ROH announces agreement with PWG; New Japan included?

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


ROH & PWG (Dec. 2015)

For over a decade, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla has been considered the Ring of Honor of the West Coast. Now, the label holds more weight after ROH announced Sunday a working relationship with PWG.

ROH said they have “entered into a strategic agreement with Pro Wrestling Guerrilla that enables exclusively contracted stars to compete on a select number of PWG shows per year in California.”

The wrestlers identified as the Young Bucks, who just signed new contracts with ROH, and Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly, who both returned to PWG during the All-Star Weekend shows over the weekend.

“PWG is a fantastic company in California that both our fans and stars have always been passionate about,” said ROH COO Joe Koff in a press release. “As we continue to grow the ROH brand and enter into exclusive agreements with our talent, we want all fans to continue enjoying the performance of the ROH stars in PWG. This alliance is great for both of our companies, the talent, and most importantly – The Fans.”

Interestingly, ROH included New Japan Pro Wrestling in the details of the working agreement, suggesting NJPW stars making the trip to SoCal. At the very least, it points to the Young Bucks working for ROH, PWG, and New Japan.

From the press release: “ROH and NJPW have been developing a significant global relationship for the past two years and now ROH will work with PWG on the west coast of the United States.”

Also a decade ago, NJPW had a presence in SoCal with the New Japan Dojo. It was a different era during a transition period for New Japan, which has risen to new heights in the past five years.

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