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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
- Shane Taylor became the new ROH World Television Champion over the weekend during the War of the Worlds tour. See below for full results of the tour.
- Former ROH Officials Paul Turner and Christina Meyers have left ROH in recent weeks. Both have been hired by AEW. See Sean Radican’s full report HERE.
•Live Event Results
ROH/NJPW War of the World Tours (4 Stops)
Night 1 Buffalo, NY (5/8/19)
- PJ Black defeated Alex Coughlin
- Kelly Klein (c) defeated Kate Carney to retain the WOH World Championship
- TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia defeated Karl Fredericks & Clark Connors
- Shane Taylor defeated Hikuleo
- Evil & Sanda defeated Mark Haskins & Tracey Williams
- Rush defeated Silas Young
- Villain Enterprises (c) defeated Yuji Nagata & Satoshi Kojima & Jeff Cobb to retain the ROH World Six-Man Tag-Team Titles
- G.O.D (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) defeated Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham to retain the ROH World Tag-Team Chapionships
- Flip Gordon defeated Bandido
Night 2 Toronto, ON (5/9/19)
- Bullet Club (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Hikuleo) defeated Karl Fredericks & Alex Coughlin & Clark Conners
- Yuji Nagata won via DQ versus Silas Young
- Evil & Sanada defeated TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia
- Rush defeated PJ Black
- The Briscoes defeated Mark Haskins & Tracey Williams
- Jay Lethal defeated Satoshi Kojima
- Shane Taylor defeated Jeff Cobb (c) & Hirooki Goto & Brody King to become the new ROH World Television Champion
- Matt Taven (c) defeated PCO to retain the ROH World Championship
Night 3 Grand Rapids, MI (5/11/19)
- Coast 2 Coast defeated Alex Coughlin & Karl Fredericks
- Kelly Klein (c) defeated Stacy Shadows to retain the WOH World Championship
- Dalton Castle defeated Cheesburger and Clark Connors
- The Kingdom defeated Bullet Club
- Flip Gordon defeated Rhett Titus
- Evil & Sanda defeated The Bouncers
- Tracey Williams defeated Rush & Eli Isom & PJ Black
- Team Jay Lethal defeated Team ROH Heels
- Matt Taven (c) defeated Mark Haskins to retain the ROH World Championship
Night 4 Chicago, IL (5/12/19)
- Flip Gordon defeated Karl Fredericks
- Kenny King defeated Jay Lethal
- The Bouncers defeated Alex Coughlin & Clark Connors, Coast 2 Coast, and The Kingdom
Evil & Sanda defeated Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata
- G.O.D (c) defeated The Briscoes to retain the ROH World Tag-Team Championships
- Allysin Kay (c) defeated Marti Belle to retain the NWA Women’s Championship
- Bully Ray & Shane Taylor defeated Mark Haskins & Tracey Williams
- Colt Cabana (c) and James Storm’s match ended in a no contest. Cabana retained the NWA National Championship as a result.
- Hirooki Got defeated Hikuleo
- Mark Haskins, Tracey Williams, and PJ Black defeated Shinobi Shadow Squad (Cheesburger, Eli Isom, and Ryan Nova)
- Jeff Cobb defeated Jay Lethal, PCO, and Rush to become the #1 contender for the ROH World Chapionship
•Upcoming Major Show(s)
ROH has two shows upcoming in the Pacific Northwest in the beginning of June.
- 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
- ROH Best In The World (PPV Event) 6/28/19 in Baltimore, MD at UMBC Event Center
- ROH Best In The World (TV Taping) 6/29/19 in Philadelphia, PA at 2300 Arena
- ROH Manhattan Mayhem (Live Event) 7/20/19 in New York, NY at Hammerstein Ballroom
- ROH Mass Hysteria (Live Event) 7/21/19 in Lowell, MA at Lowell Memorial Auditorium
All current live events are located on rohwrestling.com
•Latest TV Highlights: 5/12/19 ROH Wrestling
ROH TV Results
May 12th, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- The Bouncers defeated Coast 2 Coast & Shinobi Shadow Squad at 8:31
- Three recaps (Flip Winning the Sea of Honor Tournament, Lifeblood V. Bully Ray, and Kenny King winning the Honor Rumble) from the last 6 months of ROH were shown.
- Josh Woods defeated Flex Simmons at 0:36
- Bandido defeated Shane Taylor (c) at 12:06 in a non-title match
Click HERE to read our full report.
•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING ROH
“Down To Fight.” This week, Emily Fear and Charlie Patrick discuss all four War of the Worlds events, the next challengers to Matt Taven’s world title, Shane Taylor winning the television title, G.O.D. as the ROH tag champions, the return of Josh Woods, an overabundance of referees getting distracted and guys getting hit in the head with metal objects, and a whole lot more.
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Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
That was a close one, but Taven made the save on this one.
— Matt Taven (@MattTaven) May 15, 2019
Marty, that guy has a family.
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) May 15, 2019
This is pretty funny.
Meme Taven. pic.twitter.com/mfvABQKX7x
— allie (@zigglersaura) May 14, 2019
The most recent ROH/NJPW tour has wrapped up, and I can’t help but to think about the increasing lack of talent that New Japan is sending over on every tour. It seems clear to me that NJPW is increasingly discounting their partnership with ROH. This is no doubt due to their interest in North America expansion.
With the opening days of the 2019 G1 Tournament taking place in Dallas, TX, New Japan has almost no incentive to build up the brand of ROH. As soon, if not already, New Japan is the larger company in the US and Canada. Will we see a continued decline in Japanese talent on these tours? Or will we see a break between the two companies in the next year or so?
ROH is continuing to build a relationship with the NWA, which to me seems like an active acknowledgment that the ROH brass are feeling the way that I do about the NJPW partnership.
What have you? Am I way off, or do you not really care one way or the other?
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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