The ROHbot Report: Final Battle Aftermath, Manhattan Mayhem Returns, and More
By James Bullock Dec 11, 2016 - 9:52 AM
(ROHbot Report Note: For the ninth year in a row, the coveted Honor Sprockets will be up for grabs in The ROHbot Report Year End Awards one week from today. The categories include Breakout Star of the Year, Feud of the Year, Event of the Year, Match of the Year, Biggest Story of the Year, Tag Team of the Year, and, of course, Wrestler of the Year. Feel free to share your thoughts and who & what should take the awards.)
Welcome to another edition of The ROHbot Report – the only article you need for all the Ring of Honor news you have to know. It’s the biggest weekend of the year for ROH as it produced not only the “Final Battle 2016” pay-per-view, but also a TV taping that saw the immediate fallout from the big event. Lets find out what went down last night when Ring of Honor returned to the city of its birth.
“Final Battle Aftermath” TV Taping Results; December 4th, 2016; Philadelphia, PA - The Tempura Boyz (Sho & Yo) defeated Coast To Coast (Leon St. Giovanni & Shaheem Ali) in a YouTube exclusive Episode 1 - Decade of Excellence Tournament: Christopher Daniels defeated Mark Briscoe - Lio Rush defeated Caprice Coleman - reDragon & Dalton Castle defeated The Bullet Club (Adam Cole & The Young Bucks) - Deonna Purrazzo defeated Sumie Sakai - Decade of Excellence Tournament: Jay Briscoe defeated BJ Whitmer Episode 2 - Beer City Bruiser & Silas Young defeated Alex Reynolds & Jon Silver - The Kingdom defeated Will Ferrara, Cheeseburger & Joey Daddiego - Decade of Excellence Tournament: Chris Sabin defeated Colt Cabana Episode 3 - Lio Rush, Jay White & Donovan Dijak defeated The Rebellion (Kenny King, Caprice Coleman & Rhett Titus) - Cody (Rhodes) defeated Steve Corino - Decade of Excellence Tournament: Jay Lethal defeated Jushin Liger - Taeler Hendrix defeated Mandy Leon in a No DQ match Episode 4 - ROH World Television champion Marty Scurll defeated Jonathan Gresham by submission - Decade of Excellence Tournament: Christopher Daniels defeated Chris Sabin - Kushida defeated Dragon Lee and Will Ospreay in a Triple Threat match
You know the routine – I’m not going to judge too harshly about what happened during the TV taping without actually seeing the product these tapings were done for. With that being stated, Ring of Honor finished its biggest weekend of the year by returning to the city of its birth for what would not only be the final TV taping of 2016, but also the episodes that’ll kick off 2017 for the company. Throughout the tapings were the beginning stages of Kyle O’Reilly’s ROH World title reign as challengers were not only established, but the main event for ROH’s “15th Anniversary” came closer to realization. First there was the opening segment taped where Adam Cole and Bobby Fish staked their claims at future title opportunities due to Cole being the most recent former champion and Fish winning this year’s Survival of the Fittest tournament. Elsewhere was ROH’s “Decade of Excellence” tournament featuring some of the men synonymous with ROH and its brand of action over the course of, at least, twelve years. Christopher Daniels – who has embraced the fact that his career is winding down and needs that missing golden moment to make it a complete experience by winning the ROH World Championship – had the most success in the tournament thus far by overcoming old rivals and two men who were also fighting for that missing piece that makes their careers complete in Mark Briscoe and Chris Sabin respectively. The tournament finals are scheduled for the next taping in Atlanta. Someone who won’t be a part of the Atlanta tapings is Steve Corino. With rumors running rampant that he’ll be leaving ROH by the year’s end, Corino had one last chance to prove himself a true legend against the son of a bona fide great – a man who witnessed his father bleed in battle over a decade ago in ECW against “The King of Old School”. Cody took a simple challenge and made it into Corino’s potential final stand. Where Cody goes from here will be interesting, as there’s a chance he could be a ROH champion before 2017’s end. In regards to the other current champions – The Young Bucks were confronted by not Matt Hardy in the flesh, but one of his biggest helpers, Vanguard-1. But the drone with a spirit – according to Hardy – was super kicked into oblivion. TV champion Marty Scurll and Six-Man Tag Team titleholders The Kingdom all had successful nights, as well as potential ROH title challenger Kushida who produced the match fans were raving about on Twitter. The Women of Honor got a chance to showcase its division’s sole ongoing feud where Taeler Hendrix – who has apparently aligned herself with Kevin Sullivan’s crew – bested her long-time adversary Many Leon in what was reported as being a very barbaric No Disqualification match that may or may not air on ROH TV. The fan response during and after the tapings were incredibly positive and should give anyone high hopes that it not only translates well on TV, but sets the stage for an impressive 2017 from both the in-ring and storyline perspectives.
Kyle O’Reilly defending the ROH World Championship against Adam Cole will take place at the January 4th NJPW “Wrestle Kingdom” show.
Somewhat following the tradition set last year, the ROH World Championship will be defended on the biggest card of the year for New Japan. Unlike last year’s bout, this will be the first defense of a new champion against someone who hasn’t established himself in New Japan in the same way Lethal and Elgin were a part of one-year prior. Hopefully this won’t mean American fans without the ability to watch (be it not being subscribers to New Japan World or even knowledgeable of the service) will miss out what could be a highly anticipated rematch if built correctly.
Silas Young signed a new 1-year contract with Ring of Honor. Young said the deal will allow him to take bookings outside of the United States, as long as they don’t conflict with his Ring Of Honor commitments.
This is fantastic news as Silas Young is one of those rare talents of untapped potential with a great amount of experience. Young’s had glimpses of greatness throughout 2016 be it as a tag team with Beer City Bruiser or by himself as seen when he won the Honor Rumble and almost became the new ROH World champion. Hopefully 2017 is even better for him and we might see the first “Last Real Man” of a ROH champion.
On Saturday, March 4, Manhattan Mayhem returns to the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom!
For the first time since 2013, the show title of “Manhattan Mayhem” will be utilized when ROH returns to the Hammerstein Ballroom – the site of the most recent “Manhattan Mayhem”. The event was originally used to reintroduce the New York audience to the budding popularity of ROH during 2005 with one of the greatest events in the company’s history then and even now. The 2007 sequel was just as phenomenal, only to be topped by a monumental iteration two years later where Austin Aries became the first two-time ROH World champion. In 2011, “Manhattan Mayhem IV” featured one of the most shocking title changes in ROH history. Last, but certainly not least, was the most recent version that saw a Tag Team title change and one of the most impressive non-televised events of the year. The standards are set incredibly high and it’ll be interesting to see what type of card is put together to see if they can outdo past greatness.
Colby Corino was arrested this past Saturday night in Tennessee for possession of a controlled substance.
Such terrible news following the recent rumor (and following the TV taping, practical confrontation) that Steve Corino is heading to WWE. Colby Corino, who competed in last year’s Top Prospect Tournament, was scheduled to head to Japan in January to train in the New Japan Dojo and potentially become a “young lion” in the same vein as Jay White, Kamaitachi & The Tempura Boyz. There’s a big chance Colby won’t be heading to Japan for what could’ve been the true beginning of a long career; but that might be for the best as he’s in a position where his life can go down two roads. This could and hopefully should be a wakeup call that allows Colby the chance to reach his potential in life, be it in wrestling or outside of the business. Here’s hoping that, no matter the setback, Colby Corino can get his life in order and doesn’t become another tragedy.
Future of Honor
Mandy Leon vs. Hania the Huntress
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