Ring of Honor has revealed the future of the Women of Honor Championship.
The short-lived title was created in 2018, with Sumie Sakai becoming inaugural champion at the end of a 16-person tournament. Kelly Klein won the title at ROH Glory by Honor XVII last October, but her contract with the company infamously expired at the end of the year while she still held the belt.
ROH officials have now confirmed that the Women of Honor title has been deactivated, and will not be returning. In its place, the company will hold another 16-woman tournament to crown the first ROH Women’s World Champion.
The tournament begins with 8 first round matches, to be held at ROH Quest for the Gold on Friday, April 24 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Below is the official statement from ROHWrestling.com:
An exciting new era in women’s wrestling in Ring of Honor is imminent.
To emphasize ROH’s commitment to women’s wrestling, a new Ring of Honor Women’s World Championship has been created. This title will replace the Women of Honor Title and carry the utmost prestige as only the best competitors will earn its gold.
The tournament to crown the inaugural champion begins with eight first-round matches at “Quest For Gold” on Friday, April 24 at Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena. The tournament will feature talent from all over the world, including some new faces who have never competed in ROH.
“Quest For Gold” tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. ET for HonorClub members and Friday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. ET for the general public.
The first women’s match in ROH history took place in 2002, the company’s first year in existence. In the ensuing years, some of the best women’s wrestlers in the sport competed in an ROH ring, including Sara Del Rey, Mickie James, Amazing Kong, Mercedes Martinez, MsChif, Cheerleader Melissa and Daizee Haze, who all paved the way for the current generation of female talent in ROH.
The ROH Women’s World Championship will take women’s wrestling in ROH to the highest level. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness history in the making at Quest for Gold!
ROH PRESENTS QUEST FOR GOLD
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020
BELL TIME: 7:30pm ET