With the 9th Anniversary Show coming up in just over a week, Ring of Honor have given fans the chance to vote for the greatest moment in ROH history. This might seem like an impossible task as you could probably pick five outstanding moments per year but ROH helped us out a bit by giving fans five choices to pick from, they are:
“Era of Honor Begins” – Bryan Danielson vs. Low Ki vs. Christopher Daniels
Era of Honor was the first ever ROH show and took place on February 23, 2002. The show came from the Murphy Recreational Centre in Philadelphia and was headlined by triple threat between three of the top independent wrestlers in the United States. Danielson, Low Ki and Daniels battled it out for 20 minutes until Low Ki eventually got the win.
CM Punk’s Farewell
CM Punk is seen as an ROH legend and rightly so. Punk held both the ROH World Championship and ROH Tag Team Championship during his three years in the promotion. His last appearance before heading off to WWE was at Punk: The Final Chapter where he lost to fellow Illinois native and the man he held the ROH Tag Team Championships with – Colt Cabana.
Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi
Kobashi is one of the all-time greatest wrestlers in Japan and made a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip over to the United States. ROH booked him in a match with one of the most feared guys on the roster – Samoa Joe. Joe proved to be a formidable opponent for Kobashi as the two exchanged chops and it was said that there must have been over 100 throughout the match. Eventually, the Japanese legend managed to get the pin in what was give the Wrestling Observers Newsletter award for ‘2005 Match of the Year’.
ROH Unified Title Match – Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness
At the time, ROH had two main titles. They had the ROH World Championship and the ROH Pure Championship. Danielson was the World Champion and McGuinness was the Pure Champion. They faced off in a unification bout but McGuinness left Danielson outside the ring after a chair shot to win by count out; this would be enough to win the Pure Title but not Danielson’s World Title. ROH booked a rematch and this time there had to be a winner. The match was contested in England, McGuiness’ home country, and “The American Dragon” won the match and retired the ROH Pure Championship as its last champion.
Kevin Steen turns on El Generico
Steen and Generico were once pretty good friends and even held the ROH Tag Team Championships together. The pair featured on ROH’s first ever live iPPV – Final Battle 2009 – in a loss against the Young Bucks. After the match, Steen thanked the fans and Generico before giving him a low blow and turning on him. This ultimately led to the best feud in Professional Wrestling during 2010 which eventually ended at Final Battle 2010 and led to Steen leaving ROH.
It’ll be interesting to see what the fans pick and the winning video will be played during the 9th Anniversary Show on iPPV from Chicago.
Click here to watch all of the choices and vote for your favourite moment in ROH history