The return of Supercard of Honor to the Ring of Honor schedule is notable for a couple reasons.
The WrestleMania weekend event - announced this week for Sat., April 4 at the 8,000 seat RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida - merged with New Japan’s G1 brand in 2019 for a sold out Madison Square Garden show. ROH’s contributions to the card were not well-received, and may have damaged their partnership with NJPW. They’re going it alone this year, as New Japan is focusing on their own tours of North America at other points on the calendar and skipping the ‘Mania scene in the Tampa area (except for a Tama Tonga-hosted “Bullet Club Beach Party”).
WWE moved NXT’s show in Brooklyn last April to avoid a head-to-head battle with ROH & New Japan, but the Supercard of Honor will compete with TakeOver: Tampa for fans. Both are the night before WrestleMania 36.
And last but not least, ROH continues to act like they know something we don’t when it comes to the status of Marty Scurll. AEW fans are hoping The Villain rejoins his Being The Elite castmates asap, and BTE is fueling those hopes with ongoing teases. But just as he was with Ring of Honor’s upcoming Free Enterprise show, Scurll is prominently featured in the write-up for Supercard on ROHWrestling.com
“Star-studded factions Villain Enterprises (ROH World Champion PCO, “The Villain” Marty Scurll, Brody King and “The Mercenary” Flip Gordon) and La Facción Ingobernable (RUSH, ROH World Television Champion Dragon Lee, Kenny King and Amy Rose) will appear at Supercard of Honor, as will recent signees and international stars Slex and Session Moth Martina, to name just a few.“
Will Marty have signed a new deal by then? Can he help ROH grab a piece of the spotlight on April 4?
We shall see.