Earlier this evening via their official Facebook page, Ring of Honor Wrestling, the promotion unveiled their poster for their Border Wars iPPV event scheduled for May 4th from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with television tapings to proceed the following day. On first inspection I found no irregularities with the poster, however it has been brought to my attention that it does indeed feature a hidden image.
Behind the red and white maple leaf of the Canadian flag is the logo of Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling NOAH, a company Ring of Honor has been affiliated with for several years now, which has seen big Japanese stars such as KENTA and Takeshi Morishima feature for the promotion in the past, facing talents such as Bryan Danielson, Nigel McGuinness, Samoa Joe and Davey Richards.
Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Noah are affiliated with one another through the Global Professional Wrestling Alliance, a group which sees performers from several respective companies trade talent, most prominently Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Noah.
Some fans questioned the status of the relationship considering Ring of Honor were able to bring Rocky R0mero and Alex Koslov back to the promotion for a match at the 11th Anniversary Show a couple weeks ago, they will also feature on ROH Wrestling TV in a couple weeks in a match taped the day following the event.
In December I interviewed former ROH World Champion KENTA and asked him would he be interested in a return to Ring of Honor, which he replied:
“We will have to wait and see. Its all scheduled by the GPWA (Global Professional Wrestling Alliance) so if NOAH and ROH can come to an agreement I’d love to return to America and wrestle some of their new guys.”
It seems Ring of Honor and Delirious have once again delivered, managing to negotiate deals with two Japanese promotions which is nothing but good in-terms of business, possibly seeing talent from both promotions feature on Ring of Honor shows in the future.
Despite a poor 2012 which saw several major talents leave the promotion, Pro Wrestling NOAH is still the home of stars such as KENTA, who reigns as the company’s GHC Heavyweight Champion, Takeshi Morishima who is the former GHC Heavyweight Champion and Naomichi Marufuji who is considered a top talent in Japanese professional wrestling.
The indication from the poster is that Border Wars will feature talent from the promotion, something which will again draw older fans bewildered by Jim Cornette’s reign as booker back into the product and newer fans interested in seeing top stars from Japan compete for an American based company – saves on airfare to Japan.
One match set for Border Wars will feature Adam Cole, whether or not he’s the ROH World TV Champion, challenge the ROH World Champion, whether or not it’s current holder Kevin Steen or Supercard of Honor challenger Jay Briscoe, in the main event live on iPPV from Toronto, Ontatrio, Canada.
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