ROH Supercard of Honor Staff Predictions

Welcome back to Sports Obsessive! Ring of Honor’s Supercard of Honor is shaping up to be a pivotal event, the first ROH event under Tony Khan’s leadership. To mark the occasion, I grabbed Sports Obsessive’s Executive Editor Chris Flackett and our interviewer extraordinaire, Jon Shartzer and we sat down to provide you with our predictions for the show. (Editors Note: Only 6 matches have been announced at the time of this writing) 

Winner Takes All, Undisputed ROH Championship Match: Jonathan Gresham vs Bandido

Andrew Grevas:  This should be a great match and one that we were supposed to see several months ago, back when ROH formally closed their doors. The outcome here is a no-brainer, with Gresham being the obvious choice to lead the Tony Khan led ROH after Supercard of Honor. Will there be twists and turns along the way? Probably but the outcome shouldn’t change.

Winner: Jonathan Gresham

Chris Flackett: This is going to be a hell of a match, and the one we should have had at Supercard of Honor. Still, better late than never! I think the result of this one will come down to how Tony Khan envisions the future of ROH, and he does like his aerial, athletic competitors. Still, as much as Bandido fits the AEW style more, Gresham bleeds ROH and should be the winner here.

Winner: Jonathan Gresham

Jon Shartzer: I still can’t believe that we got robbed of this match the last time that it was supposed to happen. Gresham and Bandido are two of the best. It’s already been mentioned that Gresham will be a part of both ROH and AEW going forward. I haven’t seen the same thing said about Bandido. That makes me believe that Gresham will win, unify the belts and carry ROH into its biggest transition period to date.

Prediction: Jonathan Gresham

Jonathan Gresham discusses his ROH future

ROH Tag Team Title Match: The Briscoes (c) vs FTR

Andrew: One of pro wrestling’s last remaining dream matches, fans have been looking forward to this showdown of iconic tag teams for a long time now. The feel good conclusion would be for Mark and Jay to get this win but that doesn’t make any sense to me. FTR has been teasing needing a change and even went as far as to fire their manager, Tully Blanchard. Beating The Briscoes and capturing gold they’ve never held before could be the start of something great for wrestling’s best tag team in the Tony Khan era of ROH. Calling a title change here at Supercard of Honor.

Prediction: FTR

Chris: This match I absolutely bow down to Tony Khan for, because it’s a match fans have been clamouring for passionately for a long time. I think if the intention is to bring FTR to the new ROH when relaunched, then FTR will win. Otherwise, I think the Briscoes have got this one. I’m going to go for the brothers here.

Prediction: The Briscoes

Jon: This is quite possibly the most anticipated tag match in years. The Briscoes and FTR have been trading barbs for quite a while now and it was starting to feel like we may never get the payoff. Now it’s finally here and I fully expect both tandems to bring their A game for this one. I’m not expecting a clean finish here as I feel like there’s still more wood to burn with this feud. The Briscoes will retain and we should get a rematch at the next AEW pay-per-view.

Prediction: The Briscoes

Could The Briscoe Brothers and FTR about to finally meet?

ROH Pure Championship: Josh Woods (c) vs Wheeler Yuta

Andrew: Even though Yuta is no stranger to ROH, there might be some backlash if 2 titles change hands to AEW guys. But that’s exactly what should happen here. Yuta is being setup to split off from Best Friends and moving him to ROH to be a featured wrestler makes a ton of sense. Calling another title change at Supercard of Honor.

Prediction: Wheeler Yuta is the new ROH Pure Champ

Chris: Josh Woods didn’t really have the chance to have a proper reign before ROH shut down. I think he’ll get he win here, but by showing honor in defeat (yes, I did just make that pun), Yuta will get accepted into the Blackpool Combat Club. Everyone’s a winner, but Woods will keep the title.

Prediction: Josh Woods

Jon: Your winner and NEW Ring of Honor Pure Champion, Wheeler Yuta! This will lead to a partnership between Danielson/Moxley/Regal and Yuta, like Moriarty, will be a face of ROH going forward.

Prediction: Wheeler Yuta

Jonathan Gresham has Wheeler Yuta locked up in a nasty-looking leglock

Alex Zayne vs Sw3rve the Realest

Andrew: This one should be really good. While I don’t want to call it a showcase for Sw3rve because that implies a squash- which it won’t be – Sw3rve should be in line for a major push in either ROH or AEW and at Supercard of Honor, he’s picking up a big win.

Prediction: Sw3rve 

Chris: I think this one could quietly be the match of the night. Then again, Gresham and Bandido might make me eat those words. Still. expect Sw3rve to take the victory here to kick off a strong run with ROH.

Prediction: Sw3rve 

Jon: Can you say show stealer? As good as these two have been for so long, I can’t believe that this is their first time matched up against each other. Alex Zayne is still pretty fresh off of a gruesome eye injury but is believed to be good to go. Hopefully they are given enough time to truly show off their talents. In the end, Swerve will most likely walk out as the victor. It is his house, after all.

Prediction: Sw3rve 

Shane Strickland would be the perfect opponent for Mike Bailey

Jay Lethal vs Lee Moriarty (with Matt Sydal)

Andrew: It feels right to have Lethal here at Supercard of Honor and as much as I think Moriarty would benefit from the big win over the ROH legend, Lethal should get the feel-good win of the night here and have the upstart Moriarty chase him moving forward.

Prediction: Jay Lethal

Chris: I’m glad Lethal is here. I agree with Andrew that it just feels right for Lethal to be on the show and, if we’re honest, AEW hasn’t really done anything of note with him as of yet. I do think Lethal will be pretty giving here and will give Moriarty the win, something that will hopefully give Moriarty some forward momentum.

Prediction: Lee Moriarty

Jon: I’m torn here. My first reaction was that Lethal is the obvious choice here. But the more I think about it, I start to think that it would be a perfect way to establish Moriarty as a top guy in the new Ring of Honor. Let’s go with that one. Lee Moriarty pulls off the upset.

Prediction: Lee Moriarty

Lee Moriarty MLW 2020 Open Draft title card

Willow Nightingale vs. Mercedes Martinez to crown the Interim ROH Women’s Champion

Andrew: The idea here is that the winner will face current ROH Women’s Champ, Deonna Purrazzo, who is already booked and can’t make this card at a late date to determine the Undisputed Champ. Which, with Purrazzo being under contract to Impact, means that she likely won’t be the one to carry the title long term. Willow Nightingale is someone you can build a division around and I fully expect her to win her and then down the road against Purrazzo.

Prediction:  Willow Nightingale

Chris: I genuinely don’t get Tony’s love for interim titles. I mean, this could just be a number one contender’s match and it would make more sense. Still, this should be a good match and I certainly can see Willow picking up the win.

Prediction: Willow Nightingale

Jon: Tony Khan loves his interim titles. I’m a big Mercedes Martinez fan, but putting the interim title on here doesn’t make much sense. If ROH is truly developmental, then there’s no reason for Martinez to be there. Willow makes perfect sense here and would be the right call to lead ROH into the future.

Prediction: Willow Nightingale

Additional Predictions:

Andrew: I’m fully expecting a major debut. Let’s face it, Tony Khan loves flashy signings and grabbing headlines. And that’s a good thing. The 2 names that come to mind are Samoa Joe and the former Cesaro, both ROH icons. Either (or both) of those guys showing up will add a level of credibility to this new era of ROH and send the fans home happy…as well as steal some thunder from WrestleMania.

Chris: This show is going to be under a lot of scrutiny, what with it not only being ROH’s return after several months away but the first ROH show under the ownership of Tony Khan. Now, we do know TK loves his big surprises, so I do expect some form of surprise debut. Cesaro does make sense, considering his history with ROH. I suspect we might see the likes of Adam Cole, Bryan Danielson, CM Punk and The Bucks make appearances as former alumni. Whether that is in the ring wrestling or paying tribute by video remains to be seen.

Jon: I know something crazy is going to happen, especially since Tony Khan has made it a point to tell people not to leave early. I like Andrew’s idea of Samoa Joe or Cesaro, but the fan boy in me wants Johnny Wrestling. I doubt it happens, but one can hope, right?

Written by Andrew Grevas

Andrew is the owner & CEO of 25YL Media, the parent company of Sports Obsessive, Lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan, obsessed with dynasty football leagues and former pro wrestling commentator who finally got his one more match from CM Punk.

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