The following is the latest in a new series of weekly in-depth articles exclusive to PWTorch which will help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.
•Top Stories of the Week
-The big news this week is not a new issue for ROH. As long as the company has been in existence, top talent have used the company as a stepping stone to greater opportunities. Professional wrestling became a pop culture stable in the United States, so ROH could be a small analogy for the greater, romanticized, idea of the American Dream.
Speaking of an American Dream, PWTorch VIP analyst Todd Martin confirms WrestlingInc’s original correspondent report that Cody annonced on Chris Jericho’s cruise earlier this week that he would not be signing with WWE or be a surprise entrant in the 2019 Royal Rumble. Cody also said that he would do everything in his power to bring an All In 2 to his fans. While on the surface this would appear to be a win in ROH’s quest to resign Cody, Cody tweeted the following in regards to facing Nick Aldis for a third time at the ROH/NJPW’s G1 Supercard.
I am not on that show https://t.co/9MirtL69VS
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) October 25, 2018
Also this week the Wrestling Observer reported that Cody’s ROH contract is over as of midnight on Oct. 31. The Jericho cruise is reportedly his last contractual obligation with ROH. However, he is expected to wrestle with the company through January in order to keep his options open with the rest of “The Elite.”
•Latest PWTorch “Talking Honor” ROH Podcast
“Cruise Control.” This week Harley R. Pageot and Emily Fear discuss the Chris Jericho cruise, look at the use of New Japan guest stars in ROH, ponder who will be Flip Gordon’s proxy in the match against Silas Young next week, predict who wins this year’s Survival of the Fittest tournament, and complain that it’s now been six weeks since we’ve had a Women of Honor match on television.
•Live Event Results
This week the Cruise of Jericho is taking place. It features many wrestlers from ROH as well as Impact and independent promotions as well. The Sea of honor tournament has not begun at the time of this article. The winner will receive a future ROH World Championship opportunity.
The highlights of the cruise will be available via a PPV reply on FITE for $24.99 on Nov. 3. The purchase will feature the following matches:
- Chris Jericho & Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson vs. Kenny Omega & Cody & Marty Scurll
- Sea Of Honor Tournament:
Dalton Castle vs. Matt Taven
Christopher Daniels vs. Delirious
Marty Scurll vs. Rhett Titus
Mark Briscoe vs. Will Ferrara
Silas Young vs. Flip Gordon
Adam Page vs. Kazarian
Cheeseburger vs. Beer City Bruiser
Jay Briscoe vs. Kenny King
•Upcoming Major Show: Survival of the Fittest
ROH: Survival of the Fittest
November 4, 2018 (7pm)
Columbus, Ohio at Express Live! In Columbus, Ohio
- The Survival of the Fittest Tournament is an annual event put on by Ring of Honor. There are a series of qualifying matches, either singles or tag team matches, that determine the six wrestlers that will compete in the tournament final. The tournament final is a Six-Man Elimination match, the winner of the match is awarded a future ROH World Championship match.
- The following matches have been announced for the event.
- The Bullet Club (Cody & Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) Defend the ROH World Six-Man Tag-Team Championship vs. The Kingdom (Matt Taven & TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia)
- Jay Lethal & Jeff Cobb vs. Socal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) in a non-title tag-team match.
Jonathan Gresham vs. Tracey Williams (First round match in the 2018 Survival of the Fittest tournament)
Luchasaurus vs. PJ Black (First round match in the 2018 Survival of the Fittest tournament)
- Christopher Daniels vs. Beer City Bruiser (First round match in the 2018 Survival of the Fittest tournament)
Dalton Castle vs. Hangman Page vs. Colin Delaney (First round match in the 2018 Survival of the Fittest tournament)
- Andrew Everett vs. Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Flip Gordon (First round match in the 2018 Survival of the Fittest tournament)
- Silas Young vs. Stuka Jr. vs. Marty Scurll (First round match in the 2018 Survival of the Fittest tournament)
The winners of Matches 3-8 will face off in a six-way elimination match. The winner receives a ROH World Championship opportunity
Check for updated card information at www.ROHWrestling.com
- Steel City Excellence (TV Taping) 11/3/18 in Pittsburgh, Pa. at Stage AE. (Performers signed to appear. Jay Lethal, Cody, The Young Bucks, The Briscoes, Jeff Cobb, Sumie Sakai, Marty Scurll, Adam Page, S.C.U, Flip Gordon, Silas Young, Chris Saban, and Shane Taylor.
- Survival of the Fittest (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 11/4/18 in Columbus, OH at Express Live. (The event will feature a Survival of the Fittest tournament, in which the winner will receive a future ROH World Title shot. Performers signed to appear. Jay Lethal, Cody, The Young Bucks, The Briscoes, Jeff Cobb, Sumie Sakai, Marty Scurll, Adam Page, S.C.U, Flip Gordon, Silas Young, Chris Saban, and Shane Taylor)
- Global Wars: Lewiston (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 11/7/18 in Lewiston, Mass. at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The following matches have been announced.
- Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham & Chris Saban & Kushida vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Naito & Sanada & Evil & Bushi)
Bully Ray & Silas Young vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
Christopher Daniels vs. Juice Robinson
The Kingdom (TK O’ Ryan & Matt Taven & Vinny Marsegila) vs. Dalton Castle and The Boys (Boy 1 & Boy 2)
The Briscoes (Mark Briscoe & Jay Briscoe) vs. Bullet Club (Cody & Adam Page)
SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas)
Jeff Cobb vs. Cheeseburger
- Global Wars: Lowell (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 11/8/18 in Lowell, Mass. at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. The following matches have been announced.
- Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham vs. Chris Saban & Kushida vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) vs. The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marsegila)
Tetsuya Naito vs. Hangman Page
Jay Briscoe vs. Scorpio Sky
Jeff Cobb vs. Christopher Daniels
Bully Ray & Silas Young vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Evil & Sanada)
Cody vs. Mark Briscoe
Frankie Kazarian vs. Flip Gordon
- Global Wars: Buffalo (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 11/9/18 in Buffalo, N.Y. at the Buffalo Riverworks. The following matches have been annonced
- Kushida vs. Jonathan Gresham vs. Flip Gordon vs. Bushi
Jay Lethal vs. Chris Saban
The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) vs. Best Friends (Chuckie T & Baretta) vs. Cody and Hangman Page
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito & Sanada)
Jeff Cobb vs. Evil
Juice Robinson vs. Silas Young
- Global Wars: Toronto (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 11/11/18 in Toronto, Ont. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. The following matches have been annonced.
- Jay Lethal (c) vs. Kenny King for the ROH World Championship
Cody (c) vs. Baretta for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. Chris Saban and Kushida
Dalton Castle and Juice Robinson vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito & Bushi)
- Final Battle (pay-per-view Event) 12/14/18 in New York, N.Y. at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
- Final Battle Fallout (TV Tapping) 12/15/18 in Philadelphia, Pa. at the 2300 Arena.
- Saturday Night At Center Stage (TV Tapping) 1/12/19 in Atlanta, Ga. at Center Stage.
- Honor Reigns Supreme (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 1/13/19 in Concord, N.C. at Cabarrus Arena.
- Road to G1 Supercard (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 1/24/19 in Dallas, TX at Gilley’s Dallas.
- Road to G1 Supercard (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 1/25/19 in Houston, TX at NRG Arena
- Road to G1 Supercard (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 1/26/19 in San Antonio, TX at the Austin Highway Event Center.
- G1 Supercard (Pay-Per-View Event) 4/6/19 in New york, N.Y. at Madison Square Garden.
All current live events are located on rohwrestling.com
•Latest TV Highlights: 10/21 ROH Wrestling
ROH TV Results
Oct. 28, 2018
Taped in Las Vegas, NV at Orleans Arena
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- Hangman Page Defeated Scorpio Sky at 11:04
- The Kingdom have a backstage segment, saying the conspiracy is dead.
- Page has a backstage segment where he demanded a title shot, be it Six-Man, Television, or even the World title.
- Recap’s of Jeff Cobb winning the television title and Eli Isom defeating Shane Taylor were shown
- Shane Taylor Defeated Eli Isom at 6:43
- Shane Taylor continued to attack Eli Isom after the match. Cheeseburger came in for the save but was hit with a chair via Taylor. Flip Gordon then came out to save both men. Gordon then got on the mic and called out Bully Ray
- Bully Ray came out to confront Gordon. He then challenged Flip to pick his best guy to fight his best guy (Silas Young) next week in the ECW Arena. If Flip’s guy wins Gordon can do whatever he wants to Ray including beat him up or fire him. The same goes for Ray if his guy wins.
- Cody’s tweet about his lack of a 1-on-1 rematch for the World Championship was shown.
Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham Defeated Kushida & Jushin Thunder Liger at 12:07
Read our full PWTorch.com TV Report here: 10/28 ROH TV RESULTS: Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham vs. Kushida & Jushin Thunder Liger, Adam Page vs. Scorpio Sky, Shane Taylor vs. Eli Isom
•ROH In The Media
- Numerous high profile podcasts were reportedly recorded this week at Jericho’s cruise. Those should be released starting next week.
- Jeff Cobb appeared on Jim Ross’s “Ross Report.” The two discussed Cobb’s time working in ROH and NJPW. He said his time in ROH has been fantastic. Everyone from the staff, the talent, and Joe Koff have been cool and he will be there for the foreseeable future. He said ROH has a great way of blending old school and new school wrestling where different generations of fans will enjoy the product. Read a full detailed report at our sister site PWPodcasts.com here: RECAP AND REVIEW: The Jim Ross Report with Jeff Cobb on working in NJPW and ROH, if he has an interest in joining WWE, thoughts on long-time veterans at the top of the card, what’s next for him
•Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
SCU with the Halloween heat!
— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) October 31, 2018
The Matchup we all need.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) October 31, 2018
Again Waluigi is snubbed!
Happy Halloween from The Elite. pic.twitter.com/adZ5mYT6GE
— The Young Bucks (@MattJackson13) October 31, 2018
Thank you Tenille for sharing your story
— TENILLE DASHWOOD (@TenilleDashwood) October 31, 2018
Due to the unsavory and morally reprehensible decision by the WWE to continue on with their show in Saudi Arabia, I have been thinking about women in professional wrestling. Of the most followed promotions in the United States (WWE, New Japan, ROH, and Impact), who is doing the best job making the most out of their female performers?
New Japan does not have any female talent, so they’re not in the discussion, obviously. WWE just had an all-women’s PPV, but the ongoing issue with Crown Jewel remains to put them in a negative light in regards to overall human rights. The fact that have ran two shows in six months at a place where women are not allowed to perform is unacceptable.
Impact is a tale of two women. Its champion is Tessa Blanchard and she is what most fans see as the future of women’s wrestling, a type of wrestling that puts women as equals to their male counterparts. However, its other female star Scarlett Bordeaux tends to bring us back to the “bra and panties match” era of women’s wrestling.
That leaves us with ROH. ROH has not had a televised women’s match on TV for six weeks. The last match on TV was a quick and forgettable match. Overall it feels like ROH wants to look like they respect women’s wrestling and want to look progressive in that regard. However, that is simply not the fact. Women need to be given time and stories in order to become stars. ROH needs to start working hard on getting the Women of Honor on every TV episode and have matches that people sign up to Honor Club to see.
Tyler has been a wrestling fan for 20 years (a handful of years he was a lapsed fan – 2003-’08, mainly), He’s from Columbus, Ohio. Check him out on Twitter @ringoftyler and check out his podcast @tandbwrestling.
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