The ROH World Championship has been defended around the globe, and now for the first time the title will be on the line in Israel.
On April 21 at Berale Club in Central Israel, ROH World Champion Jay Lethal is scheduled to defend the title against David Starr in the main event of the Israeli Pro Wrestling Association’s Passover Bash 2019. (If Lethal loses the title prior to the event, the new ROH World Champion will take his place in the match, the ROH Board of Directors said.)
“It is a huge honor to get such approval from Ring of Honor to have its champ on our show,” said Gery Roif, the founder of the IPWA.
Lethal, the record-holder for most combined days as ROH World Champion (662 as of Feb. 20), has always shown a willingness to put his title on the line anywhere in the world against the top competitors in the sport. In addition to his numerous defenses throughout the U.S., the two-time ROH World Champion has successfully defended the title in Canada, Japan, England, Scotland and Australia.
“It is a huge honor to have Jay,” Roif said. “I think he represents everything a pro wrestler should be, both in and out of the ring.”
Having an opportunity to wrestle for the ROH World Title in Israel is a dream come true for Starr, who is Jewish. Starr, who competed in a handful of matches in ROH in 2016 and 2017, was an outstanding amateur wrestler and has been a top star on the independent circuit for several years.