Haven't watched NOAH roughly since Misawa passed but I'll be nice to see those guys in an ROH ring, surprised that Marufuji is still going strong especially wrestling his style (if he hasn't changed it). Regardless, they'll make a great addition to the card.
At "Supercard of Honor VII" Jay Briscoe made his dreams come true, and to be honest that of ROH officials as well, when he brought an end to the nearly one year World Title reign of Kevin Steen. It was the culmination of eleven years of hard work and dedication to Ring of Honor and it paid off on one of our biggest stages.
The newly crowned champion will make the first defense of his newly won World Championship on May 4th when ROH returns to Toronto & The Ted Reeve Arena for "Border Wars 2013" on iPPV! His opponent, based on Match Maker Nigel McGuinness' proclamation on the 3/16/13 episode of ROH TV, will be the former World Television Champion Adam Cole!
"I declared Adam Cole a contender because he held that Television Title with honor." said McGuinness "Adam carried it with integrity and continued the prestigious lineage that was established the day Eddie Edwards was crowned the first champion and continued with Christopher Daniels, El Generico, and the other men who have been champion. Adam showed he had the tools when he challenged Davey Richards last year in Dayton, and just like Jay Briscoe, has stood up for Ring of Honor throughout these issues with SCUM. I can think of no better way to ring in a new dawn for ROH than by presenting the first SCUM free World Title match in a year featuring these two athletes!"
Jay Briscoe will certainly head into "Border Wars 2013" on an incredible high with "You deserve it" chants still ringing in his ears but Adam Cole may be coming in on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. At "Supercard of Honor VII" Cole was the first man to pin Matt Hardy since the "Self Proclaimed Icon" returned to ROH competition late last year, but it did not parlay into reclaiming the TV Title from Matt Taven. As a matter of fact, Cole has come up on the losing end at all three of the last iPPV events ("FB 2012" to Hardy, "11th Anniversary" to Taven, & "SoH VII" to Taven).
That is a simple fact that must weigh heavily on his mind as "Border Wars 2013" creeps closer, but it is one that Cole must move past if he hopes to have any chance of dethroning Jay Briscoe in Toronto.
It's Briscoe vs. Cole for the ROH World Title and it will go down live on iPPV on May 4th! Great seats are also available right HERE in the ROH Store for both this event as well as our first international TV Taping the following day! And don't forget about the participation of Pro Wrestling NOAH's Naomichi Marufuji and GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori!
Opponents for PRO WRESTLING NOAH Stars, Naomichi Marufuji and current GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori will be announced tomorrow at Noon EST ... who do you think they will face?
Ring of Honor returns to Toronto & The Ted Reeve Arena on May 4th for our "Border Wars 2013" iPPV event and on May 5th for our first ever international "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV Taping! As announced several weeks ago, multi-time GHC Champion Naomichi Marufuji and GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori will participate in both huge events.
ROH officials are ecstatic to tell our fans worldwide that all of the details have been finalized on Marufuji & Ishimori's involvement, the matches have been signed, and we can now announce to you their respective bouts for each day!
First, at "Border Wars 2013" on Saturday May 4th it will be:
- NON-TITLE: GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori vs. Eddie Edwards
Part of the BRAVE unit alongside Marufuji, Morishima, and Sugiura, amongst others, Ishimori is coming off a successful title defense over fellow BRAVE member Ricky Marvin on March 31st and has an impending defense against Genba Hirayanagi scheduled for this Saturday April 13th. Edwards, who is quite familiar with Ishimori from his time spent touring with NOAH as well as training in their Dojo, will head into Toronto coming off a loss at "Supercard of Honor VII" against reDRagon. In addition, Edwards will also be returning from NOAH after participating in the Global Tag League along with one of the men who beat him in NYC in Bobby Fish.
- Naomichi Marufuji vs. Davey Richards
In a rematch of their "Final Battle 2007" clash available on the "Davey Richards: The American Wolf" DVD set, the highly decorated Naomichi Marufuji returns to ROH after a lengthy absence to collide with Davey one-on-one! From his first bout inside the ROH ring at "Final Battle 2005" until his last at "Final Battle 2008", Marufuji has always been a favorite of the ROH faithful and his return is one met with great anticipation. Prior to coming back to ROH, Marufuji & Suiguira will represent BRAVE in the Global Tag League in which Edwards & Fish are also participating.
Davey, as with Eddie, is coming off a big loss at "Supercard of Honor VII" in their tag title bout and is looking to get back on the winning track with this international dream match. It is also safe to assume that Davey would love to even the record books for that loss he suffered back in 2007 and truly show how much he has grown as an athlete in the years since. Either way, this is certainly one contest that the eyes of the wrestling world will be watching.
Then at the "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV Taping May 5th:
- NON-TITLE: GHC Jr. Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori vs. Roderick Strong
At "Northern Navigation" on July 25, 2008 it was Marufuji who had his hand raised at the Ted Reeve Arena after defeating Roderick in a bout available here on the "Roderick Strong: Messiah of the Backbreaker" DVD set. Now, nearly 5 years later, Roderick returns to the scene of the crime to face off with another NOAH superstar in Taiji Ishimori. Strong is hoping use a victory over Ishimori to get back on the winning track, particularly after his recent losses to Michael Elgin at the "11th Anniversary Event" & Karl "Machine Gun" Anderson at "Supercard of Honor VII", and prove he deserves to be back in the World Title picture.
- Naomichi Marufuji vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin
In addition to earning a future World Title match by beating Lethal at "SoH VII", Elgin also clashed with Anderson over the recent weekend in New York City in a must-see bout that will air in the coming weeks on "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV. Suffice it to say that Elgin was put to the test by "Machine Gun" and now looks to another test of epic proportions when he collides with Marufuji on 5/5 in Toronto. In his battles with Richards, Steen, and Strong over the course of the last year "Unbreakable" has shown he is truly a world class athlete and now he will have the opportunity to demonstrate that once more on an international stage when he steps into the ring with one of the most decorated wrestlers in Puroresu history.
Don't miss out as Marufuji meets Richards & Elgin and Ishimori takes on Edwards & Strong! It may be your only opportunity to see two of NOAH's best in Ring of Honor this year so get your tickets now! Great seats for both "Border Wars 2013" on May 4th and our first ever international "Ring of Honor Wrestling" TV Taping on May 5th can be purchased right here in the ROH Store!
Glad I got the event for free from ROH Excited for the Main Event and Edwards/Ishimori. Now that Wolves and NOAH's wrestlers aren't going to face reDRagon it seems like there will be a match between them and TD Thomas and ACH which should be awesome as well.