Ring of Honor issued the following:
Ring of Honor is ready for its biggest year yet in 2016 and the celebration of our 14th Anniversary! And this year we head back to LAS VEGAS! All of your favorite ROH stars will be there competing against some of the biggest stars from New Japan Pro Wrestling. Scores will be settled, feuds will culminate, and championships will be decided! Our next match announced for the 14th Anniversary is…
MOOSE w/Stokely Hathaway versus IWGP WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION “THE RAINMAKER” KAZUCHIKA OKADA
Since Best in the World 2014, experts have recognized MOOSE as a potential ROH WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION. All that was missing for the former NFL star, they said, was experience and guidance.
Enter Stokely Hathaway.
Hathaway has been instrumental in making Moose one of the most improved wrestlers of 2015, carefully lining up matches consummate with Moose’s experience and skill level. He may have gone just a little bit too far this time.
“THE RAINMAKER” KAZUCHIKA OKADA retained the IWGP WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP in his defense against HIROSHI TANAHASHI. Okada has an amazing combination of speed, strength, agility, and wisdom beyond his years that his led him to the top of New Japan.
It is rare Moose is an underdog, especially when he has the size and strength advantage. But Okada is a competitor that is hitting the peak of his career, a rare generational talent. But who is to question Hathaway’s decision-making process?
The man who led Moose to a nine-month winning streak will get his opportunity in a non-title encounter with Okada in Sin City. Both Moose and Hathaway know that Okada has been among the very best in the world. But they also know for Moose to be the best, he has to challenge and beat the best. Will Hathaway guide Moose to the biggest win of his career and instant IWGP World Title contention? You’ll have to tune in to find out!
Tickets for the 14th Anniversary Pay Per View event are SOLD OUT, but you can still see the stars of ROH & New Japan collide the National TV Taping on Saturday, February 27th. Order your tickets now as this event is expected to sell out as well!
We will see you there live as Ring of Honor celebrates 14 years of the best wrestling on the planet!
TRIPLE THREAT ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jay Lethal (c) w/ Truth Martini vs Adam Cole vs Kyle O’Reilly
The Briscoes vs Hiroshi Tanahashi & “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin
IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada w/ Gedo vs Moose w/ Stokely Hathaway
SIGNED TO APPEAR
ROH WORLD TV CHAMPION RODERICK STRONG
ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS WAR MACHINE
NEW JAPAN PRO-WRESTLING STARS
IWGP JR HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION KUSHIDA
“THE CLEANER” KENNY OMEGA
*CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE*