As we count down the days to Supercard of Honor XII, which takes place on April 7 in New Orleans before the biggest crowd in Ring of Honor history, here’s a look at the most memorable Supercard of Honor matches:
5. DO FIXER VS. BLOOD GENERATION (2006)
ROH’s collaborations with other wrestling promotions have been groundbreaking, going back to this six-man match in Chicago Ridge, Ill., that featured stars from Dragon Gate at the first Supercard of Honor, to today’s partnerships with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and CMLL. This unique contest (tags were not required), which pitted Do Fixer’s Dragon Kid, Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito against Blood Generation’s CIMA, Masato Yoshino and Naruki Doi, was voted Match of The Year in The Wrestling Observer. After more than 20 minutes of non-stop action and high-risk moves, Dragon Kid hit a Super Ace Crusher and Dragon Rana on Doi to give Do Fixer the victory.
4. KYLE O’REILLY VS. ADAM COLE -- NO DISQUALIFICATION MATCH (2016)
These two friends turned bitter rivals added another violent chapter to their storied history with this grudge match at Supercard of Honor XI in Dallas. It was obvious from the opening bell that simply winning the match wouldn’t be enough for either of them; they each wanted to end the other’s career. Tables, chairs, a chain and even the guardrail were used as weapons during the battle. O’Reilly finally prevailed when he wrapped the chain around Cole’s arm and neck as he applied a triangle armbar, forcing Cole to lose consciousness.
3. JERRY LYNN VS. NIGEL MCGUINNESS (2009)
McGuinness entered this match at Supercard of Honor IV in Houston, Texas as a dominant ROH World Champion, having held the title for 545 days and made 38 successful title defenses. Lynn, the 45-year-old veteran, was the decided underdog and sentimental favorite. As excellent as McGuinness was, this would be Lynn’s night. Lynn went hold-for-hold with the champion before hitting a cradle piledriver to score the shocking upset and win the title.
2. JAY BRISCOE VS. KEVIN STEEN (2013)
Steen was nearing his one-year anniversary as ROH World Champion when he put his title on the line against Briscoe in this match at Supercard of Honor VII at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Briscoe, an ROH original, was an eight-time former co-holder of the ROH World Tag Team Title but he had yet to win singles gold despite coming close in several ROH World Title matches over the years. Briscoe went into the match just one month removed from suffering a separated shoulder and, not surprisingly, that’s the body part Steen focused his attack on. Briscoe, however, courageously fought through the pain and went on to hit a Jay Driller to finally become world champion. After the match, as Briscoe celebrated in the ring with his family, Steen uncharacteristically showed good sportsmanship by shaking the new champion’s hand.
1. THE YOUNG BUCKS VS. THE HARDYS -- LADDER MATCH (2017)
The Young Bucks and The Hardys took their rivalry to new heights with a much-anticipated ladder match before a record crowd at Supercard of Honor XI in Lakeland, Fla. The Hardys had won the ROH World Tag Team Titles from The Young Bucks in an impromptu match a month earlier at Manhattan Mayhem. The climax of the ladder match -- which was voted Match of Year by ROH fans -- saw two ladders side by side in the ring, with The Young Bucks on top of one and The Hardys on top of the other. After a struggle, The Young Bucks simultaneously super-kicked The Hardys off the ladder and then pulled down the belts that were hanging above the ring to become three-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. After the match, Matt Hardy grabbed a microphone and told The Young Bucks that they are the best tag team he and Jeff ever faced.