The international partnership between Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling has never been stronger! With both organizations featuring the top stars from around the globe, a competitive rivalry has formed between the two organizations. 2017 marks the fourth year the best from New Japan take on the best of Ring of Honor and the competition heading into Global Wars has never been hotter!
In matches contested where there are participants that clearly represent solely ROH or NJPW at the time of competition and matches are contested under the ROH banner, New Japan holds a narrow three-win advantage! With a record of 47-48-1, ROH stars will look to take the all-time lead in this series! In 2014 and so far in 2017, ROH has had the advantage but 2015 and 2016 saw New Japan pick up major victories!
UP EIGHT - ROH SHINES WITH GOLD ON THE LINE
With either a Ring of Honor or New Japan championship on the line, Ring of Honor has a decisive advantage in championship matches. With an impressive 14-6 record, Ring of Honor stars step up big when the stakes are the highest. The ROH World Television Championship has changed hands three times between ROH and NJPW stars. This is where New Japan has the advantage!
In matches where championships have crossed organizational boundaries, New Japan is 2-1! Tomohiro Ishii defeating Roderick Strong for the title in Japan at Honor Rising 2016, Bobby Fish defeating Ishii for the title at Global Wars 2016, and KUSHIDA defeating Marty Scurll during the 2017 War of the Worlds international television taping in Philadelphia this past May!
TWELVE HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCH-UPS AT GLOBAL WARS
This year’s Global Wars tour features twelve head-to-head match-ups between ROH and NJPW singles and tag team stars. NJPW may be in the driver’s seat with everything to gain! KUSHIDA has an opportunity to win both the ROH World Television and ROH World Titles in Pittsburgh and Columbus respectively while many of the match-ups on paper seemingly seem to favor NJPW stars!
FOUR FINAL DAY MATCH UPS COULD DECIDE THE RECORD BOOKS FOR 2017
On the fourth and final day, Global Wars – Chicago features four head-to-head match-ups of NJPW and ROH stars! The event, available to purchase to stream on ROHWrestling.com and Fite.TV, sees the hometown hero Colt Cabana take on Toru Yano, an ROH All-Star trio of ROH World TV Champion Kenny King, Jay Lethal, and Mark Briscoe take on SUZUKI-GUN’s NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki and the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Killer Elite Squad, “The Villain” Marty Scurll versus Hiromu Takahashi with Daryl, and Flip Gordon versus the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay!
The name to watch is Flip Gordon who will compete in his very-first iPPV event against a man who just captured the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship! Gordon has competed in five countries in the last month while Ospreay has also maintained an impressive international schedule. This match may decide who ends 2017 with the head-to-head lead in international competition!
THREE ELITE STARS, MANY DREAM TEAMS
IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega makes his United States return for ROH for the first time in nearly 20 months and he will be on all four stops of the Global Wars Tour! He and the Young Bucks form a group known as The Elite but there are a few dream trios competing on the Global Wars Tour!
The Elite will compete against the dream team of Best Friends and Flip Gordon in Columbus, while SUZUKI-GUN brings NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Killer Elite Squad to take on three sets of all-star trios! A trio of ROH World Champion Cody, Omega, and Scurll was dubbed by New Japan’s official Twitter account as a Luxury Trio and they will team for the first time in the US against CHAOS’s Ospreay, YOSHI-HASHI, and Yano in the main event in Pittsburgh!
FOUR GREAT EVENTS
This year, there are four stops on the Global Wars Tour. While there is nothing like being there live, for the first time ever, Ring of Honor is offering Global Wars – Pittsburgh and Global Wars – Columbus streaming live for free to all Ringside Membership Subscribers! You can also order Global Wars – Chicago on ROHWrestling.com and Fite.TV!
Note: events used to calculate wins and losses included all War of the Worlds, Global Wars, Field of Honor, and Honor Rising branded events. Matches that included ROH and NJPW stars teaming with one another were not counted.