Today at the Honorcon convention in Philadelphia, Ring of Honor Wrestling announced a partnership with the biggest wrestling promotion outside of America, New Japan Pro Wrestling for two shows taking place in May. Prowrestling.net reports that the “Ring of Honor vs. NJPW” conflict is set to begin at ROH’s Border Wars on May 10th in Toronto and then continue in New York City at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
A video presentation was shown to fans on hand, showing ROH stars like Kevin Steen and ROH World Champion Adam Cole in action. New Japan’s biggest names like IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura, and IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Kota Ibushi were featured in the video as well. You can view a fan-filmed clip of the teaser in the video posted above this article.
The announcement was made on Saturday afternoon by Ring of Honor Chief Operating Officer Joe Koff and former ROH wrestler and producer Delirious. New Japan Pro Wrestling's Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi was also at Honorcon with his translator Tiger Hatori, who helped him make the announcement. Though the complete details of the agreement were not made public, ROH and NJPW will share talent over the coming months.
New Japan is a big player in the pro wrestling world, and draw the largest crowds outside of WWE. Their annual January 4th ‘Wrestle Kingdom’pay per view event this year drew 35,000 to the world famous Tokyo Dome. New Japan Pro Wrestling airs regular iPPV events on ustream.com