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By James Bullock Apr 15, 2018 - 7:37 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 has a weekend of action on tap following its most attended event in history. Lets find out what went down during “Wrestlemania” weekend and what’s to come in Columbus.

“Supercard of Honor XII” Results; April 7th, 2018; New Orleans, LA
– Women of Honor Championship Tournament Semi-Final Match: Sumie Sakai defeated Tenille Dashwood
– Women of Honor Championship Tournament Semi-Final Match: Kelly Klein defeated Mayu Iwatani
– Chuckie T. defeated Jonathan Gresham
– Punishment Martinez defeated Tomohiro Ishii
– Kota Ibushi defeated Adam Page
– Women of Honor Championship Tournament Final Match: Sumie Sakai defeated Kelly Klein to become the first Women of Honor champion
– ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (Ladder match): SoCal Uncensored defeated The Hung Bucks to retain
– Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas defeated The Motor City Machine Guns and PJ & Luke Hawks in a Triple Threat match
– ROH World Tag Team Championship: The Briscoes defeated Jay Lethal & Hiroshi Tanahashi to retain
– ROH Television Championship (Last Man Standing match): Silas Young defeated Kenny King to become the new champion
– Cody defeated Kenny Omega
– ROH World Championship: Dalton Castle defeated Marty Scurll to retain

During wrestling biggest weekend of the year, Ring of Honor was able to pull off its most attended event in history; drawing nearly 6000 fans to bear witness to potential greatness and guaranteed history being made. The latter was thanks to the crowning of the first Women of Honor champion. On both Facebook Live and the ROH website (when the latter was up & functional – failing to handle the server load of viewers similar to what happened during the “16th Anniversary” and forced ROH to apologize & make good with coupons & discounts), the semi-final Women of Honor Championship tournament matches unfolded; failing to reach the status of the most recent matches seen on ROH TV, but providing some interesting turns of events considering Sumie Sakai actually overcame Tenille Dashwood while Kelly Klein ended the ROH winning streak of Mayu Iwatani – one of the biggest names in Joshi wrestling today. With the stage set for the finale, Klein took the first shot by attacking Sumie during the pre-match promotional ceremony to add some good heat to the eventual title match later in the show. Before a first WOH champion was crowned, Jonathan Gresham failed to overcome Chuckie T. in a fine contest to officially open the show as Chuckie survived the technical acumen of “The Octopus” and waited for an opportunity to hit his patented maneuvers – a strategy that worked and ended not with Chuckie winning following a big move, but a roll up. While a good match, the result definitely left something to be desired considering Gresham has a big rematch with Jay Lethal coming up in the next few weeks in a match that will exclusively be seen on HonorClub while Chuckie is simply biding his time in ROH until his partner recovers.
The first inter-promotional match of the event featuring ROH’s Punishment Martinez taking on New Japan’s Tomohiro Ishii and it proved to be the hard-hitting contest everyone expected with Martinez showing just how versatile he is by not only going strike for strike with “The Stone Pitbull”, but also taking to the sky with super hurricaranas and spinning heel kicks off the top (not to mention that dive where he ended up landing on his head – a running theme during the first two matches of the main card). Eventually it was Ishii’s want to brawl that cost him as he got predictable and was easily caught in mid-motion with that South of Heaven choke slam to give Martinez, arguably, his biggest win at a grand ROH event and his most important win since “Survival of the Fittest” to cap off a really strong match. Not to be outdone was the next bout featuring Adam Page and Kota Ibushi. The match proved to be everything someone would want from them as Page changed his game plan of trying to work the same style & pace of Ibushi to force him into a brawl. This strategy actually proved detrimental for Page as he took a German suplex off the barricade to the floor in one of the show’s most sickening sights. “Hangman” rallied back, but the damage done left Page a step behind as Ibushi cut off every comeback and was able to fight through pins following big maneuvers such as the Buckshot Lariat before getting finished by the Kamigoye in what was a thrilling encounter and one that will most certainly raise the stock of Page in both ROH and New Japan while reinforcing the fact Kota is one of the best wrestlers in the world today.
A fired up Sumie Sakai entered the ring to take on Kelly Klein; actually attacking her before the bell to set off a chain of events where the usually dominant “Gatekeeper” found himself fighting from behind until Klein hit a German suplex. Klein took her time assaulting Sakai; leading to the Women of Honor locker room to empty to see who would win while supporting one of the original Women of Honor in Sumie. Fighting through the pain, Sakai eventually hit her fisherman’s buster topped by a grazing moonsault. Before Klein could collect herself, Sakai utilized a DDT to pin her after a relatively quick match that ended sloppily and somewhat confused the enthusiastic audience. A lot can be stated about the booking for this title tournament considering Klein made it to the finale, Tenille Dashwood was in the tourney, and Mayu Iwatani was arguably the best performer involved; yet it was someone who has constantly lost in the division that won it all. But Sakai winning is a feel-good moment if there ever was one – a moment helped recently on ROH TV where she explained how the company changed her life for the better. Sakai’s reign probably won’t be long, but she is definitely worthy of having her name etched in the history books.
Sheer insanity made up the next bout as the new team of Flip Gordon & The Young Bucks challenged for the ROH World Six-Man Championship. The match’s early story was that of each team trying to brawl & takedown their opposition before quickly climbing a ladder before being cut off by an opponent; leading to big maneuvers such as Frankie Kazarian’s TKO off the ladder, Flip kipping his way to avoid the Terry Funk ladder shop, and Nick Jackson actually playing hopscotch on three ladders placed across the ring when all six men were brawling atop the steel. As the match progressed so did the long-standing injury of Matt Jackson’s back affected his team’s success as he struggled to pull off The Bucks’ patented double team maneuvers and was easily downed. But Matt’s back and the scary moments such as Flip being kicked off the very top of a ladder when trying to perform three Kinder Surprise kicks weren’t the reasons why the match changed dramatically. The arrival of a banned Kingdom saw Matt Taven, Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan attack both teams and almost steal the belts before the official opponents joined forces to remove them from the ring. Coming down to Matt and Daniels brawling on the ladder after their respective partners were put out of commission when Gordon & Nick pulled off stereo 450 splashes to put Scorpio Sky & Kazarian through tables at ringside, the ingenuity of “The General” paid off as he survived a fall off the ladder and pushed Matt off his perch to send the challenger through a table where Vinny was taking a nap. Climbing the ladder, Daniels retrieved his title to win it all to a loud chorus of boos. But SoCal Uncensored couldn’t celebrate as The Kingdom attacked them against and stole the title belts much to the chagrin of the fans. Another fantastic Ladder from ROH ironically on the same night NXT had a must-see Ladder match as well. Even The Kingdom interference worked in the grand context considering they were initially scheduled for the title shot and got banned by ROH Enforcer Bully Ray for simply vocalizing their grievances with ROH management.
After a quick Triple Threat tag featuring Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas overcoming The Motor City Machine Guns and Luke & PJ Hawk, it was time for the ROH World Tag Team match. Similar to the Champions Challenge match on ROH TV recently, The Briscoes were one-step ahead of their challengers throughout the match. For every moment that challenging team would get an advantage, the tenured duo would find a way to cut them off before the champs were put in a severe disadvantage such as Mark Briscoe luring Jay Lethal into a strike exchange to give Jay Briscoe enough space to land an illegal clothesline. Hiroshi Tanahashi tried to become the saving grace for his team; actually allowing his partner to hit Lethal Injection for a near fall that left the crowd going crazy & chanting, “That was three!” Unfortunately for the challengers it wasn’t their night as Tanahashi got sent out of the ring and Lethal was left to feel the Doomsday Device for title retention in a really good bout that showed how far & away the Tag Team champs are compared to anyone that stands across the ring from them right now.
Another man looking to keep his winning streak alive was the World Television champion Kenny King, but to do so would mean beating the odds by defeating Silas Young in his match: a Last Man Standing match. Joining the commentators for this one was none other than “The Belt Collector” Austin Aries after he made another challenge to the ROH TV champion. ROH Enforcer Bully Ray was really slacking on the job during this match as the rules allowed for interference and no one was there to force Beer City Bruiser from the area outside of the champ’s hands & legs as he tried his hardest to overcome the numbers game. When it was done to the original opponents, the champ and challenger used anything at their disposal be it the trashcans “The Last Real Man” brought with him, chairs, or a table that was eventually broken by King when he put Young through a table with an impressive shooting star press of the top rope! Rolling in pain, King suddenly couldn’t walk while the challenger slowly made his way to his feet. Beating the count, Young became a two-time TV champion while King rolled from underneath the ring to reveal BCB had tied his legs together with zip ties. The ending definitely didn’t feel like a definitive conclusion to an otherwise satisfying feud over the TV title, but the match itself had some good heat and it felt like two people who truly disliked each other slugging it out or trying to break the other down with holds including Aries’ own Last Chancery. In a shocking turn of events, Bully Ray finally arrived and became Cheeseburger’s partner for his match against The Dawgs after the latter attacked Cheeseburger’s ally for the evening. Even more surprising was Ray attacking Cheeseburger midway through the match and blaming people & wrestlers like Cheeseburger for killing the business. The long-winded confrontation between Ray, ROH COO Joe Koff and another Ray proclaimed business killer Flip Gordon ended with Bully power bombing Cheeseburger and people left confused again as the authority figure has become a bitter, old vet.
It was time for the show’s double main event as The Bullet Club exploded. Kenny Omega confronted Cody in front of a crowd solely behind the prior and ready for him to tear into “The American Nightmare”. They had a very focused, defined match with Omega decapitating Burnard the Business Bear by knocking his stuffed head off without a reveal of who was in the suit; leaving himself open to a sneak attack from Cody. Cody would take his sweet time assaulting Omega while insulting the fans to create a molten atmosphere when “The Cleaner” fought back and started hitting his patented maneuvers including a Snap Dragon on the apron and the V-Trigger on a cornered Cody. Brandi even took a V-Trigger accidentally; being put through a table her husband set up earlier. Omega survived a Cross Rhodes, Cody fought through the pin after the V-Trigger before pulling out the vertabreaker, and the referee got caught in the crossfire as the match came down the homestretch. The battered Young Bucks entered the fray, trying to decide who they should super kick. Aiming for Cody, The Bucks accidentally hit Omega when “The American Nightmare” ducked at the last second. Stunned in front of a crowd condemning them for doing the wrong thing, The Bucks couldn’t stop Cody from hitting Cross Rhodes once again to pin Omega. A match that arguably lived up to the hype and allowed Cody to pick up a big win that will definitely affect The Bullet Club in the weeks to come. Add that to the fact The Bucks apparently chose what side they’re on, only to mess things up further. This was definitely more of a sports entertainment style match built on the story set before the bell than the stereotypical wrestling clinic associated with Kenny Omega – meaning it might not work for some considering the environment, but those who are emotionally connected to what’s been happening with The Bullet Club lately on “Being the Elite” will get a real kick out of this bout.
The ROH World Championship bout somewhat shockingly closed the show as Marty Scurll got his first ROH World title opportunity. After a lengthy feeling out process, the challenger focused on the left arm & shoulder of “The Peacock” in hopes of cinching in his patented Chicken Wing. In front of an exhausted crowd, Scurll dominated with Castle trying to retaliate with German suplexes including one on the floor. At ringside sat the NWA World’s Heavyweight champion Nick “Magnus” Aldis to watch his friend Scurll win. When the fighting pair got near him, Aldis handed “The Villain” a pair of scissors Scurll would use to remove the top turnbuckle pad. In truth, Aldis handed his friend an instrument of destruction for Marty as Scurll started relying on his dastardly ways; only for those traits to backfire. A bag of powder was kicked in Scurll’s face and blinded him. The referee got his fingers dislocated by a blinded Scurll and couldn’t make a count during the pin fall. Eventually Castle made a stunning comeback after surviving the Chicken Wing (after a new referee came out), taking a dangerous amount of stomps to the head while grounded, and feeling a super kick to Bang-A-Rang the charging challenger to pin him in a great main event that could’ve been about ten minutes shorter to avoid burning out a tired crowd even further. It’ll be interesting to witness if we’ll be seeing a champion vs. champion match soon featuring Castle and Aldis considering the influence the latter had on the match. Overall, this card on paper had all the makings of delivering the best ROH event of 2018 thus far and, arguably, of all time. In reality it turned out to be a mostly memorable that was definitely outdone by the competition seen that night. Ibushi-Page, the Ladder match & Cody-Omega are must-see bouts from an overall strong show.

“Masters of the Craft” Preview; April 15th, 2018; Columbus, OH

Defy or Deny: ROH World champion Dalton Castle vs. Marty Scurll vs. Beer City Bruiser vs. Punishment Martinez
The rules are simple: it’s an elimination match where the winning non-champion gets a future ROH World title shot or the final person to be defeated by the champion can’t challenge for the title while the titleholder is the champion. In 2011, then-ROH World champion Roderick Strong participated in the first “Defy or Deny” match where he had to fight back the challenge of three potential contenders. With the help of Michael Elgin, Roderick Strong won the first “Defy or Deny” match and walked out of the building with three less challengers to worry about in the future. “Mr. ROH” didn’t fare so well two years later when Roderick entered the second “Defy or Deny” bout in history as a potential challenger alongside Michael Elgin and Eddie Edwards; falling to then-titleholder Kevin Steen. 2014 saw the most recent “Defy or Deny” encounter with only three participants, but the result of the champion ending his night in victorious fashion being exactly the same. What seems like an impossible statistic – the champion winning 100% percent of the time – is the reality of this match’s history thus far. After four iterations, there’s a good chance that number could drop from 100 to 75% if Punishment Martinez, Beer City Bruiser, or Marty Scurll can figure out the formula the likes of Eddie Edwards, Michael Elgin, Mark Briscoe or Jimmy Jacobs couldn’t solve. Castle comes in with singles victories over every opponent, but in multi-man situations he hasn’t fared well. Thus far, “Defy or Deny” matches have been highlights of the three events they’ve been associated with including a TV taping; this should be no different no matter the outcome.

ROH World Television Championship: Silas Young defends against Cheeseburger
0-3 – that’s Cheeseburger’s record thus far when it comes to Television Championship matches. The prized result of ROH Dojo’s training, Cheeseburger has withstood the test of time in ROH rings and has surpassed all expectations. But unlike his previous TV title opportunities, Cheeseburger comes into this one potentially facing men who went through wars in New Orleans. Though Silas Young took copious amounts of abuse during his Last Man Standing match to win the title, Cheeseburger doesn’t come into this bout unscathed having been power bombed by Bully Ray during the show after Ray turned on Cheeseburger; blaming the fan favorite for being an example of everything wrong with the current state of wrestling. With Bully Ray scheduled to be in the building, Cheeseburger’s talents might not be the determining factor of whether or not he finally becomes to a ROH champion.

First Blood match: Cody vs. Matt Taven
2017 proved to be a rough year for Matt Taven’s version of The Kingdom. After ending 2016 as Six-Man Tag Team champions, The Kingdom suffered an unexpected turn of events that led to them losing the title, TK O’Ryan being forced out of action due to a nasty leg injury, and Taven & Vinny Marseglia failing to get any traction as a duo. Claiming conspiracy by ROH management to hold him & his crew down, Taven has declared no more in 2018 as he has started an impressive winning streak that will prevent ROH from supposedly ignoring his & The Kingdom’s talents. Cody, on the other hand, found great success in 2017 to the point he’s taking credit for ROH’s record-breaking attendance records and PPV buy rates in the year. So what better way for Taven to definitively establish himself as one of the best ROH has to offer than by taking down the ROH Wrestler of the Year in 2017? Taven put Cody on notice in Philadelphia right after the latter failed to retain his ROH World Championship. Kicking Cody in the family jewels, Taven set the stage for their battle in Memphis where “The American Nightmare” avenged the disgraceful act by not only shattering Taven’s dreams, but also pinned him on ROH TV. But it was Taven who got the last laugh that night in “Music City” as he & The Kingdom attacked Cody after the match. Topping off another kick to Cody’s groin was Taven stealing the Ring of Honor ring and forcing an unconscious Cody’s lips to kiss the ring. Since that night The Kingdom dominated The Bullet Club any time Cody is in the ring as seen live on iPPV in “Honor Reigns Supreme”.
Cody entered ROH’s “16th Anniversary” completely focused and able to withstand the numbers game, being prepared for a low blow by wearing a steel protective cup, and executing Cross Rhodes to pin Taven and regain his Ring of Honor. Disrespected & reeling from a big loss on PPV, Taven is literally out for blood in Columbus. For the first time in ROH history, Cody and Taven will do battle in a match where the winner is declared only after his opponent is significantly bleeding. Though Cody has proven he can thrive in more hardcore environments, he’s also proven to be susceptible to cuts that have left him losing blood such as the night he won the ROH World Championship. Though the stage is not as grand as the one in Las Vegas, a win for the new CMLL Welterweight champion Taven here will definitely put him in ROH World title contention while he can claim the final victory in this war between Bullet Club and Kingdom members. They’ve had strong outings thus far, but with the rules being completely different than what was seen previously there’s a good chance this could be their best encounter as they won’t be hindered by the prototypical rules of pro wrestling to attain victory.

Jay Lethal vs. 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 hadn’t occurred until this year’s version of “Honor Reigns Supreme” where “The Octopus” had the opportunity to take on Lethal prior to the former World champion battling for the ROH World title on pay-per-view. Lethal-Gresham I stole the show that night and opened the eyes of thousands of fans who didn’t know just how much potential Gresham has when facing the best of the best. Unfortunately for everything good there has to be something bad; and bad in the case of Gresham was suffering a knee injury during the match that has put him on the shelf until now. Their first bout was an early ROH Match of the Year candidate that helped raise the stock of Gresham even in defeat. There’s a great chance “The Octopus” has not only learned from his mistakes that cost him in the previous match, but also could use his injury to his advantage by playing possum in an environment where victory by any means is a necessity. There’s a good chance that in another fantastic match Gresham could pull off the biggest victory of his ROH career for all those watching through HonorClub to see.

SoCal Uncensored & Shane Taylor vs. The Hung Bucks & Flip Gordon
“Welcome to Ring of Honor!” is a phrase that’s haunted Flip Gordon since his joined the ROH roster full-time courtesy of The Bullet Club. On various episodes of “Being The Elite”, Gordon’s good nature has been used against him as The Bullet Club have tricked, choked and, of course, super kicked him whenever it seemed like they were simply welcoming him to ROH or playing a “harmless rib.” For obvious reasons, Flip has taken exception to the actions of wrestling’s most powerful faction going today; looking to do whatever he can in his power to stand up for himself and put The Bullet Club members who have been hounding him for months in their places. Gordon planned to gather help from all corners of the wrestling community to help push back the growing influence The Bullet Club has on not only ROH, but the wrestling business & its wrestlers as a whole. Unfortunately for Gordon his plans didn’t pan out as he hoped; resulting in him not only losing a chance to become a Six-Man Tag Team champion, but also his men like Scorpio Sky turning on him. But time has a way of healing all wounds as seen during recent episodes of “Being The Elite” where Gordon has been offering his psychologist services to help The Young Bucks while hoping that maybe his actions will help him accomplish a goal: to be a part of the “All In” event Cody & The Young Bucks are financing in September. Though Gordon failed to secure his spot on the “All In” card by losing to Cody, Flip did accomplish something great: gaining the respect of The Young Bucks.
Only a night after SoCal Uncensored defeated The Hung Bucks to win the Six-Man Tag Team Championship, Gordon took on his old friend in Scorpio Sky. The match ended in controversy and to stop a three-on-one beating, The Young Bucks saved Gordon. ROH Enforcer Bully Ray saw six men surrounding him and decided to give the fans something they will never forget: a Ladder match between defending champions SoCal Uncensored and the new team of Flip Gordon & The Young Bucks. The match turned out to be fantastic with the champions reigning supreme before being attacked by The Kingdom and having their belts stolen by them. Before that night, Shane Taylor had spent time taking money and proving protection be it for Cody to avoid being attacked by Daniels when they were feuding over the ROH World Championship and, most recently, taking out members of The Bullet Club like Marty Scurll after being paid by SCU. Taylor is simply a hitman for hire who is trying to make a better life for his family – no allegiances. But the amount of damage the Bullet Club did to him when he last took them on in tag team competition and now needs to avenge that loss. While this bout won’t be under the same rules of pretty much no rules like “Manhattan Mayhem’s” “Ultimate Mayhem” match, but it should be absolutely wild. While it would seem The Bullet Club is a lock to win this, the faction has been fractured following “Supercard of Honor” and could be the exact reason why SCU & Taylor pull out the victory.

Women of Honor champion Sumie Sakai, Deonna Purrazzo & Tenille Dashwood vs. Jenny Rose, Brandi Rhodes & Madison Rayne
The first Women of Honor champion will make her first in-ring appearance after the historic moment seen around the world when Sumie Sakai cleanly pinned Kelly Klein at “Supercard of Honor XII”. Before that finale, Sakai overcame one of the favorites to win in Tenille Dashwood. Deonna Purrazzo, another favorite to become the first Women of Honor titleholder, obviously saw defeat; yet felt jubilant when one of her mentors etched her name in the history books. Jenny Rose, a standout in Stardom while making infrequent appearances in a ROH ring, is too a protégé of Sakai who has found herself both on the same side of the ring and across from the champ. Rose, a rather honorable individual, will stand side-by-side with a woman who has learned that taking a shortcut cane be a path to victory even if it isn’t considered in line with the foundation of what ROH was built on in terms of ethics & morality, Brandi Rhodes – someone who feigned an injury to steal a win in the opening round of the title tournament. Madison Rayne, another women who fell short in winning during the tournament’s opening round, has proven in the past she isn’t against breaking the rules to win. Most importantly, this match could establish a future title contender if Sakai is pinned by an opponent or even if one of her teammates pulls out the victory instead. ROH is getting serious about it’s women’s division in hopes of people truly becoming emotionally attached to their journeys – this will definitely be a showcase of what the company has in mind for not only the division, but also the WOH Championship.

Coast to Coast vs. The Dawgs
When Will Ferrara turned on his tag team partner Cheeseburger it appeared he was on the road to singles success if he could start building up big wins against a variety of opponents. But it seemed Ferrara had other reasons as to why he needed to boot Cheeseburger – something that became completely clear when Rhett Titus helped him assault their fellow ROH Dojo graduate on ROH TV. From that moment Titus & Ferrara embraced their out-of-the-ring friendship and plans to turn it into a champion quality tandem. In reality, the reason for The Dawgs coming together is similar to why Coast to Coast are a unit. Two former Top Prospect competitors in Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni decided to let their friendship fuel a potentially successful tag team. For months Ali & LSG struggled to pick up that much-needed major victory; even coming up short against The Dawgs during ROH’s “Global Wars” tour. But things finally turned around for CTC as they took the opportunity of a lifetime and actually succeeded against former ROH World Tag Team champions War Machine on ROH TV. Since then LSG & Ali have discovered a new level of confidence that have allowed them to avenge that loss to The Dawgs in Atlanta. With their rivalry at 1-1, the rubber match in Columbus will decide what team is moving up the ranking’s ladder while the other drops significantly – a bout that will most likely reach the same level of quality as their previous encounters. One potential issue for CTC is Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas – a duo who attacked Ali & LSG after their victory over The Dawgs. The biggest tag team in ROH today may want to send a message during this event that ends Coast to Coast’s winning ways.

On Saturday, April 28th, Ring of Honor returns to Lakeland when Bound by Honor: Lakeland descends upon the RP Funding Center! Depending on what happens in the ROH World Tag Team Championship match the night before, Coast to Coast will battle either The Motor City Machine Guns or The Briscoes!

During an era when alternatives to WWE were all the rage, TNA housed former ROH competitors Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley. The X-Division stars eventually found a common bond in the ring similar to their relationship outside of the ring; creating an innovative tag team that would become associated with championships around the world. But the forming of The Motor City Machine Guns wasn’t made with the idea of changing tag team wrestling – it was the coming together of two talented wrestlers who refused to be lost in the shuffle while other older wrestlers used their political stroke & star power to advertently and inadvertently hold them back. In reality, the reason for The Machine Guns coming together is similar to why Coast to Coast is a unit today. Two former Top Prospect competitors in Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni decided to let their friendship fuel a potentially successful tag team. For months Ali & LSG struggled to pick up that much-needed major victory; failing time & time again against talent both high & low on the card. But things finally turned around for CTC as they took the opportunity of a lifetime and actually succeeded against former ROH World Tag Team champions War Machine on ROH TV. Since then LSG & Ali have discovered a new level of confidence that have allowed them to pick up several victories – a streak that could continue with them beating another pair of former Tag Team champions be it The Machine Guns or The Briscoes depending on who loses night before. No matter if Coast to Coast fails to win here, this is a chance of a lifetime to showcase their skills and the guarantee that they are the future of the division.

The Briscoes vs. ANX vs. War Machine vs. Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser

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The ROHbot Report: Bully-Burger Steal the Show, NWA Title in ROH, And More
Anime Verdict: Street Fighter 2 The Animated Movie
TGIF: Hug Therapy, Down Goes Dalton, and More
The ROHbot Report: Best in the World Review, Fairfax TV Tapings, And More
TGIF: Dog Bites Artist, All Them, and More
The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars 3 - Finale & Reunion
The ROHbot Report: Best in the World '18, TV Classic Main Event, And More
TGIF: Cass'd Away, DIY Does It Again, and More
The ROHbot Report: State of the Art Reviews, ROH International Cup, And More
The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars 3 - Episode 9
TGIF: The Greatest Professional Wrestling Match Of All Time
The ROHbot Report: San Antonio/Dallas Previews, Bullies Dominate, and More
The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars 3 - Episode 8
TGIF: CM Punk Gets One More WWE Victory, Constable Corbin, and More
The ROHbot Report: Austin Aries Goes For The Gold, NY TV Results, And More
Solo: A Star Wars Story Review


The Challenge: Final Reckoning - Episode 5
Aug 12, 2018
The ROHbot Report: UK Tour on FITE, Death Before Dishonor, And More
Aug 8, 2018
The Challenge: Final Reckoning - Episode 4
Aug 6, 2018
The ROHbot Report: Global Wars Tour, Alex Shelley Retires, And Mor
Aug 1, 2018
The Challenge: Final Reckoning - Episode 3
Jul 30, 2018
The ROHbot Report: New World Champion, Honor For All Review, And More
Jul 24, 2018
The Challenge: Final Reckoning - Episode 2
Jul 22, 2018
The ROHbot Report: Nashville Return, Top Contenders 6-Man Gauntlet, And More
Jul 17, 2018
The Challenge: Final Reckoning - Episode 1
Jul 16, 2018
The ROHbot Report: Bully-Burger Steal the Show, NWA Title in ROH, And More
Jul 10, 2018
Anime Verdict: Street Fighter 2 The Animated Movie
Jul 8, 2018
The ROHbot Report: Best in the World Review, Fairfax TV Tapings, And More
Jul 3, 2018
The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars 3 - Finale & Reunion
Jun 28, 2018
The ROHbot Report: Best in the World '18, TV Classic Main Event, And More
Jun 27, 2018
TGIF: Cass'd Away, DIY Does It Again, and More
Jun 22, 2018
The ROHbot Report: State of the Art Reviews, ROH International Cup, And More
Jun 19, 2018
The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars 3 - Episode 9
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The ROHbot Report: San Antonio/Dallas Previews, Bullies Dominate, and More
Jun 12, 2018
The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars 3 - Episode 8
Jun 10, 2018
The ROHbot Report: Austin Aries Goes For The Gold, NY TV Results, And More
Jun 5, 2018

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