Ring of Honor wrestling tour returns home to Baltimore

Ring of Honor wrestling tour returns home to Baltimore
The first "Ring of Honor" wrestling shows at Du Burns Arena on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2011. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun)

Maybe those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are a little bit too much of the first two and not enough of the latter.

That can be fixed — Baltimore-based wrestling tour Ring of Honor returns home for the first time in more than a year to hold its “Best In The World” show, to be held at the UMBC Event Center on Friday.


“Best In The World” is available on pay-per-view. For those physically in attendance, the show features meet-and-greets with the wrestlers (costs range $30-$40 per wrestler), a pre-show match at 8:45 p.m. and the main event at 9 p.m.

The show boasts a lineup of some major names in wrestling, such as Dalton Castle and the Young Bucks.

“When you come to a Ring of Honor show, you’re seeing stars and athletes who take their craft very seriously,” said Joe Koff, Ring of Honor chief operating officer and vice president of training and development.

An unconventional format to say the least, the Baltimore “Best In The World” lineup opens with a one-on-one-on-one smackdown, followed by a a tag team and a then a six-man match.

A battle between eight women (four on each side) splits up the competition of mostly men midway through.

Even though Koff would call the company “the rebellious teenager” of the wrestling world, Ring of Honor balances its gritty showmanship with respect. All competitors must follow a “code of honor,” which compels players to shake hands before the match and outlaws groin attacks, eye gouging and biting, among other violations.

Tickets to see the “Best In The World” live are available here:

The lineup is scheduled as follows:

Dalton Castle versus Cody versus Marty Scurll

The Briscoes versus the Young Bucks

Adam Page versus Punishment Martinez

Bully Ray versus Flip Gordon

Sumie Sakai, Jenny Rose, Mayu Iwatani and Tenille Dashwood versus Kelly Klein, Hazuki, Kagetsu and Hana Kimura

Jay Lethal versus Kushida