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
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) February 2, 2018
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 Star Jay Briscoe Dies
ROH star and one half of the tag team The Briscoe Brothers, Jay Briscoe has died at the age of 38 years old as a result of a car accident, according to an announcement from All Elite Wrestling on Tuesday night (h/t FOX).
“An incredible performer who created a deep connection with wrestling fans across the globe. My condolences to the family and friends of Jay Briscoe,” WWE chief content officer Paul Levesque said in a tweet.
Briscoe, real name Jamin Pugh, was one of two people who died in the car crash.
Briscoe, who along with his brother Mark held the ROH tag team titles 13 times, was also a two-time solo champion with ROH and a six-man tag-team champion.
Tully Blanchard Done with AEW, Ring of Honor
Pro wrestling legend and Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard has confirmed that he is permanently done with AEW and Ring of Honor, noting that his departure from the company last year will be permanent.
Blanchard discussed his departure on a recent episode of the Two Man Power Trip podcast, in which he reunited with his former tag team partner and Four Horseman stablemate Arn Anderson, who also is with AEW.
“No, it was a little more complex than that, but my contract is up and I’m gone” Blanchard said of leaving AEW but did not divulge many other details.
Brian Danielson Says He Nearly Signed with Ring of Honor in 2018
AEW superstar Brian Danielson was at a crossroads back in 2018, when he was medically cleared by WWE to return to the ring, does he continue his career with WWE, or does he move on to another wrestling company such as Ring of Honor?
Danielson says that he considered making the jump, during an interview with Inside the Ropes, saying that when his contract with WWE was coming up, he had conversations with Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks, whose deals with ROH were expiring around the same time as his.
“It was really interesting, m contract with WWE was up in 2018 and I was considering going to Ring of Honor, and I was talking to The Young Bucks, and I was talking to Cody [Rhodes] just to kind of see” he said. “All their contracts were up with Ring of Honor and I was like, ‘What are you guys gonna do?’ Because even my lawyer, who doesn’t know anything about pro wrestling, he said; ‘Hey, I don’t think you’d wanna sign with Ring of Honor if these Young Bucks aren’t going because they’ve got this YouTube show, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, called Being The Elite’ and it’s essentially the driver for the popularity of Ring of Honor at the time, right?
“So those guys go away, we don’t know if Ring of Honor will nearly still be as popular and then with Cody’s contract coming up, if they leave, and Cody leaves, what will Ring of Honor’s popularity be like? So, that was a part of the discussion.”
Danielson re-signed with WWE, made his return to in-ring competition, and then departed in 2021 to sign with AEW.
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