Following CMLL announcing last week that they had entered into an official working relationship and talent exchange with Ring of Honor, their American partner confirmed the news on Monday afternoon.
ROH’s announcement touted the relationship with CMLL as a global effort in collaboration with New Japan Pro Wrestling. The promotions had been natural partners due to their strong ties with NJPW but hadn’t been officially aligned until recently.
The crossover between the promotions began last month when CMLL’s Stuka Jr. appeared at ROH’s TV tapings in Philadelphia. CMLL’s Dragon Lee will also make his ROH debut at the promotion’s All Star Extravaganza VIII pay-per-view later this year, and ROH’s Matt Taven will make his way to Mexico for CMLL on September 9th.
The full ROH announcement said:
“In a coordinated announcement, Ring of Honor Wrestling (ROH), Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) have pledged to work with each other to create a superior blend of styles and athletes found nowhere else in the wrestling world.
NJPW has had working relationships with ROH and CMLL individually but now ROH and CMLL have teamed and have coordinated their efforts with New Japan Pro Wrestling. What this means for Ring of Honor fans is a continued presence of NJPW stars on selected events like ‘Death Before Dishonor’ on Friday August 19th on PPV and ‘Field of Honor’ from MCU Park in Brooklyn on Saturday August 27th and more CMLL stars appearing on Ring of Honor events as well.
Part of the new agreement, CMLL will be bringing ROH stars to Mexico on an ongoing basis as both companies look to grow their individual brands all over the world. CMLL, which began promoting events in 1933, currently competes in NJPW’s annual ‘Fantastica Mania’ Tour every January. ROH hosts NJPW for the annual ‘War of the Worlds’ Tour in May and Ring of Honor was added to NJPW’s schedule for ‘Honor Rising’ in February, 2016.”