Preview: Ring of Honor Wrestling ‘Honor ReUnited – Edinburgh’

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Ring of Honor are coming back to the UK over the next few days for the Honor ReUnited tour, featuring shows in Edinburgh, Doncaster, and London. This will be ROH’s second third UK tour in the space of 12 months and to add a little something extra this time around, they will be hosting a USA vs UK International Cup with the winner earning an opportunity at the ROH World Championship on the last day of the tour. High stakes for the eight men involved!

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Proving Ground Match
If Brooks wins, he earns a future shot at the ROH World Championship
Adam Brooks vs Jay Lethal

Speaking of opportunities at the World Championship, current champ Jay Lethal will be in non-title action in Edinburgh when he takes on the debuting Adam Brooks in a Proving Ground Match. Jay Lethal ended the reign of Dalton Castle at the end of June, beginning his second run with the gold with his previous reign lasting 427 days. Adam Brooks is someone who is no stranger to holding gold, being a two-time MCW Tag Team Champion and three-time MCW Intercommenwealth Champion in his home of Australia. The Loose Ledge has been breaking out of the land down under over the last year or so, making his way to the likes of PROGRESS and PWG. Should he win, he’ll earn a future chance at the World Championship so perhaps this is the match he needs to fully cement his place on the independent wrestling scene.

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International Cup Quarterfinals
Joe Hendry vs Hangman Page

The International Cup will take place over the next few days. Four competitors from the UK, four competitors from the USA, one winner with a World Championship match up for grabs on the final leg of the tour. The first quarterfinal will see Joe Hendry return to ROH to take on Bullet Club’s Hangman Page. The Prestigious One has become no stranger to competing in an ROH ring, wrestling for the World Television Championship in May. Hendry has also been killing it on WOS and Impact, showing the world how good he really is. Hangman Page meanwhile is showing people that he’s not just a side member of Bullet Club, putting in a rather impressive during this year’s G1 Climax in New Japan with a victory over the dangerous Minoru Suzuki. One match to keep your eyes on during the show Thursday night!

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International Cup Quarterfinals
Kip Sabian vs Flip Gordon

You’ve also got Flip Gordon taking on Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuperbad, Kip Sabian. Flip is a man currently on a mission to get booked for All In on September 1st, falling at every chance he has put in front of him by Cody. If he wins here, he’s one step closer to becoming the World Champion but what that even put him in contention for a spot at All In? Who knows. He faces a man I’ve enjoyed following these last few months in Kip Sabian. Kip is on a fairly good roll at the moment, picking up the IPW: UK World Championship and appearing on the World of Sport series. All these quarterfinal matches look to be quite interesting, but this is the one I’m most looking forward to!

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International Cup Quarterfinals
Jimmy Havoc vs Christopher Daniels

Jimmy Havoc comes to Edinburgh to take on one of the most successful independent wrestlers today Christopher Daniels. Havoc has long been one of the UK’s standout talents and over recent years, he’s been making his name known around the world. Known for his trademark deathmatch style, he made history last year by becoming the first Brit to win CZW’s Tournament of Death. His match with Christopher Daniels will see a true mix of in-ring styles, with the multi-time Impact X Division Champion usually utilising a mix of technical and high-flying. Daniels was a key player in ROH’s early days, being one half of the inaugural World Tag Team Champions. With his initial run as World Champion lasting only three months (bearing in mind that ROH title reigns typically last longer), Daniels will look to become a two-time champ as he heads towards his All In showdown with Arrow star, Stephen Amell.

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International Cup Quarterfinals
Mark Haskins vs Jonathan Gresham

The last quarterfinal sees Mark Haskins returning to ROH as he faces off with Jonathan Gresham. Haskins made his Ring of Honor debut during their UK tour last summer, defeating Silas Young in Liverpool then losing to Hiromu Takahashi in Edinburgh, ROH’s first ever show in Scotland. Having been on the go since 2006, he has become one of the UK’s premier talents. Jonathan Gresham also made his first in-ring appearance that year, and has only gotten better and better since. He recently failed to capture the World Championship from Jay Lethal in an epic 30 minute Iron Man Match, as well as stepping in for the injured Kid Lykos alongside Chris Brookes as CCK. I’ve said it with all the quarterfinal matches, but all these matches are possible showstealers. Impossible to pick a winner.

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Punishment Martinez & The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) vs The Super Villains (Marty Scurll & The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson))

An all-star six man tag will rock the Edinburgh Corn Exchange as current World Television Champion Punishment Martinez teams with current World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes to battle Bullet Club’s Marty Scurll and The Young Bucks. Martinez has quickly cemented his place within the ROH locker room, recently capturing the Television Championship from Silas Young as well as winning last year’s Survival of the Fittest. Longtime fans of ROH will know that The Briscoes have been the team to beat since the very first show, enjoying a record-breaking 9 reigns with the Tag Team Championships. Then of course you have Scurll and the Bucks, known collectively as The Super Villains. Those three are currently coming off the back of losing their NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships in Japan but if they can beat three current ROH champions, they could be in contention for the ROH Six Man Tag Team Championships down the line!

Viper vs Kay Lee Ray

Last but certainly not least is a Women of Honor match featuring the debuts of two Scots, as Viper battles Kay Lee Ray. The women’s scene in Ring of Honor has more than rose to prominence over the last few years, finally crowning a Women of Honor Champion over WrestleMania weekend this year. Tenille Dashwood was a front-runner to win the tournament in my eyes but alas, it would be Japan’s Sumie Sakai who came out on top. The addition of names like Viper and Kay Lee Ray makes it even more interesting and should they stick around, Sakai could be losing that gold sooner rather than later.

The last two ROH shows in Scotland have been exceptionally good, with the one last August even featuring The Hung Bucks capturing the World Six Man Tag Team Championships. Will any more memorable moments be made this time around?

As of writing, tickets are still available from rohwrestling.com. Two hours before the show starts, fans will also have the chance to meet some of their favourite ROH stars with details on prices and all that excitement availableΒ here. The first bell is at 7pm, and the show will be streamed live on Fite TV!

Announced Matches
Proving Ground Match – Adam Brooks vs Jay Lethal
International Cup Quarterfinals
– Joe Hendry vs Hangman Page
International Cup Quarterfinals
– Kip Sabian vs Flip Gordon
International Cup Quarterfinals
– Jimmy Havoc vs Christopher Daniels
International Cup Quarterfinals
– Mark Haskins vs Jonathan Gresham
Punishment Martinez & The Briscoes vs The Super Villains
Viper vs Kay Lee Ray