Lots of news this week, with much of it breaking just before recording. Let’s get started, shall we?
PWTorch.com columnist Sean Radican is reporting that Samoa Joe is expected to sign with WWE and report to NXT as early as late April, 2015.
Joe parted ways with TNA just last week, and has already made an appearance with Ring of Honor, announcing his intentions for the Ring of Honor World Championship this past Sunday at the 13th Anniversary Show.
While his start date is unconfirmed, Joe is booked with Ring of Honor through the April 25th show in Minnesota. If Joe reports to WWE Developmental after this date, he would not be participating in the War of the World co-events with New Japan Pro Wrestling.
More details as they develop.
Last night after Ring of Honor’s 13th Anniversary pay-per-view, they announced their next live special would be airing on Friday, June 19th 2015, for Best in the World. It will be held in New York City, with no venue yet named and tickets yet to go on sale.
As someone within driving distance of New York City, I’m very excited about another pay-per-view so close to home, but if they hold it in Terminal 5 again, I might skip this one and watch from home instead.
Tonight on Pay-Per-View, Ring of Honor presents it’s 13th Anniversary Show, Winner Takes All, live from the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. We will have coverage of the show on a delayed basis, beginning after 12:30am. Apologies in advance. Please place the blame on my job.
The card is as follows:
- High Stakes Four Corner Survival for the ROH World Championship: Jay Briscoe (c) vs. Michael Elgin vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Hanson
ROH World Television Championship: Jay Lethal (c) w/ Truth Martini vs. Alberto El Patron
ROH World Tag Team Championship: reDRagon (c) vs. IWGP Jr Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks
IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. ACH
Moose vs Mark Briscoe
Cedric Alexander vs Matt Sydal
The Kingdom vs The Addiction vs The Bullet Club
Maria Kanellis w/Michael Bennett vs O.D.B w/Mark Briscoe
“Mr ROH” Roderick Strong vs BJ Whitmer
Samoa Joe is also scheduled to appear, making it the first time he’s stepped into a Ring of Honor ring since 2008.
Earlier this week, we noted that Samoa Joe will be making appearances in March with Ring of Honor. In a post on their website, Ring of Honor now has announced that Joe will appear at the 13th Anniversary show this Sunday in Las Vegas. The post was simply this:
We have just received word that Samoa Joe will be in LIVE in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel & Casino this Sunday night.He has something to say, and wants the world to hear it.
It will be interesting to see what Joe has to say, and what transpires out of this event. We will have some sort of reaction to Sunday’s pay per view right here on Ring-Rap.com.
Samoa Joe, who has returned to ROH for a series of events in March, made an appearance on the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show to talk about a number of topics. You can get the whole interview at this link, but below are some highlights.
On Returning to ROH:
“I think certain times in your career you reexamine things and a change of scenery is nice. It’s good for the fans, it’s good for me, and I think it’s healthy all around. I’m excited about some new matches for me, there’s some guys out there I haven’t had a chance to work with especially some younger guys, up and comers, that I think have tremendous promise and talent and I get to get in there and mix it up with them. It kinda was a culmination over the past few months of various factors, various reasons. You kind of come to these big decisions and I kind of looked around saw the landscape of things and thought it was the time.”
Through a report on FightNetwork.com, Samoa Joe is scheduled to work with Ring of Honor starting with the March 7 television taping in Baltimore, MD. Ring of Honor also has released a video touting Joe’s return, seen below. Joe will be working with the company on March 7 in Baltimore, March 13 in Milwaukee, WI, March 14 in Chicago Ridge, IL, and March 27 in Redwood City, CA.
It’s not clear whether or not Joe will appear on Sunday at the 13th Anniversary pay per view or not. I do think it would be a cool surprise to see him there live in person, or even do a pre-tape for it.
The ROH video touts Joe as a “returning legend,” which makes sense as Joe really made his name in the Ring of Honor promotion before moving on to TNA.
Right now, it looks like Joe plans to go the “AJ Styles” route of working dates with Ring of Honor and other independent promotions rather than move on to WWE. This is a great score for ROH, and I am actually hoping we do get to see him appear at the 13th Anniversary event this Sunday.
Ring of Honor returns to pay per view this coming Sunday, March 1, for their 13th Anniversary event. The event will be held at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV and can be seen live on Sunday night via pay per view starting at 8PM EST. This is the current advertised card:
- Jay Briscoe (c) vs. Michael Elgin vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Hanson; Four Corners Survival Match for the ROH Championship
- Jay Lethal (c) vs. Alberto El Patron; ROH Television Championship
- rEDragon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly, c) vs. The Young Bucks; ROH Tag Team Championship
- A.J. Styles vs. ACH
- ODB (w/Mark Briscoe) vs. Maria Kanellis (w/Michael Bennett)
- Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian (The Addiction) vs. Michael Bennett and Matt Taven vs. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (Bullet Club); triple threat tag match
- Roderick Strong vs. BJ Whitmer.
This card looks pretty good on paper, even though the main event seems to lack a real pop in terms of star power to me. That said, the rest of the card makes up for that lack of power. Also, Matt Sydal is scheduled to appear. We will have live reaction to this pay per view Sunday evening here on Ring-Rap.com.
Well, it’s been a little while since I’ve covered Ring of Honor for Ring Rap. While I’ve kept a passing glance at the show, aside from attending Final Battle 2014 in person, I haven’t been following Ring of Honor as much as I’ve liked to. Today, that changes.
I admit to being a week behind with coverage – I do not get any Sinclair stations in my area, and money is a little tight for the Ringside Membership ROHwrestling.com offers. If that doesn’t bother you, then let’s jump in and get started!