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New ROH match announced has New Japan implications

From ROHWrestling.com:

We are just weeks away from Supercard of Honor VIII in New Orleans! On April 4th, Ring of Honor will once again be part of the biggest wrestling weekend in the world and we are bringing you some of the most heated matches from the greatest rivalries in ROH.

And, just a month after Supercard of Honor, ROH will be teaming up with NJPW to present GLOBAL WARS and WAR OF THE WORLDS. These 2 historic events will showcase both Ring of Honor and New Japan athletes in matches that might have once seemed impossible, but are set to happen this May!

The fallout of Supercard of Honor VIII will have a direct impact on "Global Wars" and "War of the Worlds." First of all, in New Orleans, current ROH World Champion Adam Cole will battle "Real" World Champion Jay Briscoe in a LADDER WAR. The winner of this match will be declared the true ROH World Champion, restoring the lineage of the title and ending the dispute over who is the "real" World Champion truly is. Moreover, Kevin Steen is already set to challenge the winner of Ladder War V at Global Wars for the ROH World Title.

But before he gets to Toronto, Kevin Steen has an historic opportunity set before him in New Orleans.

The IWGP Heavyweight Championship is the top honor in New Japan Pro Wrestling and - without question - one of the absolute most elite titles in the history of the sport. The championship has a near 30 year history and boasts legendary title holders such as Antonio Inoki, Vader, Keiji Mutoh, and the current IWGP Champion, Kazuchika Okada. As of right now, Okada is nearly a full year into his second title reign. The past couple years have witnessed Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi (both of whom have already been announced for Toronto and New York) wage a war for the title in some of the greatest matches in the history of professional wrestling. An IWGP title shot means you are going into battle. The prestige, the honor, and the level of competition is the best in the world.

And now two of the top stars in Ring of Honor will be given the opportunity to earn an IWGP Heavyweight Championship match!

In New Orleans at Supercard of Honor VIII, KEVIN STEEN will take on "Unbreakable" MICHAEL ELGIN! But would already be a giant match at any event now has an additional stipulation raising the stakes...the winner of this match will challenge the IWGP Champion live at the Hammerstein Ballroom for War of the Worlds! This title has never changed hands outside of Japan. On May 17th, New York City will play host to history.

At last year's Supercard of Honor, Michael Elgin took on Jay Lethal in a show stealing contest that many list among their favorite pro wrestling matches of all time. With the prize even sweeter this time, there can be no doubt Elgin is ready to show New Orleans exactly why he considers himself the best in the world - and worthy of an internationally acclaimed title opportunity.

It is also worth noting that Steen earned his current ROH title shot by winning a 4 way match in San Antonio that also included Michael Elgin. But if Steen defeats Elgin in New Orleans, he heads into the NJPW joint shows with BOTH ROH and IWGP title shots in his back pocket. By the end of that month, there is a possibility that Kevin Steen will be ROH World Champion AND IWGP Heavyweight Champion!

Unquestionably, Kevin Steen and Michael Elgin are two of the most intense, dominant athletes in ROH - not just today, but of all time. Now they are set on a collision course toward April 4th. At stake is not just an incredible title opportunity, but the chance to show the world what they can do on the biggest wrestling weekend of the year when all eyes will be on New Orleans.

Supercard of Honor VIII just keeps getting bigger! Ladder War V, a heated grudge match between Roderick Strong and Cedric Alexander, and now Kevin Steen vs. Michael Elgin! To order tickets for New Orleans, click HERE!

Additionally, you can still get tickets for the second event of Supercard weekend on April 5th right HERE! Don't miss your chance to join the biggest weekend of wrestling this year.

Ring of Honor presents:
SUPERCARD OF HONOR VIII

Friday April 4, 2014

John A. Alario Sr. Event Center at the Bayou Segnette Sports Complex
2000 Segnette Blvd.
Westwego, LA 70094

Bell time - 7:30pm

Signed Matches
**Main Event - Ladder War 5 for the ROH World Championship**
Adam Cole vs Jay Brisoce

One on One!
Roderick Strong vs. Cedric Alexander

Signed to Appear...
- ROH World TV Champion: Tommaso Ciampa
- Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov)
- Mark Briscoe
- Jay Lethal
- Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis
- reDRagon (Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish)
- The DECADE (Roderick Strong, BJ Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs)
- Matt Taven
- "The Last Real Man" Silas Young
- Adrenaline RUSH (ACH & Tadarius Thomas)
- "The Barrister" RD Evans

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