KELLER & MARTIN FLAGSHIP (11/28)
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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
- It has been reported here at the torch, as well as the wrestling observer, that AEW representatives are currently trying to negotiate for the video rights to All In. But, it is being reported that ROH, who currently owns the footage, is asking for to high a price for the footage.
- Stadom’s Mayu Iwatani will be appearing at TV tappings, as well as the Honor Club event in Miami in mid February. Per The Wrestling Observer AEW has made a strong push to sign Iwatani. However ROH paid for Iwatani’s 3 year visa to work in the US. AEW would need to work out a deal with ROH in order to sign her, which seems unlikely at this time.
- The Road to G1 Supercard in Texas begins this week. This will be 3 Honor Club events that will help to start the storylines that will no doubt end in Madison Square Garden at G1 Supercard.
•Live Event Results
There were no live events this week.
•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
See below for the current card for each night.
- Tag Wars: PCO & Brody King vs. Vinnie Marseglia & TK O’Ryan
- Tag Wars: ROH Champion Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham vs. Mark Haskins & Tracy Williams.
- ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes & Shane Taylor vs. Dalton Castle & The Boys.
- Matt Taven vs. Rocky Romero.
- Bandido vs. Silas Young (replacing the injured Flip Gordon).
- Marty Scurll vs. Rhett Titus.
- Madison Rayne vs. Holidead.
- Villain Enterprises’ Marty Scurll & PCO & Brody King vs. NJPW LA Dojo’s Clark Connors & Karl Fredericks & Alex Coughlin.
- Shane Taylor & Silas Young & The Briscoes vs. Lifeblood’s David Finlay & Tracy Williams & Mark Haskins & Juice Robinson.
- ROH TV Champion Jeff Cobb vs. Clak Connors in a Proving Ground Match.
- Willie Mack & Colt Cabana vs. Kenny King & mystery partner.
- Juice Robinson and David Finlay vs. NJPW Dojo representatives Karl Fredericks and Alex Coughlin
- The Bouncers vs. The Boys.
- Coast 2 Coast vs. The Shinobi Shaadow Squad, Eli Isom and Cheeseburger.
San Antonio (1/26)
- No matches have been announced as of yet. It is safe to assume more Tag War matches will be on the card.
Thanks to 411mania.com for the current card.
- Road to G1 Supercard (Live event streamed on Honor Club) 1/24/19 in Dallas, TX at Gilley’s Dallas.
- Road to G1 Supercard (Live event streamed on Honor Club) 1/25/19 in Houston, TX at NRG Arena
- Road to G1 Supercard (Live event streamed on Honor Club) 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 Honor Club) 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.
- Steel City Excellence (Honor Club Event) 4/13/19 in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE
- Masters of the Craft (Honor Club EVent) 4/14/19 in Columbus, Ohio at Express live
All current live events are located on rohwrestling.com.
•Latest TV Highlights: 1/20/19 ROH Wrestling
WOH TV Results
Jan. 20th, 2019
Philadelphia, PA 2300 Arena
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com.
- Eli Isom defeated Façade at 7:32 to advance in the #1 contenders tournament for the ROH World Television Championship.
- Kelly Klein had a backstage video, reaffirming her commitment to make every match a title match.
- A promo of Jay lethal is show, he discussed how he is the real world champion and how there paths would cross soon.
- Rush defeated TK O’Ryan at 9:39, this was Rush’s debut ROH match.
- Silas Young Defeated Beer City Bruiser in a No Disqualifications match at 15:39 to advance in the #1 contender tournament for the ROH World Television Championship. He will face Eli Isom in the finals.
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
“Cruising for a Bruising.” This week, Emily Fear and Harley R. Pageot discuss Rush, Tracy Williams, and PJ Black signing with ROH, Rush’s debut against TK O’Ryan, Beer City Bruiser vs. Silas Young in a no DQ match, and the silliness of a four-man tournament, and answer listener mail on favorite entrance themes. Plus: the final interviews toward possibly adding a third co-host.
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•Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
Check out this week’s Planet Peacock!
NEW #PlanetPeacock from Atlanta & Concord up now!
Watch and enjoy… or don't. I'm not the boss of you.
WARNING: This contains puppets pic.twitter.com/B2AMQE1CLx
— Dalton Castle (@theDALTONcastle) January 23, 2019
Flip has super healing knees.
— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W) January 23, 2019
Tough News for Sabin
Complete ACL tear. 8 – 12 months.
— Constellation Chris Sabin (@SuperChrisSabin) January 23, 2019
I want to talk about the premier of Rush in ROH this week. I will admit that I have not seen Rush perform before. I will also admit that I do not like the work of TK O’Ryan. But, I thoroughly enjoyed the match these two had. Rush looked strong, while elevating O’Ryan in the match. I prefer the New Japan style of booking matches; this is the style that makes all matches fairly competitive, no matter the level of the wrestlers.
That being said, I really enjoyed Rush’s moveset and overall approach to the match. He is a great blend of luchador and strong style, which is great in today’s wrestling industry. I also like that Rush started off with a midcard opponent to give him a solid win, but if he did not sign his contract, it would not have ruined a top guy.
This also could set up an interesting end to the fake title storyline. Rush vs. Taven would be an intriguing match. Rush beating every member of the Kingdom will make him a top babyface in a short amount of time. He can then battle Lethal in a Title vs. Title match.
No matter what the booking decision is on Rush, he is a natural star. Just like Bandido, both men should be pushed to the moon in 2019.
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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