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
- Fite, a top streaming service for combat sports and pro wrestling, and ROH have announced a joint “long-term” partnership. Consumers will be able to subscribe to Honor Club through the Fite app and its subsequent website.
- Honor Rising 2019 took place in Tokyo, Japan in Korakuen Hall. The event took place on the 22nd and 23rd. See below for full results from both nights of the event.
- It has been announced that Mayu Iwatani will defend her WOH World Championship against Kelly Klein at the 17th anniversary PPV
- ROH announced State of the Art in the Pacific Northwest. Two shows have been announced. One in Kent, WA and the other in Portland, OR. The dates are in June.
•Live Event Results
Honor Rising 2019 took place on February 22nd and 23rd in Tokyo, Japan in Korakuen Hall
- Marty Scurll defeated Ren Narita at 11:33
- Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Shota Umnio at 13:56
- Jushin Thunder Liger and Jonathan Gresham defeated Bullet Club (Taiji Ishimori and Robbie Eagles) at 5:27
- Lifeblood (Juice Robinson and David Finlay), Tomoaki Honma and Toa Henare defeated The Briscoes (Mark & Jay Briscoe) and Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa) at 12:14
- Taguchi Japan (Togi Makabe, Toru Yano and Ryusuke Taguchi) (c) defeated Colt Cabana, Delirious and Cheesburger at 10:16 to retain the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championships.
- Will Ospreay (c) defeated Dalton Castle at 17:30 to retain the NEVER Openweight Championship.
- Jeff Cobb (c) defeated Hirooki Goto at 13:52 to retain the ROH World Television Championship.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada and Jay Lethal defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) at 14:10
- Jonathan Gresham and Toa Henare defeated Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. and Taka Michinoku) at 12:20
- Marty Scurll defeated Robbie Eagles at 8:55
- Toru Yano and Colt Cabana defeated Delirious and Cheesburger at 10:09
- Chaos (Hirooki Goto and WIll Ospreay) defeated Jeff Cobb and Dalton Castle at 11:45
- Los Ingobernables de Japón (Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi) defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia) at 11:50
- Jay Lethal (c) defeated TK O’Ryan at 10:52 to retain the ROH World Championship
- Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa) defeated Los Ingobernables de Japón (Evil and Sanada) (c) at 20:26 to become the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag-Team Champions
- The Briscoes (Mark and Jay Briscoe) (c) defeated Lifeblood (Juice Robinson and David Finlay) at 17:13 to retain The ROH World Tag-Team Championship
•Upcoming Major Show: ROH 17th Anniversary PPV
ROH 17th Anniversary PPV
3/17/19 at 6pm
Las Vegas, NV at Sam’s Town
5 Matches have been announced for ROH’s 17th Anniversary PPV:
- Jay Lethal (c) vs. Matt Taven for the ROH World Championship
- Bandido vs. Rush
- The Briscoes (c) vs. Villain Enterprises (PCO and Brody King) for the ROH Tag Team Championship.
- Marty Scurll vs. Kenny King
- Mayu Iwatani (c) vs. Kelly Klein for the WOH World Championship.
- 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
- The Crockett Cup (Honor Club Event) 4/27/19 in Concord, NC at Cabarrus Arena
- ROH War of the Worlds (Honor Club Event) 5/8/19 in Buffalo, NY at Buffalo Riverworks
- ROH War of the Worlds (Honor Club Event) 5/9/19 in Toronto, ON Canada at Ted Reeve Arena
- ROH War of the Worlds (Honor Club Event) 5/11/19 in Grand Rapids, MI at Deltaplex
- ROH War of the Worlds (Honor Club Event) 5/12/19 in Chicago, IL at The Odeum In Villa Park
- ROH State of the Art (Honor Club Event) 6/1/19 in Kent, WA at Showare Center
- ROH State of the Art (Honor Club Event) 6/2/19 in Portland, OR at Viking Pavilion
All current live events are located on rohwrestling.com
•Latest TV Highlights: 2/24/19 ROH Wrestling
ROH TV Results
Feb. 24th, 2019
Atlanta, GA at Center Stage
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- Madison Rayne defeated Sumie Sakai and Jenny Rose at 8:48
- Tenille Dashwood joins the commentary team for the main event of the show.
- Lifeblood (Juice Robinson, Bandidio, Mark Haskins, Tracy Williams, and David Finlay) defeated Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb, Dalton Castle, Flip Gordon, and Jonathan Gresham at 24:36
- Dashwood went to the ring and joined Lifeblood as they shook hands with the losing team, sans Dalton Castle and The Boys
Click this link to read our full report pwtorch.com
•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING ROH
“Kelly Klein.” This week, Emily Fear and Harley R. Pageot talk to “The Gatekeeper” Kelly Klein about the origins of Camp Klein, intergender wrestling, and goals for Women of Honor in 2019. Plus: discussions on the Honor Rising shows from Japan, the first announced match for Madison Square Garden, Lifeblood vs. Jay Lethal & friends in a ten-man tag, and Dalton Castle’s losing streak.
-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 quality shirt
— Dalton Castle (@theDALTONcastle) February 27, 2019
I’m curious how the Taven fans will feel if he doesn’t win at 17th anniversary show
— Mary-Kate Anthony (@marykayfabe) February 27, 2019
Congrats to Ian and his family
I’m here for this entire video
Monday Night PCO and Destro.
PCO undergoes a very unique chops training by his creator D.Destro !#BeFormlessBeShapelessBeLikeWater #CreatorCreatureCreationAs1#VE #VillainEnterprises pic.twitter.com/0qPvNsvAn2
— PCO (@PCOisNotHuman) February 25, 2019
What will main event G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden?
Based on this past week’s Honor Rising shows, I would not be surprised if Jay White vs. Okada main events the show.
The IWGP Heavyweight titles headlined Night 2 of Honor Rising, while the ROH World Championship was the 6th of 8 matches.
I think that the IWGP title should headline the show. But, if that happens, ROH is admitting that NJPW is the bigger promotion stateside. I would agree that NJPW is a more prestigious promotion, but I do think that ROH main eventing this show would be a huge boost to ROH and the eventual winner of the ROH title.
What do you think? Let me know @ringoftyler on twitter.
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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