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 officials have announced that Final Battle is booked to be a four hour show, the show also has an official start time of 8pm on Friday the 14th.
- PCO has apologized to fans and promoters for canceling all upcoming bookings as a result of his new deal with ROH. While the merits of a truly exclusive contract with non-WWE wrestling companies can be debated, PCO seems truly contrite as a result of the situation.
- Matt Taven discussed who his “dream,” opponent would be at G1 Supercard in April. His preference would be to have a champion vs. champion match against whoever comes out as champion between Jay Lethal and Cody at Final Battle. This would appear to signal the creative direction of the world title for the first quarter of 2019.
•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
The final card for Final Battle is set, with 9 matches in total. The show is scheduled to run for four hours. The key matches should get plenty of quality time, as a result.
- Sumie Sake (c) vs. Madison Rayne vs. Karen Q vs. Kelly Klein in a Four Corner Survival Match for the WOH World Championship
- Kenny King vs. Eli Isom
- 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 Chapionship
- Final Battle Fallout (TV Taping) 12/15/18 in Philadelphia, Pa. at the 2300 Arena. Three matches have been signed for these TV tappings: Tracey Williams vs. Zach Sabre Jr., PJ Black vs. Juice Robinson, TK O’ Ryan vs. Rush
- Saturday Night At Center Stage (TV Taping) 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. 9, 2018
Taped in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- Flip Gordon vs. Silas Young in an I quit match. This match resulted in a no contest (I didn’t think that was possible in an “I Quit,” match). Bully Ray came to the ring and choked out Flip with his steel chain. Bully then stood victories and then we were taken to a commercial break.
- SCU came to the ring next, as they were about to say how Pittsburgh is the the worst…The Briscoes jumped them from behind and left them laying.
- Next we had a sit down promo of Christopher Daniels discussing his could be final match, and how he doesn’t want that to be the case and he will do whatever he can to beat Marty and prove why he still has it.
- Jay Lethal & Dalton Castle & Cody defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia) at 15:42.
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•ROH in the Media
Matt Taven and COO Joe Koff appeared on separate shows of Wrestling Inc.’s “WincLY.” Koff had a mild state of the company talk, which was dominated by The Elite guys and who Joe thinks are going to be top guys in 2019. Taven had a Kayfabe-heavy interview detailing his upcoming title defense and how he would like a champion vs. champion match at G1 Supercard.
Check out PWPodcasts.com for a detailed recap of these and more podcasts.
•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING ROH
“The Final Battles.” This week Harley R. Pageot and Emily Fear give their full predictions for Final Battle 2018, discuss weekly TV including Jay Lethal, Cody, and Dalton Castle vs. The Kingdom and Flip Gordon vs. Silas Young in an I Quit match, and answer listener mail on potential ROH signees and grammatical errors.
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•Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
Cody is so good at Twitter
What a headline… https://t.co/T71W6UBYzl
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) December 11, 2018
A classic example of a great shirt, that you can only wear in the house or at a wrestling event.
— The Young Bucks (@MattJackson13) December 11, 2018
This show is really good, if you haven’t checked it out yet.
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) December 11, 2018
Castle’s Title run was underrated.
Top #ROH Moments @TheHammerstein – #5@theDALTONcastle defeats @CodyRhodes at Final Battle 2017 to become ROH World Champion!#ROHFinalBattle airs LIVE THIS FRIDAY 8e/5p on PPV, FREE for #HonorClub VIP, 50% off for HonorClub Standard, and on @FiteTV!https://t.co/pgi64nIqMC pic.twitter.com/HbsjQ5s21T
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) December 11, 2018
Final Battle is coming up soon, or just happened, depending on when you are reading this. What are we to make of this show? Are we supposed to suspend disbelief and hope that The Elite guys will win every title match they are in and stay at ROH? Are we supposed to die on the ROH hill and hope that Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb, and either SCU or The Briscoes win in squash matches so we feel good about the guys who are staying?
Or should we all just relax and enjoy pro wrestling for once?
I am going to advocate for the latter. This card is stacked from top to bottom. This is the closest to an All In card that ROH could have put together, without outsider company help. Only a handful of people know what is going on with AEW. But, it seems easy to say that if that company starts on January 1st. It will be hard for them to put a card like Final Battle on in the near future.
In the meantime, I suggest that we all should sit back and enjoy a great show. I look forward to the future ROH/NJPW/AEW super show that will blow future WrestleManias out of the water.
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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