Baltimore, MD – When Ring of Honor was purchased by Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group in 2011, many wondered how the company would operate under corporate ownership for the first time. Fast forward nearly two years later (and several changes to ROH management staff), and Ring of Honor is stronger than ever. The company will showcase itself to the world once again on iPPV (internet pay per view), as they present ROH Supercard of Honor VII. The event will take place this Friday night, April 5th, at 7:30pm from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. There are no tickets available, as this event has been sold out for weeks. (Tickets are still available for ROH’s TV taping, the following night, Saturday, April 6th at the Grand Ballroom in the Manhattan Center in New York City).
Here’s a quick preview of the main event for ROH Supercard of Honor:
ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Kevin Steen defends against Jay Briscoe
Somehow, it’s fitting that the only man to compete at Ring of Honor’s first-ever event, gets to compete here for the World Championship.
After appearing on ROH’s first event in 2002, Jay Briscoe’s first shot at the title happened in Baltimore in 2003, when he faced then-champion Samoa Joe. Briscoe failed to win the title that night. But he showed the world that he is a force in the singles and tag team ranks. His most recent title match was against former champion Roderick Strong in January 2011. Now, Briscoe is more hungry than ever to prove that he can be World Champion. There’s also a revenge factor coming into this match, as Jay’s brother, Mark, lost to Steen this past weekend (denying the fans to see the brother vs. Brother World Title clash).
Kevin Steen feels more motivated than ever to establish himself as the greatest Ring of Honor World Champion in history. Coming in to this match, Steen will have held the title for 330 days (4th longest reign ever). Only Samoa Joe, Bryan Danielson, and Nigel McGuinness have longer titie reigns. And while Steen has been motivated, his S.C.U.M. partner Steve Corino has been more vocal. Corino’s outburst on how no one can beat Steen prompted ROH Commissioner Nigel McGuinness to declare that numerous wrestlers would get a shot at the title. Jay’s brother Mark failed this past Saturday. And now, Jay hopes that he doesn’t suffer the same fate as his brother.
One thing that wrestling fans attending the show, and those watching on iPPV, should keep in mind is thay 38% of ROH World Title changes have happened in New York City. Jay Briscoe hopes to increase that percentage.
Other matches for this Friday’s iPPV include:
ROH World Tag Team Championship
reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs the American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)
3 Way ROH World TV Championship
Matt Taven w/ Truth Martini vs Adam Cole vs “Self Proclaimed Icon” Matt Hardy
#1 Contenders Match
Jay Lethal vs “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin
Special Challenge Match
“Machine Gun” Karl Anderson vs Roderick Strong
HONOR vs SCUM – 10 MAN WAR!
TEAM ROH (BJ Whitmer, Mark Briscoe, Mike Mondo, Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander) vs TEAM S.C.U.M. (Jimmy Jacobs, Cliff Compton, Rhett Titus, Jimmy Rave & Rhino)
“The Outlaw” Charlie Haas vs Shelton Benjamin
Tag Team Challenge Match
ACH & Tadarius Thomas vs “God’s Gift” QT Marshall & A Mystery Partner
For more information, visit rohwrestling.com. Ring of Honor will return to Baltimore on June 22nd for “Best in the World” at the DuBurns Arena.