|Honor Rising: Japan 2018|
Promotional poster featuring both NJPW and ROH wrestlers
New Japan Pro Wrestling|
Ring of Honor
|Date||February 23 and 24, 2018|
1,700 (February 23)|
1,714 (February 24)
|Honor Rising: Japan chronology|
Honor Rising: Japan 2018 was a two-day "supershow" event co-produced by the Japanese New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and American Ring of Honor (ROH) promotions. The shows took place on February 23 and 24, 2018, at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Continuing the partnership between NJPW and ROH, these were the third annual Honor Rising: Japan shows co-produced by NJPW and ROH.
Production[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Honor Rising: Japan 2018 was officially announced by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) on November 22, 2017. On February 3, 2017, NJPW announced the ROH wrestlers taking part in the events; ROH World Champion Dalton Castle, ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) and Hangman Page, The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe), Chuckie T, Beer City Bruiser, Flip Gordon, Cheeseburger and Delirious and Jay Lethal. For Gordon and Bruiser, the shows would mark their first NJPW appearances. Also announced for the events were Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega, teamed up for the first time in four years. The event also include the storyline in Bullet Club after Omega loss the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship to Jay White; Cody, Hangman Page and Marty Scurll turned on Omega and Ibushi made the save reuniting the Golden☆Lovers, this happened on January 28, 2018 on the first night of The New Beginning in Sapporo. NJPW wrestlers announced for the tour included Bad Luck Fale, Juice Robinson, Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa and David Finlay.
Cards and the rest of the NJPW participants for the shows were released on February 13. The shows were set to feature three title matches. On the first show, Hirooki Goto defend the NEVER Openweight Championship against Beer City Bruiser. The second show would see Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa) against Cheeseburger, Delirious and Jushin Thunder Liger, while Dalton Castle defended the ROH World Championship against Beretta.
The shows would air worldwide through NJPW's internet streaming site, New Japan Pro Wrestling World, with English commentary provided by Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero and on Ring of Honor internet streaming site, Honor Club with English commentary provided by Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana.
Results[edit | edit source]
- February 23
|1||Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale and Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Katsuya Kitamura and Toa Henare||Tag Team match||7:20|
|2||Delirious, Jushin Thunder Liger and Cheeseburger defeated Bullet Club (Hikuleo, Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa)||Six-man tag team match||7:08|
|3||The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) defeated David Finlay and Juice Robinson||Tag Team match||12:05|
|4||Flip Gordon defeated KUSHIDA and Hiromu Takahashi||Three-way match||12:48|
|5||CHAOS (Jay White, Beretta and Chuckie T.) defeated Dalton Castle, Ryusuke Taguchi and Jay Lethal||Six-man tag team match||10:10|
|6||Hirooki Goto (c) defeated Beer City Bruiser||Singles match for the NEVER Openweight Championship||13:38|
|7||Bullet Club (Cody, Hangman Page and Marty Scurll) defeated Kota Ibushi, Kenny Omega and Chase Owens||Six-man tag team match||20:30|
- February 24
|1||Beer City Bruiser defeated Toa Henare||Singles match||4:25|
|2||David Finlay, Juice Robinson and Jay Lethal defeated Bullet Club (Hikuleo, Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi)||Six-man tag team match||6:35|
|3||Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi) defeated Ryusuke Taguchi and Flip Gordon||Tag team match||10:17|
|4||Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa) defeated Delirious, Jushin Thunder Liger and Cheeseburger||Six-man tag team match for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship||9:16|
|5||Bullet Club (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson and Hangman Page) defeated CHAOS (Yoshi-Hashi, Chuckie T. and Jay White)||Six-man tag team match||12:35|
|6||Dalton Castle (c) defeated Beretta and Beer City Bruiser||Three-way match for the ROH World Championship||16:00|
|7||Golden☆Lovers (Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega) defeated Bullet Club (Cody and Marty Scurll)||Tag Team match||20:15|