With the roster of talent coming to North America from New Japan Pro Wrestling now set, all that was left was for Ring of Honor to begin announcing the cards for the four shows the two companies will produce. And that started today with the first set of matches being booked for War of the Worlds, night one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May12th.
First up is a battle of the bookers, as Delirious (aka ROH Creative head Hunter Johnson) will face Gedo:
The 1st match signed for #WarofTheWorlds Night 1 is @rohdelirious vs @njpw1972's #Gedo - Get your tickets now! pic.twitter.com/B8fF0pdwQe— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) April 20, 2015
Then, in an interesting pairing that should feature high quality workrate, it's Mr. ROH Roderick Strong against half of The Time Splitters team, Kushida:
Match #2 signed for #WarofTheWorlds Night #1 @roderickstrong vs @KUSHIDA_CANADA pic.twitter.com/fbzo93drVu— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) April 20, 2015
Television champ and first generation superstar Jay Lethal gets Takaaki Watanabe as he heads into the second year of his North American excursion:
#ROH's @TheLethalJay will take on #Watanabe at #WarofTheWorlds Night #1 pic.twitter.com/ve1kQJ3jsl— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) April 20, 2015
And the last announcement, for now, is the first Bullet Club-related one, as The Young Bucks get into a Triple Threat with new ROH tag champs The Addiction and Maria Kanellis' Kingdom:
. @facdaniels @FrankieKazarian v @RealMikeBennett @MattTaven v @NickJackonYB @MattJackson13 #WarofTheWorlds Night 1 pic.twitter.com/79BTXoHWYS— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) April 20, 2015
Honestly, these matches don't do a whole lot for me - I was particularly hoping for something more for Lethal - but, there will be a lot more of these to cover the remaining NJPW talent (including big names like Tanahashi, Okada and Nakamura) and three more nights to fill, so there's no point getting too worked up yet.
Anything jump out at you, Cagesiders?
UPDATE: match five...
#ROH's @MichaelElgin25 will face @njpw1972's @s_d_naito at #WarofTheWorlds Night #1. pic.twitter.com/gTmDU0T1dl— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) April 20, 2015
UPDATE 2: match six is a doozy, and official word is that the last two matches will be announced tonight during the start of Raw...
Just signed for #WarOfTheWorlds Night 1 @thebobbyfish & @ROHOreilly vs @tanahashi1_100 & #JushinThunderLiger pic.twitter.com/ey2S5TdIEj— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) April 20, 2015