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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
- The biggest news of the week – and maybe of the year – for ROH is the reported news that New Japan will continue to work exclusively with ROH and will not allow NJPW talent to work any AEW shows. As has also been widely reported. The current ROH/NJPW deal is set to expire after the April 6th show in Madison Square Garden.
- Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky official have signed contracts with All Elite Wrestling and as a result will no longer appear at ROH events.
- Nick Aldis will defend the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship against PJ Black at the TV tapings scheduled to take place on Saturday the 12th. It is yet to be scene if this will appear on ROH Television.
•Live Event Results
There were no live shows this week.
•Upcoming Major Show: ROH Honor Reigns Supreme
ROH Honor Reigns Supreme
Sunday January 13th, 2018 (7:00pm)
Cabarrus Arena in Concord, NC
The following matches have been announced for the Honor Club live event.
- Jay Lethal (c) vs. Dalton Castle for the ROH World Championship
- Kelly Klein (c) vs. Jenny Rose for the WOH World Championship
- Luchasaurus, Shane Helms, and Delirious vs. The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia) in a proving grounds match.
- Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll & Brody King & PCO) vs. Silas Young & The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe)
- Bandido vs. PJ Black
- Flip Gordon vs. Tracie WIlliams
- Best Friends (Chuckie T and Barretta) vs. Taguchi Japan (David Finlay and Juice Robinson)
- 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. (See upcoming major shows for match details)
- 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.
- Road to G1 Supercard – 3/31/19 in Baltimore, MD at UMBC 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: 1/6/19 ROH Wrestling
WOH TV Results
Jan. 6th, 2019
Philadelphia, PA 2300 Arena
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
Finally, new content!
- The show opened with the four men who have world title shots standing in the ring; Chris Sabin, Marty Scurll, Dalton Castle, and Flip Gordon. Ian Riccaboni explained how each man earned a title opportunity. Matt Taven came to the ring to pump up his “world title.” Jay Lethal appeared during Taven’s promo and the two brawled on the entrance ramp.
- Jeff Cobb Defeated Luchasaurus at 5:30
- Kelly Klein (c) Defeated Nikki Adams at 3:08 to retain the WOH world championship. Kelly also said post match that all of her matches will be title defences.
- A video featuring The Bouncers aired, attempting to continue their story with Silas Young.
- A farewell to The Elite video is shown, with Bully Ray and his yet to be named heel faction leaving the group laying.
- Christopher Daniels comes out to talk about his future in ROH. Daniels is given a new contract, or at least a shiny new piece of paper. Shane Taylor then comes out and hits Daniels with a piledriver on a chair. Taylor then proceed to tear up Daniels’ new contract and rain it down on his defeated body.
- Zack Sabre Jr. appeared in a video hyping his debut on ROH television next week.
- Dalton Castle Defeated Marty Scurll & Flip Gordon & Chris Sabin, with a Bang-a-Rang into a pin of Sabin, to become Jay Lethal’s opponent for the ROH WOrld Championship at Honor Reigns Supreme this Sunday.
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•ROH in the Media
- ROH The Pinnacle episode 5 debuted this week. This week’s focus was on Dalton Castle’s ROH World Championship run. This is a great 9 minute video to not only get you hyped for Dalton’s Clash with jay Lethal on Sunday. But, it helps give some much needed depth to the characters in ROH. Whoever is making these videos should be promoted to help with both the television and live event product.
•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING ROH
“Real World Champions.” This week Emily Fear and Harley R. Pageot discuss everyone gunning for Jay Lethal’s world title, whether Christopher Daniels has actually retired or not and if Shane Taylor benefits, Kelly Klein as a fighting champion, the dominance of Jeff Cobb, and a softer side to Beer City Bruiser. Plus: an addressing of the strange ending to last week’s episode.
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•Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
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This sounds oddly familiar.
Almost like a rip off.
Kingdom 👑 https://t.co/jpb7TuwPKc
— TK O'Ryan (@WildHorseTKO) January 8, 2019
I said it already, but this is a great video.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 9, 2019
Chris Sabin gets it
— Constellation Chris Sabin (@SuperChrisSabin) November 26, 2018
This week we have our first live event with a lot of great new talent within ROH. The card itself could be better, but that is the case with almost every wrestling show.
Today I want to talk about the lack of buzz for the G1 Supercard show at MSG In April. ROH, with the help of New Japan, sold out f’ing Madison Square Garden. They forced NXT to move to Friday night. That is a big deal. But, I feel like fans and ROH have done little to talk about and hype that show.
This time of year in WWE we start guessing, and people start reporting what the main event of Wrestlemania will be. In New Japan, the winner of the G1, in July, sets up the main event of their biggest show, in January.
What I am trying to say is that wrestling fans love a long build to a huge match. ROH does not always have a huge event like G1 Supercard. But, they do this year. I just don’t know what they are doing in the way of booking. At this rate, my guess is that Jay Lethal and Matt Taven will have a match to unify the ROH title.
That can’t be how this goes, right? I am not trying to hate on Taven, or Lethal. But that match should main event an Honor Club event; not a sold out show at MSG during Wrestlemania weekend.
My only ask is that ROH does something in order to build a match that is worthy of an event like the G1 Supercard.
Tyler has been a wrestling fan for 20 years. He’s from Columbus, Ohio. Check him out on Twitter @ringoftyler and check out his podcast @tandbwrestling.
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