NOAH News: Regular Working Deal With ROH Again Next Year?
As you may or may not know, NOAH has had a working agreement with Ring Of Honor the last few years, to the best of my knowledge this goes back at least 4-5 years and has resulted in NOAH stars appearing in ROH in the past-namely Naomichi Marufuji, Takeshi Morishima & KENTA (this was back when I was an ROH fan, I was fortunate enough to see Marufuji & Morishima in person at a live event). ROH star Delirious, who is also now the promotion’s head booker, is on the current NOAH tour and is scheduled to meet with NOAH officials regarding a regular partnership in 2012. This would be after the ROH TV deal is up and running (it’s currently in the works and likely will involve syndication and not HDNet), and the new touring schedule will also be set. More recently, ROH has frequently sent Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong to NOAH, and occasional ROHers Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli also are making occasional NOAH tours. Might be a good thing for NOAH in terms of getting them some more US exposure, right now the only real ways to see them I know of are videos off the net and DVDs (ROH used to sell DVDs of Nippon Budokan shows from roughly 2006-2008, you may still be able to get them through Harley Race’s WLW website; The DVDs featured English commentary by a couple of Japanese announcers).
More as it becomes available.