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By James Bullock Oct 1, 2017 - 11:04 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 to culminate a historic “Death Before Dishonor XV” weekend. Lets find out what happened.

“Death Before Dishonor XV” TV Taping Results; September 23rd, 2017; Las Vegas, NV
- ROH World TV Championship: Kenny King def. Josh Woods to retain- Kushida v. Scorpio Sky
- ROH World Championship: Cody def. Cheeseburger to retain
- The Kingdom def. Search & Destroy (Motor City Machine Guns & Jonathan Gresham)
- Marty Scurll def. Jay White
- Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara def. The Tempura Boyz
- #1 Contender's Match for the ROH World TV Championship: Mark Briscoe def. Chuck Taylor, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez
- Kelly Klein def. Stella Grey with the Guillotine Choke
- Jonathan Gresham def. TK O'Ryan via DQ
- ROH World Championship: Cody d. Scorpio Sky to retain
- Jay Lethal & Kushida def. The Addiction
- ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship: The Hung Bucks d. Minoru Suzuki, Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser

Easily the biggest story is the contract signing of Cody to make him exclusive to ROH and any partnering companies such as New Japan & CMLL. The reported lucrative deal signed by Cody gave way to a pair of open challenges. While it didn’t seem these challenges turned into something greater in terms of a legitimate challenge, through the power of backstage interactions & promos (or even “Coleman’s Pulpit”) there’s a chance that problem could be rectified. Cody wasn’t the only successful champion looking to become mainstay with his gold was Kenny King as he picked up a big win against Josh Woods in “The Goods” is long overdue title opportunity. They definitely could’ve put a little story behind the match build (Woods dominating the competition while he was being ducked by every other TV champ before King; being a little upset that Kenny leapt over him in the figurative rankings; how Las Vegas could’ve been his night if Woods got what was due to him instead of King), but it’s good to see ROH hadn’t forgotten the Top Prospect Tournament prize.
The Tag Team divisions seem to be experiencing a shakeup thanks to The Machine Guns winning the gold and The Kingdom coming after the championship the group’s previous iteration held almost three years ago. The Hung Bucks retained their championship against the manliest team ever seen in ROH. Seeing Young in a losing outing even in a tag team encounter following the biggest win of his ROH career is puzzling to say the least. On the opposite end of the confusing spectrum was the arrival of Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer – who made his first ROH appearance in 2003 during the height of the CM Punk-Raven feud – reprimanded Jay Briscoe for hurting Dreamer’s old rival turned friend in Bully Ray at the pay-per-view. Though it might not seem like the most productive match in promoting future stars, the sight of The Briscoes vs. Bully Ray & Tommy Dreamer in ROH would be memorable to say the least. But this may not happen even if all four are around at the same time as Mark seems to be focused on finally becoming the TV champion rather than trying to reform a tandem with his brother or a trio with Jay & Ray. As of now ROH doesn’t have any PPVs or iPPVs until “Final Battle” in December; potentially giving the company a lot of time to build toward its biggest event the year. Hopefully ROH doesn’t put itself in an over-saturated position by making one of the “Global Wars” tour shows an iPPV if the cards aren’t worth it.

Officials from ROH and NJPW have been working around the clock and matches are being signed daily! On Thursday, October 12 in Buffalo, the first-ever ROH World Six-Man Tag Team champions look to get back into the title hunt against three of the most popular stars in the world; one who returns to the US for the first time in an ROH ring in over eighteen months: The Bullet Club’s Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks vs. The Kingdom!

This time last year Ring of Honor was working toward crowning the company’s inaugural Six-Man Tag Team champions. For The Bullet Club it was just another example of them trying to dominate every title division. For The Kingdom it was meant to be a rebirth – the debut of a faction no longer in the image of its former leader and then-Bullet Club member Adam Cole. In the first and, up to this point, only clash between the two factions saw something of an upset as the debuting trio of Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia put The Bullet Club out of the tournament in the first round. The Kingdom used that momentum to become the first ROH Six-Man Tag Team champions. But it wasn’t all roses & sunshine for both groups as TK suffered a leg injury that subsequently ended the faction’s reign and The Bullet Club unceremoniously kicked Adam Cole out of The Bullet Club before The Young Bucks murdered him (leaving the ghost of Cole to haunt NXT). So it only makes perfect sense that The Kingdom, a trio trying to return to its past prominence, would challenge The Bullet Club in six-man tag action. But unlike their last outing, this iteration of The Bullet Club is coming in a lot stronger. First there’s the obvious replacement of Cole with Kenny Omega – the first IWGP U.S. champion. Most importantly, The Young Bucks aren’t entering this match following the barbaric Ladder War VI like they were when The Kingdom eliminated them from the tournament. This has all the makings of being an exceptional first-time bout that could set the stage for The Kingdom’s return to Six-Man championship glory or the recurring narrative that has become the norm when it comes to battling The Bullet Club’s Elite: no one is sweeter in that squared circle than The Elite.

In Columbus on October 14, the ROH World Championship will be on the line, and challenging for it is one of the hottest competitors in wrestling today: Cody defends against Kushida!

Three years ago, Kushida found himself standing across from the ROH World Television champion with the intent of achieving a goal few very have ever fulfilled by being a champion in two different mainstream promotions heralded as companies containing a roster of the best currently offered in all of wrestling. On that night during the inaugural “War of the Worlds” event Kushida came up short. But, as seen in a ROH ring as well, Kushida’s loss that day didn’t stun him as he continued proving himself as the best junior heavyweight in the world by reigning New Japan’s stacked Jr. Heavyweight division. In May, Kushida returned to ROH with a goal unfulfilled: become a ROH titleholder. In a shocking moment, Kushida defeated Marty Scurll to become the new ROH World Television champion and would go on to defend the gold against former champions and those unfamiliar with success as a singles star alike until Kenny King ended his reign at “Death Before Dishonor XV”. Rather than see the loss as a setback, Kushida took this as an opportunity by answering an open opportunity.
With Cody becoming the ROH World champion, the owner of the Ring of Honor ring decided the best way to ensure everyone sees him as the greatest ROH World champion of all time by putting out an open contract for any potential challenger to step up and test their luck. Kushida, no longer focused on defending, looks to prove himself worthy of ROH champion status at the expense of a Bullet Club member. While fans have been pretty divisive in regards to their enjoyment of Cody as champion due to a mixed bag of match quality (his stellar match with Jay Lethal at “Supercard of Honor X” compared to his disappointing clash with SANADA in the main event of “War of the Worlds: Liverpool”), this should easily be a fantastic outing with the potential of a surprising title change happening just it did the last time Kushida challenged for a ROH championship. This is also a chance for Cody, win or lose, to prove why he’s worthy of being called a “great” not simply because of his stolen last name.

The inaugural IWGP United States Champion Kenny Omega makes his return to the United States for the history-making Ring of Honor & New Japan GLOBAL WARS tour this October! Omega will be competing on all four stops including Thursday October 12th in Buffalo, Friday October 13th in Pittsburgh, Saturday October 14th in Columbus, & Sunday October 15th in Chicago. Omega will be defending his IWGP United States Champion against a man who is making his United States debut, Yoshi-Hashi!

This is big news considering the original announcement in regards to Kenny Omega was that he would only appear in Chicago for the tour’s final show and it wasn’t guaranteed he’d even defend the IWGP United States title during that show. After making it past Juice Robinson, Omega rolls into October with the type of momentum that will really make for some magical moments including his first title defense on American soil against an adversary from a rival faction in Yoshi-Hashi. Beyond their problems as men on opposing wrestling groups, both have been responsible for unexpected shortcomings for the other. Last year saw Yoshi-Hashi defeat “The Cleaner” in the G1 Climax tournament that Omega would eventually win, but only after being placed behind the figurative eight-ball due to his Yoshi-Hashi loss. Omega exacted some revenge a few months later when Kenny bested his adversary to retain his contracted match for “WrestleKingdom” & the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. They haven’t had a singles battle since September 2016, but have been in the ring with each other dozens of times in multi-man tag team bouts. Omega is reasonably considered one of the best wrestlers in the world today while Yoshi-Hashi is highly underrated and can easily hang with the best of the best. This should be a fantastic way to cap off the tour and maybe even feature a surprising title change.

After an incredible run like no other this past year that saw Cody compete all around the world in promotions such as New Japan Pro Wrestling, Impact Wrestling, The Crash, APW, PWA Canada, and Northeast Wrestling just to name a few, The American Nightmare has decided to ink a domestically exclusive contract with Ring of Honor Wrestling.

This is absolutely huge news considering for the man who had his legendary last name taken from him has accepted his status as wrestling’s hottest free agent who wouldn’t be locked down by any wrestling company … until now. Like mentioned above, Cody will continue to make wrestling appearances internationally as they don’t conflict with his ROH schedule – meaning he’ll be obviously making a good amount of money unlike few, if anyone else on his current level. Cody promised on his interview with ROH’s website that he would help ROH reach new heights as well as himself and ROH for years to come (which could be coming true depending on how well tickets sell for the recently announced “Supercard of Honor XII” that will emanate from a building that can hold upwards of 10,000 people).

Chris Jericho announced an ambitious vacation type of rock and pro wrestling entertainment venture, called "Chris Jericho's Rock 'N' Wrestling Rager at Sea" that will run next year from October 27-31 from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas, and will feature the “Sea of Honor” tournament – a twelve-man tourney hosted by Jim Ross.

A very interesting connection between a luxury cruise and short-term ROH booking plans as the biggest news to come from this announcement is the fact a one-night tournament will crown a number one contender to the World Championship. With this show happening in a year’s-plus time, it’ll be incredibly interesting to see how different the landscape of Honor looks come that sea rage party (RAGE PARTY!).

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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 ROH’s new fall season’s classic and more (http://www.wewantinsanity.com/am2/publish/free_audio/hn244.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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