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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
- Rush, from CMLL fame, has signed an exclusive contract with ROH
- In other signings. Tracy Williams and PJ Black have both inked exclusive contracts with ROH.
- Wrestling inc. Has the full rundown of the ROH teams that are competing in Tag War leading to the G1 Supercard show. See those teams here: wrestlinginc.com.
- Chris Sabin is believed to have torn his ACL and will be out the standard 9-12 months. Flip Gordon is also believed to have strained his MCL, he is believed to be out at least 4 weeks.
•Live Event Results
ROH Honor Reigns Supreme
Sunday January 13th, 2018 (7:00pm)
Cabarrus Arena in Concord, NC
Aired on Honor Club
1) Shinobi Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom, & Ryan Nova) Defeated Josey Quinn, Corey Hollis, & John Skylar at 5:39
2) Mark Haskins Defeated Beer City Bruiser at 6:51
3) FINJUICE (IWGP United States Champion Juice Robinson & David Findlay) Defeated Best Friends (Chuckie T & Beretta) at 14:49
4) Tracy WIlliams Won via Stopage vs Flip Gordon at 2:56
5) ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia) Defeated Shane “Hurricane” Helms, Luchasaurus, and Delirious at 13:52
6) Bandido Defeated PJ Black at 13:46
7) ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb Defeated Jonathan Gresham, Rhett Titus, & Shane Taylor at 8:25 in a Proving Ground – Instant Reward Match
8) Kelly Klein (c) Defeated Jenny Rose at 12:33 to retain the WOH World Championship
9) Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO, & Brody King) Defeated Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, & Silas Young at 17:08
10) Jay Lethal (c) Defeated Dalton Castle at 16:09 to retain the ROH World Championship
•Upcoming Major Show: ROH Road to G1 Supercard
ROH Road to G1 Supercard
Thursday January 24th, Friday January 25th, and Saturday January 26th 2019
(1/24) Dallas, Texas; (1/25) Houston, Texas; (1/26) San Antonio, Texas
- The Main event of night one in Dallas has been announced to be Bandido vs. Flip Gordon.
- Tag Wars was also announced for all three shows. The event will span all three nights and feature 12 tag teams. The team that wins the tournament will earn a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championship at the ROH 17th Anniversary PPV in March. The winning team will also be entered into the NWA/ROH Crockett Cup.
- 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: 1/13/19 ROH Wrestling
WOH TV Results
Jan. 13th, 2019
Philadelphia, PA 2300 Arena
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- Zack Sabre Jr. Defeated Tracy Williams at 9:07
- A video featuring Beer City Bruiser and Silas Young is shown, with Young telling Beer City that they were never friends
- Madison Rayne & Dr. Britt Baker Defeated Twisted Sisterz (Holidead & Thunder Rosa) at 7:11
- The Briscoes (c) (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) Defeated SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) at 12:54 to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships
- Marty Scurll enters the ring to talk about his AEW friends leaving him. The Kingdom’s music hits and the three surround Scurll. The lights then went out, Brody King appeared first. The lights went out a second time, this time PCO’s entrance graphics appeared and he entered the ring as well. The three fought of the Kingdom and Villain Enterprises is born
Click this link to read our full report: pwtorch.com.
•ROH In The Media
No ROH talent appeared in major Pro-Wrestling podcasts this week. However, like I have said in previous weeks, do yourself a favor and check out ROH The Pinnacle and Planet Peacock on YouTube.
•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING ROH
“Villain Enterprises.” This week Harley R. Pageot and Emily Fear discuss ROH television with in-person perspective from Emily on the introduction of Villain Enterprises, the departures of SCU and Britt Baker for All Elite Wrestling, and the new crop of faces in town. Plus full coverage of the entire Honor Reigns Supreme live event and interviews continue for a potential new co-host.
-On Apple Podcasts HERE
-Or search “PWTorch” or “Pro Wrestling Torch” on your podcast app of choice
•Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
PCO did not appreciate my tweet about that destroyer bump on the apron.
Safe !!?!?!?’ ⚡️⚡️⚡️
— PCO (@PCOisNotHuman) January 14, 2019
“I need more factions!” – Me in my Vince McMahon voice
"We are #Lifeblood and together we put Honor back into #RingOfHonor!"#JuiceRobinson @TenilleDashwood @LuchadorBandido @sauce_williams @THEdavidfinlay @ThisIsHaskins #ROH #HonorIsRealhttps://t.co/mFcscvQ3yD
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 16, 2019
The chance to meet Shibata; that’s a once in a lifetime chance.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 16, 2019
Ian with facts about the best cities in the Midwest
Some real talk: Pittsburgh and Columbus have been very, very good to ROH and regularly sell out.
ROH has signed a ton of top free agent talent. We have a strong core of talent that was already selling out venues.
What I'm say is… I would get these tickets as fast as I could. https://t.co/MrqOFcHZ0X
— Ian Riccaboni (@IanRiccaboni) January 16, 2019
Today I would like to talk about Jay Lethal, and his current championship run. I first want to bring up Jay’s first title run. His run of 427 days (2015-2016) is widely viewed as the greatest championship run in ROH history. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who has followed ROH for any length of time that does not have Lethal in their top three greatest champions.
All that being said, I feel like Lethal’s current run is trending on the lackluster side. I’m not sure if all of the AEW drama that had really taken off and resolved during a majority of his reign has impacted this. But something just doesn’t feel right. Lethal is a great champion and a world class professional wrestler, but I just don’t feel much for this run.
Lethal has defended his belt against the following in this title reign (in order): Jonathan Gresham, Mark Haskins, Flip Gordon, WIll Ospreay, Silas Young, Scorpio Sky, Kenny King, Cody, and Dalton Castle.
All of these guys are great opponents, but let’s break down these opponents. Gresham, Young, Sky, and King were positioned in a way that made all of these matches feel very predetermined, hurting the matches significantly. Haskins (at the time) and Ospreay were not signed to ROH; as a result, it is easy to assume that they would not be winning the belt. Cody’s match was all but certain as everyone knew he was leaving. Dalton’s match was all but known ahead of time as well. Anyone following ROH even a little knew that Castle needs more time to heal, and can’t handle the belt based on injuries at the moment.
That leaves us with Flip’s match at All In. While it seemed unlikely that ROH would do a title switch at a non ROH show, in my opinion this is the only one of Lethal’s title defenses that I have not felt 100% sure of the outcome.
The moral of the story is this: Please book Lethal in title matches with guys like Jeff Cobb, Bandido, Rush, and Marty Scurll. These are the guys that I could see ROH putting the title on, so it makes the match compelling. It also doesn’t hurt that Jay with any of these guys is guaranteed to tear the house down. If you noticed I left out a certain Kingdom member, a Lethal/Taven match is something that I would not know the outcome to. I just simply do not believe that it would be a good match.
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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