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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
- This past Friday was the annual Best in the World PPV. Full results are below.
- The next set of TV shows were taped on Saturday in Philadelphia, PA. If you are interested in spoilers, feel free to check them out over at the Wrestling Observer HERE.
•Live Event Results
ROH Best in the World PPV
UMBC Event Center
- Rush defeated Flip Gordon at 10:20
- Dalton Castle defeated Dragon Lee at 14:20
- The Allure (Mandy Leon & Angelina Love) defeated Kelly Klein & Jenny Rose at 9:30
- Kenny King defeated Jay Lethal at 14:35
- Jonathan Gresham defeated Silas Young at 17:55
- The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) & The team of The NWA World’s champion Nick Aldis & Eli Drake ended in a double count out at 11:00
- Shane Taylor (c) defeated Bandido at 12:40 to retain the ROH Television Championship
- Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, Brody King, and PCO) defeated Lifeblood (Mark Haskins, Tracey Williams, and PJ Black) at 16:55 to retain to ROH Six-Man Tag-Team Championships
- Matt Taven (c) defeated Jeff Cobb at 9:50 to retain the ROH World Championship
•Upcoming Major Show(s)
ROH Summer Supercard (PPV Event)
Mattamy Athletic Centre
Toronto, ON 7:30pm
No matches have been announced for this show yet.
- 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
- ROH Saturday Night at Center Stage (TV Taping) 8/24/19 in Atlanta, GA at Center Stage
- ROH Honor for All (Live Event) 8/25/19 in Nashville, TN at the Nashville Fairgrounds Arena
- ROH Live (Live Event) 9/6/19 in Dearborn, MI at Ford Community Center
- ROH Live (Live Event) 9/7/19 in Chicago, IL at Odeum Expo Center
- ROH Live (Live Event) 9/8/19 in Milwaukee, WI at Potawatomi Casino
All current live events are located on rohwrestling.com.
•Latest TV Highlights: 6/16/19 ROH Wrestling
ROH TV Results
June 30th, 2019
Kent, WA at Showare Center
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- PCO won via DQ against Jay Briscoe at 9:26
- Mark Haskins and Jeff Cobb had promos about their upcoming match.
- Josh Woods and “#1” Brian Johnson have a segment backstage.
- Shane Taylor & Silas Young defeated Coast 2 Coast (Shaheem ALi & LSG) at 9:00
- Jeff Cobb defeated Mark Haskins at 14:15
Click HERE to read Harley R. Pageot’s full report.
•ROH in the Media
Matt Taven’s Podcast “Take a Bump,” 18th episode came out this week. Check it out! LINK
•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH DAILYCAST COVERING ROH
“Interns & Understudies.” This week, Harley R. Pageot and Emily Fear discuss the Best in the World PPV in its entirety including title matches, Flip Gordon joining Villain Enterprises, Maria Manic’s debut, and a nine-match card that resulted in a ten-minute main event. Plus: listener mail on the PPV and NJPW’s G1 Climax.
•Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
This was almost the move of the night.
This was the move of the night.
— Rich Fann II (@Rich_Fann) July 2, 2019
This Tupac-inspired shirt is kinda amazing.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) July 3, 2019
“I believe that the Best in the World PPV is either going to be a turning point for ROH, or a continuation of its downward trend.”
This was how I started last week’s commentary. Unfortunately, The Best in the World PPV was a continuation of ROH’s downward trend. Almost every match had a poorly booked ending, or was simply not exciting (Pure Rules match, I’m looking at you).
Two matches were good. Taylor and Bandido stole the show; and the six-man tag match was good, until the post match stuff at least. The main event was under ten minutes and destroyed Jeff Cobb’s undefeated record, for almost no reason. Objectively, it makes no sense to book Cobb so strong for months to simply make Taven look chicken-ish heel strong.
At the moment, ROH feels like ’00 & ’01 WCW. We have almost no clean finishes on PPVs. All the matches are slow, boring, and short. The storylines are underdeveloped and essentially don’t matter. The way Taven chose to work his match with Cobb reminded me so much of Hollywood Hogan, minus the charisma; just the match quality.
If you read the spoilers for the Philadelphia TV tapings, then you know that nothing too extraordinary or exciting is happening any time soon in the world of ROH. Which is really what makes 2019 ROH look like 2001 WCW.
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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