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By James Bullock Jul 10, 2018 - 9:22 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 has an impressive summer season ahead of it continuing with a return to “The Music City”. Lets find out what we’ll see in Nashville and beyond.

The fallout from “Best in the World ‘18” will air via HonorClub for the world to see on Friday, July 20th when ROH returns to Nashville. The Ring of Honor Championship will be on the line as Jay Lethal defends his newly won ROH World title for the first time against Silas Young!

It had been over two years since these two men shared a ring in singles competition before ROH’s “Reloaded Tour” in 2016. 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”.
It would take another six months before these two men found themselves standing across the ring from one another. During this encounter, Young had the home field advantage and took advantage of the situation to pick up a clean win over “The Franchise of ROH”. Young’s victory gave Silas the belief that he was deserving of more from ROH, but it was ROH management going to Lethal with opportunities presented such as sponsorship commercials. Attacking Lethal to make his point that Jay was less of a man deserving fewer opportunities in comparison to him, Young put a target on his back that Lethal looked to hit literally. Coming close to accomplishing his goal early was Lethal on ROH TV, but Beer City Bruiser took the figurative bullet before a tag match alongside Young against Lethal & Bobby Fish (another man who Silas angered over the last couple of months) turned out successful for them. It seemed Lethal would finally get his revenge at “Best in the World”, but things went south for the former World champion after he pinned Silas. Furious, “Milwaukee’s Worst” attacked Lethal post-match and put him on the shelf by brutalizing Jay with Bruiser’s beer keg before BCB put Lethal through a table courtesy of his frog splash. For over a month, Lethal didn’t make a ROH appearance as he tried to recover and earn accolades elsewhere – plotting his revenge in the process.
Young seemed to be ready for everything Lethal had to offer, besting him in their rematch during ROH’s debut in Edinburgh for the finale of the company’s first “War of the Worlds: UK” tour. But Lethal wasn’t overcome by one loss; taking out his anger on the other man who was responsible for putting him in the hospital: Beer City Bruiser. Using Bruiser’s own beer keg against him, Lethal apparently crushed BCB’s leg with the item normally used to provide joy and good times. The message was clear: only one man could stand tall to finish this feud. At “Death Before Dishonor XV”, “The Last Real Man” proved his superiority one last time in his patented match: a Last Man Standing bout.
Then the unexpected happened. Following Silas Young’s second TV title loss, Jay Lethal defeated Dalton Castle to become the new ROH World champion and the fourth man in history to hold the title two times. Similar to Roderick Strong before him, Young could establish himself as Lethal’s greatest threat to his title early in his reign. For those who remember, it was Strong who ended Lethal’s TV title reign while he was the World champion in 2015 after proving he does have his number in one way, shape or form. Considering the controversy surrounding Lethal as of this time, there’s a chance ROH may pull off another title switch to avoid something that may hurt the company’s image going forward.

Punishment Martinez successfully defended his title against Adam Page in a Baltimore Street Fight at “Best in the World” and will make his second defense at “Honor For All” against SoCal Uncensored’s Scorpio Sky!

The ROH World Television champion will enter this bout in a prime position for defeat even though he’s on a winning streak. Punishment Martinez lived up to his name at “Best in the World”, retaining his title in a sick Street Fight against Adam Page that most likely shortened the careers of both men. Though a good amount of time will have passed between the PPV encounter and this bout, the fact remains champions in ROH suffer greatly to retain their titles and inevitably become shells of themselves similar to Dalton Castle prior to his World title loss and Nigel McGuinness before him. Though Scorpio Sky has primarily found success as a tag team competitor in ROH, Sky has proven he can beat the best the world has to offer. In his ROH debut, Sky almost defeated Cody to become the new ROH World champion. Before that impressive outing, the future member of SCU picked up titles in every promotion he’s been a part off including Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Empire Wrestling Federation & Championship Wrestling From Hollywood. Most likely Sky will use a hit & run approach in hopes of winning his first singles title in ROH, as well as, potentially, the numbers advantage he’ll have if The Addiction decide they want to get involved. Martinez’s first ROH title reign is off to a great start and should continue here, but shocking title changes have become something of the norm in ROH this year; so never count out a changing of the guard.

In Nashville, Karen will take on Women of Honor champion Sumie Sakai in a Proving Ground Match! If Karen wins she will receive a title shot at a future Ring of Honor event.

Sumie Sakai had an arduous task en route to becoming the first Women of Honor champion as the tournament’s dark horse had to defeat two of STARDOM’s best before returning to stateside where international star Tenille Dashwood awaited. In arguably the most surprising result in the tournament, Sakai defeated Dashwood before overcoming Kelly Klein to pin “The Gatekeeper” for the first time in a ROH ring. Since then people have been wondering when Sakai’s past opponents will get their respective shots at the champ including Karen Q. Before Sakai and Karen clashed last year, Q’s first official WOH match saw her defeat Klein by count-out. Q’s winning ways against Klein in multi-person matches allowed Karen to establish herself as a potential title contender whenever a championship was instituted – a belief that became a fact thanks to Q actually defeating the future WOH champion in their first encounter last summer. Sakai has the chance to avenge that loss and continue to establish herself as one of the greatest women’s wrestlers in the world right now. While a surprising title victory isn’t out of the question, Sakai will likely shut down another potential contender in a bout that will most likely be a sprint that leaves the people chanting just how incredible the action was that they witnessed.

For the first time in years the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship will be defended in a ROH ring as Nick Aldis defends his title against Flip Gordon!

Over his time in ROH, Flip Gordon has found himself trying to complete several goals; yet came up short. Gordon has struggled to overcome The Bullet Club before gaining the respect of the faction (specifically The Young Bucks). Gordon’s attempt at winning a ROH title saw him impress, but didn’t end with him attaining a championship. But for a majority of 2018, Gordon has one thing in mind: get booked for “All In”. After failing to defeat Cody to earn a spot on the card, Gordon finds himself with another chance to make it onto the biggest independent wrestling card in decades. Ironically enough, if Gordon can shock the wrestling world by winning the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship he’ll find himself on the “All In” card standing across the ring from the man who has denied him time & time again from being on the event, Cody. This will mark Aldis’ first singles match in ROH thus far and could be the worst night of his career similar to the days of Adam Pearce defending the NWA title resulted in him losing to Brent Albright almost ten years ago. This may be a very interesting clash of styles with Gordon finding his way onto the “All In” card or, more than likely, will see Aldis earn his first ROH victory while crushing a man’s dream.

Following an instant classic at Best in the World that saw the Briscoes retain the Ring of Honor World Tag Team Championship against The Young Bucks, SoCal Uncensored made their way ringside brandishing chairs. Despite being years-long rivals with the Young Bucks, it was Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian that struck the World Tag Team Champions the Briscoes instead! Now all three teams will do battle in a Triple Threat with no titles, just pride on the line!

They are considered one of, if not the best tag teams in the world; garnering one of the most prestigious contracts in ROH history since the company’s formation – The Young Bucks. But during their rise to the top of wrestling’s international tag team scene, Matt & Nick Jackson have struggled against the baddest team to ever step foot in a ROH ring, The Briscoes. Over the past eight years these two teams have tangled in Ring of Honor, usually resulting in Dem Boys having their hands raised in victory. But that perception of the better team between them changed at “Final Battle 2016” where Matt & Nick Jackson super kicked Mark & Jay Briscoe into oblivion to retain the ROH World Tag Team title. The Briscoes moved on to challenge and win the Six-Man gold before returning to a old way of thinking that resulted in them destroying Bully Ray & Tommy Dreamer and winning their record-breaking ninth ROH World Tag Team title reign.
Between this all, The Addiction of Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels found a fellow SoCal soldier in Scorpio Sky; taking their anger out on The Hung Bucks in hopes of securing a spot on the roster past 2018 as ROH COO Joe Koff has made his intentions known that following “Final Battle” Daniels & Kazarian will no longer be a part of the roster. Unfortunately for SCU, their reign as Six-Man Tag Team champions ended in surprising fashion and left them wondering what to do next. During SCU’s journey to ensure they still have jobs in ROH, they made a shocking stance after finding themselves in recurring roles in The Bucks’ “Being the Elite” series. At “Best in the World ‘18”, SCU made the save by chasing The Briscoes out of the ring when Jay & Mark attacked their defeated opponents – SCU’s rivals The Young Bucks. While it’s hard to figure out SCU’s intentions, one thing is for sure: The Briscoes have two of the top teams in ROH gunning for them at the same time. If The Bucks or The Addiction can attain a victory here there’s no way they don’t shoot up the rankings to top contender status. This could be a classic encounter if given enough time and the crowd is hot for this match like almost every Young Bucks match.

The self-proclaimed “Uncrowned Ring of Honor World Champion” Matt Taven takes on “The Villain” Marty Scurll for the first time in the Music City!

After spending the past two months proving himself worthy of top contender status for the only ROH title he hasn’t won – the ROH World Championship – Matt Taven earned a championship outside of the company while becoming the first two-time ROH Six-Man champion. When the opportunity arose for Taven to finally become the ROH World titleholder there was a moment when he gained a visual victory, but no referee was there to count Taven to victory; bringing forth the belief that, yes, there still is a #KingdomConspiracy keeping him away from the ROH World title. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Marty Scurll. During Taven’s time pleading for a shot, Scurll talked his way into a title opportunity for ROH’s most attended event in history up to this point and his first traditional pay-per-view main event at “Best in the World ‘18”. Like Taven, Scurll walks into this bout with the need to win so he can finally get his next ROH World title shot in a one-on-one match that could mean the difference between a win and a loss due to not having to watch one’s back for other contenders coming after him during the action. Both men are known for using the dirtiest tactics possible to win; be it Taven’s walking cane or Scurll’s umbrella. Both men have great history with the current World titleholder and a victory here could easily earn the winner a title shot in the very near future. The most interesting aspect may not just be the action’s quality, but also how many instruments of destruction or distraction will be involved in this one.

Cody will take on one of the real blue chip stars of Ring of Honor in Nashville, one-third of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team champions, TK O’Ryan!

Another first-time bout will occur in Nashville featuring members of The Kingdom and Bullet Club colliding. On one side of the ring will be the former ROH World champion and a man who drew the ire of Matt Taven to the point the two fought in the first First Blood match in ROH history, Cody. On the other side of the squared circle is one-third of the first two-time ROH World Six-Man Tag Team champions and the self-proclaimed “Best Round”, TK O’Ryan. Similar to Scorpio Sky, O’Ryan has found great success as a tag team competitor, but has struggled to pick up win after win in singles competition – something Cody has no problems with when the bell rings. Cody wants to get back in title contention even if it means maybe entering a different championship division. For TK, this is a huge opportunity where he could pick up the biggest win of his ROH career without it resulting in a new champion. The biggest question is how wild this match will get considering how quickly Burnard the Business Bear will get involved on Cody’s behalf, or O’Ryan will start swinging that baseball bat. This might be something of a comedy encounter with the ridiculousness reaching certain heights featuring weapons, interference, low blows and maybe even a referee bump before a winner is declared (more than likely “The American Nightmare”).

Four men in the thick of the hunt for the ROH World Television Championship meet in Nashville: Kenny King vs. Jonathan Gresham vs. Shane Taylor vs. Chris Sabin!

Four of the top would-be contenders to the ROH World Television Championship features one man who has actually held the title, another who is looking to win his first ROH singles title after reigning supreme in this company’s tag team division, an individual looking to bring Pure wrestling back to a ROH championship, and a very dangerous gun-for-hire who understands a championship in his possession will mean bigger checks to help take care of his family. Kenny King has very recent wins over Shane Taylor and Jonathan Gresham, though it was in a Four Corner Survival match where his first TV title reign ended. The aforementioned Gresham and Taylor, though impressive, have failed to pick up those much-needed wins to move up the ranks. Chris Sabin, a tag team specialist, has proven himself as a single competitor yet again while having a masterful showing in this year’s Best of Super Juniors tournament in New Japan. As with most multi-person matches, FCS matches are less about talent and more about timing as the perfect opportunity for victory can come out of nowhere – a fact that benefits the likes of Taylor thanks to his One Hitter Quitter and Gresham’s flash pinning combinations. While an upset such as Taylor or Gresham would be shocking, the most likely result of the former ROH champions picking up a big victory en route of taking on Punishment Martinez in the future is more than likely; featuring some great action between the bells.

ROH’s Honor Re-United Tour brings the hard-hitting, in-your-face action that only Ring of Honor can deliver to Edinburgh, Doncaster & London this August courtesy of the first-ever ROH International Cup that will pit the best the UK and USA have to offer in a three-night tournament. Representing the UK will be Jimmy Havoc, Joe Hendry, Mark Haskins & Kip Sabian!

The first name announced for this inaugural ROH International Cup is none other than the debuting Jimmy Havoc. Over a decade ago a guy like Havoc wouldn’t have gotten the same type of recognition by the ROH faithful like he is now for his talents mostly due to his involvement in matches ranging on the side of sadism including winning the CZW Tournament of Death two years ago. But Havoc isn’t just some garbage wrestler who can’t go hold for hold with the best as he’s earned clean victories through talent alone against the Alestair Blacks and Matt Riddles of the world while attaining championships including the Progress Championship. Havoc is as dangerous a competitor as they come and it’ll be interesting to see how far he makes it in the tournament overall.
ROH returned to the UK in 2016 with Joe Hendry making his ROH debut. The most famous wrestler to come out of Edinburgh, Hendry has found himself winning titles and fans around the globe; earning the nickname of “The Local Hero” and while becoming one of the most popular figures in the UK when it comes to independent wrestling at one time. Hendry also knows how to overcome the best his country has to offer including the likes of Pete Dunne and former ROH World Television champions Will Ospreay and Marty Scurll. Hendry came close to becoming the new TV champion earlier this year; so this is another opportunity for him to earn a future ROH title shot that could pan out with him becoming the second European ROH World champion.
Kip Sabin is actually the last UK star announced for the Cup. “Superbad” Sabian is truly a star on the rise, having made waves in IPW by winning both the Z-Force title and the HOPE Championship. Sabian’s style is built on explosiveness with his trademark maneuvers being similar to what propelled the likes of Brian Kendrick to the top in ROH during the company’s formative years including the Sliced Bread. Sabian also may be the only man in wrestling history to review himself on a wrestling directory website. It’ll be interesting to see if he breaks the rating system if he wins this entire tourney.
Another returning UK star to a ROH ring for this tourney is none other than Mark Haskins. Haskins impressed during his first ROH appearance by going toe to toe with Silas Young during last year’s “War of the Worlds: UK Tour”. Haskins outdid himself less than a year later when he almost overcame the ferocity of Jay Briscoe in one of the best match of the “Honor United Tour” in May. In his home country, Haskins has been attaining championships including the Defiant Tag Team title alongside fellow tourney competitor Jimmy Havoc. Haskins has fared well in tournament appearances, but pulling out complete victories haven’t worked out for the master Fujiwara arm bar – that could change when he takes on some of the best ROH has to offer in honor of his home country.

The UK’s Jody Fleisch and Jonny Storm will be in tag team action in Doncaster and London!

Unlike their contemporaries announced for the tournament, long-time ROH fans are more familiar with these two grapplers who once showed their talents in a ROH ring stateside. In 2002 when ROH was looking to crown its first champion the company flew in some of the best the world had to offer at the time including Jody Fleisch and Jonny Storm. On that hot summer night in the Murphy Rec Center, Fleisch and Storm did battle with one another; featuring Jonny failing to advance in the title tournament before Fleisch lost to “Spanky” Brian Kendrick in the second round. While Storm continued gaining traction across the pond, Fleisch used every opportunity to return to ROH; becoming a member of the Special K faction and challenging for the ROH World Tag Team title. Ironically enough it was during ROH’s final night of a UK tour in 2006 that Fleisch and Storm not only made their most recent ROH appearances, but also teamed for the first time. Finding a kinship as a duo, Fleisch & Storm became the first 1PW Tag Team champions, won the ACW Tag Team title, and are the current WSW Tag Team titleholders for over a year. Storm and Fleisch will bring their honed talents to a ROH ring yet again with the hope of succeeding where they didn’t in 2002 by potentially becoming champions if they have the opportunity to challenge for the ROH World Tag Team title during this tour.

Marty Scurll has accepted Sami Callihan’s challenge for a match on Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N Wrestling Rager at Sea!

During ROH’s HDNet era shortly before Sinclair Broadcast Group purchased the company, Sami Callihan made his onscreen ROH debut. Being nothing more than a preliminary wrestler that the commentators mocked for having a nickname – “The New Horror” – that was too hard to pronounce without embarrassing the Midwest grappler, Callihan’s time in ROH was mostly forgettable. In reality, the only reason people remember Sami in ROH is because of what he was putting together on the indy scene at the time; having great matches in other promotions and gaining recognition that would eventually get him on the WWE’s radar during a time when being an “indy darling” was something of a black mark. Though Sami’s time in NXT left a lot to be desired, Callihan never lost his passion for wrestling and returned to the arenas that helped make him a big fish in small ponds with the intent of proving why he got signed by WWE in the first place. But that goal shifted for Callihan after his joining the Impact Wrestling roster and breaking the face of former ROH World champion Eddie Edwards. Callihan took the disgusting moment of hitting Edwards in the face with a bat as a way to express his hate for everything status quo in wrestling while sending “Die Hard” over the edge mentally. While feuding with Edwards, Callihan decided he wanted to take on another fight; one against a larger entity: Ring of Honor.
Feeling disrespected that he wasn’t called to be a part of Chris Jericho’s “Rager at Sea” cruise, Callihan blamed both the creator of this venture and ROH as the company is working alongside “The Best in the World at What he Does” to produce the Sea of Honor Tournament. Callihan took to social media, calling out Jericho and ROH for disrespecting him; disparaging the good names of everyone on the ROH roster. Taking exception to Callihan’s words have been many, but only “The Villain” stepped up to answer the call; giving fans an official, first-time encounter. While Callihan has no qualms being villainous as seen during his time in Impact thus far, the former ROH TV champion has made a career out of snapping fingers, blinding people with powder & breaking umbrellas on opponents’ heads. While this could simply be a one-off encounter that most likely will end in a no contest, this bout could be a gateway for Callihan to return to ROH on land in the very near future.

Ring of Honor released the following statement about the allegations from Taeler Hendrix that her career was sabotaged by current ROH World champion Jay Lethal when she refused to sleep with her: “We were troubled to hear the allegations that surfaced last night on Twitter. We take these matters very seriously and will be investigating this situation thoroughly, reviewing all evidence related to the matter. Ring of Honor strives to provide an environment and workplace where male and female wrestlers are free from any misconduct or abuse. We will take appropriate action upon the conclusion of our findings.”

This is a corporate statement if there ever was on, but a wise move by ROH and Sinclair management by addressing this situation with class while not disputing the claims of Hendrix or defaming the accused. Though Lethal is innocent until proven guilty, claims like these will hurt a person’s life & career no matter the outcome. It’s unfortunate that something like this is happening, and even more unfortunate if Hendrix’s claims are true.

Now lets find out what happened this week on ROH TV.

Last week: The Hung Bucks pulled out a big win over their “Best in the World” opponents The Briscoes & Punishment Martinez in a classic ROH TV main event.

ROH TV Episode 355
7/7/18
New York, NY

Cody was in the promo area to talk about his plans to leave Titan with enough strength & energy to make it back to CMLL where they could see what Cody has to offer and big stars they need to send to challenge Cody from here on out. Of course Cody and his wife threw out a little innuendo regarding the word “big” to make Cody laugh.

Sumie Sakai & Stella Grey vs. Gabby Ortiz & Riley Sheppard
Code of Honor followed by all four women led to Riley Sheppard tying up with Stella Grey. Though Sheppard was able to counter the arm bar, it was Grey who was one step ahead of her opponent by utilizing a drop toe hold to bring Sumie Sakai in for an illegal dropkick. Sheppard made it to her corner, tagging out to Gabby Ortiz for a dropkick as well. Double side Russian leg sweep by Sheppard & Ortiz set up Riley’s cartwheel knee drop prior to the commercial break.
Sumie was all fired up as Stella unleashed a suplex on Gabby. Double tag led to the house of fire that was Sakai. The champ’s heart punch almost leveled Sheppard. Ortiz ran in for the save, but took missile dropkick for her trouble. Sheppard was still the legal woman, feeling a spinning fisherman’s buster. When Riley kicked out, Gabby ran in to DDT Sakai in position for a series of knee strikes. Grey had to save her partner from sure pin, hitting a spear on Ortiz before feeling a t-bone suplex. Sheppard lost track of Sakai, getting caught with Smash Mouth to give the champion a pin fall victory for her team.

There was a recap of the feud between Bully Ray and Cheeseburger that started at “Supercard of Honor XII” where Ray attacked Cheeseburger and blamed him for being an example of the fall of the wrestling business. Since then Bully has laid waste to Cheeseburger including whipping him with a chain after performing a super bomb.

No Disqualification: Bully Ray vs. Cheeseburger
Bully wasn’t waiting around, rushing the ring to knock Cheeseburger off the ropes as he posed to his adoring fans with a kendo stick to the groin. Commentator Ian Riccaboni wanted them to just stop the match right now, but Bully had other things in mind as he methodically bashed Cheeseburger with a trashcan while the fans chanted, “E-C-W!” Poor Cheeseburger was being slammed around the ringside area until Ray spotted Cary Silkin; unable to stop Bully from threatening the man who once own ROH. The action finally entered the ring, leading to Ray putting Cheeseburger in the tree of woe to stand on Cheeseburger’s pickle. Ray threatened to press slam Cheeseburger into the front row, but opted to simply let him fall in the ring. Having the time of his life was Bully as he mocked the fans, threatened ring announcer Bobby Cruise, and retrieved a kendo stick to crack Cheeseburger’s back. As Ray warned the referee about busting his balls with a kendo stick, Riccaboni got his wish of a commercial break.
Bully was still abusing Cheeseburger with a kendo stick as the show returned. Mocking the Shotei, Ray turned to the crowd. When Bully turned back around, Cheeseburger met him with a barrage of kendo stick shots that had the fans going crazy. Cheeseburger started choking the life from Ray with the stick until Ray got underneath him for the power bomb. The bloodthirsty crowd waned tables, but Ray had a chain instead. Over & over again, Ray whipped Cheeserbuger’s body with that chain. Shoving the referee out of way, Ray whipped him with the chain, too. The camera moved to the entrance as the fans began to rise again where Colt Cabana left his spot at the commentators’ table. Taking the chain from Ray, Cabana ran through the Hall of Famer as the crowd chanted Colt’s name. Retrieving the cheese grater Bully brought with him, Cabana handed it to Cheeseburger so he could unleash the Wazzup with the grater! Cabana had something else in mind, “Cheeseburger, get the tables!”
Colt helped Cheeseburger shove a table into the ring. Before Cheeseburger could set up the table, Ray picked him up for a successful belly to back suplex. Ray was infuriated, setting up the table as Cabana tried to rally Cheeseburger to his feet. Colt’s words weren’t enough as Ray put him on the table for a big splash. Cheeseburger moved at the last second, sending Ray through the table! Cheeseburger made the cover as another referee ran to ringside … to gain a near fall!
The crowd was on fire as Cheeseburger prepared to execute the Shotei. Instead, Cheeseburger ran into a big boot that put his lights out for those precious three seconds. Ray shoved the other referee out of the ring as Cheeseburger just rolled across the canvas.

“Coleman’s Pulpit” was back with the highly requested Kingdom as his guests. Matt Taven was so happy to be apart of the show; bringing Caprice a new hat (in reality it was a purple dunce cap with the word “MELVIN” on it). Vinny Marseglia suddenly rose from behind Caprice, producing some libations. Coleman asked about the upcoming top contender Six-Man Gauntlet that’ll happen next week. Taven saw this being an example of the #KingdomConspiracy where people are just getting things handed to them via a “single” win. Coleman remembered a time when a friend of his made a rudimentary sedan into a car people were jealous of – similar to The Kingdom using the supposed conspiracy pressed against them to become champions again. Taven hearing someone deny the conspiracy set him off; leading to TK O’Ryan taking off Caprice’s new hat to reveal it was an insult. Caprice took exception to being a called a, “Melvin!” leading to an insult exchange between himself and Taven that was full of jive turkeys before Vinny put a halt to this interview by popping his red balloon.

SoCal Uncensored Christopher Daniels and Scorpio Sky were in the promo area to congratulate The Kingdom for ducking them by convincing ROH management to make the Gauntlet match for next week that SCU will have to win if they want what should’ve been their contractually obligated title match. But SCU will be bringing that mandatory violence to the Gauntlet bout.

Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes & Burnard the Business Bear
Cody decided he needed to workout a little bit. Titan saw Cody’s pushups and responded by kipping off the top of his head front and backwards. When they finally locked up, Cody immediately went to the side headlock. Another kip up by Titan off the shoulder block saw Cody respond with a right hand. Titan was showing off, stopping a trip by handstanding off the Irish whip. Cody took his opportunity and kicked the upside-down Titan. The CMLL star was able to come off the ropes with a cross body block, only to be tripped by Burnard when he tried to follow up with something. Cody pulled a Pearl Harbor job on the masked man as the show entered another commercial.
Cody spent too much time showboating after untying Titan’s mask as the referee tried to stop him, running into a kick. Once again it was Burnard that stopped Titan from flying off the ropes by tripping him. Titan responded with a kick topped by an asai moonsault that wiped out Burnard & Cody. After Titan threatened Brandi, Cody was able to call for a distraction that saw him kick Titan between the goal posts behind the referee’s back. Disaster Kick connected for Cody, but only gave him a two count. The fans were actually booing Cody as Titan tried to fight back, leading to the CMLL star to hit the ropes for another attack. Cody yanked the referee in front of him to stop Titan’s approach. Before Titan could move, Cody snatched his mask off prior to pulling his stunned opponent into the small package for a flash pin.

Overall: What a time we live in that Bully Ray was involved in the best match on ROH TV. There’s no exaggerating when stating how unreal the reaction was for Ray vs. Cheeseburger with everything working in one way or another until the very end where Bully prevailed. With Cabana getting involved, the fallout from “Best in the World ‘18” featuring Flip Gordon and Ray, it seems Bully has his hands full heading into the summer. The opening and closing bouts were good with both mostly being formulaic encounters helped by people who really wanted to impress in the small window of time available. While this show doesn’t have that must-see main event similar to past two episodes, it does have a wild match in the middle that actually had a story connected to it occurring in front of a very passionate crowd.

Exclusive Interview With New ROH World Champion Jay Lethal


ROH World Champion Jay Lethal vs. Silas Young - 7/20/18 - Honor For All


The Boys vs. The Dawgs


Throwback Thursday: Colt Cabana vs. Toru Yano


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

Till Then.



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The Challenge: Final Reckoning - Episode 2
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