The ROHbot Report: Baltimore TV Taping Results, Masters of the Craft, And More
By James Bullock Apr 17, 2017 - 3:39 PM
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 gearing up for its annual “War of the Worlds” tour week alongside New Japan while taping episodes of ROH TV in the company’s second home of Baltimore. Lets find out what happened when excellence invaded the “Charm City”.
Charm City Excellence TV Taping Results; April 8th, 2017; Baltimore, MD Dark Match: Joey Daddiego def. J-Roc Episode One - Shane Taylor def. Lio Rush. - ROH Top Prospect Tournament Finals: Josh Woods def. John Skyler - ROH World TV Championship: Marty Scurll (c) def. Frankie Kazarian Episode Two - The Kingdom def. Coast 2 Coast - Matt Sydal def. Flip Gordon Episode Three - ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) def. The Spirit Squad - Damien Martinez def. Beer City Bruiser - Adam Cole & Cody def. Christopher Daniels & Dalton Castle Episode Four - Chris Sabin & Jonathan Gresham def. Cheeseburger & Will Ferrara - Silas Young def. Bobby Fish - ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship: Bully Ray & The Briscoes (c) def. The Rebellion to retain
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 entered Baltimore following “Supercard of Honor XI” and what’s to potentially come when the stars of New Japan arrive for their inter-promotional shows alongside ROH. But nothing matters more than the ROH World Championship, and it seems Cody has his eyes on the company’s biggest prize. After attacking Daniels at the iPPV, Cody questioned the titleholder’s will to be a fighting champion after “The General” announced Jay Lethal, Jay White, Silas Young & Adam Page would fight later in the night for the right to be the number one contender. While Lethal officially became the title’s top contender, it was “The American Nightmare” who actually pinned the ROH World champion during the taping. With Cody gunning for the champ, Lethal as a top contender, Matt Taven also having a title shot coming to him in the near future, and Adam Cole – who apparently got his problems with The Bullet Club settled – still around, Daniels’ reign is definitely in jeopardy early. While the people looking to dethrone Daniels aren’t too surprising, the TV title division just got incredibly interesting thanks to Matt Sydal. The former ROH World Tag Team champion made his triumphant return, saving Kazarian from a post-match beating at the hands of Adam Page and the champ. To top it off, Sydal also left Scurll lying after the TV champ attempted a sneak attack following Sydal’s first match back. “Reborn’s” mission when he returned several years ago was to win the ROH World TV title. Sydal came up short then, but things are incredibly different now and it could mean the future of the division will be Sydal’s for the taking. The Tag Team divisions seem to be at a standstill thanks to a lack of viable contenders. The new Six-Man Tag Team champions bested a team that has struggled to consistently win, while The Young Bucks’ open challenge was answered and subsequently completed at the expense of The Spirit Squad that included former ROH competitor Mike Mondo. Beyond the title scenes were some interesting developments involving other tag teams; be it in singles competition or two-on-two as the problems between The Rebellion and Search & Destroy saw Shane Taylor best Lio Rush – a feud that began on ROH TV a few weeks ago. Jonathan Gresham, who has recently signed with ROH, is finding himself successful temporarily replacing Alex Shelley. Last but certainly not least was Josh Woods winning this year’s Top Prospect Tournament. With the tournament coming down to two of the best in the field, it felt like a win-win no matter who won. What was just as interesting was the appearance of David Starr that saw “The Product” attack “The Goods” following his big win – giving two true prospects with the potential of becoming big players in ROH a chance to hit the ground running. For the last few tapings the cards and results haven’t looked promising, but the quality of almost every episode for the last few months has been high – here’s hoping that continues here.
On Friday April 28th, Ring of Honor returns to the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI for “ROH Unauthorized”! All of your favorite ROH stars will be competing in a night where anything can happen. With that in mind, the main event features two of the greatest teams in Ring of Honor history with a score to settle: The Young Bucks vs. The Addiction!
Almost a year ago, The Young Bucks simply wanted to become the ROH World Tag Team champions again. At that time The Addiction, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian, held the title. What started off as a title rivalry escalated into Ladder War VI – a match that ended with Matt & Nick Jackson winning the Triple Threat Ladder match to become the new ROH World Tag Team champions. As the year continued and turned into 2017, The Addiction started focusing on singles acclaim; and the only way to succeed in that goal was by going after The Bullet Club. Instead of taking a straight-forward approach, The Addiction formulated a plan that saw them fool the faction into believing Kazarian had turned on Daniels heading into “The General’s” ROH World title opportunity; joining The Bullet Club in the process. For the first time in many months, someone had gotten one over on wrestling’s most dominant faction while securing a World Championship and TV title shot for Daniels and Kazarian respectively. But since that night Kazarian showed his true colors, The Bullet Club has been gunning for him. The latest chapter in this rivalry moves to Milwaukee and could produce another great encounter like the one that saw them tear the house down in Philadelphia last summer that set the stage for Ladder War VI.
Milwaukee’s best has issued a challenge to the “Franchise of ROH” and it has been accepted as Jay Lethal will battle Silas Young on the 28th!
It had been over two years since these two men have shared a ring in singles competition before ROH’s most recent return to Lockport. Then, “The Last Real Man” was just getting his footing in ROH after failing to overcome some of the best ROH had to offer including Mark Briscoe. Jay Lethal, on the other hand, was attempting to return to the mountaintop he once occupied as the ROH Television champion. From their previous encounter that saw Lethal overcome Young, “The Greatest 1st Generation Wrestler” went on to become not only a two-time ROH World Television champion, but also the ROH World champion a year-plus after he bested “The Last Real Man”. Then came this year’s conclusion of the “Reloaded Tour”. The two men fought not once, but twice in one night. Their first encounter was a singles bout that saw the same result from their previous match where Lethal walked away as the victor. Though Jay won the battle that night, the spoils of war went to Silas Young as they both men were involved in the Honor Rumble match. They kicked off the match and wrestled throughout until they were the last two men standing. And in a somewhat shocking twist, Young eliminated the former World champion to earn himself a future ROH World title opportunity. Only two weeks after their clash during the “Tour”, Lethal and Young did battle yet again with “The Last Real Man” being unable to avenge his singles loss while Lethal continued to his quest toward regaining the championship he lost at “Death Before Dishonor XIV”. Since then Silas has found himself focusing on the Six-Man Tag Team division, only to be thrust into singles World title contention thanks to a win over Bobby Fish and, potentially, Lethal here. This could be a major match in preparation for the annual May ROH-New Japan inter-promotional events that could see either man wrestling for the gold during one of the many shows as well as a memorable encounter similar to what happened last September.
At “ROH Unauthorized” The Briscoes & Bully Ray will fight War Machine & Dalton Castle in a non-title match!
War Machine’s recent tour of Japan proved to be one of the greatest nights of Hanson and Ray Rowe’s careers as they became the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team champions. But before that, War Machine encountered their old rivals in The Briscoes during ROH’s latest pay-per-view, the “15th Anniversary”. On that night it wasn’t two-on-two, but a six-man tag bout featuring War Machine tagging with another old adversary in Davey Boy Smith Jr. Unfortunately for War Machine, their alliance just didn’t work out unlike their opponents who were all on the same page in the form of Dem Boys and the in-ring debuting Bully Ray. One night after besting War Machine & Smith Jr., The Briscoes & Bully Ray defeated The Kingdom & Silas Young to become the second World Six-Man Tag Team champions. Now War Machine has the chance to put The Briscoes & Bully Ray on notice while avenging a loss in the process. But the third man on their team is unlike any partner they’ve had in ROH, the flamboyant “Party Peacock” Dalton Castle. Castle has pushed The Briscoes to the limit in both singles and tag team competition, yet hasn’t won ROH gold thus far – something people have predicted he’d accomplish for the last two years. Like War Machine, Castle wants to put ROH champions on notice before the inevitable happens and he finally wins a ROH title. This could be the precursor to one of ROH’s most unlikely teams preparing ROH for another unexpected title change in this fledging division, or The Briscoes & Bully Ray pushing back another potential trio hoping to end their reign before it really begins in a match that should be absolutely fantastic.
For the very first time, the current ROH World Television champion will meet one of the most mysterious ROH stars in history when Marty Scurll fights Delirious!
“The Villain” has been nothing short of impressive during his run thus far in ROH. By becoming the World Television champion only three matches deep in his tenure, Scurll has been pushed to the limit week in and week out against a variety of wrestlers who too want to become one of the company’s standard bearers. Before the master of the Chicken Wing even became a wrestler, Delirious was wrestling around the country alongside the likes of future ROH World champions CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Austin Aries and Samoa Joe. Delirious eventually became a key figure in ROH during its “golden era”, almost turning into a ROH World champion in the process. Now, in this first-time encounter, two different eras collide. Though the title isn’t on the line, if Delirious can pull off what would be considered something of an upset right now, who’s to say a rematch wouldn’t happen where the gold is on the line? This should be unlike anything else on the show and could bring more humor than the stereotypical ROH style of action.
A thrilling first-time one-on-one bout between two stars coming off historic achievements has been signed for the “Beer City”: Adam Cole vs. Jay White!
The last few months haven’t been kind to either man. Adam Cole made history by becoming the first three-time ROH World champion, only to have his title reign ended due to a master scheme and his friends being unable to help him after a crushing defeat minutes earlier. Subsequently, one night after Cole’s most recent reign ended, Jay White’s undefeated streak in ROH in singles competition came to an end at the hands of Jay Briscoe for the world to see on ROH TV. Before that Jay White failed to become one-third of the Six-Man World Tag Team champions. During one of the most unpredictable nights in ROH history both men looked to get their careers back on track with a big win at the expense of one another. Jay White, during his streak, proved he could not only test some of the best ROH has to offer, but also defeat them; but very few names are bigger than Cole’s. The accolades for Cole speak for themselves and, for The Bullet Club member, should be only the beginning of an already historic tenure in what is rumored to be his final days in the company (something that many believed was the case two years ago as well). No matter who wins, expect this one to be absolutely exceptional.
The Kingdom will take on The Motor City Machine Guns in Milwaukee!
When The Kingdom arrived in its latest form it was gunning to become the greatest trio in wrestling today. Sadly, The Kingdom’s “Purple Reign Tour” ended abruptly due to injury and TK O’Ryan unable to continue pushing the division forward. One contingent The Kingdom overcame en route to wearing the Six-Man World Tag Team Championship belts were groomed by The Motor City Machine Guns. Just like their protégés, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley have failed to attain championship glory in ROH though they have all the tools to accomplish otherwise. The Machine Guns alongside Jay White came close to changing that perception of being only the bridesmaid during “Honor Reigns Supreme” when they challenged The Kingdom for the gold prior to O’Ryan’s injury, but Matt Taven got himself intentionally disqualified. With The Kingdom down a member, Taven & Vinny Marseglia asserted themselves in other title pictures including the two-on-two Tag Team division. The Machine Guns have been gatekeepers of the division, yet want more. This is the chance for Sabin & Shelley to not only avenge a true win stolen from them, but also a chance to gain a championship opportunity that could turn into the title reign they’ve truly earned and deserve. But The Kingdom is regrouping itself and has proven to be dominant like no other tag team in ROH today. This should be another fantastic match in front of a crowd that might still be chanting for shots every time Taven does something including winning or losing.
A Four Corner Survival Match has been signed for “ROH Unauthorized”: Beer City Bruiser vs. Shane Taylor vs. Damien Martinez vs. Cheeseburger!
The last time Beer City Bruiser was in action during ROH’s return to Milwaukee he found great success alongside fellow “Last Real Man” Silas Young by winning Tag Wars 2016. Will he continue his winning ways BCB in his hometown, or will history repeat itself thanks to the power of “Punishment”? A couple of months ago during “The Experience, two of his three opponents (Taylor & BCB) fell to Martinez in a Six Man Mayhem match – specifically Bruiser who took the fall. There’s a chance ROH’s greatest underdog could actually land the Shotei and pick up something of a surprising win. But if money had to be put down, there’s a better chance of Shane Taylor walking away with the victory than Cheeseburger as The Rebellion’s enforcer has been nothing short of dominant since his joining the faction. This is one strange looking Four Corner Survival match, but some of the crazier looking ones on paper have proven to be the most memorable.
On Saturday April 29th , Ring of Honor returns to the Eisenhower Center located in Hopkins, MN for “Masters of the Craft”! The ROH Board of Directors has been hard at work finalizing bouts at the last event before the “War of the Worlds Tour” commences and what a main event they have signed: The Addiction & Dalton Castle vs. The Bullet Club’s Hangman Page & The Young Bucks!
“The Smartest Guys in the Room” in the form of ROH World champion Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian have put targets on their backs by being the people they’ve always claimed to be when they fooled The Bullet Club into thinking Kazarian had turned on Daniels before “The General’s” ROH World title opportunity. When the truth was revealed, The Bullet Club put out a proverbial hit out with the target being none other than Kazarian. The person to accept taking care of The Bullet Club’s “problem” was none other than “The Hangman”. Page has attacked Kazarian frequently since the “15th Anniversary”, even costing “The Heavy Metal Rebel” the ROH World Television Championship. Add that to the fact Castle & The Addiction have a victory over The Bullet Club makes this match a little more personal because The Young Bucks don’t take losing lightly when people try to make the claim they aren’t the best tag team in the world going. With a mixture of revenge & hatred fueling this one, they could easily steal the show and give everyone a glimpse into the future when Kazarian & Page inevitably meet one on one.
The Briscoes will battle The Motor City Machine Guns in Hopkins, MN!
Almost a decade ago, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley were, arguably, the hottest tag team in all of professional wrestling; warranting admiration and a fans’ want to see them compete against the best tandems any wrestling company had to offer. In April of 2007, ROH made a dream match become reality when management acquired the talents of the then-named “Murder City Machine Guns” to battle “The Baddest Tag Team on the Planet” that just so happened to also hold the ROH World Tag Team Championship at the time. The match proved to be one of the greatest in ROH history, with The Briscoes pulling off the victory after forty-five minutes of action. One year later, the rematch occurred and The Machine Guns made up for the loss in another great match that, while not heralded as a classic, actually was just as good, if not better than their previous contest. It would take another six years before The Machine Guns were back in ROH and ready to attain the championship they never could attain even after besting Dem Boys. Now, a decade after they clashed for the first time, nine years after they battled a second time, and a year after they shared the ring in a Triple Threat match that consisted of reDRagon in the match, The Briscoes and Machine Guns will fight for tag team supremacy yet again. But things are a little different now considering The Briscoes are two-thirds of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team champions and the Machine Guns have taken it upon themselves to groom the future; forming trio contingents featuring the likes of Jay White, Lio Rush, and Jonathan Gresham. If Sabin & Shelley can win here they can stake their claim as not only one of the greatest teams in ROH going today, but also top contenders for a championship that didn’t exist when they first fought Jay & Mark Briscoe ten years ago. For Jay & Mark, it’s a chance to reassert their dominance in a company that they made what it is today in a match that’ll undoubtedly be considered another classic in their series.
Former allies Adam Cole and Matt Taven will go one-on-one in Hopkins!
In 2013, Matt Taven became the Top Prospect Tournament winner; earning himself a future ROH World Television title opportunity. At the time a fresh-faced Adam Cole who had been ruling the division for almost a year held the championship. It was during ROH’s “11th Anniversary” when Taven got his shot and surprised everyone by defeating Cole to become the new TV champion. Cole would parlay the loss into his first of three World title reigns. Taven’s eventual TV title loss came during Cole’s ROH World title reign and saw the two cross paths with title implications yet again. On that night a year after Taven shocked the ROH world, Cole avenged his loss. By the year’s end, Cole and Taven’s paths would cross yet again, but not as opponents. With Michael Bennett & Maria Kanellis by their sides, Adam Cole & Matt Taven were one-half of The Kingdom that would allow Taven & Bennett to eventually become Tag Team champions. Things soon went downhill for The Kingdom after the Tag title reign began as Matt suffered an injury that put him on the shelf for almost a year and the former “Prodigy” left the company. Cole, still reeling from losing the ROH World title, drew the ire of Taven by speaking down to him and forgetting that The Kingdom was a faction based on equality, not a dictatorship headed by the former World champion. Taven set Cole straight one night after the “14th Anniversary” that he wasn’t some lackey, but the heir apparent – the man who would take The Kingdom and forge it anew in his own image. Taven stayed true to his world, leading to a confrontation between The Bullet Club featuring Cole & The Young Bucks and the new version of The Kingdom that saw Taven standing tall in victory. This will be the first time since Taven returned from injury, reformed The Kingdom, and bested Cole in six-man action that these two old allies & rivals will collide in a singles contest. Their previous battles have been incredibly entertaining and usually indications as to major changes coming in the title hierarchy – this match should be no different.
On Wednesday May 10th, the “War of the Worlds Tour” stops in Dearborn, MI and the main event has been signed with the ROH World title on the line: Christopher Daniels defends against Matt Taven!
“Manhattan Mayhem VI”, Matt Taven had the opportunity like fourteen other men to earn a future ROH World title shot. Taven, at the time, was one-third of the Six-Man Tag Team champions, but had found singles success as a star by himself in the past by winning the Television Championship. Ironically enough, Christopher Daniels was on the verge of a landmark moment in his career. Already guaranteed a World title shot for the next week, Daniels entered and exited New York with the confidence of man who would eventually become the new ROH World champion. With the lights on bright, Taven could step into the Hammerstein Ballroom yet again after becoming the first man to win all four current ROH titles. The Hammerstein Ballroom has been a site of grand success and failure for Taven in the past – the arena he lost his first ROH title and the place he won his most recent. Daniels, who hasn’t had grand moments in the historic building in the same way as Taven, does have a great connection with “War of the Worlds” in Dearborn. Las year alongside Frankie Kazarian, Daniels became a four-time ROH World Tag Team champion in an unexpected title match against War Machine. This is the chance for Daniels to make it two for two at this annual event in Dearborn where all eyes are on him and just how long he’ll be able to keep this dream alive. But just like last year, Daniels could be involved in a highly unexpected moment that doesn’t seen him walking away with gold, but the man who can conquer any Melvin on any given night.
Gladiator Jeremiah vs. Matt Sells vs. Raphael King vs. John Skyler
Brandi Lauren vs. Tasha Steelz
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