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The following is the latest in a new series of weekly in-depth articles exclusive to PWTorch which will help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.
•Top Stories of the Week
The news this week has taken place in the ring. Last week the Cruise of Jericho took place. Saturday was the first opportunity for those who did not attend the event to see the matches that took place. Flip Gordon won the Sea of Honor Tournament and will receive a future ROH World Championship opportunity as a result. The rest of the event is summarized below, as well as a link to our detailed report.
Survival of the Fittest took place in Columbus, Ohio. This annual event crowns the winner of a one night tournament. The winner also receives a future ROH World Championship opportunity. Marty Scurll was the winner of the tournament, after the show was off the air, Scurll announced that a lot has been made about his future. But he stated that he was, “not going anywhere.”
The Wrestling Observer has reported that Adam Page has turned down a recent offer to re-sign with Ring of Honor. The Wrestling Observer was also the first to report that Page had turned down an offer with WWE.
•Live Event Results
The Cruise of Jericho special PPV “Streaming for Vengeance” debuted on the Fite app on Saturday, Nov. 3. The show started with a video package of the 1st round highlights of the 16-man tournament. Below are the results of the first round of the tournament.
Christopher Daniels defeated Delirious with best moonsault ever.
Dalton Castle (w/ replacement Boys) defeated Matt Taven by disqualification after Taven hit Castle with the real ROH world title.
Marty Scurll defeated Rhett Titus with graduation.
Mark Briscoe defeated Will Ferrara with froggy-bow.
Flip Gordon defeated Silas Young with a TKO into a cutter.
Adam Page defeated Frankie Kazarian with rite of passage.
Cheeseburger defeated Beer City Bruiser with a body slam.
Jay Briscoe defeated Kenny King with a big boot.
The show itself featured the Quarter-final, semi-final, and finals of the Sea of Honor Tournament; in which the winner will receive a future ROH World Championship opportunity.
(Quarter-Final) Ashley Remington (Castle’s Chikara character) defeated Christopher Daniels at 7:16
(Quarter-Final) Flip Gordon defeated Marty Scurll at 11:14
(Quarter-Final) Jay Briscoe defeated Cheeseburger at 6:33
(Quarter-Final) Mark Briscoe defeated Adam Page at 10:29
(Semi-Final) Flip Gordon defeated Dalton Castle at 8:52
(Semi-Final) Jay Briscoe defeated Mark Briscoe at 10:49
(Final) Flip Gordon defeated Jay Briscoe at 10:54 to win the Sea of Honor Tournament.
The Elite (Kenny Omega, Cody, & Marty Scurll) defeated The Bucks of Jericho, or is it Y2Jackson? (Chris Jericho, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson) at 23:17
CHECK OUT OUR DETAILED FULL REPORT HERE.
The following day ROH had their annual Survival of the Fittest event:
ROH: Survival of the Fittest
November 4, 2018 (7 p.m.)
Columbus, Ohio at Express Live! In Columbus, Ohio
Christopher Daniels defeated Beer City Bruiser at 1:52 in a first round Survival of the Fittest tournament match
Adam Page defeated Dalton Castle & Colin Delany at 9:50 in a first round Survival of the Fittest tournament match
Jonathan Gresham defeated Tracy Williams at 12:19 a first round Survival of the Fittest tournament match
Guerrero Maya Jr. defeated Flip Gordon & Andrew Everett at 9:21 a first round Survival of the Fittest tournament match
PJ Black defeated Luchasaurus at 6:56 a first round Survival of the Fittest tournament match
Marty Scurll defeated Stuka Jr. & Silas Young at 8:30 a first round Survival of the Fittest tournament match
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Madison Rayne defeated Britt Baker at 7:20 to qualify for the WOH Championship four corners survival match at Final Battle
The Kingdom (Matt Taven & TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia) defeated The Elite (Cody & Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) at 14:47 to become the new ROH Six-Man Tag-Team Champions
Jay Lethal & Jeff Cobb defeated SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) at 18:14 in a non-title match.
Marty Scurll defeated Guerrero Maya Jr. (pinned at 5:18) & Jonathan Gresham (pinned at 7:20) & PJ Black (pinned at 17:46) & Adam Page (pinned at 23:30) & Christopher Daniels at 24:31 to win the Survival of the Fittest Tournament. As a result Scurll has earned a future ROH world title opportunity.
CHECK OUT OUR FULL DETAILED REPORT HERE.
•Upcoming Major Show(s): ROH Global Wars
ROH Global Wars: Lewiston, Maine
November 7, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
Lewiston, Maine Androscoggin Bank Colisee
This is the first of a four date tour with ROH and NJPW talent. All four events can be streamed live on HonorClub.
Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham & Chris Saban & Kushida vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Naito & Sanada & Evil & Bushi)
Bully Ray & Silas Young vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)
Christopher Daniels vs. Juice Robinson
The Kingdom (TK O’ Ryan & Matt Taven & Vinny Marsegila) vs. Dalton Castle and The Boys (Boy 1 & Boy 2)
The Briscoes (Mark Briscoe & Jay Briscoe) vs. Bullet Club (Cody & Adam Page)
SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas)
Jeff Cobb vs. Cheeseburger
ROH Global Wars: Lowell, Mass.
November 8, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham vs. Chris Saban & Kushida vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) vs. The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marsegila)
Tetsuya Naito vs. Hangman Page
Jay Briscoe vs. Scorpio Sky
Jeff Cobb vs. Christopher Daniels
Bully Ray & Silas Young vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Evil & Sanada)
Cody vs. Mark Briscoe
Frankie Kazarian vs. Flip Gordon
Matt Taven vs. Bushi
ROH Global Wars: Buffalo, N.Y.
November 9, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
Buffalo, NY Buffalo Riverworks
Kushida vs. Jonathan Gresham vs. Flip Gordon vs. Bushi
Jay Lethal vs. Chris Saban
The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) vs. Best Friends (Chuckie T & Baretta) vs. Cody and Hangman Page
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito & Sanada)
Jeff Cobb vs. Evil
Juice Robinson vs. Silas Young
Dalton Castle vs. TK O’Ryan
ROH Global Wars: Toronto, Ont.
November 11, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
Toronto, ON Canada Mattamy Athletic Centre
Jay Lethal (c) vs. Kenny King for the ROH World Championship
Cody (c) vs. Baretta for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. Chris Saban and Kushida
Dalton Castle and Juice Robinson vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito & Bushi)
SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. Super Smash Bros. (Evil Uno & Stu Grayson) in a ROH World Tag-Team Championship match.
Final Battle (pay-per-view Event) 12/14/18 in New York, N.Y. at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
Final Battle Fallout (TV Tapping) 12/15/18 in Philadelphia, Pa. at the 2300 Arena.
Saturday Night At Center Stage (TV Tapping) 1/12/19 in Atlanta, Ga. at Center Stage.
Honor Reigns Supreme (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 1/13/19 in Concord, N.C. at Cabarrus Arena.
Road to G1 Supercard (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 1/24/19 in Dallas, TX at Gilley’s Dallas.
Road to G1 Supercard (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 1/25/19 in Houston, TX at NRG Arena
Road to G1 Supercard (Live event streamed on HonorClub) 1/26/19 in San Antonio, TX at the Austin Highway Event Center.
G1 Supercard (Pay-Per-View Event) 4/6/19 in New york, N.Y. at Madison Square Garden.
All current live events are located on ROHWrestling.com
•Latest PWTorch “Talking Honor” Podcast
PREVIEW: “Sea, Sand, & Survival.” This week Emily Fear and Harley R. Pageot discuss the Sea of Honor and Survival of the Fittest tournaments, Silas Young vs. ECW legend Sandman and the caning of Flip Gordon, Kenny King going full heel, developments in the Women of Honor division, and thoughts on a possible post-Bullet Club ROH.
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•Latest TV Highlights: 11/4/18 ROH Wrestling
ROH TV Results
Nov. 4, 2018
Taped in Philadelphia, Pa/ at 2300 Arena
Airing on Sinclair Networks and ROHWrestling.com
The show opened with a recap of how the Bully Ray and Flip Gordon had gotten to tonight. Silas Young will face someone of Flip’s choosing. The winner’s avatar gets to do whatever they want to the loser.
Sandman appears to represent Flip Gordon in the match.
Silas Young Defeates Sandman at 5:35
A warning for graphic images is shown after the show returns from the commercial break
Bully Ray decides to strike Flip 10 times with a Singapore Cane. Please click the link below for a great description of the moment by Harley R. Pageot.
Kenny King is shown lacing up his boots
Mandy Leon joined the commentary team and discussed her broken jaw that she received from Jenny Rose
WOH World Champion Sumie Sakai, Madison Rayne, and Jenny Rose defeated Kelly Klein, Dr. Britt Baker, and Karen Q at 6:48
The Kingdom had a promo telling Jay Lethal to watch out
Cody vs. Kenny King, Cody won via disqualification at 12:10
CHECK OUT OUR FULL DETAILED REPORT HERE.
•ROH In The Media
Jericho had two podcasts this week that involved ROH talent. The first was released on 10/24 and it focused on the behind the scenes on the Jericho Cruise. Jericho talked about pitching the idea to Triple H and who turned him down on making appearances. He also discussed why Vince McMahon does not like cruises
Jericho’s second podcast of the week was not his own, he was on the Ross Report. They talked all things current in the world of Jericho. Hurricane Helms was his guest later in the podcast. The two discussed teh cruise as well as Helms’ ROH status.
Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
ROH is coming back to Houston!
#ROH returns to #ROHHouston for the first time in over 9 years!
More info: https://t.co/rYBg95XMHn
Tickets on sale NEXT WEDNESDAY (Nov 14) for #HonorClub at 10am CT and NEXT FRIDAY for general public!
Road To #G1Supercard Tour
Fri Jan 25 – @nrgpark pic.twitter.com/lZEty6IzPw
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) November 6, 2018
Matt with a shoutout to Columbus (Full Disclosure: I’m a Columbus Native)
Columbus, you’re always on fire. Thanks for tonight. https://t.co/8PZxCHLnQT
— The Young Bucks (@MattJackson13) November 5, 2018
Rush is a great CMLL talent, big news.
ROH announced that Rush will debut in the promotion the night after Final Battle.
— luchablog (@luchablog) November 5, 2018
The result of the Flip Gordon’s punishment this week on TV
Pain is Temporary.
Quitting Lasts Forever.#ROH372 #ECWArena #10Canes pic.twitter.com/3KCnHYLMeG
— Flip Gordon (@TheFlipGordon) November 4, 2018
Survival of the Fittest was another example of ROH’s slow transition away from “The Elite.” Cody, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson lost their ROH Six-Man Tag-Team Championships to The Kingdom. This match took place in the middle of the card, as it should at an annual event in my opinion. But, we are officially in the ROH world where Cody and The Young Bucks are working mid-card matches.
I know what your thinking. But, Tyler Hangman, and Marty were in the main event with Scurll winning the whole night.
I hear you, believe me. As we know, Scurll is the only member of The Elite that is signed through G1 Supercard. As a result, he is easily the biggest star ROH has until April. If I had Marty Scurll signed to my wrestling promotion for the next six months, he would win every event.
All of that being said. I thought that Survival of the Fittest was a fantastic show, and it would have been a fantastic show without any of The Elite guys. This show showed how ROH has and always will have the ability to keep things fresh by bringing in unique talent from NJPW, CMLL, and the U.S. indy scene.
This ability paired with interesting young talent (Eli Isom) and established talent (Jeff Cobb) make the future of ROH exciting. To those that are writing post-mortems on ROH wrestling post-“The Elite” crew, the future of ROH is bright and I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens next.
Tyler has been a wrestling fan for 20 years (a handful of years he was a lapsed fan – 2003-’08, mainly), He’s from Columbus, Ohio. Check him out on Twitter @ringoftyler and check out his podcast @tandbwrestling.
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