Arguably the two best wrestling promotions outside of the leader in sports entertainment (WWE) are gearing up for a wild ride together in May 2014.
Ring of Honor (ROH) announced at their HonorCon extravaganza in Philadelphia on Saturday that stars from New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) will head down to North America and lend their services to the upstart promotion for two events.
The big announcement was met with huge praise from the wrestling world, and with the quality of wrestling that both promotions are known for, both events surely cannot be missed -- and if you reside in those areas, how can you not attend?
Although NJPW have not announced yet which stars will be participating, either side-by-side or against the stars of ROH, it was confirmed that NJPW's finest will be featured on both the Toronto and New York City shows.
These shows will be titled as "Global Wars," and they take place on May 10 (Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and on May 17 (Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York). The Toronto show is also being titled as "Border Wars."
The announcement was made publicly in a video package at HonorCon, with an introduction from Joe Koff, ROH's chief operating officer. Koff then introduced NJPW's chairman Naoki Sugabyashi, and he spoke about the news through his translator.
To top it all off, ROH will be looking to release trading cards and action figures in the near future, if licensing deals fall into place.
And if that's not enough, Koff confirmed that within the next two months, the company will be putting on a "Futures of Honor" show, which features talent from their wrestling school.
ROH have been on a roll lately, with the returns of two of their most prolific stars in their history, AJ Styles and Chris Hero -- already making an impact with superb matches on television, respectively.
Man, it's good to be an obsessive wrestling fan.
Now, if only WWE would co-promote ...