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By James Bullock Sep 3, 2017 - 10:12 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 held its latest TV taping that featured some interesting moments heading into the company’s upcoming pay-per-view. Lets find out what happened.

“Saturday Night at Center Stage” TV Taping Results; August 26th, 2017; Atlanta, GA
- Dark match: Cauliflower Chase Brown def. Gladiator Jeremiah (Dark)
- Will Ferrara def. Cheeseburger
- Silas Young def. Cauliflower Chase Brown
- Kelly Klein def. Brandi Rhodes
- Kenny King def. Adam Page
- Marty Scurll def. Rocky Romero
- Josh Woods def. QT Marshall
- Frankie Kazarian won the #1 contender Honor Rumble that included Jay White, Sho, Punishment Martinez, Jon Gresham, Rhett Titus, Will Ferrara, Yo, Alex Shelley, Silas Young, Shane Taylor, Flip Gordon, Jay Lethal, Hanson, Chris Sabin, Bully Ray, Ray Rowe, Mark Briscoe, and Glacier.
- The Briscoes def. The Kingdom of Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan
- Karen Q def. Sumie Sakai
- War Machine def. Coast to Coast & Tempura Boyz in a Tornado Tag match
- Flip Gordon def. Corey Hollis
- ROH World Championship: Cody def. Frankie Kazarian to retain
- Search & Destroy def. The Bullet Club (The Young Bucks & Guerrillas of Destiny)

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 returned to the Atlanta area for it’s latest step toward September’s “Death Before Dishonor” pay-per-view and this set of tapings definitely look stronger and more interesting than the last. When it comes to the ROH World Heavyweight title scene things stayed stable in regards to challengers and, of course, the champ as Cody retained his gold against Frankie Kazarian – who won the Honor Rumble that featured the debuting Glacier for an apparent one-shot deal. But the biggest story regarding Cody during this taping was the unveiling of the ROH World title ring – a literal piece of jewelry featuring the classic ROH World Championship belt as the centerpiece. Whether this means Cody is going a different route when trying to have his own custom/vanity title such as the Smoking Skull belt Steve Austin used between 1998 & 1999 or just an extra piece of his overall persona remains to be seen until the episode airs. When it comes to the other title divisions, top contenders have definitely been established through a variety of matches including Kenny King getting another win over Adam Page heading into his TV title match and The Briscoes overcoming The Kingdom in TK O’Ryan’s first televised match since his injury at the “15th Anniversary”. Probably the most surprising result is Search & Destroy overcoming The Bullet Club contingent of ROH World Six-Man & Tag Team champions The Young Bucks & The Guerrillas of Destiny. This series of tapings, while not as strong looking as previous tapings, seems a lot more focused and potentially entertaining heading into ROH’s new fall season classic.

After winning the ROH World Championship at Best in the World, “The American Nightmare” Cody has threatened to take the championship all around the globe as a free agent, defending it against competitors that cannot be named on television through an Open Challenge. For weeks, Cody has grandstanded and put out a worldwide call for an opponent for the 15th annual Death Before Dishonor on September 22nd in Las Vegas. It has been answered by one of the world’s most dangerous men – ROH World Championship: Cody vs. Minoru Suzuki!

Cody made a bold proclamation after successfully defending the ROH World Championship against SANADA at “War of the Worlds: Liverpool” by stating he had no more challengers. Cody’s drew the visible ire of Dalton Castle, but unbeknownst to everyone watching the World champ and potential future challenger someone else saw Cody’s moment in Liverpool as the ultimate example of disrespect considering the relationship between ROH and New Japan. Last year, while Cody was still toiling in WWE with the intent of leaving, Minoru Suzuki made his return to New Japan with his Suzuki-Gun faction members by his side. The legendary veteran made his intentions known early as he targeted IWGP Heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada; leading to a series of hard-hitting encounters that Okada ultimately won. Suzuki didn’t let the loss affect him mentality as he pressed on, had a great showing in this year’s G1 Climax tournament, and, most importantly, won the NEVER Openweight Championship from Hirooki Goto. But those accolades, as grand as they are, pale in comparison to nature of pro wrestling changing under his watch. Learning under a plethora of greats such as Karl Gotch and Billy Robinson, Suzuki had the legitimate skills to handle himself in the worlds of pro wrestling and eventually Pancrase. Known as the “King of Pancrase”, Minoru brought his talents to the squared circled and help infuse what would become known as “mixed martial arts” with traditional strong style puroresu that has influenced the wrestling world to this day. This will be an incredible test for Cody not only from a challenger perspective, but also from a style perspective as the ROH World champ’s style is more old school, southern in nature; though Cody has proven that he can easily adapt to the given circumstance. There’s a great chance that in his first match on U.S. soil in twenty-five years could have a golden result for Suzuki where Minoru begins his latest era of dominance in a realm perfectly made for his talents.

The ROH World Television Championship will be on the line when Kenny King gets his rematch against champion Kushida!

2017 has proven to be a roller coaster year for Kenny King. After failing to become one-third of the first Six-Man Tag Team champions, King alongside his Rebellion brethren spent the first half of this year doing battle with the Motor City Machine Gun led Search & Destroy faction that resulted in The Rebellion actually overwhelming the group and putting them in a position where the roster could only stand to have one left standing. The question of whether or not The Rebellion or S & D would live to fight for as long as they wanted was answered at “Best in the World ‘17” during an exciting eight-man tag bout that saw Search & Destroy’s Jonathan Gresham win for his team and forced The Rebellion to disband. Between all of this, King’s search for love was aired for the world to see as he impressed on the latest season of “The Bachelor” (including a mud wrestling showcase where King manhandled grown men like children). Rather than let himself be mentally & emotionally shaken, King accepted his current situation and turned it into a chance to reestablish himself as a singles star in ROH by winning a Four Corner Survival match to become the number one contender to the World Television title.
Before The Rebellion came to an end, Kushida shocked the wrestling world by accomplishing a long-standing dream of his after his place on the New Japan Jr. Heavyweight rankings were put into question as he continued to suffer loses on grand stages. That all changed starting at the ROH-New Japan “War of the Worlds” tour that saw Kushida become the new Television champion. Kushida looked to continue his winning ways against King in a first-time clash on ROH TV, but The Bullet Club’s obsession with attaining every ROH championship ended the match in a no contest due to Marty Scurll & Adam Page’s interference. Becoming a makeshift duo on the fly, Kushida & King overcame their adversaries while the former ROH World Tag Team champion, in his mind, proved himself as someone Kushida can’t take lightly. Their first encounter was bordering on great when the interference happened. This could be Kenny King’s moment of a lifetime when he finally wins a ROH championship by himself, or another chance for Kushida to prove why he’s one of the best in the world by beating junior heavyweights & heavyweights alike across two promotions & continents.

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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 the Mayweather-McGregor fight and more (http://www.wewantinsanity.com/am2/publish/free_audio/41_Mins_Honor_Nation_The_Money_Fight.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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