ROH issued the following:
We are less than one month away from GLOBAL WARS and the WAR OF THE WORLDS TOUR! The collaborative relationship between Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling continues, bringing you matches and experiences you can’t find anywhere else! First up, on Sunday May 8th, GLOBAL WARS is coming to you LIVE on pay-per-view from Chicago Ridge. This massive event kicks off a busy week for the stars of ROH and NJPW, who are hitting the road to Dearborn, Toronto, and New York City!
ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness has signed another championship match: the ROH World Television Championship will be on the line in Chicago Ridge, LIVE on pay-per-view when BOBBY FISH takes on ROH World Television Champion “STONE PIT BULL” TOMOHIRO ISHII at GLOBAL WARS!
The ROH World Television Championship has become an obsession for Fish after two narrow misses! At All Star Extravaganza VII, Fish had the Fish Hook locked in before then-champion Jay Lethal rolled him up and used the tights to secure a victory. And then, Fish was able to make then-champion Roderick Strong TAP OUT at Final Battle but the tapping was out of the view of the official, Fish released the hold, and Strong found a way to leave Philly with the Television Championship around his waist!
Fish has cemented his status as number one contender, going undefeated in singles competition since his loss at Final Battle, racking up major wins against competition like “Almighty” Christopher Daniels while scoring a huge, decisive 2-out-of-3 falls win at Supercard of Honor Night 2 against Strong! Fish will be facing the man that dethroned Strong for the championship, “STONE PIT BULL” TOMOHIRO ISHII!
Ishii answered the “Roddy vs. the World” Challenge at Honor Rising and out-muscled Strong with strikes and blows to become the first New Japan star to capture the ROH World Television Championship, doing so on Japanese soil! Ishii has been maintaining a schedule of defenses in Japan taunting ROH stars with claims that he is a real champion that can defeat anyone ROH officials place in front of him!
The two first crossed paths earlier this year at New Year’s Dash when Ishii got the better of Fish in a losing effort during an 8-man tag. The two saw each other again in Ishii’s successful three-way defense against Strong and Fish at 14th Anniversary with Ishii pinning Strong but GLOBAL WARS marks their first one-on-one encounter!
The “Stone Pit Bull” returns to the United States to face the number one contender Fish in Chicago Ridge with more than just the ROH World Television Championship on the line. For Fish, GLOBAL WARS may be the culmination of a years-long journey of capturing singles gold in ROH. For Ishii, Fish represents just another Gaijin that stands in his way on his on question to demonstrate New Japan supremacy. There are two ways to see this championship bout: be there LIVE or join us LIVE on pay-per-view! Under 100 tickets remain so get yours today!
ROHWRESTLING.com is going to be bringing you all the latest updates and matches signed for this incredible week of international action. And in addition to NJPW athletes, all your favorite ROH stars will be there as well! Championships will be on the line and there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot of “dream matches” in the month of May!
MATCHES SIGNED for GLOBAL WARS ’16:
MAIN EVENT – ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL w/TAELER HENDRIX vs. COLT CABANA
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION “STONE PIT BULL” TOMOHIRO ISHII vs. BOBBY FISH
JUSHIN “THUNDER” LIGER & CHEESEBURGER vs THE ADDICTION
SIGNED TO APPEAR
IWGP Heavyweight Champion TETSUYA NAITO
IWGP World Tag Team Champions THE GUERRILLAS OF DESTINY, TAMA TONGA & TANGA LOA
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA
“RAINMAKER” KAZUCHIKA OKADA
NEVER Openweight Six Men Tag Team Champion HIROSHI TANAHASHI
*CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE*