Ring of Honor announced one of the biggest matches for their upcoming Supercard of Honor XII event – “The American Nightmare” Cody versus “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega.
The company confirmed that former ROH World Champion and the first IWGP United States Champion will collide for the first time in their careers at Supercard of Honor XII. No other bouts have been announced for the card, which takes place on April 7 at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. ROH did confirmed that Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi are expected to wrestle at the event. The Women of Honor Championship tournament semifinals will also take place.
BREAKING: @CodyRhodes vs @KennyOmegamanX and the fate of #BulletClub will go down in NOLA at #ROHSupercard on Sat Apr 7! Get your tickets now! #Complicated https://t.co/l12l1lvYVa pic.twitter.com/irTEJHUZML
Omega has been the leader of the Bullet Club since he usurped the role from A.J. Styles, but Cody has been the face of the group in Ring of Honor.
There has been tension between the two for over a year and it culminated at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s New Beginnings at Sapporo Night 2 when Cody attacked Omega after he lost the U.S. title to Jay White.
Omega was saved by his former Golden Lovers partner Ibushi. Although The Cleaner has commented on the possibility of reuniting with his Golden Lovers tag team partner, he hasn’t officially left the Bullet Club.
The match between Omega and Cody was kind of foreshadowed in the latest episode of “Being the Elite.”
During the video, Marty Scurll looks at a picture of the Elite, asking “what happened,” before singing Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated.” During the montage, The Young Bucks and Hangman Page are crying before Scurll sheds tears of his own.
The end of the video cuts back and forth between Nick Jackson looking into the future, and Colt Cabana and Ian Riccaboni at Supercard of Honor. The broadcast mentions the civil war within Bullet Club and talks about talk about a matchup fans thought they would never see in the history of wrestling – Cody vs. Omega.
This is a big match for one of ROH’s largest cards of the year. However, it seems a bit off that Cody and Omega would have their first match against each other in a Ring of Honor ring.
Bullet Club has its claws in numerous professional wrestling promotions around the world, the two biggest being NJPW and ROH. While Cody has proudly worn the Bullet Club membership on his sleeve in ROH, like the Young Bucks and Hangman Page – and let’s not forget Adam Cole – the faction is a property of NJPW and all members, including those who have joined at Ring of Honor events, have to be approved by New Japan’s booker Gedo.
The different moments and rifts between Cody and Omega have taken place at NJPW events. It would seem more natural that Cody and Omega would have their first clash at an upcoming NJPW event, or even at the All In show on Sept. 1.
However, fans will watch this match, no matter where it takes place. Bullet Club narrative aside, this has the makings to be a really good match.
Omega is considered by many to be best professional wrestler in the world and his performances – as NJPW Kevin Kelly once commented – broke the richter scale equivalent of professional wrestling, i.e. the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s star rating system.
Cody has the ability to put on good matches as well and his character work in the ring is some of the best in the industry.
The match between Cody and Omega at Supercard of Honor could be the first of several matches this year. If their bout goes well at Supercard of Honor XII, fans could see them tussle at future NJPW or ROH events, maybe even Wrestle Kingdom 13.
ROH Death Before Dishonor Main Event to Be Jay Lethal vs. Will Ospreay
ROH Death Before Dishonor takes place on Friday, November 28th from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and the main event has officially been announce as ROH World Champion Jay Lethal will defend his gold against Will Ospreay.
Here is a breakdown of the rest of the card:
- ROH World Champion Jay Lethal vs. Will Ospreay
- Bullet Club (Cody, Adam Page, The Young Bucks, and Marty Scurll) vs. CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Chuckie T, Beretta, Tomohiro Ishii, and Rocky Romero)
- ROH Women of Honor World Champion Sumie Sakai vs. Tenille Dashwood
- ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
- ROH TV Champion Punishment Martinez vs. Chris Sabin
- Jushin ”Thunder” Liger vs. Kenny King
Flip Gordon Discusses Future with ROH
Ring Of Honor (ROH) star Flip Gordon has some lofty goals with the promotion, and he discussed them, along with his journey to the Ring of Honor promotion, recently during an interview with Wrestling Epicenter.
“It has been a fun journey. I wanted as much as I could and that is kind of what I did very early on. I started just wrestling in the Northeast.
“I’ve always wanted to travel more, I always wanted to go further, I always wanted to wrestle new people. I think while doing that, I got to get into the ring with a lot of good guys probably before I should have had the chance to be in the ring with them.
“But, I did! I was able to learn at a very fast rate and I think that is what caught Ring of Honor’s attention.”
Gordon has his sights set on Bully Ray.
“Well, I want to get this thing with Bully Ray squashed, get that out of the way. And then, you know, I’ve been with Ring of Honor for over a year now, I have just re-signed, maybe it is time for a TV title run?”
Gordon also discussed New Japan Pro Wrestling and ROH’s Supercard of Honor selling out MSG, a huge milestone for any professional wrestling brand.
“It is just insane! Not just from a wrestling standpoint but from an entertainer’s standpoint! Anybody from basketball to comedy to music to wrestling to theater, they want to perform in Madison Square Garden!
“That is the World’s Most Famous Arena! Like you said, it is the Mecca! That is a dream of mine coming true. I can’t wait! I wish it was April already! (laughs)
“For Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling to put on a co-show, the G1 Supercard, and to sell it out that quick is a testament to how popular wrestling is right now and how much of a variety there is. Wrestling fans want something different.
“You can have a WWE show across town and have a non-WWE show sell out in the same city! There’s such a variety and it is cool to see how much wrestling is thriving right now!”
Jay Lethal, Britt Baker and More Are All In
What is slated to be the biggest independent pro wrestling show in history, “All In,” continues to have notable names added to the event.
I’m @ALL_IN_2018 🍾
September 1st. pic.twitter.com/OBbmcoQWc4
— Chelsea Green (@ImChelseaGreen) April 23, 2018
In the last few days, several wrestlers have been announced for the event, which is scheduled for Sept. 1 at the Sears Centre in Chicago. Below are some of the wrestlers who were recently confirmed for the event.
- Former Ring of Honor World Champion Jay Lethal
- Monster Pro Wrestling Factory Girls Champion Britt Baker
- Chelsea Green, former Impact Knockouts Champion who competed as Laurel Van Ness
- Bad Boy Joey Janela and Penelope Ford.
These names join top talents from around the world who will perform at the event, such as IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, RPH titleholder Deonna Purrazzo, former Impact World Champion Pentagon Jr., Rey Fenix, Tessa Blanchard and Stephen Amell The show is being financed by the Bullet Club’s Cody and The Young Bucks, who will compete at the event. Fellow Bullet Club members Kenny Omega, Marty Scurll, Stephen Amell and Hangman Page will also be at All In.
For fans who love listening to podcasts, there will also be a wrestling podcast convention attached to the event.
There will be a press conference for All In on May 13 at 1 p.m. CT, livestreamed on Facebook and Twitch.
— 🙃 dᴉlℲ (@TheFlipGordon) April 26, 2018
Flip Gordon is not booked for the event – something Green boasted of during her announcement. However, I don’t think the Bullet Club is going to keep Gordon away.
In addition to the confirmed talent, there is speculation as to potential guests who could show up and surprise the talent and fans – specifically C.M. Punk. According to reports and interviews, Punk has a friendship with the Young Bucks and he still loves wrestling. The event is being held in Chicago, so maybe the Second City Saint could make a surprise appearance, even if it’s Bury the Drug Free Bear or a hot dog vendor.
“All In” is an event you should try to catch if you’re a fan of professional wrestling. Even if Punk doesn’t appear on the card, there is plenty of talent for fans to cheer and boo.
Although no matches have been announced at this time, there’s speculation that Cody and Omega will face each other in a rematch from their Supercard of Honor bout.
Matches aside, fans can expect a special, fun night if they attend the show. Anyone who has been to an independent pro wrestling event knows you get a different experience. Fans have the chance to not only watch good wrestling and buy merchandise, but they have a chance to meet the talent and share some kind words.
Hardcore wrestling fans won’t be the ones who will benefit from attending a show like “All In.” Casual fans who mainly watch WWE, Impact and NJPW have the opportunity to watch wrestling they haven’t been exposed to.
If fans enjoy themselves at “All In,” they might decide to take in more independent shows, even ones in their area, which is a good thing.
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