The Honor United tour, featuring the stars of Ring of Honor as well as top stars from New Japan Pro-Wrestling, begins Thursday, May 24 and makes stops in three cities over four days.
Here are five of the most intriguing matches on the tour:
5. JAY LETHAL VS. MATT TAVEN (May 27, Doncaster, England)
In his quest to regain ROH gold, Lethal has vowed to avenge every loss he has suffered over the past several months. “The Franchise of ROH” got off to a good start by defeating Punishment Martinez on the most recent episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling. Next up is Taven, who has been one of the hottest competitors in ROH and emerged as a top contender to the ROH World Title.
Lethal and the leader of The Kingdom are certainly no strangers to one another. Their history dates back to 2014 when they feuded over Lethal’s ROH World Television Championship. Lethal turned back Taven’s challenges, but Taven has had Lethal’s number recently, scoring victories over him in two meetings last fall.
4. ROH WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: SOCAL UNCENSORED VS. BULLET CLUB VS. THE KINGDOM (May 26, London, England)
The rivalry between these three factions has been fierce and increasingly personal. Representing Bullet Club are The Hung Bucks (The Young Bucks and Adam Page), who hold the record for the longest reign as ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions. Their reign of nearly seven months -- which began last August in Edinburgh, Scotland during ROH’s UK Tour -- was ended by SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) in a Las Vegas Street Fight at ROH’s 16th Anniversary show in March.
The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan), the inaugural champions, made good on their vow to recapture the titles they feel they never truly lost by defeating SoCal Uncensored in an impromptu match during the War of the Worlds Tour in Lowell, Mass., on May 9.
3. THE BRISCOES VS. EVIL AND SANADA VS. THE YOUNG BUCKS VS. THE KINGDOM (May 27, Doncaster, England)
Talk about a star-studded matchup. The teams composing this Four Corner Survival Match are the nine-time ROH World Tag Team Champion Briscoes, IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions EVIL and SANADA of Los Ingobernables de Japon, two-thirds of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions in The Kingdom’s Vinny Marseglia and TK O’Ryan, and the three-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion Young Bucks.The result of this match undoubtedly will have ramifications in both ROH and NJPW.
The match is especially compelling as it relates to The Young Bucks, who are top contenders for both the ROH World and IWGP Heavyweight tag team championships. Plus, The Young Bucks undoubtedly are seeking a measure of revenge against The Briscoes, who brutally attacked them after their title match on a recent episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling resulted in The Young Bucks winning by disqualification.
2. ROH WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: THE BRISCOES VS. CODY AND ADAM PAGE (May 24, Edinburgh, Scotland)
The current and nine-time ROH World Tag Team Champion Briscoes have never been more dominant or violent -- and that’s saying something. They will be defending their titles against a formidable duo in Edinburgh, however, as Cody and Page team up in an effort to bring some gold back to Bullet Club.
Cody, who has anointed himself as the leader of Bullet Club, is riding a wave of momentum after defeating Kenny Omega at Supercard of Honor last month before the largest crowd in ROH history. As the Bullet Club Civil War between Cody and Omega developed, Cody found a loyal soldier in the talented Page. Whether their cohesiveness will be enough to overcome the best tag team in the sport, however, remains to be seen.
1. ROH WORLD TITLE MATCH: DALTON CASTLE VS. EVIL (May 26, London, England)
Castle has proved that his victory over Cody for the ROH World Championship at Final Battle in December was no fluke, as he has successfully defended the title against the likes of Jay Lethal, Marty Scurll, Punishment Martinez, and more around the globe. However, lingering back injuries resulted in Castle having to postpone his recent scheduled title defense against Matt Taven.
It seems unlikely that Castle will enter his title defense against EVIL at 100 percent, and that’s a scary proposition for the champion. The dangerous EVIL is one-half of the IWGP Tag Team Champions and a former NEVER Openweight Champion. The Japanese star also is coming off an outstanding War of the Worlds Tour in which he scored three pinfalls in three matches across four nights in two countries. Will Castle return from the UK still champion, or will EVIL take advantage of the vulnerable Castle and make history.