In a match-up pitting one of New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s top veteran stars against one of the company’s rising stars, Hirooki Goto faces Hikuleo at the War of the Worlds international television taping in Chicago on May 12.
The hard-hitting Goto is a two-time former IWGP Intercontinental Champion and four-time NEVER Openweight Champion. A member of the CHAOS faction, Goto has won the G1 Climax tournament and is a three-time winner of the New Japan Cup.
Goto has been making occasional appearances in ROH since 2015, scoring victories over competitors such as former ROH World Champions Dalton Castle and Michael Elgin, former ROH World Television Champion Punishment Martinez and Shane Taylor.
Hikuleo, the younger brother of The Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) and a member of Bullet Club, is a 6-foot-8, 265-pound powerhouse. A product of the NJPW Dojo system, Hikuleo made his debut in November 2016. By 2018, he was competing at the Tokyo Dome.
Hikuleo is making his ROH debut on the War of the Worlds tour.
Will Goto give the young Tongan a wrestling lesson? Or will Hikuleo score his biggest victory to date? Join us live in Chicago to find out!
ROH AND NJPW PRESENT WAR OF THE WORLDS -- CHICAGO (INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION TAPING)
SUNDAY, MAY 12
BELL TIME 7 P.M. CT
THE ODEUM IN VILLA PARK
1033 N VILLA AVENUE
VILLA PARK , IL
ROH WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
CHAMPIONS GUERRILLAS OF DESTINY (TAMA TONGA AND TANGA LOA) vs. JAY AND MARK BRISCOE
SATOSHI KOJIMA AND YUJI NAGATA vs. LOS INGOBERNABLES DE JAPÓN (EVIL AND SANADA)
HIKULEO vs. HIROOKI GOTO
SIGNED TO COMPETE:
ROH WORLD CHAMPION MATT TAVEN
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION JEFF COBB
WOH WORLD CHAMPION KELLY KLEIN
“EL TORO BLANCO” RUSH
“PRO WRESTLING’S LAST REAL MAN” SILAS YOUNG
“OVERKILL” MARK HASKINS
“HOT SAUCE” TRACY WILLIAMS
THE KINGDOM (VINNY MARSEGLIA AND TK O’RYAN)
THE BOUNCERS (BEER CITY BRUISER & BRAWLER MILONAS)
NJPW L.A. DOJO YOUNG LIONS ALEX COUGHLIN, CLARK CONNORS AND KARL FREDERICKS