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11th Anniversary Show: American Wolves Tackle NJPW’s Forever Hooligans In A Dream Match

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Early last month Ring of Honor announced that a “dream match” would occur on March 2nd, at the 11th Anniversary Show and that it would involve the team of Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards, collectively known as The American Wolves. Immediately speculation began about who their opposition could be, with some placing their chips on Super Smash Brothers, and others on Paul London and Brian Kendrick.

On March 2nd, former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov, known to Puro fans as Forever Hooligans will battle for the first time ever against The American Wolves, a match fitting of the label “dream match.”

Romero and Koslov both have histories in Ring of Honor. Rocky and Davey are no strangers to one another, being former ROH World Tag Team Champions during their days as No Remorse Corps, alongside Roderick Strong. Romero is known for his hard hitting, quick offensive style and much like Richards is no stranger to gold having held a title in almost every promotion hes worked for.

A former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and three time CMLL World Super Lightweight Champion, Romero’s last appearance in Ring of Honor coincidentally saw him face current partner Alex Koslov during WrestleMania 26 weekend, on the Supercard of Honor showcase, in a losing effort. This would be Koslov’s last match before signing for the WWE, where he worked in their development territory.

Koslov is an international star having competed and been successful in promotions across the world, including New Japan Pro Wrestling, Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, WWE and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling where he captained Team International during the 2008 World X Cup Tournament.

Koslov’s past Ring of Honor tenure saw him compete against the likes of Bryan Danielson, Roderick Strong, The Briscoes, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards.

Forever Hooligans held the IWGP World Tag Team Championships – in the mind of some, the most prestiged tag team titles in the world today – for 112 days, ultimately losing them to rivals the Time Splitters, Alex Shelley and Kushida at NJPW’s Power Struggle iPPV event, losing a rematch earlier this month after it was announced they would return to Ring of Honor.

American Wolves have been a welcomed edition to a strengthened tag team division in Ring of Honor, which continues living up to expectations with no less than seven currently active teams. Davey and Eddie seem hell bent on once again capturing the ROH World Tag Team Championships, recently coming out on the losing side in a title match against The Briscoes.

This match sees Ring of Honor return to its roots, bringing in a top team from the international world of professional wrestling, giving the fans an opportunity to see matches they wouldn’t usually see. And with an obvious working relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling now established, it could open the doors for other top Japanese talent to step into the ring forged by honor.

This match should be nothing less than awesome, featuring two of professional wrestlings top tag teams. Each iPPV Ring of Honor strive to showcase tag team wrestling at its finest, a true example that tag team wrestling is indeed alive and well. I wouldn’t even fathom to make a predicition here and will instead sit on the fence, simply excited to see a match worthy of its title, of dream match.

Prediction: N/A

About Jason Patrick

Jason Patrick is an Irish writer and journalism student, he is the brain behind bringing Ring of Honor content to Wrestle Enigma and is an avid fan of the promotion, as well as others such as WWE, NJPW and some independent promotions. You can follow him on Twitter @JasonPatrickWE