ROH Death Before Dishonor is set to go down on July 21st, and fans are still seeing that card come together. It turns out that ROH had a much different original plan for the Death Before Dishonor card.

Pro wrestling fans were shocked to see Tony Khan buy Ring of Honor. Since then, he has juggled ROH television events around a growing AEW schedule.

Sean Sapp noted behind Fightful’s paywall that the initial blueprint for ROH Death Before Dishonor comprised rematches from Supercard of Honor, featuring Samoa Joe against Mark Briscoe and Claudio Castagnoli against Eddie Kingston. Notably, the Claudio vs. Eddie bout was originally revealed by Dave Meltzer.

Fightful Select has confirmed that Samoa Joe was planning for time off from AEW and ROH, and wasn’t originally scheduled for the ROH Death Before Dishonor PPV. However, the week before the show, AEW got word that Joe would be available for the show and the immediate future, and it’s tied to the strikes in Hollywood.


Joe was scheduled to miss quite a while as he was set to do media and appearances tied to his role on Peacock’s new Twisted Metal series. However, due to the ongoing strikes, Joe will no longer be making those appearances, and is subsequently available for the PPV. Plans were changed last week to include Joe on the show.

However, prior to that, ROH were planning on moving without Joe, and Shane Taylor vs. Dalton Castle would have happened at Death Before Dishonor. Due to the strike, Joe was no longer involved in San Diego Comic Con. As a result, the top contender tournament finals were moved up, and Samoa Joe was added to the show. 

It was also noted that, “Eddie Kingston was granted permission to work G1 Climax, and as a result, the originally planned matches were consolidated into Mark Briscoe vs. Claudio Castagnoli. Unfortunately, Briscoe sustained a knee injury and required surgery. Plans for PAC vs. Claudio were put in place a couple of weeks ago when the company got word of the injury, but couldn’t be finalized until Blood and Guts had completed.”

We will have to see how ROH Death Before Dishonor pans out. After all, a ton of fans are waiting to see how that event pans out. Only time will tell if they are satisfied with what Tony Khan’s second pro wrestling company has to offer.

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