by Luke Raven (@ravenluke)
New titles are not created very often in Ring of Honor Wrestling, but for the first time in six years ROH is changing things up. It was announced this week that ROH will be introducing the World Six-Man Tag Team Championship. The inaugural champions will be crowned after an eight team tournament culminating at the end of September.
Rumors have been rampant with talk of what teams will be competing for these titles. Teams like The Cabinet (Caprice Coleman with The All Night Express), a combination of the Bullet Club, and current tag champions The Addiction joined by New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Kamaitachi.
It is probably safe to assume we will get some combinations of ROH competitors we haven’t seen together. One can hope that CMLL and NJPW will be involved with this division as each company already carries some version of a six-man titles (World Trios Champions and NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship, respectively) and has an existing working relationship with ROH. The current World Trios Champions belong to Sky Team which is comprised of Mistico, Valiente, and Volador Jr. whom we might see in ROH. Don’t expect to see NJPW’s NEVER Openweight six-man champs on ROH television anytime soon since one-third of their team is Ricochet AKA Prince Puma is still contractually obligated to not appear on American television before the end of season three of Lucha Underground. Hopefully Ricochet’s partners, Matt Syda. And Satoshi Kojima, won’t have trouble filling the open spot and we can see them compete as well.
Personally, I would love to see Will Ospreay fill in for Ricochet as he would fit perfectly into the team’s style. The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks) would be another team that could help legitimize the new division. I always loved the odd combination of The Briscoes with Toru Yano while they held NJPW’s six man titles. One that would be completely off the wall and make no sense, yet would be incredibly fun to see would be adding Lio Rush to War Machine. Big men Hanson and Raymond Rowe being able to either throw Rush around or be used as a base for his rapid fire maneuvers would be too much fun to resist.
Six-man titles have a storied history in the United States dating back to the 1950’s with the National Wrestling Alliance. Teams that have held variations of these titles in different promotions range from The Russians (Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff, and Krusher Kruschev), Dusty Rhodes with The Road Warriors, Ivan Koloff and The Powers of Pain, The Von Erichs, and The Fabulous Freebirds.
Ring of Honor holds each of their titles in very high regard. We can expect the same treatment to be given to the new World Six-Man Tag Team Championship with every team giving their all to win the titles and for our entertainment. There is no doubt September is already looking amazing in the world of professional wrestling!