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ROH: Newswire – 23rd/24th February

The following is taken from the ROH website:

February 23rd: We finally have a new home in Connecticut!!! Ring of Honor will return to Connecticut on Saturday, June 3rd at Sports World, 226 Main Street, East Windsor, CT 06088. Bell time is 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale now at and will be available at shortly. For more information on the building check out All tickets for the originally scheduled Connecticut date on 3/11 will be honored on 6/3. Please hold your tickets from 3/11. If you have reserved seating you will have the same exact seat in the new building. If you have a 3/11 Connecticut ticket and can’t make the new date please e-mail us at for information on how to receive a refund. Please note that 3/11 Connecticut tickets will not be honored on 3/11 in Philadelphia. Thank you for your patience New England!!!

February 23rd: The buy 3, get 1 free sale on ROH show, Straight Shootin’ and Secrets Of The Ring DVDs will be in effect for fans attending this Saturday’s show in Edison, NJ. This is your chance to get some great savings at the live ROH event.

February 23rd: is now running a clearance sale on VHS from 2005 shows. This is a great opportunity to get some big events for just $6 each including “Trios Tournament 2005” (Samoa Joe, Bryan Danielson & Vordell Walker vs. James Gibson, Spanky & Nigel McGuinness), “Best Of American Super Juniors” (Bryan Danielson vs. Spanky), “The Future Is Now” (Austin Aries vs. Low Ki), “Sign Of Dishonor” (CM Punk vs. Jay Lethal plus Mick Foley), “Escape From New York” (CM Punk vs. Roderick Strong plus Mick Foley), “Fate Of An Angel” (Matt Hardy vs. Christopher Daniels), “The Homecoming” (AJ Styles vs. Jimmy Rave in a Street Fight), “Redemption” (CM Punk vs. James Gibson vs. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels), “Punk: The Final Chapter” (Punk’s last night vs. Colt Cabana 2/3 Falls) and more!!! Act now because once we’ve cleared out our inventory, these tapes are gone forever. Check out some of ROH’s best stuff of 2005 for just $6 now at

February 23rd: Everyone is wondering what Jay & Mark Briscoe will do when they return to ROH on Saturday in Edison, NJ. We have learned that the Briscoes will make it very clear what their goals are in ROH now that they are set to return fulltime. The Briscoes are looking to make a big impact on Saturday.

February 23rd: Prince Nana has flown the best personal trainers to Ghana to train Jimmy Rave this week as Rave prepares to challenge Bryan Danielson for the ROH World Title this Saturday in Edison, NJ at the Fourth Anniversary Show. Rave sent word that he is ready to have the match of his life and that all the work he has done in ROH since 2003 will pay off when he wins the belt on Saturday. “Unscripted II” on 2/11 saw Rave lay out Danielson with the Greetings From Ghana (also known as a Pedigree). It took Danielson a long time to get up after being hit with the move. Rave believes that if he hits Greetings From Ghana on Saturday that he will be the new ROH World Champion.

February 23rd: Samoa Joe has asked ROH Commissioner Jim Cornette to make the Jay Lethal match on Saturday under relaxed rules. Joe says he’s coming to dish out a beating and he doesn’t want to risk getting disqualified. Joe wants to teach Lethal a lesson for turning on him and get a conclusive victory. Cornette has agreed as he wants to see this issue settled at the Fourth Anniversary Show in Edison, NJ.

February 23rd: Chris Hero is once again running his mouth in his live journal at ROH officials considered getting extra security for Saturday, but decided against it. We are going to let the boys handle this one. So Chris, if you decide to try to ruin our 4th birthday party on Saturday the entire locker room will be right there to give you the biggest ass kicking of your life. The odds are against you. It is time for you to put you tail between your legs, run away and disappear or you will get hurt.

February 23rd: Jimmy Yang is holding a wrestling camp in Cincinnati at HWA starting on April 6th. For more info go his website

February 24th: Tomorrow (Saturday night) is the big one!!! ROH will celebrate its fourth birthday when it presents the special Fourth Anniversary Show at the Inman Sports Club on 990 Inman Avenue in Edison, NJ with a zip code of 08820. Belltime is 7:30pm and there will be plenty of tickets available at the door. This will be a very special day in ROH history as we reach another birthday thanks to you. Don’t forget there will be a buy 3, get 1 free sale on all ROH show, Straight Shootin’ and Secrets Of The Ring DVDs at the live event. We hope you will join us for this milestone show.

February 24th: Everyone at ROH really wants to extend our deepest THANK YOU to everyone that has supported us. This Saturday is really a special birthday celebration. Each birthday is a milestone in company history and now we’ll take a quick look at how ROH has persevered and grown over the past four years and it is all because of you.

Our First Anniversary Show was a special night since it was ROH’s debut in New York City with a sellout crowd of 800 people in the historic Elk’s Lodge in Queens, NY. In the ring, it was a great show highlighted by Paul London winning a three-way over Low Ki and AJ Styles to earn an emotional title shot vs. Xavier that night. It is a show that will always be remembered for the infamous riot. While the in ring product shined, behind the scenes things were a different story. The company was struggling business wise. In fact, if Cary Silkin had not come into ROH shortly after this event we would not have even made it past the March 2003 shows. While in ring everything was great, behind the scenes ROH was in a big hole.

After another year of frustration and turmoil behind the scenes, ROH was still losing money and fighting off death when the Second Anniversary Show rolled around. Although the year between the 1st and 2nd Anniversary Shows was highly acclaimed in the ring and saw ROH evolve to the next level, business wise the company was far from a success. Things looked bright with a record crowd expected for “At Our Best” in March, but after that ROH was on shaky ground. The Second Anniversary Show saw a solid tournament to crown the first ever Pure Wrestling Champion. AJ Styles defeated Jimmy Rave, Matt Stryker and CM Punk to earn the belt in a tournament that featured a lot of great wrestling.

Shortly after the Second Anniversary Show all hell broke lose. With our backs against the wall, the ROH fans, staff and wrestlers pulled together to make 2004 a truly remarkable year. It was a year of struggle and sacrifice, but by the time the Third Anniversary rolled around ROH was standing on its feet. Not only were we standing on our feet, but we were stronger than ever. Our third year was so tumultuous that in the end our survival was even more bittersweet. The fact that we made it to our third birthday was an enormous accomplishment in itself. The business was stabilized and showing great signs of growth and that is something that every ROH fan, wrestler and staff member could take great pride in. It was still a struggle to survive, but all signs were very positive and we were no longer worried about how we would make it past March. ROH management booked three shows in a one week period and declared it the Third Anniversary Celebration Week. We needed a week to celebrate the health of the company after overcoming so much. We wanted to take the celebration to different cities. Over 2500 fans joined us for three great shows that will always standout in ROH history. The fans, the wrestlers and the staff all deserved the week long party.

Now on Saturday we will reach our fourth birthday. The past year has seen ROH grow even more and become a stable business. We have had some incredible highs and overcome some harsh obstacles, but now with your support ROH is in its best health ever. This Saturday will truly be a special night as ROH continues to grow and thrive with your support. Sure there will be obstacles in the future. Yes there will be more lows, but we will conquer them all as we always do and there will be even higher highs. With your support ROH will always be strong.

This Saturday we are going to present a show of pure ROH talent. No outside attractions, just eight ROH style matches with the talent that got us here and made this company. You better believe that these athletes are coming to give you something you’ll remember. We hope that you will join us this Saturday as we reach another milestone. You have gotten us here and we will do our best to reward you with the best show going today. As we head into tomorrow’s birthday bash, all we have to say is THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 24th: Check after 1pm today for a merchandise update that will include FIP’s “Sold Out” featuring one of CM Punk’s final indy appearances. This loaded show features one quality match after another including an outrageous eight man tag team main event that is unlike anything you’ll ever see in ROH. Check out this lineup: Colt Cabana, Spanky, Sal Rinauro & Azrieal vs. CM Punk, Samoa Joe, Jimmy Rave & Eddie Vegas; CM Punk vs. Azrieal; Jay Fury vs. Jerrelle Clark; Roderick Strong vs. Tony Mamaluke in the 2nd match of their excellent series; Dunn vs. Tony Kozina; Marcos vs. Jared Steel; Heartbreak Express vs. Antonio Banks & Don Juan and Steve Madison vs. Rainman. Check the main page of after 1pm to order this and more like Warrior-1 on DVD with Samoa Joe vs. Raven.

February 24th: Check out for a new video featuring Jay & Mark Briscoe. This is a look at the Briscoes as they prepare to get serious and make their fulltime return to ROH. You’ll see highlights of some of their biggest matches against the likes of Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels and others.

February 24th: Next week will be a huge week in the with main event matches announced for 3/11 in Philadelphia, 3/25 in Manhattan, 3/30 in Detroit, 3/31 & 4/1 in Chicago as well as news about 4/22 in Philadelphia. Tickets for all these shows are on sale now.