War of the Worlds, which brings together the top stars from the two best wrestling organizations on the planet, has become one of the highlights on the Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling calendars.
Since its inception in 2014, War of the Worlds has produced unique, star-studded, action-packed matches with ROH competitors facing and teaming with NJPW competitors, and this year’s War of The Worlds is the biggest yet.
The annual event has been expanded to four shows, with stops in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (May 7), Dearborn, Michigan (May 10), New York City (May 12) and Philadelphia (May 14).
The inaugural War of the Worlds was held before a sellout crowd at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom on May 17, 2014. It became a two-night event at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia the following year, and in 2016 War of the Worlds grew to three shows, with events taking place in Dearborn, Toronto and New York City.
War of the Worlds is a product of the relationship between ROH and NJPW, which was formally forged early in 2014. It’s a match made in wrestling fans’ heaven.
“There’s a synergy between the companies,” said longtime ROH commentator Kevin Kelly, who also has served as an English language commentator on NJPW shows. “ROH and New Japan are philosophically aligned and have a similar in-ring style and way of doing business. It feels like one mind when they’re together.”
Three-time former ROH World Champion Adam Cole, who has competed on all but one War of the Worlds show, said: “Ring of Honor by itself is great. New Japan by itself is great. The two companies together are a really powerful combination.”
The 2014 War of the Worlds event was headlined by title defenses by ROH World Champion Cole and IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles. Cole defeated Japanese legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger, and Styles emerged victorious in a three-way match with Kazuchika Okada and Michael Elgin.
Also on that show, reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) won the ROH World Tag Team Title from The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), Bullet Club’s Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson successfully defended the IWGP Tag Team Title against The Briscoe Brothers, and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Kevin Steen.
In 2015, some of the many spectacular matches on the shows saw Styles defeat Cole, CHAOS (Nakamura and Okada) defeat The Briscoes, The Kingdom (Cole, Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) defeat Bullet Club (Styles and The Young Bucks), and reDRagon defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi and Liger.
Last year, the headline matches included: Bullet Club’s Cole,Young Bucks and Guerrillas of Destiny Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa) over The Briscoes, Colt Cabana and The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley); The Briscoes, Jay Lethal and Roderick Strong over Bullet Club’s Cole and Matt Jackson and CHAOS’ Okada and Tomohiro Ishii in a three-way tag team match.
For the fourth-consecutive year, the stars of Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling will do battle with and against one another on the War of the Worlds Tour! Titles will be contested and dream matches realized as all of your favorite stars from ROH and NJPW do battle in Toronto, Dearborn, New York City, and Philadelphia!
NJPW stars who have signed to appear on the tour are: IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, Hirooki Goto, KUSHIDA, EVIL, BUSHI and SANADA, Gedo, and a special one night appearance in Toronto by Kenny Omega!
They will joined by ROH stars such as Television Champion Marty Scurll, ROH World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks, ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Briscoes and Bully Ray, Jay Lethal, Cody, Dalton Castle and Will Ospreay.
RING OF HONOR AND NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING PRESENT THE WAR OF THE WORLDS TOUR
Sunday, May 14 – Philadelphia, PA 2300 Arena
Fans who attend any of the 4 tour stops will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition War of the Worlds Tour Event t-shirt. Supplies will be limited when you get to the venue head straight the pro shop to make sure you get yours!