Kota Ibushi Match Announced For ROH Supercard of Honor, Cody Declares Himself The ‘Hero’ Of the Bullet Club Story

ROH has released the above video, featuring Cody Rhodes discussing the current Bullet Club issues which have lead to Cody vs Kenny Omega.

ROH has issued the following:

ADAM PAGE AND KOTA IBUSHI CLASH AT SUPERCARD OF HONOR

It should be big enough news that international mega-star Kota Ibushi makes his Ring of Honor return after a near 10-year sabbatical. Ibushi has not competed in a Ring of Honor ring in the United States since April 19, 2008 when he defeated El Generico at ROH Return Engagement. But Ibushi’s US ROH return has an exclamation point at the end, as one of the best wrestlers in the world returns caught up in the Bullet Club Civil War cyclone!

Since 2008, Ibushi became one of the all-time great junior heavyweights, winning the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship three times and formed an alliance that has extended beyond friendship with Kenny Omega in a team called the Golden Lovers. The duo became one of the all-time great Jr. Heavyweight Teams. As Ibushi and Omega gained more experience, both men moved to the heavyweight division, and Ibushi won the 2015 New Japan Cup and had classic bouts against Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, and more in New Japan.

Omega and Ibushi would rarely cross paths once “The Cleaner” joined Bullet Club but the two seemingly remained in each other’s thoughts, as evident in interviews. As question marks began to engulf Bullet Club, Omega heroically saved Ibushi at New Year Dash when Omega’s rival Cody looked to permanently injure Ibushi with a chair, seemingly as a way to send a message to Omega a night after Ibushi defeated Cody at Wrestle Kingdom. Ibushi and Omega embraced as fans shed tears of joy with the Golden Lovers reuniting.

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With Bullet Club seemingly fracturing before our eyes, Cody and Omega can trust very few of some of their former most-trusted allies. For Omega, Ibushi, although not a Bullet Club member, has reemerged in his life as someone he can trust with anything. For Cody, the only member of Bullet Club that has fully-embraced #TeamCody in this Civil War is Adam Page. These two will meet at Supercard of Honor!

ADAM PAGE vs. KOTA IBUSHI

With battle lines drawn, Page competes in the biggest singles match of his career against one of the very best in the world, Kota Ibushi, at Supercard of Honor! The added stakes of the Bullet Club Civil War only serve to accentuate a match that has high stakes for both men’s championship prospects, as well!

Page has emerged as the number one contender for the IWGP United States Championship and has recently pinned Jay White. Following that huge, statement pinfall, Page landed an all-time, highlight reel moonsault from the balcony of the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom, leading to a pinfall win at Manhattan Mayhem!

While some felt Page was simply putting it all on the line to win a main event match in New York City, some, including color commentator Colt Cabana, saw the moonsault as a direct shot across the bow at Ibushi, a man who is not only a great wrestler but one of the best high flyers in the world who has a library of amazing moonsaults, 450s, and Golden Star Presses, including some off of vehicles, buildings, and other death-defying heights!

Ibushi had one of the best years of his already storied career in 2017 with big wins in the G1 against international stars like Tomohiro Ishii, Yuji Nagata, Zack Sabre Jr., and Hiroshi Tanahashi and started off 2018 with a win against “The American Nightmare” Cody at Wrestle Kingdom! While the connections to the Bullet Club Civil War should not be ignored, a win by either man will vault each further up the ladder as they look to win championship gold on their own merits!

Supercard of Honor XII will emanate from the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA on Saturday April 7! Like last year’s history-making event, this event will feature high profile stars and very special matches for all of our fans around the world.  Stars from New Japan will take part in this event, and there will be the return of Festival of Honor, featuring all-day autograph signings, Q&A sessions with ROH stars, the Women of Honor Championship Tournament semi-final matches and Finals, and more!

Last year’s Supercard was the most attended event in ROH history, when thousands of fans from around the globe descended on Lakeland, Florida. This April, The Best Wrestling on the Planet has already shattered that record in the Big Easy! Based on the high demand for recent major events, you will want to act fast to ensure you get the best seats and not get locked out of the action! And if you cannot join us live IN New Orleans, join us as this historic event will be broadcast LIVE for HonorClub!

ROH PRESENTS SUPERCARD OF HONOR XII
Local Time: Saturday, Apr 7, 2018 07:30pm CDT
UNO Lakefront Arena
6801 Franklin Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

ALREADY SIGNED

DOUBLE MAIN EVENT
“THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE” CODY vs. “THE CLEANER” KENNY OMEGA

DOUBLE MAIN EVENT – ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
ROH WORLD CHAMPION DALTON CASTLE W/THE BOYS vs. “THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL

PUNISHMENT MARTINEZ vs. TOMOHIRO ISHII

ADAM PAGE vs. KOTA IBUSHI

SIGNED TO COMPETE

ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION KENNY KING
ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE BRISCOES
ROH WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS SOCAL UNCENSORED (CHRISTOPHER DANIELS, FRANKIE KAZARIAN, & SCORPIO SKY)
THE YOUNG BUCKS (MATT & NICK JACKSON)
JAY LETHAL
SILAS YOUNG
HIROSHI TANAHASHI
FLIP GORDON
THE KINGDOM

THE WOMEN OF HONOR CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINALS AND FINAL

PLUS MUCH MORE

5 Star Wrestling Returns to Freesports Next Week

5 Star Wrestling has issued the following:

5 STAR WRESTLING RETURNS TO FREESPORTS NEXT WEEK

Wrestling fans only have seven more days to wait until 5 Star Wrestling returns to LIVE UK television and Facebook Live across the world!

5 Star Wrestling’s Thursday night slice of grapple action will be back next Thursday night (March 22) live from the Manchester Arena.

The three-hour show starts at 7pm on FreeSports and will feature the stars of international and UK wrestling from one of Britain’s most iconic venues.

As always the show will also be streamed live at our Facebook page facebook.com/5starwrestling from 6.30pm that night.

The full three-hour show will be repeated on FreeSports at 1am on Friday, March 23 and at 6am on Saturday, March 24.

A one-hour Manchester highlights show will air at 12.55pm on Saturday, March 24 and at 8.30am on Monday, March 26.

EDDIE RYAN’S REAL WRESTLING TITLE ROADSHOW CONTINUES

Hot on the heels of his successful Real Wrestling Championship defence at a CSF event in Wiltshire on Saturday, Eddie Ryan has scheduled another defence of the title for next week.

‘The English Lion’ will put 5 Star’s “British championship for British wrestlers” on the line against the formidable Iestyn Rees at an Ultimate Pro Wrestling event in Wincanton, Somerset, on Saturday March 24.

This is of course, assuming Ryan is still the champion coming out of next Thursday night’s live 5 Star Wrestling TV show from Manchester Arena.

The Real Wrestling Championship is becoming unique on the UK wrestling scene because Ryan is determined to defend it in other UK wrestling promotions.

The belt was introduced to 5 Star Wrestling by Zack Gibson, who said he was sick of the American superstars keeping the Brits from being on top.

After winning the Real Wrestling Championship from Gibson in Belfast, Eddie has been given the go-ahead by 5 Star management to establish the new title as a legitimate UK-wide championship.

He beat Jack Starz in Devizes on Saturday and will now face Rees at Wincanton Memorial Hall on March 24.

Tickets available from http://upwuk.bigcartel.com

But the question is, what does Ryan’s arch-rival the 5 Star Champion Jake Hager make of all this?

After all, the 5 Star Championship is the main championship in 5 Star Wrestling.

The self-styled ‘Father of British Wrestling’ won it by beating long-reigning champ John Morrison in Newcastle last month. Since then Hager has successfully defended the title twice, including in a controversial bout with Ryan himself in Plymouth.

We won’t have long to find out. Our two rival champions ‘The All-American American’ and Eddie Ryan will be in the same building next Thursday night LIVE on FreeSports when 5 Star Wrestling comes LIVE from Manchester Arena!

5 MEN WHO COULD CHALLENGE 5 STAR CHAMPION JAKE HAGER

5 Star Champion Jake Hager will return to 5 Star Wrestling on March 22 at Manchester Arena. But will he put his 5 Star Championship on the line? And if so, who will his opponent be? In no particular order, we have five suggestions…

5) Tor Atterhagen

Who wouldn’t want to see the 5 Star Champion risk his title against a gas mask-wearing monster from Sweden? The Scourge of Scandinavia made a massive impact in decimating three hapless Pilgrims when making his debut in Plymouth but we are yet to discover what Atterhagen can do within the confines of an actual wrestling match. His size, intimidating presence and power would surely cause problems for the champion and make for a very tough night’s work for the self-professed ‘Father of British Wrestling’.

4) Rampage Brown

Jake Hager has been very public in his views that “American wrestling is up here and British wrestling is down there”. So how about 5 Star management make the champion put that opinion to the test against Britain’s toughest and meanest brawler, Rampage Brown? If he needs any more convincing, Hager could always ask Moose and Rey Mysterio if they think Rampage is deserving of a shot.

3) Grado

We would love to see Grado get a shot at the 5 Star Championship. There are few more popular stars than the Scotsman in the whole of 5 Star Wrestling and he is a breath of fresh air every time he comes dancing down the aisle to the ring. Grado has two victories under his belt in tag team action on FreeSports but can his unorthodox and enthusiastic style upset the dual sports superstar? It would be fun to find out.

2) Matt Riddle

Now here’s a dream matchup if ever there was one. The 5 Star Champion and his anklelock versus the 5 Star Wrestling: Tap or Snap Champion and his Bromission. Hager may be a submission expert but could he beat The King of Bros in a battle of holds? Hager vs Riddle. We would love to see it in Manchester!

1) ‘English Lion’ Eddie Ryan

This match writes itself. Eddie Ryan and Jake Hager have been at war since the very first day both set foot in 5 Star Wrestling. Now Hager holds the 5 Star Championship, Ryan holds the Real Wrestling Championship. How about we hang both titles high above the ring in the Manchester Arena and have ourselves a title vs title ladder match, to find out who is the REAL champion of 5 Star Wrestling – the ‘All American American’ or the ‘English Lion’? Let’s just make sure Bram and his pals are banned from ringside first.

5 STAR WRESTLING IN MANCHESTER: 5 BIG QUESTIONS

5 Star Wrestling will return to FreeSports next Thursday night (March 22) LIVE at Manchester Arena.

Here are 5 big questions ahead of next week’s event. Will we get the answers next Thursday night?

5) Will Pure Dead Brilliant FINALLY get a match?

Since they turned up late at the Echo Arena in week one, the Glasgow trio of Lou King Sharp, Kid Fite and Krieger have entertained and infuriated with their innovative campaign to get a match in 5 Star Wrestling. They have tried everything – drop kicking management office doors in Liverpool, bullying our backstage interviewer SoCal Val in Newcastle, disguising as security to invade the ring in Sheffield, bringing their own opponents to Plymouth, even rushing in last-minute off the ferry to challenge The Masters of Cool in Belfast. But nothing has worked. Will this change next Thursday night..and will Granny Jane finally get to see her boys in action?

4) Who will replace Joe Hendry on commentary?

Our 5 Star Wrestling commentator, pro and amateur wrestling star Joe Hendry, is part of Scotland’s team for this year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia. As such, Joe will be jetting off to Oz to take part in the 97kg freestyle wrestling category and will miss several 5 Star shows, starting in Manchester. This means there is a temporary vacancy alongside Greg Lambert at the 5 Star Wrestling commentary table until Hendry returns, hopefully with a gold medal around his neck. Who will take it?

3) Can anybody stop Joey Axl?

The Australian Pop-Punk Powerhouse has made a huge impact during the first five weeks of 5 Star Wrestling:LIVE on FreeSports. The Aussie with Attitude made three men tap out in the first ever 5 Star Submission Elimination Match. Then he put Primate on the shelf by attacking him on The Modcast in Newcastle and during a live interview with The Star newspaper in Sheffield. Then his Ayers Rock Lock made Flash Morgan Webster, El Ligero and Ricky Knight Jnr tap. Then in Belfast he assaulted BT Gunn, the number one contender to the Tap or Snap Championship. The Melbourne Mohican seems to have a rage that can’t be contained. Can anybody end his reign of terror?

2) Will Flash Morgan Webster win?

The Welshman from a Town called Malice has earned an army of fans during the formative weeks of 5 Star Wrestling:LIVE on FreeSports. The Modfather’s weekly in-ring chat show, The Modcast, has seen him ‘facilitate’ a number of dramatic developments in 5 Star Wrestling, including Joey Axl’s attack on The Primate, the arrival of Grado and Colt Cabana, and the revelation of the new Real Wrestling Championship. But in squared circle competition, Flash has yet to make the same impact as he’s made as a chat show host. Defeats to everyone from Big Grizzly to Matty Mayhem have left the popular star’s in-ring career stuttering. Can Webster win at last in Manchester?

1) What is Bram’s agenda?

For weeks, a shadowy figure stalked Eddie Ryan during his matches on 5 Star Wrestling. In Plymouth, this man and an accomplice, neither of whom were officially part of 5 Star Wrestling, cost ‘The English Lion’ his chance to become 5 Star Champion. Then in Belfast, as Max Money firstly attacked Ryan and then shockingly turned on their erstwhile ally Zack Gibson, the King of All Evil revealed himself by climbing over the crowd barrier and entering the Belfast ring to stand side-by-side with the 5 Star Tag Team Champions. What does this mean? What does Bram have in store for 5 Star Wrestling? We may only have seven more days left before we find out…

For more news on 5 Star Wrestling go to www.5starwrestling.co.uk or facebook.com/5starwrestling or @5StarWrestling on Twitter.

Photos attached of rival champions; Real Wrestling Champion ‘English Lion’ Eddie Ryan and the 5 Star Champion ‘The All-American American’ Jake Hager

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