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By James Bullock Jan 28, 2018 - 3:09 PM 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 returned to “Music City” with the intent of taping some memorable action to be televised. Lets find out what went down in Nashville!

Music City Excellence TV Taping Results; January 20th, 2018; Nashville, TN
- The Motor City Machine Guns vs. Best Friends ended in a no-contest.
- Marty Scurll def. Shane Taylor
- Television Championship Top Contender Four Corner Survival match: Cheeseburger def. Josh Woods, Caprice Coleman and Jonathan Gresham
- Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas vs. Coast 2 Coast ended in a disqualification
- Kenny King & Coast 2 Coast def. Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser& Brian Milonas
- Cody def. Matt Taven
- Women of Honor Title tournament match: Kelly Klein def. “Bonesaw” Jessie Brooks
- ROH World Championship: Dalton Castle def. Punishment Martinez to retain the ROH Championship.
- Women of Honor Title tournament match: Brandi Rhodes def. Karen Q
- Jay Lethal def. Flip Gordon
- ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship: The Hung Bucks def. SoCal Uncensored 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 held not only its first TV taping of 2018, but also its first event of the year featuring a lot of the stories being established at the end of 2017 continuing here while setting the stage for ROH’s “16th Anniversary” pay-per-view in March. Look no further than the ROH World Championship match that reportedly almost stole the taping as Dalton Castle retained against Punishment Martinez while Marty Scurll watched from ringside as the latter made an offer to Martinez pre-match to challenge him for the title if he won. Unfortunately for Scurll, he’ll have to wait a while as Jay Lethal was announced to be the top contender who will battle the World champ in Las Vegas come March. While not officially announced during the taping, The Briscoes have definitely put themselves in position to battle for the ROH World Tag Team Championship by interfering in The Motor City Machine Guns’ title defense. Due to the way the match ended, there’s also a chance Best Friends could be added to the inevitable title match. The Women of Honor Championship tournament began during this taping and the results weren’t too surprising considering the level ROH has established Kelly Klein and Mandy Leon since the division restarted. Brandi Rhodes winning her opening round match is a bit of a shock, but name recognition means a lot in regards to an inaugural title tournament.
The taping wasn’t all paint-by-the-numbers as the show concluded in surprising fashion when SoCal Uncensored shocked the live audience by cheating their way to a Six-Man Tag title win, only for the illegal activity that led to the victory being their downfall thanks to the arrival of the new ROH enforcer Bully Ray. Ray, who noted just how chaotic the taping was in regards to the aforementioned interference by The Briscoes and individuals attacking their opponents after the match, has promised to bring the Honor back to ROH. This could be a great idea if executed sparingly and doesn’t simply become a plot device to get Ray back in the ring for one more match. It also must be questioned why of all people Cheeseburger would win a TV title top contender match when he’s in the ring with the likes of Jonathan Gresham and Top Prospect Tournament winner Josh Woods. Cheeseburger is a popular wrestler for sure, but the inevitable outcome of every Cheeseburger title match just takes away from the overall anticipation. Other than that questionable decision, this seems like another consistent showing by the men & women of ROH that should produce another few weeks of very fun action.

Ring of Honor returns to Concord, NC on Saturday February 9th for Honor Reigns Supreme! For weeks, ROH fans have wondered what was on the mind of former ROH World Champion Cody. And in the moment that “The American Nightmare” took to the ring in Philadelphia to tell the world everything he was thinking, Matt Taven interrupted. These two will captain trios in the main event of Honor Reigns Supreme in an attempt to settle the score: Bullet Club (Cody, Marty Scurll & ROH World Six-Man Tag Team champion Adam Page) vs. The Kingdom!

When Matt Taven returned to ROH action in the fall of 2016, he had two known goals he hoped to immediately accomplish: 1. Become one-third of the first ROH World Six-Man Tag Team champions; 2. Ensure The Bullet Club doesn’t win the Six-Man Tag Team title. For Matt Taven, his faction’s problems with The Bullet Club were once personal as former Kingdom stable mate Adam Cole abandoned his role as The Kingdom’s leader prior to joining The Bullet Club. Taven expressed his feelings that Cole not only saw The Kingdom as a way to keep himself in the World title picture, but also to hold Taven back from reaching his believed future glory. In Lowell following “All-Star Extravaganza VIII”, Matt Taven began his journey to accomplish the aforementioned goals as the newest version of The Kingdom featuring Taven, the debuting TK O’Ryan and returning Vinny Marseglia put The Bullet Club’s Cole & The Young Bucks out of the tournament in the first round – a win that would lead to The Kingdom becoming the first Six-Man titleholders in ROH history. But this version of The Bullet Club is completely different from the one The Kingdom defeated almost a year & a half ago featuring, ironically enough, one-third of the current Six-Man Tag champs. The Kingdom have not only found success in ROH as a unit, they’ve found success against members of The Bullet Club – something this variation of The Bullet Club can’t say as their first teaming in Philadelphia ended in a loss to SoCal Uncensored. With Cody and Marty Scurll always focused on singles success it could mean the difference between how well The Bullet Club fares against a trio of men who consider themselves closer than family and, most importantly, have attained championship level success together in an environment where only one of their opponents have and intend to achieve.

In Concord, Jay Lethal looks to keep his winning ways going against a man who continues to make a name for himself around the globe and in ROH with a pure style of wrestling in his hometown, Jonathan Gresham!

In 2004, Ring of Honor instituted its second singles title that would become a benchmark in the company’s history: the ROH Pure Championship. By 2005, still a relative wrestling rookie in Jay Lethal stepped up like very few did during that era and became a Pure titleholder that allowed his budding style to flourish in different ways due to the strict rules that made up each Pure title defense including each competitor having only three rope breaks and not using closed fists during the bout or risk disqualification. Fast forward over a decade later and long-time ROH fans have been nostalgic for the days of old where unexpected, yet highly anticipated matches over a secondary championship occurred and you find a man who is definitely made for a title division that was gone from ROH before he was even out of high school, Jonathan Gresham. “The Octopus” has spent the better part of his career traveling around the world, evolving his repertoire, and gaining the type of in-ring experience that has made him one of the best technicians going today. Unfortunately in a landscape flooded with experienced ROH stalwarts, Gresham has struggled to break through the pack as a singles competitor almost in the same way Lethal suffered from when he was confronted by Samoa Joe, Homicide, and Low Ki. Lethal eventually thrived against his biggest rivals and became the “Franchise of ROH” ready to test the potential next generation of hopefuls like Gresham.
While Gresham has scored some impressive victories during his ROH tenure thus far, those star-making matches, moments & wins haven’t occurred just yet. This could easily change for Gresham as he takes on one of the best wrestlers in the world that the world can eventually see. Lethal, on the other hand, sees Gresham as a stepping stone toward his believed destiny of regaining the ROH World Championship – another win in his favor to reinforce he’s worthy of being next in line to fight the champ. Looking past Gresham could inevitably cost Lethal and the biggest upset of 2018 in wrestling could happen in Atlanta. While that seems unlikely, stranger things have happened in ROH including moments like a young Lethal defeating the first ROH World champion over a decade ago.

The Best Wrestling on the Planet returns to Atlanta, GA at historic Center Stage on Saturday February 10th for an international TV taping! Saturday Night At Center Stage in Atlanta will feature a ROH World Television Championship match with “The Last Real Man” Silas Young defending against the former champion Kenny King!

When Kenny King became the new ROH World Television champion at “Death Before Dishonor XV” he had a declaration in mind that would dictate the future of his reign if his first defense proved to be successful. By defeating Josh Woods on ROH TV, King found the confidence to proclaim that any time he was on a ROH card in singles competition his TV title would be on the line. King’s words gained the attention of several ROH competitors to the point Ring of Honor decided the champ would have a chance to test his mettle (and his luck) against three of them – Silas Young, Shane Taylor and Punishment Martinez at “Final Battle ‘17”. The night wasn’t an expected one for King as the defending champ saw his title reign come to a screeching halt like so much beer bottle on skull. Actually, that’s exactly why King’s TV title run ended when Young bashed one of Beer City Bruiser’s beer bottles over the titleholder’s head to knock him out behind the referee’s back to eliminate him from the match that would eventually end with “The Last Real Man” becoming the new ROH World Television champion. Since that night in New York, King has be constantly reminding Young both on the microphone and during physical confrontations that he’s coming for him and the TV title. But there’s a big difference coming into this bout compared to the “Final Battle ‘17” bout. Beyond the obvious fact this will be a single match, the big story coming into this match is Young has more backup in the form of Brian Milonas. “The Kingpin” has aligned himself with “Milwaukee’s Worst” and could be the difference between any win and loss Young attains including this title defense. Both men are incredible examples of the type of talent ROH houses and could easily produce one of the best matches of the taping.

Fans in Atlanta will also witness a huge tag team match featuring two teams that have their eyes set on the ROH World Tag Team Championship. Mark & Jay Briscoe will battle Best Friends (Chuckie T. and Beretta)!

When Chuckie T. & Beretta came together in ROH, fans who had seen their antics elsewhere were excited to see just how far they could make it in the loaded ROH Tag Team division. But ten years ago when ROH wasn’t fully established on a global market, the company’s tag team division was still looked upon as a hotbed of memorable tag teams and, most importantly, matches led by the brother duo known as The Briscoes. Jay & Mark Briscoe not only broke records as a unit in ROH during this time, they were also a part of some of ROH’s greatest matches of 2007 and all-time including the first Ladder War. Over the next ten years, The Briscoes found success as singles wrestlers as well as a duo and, most recently, a trio alongside Bully Ray. By the end of 2017, Jay Briscoe found himself at a crossroads when he realized the legacy of The Briscoes has slowly faded into ROH’s past rather than them being at the forefront of a revolution like they were in 2007. In an effort to return to their old level of prominence, The Briscoes have set the sights of outdoing themselves by becoming nine-time ROH World Tag Team champions. But to move one step closer to that goal is to attempt to defeat a duo that have all the ability in the world to overcome any team in ROH – something seen in their ROH debut. While it appears The Briscoes are a lock to win this one, don’t be surprised if something unexpected happens that ends with both teams in position for a title shot in the same match.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling superstar Kota Ibushi, regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers in the sport today, will compete at Ring of Honor’s huge Supercard of Honor on April 7th in New Orleans, ROH officials have announced.

Not surprising, ROH is attempting to load up one of its biggest shows of the year featuring talent from across the world including the likes of New Japan’s former three-time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight champion and one of the best wrestlers in the world today, Kota Ibushi. Ibushi is coming off a big win over Cody at “Wrestle Kingdom 12” and could be looking to turn a win over a former ROH World champion into him becoming the second New Japan star to win ROH gold following Kushida’s TV title win last year.

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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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