over the top rope. Cash was pulling on the rope, with Mark getting deprived of oxygen. Jay nailed Cash with a neck breaker and Mark followed up with the Froggy Bow for a two-count. “The blood is just pouring out,” said Ian. Mark piled up steel chairs on the arena floor. Mark propped a table next to it. Mark suplexed Cash onto the arena floor. “They’re literally putting their lives on the line for these titles,” said Caprice. Dax wrapped a chain around his head and rocked Jay with a falling headbutt off the turnbuckles. Dax attempted to hit Jay with the steel chain wrapped around his fist, but Jay pulled ref Mike Posey in the way. The ref was busted wide open! Jay boxed Dax with jabs and followed up with a suplex on Dax. Mark and Cash duked it out on the ring apron. Cash grabbed Mark and planted him on the edge of the ring. “We’re watching masters of the craft,” said Ian. Mark climbed to the top rope so he and Jay could finish off Cash with the Doomsday Device but Cash jumped up onto the apron. Wheeler grabbed the chain and yanked on it, sending Mark crashing down from the top rope to the pile of steel chairs on the arena floor! “Unbelievable!” said Ian. Jay smashed Dax with the Jay Driller on the chain but Dax kicked out at the two-count somehow! Jay hit Dax Harwood with steel chair shots. Dax came back and spiked Jay with a piledriver on a steel chair! Cash slid steel chairs into the ring. Dax propped Jay onto the top turnbuckle. Dax attempted to piledrive Jay off the top rope onto the steel chairs, but Jay escaped and yanked the chain, using it against Dax. Jay superplexed Dax onto a sea of chairs! Jay had the chain wrapped around Dax’s head and kept yanking back until Dax was rendered unconscious, leaving the ref with no choice but to stop the match! And new ROH World Tag Team Champions…The Briscoes! The Briscoes are now 13x ROH World Tag Champions! After the match, Austin and Colten Gunn ambushed FTR in the ring, taking advantage of the exhausted FTR. The Briscoes came back out to the ring to even up the odds and make sure the Gunns didn’t touch FTR. ROH World Television Championship Match! “King of Television” Samoa Joe (c.) vs. Juice Robinson! Tony Deppen was seen scouting the match from the stands. Samoa Joe and Juice Robinson exchanged chops outside the ring. Joe removed the padding from the floor. Joe tried to grab Juice in a submission but Juice kicked off the edge of the ring, pushing Joe headfirst into the guardrail. Juice splashed Joe with a running cannonball! Samoa Joe ran, jumped through the ropes and landed on Juice outside the ring! Samoa Joe smashed Juice in the mouth with a running boot. Juice boxed Samoa Joe but Joe shrugged it off and countered with a senton. Juice rallied back with a spinebuster. Juice went back to the jabs and chops on Joe in the corner. Juice rocked Joe with a running cannonball in the corner! Juice jumped off the top rope with a flying press for a near fall on Joe! Samoa Joe planted Juice with a powerbomb and then grabbed an STF on Juice! Joe transitioned into a cross face in the middle of the ring. Juice crawled with Joe on his back and managed to grab the bottom rope to force the rope break. Samoa Joe attempted the Muscle Buster but Juice countered with a sunset flip. Juice kicked Samoa Joe, shades of Booker T. Juice climbed to the top rope but Joe jumped to his feet and rammed into Juice, forcing Juice to lose his balance. Samoa Joe wasted no time, dropping Juice hard to the mat with the Muscle Buster and then pinning Juice! “Samoa Joe is must-see TV and he is the King of Television,” said Ian. Main Event Time! ROH World Championship Match! “The Ocho” Chris Jericho (c.) vs. Claudio Castagnoli! If Claudio Castagnoli loses, he must join the Jericho Appreciation Society! Claudio tried to shake Jericho’s hand but Jericho wouldn’t adhere to the Code of Honor. Jericho jumped out of the ring and sprinted to attack Ian at the broadcast booth, but Claudio cut off Jericho with a European Uppercut! Claudio blasted Jericho with the hammer and anvil elbow strikes. Jericho was looking for the Code Breaker but Claudio countered with an uppercut and then the Neutralizer for a near fall! Claudio planted Jericho with a gut wrench suplex off the second turnbuckle. “The Swiss Superman” press slammed Jericho onto the ring ropes! Jericho drove Claudio into the metal ring post! “Say what you want about Jericho but he is a fighting champion,” said Caprice. Jericho chopped at Claudio’s chest. Claudio popped-up Jericho with a European uppercut. Jericho delivered a driving clothesline to Claudio. “The champion has neutralized the Swiss Superman,” said Caprice. Jericho hit a hurracanrana off the top rope on Claudio! Claudio blocked a Code Breaker from Jericho, but Jericho fired back with a lariat to Claudio, sending Claudio over the top rope and to the cold arena floor! Claudio countered the springboard dropkick from Jericho. “Claudio has definitely done his homework,” said Caprice. Chris Jericho suplexed Claudio off the ring apron and onto the arena floor! Claudio’s conditioning paid off, though. Angelo Parker and Matt Menard snuck down to the ring, with Parker distracting the ref while Menard slipped Jericho the baseball bat. Jericho whacked Claudio with the bat! Jericho covered Claudio but Claudio kicked out at two! Ref Paul Turner ejected Menard and Parker from ringside. Jericho got Claudio with the Code Breaker. Jericho signaled for the Judas Effect. Claudio blocked it and countered with the Swing! Jericho tapped out while he was in the Swing! And new Ring of Honor World Champion by submission…Claudio Castagnoli! “Unbelievable! The cloud of dishonor has been lifted from the ROH ring!” said Ian. Wheeler Yuta and Jerry Lynn came out to the ring to help the new champ celebrate! Missed out on this historic afternoon of ROH action?! There’s still time to order the replay of Ring of Honor: Final Battle 2022! It’s available on Bleacher Report, FITE TV, PPV.com, and all traditional pay-per-view providers! See it for yourself!

  • Final Battle 2022 Preview

    FINAL BATTLE 2022 comes your way this Saturday afternoon LIVE on pay-per-view from the College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas-Arlington! With every Ring of Honor championship on the line, this is going to be one explosive event true to the tradition of ROH's longest-running, unbroken event! Every year since 2002, without fail, Ring of Honor has presented FINAL BATTLE and it has been home to many of the promotions most memorable events. 2002 can be remembered as the night Jay Lethal first stepped into an ROH ring and when four of pro wrestling's finest battled to a 45-minute draw. 2003 saw The Great Muta, Satoshi Kojima, and Kaz Hayashi make their ROH debuts while 2004 was the night Samoa Joe's historic 645-day World Championship reign came to an end. 2005 welcomed KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji, 2006 bore witness to Homicide finally becoming ROH World Champion, 2010 and 2012 put a spotlight on one of pro wrestling's greatest rivalries between Kevin Steen and El Generico, 2015 saw Jay Lethal continue to cement his “Franchise” moniker with victory over AJ Styles, and 2018 gave fans an epic Ladder Match between The Young Bucks, The Briscoes, and SCU. Last year's edition was billed as the end of an era, with the future of ROH uncertain heading into 2022, but this new year has breathed new life into the most influential wrestling promotion of the 2000's, and FINAL BATTLE 2022 is a celebration of this new era of honor with every championship at stake! The festivities kick off at 3pm ET/2pm CT with the FINAL BATTLE 2022: ZERO HOUR on the official YouTube channel, and continue on Bleacher Report, PPV.com (CANADA ONLY), FITE (INTERNATIONAL) and traditional pay-per-view providers! ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH... “The Ocho” Chris Jericho(c) vs. Claudio Castagnoli ***IF CLAUDIO LOSES, HE JOINS THE JAS*** Jericho himself said it; in his efforts to desecrate the legacy of Ring of Honor, he has become one of the best champions the company has seen in its 20-year history. Well “The Ocho” actually said the best, which is debatable as he's only been champion for 80 days, but that begs the question of which is more important: the length of the reign or the substance of it? In his 80 days, Jericho has successfully defended the ROH World Championship in six matches, and every challengers save Sammy Guevara was a former ROH champion in their own right. But even that match with Sammy that took place at AEW's FULL GEAR 2022 event contained two former champions in Bryan Danielson and Claudio Castagnoli. Bryan, Claudio, Colt Cabana, Bandido, and Dalton Castle all fell to Jericho, and none can forget that brutal war “The Ocho” went through against Tomohiro Ishii en route to defeating that former ROH World Television Champion. Jericho has faced more former ROH champions than anyone else in that time frame, and although he's dipped into his bag of tricks to score some of the victories, he's still performed at a top level in each bout. Clearly it was not his intention, but through these matches Chris Jericho has only elevated the profile of the already prestigious ROH World Championship to the next level. Despite that, at the root of Jericho's reign is a disdain for Ring of Honor and a desire to make his Ring of Jericho something built upon feeding his own ego. Chris doesn't care about raising the prestige beyond how it bolsters his ego, he doesn't care about beating former champions beyond how it boosts his need to say he's the best ROH champion ever, all this is about is feeding Jericho's ego and, as he did with The Inner Circle, if someone doesn't take the ROH World Championship away, Jericho will just discard it when he feels he's used it for all it's worth. Claudio Castagnoli is not going to sit back and let that happen... Even though it means risking his place within The Blackpool Combat Club and being forced into The Jericho Appreciation Society, redeeming his loss to Jericho at DYNAMITE: GRAND SLAM 2022 and reclaiming that championship for Ring of Honor means everything to “The Swiss Superman”. As a former World Tag Team Champion, as well as the man Jericho took the ROH World Title form, Ring of Honor means everything to Claudio. ROH helped make him who he is today, it helped mold him into the world-class professional wrestler that faces Chris Jericho this Saturday afternoon, and it is the reason he is taking a stand as the man to end the Ring of Jericho once and for all. Who will carry Ring of Honor forward into 2023? Claudio Castagnoli and The Blackpool Combat Club or Chris Jericho and his Appreciation Society? The future of ROH hinges on this battle... ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP DOG COLLAR MATCH... FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood)(c) vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe A Double Dog Collar Match; four men with leather collars wrapped around their throat and steel chains binding them to one another, there can be no escape, nor cessation to the hostilities, just unadulterated violence from bell-to-bell and given the history between the four men involved in this ROH World Tag Team Championship fight, it really can be no other way! It began with FTR assaulting Jay and Mark Briscoe one year ago after they defeated The OGK of Mike Bennett and Matt Taven at FINAL BATTLE 2021: END OF AN ERA to claim the titles for the 12th time, and only escalated from there. Words were exchanged on social media, plenty of trash talking and challenges, until the fight finally happened at SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2022 on April 1st. For nearly 28 minutes, Dax, Cash, Jay, and Mark engaged in one of the greatest tag team bouts in modern professional wrestling, possibly the best Ring of Honor has ever experienced (which is saying a lot given the teams that have come through those ropes), but when it finally came to a conclusion, it was FTR who stood as the new ROH World Tag Team Champions, adding that championship to the AAA Tag Titles they already held. Given how that contest went down, round two felt like an inevitability, and it would come in the form of a 2 Of 3 Falls match as a result of a Briscoe challenge, and take place at DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR 2022. Having added the IWGP Tag Titles to their trophy cases between the two events, FTR were riding high going into that fight, but it would take nearly 44 minutes before Dax and Cash emerged from the fray still Ring of Honor World Tag Team Champions. The Briscoes scored the first fall after sixteen minutes of hard-fought action, but FTR would take the next two and manage to escape DBD '22 with the titles around their waist. For the second time in less than a year, FTR and The Briscoes had competed in a match that ranks among the best in ROH history, if not the best in modern tag team wrestling, but none of that matters when there are no championship titles to go along with it. And that is the position The Briscoes have been in since April's SOH '22 event; these 252 days are not the longest Jay and Mark have gone without being ROH World Tag Team Champions, but they just may be the most painful. They've had to watch Cash and Dax run around on AEW programming claiming to be the best tag team in the world, sporting the titles that The Briscoes spent years validating as the most important in tag team wrestling, and face teams like Roppongi Vice, The United Empire, and old Briscoe foes, The Young Bucks. Clearly it has been eating away at the brothers Briscoe, and as speculation began about who FTR would defend the ROH World Tag Titles against at FINAL BATTLE 2022, it is safe to say Jay and Mark got themselves an idea that they used Colton and Austin Gunn to convey last Wednesday, and followed up with themselves via Twitter. Be warned, the content of the Briscoe tweet below is not for those offended by a plethora of four letter words: So it will be these four men will experience something none of them ever have before with this Double Dog Collar Match, and it just feels apropos that they go through this hell together. Four men who have dedicated the bulk of their careers to tag team wrestling putting their bodies, not to mention the longevity of their careers, on the line for the right to be called champion. History shows that on five occasions FINAL BATTLE has been the site of The Briscoes becoming new ROH World Tag Team Champions, will 2022 make it number six? Will thirteen (as in 13th championship reign) be a lucky number for Dem Boys, or will FTR's seventh defense be their lucky number? Tune into FINAL BATTLE 2022 this Saturday at 4pm ET to see the next chapter in the greatest tag team rivalry in professional wrestling today! ROH PURE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH... Daniel Garcia(c) vs. Wheeler Yuta Pure Rules Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls. 1.After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts on or under the ropes by his opponent are considered legal. 2.No closed-fist punches to the face permitted. 3.Open-handed slaps or chops to the face are permitted. 4.Punches to the rest of the body are allowed, excluding low blows. 5.The first use of a closed fist to the face receives a warning. 6.The second use of a closed fist to the face results in disqualification. 7.The title can change hands via disqualification and countout. 8.Outside interference will result in automatic termination from the roster for the wrestler that interferes. A bit of a history lesson right off the bat: in the history of the Pure Championship, dating back to its original incarnation as the Pure Wrestling Championship won by AJ Styles in February 2004, no man has ever been a 2-Time Champion. Three former champions have attempted to reclaim the title after their losses: Samoa Joe from Nigel McGuinness at BUFFALO STAMPEDE in October 2005, Jay Lethal when he faced Jonathan Gresham some 16 years after his reign ended, and Josh Woods when he fought Wheeler Yuta on the May 17th edition of AEW DARK following his SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2022 defeat. There were plenty of challengers who received more than one chance to dethrone a champion, but of those three former champs who received a second opportunity, all came up short in their return bouts. So with that being said, Wheeler Yuta stands on the precipice of history as another former Pure Champion with an opportunity to become the first 2-Time Pure Champion; all he has to do is win this rubber match with Daniel Garcia on Saturday afternoon. No easy feat by any means, especially with everything each man has experienced since their last clash on September 7th's DYNAMITE that resulted in Garcia's title victory. It was a night that “Red Death” actually achieved his greatest success without the help of The Jericho Appreciation Society, a triumph many fans had hoped would put Garcia on the path to joining The Blackpool Combat Club, or at least divorcing himself from Chris Jericho. Instead, it would prove one more step in pushing Garcia back into the J.A.S. fold while simultaneously driving a wedge into The BCC, at least between Yuta and Bryan Danielson, when “The American Dragon” actually strapped the Pure Championship around the waist of Garcia right in front of his BCC teammate. That moment lit a fire under Yuta for sure, watching his supposed mentor recognize his enemy in such a fashion, and since then Wheeler has had a burning desire to reclaim that which he lost three months ago. For Wheeler, it is about the Pure Championship but it is also about putting an end to this perpetual drama with The J.AS. and with Daniel Garcia, it's about definitively showing Danielson how he made the wrong choice that night in Buffalo, NY, and about reclaiming the Pure Championship for those who love professional wrestling as a sport. Much like Yuta, Garcia wants to be quits with Wheeler and The BCC, and wants to move on with his career as ROH Pure Champion. He's had two impressive title defenses thus far, and could go down as one of the great Pure Champions alongside Danielson, McGuinness, and Samoa Joe given his abilities inside the squared circle, but for Daniel it seems to be about rubbing it into everyone's faces that a man who calls himself a “sports-entertainer” is walking around as Pure Champion. At times it feels as if his ownership of the Pure Championship is more about that than any actual pride in what being Pure Champion actually means. Can Wheeler Yuta make history and become a 2-Time Champion this Saturday afternoon? Everything he has gained from his tutelage under Regal, Castagnoli, Moxley, and even Danielson has provided him with all the tools to be one of the greats, now it is up to Wheeler to put it all together and reclaim that which was taken from him. Can Garcia retain the title? He clearly has the tools as well, but he also has the J.A.S at his side who will, quite possibly, look for some way to skirt the rules of the Pure division and interfere on his behalf. This could be a beautiful wrestling exhibition or it could be a knockdown drag out fight. It could be technical brilliance, or violent business between two men who loathe one another; which ever way it swings, it is sure to be a must-see collision at FINAL BATTLE 2022! ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH... Samoa Joe (c) vs. Juice Robinson Samoa Joe's history with Ring of Honor has been well-documented; coming into ROH at the first GLORY BY HONOR on 10/5/02, he established his violent tendencies in rapid fashion through competition in the first Fight Without Honor against Low Ki. That ultra-physical affair showed the ROH faithful what Joe was all about, and by March 2003 he was standing atop the mountain as ROH Champion. He was the man who took the belt internationally to make it a World Championship, he was the won who dominated for 645 days as champion and put down twenty-nine challenges to his throne before it ended at FINAL BATTLE 2004. Joe was the man who had no problem crushing his own protege Jay Lethal to become the ROH Pure Champion, he was the man who made history fighting Kenta Kobashi on 10/1/05, and who had the guts to look into the Ring of Honor cameras and declare to that world “My name is Samoa Joe and I am pro wrestling!”. Even after Joe left ROH in 2007, his legacy loomed large and every champion that followed has been compared to the standards set by Samoa Joe both as a champion and as a representative for ROH. During some of hard times in those early years, Joe put ROH on his back and carried the banner everywhere he went, believing with all his heart that Ring of Honor was the home for professional wrestling. So when Joe returned to the fold at SUPERCARD OF HONOR 2022, well quite frankly there is nothing comparable to what it meant for Ring of Honor, especially given the new era of honor that the company was just starting to begin. And when Joe smashed his way through Minoru Suzuki to claim the ROH World Television Championship, the first ROH title he had held since Nigel McGuinness took the Pure Title in August 2005, it made Joe part of the illustrious Triple Crown Club, and it also heralded to the wrestling world that Samoa Joe had returned home. Trent Beretta, Jay Lethal, Josh Woods, and Brian Cage have all come for the ROH World TV Title since Joe's April victory over Suzuki and all have fallen before the self-proclaimed King of Television, a sobriquet he bequeathed on himself after claiming the TNT Championship from Wardlow. The Samoa Joe that stands before us today is the scariest version of the man that has ever stood inside the squared circle, it's as if all the experiences of his last 20 years have coalesced into this entity of rage and destruction, and it has been unleashed upon both AEW and ROH. So what's equally scary is how Juice Robinson has witnessed all this play out, albeit from a distance, and still called out Samoa Joe for this fight on Saturday afternoon! Now Juice has his own history with Ring of Honor, first debuting for the company during GLOBAL WARS 2016, and taking part in the joint shows with NJPW that followed the next two years. He even challenged for the ROH World Television title on the 1/28/17 edition of ROH's television program, but failed in achieving championship status that evening in Atlanta. In 2019 he would bring together a collection of like-minded individuals to form a group that included TracyWilliams, Bandido, and David Finlay, among others, but Lifeblood's existence would prove short-lived as Juice focused on his NJPW career coming out of the G1 Supercard event in April 2019. So as much as this challenge to Joe is about Juice immediately establishing his bonafides in the United States after building his name in NJPW as a 3-Time IWGP United State Champion, it is also about returning to ROH for some unfinished business. Samoa Joe helped to establish Ring of Honor with his World Championship reign, he gave it a credibility that remained long after he left, and now he is doing the same for the World Television Champion in this new era. What that means is a championship victory over Samoa Joe is instant credibility, and that is what Juice Robinson is chasing at FINAL BATTLE 2022. Eighteen years ago, Austin Aries got it when ended Joe's historic ROH World Championship reign at one FINAL BATTLE; can Juice repeat history at another FINAL BATTLE? TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH... Swerve In Our Glory (Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland) vs. Shane Taylor Promotions (JD Griffey & Shane Taylor) On September 16th of 2017, a relationship that had been built-up over the last three years abruptly came to an end, coincidentally enough, right in Arlington, Texas. Shane Taylor and Kieth Lee, collectively known as The Pretty Boy Killers, had defeated Homicide and Low Ki in a successful defense of the VIP Wrestling Tag Team Championship titles they'd won five months earlier from War Machine. Then like so much dust in the wind, their partnership was over and Shane Taylor was left high-and-dry as Keith Lee explored his own options in professional wrestling separate from his PBK partner. It was shocker to Taylor, they'd been making waves around the independent circuit for several years by that point, and since May 2015 had been competing under the Ring of Honor banner against teams like The Briscoes, The All Night Express, Colt Cabana & Dalton Castle, and had even toppled War Machine in a No Rules contest during SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST 2016. Then it was over, the partnership that is, because while Keith Lee went about evolving his career, finding a team with Shane Strickland that has persevered to this day and competing around the independents before signing his name to contract elsewhere, Shane Taylor stayed true to Ring of Honor. He founded The Rebellion with Rhett Titus, Caprice Coleman, and Kenny King, a unit that brought Taylor his first FINAL BATTLE win in 2016, but was ultimately forced to disband after losing to the Search & Destroy unit of The Motor City Machine Guns, Jonathan Gresham, and a young Jay White. He had the honor of fighting Hirooki Goto during the WAR OF THE WORLDS 2017 events with New Japan Pro Wrestling, went on the hunt for championship gold that year as well as part of the SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST 2017 finals and in the ROH World Television Championship bout at that year's FINAL BATTLE event. Neither would lead to titles for Shane Taylor, but they amped up his hunger to become someone greater on the ROH landscape. He collected the experiences, as both partner and foe, being in the ring with members of The BULLET CLUB, with competitors like EVIL, Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb, and Bandido, before finally achieving his championship dream during the 2019 WAR OF THE WORLDS tour when he defeated Jeff Cobb, Hirooki Goto, and Brody King to become the 22nd World Television Champion. But the work was just beginning, and for 218 days across 10 successful defenses, Shane Taylor was a dominating champion until Dragon Lee ended his reign at FINAL BATTLE 2019. He beat Bandido, a young Danhausen, Joe Hendry, and survived multiple Four Corners matches with title still around his waist. He founded Shane Taylor Promotions, bringing together Kaun, Moses, Reverend Ron Hunt, and O'Shay Edwards to form one of ROH's most dominant factions of the last several years. For 295 days, Taylor reigned as ROH World Six Man Champions with Kaun and Moses as his partners, with O'Shay Edwards being allowed to pinch-hit on a few occasions for STP. They defended the titles more than any other trio, eleven instances to be exact, and while MexiSquad may be the longest reigning champions thanks to pandemic travel restrictions preventing them defending the titles for over 400 days, it was STP that ended that reign and brought the titles back to prominence in ROH, even defending them in outside promotions. Shane Taylor fought his way onto Ring of Honor events, from the dark matches to the main events, and along the way established a true force in wrestling with Shane Taylor Promotions, a force that has grown bigger than ROH, and that has now brought JD Griffey into the fold. But who is JD Griffey to Keith Lee? Why this choice of partner for Shane Taylor on Saturday afternoon? Because JD Griffey is a man with his own Keith Lee history, one dating back over a decade to their early wrestling days in Texas, where they were both partners and foes, and even trained together for a period in Muay Thai. Shane Taylor made this choice of partner, not just because Griffey is a supremely talented athlete, but also because of its personal nature. This entire situation is rife with tumultuous history, just as Keith's present with Swerve Strickland is tumultuous, so the question is if Keith's past or his present will decide this contest? Can Swerve In Our Glory patch over their issues to leave Arlington, TX as the victors? Or will Shane Taylor make it three years in a row where he leaves FINAL BATTLE in victorious fashion? ROH WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH... Mercedes Martinez(c) vs. “The Fallen Goddess” Athena It has been more than eleven years since the first time these two women locked up inside the Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL for the first of three extremely physical matches. As both women described in the ROAD TO FINAL BATTLE, it was Athena looking to prove herself against one of the women who had blazed the trail “The Fallen Goddess” was now treading. Athena was only a few years into her career by the time they met while Mercedes had been grinding it out for a decade by that point, fighting in front of fans who may have started with no respect for women's wrestling, but who had no choice but to give it once they saw the fight Martinez brought. Mercedes crawled, she learned how to walk, so that the women who followed in her footsteps could run, and she's never forgotten the grind it took to bring women's wrestling where it is today in the United States. But those clashes in SHIMMER, those weren't about the growth of women's wrestling, those were about the growth of Athena and quite shockingly, of those three matches, the only one that had a definitive winner was their final battle in March of 2012 where Athena bested the “OG Badass”. It could come as no surprise that their rivalry followed both women to Florida and into the next stage of their careers. A singles match in 2017 went in Athena's favor, as did a tag team match almost nine years to the date of their last SHIMMER bout, and now their paths have intersected once more on the AEW/ROH landscape. Athena's unleashed violent streak has brought her fourteen consecutive victories, twelve of those in singles matches, and seen her stoop low enough to actually strike referee Aubrey Edwards after defeating Madison Rayne. Meanwhile, Mercedes is freshly back to the action after spending the last several months recovering from injury, last competing at DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR 2022 before her in-ring return on the 11/21 edition of DARK: ELEVATION following her confrontation with Athena on the 11/18 RAMPAGE. But instead of just jumping into the fray this Saturday cold, Mercedes actually traveled to Australia and New Zealand to get herself prepared for this championship fight with Athena at FINAL BATTLE 2022. And that is exactly what this match will be, a fight, not a catch-as-catch-can or technical wrestling exhibition, but a fight between two women with lots of bad blood between them, further enhanced by the opportunity to represent ROH in this new era of honor. It's not an opportunity that existed for Athena in 2013 when she last competed under the ROH banner, and what a career highlight it would be for her to claim that crown at the expense of Martinez. It may not be a Wednesday night, but this match is pure dynamite and it's primed to explode in Arlington live on pay-per-view! ROH WORLD SIX MAN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH... Dalton Castle & The Boys(c) vs. The Embassy (Brian Cage, Kaun, & Toa Liona) Dalton Castle and his Boys, with their second ROH World Six Man Championship reign, have proudly carried the titles since defeating The Righteous at DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR 2022 back in July. They've got two successful defenses in their pocket against Primal Fear and The TrustBusters, but this Saturday afternoon they are faced with monstrous opposition unlike anything they've faced in their entire time together. Sure they've battled The Briscoes and Shane Taylor, The Kingdom, the BULLET CLUB, but as good as those trios were, none of them were the freakish physical specimens Prince Nana has amassed for the latest iteration of The Embassy. Brian Cage, Kaun, and Toa Liona are three of the most imposing and intimidating forces under the banner of either ROH or AEW, and while their experience as a trio is limited, they make up for that with sheer destructive power, and an athleticism that defies their size. It's rare to see men as muscular as these three, as utterly powerful as these three, be the kind of athletes they demonstrated, but here we are with this Embassy standing as Prince Nana's most terrifying collection of talent in the 19 years since he first began collecting talent with the late former ROH Champion Xavier at FINAL BATTLE 2003. Dalton and The Boys know they're at a disadvantage from a physical standpoint, but there is no substitute for experience and this trio has that in spades. The Boys know how Dalton thinks, they are willing to sacrifice themselves at his behest, and all the theatrics aside, they've spent several years gelling into a championship trio. That being said, the defending champions are going to have to pull out every trick they have in their playbook to survive this defense and escape Arlington with the ROH World Six Man Championship titles still in their camp. Prince Nana has always said The Embassy is forever, and for nineteen years, through a tremendous line-up of talent, it has lived up to that decree. Will Brian Cage and The Gates of Agony bring championships back to Prince Nana this Saturday in Texas? TAG TEAM BOUT... AR Fox & Blake Christian vs. Dralistico & Rush It's been more than five years since Dralistico stepped inside a ROH ring, during the massive 2017 WAR OF THE WORLDS: UK tour that involved ROH, NJPW, CMLL, and RevPro to be exact. Those bouts, fought under the Mistico name, were but a tease of what Dralistico brought to the table, but now he's coming back to Ring of Honor and joining his older brother Rush in tag team competition! Now Rush and Blake Christian had themselves a solid bout back in August on AEW DARK in which the former ROH World Champion bested Christian in six minutes, but Blake has a chance for a little revenge here with this tag team bout! Blake's partner for this pay-per-view outing is none other than one of AEW's newest acquisition's, the ultra-impressive AR Fox, and while these two men are quite familiar with one another, the history is as foes rather than allies. This will be their first time teaming up, and they're faced with a duo in Rush and Dralistico who have the bond of family, as well as the bonds of sharing the ring together on a multitude of occasions. It's a tremendous opportunity for AR Fox and Blake Christian to score a major upset, and shake up the world according to LFI. If they can pull it off remains to be seen, but there's no doubt Fox and Chrisitan have a fight on their hands come FINAL BATTLE 2022 when Rush and Dralistico stand across the ring! THE ZERO HOUR... The FINAL BATTLE 2022: ZERO HOUR kicks off FREE on the official YouTube channel starting at 3pm ET/2pm CT and it is absolutely loaded! Four huge match-ups featuring former ROH champions, new faces to Ring of Honor, and some of the best talent All Elite Wrestling has to offer as well! ONE-ON-ONE... Jeff Cobb vs. Mascara Dorada This Saturday's FINAL BATTLE 2022: ZERO HOUR will see Jeff Cobb return to an ROH ring for the first time since his GATEWAY TO HONOR 2020 Four Corner Survival defeat. Prior to that, Cobb was in a position to challenge for the ROH World Tag Team Titles after he and Dan Maff defeated Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham in a Proving Ground Match, but because of the pandemic shutdown, it never came to pass, and Cobb parted ways with ROH. Now he has a chance to remind the ROH faithful why he was such a dominant World Television Champion for 222 days, scoring victories over foes such as Hangman Page, Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, and Shane Taylor during his reign. He can remind them why he was such a threat when he faced Matt Taven and Rush during their ROH World Championship reigns, and show them why he has become such an impactful player in New Japan Pro Wrestling as part of The United Empire. As for his opponent, this will be the first ROH match in Mascara Dorada's 17-year career, and thus it is not one he will take lightly. A multi-time champion in CMLL, Dorada returned to the independent wrestling landscape in the beginning of 2022, and has been tearing it up everywhere he has gone. Be it GCW, IMPACT, NJPW STRONG, or New Japan proper, Mascara Dorada has been in top form in 2022, and now he gets to display that during the ZERO HOUR! Will Cobb be victorious in his return to the fold, or will Mascara Dorado's Ring of Honor debut be a triumphant one for the luchador? ONE-ON-ONE... Willow Nightingale vs. Trish Adora Rewind 13 months to November 10, 2021 and bear witness to what could've been the birth of a wonderful tag team for Ring of Honor as Willow Nightingale and Trish Adora partnered up for the first time in a victorious effort. Now both were fairly new to the ROH ring, having started competing for Ring of Honor just a few months prior, and both competing in the ROH Women's World Championship Tournament eventually won by Rok-C. In fact, they could have been opponents in the Quarter-Final round had Willow bested Allysin Kay in the opener, instead their lone one-on-one meeting took place in May 2021 and it was Adora who picked up the victory Can Willow even the score with a victory during ZERO HOUR, or will Adora be the dominant one yet again? TAG TEAM ACTION... Jericho Appreciation Society (“Daddy Magic” Matt Menard & “Cool Hand” Angelo Parker) vs. Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger & Eli Isom) Not only will The Jericho Appreciation Society be in the house to support their man in his ROH World Championship match, but “Daddy Magic” and “Cool Hand” will also be in tag team competition against two of ROH's staples in Cheeseburger and Eli Isom. Now it's not the first time Menard and Parker have competed under the ROH banner, but it has been nine years since the last time they've done so, and Saturday afternoon on the ZERO HOUR, they aim to start The J.A.S' day off on the right foot with a victory over The Shinobi Shadow Squad! TAG TEAM BOUT... The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett) vs. Top Flight (Dante & Darius Martin) Mike Bennett and Matt Taven, collectively known as The Kingdom, make their return to the Ring of Honor stage this Saturday afternoon during the ZERO HOUR! Together these two warriors are former 2-Time ROH World Tag Team Champions, while Taven himself stands as a Grand Slam winner with multiple Six Man Championships to his credit, as while as a World Television Championship reign, and a ROH World Championship run that began in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden. They, along with Maria, aim to reclaim ROH as their territory, and it begins with this bout here. Top Flight had their first taste of ROH action when they faced FTR for the ROH World Tag Team Championship recently, and now they'll get a proper welcoming with this first appearance on a Ring of Honor event. It's a huge opportunity for Dante and Darius to make their mark on the company as we head into 2023, can the Martin brothers score the victory over The Kingdom on Matt and Mike's home turf? With six championship matches, the return of Shane Taylor Promotions to the fold for a grudge tag team match, and a loaded ZERO HOUR event, FINAL BATTLE 2022 is going to be another historic day in two decade history of ROH's signature event! The fights kick off at 3pm ET/2pm CT on the official YouTube Channel with the FINAL BATTLE 2022: ZERO HOUR, and the pay-per-view proper starts at 4pm ET/3pm CT over on Bleacher Report, PPV.com (CANADA ONLY), FITE (INTERNATIONAL), as well as on traditional pay-per-view providers! The new era of honor is just getting started, but to use an old phrase born in ROH, do not miss out on the greatest pound-for-pound professional wrestling on the planet today!

  • Final Battle Main Event Announced On AEW Rampage!

    ROH World Champion “The Ocho” Chris Jericho with the Jericho Appreciation Society—Angelo Parker, Daniel Garcia, Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara & Matt Menard! Parker: “Pipe down, Chicago! Cool Hand has one thing to say. All honor the Ocho!” Jericho: “Is there any doubt that I am the greatest Ring Of Honor Champion of all time? Any doubt? I’ve beaten everybody that’s been thrown my way. I’ve bled for this title, I’ve sweat for this title, I’ve earned this title. I am the Ocho. Not even Claudio Castagnoli came come out on the stage and give me a cheap out, not even that’s going to slow me down. “So my question to everybody here: who’s it going to be that uncrowns the king of Ring of Honor?” Claudio Castagnoli’s music hit and he came out onto the ramp! Claudio: “Chris, you asked if there’s any doubt that you are the greatest Ring Of Honor Champion. There’s no doubt in my mind that you are not. I know I can beat you. I’ve beat you twice. But I started doubting myself when it counts. “I came here to be the best professional wrestler that I can be. And I know I am the best professional wrestler when I don’t doubt myself. I don’t just need to beat you, I have to beat you.” Jericho: “OK, maybe you should be more worried about the Blackpool Combat Club since they’re falling apart at the seams.” Claudio: “See that’s my problem. I can’t focus on anything else since I lost to you six days ago. It bothers me. I need a shot at the Ring of Honor World Championship.” Jericho: “So you want another shot at this Ring of Honor World Championship? If you want it…forget it. Because there’s nothing you have that you can offer me.” Menard: “Hold on, maybe there is something he can offer. Maybe there’s something he can offer all of us. Daddy Magic has an idea. Claudio, you’re a hell of a professional wrestler, but let’s not forget there was a time when you were a fantastic sports entertainer. I think you would make an excellent addition to the Jericho Appreciation Society. How about that, Chris?” Jericho: “I think you’re onto something Daddy Magic. Claudio, despite the fact that you came out on the stage and whacked me in the face for no reason, I will give you one more chance at the Ring of Honor Championship. But if you lose, and you will lose, you will become the new member of the Jericho Appreciation Society.” Claudio: “You’re right. I was a great sports entertainer. I still am a great sports entertainer. And I would be a tremendous asset to the Jericho Appreciation Society. But I know deep in my heart, despite all my doubts, I’m an even better professional wrestler. And look in my eyes, Chris, come Final Battle, I will throw you around like a little kid and I will beat you for that Ring of Honor World Championship. I will bring honor back to this title!” With that, the main event for Final Battle is SET! It’s Champion Chris Jericho vs Claudio Castagnoli for the Ring of Honor World Championship LIVE on PPV on December 10! But if Claudio loses, he must become the new member of the Jericho Appreciation Society!

  • Chris Jericho Is The New ROH World Champion

    Chris Jericho is the new Ring of Honor World Champion!

  • Death Before Dishonor 2022 Results

    Death Before Dishonor 2022 Results **CONTAINS SPOILERS** ROH: DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR 2022 was broadcast live on July 23rd from the UMASS Lowell Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA! The night began with the ROH: Zero Hour preshow kicking things off on the official ROH YouTube Channel! Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman were the commentary team for tonight’s event. Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana vs. Anthony Henry (with JD Drake)! Anthony Henry was making his Ring of Honor debut tonight. Henry ignored Colt’s attempt at a handshake and recognizing the Code of Honor. Henry and Cabana displayed beautiful chain wrestling. Henry clubbed Cabana with forearms. Anthony Henry blocked a sunset flip from Colt and then wrenched Colt’s neck. Henry mounted Colt and ground and pounded him. Henry took Colt off his feet with a thrust kick to the midsection. Henry locked Colt in the bow-and-arrow but Colt escaped. “Colt is trying everything he can to stay in this game,” said Caprice Coleman. Cabana was riled up after Henry kicked “Boom Boom” in the chest. Henry spiked Cabana with a piledriver for a near fall. “Henry looks like he belongs in the Pure Division with what we’re seeing tonight,” said Ian Riccaboni. Colt connected with a whirly bird into a suplex on Henry. Cabana employed Larry Holmes-style jabs and then the “Boom Boom” elbow. After the Flying Apple, Colt nearly decapitated Henry with a huge lariat. Outside the ring, JD Drake sucker punched Cabana. Henry tried to capitalize with a frog splash but Colt kicked out before the three-count! Henry grabbed a front choke but Cabana countered with the Billy Goat’s Curse in the center of the ring. JD Drake jumped on the ring apron but Cabana shoved Henry into Drake. After a moonsault, Colt pinned Henry! “That’s two-for-two in Ring of Honor since April,” said Ian Riccaboni. Shinobi Shadow Squad—Cheeseburger & Eli Isom vs. Trustbusters—Ari Daivari & Slim J! “Eli Isom is a real Blue Chipper,” said Caprice. The fans came alive for Cheeseburger, chanting his name in unison. Slim J taunted Cheeseburger and then knocked him down with a running clothesline. Ari tagged in and smacked Cheeseburger with a chop. Cheeseburger delivered a forearm and then made the tag to Eli. Eli used a Mexican Arm Drag on Ari. Slim J tagged back in while Cheeseburger grabbed a blind tag. Cheeseburger stretched Slim J in a submission. Ari kicked Cheeseburger in the back as Burger hit the ropes. The Trustbusters used a wheelbarrow flatline on Cheeseburger for a near fall. Eli delivered forearms to the Trustbusters. Eli splashed Ari in the corner and then used a Blue Thunder Bomb. Cheeseburger came in but Slim J sent Burger flying with a butterfly suplex. Eli unloaded with strikes on Slim J but Slim J planted Eli and then used a high crossbody. Ari jumped off the top rope with a frog splash and pinned Eli Isom! Lexy Nair was backstage with Prince Nana! Prince Nana said he used his family’s riches and purchased Tully Blanchard Enterprises! Six Man Tag Match! The Embassy—"The Machine” Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony—Kaun & Toa Liona vs. Alex Zayne, Blake Christian, & Tony Deppen! Deppen slapped Brian Cage. Deppen slid under Cage’s legs and nailed him with a knee strike. Brian Cage grabbed Tony Deppen and began mauling him, whipping Deppen into the turnbuckles. Kaun tagged in and Tony hit double foot stomps on Kaun. Zayne tagged in and smashed Kaun with a guillotine flipping leg drop. Liona tagged in and rammed Zayne with a running shoulder tackle. Brian Cage rocked Zayne with a deadlift suplex off the ropes! Zayne cracked Cage with a risking knee strike. Cage fired back with a wheelbarrow suplex. Blake Christian tagged in and planted Cage with a DDT! Christian flipped over the ropes outside the ring onto the Gates of Agony—but they caught him! Tony Deppen evened up the odds with a cannonball senton onto the Gates of Agony! Cage waffled Deppen with a discus clothesline. Brian Cage powerbombed Tony Deppen. The Gates of Agony and Cage triple teamed Deppen and then pinned Tony Deppen! “Prince Nana’s investment paying immediate dividends here tonight,” said Ian Riccaboni. Allysin Kay vs. Willow Nightingale! Allysin and Willow locked up and it was a stalemate. Willow bodyslammed Kay. Willow clipped Kay with an enziguri. Willow charged in but ate a big boot from Kay. “No wasted movement from either woman,” said Ian. The crowd rallied behind Willow. Allysin Kay clocked Nightingale with a high kick but Willow Nightingale fired back with a lariat. Kay locked a triangle choke on Willow but Willow managed to escape. “What a back and forth encounter we’ve seen here,” said Ian Riccaboni. Allison Kay was looking for the AK-47 finisher but Willow fought back with the pounce! Willow doctor bombed Allison Kay and pinned her! “Big time victory for Willow Nightingale,” said Ian Riccaboni. “That’s gotta put her in the top 5, if not the number one contender for the Women’s Championship” replied Caprice Coleman. The opening contest of the main card began with… ROH World Title Match! “The Octopus” Jonathan Gresham (c.) (with Prince Nana) vs. The Blackpool Combat Club’s Claudio Castagnoli (with William Regal)! This match kicked off the show as there was a coin toss earlier to determine which of the two co-main events would conclude the show. The Code of Honor was observed. William Regal joined the commentary team for this match. The crowd was split, with dueling chants for Claudio and Gresham. Claudio grabbed Gresham with the Giant Swing! Claudio went for the cover but Gresham bridged out. Gresham dropkicked Claudio’s knee. Gresham put pressure on the ankle with a drop toe hold. Claudio created space by pushing Gresham away with his boot. “The Octopus” dropkicked Claudio in the legs again, doing his best to neutralize the “Swiss Superman”. Claudio rallied back with a big back breaker and then a European Uppercut for a near fall. “Claudio is on wobbly knees,” said Caprice. Claudio hit the double foot stomp on Gresham for a two-count. Gresham blasted Claudio with a shotgun dropkick. Gresham grabbed an ankle lock on Claudio, but Claudio managed to get the rope break. “Claudio knew his leg was in trouble so he had to go to the rope,” said Regal. Gresham chopped at Claudio but Claudio delivered an uppercut. The champ started chopping at Claudio’s legs. Claudio hoisted up Gresham, looking for the UFO, but Claudio’s legs gave out. Jonathan Gresham went into high octane mode with a German Suplex. Claudio planted the champion with a big-time lariat! “Folks, this is the sport of professional wrestling,” said Coleman. Claudio employed the hammer and anvil elbow strikes on Gresham. Claudio spike Gresham with the Ricola Bomb and pinned Gresham! And new Ring of Honor World Champion…Claudio Castagnoli! After the match, Gresham and Claudio adhered to the Code of Honor. ROH World Six Man Title Match! The Righteous—Bateman, Dutch, & Vincent vs. Dalton Castle & The Boys—Brent & Brandon! Dalton grabbed Bateman with a T-Bone exploder suplex. Dalton and the Boys used triple offense on Bateman. Dutch snuck in a blind tag and decimated the Boys with a double lariat! Vincent tagged in, cutting the ring in half, hitting Brent with a running knee strike. Bateman tagged in and headbutted Brent. Bateman blasted Brent with a spinning back elbow. Dalton Castle caught a tag and sent Bateman down with a basement DDT! Castle cleaned house on the Righteous with gut wrench suplexes! Dalton dished out the Boys, throwing them over the top rope onto the Righteous! Vita Von Star jumped on the ring apron and distracted the Boys and Castle. Dutch dove over the top rope with a flipping senton onto the Boys outside the ring. Vincent jumped off the top rope with Death From Above but Castle broke up the pin for his team! Vincent came back with Orange Sunshine on Brent! Dalton cleared the ring and planted Dutch with a German Suplex! Castle nailed Bateman with the Bang-A-Rang and pinned him! And new Ring Of Honor Six-Man Champions…Dalton Castle & The Boys! ROH Pure Title Match! The Blackpool Combat Club’s Wheeler Yuta (c.) (with William Regal) vs. Jericho Appreciation Society’s Daniel Garcia! William Regal joined the commentary team again. Josh Woods, John Walters, and Ace Steel were the judges for this match. Yuta and Garcia chain wrestled and then Garcia slapped Yuta in the face. Yuta applied pressure with a straight jacket hold on Daniel Garcia. Wheeler Yuta transitioned to a single leg crab. Yuta planted Garcia on the neck with a German Suplex, and then another! “This is a great challenge for young Wheeler here,” said Regal. Garcia smacked Yuta in the ear with open palm strikes. Yuta jumped off the top rope with a dropkick, right on target! Yuta used an inverted atomic drop. Garcia and Yuta traded strikes, and Yuta knocked Garcia to the mat. Yuta went right to a German Suplex on Garcia for a near fall. Garcia rolled away from Yuta and began smashing Yuta with hammer and anvil elbows. Yuta caught Garcia’s arm and suplexed him. Garcia cranked back into a sharpshooter but Yuta escaped. Garcia grapevine the legs and put Yuta in the Regal Stretch. The fans chanted “This is wrestling! This is wrestling!” Yuta put Garcia in the Walls of Jericho but Garcia grabbed a rope break, the first rope break of the match. Garcia spiked Wheeler Yuta with a piledriver for a two-count. Garcia grabbed Yuta’s arms, ready to stomp on him. However, Yuta trapped Garcia’s arms, pulled him down and pinned him! After the match, Garcia flipped off retaining champion Wheeler Yuta. Battle Of The Brothers! Rush (with Jose the Assistant) vs. Dragon Lee! Rush pie-faced Dragon Lee, but Dragon Lee fired back with heel kicks. Rush rocked Dragon Lee with a forearm to the jaw and then taunted his younger brother. Rush hit the shotgun dropkick to Dragon Lee and then followed up with a tope con hiro. Rush whipped Dragon Lee into the steel guardrails. Rush used a Buzz Sawyer slam on Dragon Lee for a near fall. The momentum shifted as Dragon Lee rocketed over the top rope onto Rush! He set Rush on the time keeper’s table and then harpooned Rush through it! Dragon Lee double stomped Rush off the top rope for a two-count! “It’s very rare to have Rush in this predicament,” said Caprice Coleman. Dragon Lee and Rush traded forearms in the center of the ring. Dragon Lee staggered Rush with a ripcord suplex! Rush hurled Dragon Lee off the ring apron onto the arena floor with a belly-to-belly suplex! Dragon Lee rallied back with an inside-out Frankensteiner, and Rush crashed on the arena floor! Rush used Dragon Lee’s momentum and suplexed him into the turnbuckles. Rush smashed Dragon Lee in the face with the Bull’s Horns but Dragon Lee found the resolve to kick out! The fans chanted “This is awesome! This is awesome!” Dragon Lee double stomped Rush, but Rush kicked out at one! Dragon Lee followed up with the Liger Bomb for a near fall! He hit the Incinerator knee strike on Rush for a two-count! “Rush is out on his feet,” said Caprice Coleman. Rush lured Dragon Lee in and pinned his brother after crushing him with the Bull’s Horns. “Rush, building that momentum, with ten straight wins,” said Ian Riccaboni. ROH Women’s World Title Match! Mercedes Martinez (c.) vs. “The Professor” Serena Deeb! Martinez grabbed a side headlock, trying to wear down Deeb. Serena Deeb used an arm drag takeover, in control of the early goings of the match. Mercedes pulled out the spinebuster early on Deeb. Mercedes kicked Deeb in the face. Outside the ring, Mercedes chopped at Deeb, but Deeb speared Mercedes on the apron! Deeb connected with a Dragon Sleeper and then planted Martinez for a near fall. Serena Deeb delivered uppercuts to the champion. Martinez fought back with a half and half suplex on Serena. “The pendulum swings, the momentum changes,” said Ian Riccaboni. Mercedes perched Serena on the top turnbuckle. Mercedes tried to suplex Deeb off the top but Deeb fought out with back elbows. Serena had Mercedes in the Tree of Woe position and then jumped at her with a running strike. Deeb wrenched the neck of Mercedes. Deeb rolled up Mercedes for a near fall, but Mercedes escaped and tried to transition into an arm breaker. Mercedes had an inside grapevine choke on Deeb but Deeb escaped. Mercedes sent Deeb to the mat hard with a spider German Suplex! Mercedes wanted the execution forearm but Deeb was dead weight and fell down to the mat. Mercedes put Deeb in a surfboard lock but Deeb bit the arm of Mercedes to escape. “You cannot count Serena Deeb out,” said Caprice. Deeb trapped the arm and put Mercedes in the Serenity Lock. Mercedes rolled through to escape. Deeb wrenched the ankle of the champ but Mercedes powered through and sent Deeb headfirst into the turnbuckles. Mercedes planted Deeb with the OG Drop for a two-count! “This has been an absolute war of attrition,” said Ian Riccaboni. Mercedes locked Deeb into the Brass City Sleeper submission and made Deeb tap out! ROH World TV Title Match! Samoa Joe (c.) vs. Jay Lethal (with Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh)! Samoa Joe and Jay Lethal wasted no time and began to brawl in the aisle, as Joe was making his entrance. Lethal fired back with a dropkick to Samoa Joe. Samoa Joe used his educated feet and rocked Jay Lethal with stiff kicks to the chest! Samoa Joe was about to powerbomb Lethal through the timekeeper’s table but Satnam Singh ambushed Joe from behind. Jay Lethal placed Joe’s arm in between a steel chair while Satnam shoved Joe into the steel ring post! The match hadn’t started yet so the ref could not disqualify Jay Lethal. The ref finally began the match and ejected Satnam Singh from the ringside area. Lethal dropkicked Samoa Joe off the top turnbuckle, hitting Joe right in the shoulder. Samoa Joe staggered Lethal with a forearm. Samoa Joe surprised Jay Lethal with a tope suicida. The fans chanted “Let’s go Joe! Let’s go Joe!” Samoa Joe steamrolled Jay Lethal with a running lariat! Samoa Joe grabbed Jay Lethal with a scoop slam for a near fall. Lethal fought back with the Lethal Combination on Samoa Joe. “Lethal trying to recover here,” said Ian Riccaboni. Jay Lethal was positioning Samoa Joe for the figure four but Samoa Joe kicked Lethal in the face. Jay Lethal hoisted Joe up on the turnbuckles, looking for the Muscle Buster. Joe shoved Lethal off the turnbuckles and followed up with a leg lariat from the top! “This has been an absolute war between two of the absolute greats in Ring of Honor,” said Riccaboni. Samoa Joe was looking for the Muscle Buster but Lethal countered with the Lethal Injection for a near fall on the champion! “Jay Lethal can’t believe it,” said Caprice Coleman. Samoa Joe employed a Judo throw on Jay Lethal. Joe was looking for the Muscle Buster but Sonjay ran out and distracted the ref. While the ref had his back turned, Lethal smashed the championship belt into Samoa Joe. Lethal tried to pin Samoa Joe but Joe kicked out at two! Lethal tried to roll up Samoa Joe but Samoa Joe countered with a chokehold and forced Jay Lethal to tap out! “Against all odds, Samoa Joe retains the World Television Championship, evading Sonjay Dutt and beating the franchise of ROH,” said Caprice Coleman. ROH World Tag Title 2 of 3 Falls Match! FTR—Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood (c.) vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe! “Whoever wins this match tonight can say legit they are the best tag team on this planet,” said Caprice Coleman. “You can cut the tension with a knife,” replied Ian Riccaboni. Dax and Mark began for their respective teams with a collar and elbow tie up. Mark send Harwood to the mat with a shoulder tackle. Cash tagged in and Mark utilized the Redneck Kung Fu. Harwood tagged back in, and Jay Briscoe tagged in for the Briscoes. Jay Briscoe got Dax with a hurracanrana. Jay Briscoe planted Dax down with a side suplex. FTR regrouped outside of the ring. The ringside doctor checked on Dax’s shoulder. Wheeler pie faced Jay and then Jay unloaded chops on Cash Wheeler! Wheeler shoulder tackled Jay in the midsection and then back suplexed Jay. This time the Briscoes rolled outside the ring to gather themselves. FTR used tandem offense on Jay Briscoe for a near fall. FTR picked up the pace with quick tags to one another. “Both teams decided to pick up the pace when they reset outside the ring,” said Caprice. Mark dished out forearms to Cash Wheeler. The Briscoes ran into Cash with a double shoulder tackle. Jay sent Wheeler down again with a European Uppercut. The Briscoes cut off the ring on Cash, and Mark suplexed Cash. “It’s been all Briscoes at this point,” said Ian Riccaboni. Cash caught Mark midflight and scoop slammed him. Cash made the tag to Harwood and Harwood cleaned house on the Briscoes! Harwood planted Jay with two German Suplexes. Harwood hit Mark with a right hand. Mark was about to go for the Cactus elbow drop but Cash caught Mark by surprise on the apron with a strike. Dax DDT’ed Jay for a near fall! Jay catapulted Dax into the ring post! The Briscoes nailed the Doomsday Device on Dax and pinned him for the first fall of the match! “Listen to the crowd. They’re silent. They didn’t expect this,” said Caprice Coleman. Outside the ring, Mark Briscoe chopped away at Dax’s chest. Harwood’s chest was bleeding from the chops! The Briscoes viciously attacked Wheeler outside the ring. Jay headbutted Dax Harwood. The Briscoes hit the Redneck Boogie on Dax but Dax managed to kick out at the two-count! Harwood got back to his feet and exchanged chops with Mark Briscoe. Dax got the tag to a fresh Wheeler and Wheeler came in like a freight train! Wheeler was on a roll with a perfect brainbuster on Mark for a near fall. Mark was looking for the Redneck Boogie again but Dax grabbed Jay out of the ring. Dax and Jay brawled in the crowd. “It’s a proverbial warzone here,” said Ian Riccaboni. Jay smacked Cash with the time keeper’s ring bell! Mark tried to pin Cash but Cash kicked out! The blood began to pour out of the skull of Cash Wheeler. FTR came back with the Big Rig on Jay and Dax pinned Jay. FTR took the second fall of the match! Mark and Dax traded strikes on the ring apron! Mark smashed Dax Harwood with the blockbuster on the outside! Jay grabbed Dax for the Jay Driller but Dax fought out of it and stuck Jay with a piledriver! FTR blocked a Doomsday Device from the Briscoes. FTR were looking for the Big Rig on Jay but Dax accidentally struck ref Paul Turner with a punch. Jay spiked Dax with the Jay Driller but there was no ref to count the pin. FTR caught Jay with the Big Rig but Jay kicked out! “This is the first time in history that anyone has kicked out of the Big Rig!” said Caprice Coleman. The fans were on their feet chanting “This is awesome! This is awesome! This is awesome!” The Briscoes took down Dax with the Doomsday Device but Cash broke up the pin attempt on his partner! “That Doomsday Device took everything out of everyone,” said Ian Riccaboni. Dax and Jay duked it out in the middle of the ring. Jay put Harwood into the clutch. Mark put Cash into a clutch of his own. Dax grabbed the rope to force the ref to break the hold. Mark climbed to the top turnbuckle but Wheeler jumped up there and suplexed Mark through the timekeeper’s table on the arena floor! Jay crushed Harwood with the Jay Driller but Harwood kicked out! “It’s almost an hour. We’re 50 minutes into this match,” said Caprice Coleman. Jay was on the top rope when Dax met him up there and nailed Jay with a piledriver off the ropes! Dax Harwood pinned Jay Briscoe and FTR scored the third and final fall of the match! “This is the greatest match I’ve seen in my life,” said Caprice Coleman. “Dax Harwood fought like an eight-year-old girl tonight,” replied Ian Riccaboni. “The Briscoes will live to fight again,” added Coleman. FTR invited the Briscoes into the ring so the fans could show the Briscoes the appreciation they deserved. The Code of Honor was adhered to after the match. The Blackpool Combat Club—Claudio Castagnoli, Wheeler Yuta, and William Regal—stood on the ramp after the match and held up their belts. FTR stood in the ring and held up their belts! “This is what Ring of Honor is all about!” said Caprice Coleman. Missed out on this historic night of ROH action?! There’s still time to order the replay of Ring of Honor: Death Before Dishonor 2022! It’s available on Bleacher Report, FITE TV, PPV.com, and all traditional pay-per-view providers! See it for yourself!

  • Death Before Dishonor 2022 PPV Preview

    Ring of Honor comes back to pay-per-view this Saturday night with a return to one of the premier tentpole of ROH's calendar: Death Before Dishonor! One of ROH's signature events, DBD has been an essential part of ROH ever since 2003, and save 2020 in the midst of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, has not missed a year yet! The event has been host to history on multiple occasions from jump street when 2003 featured the legendary Dog Collar Match between CM Punk and Raven as well as Paul London's emotional ROH farewell as he tried to take the ROH World Title from Samoa Joe. The 2005 edition was the night Punk turned his back on ROH to begin The Summer of Punk, 2006 put ROH inside the Cage of Death against an ultraviolent onslaught, and 2013 marked the first of three times time Adam Cole would claim the ROH World Title. Last year's event witnessed the birth of the ROH Women's World Title when Rok-C won the tournament to crown the first champion, but it was also the night Jonathan Gresham lost the Pure Title to Josh Woods, bringing an end to his 317 day reign as Pure Champion. Death Before Dishonor is as integral to Ring of Honor's identity as The Code of Honor, and this Saturday night, it returns with five huge championship matches on par with anything that has come before! The World Title, Pure Title, Women's World Title, TV Title, and World Tag Titles will all be on the line at the Tsongas Center in Lowell with tickets available here or at the box office, and watchable on Bleacher Report, all major TV/satellite providers, as well as FITE TV and PPV.com for the international audience! ROH World Title Match Jonathan Gresham(c) vs. Claudio Castagnoli Come Saturday night at Death Before Dishonor 2022, it will have been fourteen years almost to the day since the last time Claudio Castagnoli challenged for the ROH World Title in a one-on-one match. July 26th of 2008, during the New Horizons IPPV event, Claudio challenged Nigel McGuinness for that championship, but after nearly 20 minutes of battling in front of the Detroit faithful, Claudio would come up short against McGuinness. That would not be the final shot Claudio had at the ROH World Title, just his last singles bout to try and claim the belt, his final championship match would come one week later during the Death Before Dishonor VI event at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom. That night Claudio would comprise one of three challengers to Nigel's title in an Elimination Match. He, Bryan Danielson, and Tyler Black would all ultimately fail to claim the ROH World Title as their own, with “The Swiss Superman” the first man removed from the fight, knocked out by “The American Dragon”, but the history of those two Blackpool Combat Club members is a story for another time. Claudio's ROH solo career prior to those two nights would see him challenge for the ROH Pure Title in its original incarnation, and his singles career after them would put him in contention for the World TV Title when Christopher Daniels reigned as champion, but a singles championship was never something Double C claimed during his ROH tenure. For nearly a decade he, as part of The Kings of Wrestling with Chris Hero, stood as the longest reigning World Tag Team Champions in ROH history, and may still be if not for ROH's 2020 pandemic hiatus helping to boost the Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham championship reign, but he never once tasted the sweetness of solo success. The same cannot be said for “The Foundation” Jonathan Gresham; while he and Jay Lethal do hold the record for longest World Tag Title Reign, Gresham has been a singles champion in ROH. Clearly he is the reigning and defending ROH World Champion, has been so for over 220 days, and in the process had racked up seventeen championship defenses across the wrestling landscape. During the months of ROH's post-Final Battle 2021 hiatus, Gresham took the belt to IMPACT, to GCW, to England, to Ireland, and numerous wrestling promotions across the United States, and kept the name of Ring of Honor at the forefront of the wrestling scene. As “The Foundation”, Gresham made it his mission to carry on his vision of what ROH's legacy means, and it has made him an incredibly successful World Champion. Prior to that, Gresham also reigned as a highly successful Pure Champion, the first such champion in fourteen years after Bryan Danielson unified the title with the ROH World Title in August 2006. Gresham would win the championship on October 30, 2020 in a Tournament Final over Tracy Williams, and hold it for 317 days before falling to Josh Woods at...Death Before Dishonor 2021. Of the three matches Gresham competed in at DBD events, that would be his only loss, with 2019 showcasing a victory over Jay Lethal and 2018 marking a win over Beer City Bruiser in a dark match available on the ROH YouTube channel, primarily notable because it shows how far Gresham came in that one year. Claudio, on the other hand, has seven DBD events to his Ring of Honor resume from 2006 through 2010, and with that a 3-4 record end bookended by two of ROH's most classic matches: Cage of Death at DBD IV and a bloody tag team war against The Briscoes at DBD VIII. Together, these two pinnacles of different ROH generations have an opportunity to come together and create magic for the beginning of a new era of honor. Claudio is one of the most versatile wrestlers the ever grace the squared circle, something he demonstrated by seamlessly going from a wrestling clinic with Zack Sabre Jr. at Forbidden Door to the Blood and Guts Cage just days later against Jericho Appreciation Society. Claudio is the kind of man who tries something once, and becomes a master of that thing. He speaks multiple languages, is quite possibly the strongest wrestler in all of AEW, and can soar through the air with a grace akin to Rey Fenix. He is a true one of a kind athlete, and even with all of Gresham's opponents, with all the worldwide travel he has done in his career, and all he has learned since beginning his wrestling journey seventeen years ago, he has never face a foe like Claudio Castagnoli. So too will Double C find himself tested by Jonathan Gresham, he's dubbed “The Octopus” for a reason, he earned the moniker of “The Foundation” for a reason, the ROH World Champion is world-class through and through. While he's demonstrated prestigious technical ability, and the wrestling world knows of his ability to tie a foe up in notes, the power of Gresham is something that can go unrecognized until an opponent is locked in his grip. Like Claudio, his strength is scary, the power in Gresham's legs is tremendous, and it will be a fascinating moment to see how it measures up to that of The BCC member this Saturday night. Castagnoli versus Gresham is the kind of battle modern ROH fans only thought could happen in their fantasy booking, and now it will take place live on pay-per-view as part of Death Before Dishonor 2022! Will we see The Blackpool Combat Club bring another ROH championship into their camp with Claudio crowned the 36th World Champion, or will Gresham's newly formed alliance with Tully Blanchard Enterprises insure his reign as the king of honor lives on as he marches towards the top ten of ROH championship history? ROH World Tag Title 2 Of 3 Falls Match FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood)(c) vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe With twenty-two Death Before Dishonor events since July 19, 2003, there has been a veritable who's who of professional wrestling that have participated over the years. With names like CM Punk, Minoru Suzuki, Jeff Hardy, Jay White, Eddie Kingston, and The Young Bucks as just a tiny sampling of competitors who have been involved, it's no wonder DBD has been a tentpole of the ROH calendar for nineteen years. But only one team, just two men, can lay claim to have been involved in twenty of those events. Jay and Mark Briscoe, every since challenging AJ Styles and Amazing Red in 2003, have fought on DBD every year but 2005 and 2013, and technically speaking, an injured Jay Briscoe was part of the 2013 event as he got superkicked by Adam Cole in the process of handing over the ROH World Title following Cole's tournament victory for the vacant championship. All together, in the twenty-two matches The Briscoes have competed in (singles, tags, and multi) on Death Before Dishonor events, they've amassed a 9-13 record. With seven championship matches in that number, the brothers from Sandy Fork, DE are 2-5; suffice to say Death Before Dishonor has historically not been their friend. All that taken into consideration, that is just one specific event in the Hall of Fame career Jay and Mark have built since day one in ROH. In the big picture, we are talking about Dem Boys here, the 12 time ROH World Tag Team Champions, former ROH Six Man Champs, former NEVER Open weight Six Man champs and IWGP Tag Champs in New Japan, former GHC Jr. Tag Champs in Pro Wrestling NOAH, and in Jay's case, a former 2-Time ROH World Champion. Jay was part of the first official match in ROH history versus Amazing Red, and from that point on, save 18 months from 08/04-02/06 when both Mark and Jay stepped away from wrestling, they've bled Ring of Honor through-and-through. No men have carried the ROH flag like these two competitors, and there are none more synonymous with those three letters over the last twenty years. Where as Jay and Mark Briscoe bleed Ring of Honor, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood just want to make them bleed, and as evidenced since Final Battle 2021: End of an Era when FTR snuck one on Dem Boys, they will do whatever they feel is necessary to insure they are seen as the greatest tag team in pro wrestling today. At this moment, with the AAA Tag Titles, the IWGP Tag Titles, and the ROH Tag Titles in their possession, it is rather hard to argue with FTR's claims to be just that. Their status as the number one ranked team in AEW for fifteen consecutive weeks despite not receiving a shot at the championship during all that time also speaks to their status as the top team. Add in the fact that they invaded Ring of Honor, assaulted Jay and Mark at Final Battle 2021, and then came back to take the ROH World Tag Titles at Supercard of Honor 2022, and FTR's case just keeps getting stronger. The fans have even taken notice, particularly after that Briscoes bout, and have taken to treating Cash and Dax as heroes to be celebrated rather than villains to be reviled. They've earned the respect of the fans, now they want to beat it into Jay and Mark, and they're so confident in their ability to do so, that FTR actually issued this 2 Of 3 Falls challenge to Dem Boys, possibly without knowing their history with that match stipulation in ROH. Although it's been fifteen years, in 2007 Jay and Mark went undefeated in 2/3 Falls matches, winning four in a row without dropping a single fall, and dropping one fall to the No Remorse Corps team of Rocky Romero and Roderick Strong in that fifth of the year. Four of those matches were also successful championship title defenses it should be noted, and although The Briscoes lost their last 2/3 Falls Match to The Young Bucks in 2017, their overall record in such a stipulation stands at 5-3 since 2004. Jay and Mark were monsters in this match for that five bout streak, and given the stakes of this Saturday's bout, how personal it has become, they are going to be monsters once again. Will FTR be the team to represent ROH as we continue moving forward in this new era of honor, or will the ROH originals bring the belts back home to Sandy Fork for the 13th time? Do not miss Death Before Dishonor 2022 to see this rematch of one, if not the, best match of 2022 thus far! ROH World TV Title Match Samoa Joe(c) vs. Jay Lethal Eighteen years ago, July 17th of 2004 at Reborn: Completion to be exact, a young wrestler named Hydro was about to enter into a tournament to crown a new ROH Pure Champion. The title had been vacated several months earlier after AJ Styles was pulled away from Ring of Honor competition, and now a pair of Four Corner Survival matches (a staple of ROH match types) would determine the two men to battle for the championship. Hydro, at the time a member of a group of rich kid ravers known as Special K, had been drifting away from the party mentality and getting more serious about his wrestling. He even recognized the Code of Honor after a loss to CM Punk several weeks earlier, and on that night Hydro had his first opportunity to become a singles champion in ROH. He'd had Tag Title bids alongside his Special K cohorts, but this was different, this was serious, this was something real to Hydro, and became even more so when one man stepped to him and challenged him to be better. That man was ROH World Champion Samoa Joe, and that night, although he lost in the Four Corner Survival, Hydro would fully drop the trappings of Special K, and return to the name that he'd begun his career using, one since made synonymous with ROH as its franchise player: Jay Lethal. In a mentor-protege relationship, the history-making ROH World Champion took Lethal under his wing and together they went into battle with the likes of The Rottweilers (a group that included Rocky Romero and Homicide), Generation Next, and Prince Nana's Embassy of Alex Shelley and Jimmy Rave. They even unsuccessfully battled BJ Whitmer and Jimmy Jacob over the vacant ROH Tag Team Titles at Best of American Super Juniors, Joe was there when Lethal won his first ROH championship with the Pure Title... ...and it was Joe who ultimately ended Lethal's Pure Title reign at the legendary Manhattan Mayhem event in May 2005. The dynamic between the two was good, strong, but in December 2005 it all fell apart when Lethal challenged Joe for a fight at ROH's Steel Cage Warfare event. It started as Lethal trying to fully step out from Joe's shadow by besting him in battle, and it became Jay using a chair to devastate Joe's knee, before ultimately pinning his former mentor with a Dragon Suplex. It was a statement win by Lethal, one in which he stepped out from under Joe's shadow, but one that opened him up for retaliation from a vengeful Samoan. Joe and Jay's rivalry would expand beyond ROH borders, with battles in IMPACT as well as other independents, but it has been nearly thirteen years since their last collision in the ring. Throughout those trials and tribulations, Jay has repeatedly said how much of a mentor that Joe was to him throughout his career, in ways seen in front of the curtain, and behind the scenes. As with many such relationships, it had its strains, but it became obvious how strained when Samoa Joe made his shocking return to ROH at Supercard of Honor 2022 to break-up Lethal and Sonjay Dutt's beating on Jonathan Gresham. With Samoa Joe firmly entrenched in AEW, as well as returning to promotion over which he reigned as World Champion for a likely never to be matched record 645 days, and Jay Lethal also under the umbrella, it was obvious these two would be destined for a clash down the line. In short order, Joe would qualify for the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, he would defeat Minoru Suzuki to claim the ROH World TV Title and become a Triple Crown ROH Champion in the process, and find himself on the receiving end of beatdowns from Lethal, Dutt, and their newest ally, the massive “One In a Million” Satnam Singh. Joe's arm would be assaulted time and again, still he made it to the finals of The Owen against Adam Cole, working through the injury, but eventually Lethal and company would put Joe on the shelf. Since then, with the safety of knowing Samoa Joe was not in the house or even cleared to compete, Lethal, Dutt, and Singh have verbally berated, mocked, and challenged Joe to put his TV Title on the line in a fight with Lethal. When Tony Khan made the official announcement following Forbidden Door that ROH would return to pay-per-view on July 23rd with Death Before Dishonor, it seemed inevitable that this would be the location of their clash, and that assumption would be confirmed on July 7th. So it will be this Saturday night, for the first time inside an ROH ring since 2006, Samoa Joe and Jay Lethal will collide with the ROH World Television Title on the line! Joe may be new to this championship, it did not even exist during his dominant reign over the promotion, but it is a title with which Jay is quite familiar. Over the course of two reigns, Lethal held the title for a total of 798 days, with his second reign holding the record length of 567 days, and featuring a total of 36 successful defenses over men like Kyle O'Reilly, Mark Briscoe, Tetsuya Naito, Matt Sydal, as well as Jushin Liger, and for a time Lethal even simultaneously held the TV and World Titles! Jay truly lived up to “The Franchise of ROH” moniker, one earned through hard work as well as by putting the company on his back much the same way Joe did during his original run as World Champion. Now at Death Before Dishonor, an event that Joe ushered in when he defeated Paul London in a ROH World Championship bout, and where Lethal tasted his fair of successes and losses, these former allies will go to battle once more. Will it be a fair fight between two of the best to ever step into a ROH ring, or will Sonjay Dutt and Satnam Singh be lurking at ringside waiting for their opportunity to swing the match in their man's favor? ROH Women's World Title Match Mercedes Martinez(c) vs. Serena Deeb Over the course of ROH's history, there were many women who worked hard to change what it meant to be a female competitor in the sport of professional wrestling. Allison Danger, Alexis Laree (Mickie James), Daphne (as Lucy Furr), Daizee Haze, Lacey, Sara Del Rey; those women, along with an assortment of others in the earliest days, strove to evolve women from mere eye candy at a man's side, from props in the affairs of the male competitors, to athletes, to competitors in their own rights, and though it took years to evolve the perceptions, it was a goal worth striving to achieve, and one that continued over the years with competitors who stepped into the ROH ring, and worked behind the scenes, such as the original ROH Women's World Champion Rok-C, Willow Nightingale, Trish Adora, Quinn McKay, Deonna Purrazzo, Britt Baker, Thunder Rosa, Athena, MsChif, and Maria Kanellis-Bennett. And while neither may have spent a great deal of their time competing in Ring of Honor, a handful of matches to each of their resumes, Mercedes Martinez and Serena Deeb are another example of two women who have worked tirelessly to continue changing the game for women in professional wrestling. Both women have traveled the landscape, competing anywhere and everywhere to hone their craft, and have even collided with one another in a pair of singles matches that both resulted in victories for Deeb. For a time, Serena even stepped away from active competition, instead focusing on trying to teach the next generation of wrestlers the lessons she had learned, but in time would return to active competition with a renewed fire in her belly, That fire brought her to All Elite Wrestling, it won her the NWA Women's Title, but in time that fire turned from self-motivation into something aimed at the rest of the women around her. It began with Hikaru Shida, and the feelings of disrespect that swirled around their series of matches, but grew to consume anyone Deeb laid her eyes upon. First it was these Five Minute Rookie Challenges in which “The Professor” seemed intent on humiliating as many competitors as possible, then it became her mission to put Shida on the shelf, a mission which she successfully, albeit temporarily, accomplished. Following that, taking the AEW Women's World Title from Thunder Rosa became the mission, but one that ultimately proved unsuccessful. Coming out of that failed title bid, Deeb seemed to find a vibe with the ROH Women's World Champion as her tag team partner. Now Mercedes, having won that title in an Interim fashion at Supercard of Honor 2022 before solidifying her position as champ by defeating Deonna Purrazzo on the May 4th edition of Dynamite, spent the weeks following that unification match successfully defending her title against all-comers. Trish Adora, Hyan, Mazzerati, and Viva Van all fell to “The OG Badass” during the month of May, and Martinez has spent the weeks since waiting for some new challenger to step to the challenge. In the wait, that is when she and Serena found their success as partners. That being said, they may have been successful in terms of victories, but they were not so successful in gelling as a pair. They managed to succeed in spite of their inability to operate on the same page, and thus it was of little shock when Serena chose to assault Mercedes following their fifth consecutive victory on the July 8th edition of Rampage. For Deeb, it was all about the ROH Women's World Title and getting closer to it by getting closer to Mercedes. It appears it was just a matter of Serena waiting for the right moment to slide a knife into the champion's back, and blatantly declaring her intentions to take the championship for herself. In these dawning stages of a new era of honor, each and every match is of utmost importance, and reigning as champion for your division carries an added weight. Deeb longs to carry championship gold to support her claims as the best woman in wrestling today, and after failing to dethrone AEW Women's World Champion Thunder Rosa, the ROH Women's World Champ has become her target. Mercedes has let her actions as champion speak for her, demonstrating why she is a force to be reckoned with, how she has become such a respected veteran in this industry, and why anyone coming for her hard-earned championship should be very afraid. Their paths have been intertwined for years, they have paved the roads for those who have come after to follow, and with the future of Ring of Honor beginning now, only one of these women can move forward as the reigning World Champion! Will it be “The Professor of Professional Wrestling” taking her opponent to school, or will the defending “OG Badass” pay her challenger back the recent betrayal? ROH Pure Title Match Wheeler Yuta(c) vs. Daniel Garcia This championship bout has spiraled out of the bitter rivalry between The Blackpool Combat Club and The Jericho Appreciation Society, but it runs quite a bit deeper than just the issues between the two warring units. For Daniel Garcia and ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta, this is the culmination of two young wrestlers journeys to hone their craft, become the best version of themselves they could hope to be, and how that path has smashed them together once again. Wheeler Yuta, 25 years old, began his career in 2014, and credits multiple individuals with bringing him to the dance before William Regal and The BCC took Yuta under their wings. Chuck Taylor, Drew Gulak, Orange Cassidy, Tracy Williams, & Cheeseburger's Worldwide Dojo have all helped shaped Yuta into the competitor that he's grown to be, tours of Michinoku Pro in Japan and WXW in Germany expanded his horizons very early in his carer, and competing all across the independent wrestling landscape helped young Yuta hone his burgeoning skills. He battled everyone from Homicide to Nick Gage to Tracy Williams to Chuck Taylor in order to improve every aspect of his game, but it wasn't until his reign as IWTV Independent Wrestling Champion that the eyes of the wrestling world truly began to open on Wheeler Yuta's potential, and it was one specific fight with Daniel Garcia that served as a true breakout bout for both individuals. For Garcia, his was a career that nearly came to an early end before that 8/8/21 night in New Jersey. Having started his career in 2017 at 18 years old, Daniel broke into the Buffalo area under the tutelage of The Blade and Brandon Thurston, but he rapidly spread his wings into Ohio, Pennsylvania, and even into Canada, where he strove to become the best. There was barely a week that went by where Garcia didn't wrestle at least once, if not multiple events, and he was tested against competitors such as Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Matt Cross, and even Hurricane Helms. But one night in January 2019, when traveling from an event in Montreal, the car Daniel Garcia was traveling in with fellow wrestlers Kevin Blackwood, Puf, and Kevin Bennett hit a patch of black ice and spun out, sending the vehicle crashing into the guardrail and, as Garcia recounted on Chris Jericho's podcast, “...basically split the car in half”. Garcia, sleeping in the backseat woke up as the car was spinning out, and recalled Kevin Bennett asking him if he was okay, to which Garcia responded, “Yeah, I'm good. I think I broke my legs though”, and he was correct. Garcia would suffer a broken femur in his right leg, as well as a broken fibula and tibia in his left shin/ankle. It was a collection of injuries that easily could've brought an early end to a promising career, but for Garcia it proved motivation to heal up, get back in fighting shape, and dive straight back into competition less than six months after the accident. Not only did “Red Death” return to competition, but he went at it harder than ever before; it wasn't just wrestling once a week, it was sometimes wrestling multiple matches in a single day for several different promotions. On 8/8/19 for example, barely seven months from suffering two broken legs, Garcia worked three matches in one day for two different wrestling promotions! He was fighting like a man possessed with purpose, and it would first bring him to AEW in September 2020 for a pair of tag team bouts on AEW Dark alongside his Buffalo Brothers mate, and fellow accident survivor, Kevin Blackwood. He would return to AEW in May 2021 for a pair of singles matches on Dark, all the while working his way around the independents and continuing to improve every step of the way to the point many touted his name as an early candidate for the Independent Wrestler of the Year thanks to bouts like his Limitless Title fights with Lee Moriarity, JD Drake, and Jake Something. Then came the most important seven days of Daniel Garcia's professional career, the week of August 4, 2021 through August 11th changed the direction of his life and brought him to where he is today as a proud member of The Jericho Appreciation Society. It began on the August 4th Dynamite: Homecoming 2021 broadcast when Jeff Parker and Matt Lee selected Garcia to be their third man in a fight with Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, and Darby Allin. That 2pointTrio may have lost, but it heralded the arrival of all three man onto the scene in All Elite Wrestling, and was just the beginning of this seven day journey. It continued on 8/6 with Garcia's entry into the Scenic City Invitational Tournament where he went nearly 16 minutes in the first round, then followed that up on 8/7 with two more matches that tacked on another 27 minutes of ring time to his total on the week. The next day Garcia trekked up from Tennessee to New Jersey where he would clash in that career changing battle with Wheeler Yuta over the IWTV Title. For sixty minutes, the two young men threw everything that had at one another to no avail. Neither would give it up, neither would relent, and in the end, when the one hour time limit expired, both men had demonstrated why they were the future of professional wrestling. And yet Garcia's week wasn't done yet, he still had another date on Dynamite, this time in Pittsburgh, and now in a one-on-one battle with Darby Allin. That one week, the frantic pace of matches, that's just who Garcia is and who he continues to be to this day, this is a man who fought in 13 matches during the month of January, three of them all on the same day as part of PWG's Battle of Los Angeles tournament! It's only the physical toll of being PWG World Champion, being a member of The J.A.S, and competing in matches like Anarchy in the Arena and Blood & Guts that has slowed his schedule down the last couple months, but it doesn't mean Garcia is any less hungry. And this war between The BCC and The J.A.S, if anything that has only made him hungrier, and for Yuta it has only served to pull out this violent soul that existed deep inside the body of the technical wrestling marvel. Since coming under Regal's tutelage, Yuta has successfully defended the Pure Title on two occassions, traveled to NJPW for the Super Juniors, and found the crowd rallying behind his every move. It's generated a confidence, a self-belief, that despite Yuta's great successes prior to AEW, had perhaps been hidden behind self-doubt and a small impostor syndrome issue. It took Yuta leaving his trainers behind to really find himself as a wrestler in AEW, whereas Garcia already knew who he was, The J.A.S just gave him a place to fully vent the violence in his heart. Now this Saturday night, for just the fifth time in its existence, and the second since the championship was resurrected, the ROH Pure Title will be at stake on a Death Before Dishonor event! History shows that, with this event, the odds are in the champion's favor, as only in 2021, when Josh Woods defeated Jonathan Gresham, has the Pure Title changed hands at a DBD event. Doug Williams retained it on both 2004 events, Samoa Joe did the same in 2005, and Nigel McGuinness retained as well in 2006, one of his last defenses before the World Title unification. Will Wheeler Yuta maintain that championship dominance this Saturday night when he meets Daniel Garcia inside the squared circle? Or will “Red Death” make 2022's event a repeat of 2021's and give fans another new Pure Champion at Death Before Dishonor 2022? ROH WORLD SIX MAN TITLE MATCH The Righteous (Bateman, Dutch, & Vincent) vs. Dalton Castle & The Boys (Boy #1 & Boy #2) At Final Battle 2021: End of An Era, The Righteous of Vincent, Bateman, and Dutch captured the ROH World Six Man Titles from the Shane Taylor Promotions trio of Kaun, Moses, and Shane Taylor. For Vincent, it marked his fourth time earning that championship, but it was a first for his Righteous cohorts. Now wince ROH's hiatus began following that December event, The Righteous have been remained active around the independent circuit, Vincent in particular with IMPACT Wrestling, but the Six Man Titles have sat idle while the landscape of Ring of Honor has transformed over the last seven months. With this Saturday night, they will be idle no longer... As part of the Death Before Dishonor PPV extravaganza, the Six Man Titles return to the forefront as The Righteous defend make their first defense of the championships against a three individuals who themselves are former Six Man Champions: Dalton Castle and The Boys. It was 6/23/17 at the Municipal Auditorium in Lowell, MA when Dalton and his Boys upset The Briscoes and Bully Ray to become the 3rd ROH World Six Man Champions, and although they were only champions for less than sixty days, Dalton and The Boys were the first champions to defend the titles outside the United States, and did so in London against the legendary Jushin Liger, Mistico, and Delirious. The reign may have ended two days later in a collision with the BULLET CLUB trio of The Young Bucks and Hangman Page, but Dalton and The Boys made it a historic two months. As for Vincent, his hold over the Six Man Titles has been a dominant one in the near six year history of the championship. Of the twelve title reigns in their existence, Vincent has been a part of four of them, the previous three with The Kingdom unit of himself, Matt Taven, and TK O'Ryan, and in total that's over 525 days spent as part of a championship trio. This Six Man division has belonged to Vincent in one form or another, and with The Righteous finally returning home to ROH after seven months away, he, Bateman, and Dutch are not about to let the titles slip away, let alone at one of ROH's tentpole events like Death Before Dishonor. Now in the history books of ROH, Vincent is quite familiar with the antics of Dalton and his Boys. As part of The Kingdom, before Vincent stabbed Matt Taven in the back to form The Righteous, he helped to successfully defend the Six Man Titles against Dalton's trio on three different occasions, and even beat the all-star trio of Castle, Jay Letha, and Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain the belts. Suffice to say, Vincent has thrived in this realm, and this Saturday, with the eyes of the wrestling world on Lowell, MA and ROH, he and his devilish trio aim to continue that trend. It will be an amazing clash of personalities, that is for sure, with one side being the flamboyantly extravagant presentation of Dalton Castle and The Boys, and the other this cult-like, foreboding atmosphere created by The Righteous. Under the bright lights of ROH's return to pay-per-view, which trio will step out of the Tsongas Center decorated in championships? BATTLE OF THE BROTHERS Rush vs. Dragon Lee This is unprecedented in the careers of Rush and Dragon Lee; never before have the two competitors faced in a singles bout, and perhaps ten times in their wrestling lives have they ever been on opposite sides of the ring. That's not to say they haven't fought over the years, given that Rush is the older brother of Dragon Lee, it's good chance they've had their share of fights over the years, but in the wrestling world, as ROH's incarnation of La Faccion Ingobernable with their father La Bestia Del Ring, Kenny King, and Amy Rose, they both achieved great success. Rush claimed the ROH World Title on two separate occasions, his second reign officially coming to an at the Best in the World 2021 event last July after 498 days, making his run the third longest in company history behind Samoa Joe's nigh-untouchable 645 days and Nigel McGuinness' 545 days at the top of ROH. While his brother was finding that success as ROH World Champion, Dragon Lee was finding his own in the ranks of tag team wrestling with Kenny King, and as a solo competitor in the World TV Title division. Twice he and King reigned as the champions of tag team wrestling, and on two occasion Dragon Lee claimed the ROH World TV Title which he would hold for a combined total of 600 days, putting him in second place behind Jay Lethal for both overall length, as well as the length of a single run with the championship. Lee clocked in at 469, while Lethal set the record at 567 days, but both did something few men in ROH ever accomplished; holding two championships at the same time. For Dragon Lee it was the TV and Tag while Jay managed too claim the TV and World and the simultaneously. All that history being stated, in the present Rush has reconnected with Ingobernable original Andrade El Idolo in All Elite Wrestling, and thus become embroiled in a bitter rivalry with The Lucha Brothers that's seen LFI strip both Penta Oscuro and Rey Fenix of their masks. Dragon Lee, in 2022, has spent a great deal of time teaming with he and Rush's other brother Dralistico across Mexico, even unsuccessfully challenging FTR for the AAA World Tag Titles back in March. Now this Saturday night, for the first time in their careers, Dragon Lee and Rush will return to the ROH stage to go one-on-one with each other! This is going to be one explosive outing as no one fights harder than family! ROH: ZERO HOUR Allysin Kay vs. Willow Nightingale Willow Nightingale has been an impressive athlete since her entrance onto the AEW stage, but prior to that, Willow was impressing ROH audiences since her Ring of Honor debut just over a year ago. As part of the revamped Women's Division, Willow jumped right into the fire with a match against Alex Gracia, and never looked back in her pursuit of one day becoming the ROH Women's World Champion. Jumping ahead to today, Willow has had that opportunity on three occasions, but back in August 2021, when the Women's World Title was in its infancy, Nightingale was just one of fifteen women competing to become the first. Her entry into the tournament started on August 4th, and was summarily ended that same night by none other than “The AK-47” Allysin Kay. It has been nearly two years since All Elite Wrestling last saw Kay, when she battled Serena Deeb for the NWA Women's Title at Full Gear 2020, but “The AK-47” last graced the ROH ring during the Final Battle 2021: Hour One pre-show as part of a Six Woman Tag. Since then, Kay has stayed in consistent competition across the wrestling landscape, even capturing multiple tag titles with her partner in The Hex, Marti Belle. Suffice to say both she and Willow, who over 2022 has shared the ring, as partners or foes, Athena, TBS Champion Jade Cargill, Red Velvet, Mercedes Martinez, and even Allysin Kay. Now, with both women looking to make their mark on this new era of honor, Willow Nightingale and Allysin Kay will once more do battle in the ROH ring, and it's a safe assumption that both have aspirations of facing the ROH Women's World Champion down the line. To even begin that thought process, a win on the Zero Hour is an absolute necessity! Join us as we kick off Death Before Dishonor 2022 with the Zero Hour pre-show absolutely free on the official ROH YouTube channel, the home for twenty years of the greatest pro wrestling on the planet! SIX MAN TAG Tully Blanchard Enterprises (Brian Cage, Kaun, & Toa Liona) vs. Alex Zayne, Blake Christian, and Tony Deppen At Supercard of Honor 2022, fans witnessed Tully Blanchard pull together a new enterprise around his name. Between The Gates of Agony and “The Machine” Brian Cage, Blanchard had quite the impressive trio, and with the recent addition of ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham, it's safe to say Blanchard represnts the most formidable collection of talent in ROH. Now, for the first time, three of his charges will be in trios action together during Zero Hour as they unite to take on another nascent trio consisting of former ROH World TV Champion Tony Deppen, Alex Zayne, and Blake Christian! Christian made his debut for ROH at SoH '22 in a bout with Colt Cabana, while Zayne returned to ROH competition to face Swerve Strickland that same night. Deppen, as a former TV Champion and member of VLNCE UNLTD alongside Brody King, Homicide, and Chris Dickinson, has seen more ROH ring time than his partners, or anyone else in this match save Kaun, a former ROH Six Man Champion in his own right. It's going to be a tremendous test of all six athletes, but one they've all demonstrated they're ready for over the course of their impressive careers. Will Deppen, Zayne, and Christian show and prove against Tully's men, or will this be a statement victory for TBE in their first outing together? This will trios battle is just a taste of what this new era of honor has to offer, and fans will be able to experience it absolutely free as part of the Zero Hour, available live on the ROH YouTube account starting at 7pm EDT! ONE-ON-ONE Colt Cabana vs. Anthony Henry (w/ JD Drake) A bit of the legacy and a bit of the new era; as with his bout at Supercard of Honor 2022, this Saturday night during the Death Before Dishonor: Zero Hour pre-show, Colt Cabana will welcome a brand new face into the ROH ring. While Anthony Henry is quite familiar to AEW audiences, as well as followers of the independent landscape, due his escapades solo, as well as those with JD Drake as part of The WorkHorsemen, he has never set foot in side Ring of Honor's squared circle. Colt Cabana, on the other hand, has been part of the ROH family since making a surprise arrival during the Unscripted event back in September 2002, and going on to compete in some of the most memorable matches in ROH's twenty year history. A former multi-time ROH Tag Team Champion, Cabana helped establish Ring of Honor in its infancy, and throughout its history has been one of the featured players both in the ring, as well as in the commentary booth. With this first time match-up, Henry has an opportunity to make a big impact in his ROH debut, but facing such a well-traveled versatile veteran as Colt is a large mountain to climb. Blake Christian tried it at Supercard of Honor 2022, and although he impressed, Cabana proved to much for the debuting athlete. Can Henry succeed where Christian did not? Death Before Dishonor has not historically been kind to Colt as his 2-8 record on the event shows, so perhaps this will be the night Henry rises up! TAG TEAM BOUT Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger & Eli Isom) vs. Trustbusters (Ari Daivari & Slim J) There's a lot of ROH history right here; Cheeseburger is part of the lineage of the ROH Dojo that first began in 2004 and eventually spawned the Worldwide Dojo that Burger operates out of the old ROH offices in Bristol, PA. It's the spot where athletes like ROH Pure Champion Wheeler Yuta and Leyla Hirsch honed their craft, being tutored by the ten year student of the game who himself was trained by Delirious and Daizee Haze, as well as being taken under the wing of the legendary Jushin “Thunder” Liger. For a decade Burger has traveled the wrestling roads, learning everything he can about every style he can, and finding his niche in the Pure Wrestling Division that evolved in ROH over 2020 and 2021. He also found a gift for training, and one of those men who sings CB's praises as a trainer is the very man he unites with this Saturday, Eli Isom. With five years under his belt, “Infinite” Eli Isom cut his teeth fighting for survival against The Briscoes, The Kingdom, Kenny King, and Silas Young, with perhaps the biggest moment in his career coming a year ago when he battled Dragon Lee for the ROH World TV Title. Together, as The Shinobi Shadow Squad, Cheeseburger and Eli did their best to survive The Gates of Agony at Supercard of Honor 2022, and now they return to ROH competition to face another new pairing in The TrustBusters! Ari Daivari and Slim J, collectively known as The TrustBusters, are two men with a bit of history in Ring of Honor. Slim J, a 21 year veteran of the sport, has ROH roots dating back to 2002 when he was a member of the Special K faction, of which Jay Lethal claimed membership at the time, and although he would go in a different path early in 2004, Slim J would return for several matches between 2015-2019, including teaming with a very young Griff Garrison, now of AEW's Varsity Blonds. His wild, high-flying style of the team endeared him to fans despite his association with the rich kid ravers, and with another decade-plus under his belt since those initial ROH days, Slim J has only gotten better. As for Ari Daivari, his ROH history is brief, just two matches in 2015 in which he was tested by Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish, but his wrestling roots run deep. Having been in active competition since 2006 after training by his brother Shawn and Arik Cannon, Ari has been in the ring with the best around throughout his career, and over the last 10 months has really pushed himself into competition. He's been seen on AEW programming, on NJPW Strong, and in the NWA, as well as putting in work across the indie wrestling world in places like Glory Pro and F1RST. Now, Ari and Slim J will unite for the first time this Saturday night during the Zero Hour to show the world what The TrustBusters are all about! We got our first tease of this on AEW Rampage Friday night, and now it will all come together on the free pre-show prior to Death Before Dishonor 2022! Can the more seasoned, as a team, Shinobi Shadow Squad find victory after their SoH '22 mauling by The Gates of Agony, or will The TrustBusters find early success in this new era of honor? Saturday marks Ring of Honor's return to pay-per-view with Death Before Dishonor 2022 live on Bleacher Report, FITE TV, PPV.com, and all traditional PPV providers! With six huge championship matches on tap, the Tsongas Center is going to be rocking all night long! Join us as the foundation of pro wrestling returns to action with one of its longest running, most historic events, this Saturday night starting at 8pm EDT/7pm CDT, with the free Zero Hour pre-show kicking it off on the official ROH YouTube Channel at 7pm EDT!

  • ROH Announces Updated Card For Death Before Dishonor, And HonorClub Restructuring

    July 16, 2022 – Ring of Honor will storm into Lowell, Mass., with one of the hottest pay-per-view events, ROH: Death Before Dishonor. Featuring world-class talent in electrifying championship bouts, Death Before Dishonor will stream live from the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. ET in the U.S. on Bleacher Report and all major cable/satellite TV providers for $39.99. International fans can access the event via FITE and PPV.com. Fans can pre-order the event on Bleacher Report here. Tickets to the live event can be purchased here, and at the box office at the Tsongas Center. Tickets start at $29, plus fees. The current matchups for Death Before Dishonor include: - ROH World Championship Match: Jonathan Gresham vs. Claudio Castagnoli - ROH World TV Championship Match: Samoa Joe vs. Jay Lethal - ROH Pure Championship Match: Wheeler Yuta vs. Daniel Garcia - ROH World Tag Team Championship Match: FTR vs. The Briscoes * 2 out of 3 falls * - ROH Women’s World Championship Match: Mercedes Martinez vs. Serena Deeb Additional matches will be announced in the days leading up to next Saturday. HonorClub Transformation Ring of Honor is also currently revamping its HonorClub program with enhanced elements and functionality. During this ongoing transformation, there will be a pause on accepting new memberships. Current memberships (as of July 16, 2022), will be extended at no additional cost until the refreshed HonorClub platform is launched in early fall 2022. Fans will be able to subscribe to HonorClub for a monthly fee of $9.99. New HonorClub content will become available 60 days after the events happen live. Sign up here to be notified of all updates and announcements related to HonorClub. Note that any refund requests by current members will be compensated with a $10 ShopHonor/ PWTees credit for every month remaining on the subscription. For questions or additional information, please email help@rohwrestling.com. About RING OF HONOR Ring of Honor (ROH) is a professional wrestling promotion recently acquired by Tony Khan, CEO of AEW, Chief Football Strategy Officer of the Jacksonville Jaguars and GM Sporting Director of Fulham F.C. The acquisition, which was completed through an entity that is wholly-owned by Tony Khan, included ROH’s extensive video library dating back to 2002, brand assets, intellectual property, production equipment and more. With more than 20 years of rich wrestling history, ROH has launched the careers of numerous AEW stars, including CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Hangman Page, Dr. Britt Baker, Adam Cole, Samoa Joe, among others. Additional members of the AEW roster have made their mark in ROH, including the late Brodie Lee, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, ReDragon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly), Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent? Beretta), Jay Lethal, Christopher Daniels, Matt Sydal, Mercedes Martinez, Serena Deeb, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky, Keith Lee, Eddie Kingston, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, QT Marshall, Danhausen, Lance Archer, Griff Garrison, Thunder Rosa, Wheeler Yuta, Luchasaurus, Orange Cassidy, Ethan Page, Austin Gunn, PAC, Kip Sabian, Jon Moxley, John Silver, Alex Reynolds, Jerry Lynn, BJ Whitmer and Sonjay Dutt. ROH currently features numerous championships, including the ROH World Championship, ROH World Television Championship, ROH Pure Championship, ROH World Tag Team Championship and ROH Women’s World Championship. Tony Khan’s purchase of ROH signifies a new chapter in the future of professional wrestling as AEW’s meteoric rise continues to draw the youngest- skewing wrestling audience on television.

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