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By James Bullock Jul 24, 2018 - 2:58 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 headed back to “The Music City” for an HonorClub exclusive live event topped by a TV taping in Atlanta. Let's find out what went down and what will be televised in the near future.

Honor For All Results; July 20th, 2018; Nashville, TN
– ROH World Television Championship: Punishment Martinez defeated Scorpio Sky to retain
– Proving Ground Match: Women of Honor champion Sumie Sakai defeated Karen Q
– Jonathan Gresham defeated Kenny King, Shane Taylor & Chris Sabin in a Four Corner Survival match
– Chuckie T defeated Bully Ray via disqualification
– The Dawgs, Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser defeated Cheeseburger, Eli Isom, Ryan Nova & FR Josie
– Marty Scurll defeated Vinny Marseglia
– Cody defeated TK O’Ryan
– NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis defeated Flip Gordon to retain
– The Young Bucks defeated The Briscoes and The Addiction

ROH’s return to Nashville seemed excellent on paper, but found itself struck with changes both unexpected and believed-to-be beforehand though not confirmed until the show began; with the latter being connected to the ROH World title match that was soft confirmed via ROH’s Youtube channel shortly before the controversy hit the internet involving Jay Lethal and former Woman of Honor Taeler Hendrix. Taking over the main event spot was the Triple Threat tag team bout that easily stole the show as The Young Bucks picked up another big victory into a non-title situation as expected; potentially setting the stage for another Ladder War between the three teams by “Death Before Dishonor” or “Glory By Honor” in the fall season. Multi-person/team matches really stuck out during this event as the main event was only rivaled by the fantastic Four Corner Survival bout where Jonathan Gresham picked up a huge win in a match where he was, at best, the third favorite to win. Punishment Martinez and Scorpio Sky had some great chemistry that opened the show in fine fashion.
A majority of the card was just solid, unfortunately. Sumie Sakai’s victory over Karen Q, Cody overcoming TK O’Ryan following fellow Bullet Club member Marty Scurll did the same by defeating Vinny Marseglia in an impromptu match where the self-proclaimed “Uncrowned World champion” who is in possession of the real ROH World Championship belt stepped down to let his partner step up against a would-be World title challenger, and the NWA title match all kept a nice flow to the show with the NWA Championship bout having a pretty hot crowd especially with the false ending.
There were some weak points to the show and they all involved Bully Ray as his “match” with Chuckie T. was just there to signal the return of Trent Beretta before he attacked Flip Gordon after his match. The unannounced eight-man tag proved to be ultimately forgettable and just reinforced how much of a change the card had witnessed. This is a good night of ROH action, but the initial promise on paper definitely didn’t turn into reality.

Saturday Night at Center Stage TV Taping Results; July 21st, 2018; Atlanta, GA
– Pre-show: Sal Rinauro defeated P Dawg Mike Posey
– Chris Sabin defeated Scorpio Sky
– Karen Q defeated Jenny Rose
– FR Josie vs. Eli Isom ended in a no contest when Jeff Cobb attacked both men
– Kenny King defeated Marty Scurll
– Christopher Daniels defeated Jay Briscoe via disqualification
– Flip Gordon defeated Silas Young
– ROH World Championship: Jay Lethal defeated Jon Gresham in a 30-minute Ironman match to retain
– Women of Honor Championship: Sumie Sakai defeated Madison Rayne to retain
– Shane Taylor defeated Josh Woods
– Marcus Kross vs. Charles Zanders ended in a no contest when Jeff Cobb attacked both men
– The Best Friends defeated Silas Young & Bully Ray
– Frankie Kazarian defeated Mark Briscoe
– Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas defeated The Dawgs and Cheeseburger & Ryan Nova
– ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship: Cody & The Young Bucks defeated The Kingdom to become the new champions

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, ROH’s return to Center Stage allowed for the unexpected to happen yet again as the Six-Man Tag Team title changed hands as Cody & The Young Bucks won the silver from The Kingdom in what was said to be an insane match. Not only does this make The Young Bucks triple champions having won the IWGP Heavyweight & NEVER Openweight 6-Men Tag Team titles before this show, it also gives Cody his first Tag Team Championship outside of WWE. The Kingdom loss at this time is very intriguing considering Matt Taven is claiming to be the uncrowned/real ROH World champion. In regards to the World champion, his rivalry with Jonathan Gresham continued here as “The Octopus” took Jay Lethal to the limit yet again before losing in overtime. Considering Gresham is a part of the International Cup, there’s a good chance he’ll win the entire thing and get another shot at the company’s most prestigious prize in the near future.
When it comes to the other ROH title divisions as The Briscoes took a pair of losses to The Addiction in singles competition; potentially setting the stage for a big title bout instead of Ladder War as expected with The Bucks winning their Triple Threat match a night earlier. Alex Shelley announced something many have been speculating since the Hammerstein Ballroom TV taping: he’ll be taking some time away from the ring while allowing Chris Sabin to venture out on his own in hopes of winning the TV title. Sumie Sakai successfully defended her Women of Honor title yet again while Kelly Klein seems hell bent on making Jenny Rose’s life terrible by costing her wins and even attacking her afterwards; potentially trying to coax a match out of Rose’s mentor in the champ herself. While not an official title, being a Top Prospect in ROH is something many have fought for in hopes of becoming a staple in the company. Jeff Cobb seemed to be on a warpath to prove he’s the Top Prospect to end all Top Prospects in a nice surprise. If Cobb is in ROH for a significant amount of time, he’d be the perfect monster to run the World title division similar to Samoa Joe and Takeshi Morishima over a decade ago.
There were some also intriguing moments featuring Bully Ray and Silas Young as the prior walked out on Young during their tag bout, Kenny King actually defeating Marty Scurll, and Shane Taylor actually winning on ROH TV. “Death Before Dishonor” is a ways away and a lot could change before that event gains a card, but there are some definite signs of major happenings occurring in the near future courtesy of this TV taping.

Women of Honor action will be seen during the Honor ReUnited Tour as Ayesha Raymond makes her ROH debut in London!

Another former inaugural Mae Young Classic competitor comes to ROH as Ayesha Raymond looks to bring a presence unlike any other Woman of Honor in history thus far as the former bodybuilder used her natural talents to transition into pro wrestling almost a decade ago. Learning under Johnny Saint & Robbie Brookside, Ayesha used her talents to make his way to not only WWE, but also STARDOM where she became one-third of the Artist of Stardom champions only four years into her career. “The Amazon” has been picking up titles by herself around the UK ever since and it’ll be incredibly interesting to see if she’s pair against someone who can overcome her size advantage like Toni Storm did in the MYC or will a Woman of Honor get Tree Slammed.

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 USA/ROH will be Jonathan Gresham as he takes on the UK’s Mark Haskins in the opening round in Scotland!

“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 even though he has pushed many a ROH champion be it former titleholders like Cody and Kenny King or current champs such as Jay Lethal to the limit. This could be the moment for Gresham to finally pick up a win streak that propels him to champion status as he brings his unbelievable submission game to this tournament; potentially making this a Pure wrestling showcase across three nights of action. Mark 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 hasn’t worked out for the master Fujiwara arm bar – that could change in what should be a great grappling battle.

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

Last week: Kenny King, Chuckie T. & Eli Isom became the new number one contenders to the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship by winning a nearly episode long Gauntlet match.

ROH TV Episode 357
7/21/18
Fairfax, VA

We finally get highlights from “Best in the World” including Dalton Castle retaining the ROH World Championship over Cody and Marty Scurll, The Briscoes stopping The Young Bucks, and Jay Lethal overcoming Kushida.

Jay Lethal entered the arena to state his goal of defeating every person who has beaten him over the course of a year has been completed. With all those losses vindicated, Lethal made his declaration of being back in the World title picture. Matt Taven ran out to confront his old rival to question how Lethal keeps getting title shots, but he’s only wrestled for the World title twice with both of those matches ending not in his favor due to interference. Considering his last shot never even happened due to Dalton Castle having to step back due to injuries, Taven claimed to be the real World champion. Before Taven could respond, Cody’s music hit to bring out “The American Nightmare” and Burnard the Business Bear. Cody took the microphone to proclaim he’s actually the top contender. Last, but certainly not least to arrive was none other than the champ himself. Castle, decked out, remarked on the clothing choices of Lethal and Cody before admitting his body is banged up. Though he’s hurt, Castle was fine with the idea of defending the gold against all three. The fans wanted a Fatal Four Way and Castle had no problems with agreeing to the idea for a defense tonight.

Women of Honor Championship: Sumie Sakai (c) vs. Hazuki w/ Oedo Tai
No Code of Honor from Hazuki, so the champ just started Mongolian chopped her. HZK fought back, using some hair mares to send Sakai into the corner for the running face wash a la Samoa Joe that knocked Sumie to the floor. The challenger was all impact as she whipped Sakai against the barricades before slamming her on the floor and flipping off a fan. A dropkick from Hazuki knocked Sakai to the floor for a crazy senton dive off the top rope before the commercial break.
Sakai was scrambling to the ropes as the show returned, getting yanked into a rolling cradle for a two count. Sumie caught Hazuki running elbowing her in the face. Flying forearm connected for Sakai, leading to a supportive crowd responding in favor of the champ after a failed pin attempt off the fisherman’s suplex. Hazuki also used her running opponent’s momentum against her by bicycle kicking Hazuki in position for the senton splash topped by a tornado DDT. Sakai kicked out, but walked right into the Codebreaker. The fans were into this one as Hazuki looked for a senton splash off the middle rope. The challenger hit nothing but canvas, stumbling into the flying back elbow. TJ Special didn’t end this one in Sakai’s favor, nor did the missile dropkick. HZK left the ring, getting some help from Kagetsu & Hana; only to be taken down alongside her allies with a cross body off the top from Sumie. “This is awesome!” chants rang out as Sakai failed to win with another fisherman’s buster. Hazuki stopped Smash Mouth, but not the double stomp. Instead of going for the pin, Sakai climbed the ropes. Hazuki tripped Sumie, yanking her into a rope-assisted Codebreaker … to gain a near fall!
Kagetsu entered the ring as Hana distracted the referee, accidentally hitting Hazuki. Sakai disposed of Kagetsu before executing Smash Mouth on HZK to retain her title via pin fall.

In the backstage area, Marty Scurll was approached by “Ace Reporter” Gregory Helms. When Helms mocked “The Villain” for coming up short in winning the ROH World title, Scurll attacked him and broke his fingers.

ROH World Championship: Dalton Castle (c) vs. Jay Lethal vs. Cody vs. Matt Taven
The bell sounded and dey was a clubberin’ early, Tony! Jay Lethal and Cody were in the ring as Dalton Castle and Matt Taven slugged it out on the floor. Lethal avoided a dropkick from Taven, only to be sent onto the apron for Kick of the King. Disaster Kick from Cody clocked Taven; leaving Castle and Cody in the ring. Castle feigned a dive after ending Cody out of the ring, taking a clothesline from Taven seconds later. Lethal took his chance, hitting a tope on Castle & The Boys, Taven, and then Cody. Lethal went for the series of topes again, hitting everyone until he aimed for Cody; wiping out Burnard the Business Bear instead of hitting his actual target. Lethal brought Cody into the ring, only for Brandi to run the distraction so Cody could kick Lethal and Taven in the groin. Castle dared Cody to punt him between the goalposts, but Cody opted to initiate a fistfight instead. “The Peacock” found himself stuck in the American Deathlock when his challenger countered a suplex. Lethal climbed to the top rope, looking for something big when Taven knocked him off his perch. Taven frog splashed Cody as the show entered a commercial break.
Taven got back dropped to the floor just as the show returned; leading to Lethal executing a combo on Castle and Cody. Hail to the King didn’t work as Castle got his boots up. Lethal was ready, landing on his feet and cinching in the figure four. Cody freed Castle, only to be sent to the floor. Taven looked to intervene when he ran into a barrage of knife-edge chops from Lethal that had the crowd roaring. Countering a sunset flip by Lethal, Taven almost kneed Jay’s face off before Matt had to counter Castle’s Bang-a-Rang with a cradle. The referee was checking on Lethal, missing an eight count for Taven on the champion. An infuriated Taven was pulled to the canvas with Cross Rhodes … to give Cody a near fall!
Castle, Lethal and Cody were swinging for the fences until they all collapsed at the same time. Power slam by Cody on Lethal ended in a two count. Cody’s Beautiful Disaster knocked Castle into Taven’s Climax. Of course Cody broke up the sure pin by his recent rival, leading to another fistfight. Lethal came off the ropes, pulling off a double Lethal Injection on the brawling Cody and Taven. Ace crusher to Castle from Lethal left Dalton staggered and prone to Lethal Injection … that gave Jay a near fall thanks to Taven pulling the referee out of the ring! Brandi was furious, slapping the taste out of his mouth before the commercial.
Cody retrieved a chair, putting it up to stop Lethal’s latest tope. Taven pulled out a table, setting it up in the ring after bashing “The American Nightmare” in the face. Taven had a superplex in mind to put Cody through the table, with Dalton getting underneath Taven for a tower of doom. Lethal smartly jumped atop Taven … to gain a near fall!
Lethal was met by a Castle right hand, leading to another fistfight. Wild haymaker failed for Castle, only for Lethal to super kick him for the Lethal Injection set up. Castle countered with a roll up, only for Lethal to kick out. Lethal quickly came off the ropes, hitting the Lethal Injection … for the three count! New champion!
While Cody watched from the bottom of the aisle desponded and Taven complained, the new champion and former titleholder followed the Code of Honor to close the show.

Overall: After two weeks of typical post-PPV episodes that feature little to no storyline advancement, this episode finally focused on the fallout from “Best in the World” and delivered one of the most surprising moments in ROH TV history. For the first time, the ROH World Championship changed hands on ROH TV courtesy of a fantastic match that is actually an edited version that can be seen in full on HonorClub. The inveracities of the bout like Taven winning, but the referee not being around to add to his belief there is a conspiracy against him; Castle’s body giving out on him; Cody losing his entourage hurting his overall chances of winning were well done and played out incredibly well The impromptu nature of the match just added to the title change; adding a nice air of unpredictability to the episodes going forward. Not to shortchange the Women of Honor – they too had a must-see encounter as Hazuki proved to be Sakai’s greatest challenge to date with a match that was high octane from bell to bell. The ladies of STARDOM are always welcomed because they have yet to fail to deliver in ROH. This is a definite must-see episode not just due to the title change, but also because of two incredible matches making the hour an easy watch.

Future of Honor: Facade & Buddy Hanlon vs. The Dawgs


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 Hulk Hogan being reinstated into the WWE Hall of Fame and more (http://www.wewantinsanity.com/am2/publish/free_audio/32_Mins_Honor_Nation_Forgiving_Hogan.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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