WEEKLY OVERVIEW – ROH (thru 3/27): Top stories of week, major show lineups, live event results, schedule of live events, noteworthy social media posts, more
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•Top Stories of the Week
- Flip Gordon returned to in-ring action this week. Flip Gordon proceed to re-injure his knee at an Over The Top Wrestling event in Northern Ireland. ROH released the following press release as a result.
“Flip Gordon has re-injured his right knee and will not be able to appear at Road to G1 Supercard in Baltimore on March 31.
Gordon, who suffered an MCL tear in his knee during a match in January and was medically cleared to return to in-ring action last week, competed in a match in Northern Ireland for Over the Top Wrestling on March 24. When he woke up the following morning, his knee was ‘locked up.’
He was able to make his flight home and visited his doctor this morning. There is concern that Gordon may have suffered a ‘bucket handle’ meniscus tear, which would require surgery and keep him out of action for four-to-six months. The extent of the injury will not be known until the results of Gordon’s MRI exam are in.”
It is feared that Gordon will be out for 4-6 months.
- Cary Silkin was photographed backstage at Smackdown’s live event in Allentown, PA on Monday night. Not much is being made of the event, as Silkin is a resident of Allentown. At this point it should be seen as no more than good will by WWE.\
- G1 Supercard will air in a two part special on AXS TV on April 12th and 19th. The annonce team has not been confirmed. But the idea of Jim Ross calling a non-WWE event at Madison Square Garden is very intriguing.
- It has been reported, and subsequently confirmed by talent, that Lucha Underground has released all talent. As a result, a rather large pool of talent are now on the market.
•Live Event Results
There were no live events this week in ROH.
•Upcoming Major Show: G1 Supercard PPV
G1 Supercard PPV
4/6/19 at 7:30pm
New York, NY at Madison Square Garden
This is the card as it currently stands…
- Jay White (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
- Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) (c) vs. Villain Enterprises (PCO and Brody King) (c) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japón (Evil and Sanada) vs. The Briscoes (Jay and Mark Briscoe) in a winner take all match for the ROH and IWGP Heavyweight Tag-Team Championships.
- Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Dragon Lee vs. Bandido for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
- Honor Rumble
- Jay Lethal (c) vs. Matt Taven vs. Marty Scurll in a ladder match for the ROH World Championship
- Will Ospreay vs. Jeff Cobb in a title for title match.
- Bully Ray vs. TBA in a New York Street Fight
- Rush vs. Dalton Castle
- Mayu Iwatani (c) vs. Kelly Klein for the WOH World Title
- Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for The RevPro British Heavyweight Championship
- Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship
- Road to G1 Supercard – 3/31/19 in Baltimore, MD at UMBC Event Center.
- G1 Supercard (Pay-Per-View Event) 4/6/19 in New york, N.Y. at Madison Square Garden.
- Steel City Excellence (Honor Club Event) 4/13/19 in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE
- Masters of the Craft (Honor Club Event) 4/14/19 in Columbus, Ohio at Express live
- The Crockett Cup (Honor Club Event) 4/27/19 in Concord, NC at Cabarrus Arena
- ROH War of the Worlds (Honor Club Event) 5/8/19 in Buffalo, NY at Buffalo Riverworks
- ROH War of the Worlds (Honor Club Event) 5/9/19 in Toronto, ON Canada at Ted Reeve Arena
- ROH War of the Worlds (Honor Club Event) 5/11/19 in Grand Rapids, MI at Deltaplex
- ROH War of the Worlds (Honor Club Event) 5/12/19 in Chicago, IL at The Odeum In Villa Park
- ROH State of the Art (Honor Club Event) 6/1/19 in Kent, WA at Showare Center
- ROH State of the Art (Honor Club Event) 6/2/19 in Portland, OR at Viking Pavilion
All current live events are located on rohwrestling.com
•Latest TV Highlights: 3/3/19 ROH Wrestling
ROH TV Results
March 24th, 2019
Lakeland, FL at RP Funding Center
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- Lifeblood (Juice Robinson, Bandido, and Tracey Williams) defeated Dalton Castle and The Boys at 10:49
- A Jay Lethal and a generic G1 Supercard promo air on the show.
- The Briscoes (with belts they don’t have!) talk about G1 in a pre-taped promo.
- Willie Mack (c) defeated Rhett Titus at 9:34 to retain the NWA National Title
- Bully Ray has a pre-taped promo about the MSG show
- Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham defeated Coast 2 Coast (Shaheem Ali and LSG) at 11:55
Click this link to read our full report: pwtorch.com
•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING ROH
“Filler.” This week, Emily Fear and Harley R. Pageot discuss ROH’s taping schedule resulting in filler episodes of TV, the baffling lack of build toward their biggest show ever, new G1 Supercard matches, and where acts like Coast 2 Coast, Lifeblood, and PJ Black are headed.
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•Social Media Scene
Below is this week’s round-up of social media posts from ROH personalities.
Is it just me, or did the photographer of Jay White’s Championship render just phone it in that day?
#IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match at #G1Supercard @TheGarden!@JayWhiteNZ (c) vs @rainmakerXokada
Streaming LIVE NEXT SATURDAY Apr 6 for ALL #HonorClub members at 730e/430p! https://t.co/vS7fcMBTTh or #ROHApp pic.twitter.com/hEbZjX45Cw
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) March 27, 2019
Joey Ryan confirming that Lucha Underground news
— Joey Ryan (@JoeyRyanOnline) March 26, 2019
Bully vs. Suzuki would be a dark horse great match.
Whos ass would you like to see me kick at #G1Supercard ?
Vote and RT
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) March 26, 2019
No build to G1 and ROH is subservient.
As Harley R. Pageot pointed out in his TV report, if you don’t follow ROH here on the Torch, or have Honorclub, you would have little to no idea what is actually happening at Madison Square Garden in a little over a week.
This is easily the biggest show in ROH’s 17 year history. I understand that the building sold out in 15 minutes, but does ROH know that you can make a huge multiple of money on PPV buys as opposed to the live gate? Does ROH management care about making as much money as possible? Or is ROH a non-profit for artistes moonlighting as professional wrestlers.
I have nothing to gain if ROH makes more money, but it is concerning to me that a company can have such a great opportunity with this event to simply creatively limp into the event.
I recently talked that I was concerned that ROH was looking like the lesser promotion based on total number of matches on the card, and what is main eventing the show.
ROH has two exclusive matches, while New Japan has three exclusive matches. Also, there is no doubt in my mind that Jay White and Okada will close this show. There is no way that New Japan would allow a Lethal/Taven/Scurll match to main event a Tokyo Dome type show in Japan. As a result, this shows how much power New Japan has in this relationship. This to me only hurts ROH and makes all of its titles seem a little more less than to me.
Tyler has been a wrestling fan for 20 years. He’s from Columbus, Ohio. Check him out on Twitter @ringoftyler and check out his podcast @tandbwrestling.
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