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.
Ring of Honor issued the following press release earlier today, regarding Supercard of Honor, which is occuring on March 27th, 2015.
Liger is an international superstar with a list of legendary accomplishments throughout the world. He is a former 11 time IWGP Jr Heavyweight Champion, 6 time IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, WCW Light heavyweight Champion and has held numerous championships on nearly every continent in the world.
He made his Ring of Honor debut in November 2004 and has faced some of the greats in ROH, such as Bryan Danielson, Austin Aries and most recently battled former ROH World Champion Adam Cole at ROH’s War of The Wolds in May of 2014.
Jushin “Thunder” Liger is returning to ROH with a lot of fan fare. The names lining up to take on the legend is hungry and vast. As always, stay tuned to http://www.rohwrestling.com for updates and announcements.
Ring of Honor: Supercard of Honor IX will feature the likes of: The Briscoes, reDRagon, Jay Lethal, Matt Sydal, ACH and all the elite ROH wrestlers in what will be a stacked card full of must-see encounters.
“What better place to host Supercard of Honor IX than Silicon Valley,” COO of Ring of Honor Joe Koff said. “ROH was built by a loyal and passionate online fan base that has helped make it into the global phenomenon it is today. It’s rather apropos that an area known for innovation is the location for Supercard of Honor, given how innovative our product is.”
Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT! If you don’t have a ticket, you will be able to see this entire event through the Ring of Honor’s Video On Demand.
As of today, Ring of Honor is advertising the following lineup on their website for their 13th Anniversary show. The pay per view event will be held in Las Vegas, NV at the Orleans Hotel and Casino and will be a standard television pay per view. The card to date is as follows:
Jay Briscoe (c) vs. Michael Elgin vs. Tomasso Ciampa vs. Hanson; ROH Title in a Four Corners Survival Match
Jay Lethal (c) vs. Alberto El Patron; ROH Television Championship
rEDragon (c, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. The Young Bucks; ROH Tag Team Championship
AJ Styles vs. ACH
I’m not as up on what is going on with ROH these days, admittedly. The title match doesn’t jump off the page at me immediately as a main event match for a pay per view, but it should be fun. The other advertised matches do feel pretty big and should provide quality action to sell the show. We will have coverage on March 1 when the show airs.
Today, Ring of Honor issued a press release to announce that they have set a Television Championship match for their 13th Anniversary Show. The match will feature Alberto El Patron (f/k/a Alberto Del Rio) taking on the current champion, Jay Lethal. The show will be broadcast on pay per view on March 1, 2015 from Las Vegas, NV.
The press release is as follows:
Rumors of a dream match have swirled on social media but now it is official. The legendary, 2nd generation Mexican wrestling star, Alberto El Patrón, will challenge Jay Lethal for the Ring of Honor World Television Championship live on Pay Per View at our 13th Anniversary event.
Upon his arrival in ROH, Alberto El Patrón wanted an opportunity to speak with his fans on ROH Television. Alberto proclaimed that he was finally among the best wrestlers on the planet and he wanted a shot at the most important title in professional wrestling, the ROH World Championship. Lethal and his manager, Truth Martini took major offense to this and Lethal interrupted Alberto, telling him he should have done his homework before coming to class. Lethal made it known that he is the measuring stick for the best professional wrestler on the planet and that his championship was the most important.
This meeting of two very different athletes in the prime of their careers is something that does not happen very often. This rivalry has taken on a personal twist as Lethal feels Alberto overlooked him as a champion. El Patrón believes Lethal has challenged his manhood, something for which Alberto will not stand.
Can Lethal add Alberto El Patrón to the record list of contenders he has defeated? Can Alberto El Patrón make history by ending the historic reign of Lethal? To find out you will either need to be live in Las Vegas or on Pay per View!
I think this is a great hook for the upcoming pay per view, and it should be a great match that we will have some form of coverage for come March 1. I do eventually want to see El Patron eventually challenge for ROH’s top title, but for now this should be a fun match with some championship implications.
Matt Sydal (fka Evan Bourne) spoke with Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald about a number of topics. Here are a few highlights:
On working an NXT event in 2013 as a means of getting cleared to wrestle after breaking his foot during a car accident in 2012:
“They wanted to make sure I was completely healthy, which basically required a dry run. I was able to wrestle a fun match and got good reviews on it and got cleared to wrestle. From that point on I was focused on my rehab. I still didn’t feel as comfortable as I should on my foot. I felt like I was a step behind. I did in-ring work after that. I worked out at the NXT school in Orlando. That basically led me to the next year.”
Earlier today, Ring of Honor announced via their Twitter account that Alberto El Patron (f/k/a Alberto Del Rio) will be working his debut match in the company against Christopher Daniels. The match will take place at the Ring of Honor television tapings on January 3, 2015 at the Tennessee State Fairground located in Nashville, TN.
This is a strong match on paper. Both guys are talented in-ring workers and should put on a good match. If you are attending the tapings in Nashville, feel free to drop us a line with results (as detailed or simple as you wish) and impressions of the show. You can send them to me at email@example.com.