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By James Bullock Mar 10, 2018 - 10:20 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 is celebrating sixteen years of existence with a pay-per-view event and TV taping following a HonorClub exclusive event. Lets find out what went down in New York & Las Vegas over the course of a week!

“Manhattan Mayhem VII” Results; March 3rd, 2018; New York, NY
– The Briscoes defeated The Dawgs & Coast to Coast
– Tenille Dashwood & Deonna Purrazzo defeated Sumie Sakai & Jenny Rose
– Punishment Martinez defeated Soberano Jr.
– If Gordon Wins He’s Booked For All In: Cody Rhodes defeated Flip Gordon
– Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser, & Brian Milonas defeated Kenny King, Cheeseburger & Chuck Taylor
– Dalton Castle & Volador Jr. defeated Jay Lethal & Ultimo Guerrero
– Ultimate Mayhem Match: The Bullet Club defeated The Kingdom & Shane Taylor

Ring of Honor returned to the Hammerstein Ballroom for an event that wouldn’t just set the stage for its upcoming pay-per-view event, but also would showcase just how functional their HonorClub streaming service would be on a consistent basis as ever show going forward would air live on the ROH website (and eventually other streaming services). While the show itself had few technical glitches (mostly connected to the Q & A sessions where the fans could barely be heard or certain graphics coming up at the wrong times), the event’s most significant issues came due to travel as the main event was completely changed due to SoCal Uncensored being unable to make the show as well as Alex Shelley not being involved in the opening contest as Best Friends were voted to be the tag team partners of Kenny King (meaning The Briscoes didn’t have a chance to fight the Tag Team champions before the “16th Anniversary”). Even though Best Friends were voted as King’s partners for the evening, Beretta is suffering from a torn pectoral and could be out for quite a while. CMLL’s Soberano Jr. also had travel issues and only made it to the show shortly before his match began – one of the major reasons why the bout was so short not to mention the sickening elbow that caught Martinez on the head during a corkscrew plancha.
But for all the problems the show had it didn’t stop the men & women of ROH from delivering something special; specifically the final two bouts of the night and Cody vs. Flip Gordon for Gordon’s chance to wrestle at “All In”. The crowd was white-hot during the latter, hoping Gordon could get the spot he deserved on the “All In” card. A lot of humor was injected into the semi-main event where Ultimo Guerrero stole the match with his fan interactions; even getting the people to rally against him by going after the masked face of Volador Jr. and even power bombing him on the floor to counter a somersault plancha. Though Guerrero was fired up it was Volador’s Volador Spiral that helped his team attain victory without sacrificing a fall featuring the ROH World Championship competitors at the “16th Anniversary”. Not to be outdone was a War Games-style featuring The Kingdom replacing SoCal Uncensored taking on The Bullet Club’s Hung Bucks & Marty Scurll. The insanity that came from this one arguably stole the show and saw Page pin TK O’Ryan to win the bout for his team. While this “Manhattan Mayhem” didn’t have the same level of surprises like Eddie Edwards winning the ROH World title or The Hardyz returning to become the new ROH World Tag team champions last year, this proved to be one of best all-around ROH live events in quite some time – an early Show of the Year candidate for ROH.

“16th Anniversary” Results; March 9th, 2018; Las Vegas, NV
– Women of Honor Championship Tournament 1st Round Match: Sumie Sakai defeated Hana Kimura
– Women of Honor Championship Tournament 1st Round Match: Tenille Dashwood defeated Brandi Rhodes
– Hiromu Takahashi defeated Flip Gordon
– Marty Scurll defeated Punishment Martinez
– ROH Television Championship: Kenny King defeated Silas Young to retain
– ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (Las Vegas Street Fight): SoCal Uncensored defeated The Hung Bucks to become the new champions
– Cody defeated Matt Taven
– ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Briscoes defeated The Motor City Machine Guns to become the new champions
– ROH World Championship: Dalton Castle defeated Jay Lethal to retain

ROH’s first pay-per-view of 2018 delivered on both surprising moments and must-see bouts from the expected and hopeful as arguably the two biggest title matches stole the show from an in-ring perspective. The Six-Man Tag bout was as wild as wild could be, featuring SoCal Uncensored focusing on Matt’s back after he was sent through a table. With a man down, the trio from California broke The Bullet Club down and eventually won the match with a kendo stick-assisted dragon sleeper-Boston crab combination on Matt. This win officially makes Christopher Daniels a Grand Slam ROH title winner. Ironically enough, the quest for Grand Slam ROH champion status is a mission for “The Belt Collector” Austin Aries as the first two-time ROH World champion made a surprise return to ROH with a declaration of war to his old running buddy and protégé Kenny King after King retained his Television Championship against Silas Young in a solid bout that wasn’t as good as their ROH TV match. Aries’ return wasn’t the only surprise of the evening.
Before The Briscoes not-so-shockingly broke their own record to become nine-time ROH World Tag Team champions in a solid brawl with The Machine Guns, Matt Taven couldn’t overcome the cunning tactics of Cody as his attempt to shatter the dreams of Cody ended with him punting a steel cup. The failure to low blow Cody cost Taven and ended with him taking Cross Rhodes and the three count. With Barry the Drug-Free Bear by his side, Cody looked to celebrate; only to be attacked by Barry. BDFB revealed himself as none other than Kenny Omega; attacking Cody and even kissing Brandi Rhodes. As highly anticipated their match was before, Omega-Cody at “Supercard of Honor XII” has hit a whole new level of hype thanks to this unexpected collision in Las Vegas. Though not surprising, Dalton Castle successfully defended his ROH World title against Jay Lethal in the main event. Though they are two of the best ROH has to offer, the main event somehow exceeded expectations as Castle’s never-say-die attitude allowed for him to take everything the challenger threw at him until the very end where “The Peacock” blocked a second Lethal Injection with the Bang-A-Rang to retain his title via pin fall. Similar to the TV title scene, someone has already stepped up with the next challenge for the champ as Marty Scurll – who used his villainous cunning to defeat Punishment Martinez earlier in the night – declared himself the next top contender to the gold; capping off the show in proper fashion. There were some major technical issues due to high viewership early on, actually crashing the site for a period of time (some fans weren’t able to see the opening match). Hopefully ROH will learn from what went wrong here because they are going to need to make sure everything goes right during wrestling biggest weekend of the year. But when it comes to this event, the men & women of ROH delivered another strong, consistent showing that just kept getting better & better until the fitting finale. This definitely earns a solid recommendation.

One of the most decorated and intimidating stars in New Japan history returns to the United States and will compete at Supercard of Honor, Tomohiro Ishii! Ishii joins Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, and Kenny Omega as New Japan stars already signed to compete!

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. It should be an exciting sight to see Ishii taking on a potential fresh face like Punishment Martinez or Flip Gordon during this show.

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And there you have it. Here’s to a great week for you and yours; and as always, thanks for reading.

Till Then.



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