ROH’s special episode paying tribute to the late Hana Kimura has been given an extended edition that is now online.
The full extended edition of the Hana Kimura tribute can be viewed below. Ring of Honor — with the help of Hana’s mother, Kyoko — put the episode together after Kimura passed away on May 23, 2020 to an apparent suicide due to online cyberbullying. Episode 461 of ROH Wrestling features a look at Kimura’s life and career, along with ROH matches from last year’s G1 Supercard and the Women of Honor Title Tournament in 2018, as well as Kimura singing “the pineapple song”.
The matches included in the tribute episode included:
- Hana Kimura vs Sumie Sakai on March 9, 2018 at ROH 16th Anniversary in Las Vegas, NV
- Highlights of Hana Kimura, Hazuki, Kagetsu, Kelly Klein vs Jenny Rose, Mayu Iwatani, Sumie Sakai, Tenille Dashwood on June 29, 2018 at Best in the World in Baltimore, MD
- Hana Kimura & Kagetsu vs Jenny Rose & Mayu Iwatani on June 30, 2018 at Fairfax Excellence in Fairfax, VA
- Hana Kimura, Stella Grey, Sumie Sakai vs Hazuki, Jenny Rose, Kagetsu on April 6, 2019 at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden, NYC
Ring of Honor posted the tribute episode on their official Twitter page, urging others to watch along, later posting the extended version of the episode as well:
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