WrestleMania is just around the corner which means Ring of Honor (ROH) has its traditional double shot of shows coming up as well.
When WWE descends on Miami next weekend for WrestleMania 28, ROH will host its two-day Showdown in the Sun event headlined by a World Championship title three-way match between Davey Richards, Roderick Strong and Eddie Edwards on day one and Richards taking on Michael Elgin on day two.
The second day will also see the continuation of what is slowly becoming a heated rivalry between ROH and CHIKARA when T.J. Perkins takes on The Colony's Fire Ant. The feud between the two companies started off friendly enough when Hallowicked and Jigsaw won a Proving Ground match against Jay and Mark Briscoe at Homecoming 2012 but turned sour when Kevin Steen insulted CHIKARA and its Grand Championship currently resting on Eddie Kingston's shoulder.
In addition to the inter-promotional bout, ROH has the following on tap:
World Championship Triple Threat Match: Davey Richards (c) vs Eddie Edwards vs Roderick Strong
Lance Storm vs Mike Bennett
World TV Championship Match: Jay Lethal (c) vs Kyle O'Reilly
Kevin Steen vs El Generico
Dual Duel Night #1: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs The All Night Express (Rhett Titus & Kenny King)
Proving Ground Match: Jay & Mark Briscoe vs TMDK (Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste)
Blind Destiny - One of these matches will be for the ROH World Championship
Jay Lethal vs Roderick Strong
Eddie Edwards vs Kevin Steen
Davey Richards vs Michael Elgin
World Tag Team Championship Match: The Briscoes vs Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin)
Dual Duel Night #2: The Young Bucks vs The All Night Express
Kyle O'Reilly vs Adam Cole
Full press release concerning the "ROH vs CHIKARA" match-up after the jump.
The groundwork was laid at "The Homecoming 2012" when Team CHIKARA, Hallowicked & Jigsaw, took on ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay & Mark Briscoe in a Proving Ground match. Standing united, various members of the CHIKARA roster stood at ringside throughout the match to support their representatives, eventually lending an assist to help their team win but only after the champions attempted to remove the masks of their opponents: the ultimate disrespect in the world of CHIKARA. That earned Hallowicked & Jigsaw a tag title opportunity at "Unity" in Chicago Ridge on April 28th.
The next step was taken at our "10th Anniversary Event" where CHIKARA Grand Champion Eddie Kingston, along with other members of the roster, was invited to attend and Kingston was even given some time to speak to the assembled ROH faithful. It is generally believed he intended to talk to ROH World Champion Davey Richards but whatever Eddie had planned to say was thrown out the window when he was interrupted by Kevin Steen. Words were exchanged, disrespect was certainly tossed around, and the situation quickly escalated into a brawl, highlighted by Fire Ant diving onto the mass of security attempting to pull apart the fight. ROH officials have heard on a near daily basis from Eddie Kingston as he is still looking for a fight with "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare"...
Now, as we get closer and closer to the ROH/CHIKARA joint "Unity" event in April, another member of their unique locker room has been invited to come compete at "Showdown in the Sun" at The War Memorial in Ft. Lauderdale. That guest, none other than the men who soared through the sky in the Hammerstein Ballroom during the Steen/Kingston brawl: Fire Ant!
Fire Ant, a former Young Lions Cup Winner & Campeonatos de Parejas (Tag Team Title) holder, is a high-flying marvel representing The Colony. His opponent, Ring of Honor's own "Technical Lightning" TJ Perkins!
"I've traveled the world." said Perkins to ROHWrestling.com, "The United States, Japan, and most importantly here, Mexico. I understand the importance of the mask in the Lucha tradition, I've even competed under a mask myself at one point in my career, so I understand what it means to the wrestlers under the CHIKARA banner. What I can promise you Fire Ant is that you do not have to worry about me going for your mask or attempting to humiliate you in that fashion. What else I can promise you is that stepping into the ring with me will be the toughest fight you've had in your life. I hear you're fast on your feet, I'm lightning. I hear you can fly, I soar with eagles. I can make your head spin, wrap you up like a pretzel, and knock your head off before you even realize the bell rang to start the match. You're stepping into the lion's den Fire Ant, be ready."
ROH's TJ Perkins vs. CHIKARA's Fire Ant on March 31st at "Showdown in the Sun - Day 2"! It all takes place at The War Memorial in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and you can get your tickets right here! Can't be there live than order the iPPV broadcast right here and watch the action live as it happens!
For those unfamiliar, CHIKARA is a pro-wrestling experiment that displays its unorthodox and unique style to a devoted fanbase known as the CHIKARMY. CHIKARA is a hybrid of all global styles with a heavy-handed Lucha Libre influence. Currently, CHIKARA maintains a roster unlike any other in professional wrestling with the majority hiding their true identity under a mask. In CHIKARA, like Lucha Libre, the mask is sacred to the wrestler that dons it - each athlete displaying qualities embodied by the individual mask. The CHIKARA mystique and offbeat presentation spawns a fun and exciting atmosphere that is appropriate for all ages. For more information, check out their official website here.