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The following article is part of our Weekly Overview Series to 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
- Joey Mercury had another series of tweets over the past week. The largest news item was “The List,” that Mercury posted. This list is allegedly the list of talent that will be let go by ROH in January. The list includes:
- “Brody *conditional” – My guess is that this is conditional on Scurll
- Crossed out name
- Crossed out name
- “Shane Taylor”
- “TK O’Ryan”
- “Tracey Williams”
- PCO was on Main Event Radio this week. He discussed ROH and how well they treat their employees. He also talked about how he would like ROH to compete more with WWE and AEW.
- Matt Taven was on the PWTorch VIP Podcast of Honor this week. He talked his lead up to Final Battle. He also talked about his run as World Champion.
•Live Event Results
There were no live shows this week.
•Upcoming Major Show(s)
ROH Final Battle
Baltimore, MD at UMBC Arena
- Rush (c) vs. PCO for the ROH World Championship
- The Briscoes (c) vs. Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham for the ROH World Tag-Team Championship
- Shane Taylor (c) vs. Dragon Lee for the ROH World Television Championship
- Matt Taven vs. Vincent
- Mark Haskins vs. Bully Ray in a Street Fight
- Jeff Cobb vs. Dan Maff
- Marty Scurll & Flip Gordon vs. Bandido & Flamita
- Angelina Love vs. Maria Manic
- Rhett Titus vs. Kenny King
- Dalton Castle & Joe Hendry vs. Silas Young & Josh Woods
ROH Final Battle Fallout
Philadelphia, PA at 2300 Arena
- Alex Shelly vs. Jonathan Gresham
- Bateman vs. Tracey Williams
- Flip Gordon vs. Rey Horus
- Dan Maff and Jeff Cobb vs. PCO and Marty Scurll
- Sumie Sakai vs. Nicole Savoy
- Mark Haskins vs. Hallowicked
- Crowbar in a match
- Dak Draper in a match
- ROH Final Battle (PPV) 12/13/19 in Baltimore, MD at the UMBC Event Center
- ROH Final Battle Fallout (TV Taping) in Baltimore, MD at the UMBC Event Center
- ROH Saturday at Center Stage (Honor Club Event) in Atlanta, GA at Center Stage
- ROH Honor Reigns Supreme (Honor Club Event) in Concord, NC at Cabarrus Arena
All current live events are located on rohwrestling.com.
•Latest TV Highlights: 12/8/19 ROH Wrestling
ROH TV Results
December 8th, 2019
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- Mark Haskins had an in-ring promo to set up his match with Bully Ray. Bully Ray handed cash to “The Mercenary” Flip Gordon. As a result, Gordon powerbombed Haskins through a table.
- Bateman defeated PJ Black. Bateman will face Tracey WIlliams at Fallout.
- Shane Taylor (c) defeated Danhausen to retain the ROH World Television Championship
Check out the full detailed recap by Jason Powell at prowrestling.net.
•ROH in the Media
Episode 2 of the PWTorch VIP podcast Podcast of Honor is up!
Ryan Sullivan and I preview the Final Battle PPV. They also interview former world champion Matt Taven. In the interview, Taven discusses his upcoming match against Vincent and where he goes next in ROH. Ryan and Tyler also discuss the Final Battle Fallout TV tapings that take place two days after the PPV.
•Social Media Scene
How many camera moves can they fit in one promo?
Final Battle is just a few days away!
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) December 11, 2019
What a handsome devil of an action figure.
Never mind the #Christmas decorations…how good would @theDALTONcastle look under your tree? Order the the brash and bold @ringofhonor star in time for the holidays! #ROH #MerryChristmas #HappyHolidays #ftctoys #figlife @FullyPoseable @WrestleFigNews https://t.co/L1ZuktcZH1 pic.twitter.com/RNiP7oN8UT
— Figures Toy Company (@FiguresToyCo) December 10, 2019
Wholesome meme fuel.
Final Battle is upon us. While in a vacuum this card is pretty exciting, there is almost no buzz for the show. This may be due to the stacked weekend. Final Battle on Friday, NWA’s Into the Fire on Saturday, and WWE’s TLC on Sunday.
I think that ROH will and should have the best show out of these three. But WWE is WWE, and NWA is having their first show since going weekly on YouTube. It is almost certain that ROH will have the lowest viewership as a result; no small part is the WWE is airing free programing on FOX at the same time.
ROH may need to look into running Saturday PPVs in the future to avoid competing with a few hundred thousand wrestling fans being glued to a free show. They could still do TV tapings on Sunday, like they are doing this weekend, to keep the cost effective way of getting talent in one weekend of the month.
If the show is not overly booked (I’m looking at you, Bully Ray Street Fight), I think this has the potential to be a moment where ROH starts to transition into a new era, one that is based on good wrestling and storylines, and not behind-the-scenes drama.
Tyler has been a wrestling fan for 20 years. He’s from Columbus, Ohio. His Twitter account is @ringoftyler and he hosts a podcast over at @tandbwrestling.
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