WWE recently announced that at a NXT house show in San Antonio on November 17th, the night before NXT Takeover in Houston, Shawn Michaels will referee a match between NXT Champion Drew McIntyre and Adam Cole (BAY BAY) for the NXT Championship. Adam Cole debuted at NXT Takeover:Brooklyn attacking McIntyre after his title win. Since that moment it seemed the Cole and McIntyre where going to have match for the championship at some point.
The most obvious place for this match to take place was the next NXT Takeover special in Houston. However, at the most recent set of NXT television tapings it was announced that the main event of the NXT Takeover in Houston will be the return of War Games.
War Games is a famous WCW match that involves teams battling inside two rings side by side with a cage surrounding them. The teams that will compete in this match in Houston will be Sanity (Eric Young, Killian Dain, & Alexander Wolfe) vs Undisputed (Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish, & Adam Cole) vs Roderick Strong & The Authors of Pain.
During the same set of tapings it was also announced that Drew McIntyre will defend his NXT Championship against Andrade Cien Almas. Considering they way things have unfolded it seems that Cole vs McIntyre was being saved for different time.
Now that is has been announced that this match will take place the night before in San Antonio will the addition of Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels there seems to be more issues at play.
Ring of Honor has been enjoying their most successful year in its 15 year history recently and will be running as show in San Antonio on November 17th. This is not the first time there has been competition between Ring of Honor and NXT. There was a group of ROH wrestlers that included Cole, Fish, and O’ Reilly that had their NXT runs delayed because alleged contract tampering.
The issues with seem to have gotten more serious recently as ROH’s biggest attraction The Bullet Club, specifically The Young Bucks, have caught the ire of WWE. A few weeks ago, the Bucks, Marty Scurll, Adam Page, and ROH Champion Cody (Rhodes) were all in Southern California. After doing a meet and greets with fans at a local Hot Topic they decide to go across the street to the arena WWE Raw was taking place. They brought the fans with them and had their own Bullet Club invasion that was filmed for their Being the Elite YouTube show.
— The Young Bucks (@NickJacksonYB) September 25, 2017
After this invasion WWE sent The Young Bucks a cease and desist based on their the Bucks usage of the too sweet hand gesture. This lead to them pulling all merchandise that included the hand gesture and even auctioning off their tights that had the gesture on it as well. Another consequence of the Bullet Club invasion was the firing Jimmy Jacobs, a WWE creative writer, for taking a photo with the Bullet Club outside of Raw.
While this may seem to be a negative for The Young Bucks and The Bullet Club it seems to have only helped them. Ring of Honor had a string of four sell out shows and this has to be attributed to Bullet Club and their leader Kenny Omega. On the last night in Chicago Jimmy Jacobs even appeared and recreated his selfie with The Bullet Club.
Pleasant surprise to see old friends in lovely Chicago. pic.twitter.com/5ss05ryASW
— jimmyjacobs.net (@JimmyJacobsX) October 16, 2017
After this string of sell out shows ROH seems to be on roll as they had old out a set of television tapings at the old ECW arena in Philadelphia followed by two shows in Florida coming up featuring the immensely popular Omega.
Ring of Honor’s last set of shows before their big Final Battle show in December are three show with the San Antonio date followed by shows in Dallas and Oklahoma City. To further add tension to the Ring of Honor and WWE/NXT relationship Matt Jackson of The Young Bucks tweeted out a rather interesting promotional photo.
— The Young Bucks (@MattJackson13) October 19, 2017
While there have been issues between ROH and WWE/NXT long before the Bullet Club invasion and subsequent cease and desist these current developments seem to have only helped. The Young Bucks, Bullet Club, and ROH has earned a great deal of publicity and support that they would not have had if WWE had just ignored them.
Now with NXT pulling out a big match to combat ROH’s show at the same time this battle of companies seems to continue. While there may be some underhanded tactics at play the important aspect is that there is competition. Wrestling was at its best in the late 90s when there were multiple wrestling companies. The competition between NXT and Ring of Honor should allow for both to put on great shows for all of the wrestling fans.