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 by fightful.com that Jonathan Gresham has been working without a contract for some time now. The two sides are trying to come to terms at the moment. But, with the wrestling industry in flux at the moment. This is an interesting space to watch.
- This weekend ROH is putting on two shows for a live audience and on Honorclub. They are both taking place in the Pacific Northwest. More details on these events below.
•Live Event Results
There were no live shows this week.
•Upcoming Major Show(s)
State of the Art – Kent, Wa
Kent, WA (6/1/19)
Showare Center at 7pm
- Matt Taven (c) vs. Tracey Williams for the ROH World Title
- Jay Lethal vs. Kenny King
- Colt Cabana (c) vs. Mark Briscoe for the NWA National Title
- TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia vs. Beer City Bruiser & Brawler Milonas
State of the Art – Portland, OR
Portland, OR (6/2/19)
Viking Pavilion at 7pm
- Matt Taven (c) vs. PCO & Flip Gordon & Mark Haskins in a Defy or Deny match
- Jay Lethal vs. Jay Briscoe
- Tag Team Gauntlet Match featuring: The Bouncers, The Kingdom, Coast 2 Coast, Shane Taylor & Silas Young, and Rush & Dalton Castle
- Jeff Cobb vs. PJ Black
- 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
- ROH Summer Supercard 8/9/19 in Toronto, ON at Mattamy Athletic Centre
All current live events are located on rohwrestling.com
•Latest TV Highlights: 5/26/19 ROH Wrestling
ROH TV Results
May 26th, 2019
Chicago, IL at the Odeum
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- Flip Gordon defeated Karl Fredericks at 7:00
- A video recap of the botched, non-botched finish of Taven and PCO’s world title match is shown
- A video showing Shane Taylor pin Brody King to win the ROH TV Title is shown
- Jeff Cobb came out and actually was allowed to talk! Matt Taven came out, and appeared to start a long term story with Cobb.
- Backstage segments with Jay Lethal and Kenny King are aired to promote the best of three match between the two.
- A video recap of G.O.D and The Briscoes match for the ROH Tag Team Title is shown
- Silas Young beat up a guy named Baxter Delafonte
- Kenny King defeated Jay Lethal at 15:49 to go up 1-0 in their best of three series
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•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING ROH
“Tracy Williams.” This week, Emily Fear and Charlie Patrick discuss Kenny King vs. Jay Lethal in a best of 3 series and where both men currently stand in ROH, Jeff Cobb calling out Matt Taven, Silas Young teaching us how to get disqualified, and Los Ingobernables del América. Plus: they chat with “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams about indie wrestling, Lifeblood, and his first ROH World Championship challenge this Saturday.
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•Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
Pretty Cool Moment for Jay
— Jay Lethal (@TheLethalJay) May 29, 2019
Welp, Taven had a title run
— brendan the writing warrior (@coolguysince01) May 29, 2019
Good job by Marty keeping relevant in ROH while he is overseas
The hunt for the fourth member of Villain Enterprises continues… pic.twitter.com/1Lf7XQxS4t
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) May 29, 2019
AEW’s first event is the talk of the wrestling industry. While this is great for the business as a whole, is it great for the smaller companies like ROH? The old adage is that a rising tide lifts all boats. While it seems like that will be the case for the wrestling industry, does anyone know for sure that this will actually happen?
In one weekend AEW has more clout and prestige than ROH has had in 17 years. If you disagree with me, I would like to have a debate with you. I am a huge ROH fan. I mean, I write a weekly recap for the company because I enjoy following it. With two promotions now active and in search of talent, what happens to ROH?
More so than that, who in ROH is able to make news in the way the WWE and AEW talent are able to? Jon Moxley has taken the IWC by storm with his episode on Talk Is Jericho; when is the last time that someone other than Cody and The Young Bucks have made even 5% of Moxley’s impact on the Wrestling fanbase?
Is there anyone currently in ROH that has even a shred of star power? When I say star power, I mean within the hardcore wrestling fanbase. Try to think of one performer that you feel has any reach outside of ROH TV, Honor Club events, or on Twitter. Does your friend ever text you, “OMG, did you see that video Matt Taven did? Did you hear that Podcast that Shane Taylor was on? Did you see Rush on Instagram?”
I am not saying this is the end-all be-all for ROH and its performers, but the lack of newsworthy things happening outside of ROH, as well as the feeling that you really never need watch ROH live, has hurt the company. But, just like WWE, it appears that ROH is happening to coast by. Here’s to hoping ROH gets a positive bump as a result of AEW.
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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