Ring of Honor's next pay-per-view (PPV) was set to be a showcase of their partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). February 26's 14th Anniversary was already dealt one blow when WWE announced their signing of Shinsuke Nakamura, officially pulling him from the card.
But it looks like they may have dodged a bullet with regards to another top puroresu star. Seven time IWGP World Heavyweight champion Hiroshi Tanahashi allegedly suffered a shoulder injury at Sunday, January 24's Fantastica Mania Tour (New Japan's annual tour of their home country with another sister-promotion, Mexico's CMLL) finale, putting his availability for Ring of Honor (ROH)'s Las Vegas show in doubt.
PWInsider reports that Tanahashi did dislocate the shoulder, but plans to work through the injury to fulfill his upcoming dates, including the ROH PPV. He is currently scheduled for a pairs bout with his World Tag League partner Michael Elgin against The Briscoes, so it's conceivable he could be used sparingly. But that match will be a featured one on the card, so he'll have to be involved somewhat.
There are only two contests officially announced for 14th Anniversary:
- Jay Lethal (c) vs. Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly for the ROH World title
- The Briscoes vs. Tanahashi & Elgin
Other bouts that will be announced via the web and the pre-taped ROH TV show (potential spoilers):
- War Machine (c) vs. All Night Express in a No Disqualification match for the ROH Tag Team Championship
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Moose
- Alex Shelley vs. Christopher Daniels
Are Tanahashi, New Japan and ROH making the right call? How does the PPV card look to you so far, Cagesiders?