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By James Bullock Mar 18, 2018 - 7:26 AM print


Welcome to another edition of The ROHbot Report – the only article you need for all the Ring of Honor news you have to know. ROH returned to Las Vegas for the company to celebrate the company’s sixteenth birthday with a pay-per-view & TV taping. Lets find out what ROH has prepared heading into wrestling’s biggest weekend of the year.

16th Anniversary TV Taping Results; March 10th, 2018; Las Vegas
- Kelly Klein defeated Mandy Leon in a Women of Honor Championship tournament quarterfinal match
- Hangman Page & Marty Scurll defeated The Boys
- Flip Gordon defeated Scorpio Sky
- Sumie Sakai defeated Kagetsu in a Women of Honor Championship tournament quarterfinal match
- ROH Tag Team champions The Briscoes defeated ROH World champion Dalton Castle & ROH Television champion Kenny King
- Cheeseburger vs. Kikutaro went to a no contest
- Mayu Iwatani defeated Deonna Purrazzo in a Women of Honor Championship tournament quarterfinal match
- Punishment Martinez defeated Shane Taylor
- Jay Lethal defeated Caprice Coleman
- Matt Taven defeated Christopher Daniels and Cody in a triple threat match
- Hiromu Takahashi defeated Frankie Kazarian
- The Young Bucks defeated The Kingdom to a win a tag team gauntlet 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 “16th Anniversary” weekend with a taping setting the stage for its biggest event ever in “Supercard of Honor XII”. Not only were several bouts for the show confirmed, but the action seen during the show also garnered some high praise including a match with really no story leading into it that we know of as of this time in Jay Lethal vs. Caprice Coleman. The bout was said to be “surprisingly long”, yet had the fans on the edges of their seats by the end. When it came to the main event angles, Kenny Omega made his presence known midway through the taping to start a brawl with Cody. Kenny King’s problems with Silas Young continued throughout the taping. And even Flip Gordon buried the hatchet with The Young Bucks after his match with Scorpio Sky. There have definitely been some surprising moments thus far in the Women of Honor title tournament when it comes to announcements, but nothing in-ring is more shocking than Sumie Sakai’s veteran underdog story seeing her overcome Kagetsu during this taping. A lot of die-hard women’s/joshi wrestling fans lamented over the outcome, but there’s a chance Kagetsu wouldn’t be able to have a second tournament match in the States at an appropriate time. This taping also saw the shocking exit of Deonna Purrazzo from the tournament. “The Globe Trotter” was one of the favorites to win the entire thing and she went out in the second round. There might be a more shocking outcome to the inaugural Women of Honor title tournament after all.

There do seem to be some problems with ROH’s long-term planning when it comes to this taping; specifically the handling of certain characters like Shane Taylor. The guy has the power to destroy people when paid, but continuously loses on TV while men like Punishment Martinez fail to keep a winning streak; just picking up victories every other time. There was also no visible follow-up to Austin Aries challenging Kenny King for the World TV title (no Aries showing, no “Supercard of Honor” match announcement). Though it probably was and will be fun on TV, the Tag Team Gauntlet to close the taping and prove to probably be the episode that airs either the week of or after “SCOH” just feels like lazy booking. We’ll have to wait & see what happens when everything plays out.

Supercard of Honor XII will emanate from the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA on Saturday April 7! Like last year’s history-making event, this event will feature high profile stars and very special matches for all of our fans around the world including the ROH World Championship bout when Dalton Castle defends against Marty Scurll!

2016’s “Reach for the Sky” tour was historic for ROH for a variety of reasons including the ROH in-ring debut of Marty Scurll. Standing across the ring from “The Villain” was none other than one of ROH’s most charismatic grapplers of all time in Dalton Castle. Though Scurll was tested on that night, it wasn’t enough for Castle to pull out the victory and spoil what would become a groundbreaking weekend for Scurll as he’d parlay the win into a Television Championship reign only two nights later. Though it seemed inevitable their paths would cross again sooner than later, but later occurred before sooner thanks to the events of “War of the Worlds” in May where the TV title scene was shaken up by Kushida defeating Scurll for the title only two nights after Castle won a Four Corner Survival on pay-per-view in a match that featured the future TV champ. Three months after “The Villain” failed to retain the TV title, Kushida defended his championship in a match that also included Scurll, Castle and Hiromu Takahashi. While “The Peacock” and Scurll physically interacted during the show, it wasn’t until the next night in Edinburgh when things got personal as Castle answering Cody open challenge for a future World title shot drew not only the champ’s ire, but the entire The Bullet Club’s – leading to an attack on Castle that put Dalton out of action for the past two months.
The “Peacock” returned with his focus being on dethroning Cody as the ROH World champion. In hopes of stopping Castle’s intent before it could even begin, Scurll stepped up and attempted to put Dalton down. The night was not Scurll’s, putting their budding rivalry at 1-1. So it only made sense that when Castle did become the ROH World champion, Marty Scurll took his chance to campaign for a title shot – an opportunity at a championship that he never fought for during his entire time in ROH thus far. Ignoring the loss prior to “Final Battle”, Scurll went about constantly reminding Castle that the first time they did battle it was “The Villain’s” hands raised in victory while trying to coerce would-be champions such as Punishment Martinez and Jay Lethal for the same title match. The inevitable third clash is now officially set and it’s the biggest match of them all for Castle and Scurll as the World title will be on the line. Both of their previous matches have been strong encounters, but the stakes weren’t as high; let alone the stage as grand. Many a ROH fan believes Marty Scurll is the next ROH World champion and that belief could become reality before the show’s end. But it would be a shame to see “The Peacock Era” end so soon. It’s really anyone’s match and could be the definitive showcase of a rivalry that fans will forever associate with this time in ROH history.

Kota Ibushi makes his ROH return at “Supercard of Honor XII”, taking on The Bullet Club’s Adam Page!

Following wrestling’s biggest weekend of the year, Ring of Honor made a fantastic announcement that then-rising star Kota Ibushi would be making his ROH debut. Ibushi’s match with El Generico that night became a highlight for not only those in attendance, but also anyone who witnessed it on DVD. Unfortunately it would be the last time Ibushi appeared in a ROH ring. A lot has changed in those ten years as Kota became a globetrotting freelancer picking up championships wherever he went including in his current home of New Japan. In those ten years Ibushi also joined forces with another wrestler many believed could have the sport wrapped around their fingers, forming The Golden Lovers alongside Kenny Omega. Like so many tag teams, their time together was only temporary and after they went their separate ways so did their ideologies … until recently. With a schism occurring in The Bullet Club, members like Adam Page have chosen their side between Omega and Cody while Ibushi & “The Cleaner” have reunited. 2018 thus far has been a mixed bag for “The Hangman”. For every success like skyrocketing to top U.S. title contender status in New Japan, Page has suffered a setback like losing the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship. For Page, this match is more than about wins & losses; it’s about loyalty. For all the major, impressive matches already announced for this event there’s a great chance this is the bout that steals the show thanks to Ibushi’s obvious talents and Page reaching a new height in his abilities as of late.

A battle between ROH and New Japan will go down in New Orleans when the returning Tomohiro Ishii takes on Punishment Martinez!

ROH has already delivered on a heavy hitting match being a part of “Supercard of Honor”; now they have the “Stone Pitbull” coming to New Orleans for his first ROH Stateside appearance in over a year. Ishii is not only one best representatives of New Japan, he’s also a former ROH Television champion who has defeated the likes of Roderick Strong in his short time competing in a ROH ring. A year ago Punishment Martinez was simply a man trying to establish himself as a member of the ROH roster. It was during the “Honor Rising” tour that something happened for Martinez that opened the eyes of many fans in regards to his ability. Ironically enough, Martinez’s failure to secure the NEVER Openweight championship during that tour happened because of Punishment being unable to overcome one of Ishii’s greatest opponents in Hirooki Goto. Since that star-making performance, Martinez has risen through the ranks of ROH while trying to establish himself as a force across the globe including Japan. Just like the Goto-Martinez match from last year this one should be as hard-hitting as they come with Martinez potentially picking up a big victory that could international implications.

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And there you have it. Show that love, or like, for The ROHbot Report and Honor Nation on its Facebook page. Also, if haven’t already, make sure you listen to the latest FREE “Honor Nation” as I talk about WWE “Fastlane”, ROH’s “16th Anniversary” and more (http://www.wewantinsanity.com/am2/publish/free_audio/32_Mins_Honor_Nation_Fastlanes_Anniversaries_Baseball_Bats.shtml). And don’t forget to send those questions in for the next “Honor Nation either through the comments section below, on Facebook (The ROHbot Report and Honor Nation on its Facebook page), on Twitter (@fasjab), or by e-mailing me at Bullock@wewantinsanity.com.
Here’s to a great week for you and yours; and as always, thanks for reading.

Till Then.



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