At last year's Supercard of Honor, Jay Briscoe finally won the Ring of Honor World Championship in an emotional moment no one will ever forget. It was the culmination of years of dedication to ROH and Jay Briscoe looked poised to become another legendary champion. But all that changed after a devastating shoulder injury cut short the Briscoe title reign.
On July 3rd 2013, Ring of Honor stripped Jay Briscoe of his championship. It was the first and only time in ROH's history that its most elite world title was declared vacant. To determine a new champion, it was decided a 2 month title tournament would be held. ROH invited some of the top professional wrestlers on the planet to participate. But in the end - September 20th, 2013 - winner of the tournament and new champion would be none other than Ring of Honor's own Adam Cole.
When he returned to action, Jay Briscoe carried with him a championship belt which he declared was the "real" ROH World Title. His argument and frustrations were clear: he never lost his title. Adam Cole never pinned Jay Briscoe. Ring of Honor has taken what belongs to him. There can only be one world champion, and in the eyes of Jay Briscoe, that title still belongs to him.
At the same time, Adam Cole has no doubts as to the legitimacy of his title reign. He believes he was born to be ROH World Champion and his incredible rise to prominence was inevitable. He has surrounded himself with powerful, ambitious allies like Michael Bennett, Maria Kanellis, and - most importantly - his mentor, Matt Hardy. Adam Cole's transformation from gracious, hardworking underdog to the arrogant champion he is today has troubled and disappointed many people, but the fact remains: Adam Cole is the official ROH World Champion.
The time has come to settle the Ring of Honor World title situation once and for all. It is true that Jay Briscoe never actually lost his championship. But it is also true that Adam Cole came out on top of an officially sanctioned tournament to determine the World Champion. Jay Briscoe has not been pinned once since his return to Ring of Honor. On the other hand, Adam Cole has sustained several pinfall losses - in non-title matches.
On April 4th at Supercard of Honor VIII, pins will not matter. Submissions will not be a factor. In New Orleans, Adam Cole and Jay Briscoe will face each other in Ring of Honor's definitive match to end all conflicts: a Ladder War! Jay Briscoe definitely has the experience edge in Ladder Wars. But Adam Cole has one of professional wrestling's most prolific ladder match competitors in his corner - his mentor, Matt Hardy. It will be Jay Briscoe's "Real" World Title versus Adam Cole's ROH World Championship. Whoever wins this Ladder War will unify the ROH title lineage and be declared the true champion of the world.
This has potential to be the most violent, heated Ladder War in the history of Ring of Honor. Supercard of Honor VIII is part of the biggest wrestling weekend in the world and this World Title Ladder War is just one of the many exciting matches you'll see there live! To purchase tickets to Supercard of Honor VIII in New Orleans, click HERE!
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Friday April 4, 2014
Bell time - 7:30pm
Saturday April 5, 2014
Bell time - 2:00pm
Signed to Appear...
- ROH TV CHAMPION: Tommaso Ciampa
- Forever Hooligans (Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov)
- Mark Briscoe
- "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin
- "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen
- 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
- Cedric Alexander
- Adrenaline RUSH (ACH & Tadarius Thomas)
- "The Barrister" RD Evans