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By James Bullock Jun 19, 2018 - 10:30 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 returned to Texas for its final events prior to “Best in the World”. Lets find out what happened during this history-making weekend of action.

State of the Art: San Antonio Results; June 15th, 2018; San Antonio, TX
– Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia defeated The Boys
– Flip Gordon defeated Rhett Titus
– Sumie Sakai & Tenille Dashwood defeated Kelly Klein & Thunder Rosa
– Jay Lethal defeated TK O’Ryan
– Atlantis, Stuka Jr., & Guerrero Maya Jr. defeated SoCal Uncensored
– Silas Young defeated Curt Stallion
– Bully Ray, Shane Taylor & Punishment Martinez defeated Delirious, Cheeseburger & Hurricane Helms
– Cody defeated Jonathan Gresham
– Bullet Club (The Young Bucks, Adam Page, & Marty Scurll) defeated Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia & The Killer Elite Squad

Amidst unexpected circumstances (The Briscoes being unable to appear as planned for the main event), Ring of Honor’s return to San Antonio proved to be a highly entertaining event featuring a redone main event that saw The Bullet Club coming together and proving themselves a true unit who has made this past week one of the most remarkable in the faction’s history as they defeated The Kingdom and Suzuki-Gun’s Killer Elite Squad in a thriller of a finale where Adam Page picked up the victory for his team by pinning one-third of the Six-Man Tag Team champions Vinny Marseglia. Not to be outdone was another impressive showcase for Jonathan Gresham. Though “The Octopus” came up short in battling another former ROH World champion, their first-time encounter proved to be a show stealer with Cody forgoing his more dastardly ways in an effort to prove himself a great grappler against one of the best grapplers to grace a ROH ring in years. On the opposite end of the spectrum in regards to style, but not quality was the six-man bout featuring Team CMLL overcoming SoCal Uncensored in an incredibly fun lucha style offering.
TK O’Ryan created the lead Gresham would follow later in the night by having a great showing before coming up short against the former ROH World & TV champion. Flip Gordon picked up a much-needed victory to continue his winning streak in a match that turned out a lot better in reality than what it appeared to be on paper. There were also some unexpected highlights from the show including the return of Top Prospect Tournament competitor Curt Stallion in a losing effort against Silas Young that saw the fans give Stallion a standing ovation afterwards. The Kingdom overcoming The Boys and Team Bully Ray winning wasn’t surprising; yet the fans were really into everything that happened between the bells. This turned out to be the best non-major event ROH has had all year and definitely is worthy of a viewing.

State of the Art: Dallas Results; June 16th, 2018; Dallas, TX
– Tenille Dashwood defeated Thunder Rosa
– The Young Bucks defeated The Boys
– ROH Six-Man Title Match: Champions The Kingdom vs. Atlantis, Stuka Jr., & Guerrero Maya Jr.
– Marty Scurll defeated Jay Lethal & Flip Gordon in a Triple Threat match
– Hurricane Helms & Delirious defeated The Addiction
– ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Briscoes defeated The Killer Elite Squad to retain
– Cody defeated Shane Taylor
– ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground Instant Reward Match: Punishment Martinez defeated Cheeseburger in a match that also included Silas Young, Adam Page, Jonathan Gresham and Scorpio Sky
– ROH World Television Championship: Punishment Martinez defeated Silas Young to become the NEW TELEVISION CHAMPION!

Easily the biggest story coming out of this weekend of ROH action occurred in Dallas as Punishment Martinez won not only the Six Man Mayhem bout (arguably the second best match of the evening following the triple threat bout) to earn an instant TV title opportunity, he also won his first ROH championship in a history-making moment as he became the first person to win a title in a Proving Ground Instant Reward match. This title change also makes the second to occur at a live event this year alone. While this is disappointing as it feels Young has had two nothing TV title reigns thus far it’s great that Martinez has finally won a championship after being positioned so close to the top, but coming up short even though his stature & abilities should make him a main event star. With Martinez vs. Page happening at “Best in the World”, it’s great that their match will have something more thank just a blood feud heading into the pay-per-view. The rest of the event was a solid offering with expected outcomes occurring including The Young Bucks, Tenille Dashwood, Cody, Marty Scurll, The Briscoes and The Kingdom won their matches that were all good, but nothing spectacular. While ROH’s return to Dallas wasn’t as memorable from an in-ring perspective as their San Antonio event, the finale makes it something worth checking out to see Martinez’s rise to glory.

Coming off the highly successful Honor United Tour, the Best Wrestling on the Planet, returns to the UK with the HONOR RE-UNITED TOUR; featuring an eight-man, United States vs. United Kingdom tournament! The tournament is the first annual Ring of Honor International Cup with the first round taking place in Edinburgh on Thursday August 16th, the semi-finals and finals on Saturday August 18th in Doncaster; with the winner challenging for the Ring of Honor World Championship in the main event on Sunday August 19th in London!

With this announcement ROH has already partially filled up three cards without having to create brand new storylines or be worried about what could or may not happen outside of the company’s control before ROH’s return to the UK for the third time in a year. Names of hopeful participants in this tournament are numerous with men like Zach Sabre Jr. & WALTER topping many a list by ROHbots from around the world. Most recently during ROH’s UK tours fans have witnessed to the likes of Marty Scurll, Will Ospreay, Nick Aldis, Mark Haskins & Doug Williams make their debuts & returns. ROH has a great opportunity to really make these events something special with the right selection of talent and match-ups only fans could’ve dreamt of just a year ago.

Sinclair Broadcasting Group CEO Chris Ripley revealed that Ring of Honor plans to present an event show in Madison Square Garden during “Wrestlemania” weekend next year.

In February 2002 when Ring of Honor held its inaugural event in the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia few, if anyone believed the company would reach such heights as it has right now. Yet here we potentially are with SBG and ROH management planning for what could be the biggest success or the biggest disappointment in the company’s history. Long-time ROH fans will remember ROH’s attempt at figuratively boxing above its weight in 2007 by holding a show in the Cow Palace in hopes of expanding the company’s foothold into the west coast. It proved to be an utter moment of humiliation as the company couldn’t halfway fill the building known for famous WCW pay-per-views alongside a giant wrestling convention. But a lot has changed since that time in San Francisco for ROH and the possibility of the company growing to this point of being able to hold an event in wrestling’s most famous arena is closer to a reality than ever. ROH will have to stack the card, import must-see talent like Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega, and put together some storylines that will make people emotionally invested similar to the “Best in the World ‘15” main event if it wants to avoid another harsh slap in the face that it hasn’t reached such a grand status no matter the financial backing or promotional partnerships.

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

Last week: The Briscoes successfully defended the ROH World Tag Team title in a thriller of a match against Roppongi 3K.

ROH TV Episode 352
6/16/18
Chicago, IL

Kenny King vs. Chuckie T.
Two weeks ago, the friendship between Austin Aries and Kenny King fell apart when the latter unsuccessfully tried to help “A Double” win the ROH World TV title; getting kicked in the groin for his actions. Apparently the referee also had to physically ring the bell; causing a big laugh between the opponents as King offer the Hug of Honor instead of simply following the Code of Honor. King got his hugs from the fans when Chuckie T. decided he wasn’t about hug life this week. The opening moments of action saw King work his way out of a headlock before running trough the tag team specialist with a shoulder block. Chuckie returned the favor before doing a little dance that left King prone … to a hug. Kenny was taken aback by the sudden change of heart, only to be pulled into a belly-to-belly suplex heading into the commercial break.
Chuckie was still in control, slamming King in position for the moonsault. King moved at the last second, causing Chuckie to get up swinging without much behind those haymakers. Big Eddy Gordo put Chuckie on the floor in position for a twisting plancha topped by King taking a selfie with a fan. T. couldn’t recover in time to avoid a follow up cross body block, but did connect with a plancha of his own when King left the ring following a hotshot. Chuckie decided he wanted a selfie with that fan, too. Jealously was now running through this match; leading to an infuriated King running into the Liger bomb. Sole Food connected for Chuckie, but King was still on his feet until he felt the falcon arrow. Somehow Chuckie doing the deed didn’t leave King down for the three count. Coming off the ropes, Chuckie ran into a spine buster. King was calling for the Royal Flush, only for Chuckie to counter with a small package into the piledriver … to give T. a near fall!
King avoided the Awful Waffle, utilizing a spin kick to put Chuckie in position for the Royal Flush and the subsequent three count.

The Briscoes have remained the ROH World Tag Team champions through any means necessary including attacking The Young Bucks with chairs. The champs were outside of the building to remind the world who they are and why people need to shut up about what The Briscoes do to remain the champs. Mark Briscoe gave The Young Bucks credit for being the best at making Youtube videos & selling t-shirts, but they won’t be able to be the best in tag team competition when they challenge for the gold again.

Shane Taylor vs. Josh Woods
Shane Taylor was in the ring; running down the names of Josh Woods and King Mo before calling out the prior in front of a booing crowd. At ROH’s event in West Palm Beach, Taylor picked a fight with Woods’ corner man for the evening in King Mo; flipping off the Bellator star rather than follow up his insulting gestures. Woods showed incredible strength early on, getting knocked out of the air when he went for a springboard attack. Woods left the ring, only to take a head-butt that put him against the barricade and left him prone to the cannonball against the barricades. Draping Woods across the apron, Taylor dropped a big leg heading into the commercial break.
Taylor caught Woods running into the corner, hoisting him up for something that “The Goods” countered into a sleeper-German suplex combo. Flying knee connected for Woods to set up a series of strikes in the corner. The referee wanted to check on the cowering Taylor in the corner, stepping between Shane and Woods. Shoving the referee out of the way, Woods ran right into a One Hitter Quitter that laid him out for the three count.

The Bullet Club (Cody, Marty Scurll, Adam Page & The Young Bucks) w/ Burnard the Business Bear vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Himoru Takahashi, BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA) w/ Daryl Jr.
The ROH World champion was in the building and ready to join the commentators for this huge main event. It was Cody asking for a piece of Tetsuya Naito. Naito had a hard time seeing Cody’s bulging biceps, spitting & tossing Cody to the floor in preparation for his patented dive feign into the tranquilo pose. Marty Scurll tagged in as did BUSHI; leading to a grappling exchange where BUSHI opted to turn this into a brawl. EVIL saved his partner from getting his fingers dislocated, bringing in The Young Bucks to confront the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team champions EVIL & SANADA. Super kicks blocked by the LIJ members; leading to a standoff. Scurll reentered to get in the face of Hiromu Takahashi as Cody and Naito did the same. The referee attempted to restore order when a big brawl broke out with everyone a clubberin’ until The Bucks put their opponents but SANADA out of the ring so Cody could knock him in position for Page’s standing shooting star press. Cody positioned himself for a little Rise of the Terminator action, but ended up getting a face full of Daryl Jr. Super kick to Takahashi left him prone to the Meltzer Driver. Thankfully for Hiromu, SANADA stopped Nick from jumping before EVIL utilized the double axe handle to knock a chair into the chest of an incoming Matt Jackson before the commercial.
Matt was getting his bad back raked by SANADA before he threw a super kick that dropped the Tag champion. Scurll became the legal man alongside Takahashi to start anotha clubberin’ session, Tony! Stomping & snapping Takahashi gave Scurll the confidence to attack any member of LIJ he saw standing. When refocusing on Takahashi, “The Villain” pulled out the Ghostbuster to pull out a near fall. Countering the Chicken Wing, Takahashi unleashed that overhead belly-to-belly suplex against the turnbuckles. Nick Jackson tagged in, becoming a house of fire that kicked, jumped & face busted anything in his path. Double sharpshooter to SANADA & EVIL by The Bucks left the brothers Jackson prone to an attack from behind. Adam Page stopped what could happen with a Buckshot Lariat only to discover Punishment Martinez entering the ringside area. Page went after Martinez, fighting to the back with the big man before the final commercial break.
BUSHI came off the top, dropkicking Matt Jackson setting up a triple team that almost ended this one courtesy of a triple team dropkick. Saving Matt from sure defeat was Scurll; setting off a sequence of big maneuvers that ended with Magic Killer on Matt … for a two count thanks to Nick pulling the referee out of the ring!
Nick had to block the sunset bomb from Takahashi thanks to some help from Burnard. BUSHI retaliated by spewing the green mist into Burnard’s face. Scurll went to hit BUSHI low with that umbrella when BUSHI moved and “The Villain” hit Cody instead! The Bucks saw things going downhill for their team, bringing LIJ to the #SuperKickParty before hitting the Meltzer Driver on BUSHI to pick up the pin fall for their team.

Overall: Another week and another episode where the main event put this episode into “must-see” territory. This rematch from last year saw The Bullet Club and LIJ deliver a match that was arguably better than their last with everyone motivated on the LIJ like they were fighting in front of their home crowd. Continued tension between Scurll and Cody just added to the belief they will lose sight of taking out Castle come “Best in the World” when battling for the gold. The opening match was very fun and a nice way to give King a win without it sacrificing someone in need of victories – unlike Josh Woods; though it appears ROH is building toward something bigger involving Taylor and Woods that might bring King Mo to a ROH ring in the near future. We got a couple of promos & vignettes as well as a constant reminder of “BitW” and its impressive-looking card thus far.

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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 Punishment Martinez’s title win, reviewing NXT “Takeover: Chicago” & “Money in the Bank” and more (http://www.wewantinsanity.com/am2/publish/free_audio/32_Mins_Honor_Nation_Banking_On_Revenge.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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