Ring of Honor was hyping up the announcement of a new title over the past day or two, and generally speaking I think most people (myself included) assumed it would be a Women’s Title. It turns out that is not to be the case.
For the first time in eight years, Ring of Honor has created a new title, and it is a World Six-Man Tag Team Championship. In their press release on ROHWrestling.com, they cite the number of six-man tag matches Ring of Honor has held over the years as one of the reasons for creating these titles.
The first champions will be crowned thanks to an 8-team tournament, beginning at All-Star Extravaganza 8 on Pay-Per-View. The teams include: Bullet Club, The Cabinet (Rhett Titus, Kenny King and Caprice Coleman) and the current World Tag Team Champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) and Kamaitachi.
This is the first time in over 30 years that a major promotion in the United States has had a six-man tag team championship.
The full press release is below.
Six-man tag team matches have been a highlight of Ring of Honor events for years, and now competitors in those bouts will have something to fight for other than pride and the winner’s share of the purse.
The inaugural ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions will be crowned in an eight-team tournament that begins at the end of September. This will be the first time in six years that ROH has created a new title.
Teams expected to compete in the tournament include: Bullet Club, The Cabinet (Rhett Titus, Kenny King and Caprice Coleman) and the current World Tag Team Champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) and Kamaitachi.
Six-man matches are a staple of Lucha Libre (where they are referred as trios matches), and with ROH’s recent partnership with Mexico’s CMLL promotion, the timing couldn’t be better for ROH to introduce a six-man tag title.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling, also a partner of ROH, introduced the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship this past January with a tournament that was won by The Briscoes and Toru Yano.
ROH’s new championship will mark the first time a major U.S.-based promotion has had a six-man tag team title in nearly 30 years.
Roy McClarity, Pat O’Connor & Yukon Eric were the first NWA 6-Man Champions crowned over 60 years ago. In the ‘80s, the NWA created a six-man tag title that was held by the likes of Dusty Rhodes and The Road Warriors, and in World Class Championship Wrestling, the legendary feud between The Freebirds and The Von Erichs often revolved around that promotion’s six-man tag title.The tournament gets underway at All Star Extravaganza weekend in Lowell, MA on Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st, and continues on Oct. 29th in Baltimore.Get your tickets for these events by clicking HERE.The finals will take place at Final Battle on Dec. 2nd at The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.Check back with ROHWrestling.com for updates on this historic tournament.