It was announced on the Wednesday, May 11 stop of Ring of Honor's War of the Worlds tour, and today, the promotion made it widely known via press release and on their website.
At their June 24 pay-per-view (PPV), Best in the World, Jay Briscoe will get a one-on-one shot at Ring of Honor (ROH) World champion Jay Lethal.
Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness's choice can be justified a couple of ways. Briscoe, one of only two two-time World champs in ROH history, never got a rematch after Lethal won the belt from him last year in an epic match which capped a long storyline. And, at a recent live event in San Antonio, Briscoe would have pinned the champ in a multi-man match if not for the referee having been taken out moments earlier.
The hole in the story is why Colt Cabana, who almost had Lethal set to tap last Sunday at Global Wars when the Bullet Club crashed the main event, wouldn't be getting another shot. That may be addressed between now and next month's show, however.
Another variable is Bullet Club, the New Japan stable which added two ROH regulars to its ranks over the past week. One of them, Adam Cole, is also a former World champion who hasn't had a one-on-one shot at Lethal in quite some time.
The press release on the Best in the World main event, a title fight they're calling the biggest rematch in company history, practically foreshadows Bullet Club involvment:
The stars of RING OF HONOR return to the Charlotte area for BEST IN THE WORLD Weekend on Friday June 24, with 9 PM EST bell time for BEST IN THE WORLD LIVE on Pay Per view! The following night, ROH will conduct a National Television Taping starting at 6 PM EST. Both events will take place at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, NC just outside of Charlotte!
Fans will be able to watch this extravaganza in the United States on all major carriers and worldwide on ROHWrestling.com but nothing beats seeing the hard-hitting, fast-paced action LIVE and in person!
ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness announced at the Toronto stop of the War of the Worlds stop that the MAIN EVENT for BEST IN THE WORLD has been signed for Friday June 24 and it is The BIGGEST REMATCH IN ROH HISTORY, one year in the making!
ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL W/TAELER HENDRIX vs. JAY BRISCOE
For well over two years, ROH World Champion Jay Lethal has held one or both of the ROH World singles championships. Now, as his reign continues to grow in length and increasingly historic proportion, Lethal believes that there are no more challengers left to defeat.
The stars of Ring of Honor disagree.
One such star is Bullet Club member Adam Cole. Cole revealed himself as the latest member of the group that has been causing anxiety and panic in the professional wrestling world at Global Wars, interrupting Colt Cabana's championship opportunity against Lethal and hijacking the event. Cole's last one-on-one shot at the ROH World Championship was at Final Battle 2014. Before revealing the main event for Best in the World, McGuinness said that Bullet Club believes that Adam Cole should get the shot but he feels differently.
Cole is one of two former champions that has gone a year or more without receiving a one-on-one ROH title shot. The other? Two-time ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe. Briscoe had last held the championship for nearly a year himself before succumbing to Lethal in one of the most back-and-forth championship matches in history. After losing the ROH World Championship, to Lethal in New York, Briscoe took a small break to clear his head before returning to the tag team scene with his brother Mark. One year later, after scoring a visual eight-second pin on Lethal, Briscoe made his intentions clear in San Antonio:
Briscoe never received his contractual re-match and has petitioned ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness to sign the match. With big wins in bouts with and against Matt Sydal, Michael Elgin, Moose, Adam Page, and Silas Young, Briscoe has proved that he has done what it takes to earn a re-match regardless of a clause in his contract.
In Concord, live and on pay-per-view, fans of The Best Wrestling on the Planet will get the most demanded rematch in ROH history! A win for Jay Briscoe will make him the only three-time ROH World Champion in history! A win by Jay Lethal will round out over one full year as ROH World Champion and etch his status in the upper echelon and rare air of ROH's all-time greats.
Such an incredible rematch raises huge questions equal in size to its huge stakes! Can Taeler Hendrix help limit Lethal's outside distractions in preparation for this bout? Has Briscoe's recent battles in the deepest tag team division in the world taken too much out of him? Will Adam Cole and Bullet Club attempt to alter the fate of one or both of these men between now and Best in the World? And just who will leave Concord as ROH World Champion? Join us live and on pay-per-view to find out!
Last year the Best Fans on The Planet SOLD OUT Terminal 5 in New York City to witness Jay Briscoe & Jay Lethal battle to see who ROH's Undisputed Champion would be. Tickets are available NOW; you will need to get your tickets early before they do in fact SELL OUT!
Check back to ROHWrestling.com for the latest match announcements for Best in the World 2016 ahead of its live broadcast on all major pay-per-view carriers, ROHWrestling.com, FITE, Playstation Network, and more!
ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RE-MATCH
THE BIGGEST RE-MATCH IN ROH HISTORY
ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL W/ TAELER HENDRIX VS. JAY BRISCOE
SIGNED TO APPEAR DURING BEST IN THE WORLD WEEKEND
ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: THE ADDICTION (CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & FRANKIE KAZARIAN)
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION BOBBY FISH
WAR MACHINE (RAYMOND ROWE & HANSON)
YOUNG BUCKS (NICK & MATT JACKSON)
MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS (ALEX SHELLEY & CHRIS SABIN)
DALTON CASTLE W/ THE BOYS
DONOVAN DIJAK W/ PRINCE NANA
"PRO WRESTLING'S LAST REAL MAN" SILAS YOUNG
2016 TOP PROSPECT: LIO RUSH
ALL NIGHT EXPRESS (RHETT TITUS & KENNY KING)
Would they go to a second straight non-finish on PPV? What will the first big show of 2016 without a significant New Japan presence look like?
We'll find out on Friday, June 24.