ROH News on Joey Matthews’ Return, Sixth Anniversary Show & More


Following is from the ROH Newswire for January 30, 2008, at Thanks to Carl Ashby for the below news & analysis…

The FIP World Heavyweight Title Match for the 6th Anniversary Show on 2/23 in Manhattan has been signed putting champion Erick Stevens vs. the man he defeated for the title Roderick Strong. There will be a rematch between the two but with a special addition in Necro Butcher on 2/23 in a one fall winner take all no DQ three-way! Get tickets now at

Tyler Black wrote in his blog at that Joey Matthews will return to ROH on 2/22 in Long Island and 2/23 in Manhattan. We have learned that Matthews vs. Kevin Steen has been signed for Manhattan!

Look for a new ROH Video Wire later today or tomorrow at with news about upcoming Manhattan and Long Island shows plus highlights of the World Tag Team Title change and more.

ROH is getting ready for its biggest birthday bash yet on February 23rd at the Manhattan Center in New York City. This event is exactly six years to the day of the very first ROH show making it a true birthday party. Here is the current line up for the special birthday show:

Ring Of Honor
February 23rd, 2008- 7:30 pm belltime
Manhattan Center (Grand Ballroom)

ROH World Title Match
Nigel McGuinness vs. Bryan Danielson

No DQ FIP World Heavyweight Title Match
Erick Stevens vs. Roderick Strong vs. The Necro Butcher

SHIMMER Title Match
Sara Del Rey vs. Daizee Haze

First Time Ever
Austin Aries vs. Go Shiozaki

Special Challenge Match
Kevin Steen vs. Joey Matthews

Special Attraction
Delirious vs. Human Tornado

New ROH World Tag Team Champions Davey Richards & Rocky Romero will defend the belts against opponents to be named soon!

The buy 3, get 1 FREE sale at on all ROH DVDs continues until tomorrow morning. Get new releases like 12/1/07 “Unscripted III” from Chicago.

You can now pre-order the two ROH nationally released DVDs at


The big news coming from today’s newswire is the announcement of Joey Matthews and his future appearances, for myself it certianly makes for those all important fresh matches. Whether or not he can hang with the other ROH wrestlers will be something to look forward to.

Also the big birthday card is shaping up nicely, maybe not as fresh or as unique as some may like but certainly a card that offers something for pretty much everyone. With wrestlers like Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli and the Briscoes in NOAH it seems ROH can make a worth while card regardless of who they have available.

As for the sale if you haven’t picked up the impressive Glory By Honor 6 weekend on DVD now is the perfect time to do so. With matches like Chris Hero vs. Nigel McGuinness, KENTA & Mistuharu Misawa vs. Takeshi Morishima & Noamichi Marufuji, Bryan Danielson vs. Takeshi Morishima III and a GHC title match of KENTA vs. Mistuharu Misawa, you really can’t go wrong with these shows.

Matthew Michaels is editor emeritus of Pulse Wrestling, and has been since the site launched.