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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
- Mark Haskins announced that he has a partial tear in one of his calf muscles. He also said that he should not miss more than a few weeks as a result.
- The announcement of Dean Ambrose leaving WWE has lead many to speculate, that if he truly is leaving, where he may end up working. At the moment, ROH seems to have the funds to be a real contender.
- Joey Mercury has been hired as a backstage agent/producer at ROH. Bully Ray and himself were both reported to be working the most recent TV tapings.
•Live Event Results
There were three live shows this week on Honor Club. This was the first series of “Road to G1 Supercard” Honor Club shows. All three took place in Texas this past weekend.
Night 1 – Dallas, Texas at Gilley’s
1) Marty Scurll defeated Rhett Titus at 9:21
2) Tag Wars opening match – Lifeblood (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) defeated Karl Fredericks & Alex Coughlin at 8:39. Lifeblood advances to the Semi-Finals
3) Jeff Cobb defeated Clark Connors at 4:09
4) Dalton Castle & The Boys won via DQ against The Briscoes & Shane Taylor
5) Madison Rayne defeated Holidead at 8:01
6) Matt Taven (c) defeated Rocky Romero at 15:52 to retain his fake world title
7) Tag Wars opening match – Villain Enterprises (PCO & Brody King) defeated The Kingdom (Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan) at 14:53 to advance to the Semi-Finals.
8) Bandido defeated Silas Young at 20:05
9) Tag Wars opening match – Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham defeated Lifeblood (Mark Haskins & Tracy Williams) at 23:31 to advance to the Semi-Finals
Night 2 – Houston, Texas at NRG Arena
1) Tag Wars opening match – The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas) defeated The Boys (Brandon & Brent) at 7:06 to advance to the Semi-Finals
2) Sumie Sakai won via DQ in 1:26 vs. Thunder Rosa
3) Twisted Sisterz (Thunder Rosa & Holidead) defeated Sumie Sakai & Madison Rayne at 7:28
4) Tag Wars opening match – Coast 2 Coast (Shaheem Ali & LSG) defeated Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger & Eli Isom w/Ryan Nova) at 10:38 to advance to the Semi-Finals
5) Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO, and Brody King) defeated NJPW Young Lions (Alex Coughlin, Karl Fredericks, and Clark Connors) at 9:02
6) TK O’Ryan defeated Jonathan Gresham at 9:40
7) Jay Lethal (c) defeated Vinny Marseglia at 6:32 to retain the ROH World Championship
8) Kelly Klein (c) defeated Dr. Britt Baker at 4:44 to retain the WOH World Championship
9) Tag Wars opening match – Beat Down Clan (Kenny King & MVP) defeated Colt Cabana & Willie Mack at 15:37 to advance to the Semi-Finals
10) Rocky Romero defeated Dalton Castle & Jeff Cobb (c) at 9:20 to earn a future ROH World Television title shot.
11) Lifeblood (Juice Robinson, David Finlay, Mark Haskins, and Tracey Williams) defeated The Briscoes, Silas Young, Shane Taylor, and Bully Ray at 25:58
Night 3 – San Antonio, Texas at Austin Highway Event Center
1) Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom, & Ryan Nova) defeated NJPW Young Lions (Alex Coughlin, Karl Fredericks, and Clark Connors) at 9:12
2) The Kingdom (c) (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, & Vinny Marseglia) defeated Dalton Castle and The Boys at 11:06 to retain the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championships
3) Tracy Williams defeated Rhett Titus at 11:15
4) Tag War Semi-Final Triple Threat – Villain Enterprises (PCO & Brody King) defeated Beat Down Clan (Kenny King & MVP) & The Bouncers (Beer City & Brian Milonas) at 10:58 to advance to the Finals
5) Tag War Semi-Final Triple Threat – Lifeblood (Juice Robinson & David Findlay) defeated Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham & Coast 2 Coast (Shaheem Ali & LSG) at 10:47 to advance to the Finals
6) Kelly Klein (c) won via referee stoppage versus Sumie Sakai at 12:03 to retain the WOH World Championship
7) Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack won via DQ versus SIlas Young & Shane Taylor at 15:11
8) Bandido defeated Rocky Romero at 19:29
9) Marty Scurll defeated Mark Haskins at 12:15
10) Tag Wars Finals – Villain Enterprises (PCO & Brody King) defeated Lifeblood (Juice Robinson & David Findlay) at 13:38 to win Tag Wars and get a future ROH Tag-Team Championship Opportunity at the 17th Anniversary PPV in March.
•Upcoming Major Show: Bound By Honor
Bound by Honor
2/10/19 at 7pm
Miami, Florida at the Watsco Center
5 Matches have been announced for Bound By Honor:
- Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein defending against Mayu Iwatani
- Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Colt Cabana
- PCO vs. Mark Briscoe
- ROH Television Champion Jeff Cobb defending against Rocky Romero
- ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham & Rush vs. ROH Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan) in a non-title match
- 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: 1/27/19 ROH Wrestling
WOH TV Results
Jan. 27th, 2019
Philadelphia, PA 2300 Arena
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- NWA Champion Nick Aldis appeared to start the show, he will defend his NWA World’s Championship against PJ Black on ROH TV in the coming weeks.
- Juice Robinson defeated PJ Black at 11:04. After the match, Robinson announced that the ROH crowd would be seeing more of him.
- Shane Taylor defeated Mike Law at 0:34.
- A promo with Flip Gordon and Colt Cabana is up next. Flip announced that he would be cashing in his opportunity at the ROH World Championship. Kenny King came out and began to clap back at Flip. The two appear headed to a meeting at the 17th annual PPV.
- Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO, and Brody King) defeated Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheeseburger, Eli Isom, and Ryan Nova) at 11:41. The original match was scheduled to be Villian Enterprises vs. The Kingdom. However, Taven put SSS in the spot.
- The show ended with Bully Ray in front of a fire. He claims that he never quit in his I Quit match with Flip Gordon.
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•ROH in the Media
Not much ROH talent in the media this week.
•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING ROH
“On the Road Again.” This week, Harley R. Pageot and Emily Fear discuss all three Road to G1 Supercard shows from Texas including the 2019 Tag Wars tournament, MVP making a surprise debut to team with Kenny King, whether Dalton Castle could ever turn heel, and Villain Enterprises and Lifeblood quickly climbing the ranks over other established teams. Plus: elevator pitches for proposed spin-offs Tapping Honor and Barking Honor.
-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.
This is a pretty cool matchup.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 30, 2019
Oh No! Hopefully Cheeseburger wasn’t too far along.
BIG if true.
Love these guys. https://t.co/tNFpC72V83
— KENTA (@HideoItami) January 25, 2019
Yes they do.
Boys love Bologna… pic.twitter.com/i6Jv1OgD2O
— Dalton Castle (@theDALTONcastle) January 29, 2019
I am going to be short and sweet this week.
I like that all live events are streamable on Honor Club. I truly think that is a new and innovative way to build a product, but no one has time to watch ten hours of ROH content over three nights. Especially on a weekend with an NXT Takeover event, and the Royal Rumble.
These events should still be watchable, but not every night of a tour needs to have implications and “must-see” matches. One out of three shows being set up like that is fine.
It is nearly impossible to get new fans to watch the product if every show is like this. My recommendation is to show everything. Make true PPV’s truly special, make major house shows something that happen once a month, and have everything else on Honor Club.
This type of schedule makes it easy to push storylines on shows that everyone will watch. Instead of how it is at the moment, where a majority of fans see updates via Twitter because they couldn’t watch night two of a three night tour.
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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