For the last couple of weeks I have been taking the time to look back at some great matches from the last 13 years of ROH and now as the 13th Anniversary show draws near. I thought it would be fitting to close this chapter with two more great matches from the history of ROH.
The two matches I picked were one match from the early part of ROH and another from a little more recently to be fair to the later years of ROH as well.
The news just announced a few minutes by ROH that an ROH Legend will be returning to the company for the first time since 2008. His return will happen on Sunday March 7th in Baltimore, MD. This legend is formerly known as the "Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe. Last week Joe walked away from TNA Wrestling after almost Ten years with the company and because of a contract dispute Joe left the company.
With this shocking news in place Samoa Joe looks to be returning home below are the dates for Joe's ROH appearances:
Once again we turn back the clock of ROH history and it is hard to turn back the clock and not go back to the first show and the first ever main event in ROH history. This Main Event did wonders in setting the tone for the future of ROH and the type of the style this company brought to the "dance." The match saw Christopher Daniels vs Low-Ki vs Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) in a Three Way Dance. All three of these men would have big parts in the future of Ring of Honor and also all of these men would leave Ring of Honor in the future and we would only see Daniels return to the company. But before Low-Ki and Daniels went off to TNA and before the Yes Movement and Daniel Bryan all three of these men were in Ring of Honor and were apart of history that day in Philly. Right now share in the chance to relive history in this trip back in time for Honor Moments 3:
For more info on the Anniversary show's card visit: http://www.rohwrestling.com/
News has just been broke that around 3 weeks after Ring of Honor turns 13, ROH will see a legend make his return to the company for the first time since the NJPW and ROH co-promoted show in May of last year. So live in Redwood City, California the site of ROH Supercard of Honor IX will also be the site of Jushin "Thunder" Liger's next US appearance.
That's Right!! Jushin Liger is not just back in the United States, but he is back in Ring of Honor this appearance seems like it is only a one and done type thing. However, there is also still a little more than a month until the card happens and that leaves a lot of time for details regarding Liger's stay in ROH to be announced. As we prepare for the Japanese legend's next trip to the US let us look back at his past trips to the US for ROH.
For those who know about what Jushin Liger has done for the business outside of just time within the ranks of companies in the United States. They would tell you that Liger coming stateside is not only very special because of how rare it is, but also how great it is for the company that was able to bring him stateside because of the meaning and credibility Liger's name carries for whatever show he's on or company he works for. Liger has worked for ROH on three occasions in the past like I mentioned previously he was a part of the co-promoted show in May of last year. Liger also worked for ROH in 2010 and in late 2004; in 2010 he worked one match against ROH World Champion Austin Aries and came up short. In 2004, ROH delivered to its fans a dream match that fans had wanted to see Bryan Danielson vs Jushin "Thunder" Liger. In a shocking turn of events Liger defeated Danielson, in the match and then again the following night in a "dream tag team match" when Liger teamed with Samoa Joe vs Danielson & Low-Ki.
Liger brings in more fans to tune into the show and a proven track record for ROH to use in promoting the show. On March 27th, The "Thunder" Returns to Ring of Honor.
Last week is when I got this going and now as we draw closer to Anniversary 13 on March 1 it is only fitting that I look back at another moment from ROH's past. Over the history of ROH's existence, we have seen some great feuds take place like CZW vs ROH, BJ Whitmer vs Jimmy Jacobs, SCUM vs ROH, and many others. However, one that in my opinion did wonders in giving a young star at that time, maybe just the rub he needed to become a real name in the business.
The Feud I speak of is........ CM Punk vs Raven, aka the polar opposites. Raven is everything Punks isn't when it comes to how he is with his lifestyle out of the ring. Punk being straightedge and Raven well being a borderline depressed drug user (his character). This made for not only great promos, but really great matches like this one featured below:
In the video a young CM Punk against the veteran/legend in Raven in what is in many ways the feud that made Punk a star in ROH. This feud did wonders for Punk's career, but also showed once again just how talented Raven is if he is given the opportunity to show his stuff and do his thing.
Every year in the month of Febrary ROH holds the events that symbolizes another year as a company amply titled this year Anniversary 13. This show will celebrate 13 years as a company for Ring of Honor and most likely going into the show ROH will be looking back at some great moments from the companies past. As far I know I am going to be doing it first though because that's what this about, looking back at the past 13 years of ROH and picking out our favorite memories.
I know off the top of my head there is no better place to start the trip back in time then looking back at the first ever Ring of Honor show from Febrary 2002. This was the opening video for the DVD:
After 13 years ROH has seen it's share of talent come and go like Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan Featured Above), Austin Aries, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Jimmy Rave, Jim Cornette, Alex Shelley, KENTA (Hideo Itami), Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro), Chris Hero, El Generico (Sami Zayn), Kevin Steen (Kevin Owens), The Wolves, and many more. Point is talent is not a lost art in Ring of Honor and it has been a huge part of the company for the 13 years and continues to be a huge part. Since we are talking about people who left I have to mention Mark & Jay Briscoe have been with the company siince the begining of the company. I know that a lot of people would say none of these talents were anything, but Indy no names or Internet darlings before their respected companies made them stars but ROH has also been home to households like these two Stars featured in the match below from ROH's fist event:
Next to Final Battle the biggest PPV of the Ring of Honor calendar year is the Anniversary show when ROH like many other companies celebrate another year as a company. Now this is the full card but below are the matches announced thus far:
Alot of amazing matches announced for the card thus far and two that stick out for me are Jay Lethal vs Alberto El Patron and AJ Styles vs ACH. Now I know some of you might say what about the Tag match well I have seen them work and I know those two teams can tear the house down, but the two matches I picked have never happened before and are all the more intrguing.
I also still very interested in seeing El Patron on the Indies as well as ROH's push of ACH which maybe a little soon, but either way is well deserved he is a very talented compeitor. ROH will not disappoint with this event and will show why this show is one of the more important and biggest shows of the year for the company in my book.