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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
- ROH has made some significant signings this week, in both the management level of the company and the talent side.
- PCO (Carl Ouellet) has reportedly signed an exclusive contract with ROH this week. PCO has enjoyed a career resurgence on the independent scene this past year. This may be seen as an upset by some that ROH was able to sign a notable independent talent, due to WWE’s recent monopoly on “Indie” talent recently.
- ROH has also signed former WWE creative team member Kevin Eck to a full time position. Eck was a part of the creative team at WWE from 2011-2014. Eck’s position in the company has not been disclosed, but look at future creative decisions to see if Eck has any influence going forward.
- ROH’s Biggest PPV of the year Final Battle is coming up next week. The card has remained the same since last week. As it has been greatly reported, this will most likely be the last ROH show featuring members of The Elite, sans Marty Scurll.
•Live Event Results
There were no Live Events this week for ROH.
•Upcoming Major Show: ROH Final Battle
ROH Final Battle
December 15, 2018 (8:00pm)
New York, NY The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom
8 Matches have been confirmed by ROH in some capacity, or have essential been confirmed via live audience reports from TV tapings. More matches could be confirmed, as with all wrestling shows, the card is subject to change.
- Sumie Sake (c) vs. Madison Rayne vs. Karen Q vs. Kelly Klein in a Four Corner Survival Match for the WOH World Championship
- Matt Taven vs. Dalton Castle
- Bully Ray vs. Flip Gordon in an I Quit match
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- Christopher Daniels vs. Marty Scurll
- Jeff Cobb (c) vs. Adam Page for the ROH World Television Championship
- SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) (c) vs The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) in Ladder War VII for the ROH World Tag-Team Championship
- Jay Lethal (c) vs. Cody for the ROH World Championship
- 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.
- Bound By Honor (International TV taping) 2/9/19 in Lakeland, FL at the RP Funding Arena.
- Bound By Honor (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 2/10/19 in Miami, FL at the Watsco Center.
- ROH 17th Anniversary PPV (Pay-Per-View Event) 3/15/19 in Las Vegas, NV at Sam’s Town Live.
- ROH 17th Anniversary TV Taping (International TV Taping) 3/16/19 in Las Vegas, NV at Sam’s Town Live.
- 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: 11/25/18 ROH Wrestling
ROH TV Results
Dec. 2, 2018
Taped in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE
Airing on Sinclair Networks and ROHWrestling.com
- Kenny King Defeated Christopher Daniels at 7:25
- A Dalton Castle promo with the boys airs next. Dalton confirms that his sole focus is regaining the ROH World Title. But first, he will defeat Matt Taven
- Jeff Cobb Defeated Josh “The Goods” Woods at 3:48
- Adam Page Defeated Facade at 5:15
- A Video Recap of Marty Scurll winning the Survival of the Fittest match is shown. We then get the challenge from Scurll that puts his championship opportunity on the line against Daniels at Final Battle
- Lethal is shown in a vinette talking about Cody and their history in the ring.
- Taven and The Kingdom have a promo talking about the “one-hit wonder,
“ Dalton Castle.
- SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) Defeated Team CMLL (Guerrero Maya Jr. and Stuka Jr.) at 8:27
Click this link to read our full report: PWTorch.com
•ROH In The Media
There have not been a lot of media appearances by ROH talent in the recent weeks. The BTE crew had a follow up episode to the exorcism of Cody. This was another fun and light episode for the group.
With the soon-to-be lack of “Elite” talent, I wonder if PCO will take the mantle of internet darling. If you have not seen any of his videos on Youtube, I suggest you check it out.
Check out PWPodcasts.com for a detailed recap of these and more podcasts.
•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING ROH
“Changing of the Guard.” This week Emily Fear and Harley R. Pageot discuss PCO and Brody King signing with ROH, Silas Young re-signing, the build to Christopher Daniels vs. Marty Scurll and Jeff Cobb vs. Adam Page at Final Battle, and what an ROH without The Elite might look like.
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•Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
Just a bit of the weirdness of PCO and Destro.
Monday Night PCO and Destro….PCO sign his new contract…PCO gets his holliday gift …PCO is confirming the predictions of his creator D.Destro… pic.twitter.com/v9xG61VvpQ
— PCO (@PCOisNotHuman) December 4, 2018
The absolute soon-to-be legend on ROH TV!
Sat Dec 15 – @2300Arena
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) December 6, 2018
Hit up Dalton on Cameo!
You guys!!! They got me. @BookCameo said some very aggressive things and it appears I am now in…
— Dalton Castle (@theDALTONcastle) December 6, 2018
A Cody Pod? Yes please!
I’ve also got a podcast coming in the next few months, it’s non-wrestling and I’m pretty pumped to announce it! https://t.co/mlQe1fOWQi
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) December 5, 2018
The past few weeks I have talked about the future of ROH. I would like to continue that theme here as well.
ROH signing talent like PCO shows that they are able to compete with other large brands in terms of free agent acquisitions. The storytelling of ROH has always been vanilla at best. The in-ring product has always been the main goal of the promotion. The BTE guys have flourished because of their creativity outside of the ring and ROH. Hopefully, ROH will take advantage of someone like PCO and have more layered storytelling.
Luchasaurus has also been added to the TV tapings after Final Battle. I can say that I am biased, but after seeing him perform live, I truly think that he could be an ROH World Champion. He has the size, in-ring ability, and natural charisma to make it to the top of the industry.
Overall, I like the direction ROH is going and that it’s not resting on its laurels. It shows that ROH will always be on the cutting edge of the industry. As a fan of the product, it is nice to be reminded of that every so often.
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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