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Ring of Honor was founded in 2002, over the last 15 years the company has been home to stars such as CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles. In that time, the company has seen a couple ownership groups and ultimately stability in the form of America’s largest television station operator, Sinclair Broadcasting Group.
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(Credit for the below to ROHWrestling.com, I cribbed this directly from the site, I feel like it gives a great insight into the first fifteen years of the company)
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The professional wrestling landscape drastically changed in 2001.
During the industry’s boom period in the late ‘90s, there were three major U.S.-based wrestling companies, but two of them ended up as casualties of a wrestling war.

The business had become a monopoly.nLooking to fill the need for an alternative for wrestling fans, RF Video -- a Philadelphia-based pro wrestling video distribution company -- announced the formation of its own promotion: Ring of Honor. Emphasizing unparallelled in-ring action and athleticism, ROH catered to a niche audience of disenfranchised hardcore wrestling fans, recording live events in Philadelphia and a few other cities in the Northeast and selling them on DVD and VHS.

From those beginnings as an underground alternative, ROH has steadily grown into a global brand that has become the promotion of choice for multitudes of wrestling fans as well as many of the best wrestlers in the world. ROH has launched the careers of a number of top stars, including Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, Tyler Black, Kevin Steen and Samoa Joe.

Thanks to Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s purchase of ROH in 2011, ROH is the only wrestling company in the U.S. with a major, multi-market presence on broadcast TV. Sinclair, one of the largest television broadcasting companies in the country, owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to more TV stations than anyone and has affiliations with all the major networks.

“Years ago, I thought Ring of Honor had one of the best talent rosters in the world. Our only problem was that we couldn’t get that roster out to the masses,” ROH World Champion Jay Lethal said. “The only people who saw it were the people who would come to the building or buy the DVDs. Now that we’re owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, the whole landscape has changed.”

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ROH held its first show, aptly titled The Era of Honor Begins, on Feb. 23, 2002, at the famed 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The main event was a Triple Threat Match between three of the most skilled and respected competitors on the independent wrestling scene at the time: Danielson, Christopher Daniels and Low Ki. Daniels, who had been in the business for nearly a decade and wrestled all over the world, initially viewed the event as just another booking. It didn’t take long, however, for him to realize that he was part of something special.

“One of the signs I should have recognized at the beginning was the fact that they put myself, Bryan and Low Ki in the main event rather than making the Eddie Guerrero vs. Super Crazy match the main event,” said Daniels, who remains an ROH stalwart. “Those two had much more name value than we did. By them putting us in the main event, I felt like it was a statement to the fans that ROH was going to build its own stars rather than rely on stars that were made somewhere else. ROH had long-term planning behind it and wasn’t just a cash-grab, which is sometimes what independent wrestling is. ROH’s mentality was that they wanted to be in it for the long term.”

The company began to build a relatively small but intensely loyal audience, who appreciated the hard-hitting matches as well as the absence of pro wrestling “entertainment” tropes that insulted their intelligence. With jaw-dropping action in the ring and a rabid, highly engaged crowd, ROH presented a unique, interactive live event experience. For example, fans throwing streamers into the ring to show their respect for certain competitors, a practice that began at wrestling events in Japan, has become a staple of ROH shows.

What also set ROH apart was its Code of Honor, which is defined by the competitors shaking hands before and after their match. “It shows respect not just for your opponent, but also for everyone who has paved the way for them to be there,” said announcer Kevin Kelly, who has been the voice of ROH since 2010. “It also shows respect for everybody who helped make the show possible and the fans in attendance.” ROH expanded to other cities on the East Coast in 2003, and in May of that year, the company held its first show outside the U.S., co-promoting an event in London.

Cary Silkin, who had become a silent partner in ROH not long after its inception, bought the company in 2004. Under Silkin’s ownership, ROH branched out even more in terms of live events both domestically and internationally.

In addition, ROH began producing pay-per-view events, entered into the TV realm and innovated the field of iPPV as it pertained to pro wrestling. "When I took over, the DVDs were selling pretty well. We had developed a niche crowd, but we were sort of stuck,” Silkin recalled. “We were approached about doing pay-per-views in 2006 that would be shown on In Demand and other venues. Even though the shows were taped and aired four-to-six weeks later, they legitimately got 10,000 to 12,000 buys over the course of time.”

ROH also embarked on its first overseas tour of the United Kingdom in 2006. In 2007, ROH forged a business relationship with Pro Wrestling Noah, which was one of the top promotions in Japan. That year, ROH made history by becoming the first U.S.-based wrestling company to have all of its titles held by non-American wrestlers. Takeshi Morishima had an eight-month reign as ROH World Champion, defending the title in both the U.S. and Japan. Meanwhile, the team of Naruke Doi and Shingo had a brief reign as ROH World Tag Team Champions after winning the title in Liverpool, England.

Television was the next step in ROH’s evolution. In 2009, ROH signed a two-year contract with HDNet Fights, a television outlet for combat sports owned by Mark Cuban, for a weekly show. Shortly after the deal with HDNet Fights concluded, Silkin sold ROH to Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

An exciting new era for ROH was under way.

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Silkin, who is still with ROH as an ambassador, is credited with keeping the company going for years even when it wasn’t financially beneficial to him. “Cary Silkin is the reason we’re here,” Kelly said. “Without him, there would have been no ROH to sell to Sinclair.” After legendary pro wrestling manager Jim Cornette joined ROH as Executive Producer in 2009, the wheels were set in motion for Sinclair’s purchase of the company. Cornette brought Gary Juster, a longtime wrestling promoter and executive, into the fold. Juster knew Joe Koff, who was then the Director of Sales at Sinclair, and a meeting was set up between Koff and Silkin.

“I wasn’t all that familiar with ROH, but I fell in love with Cary’s passion for it,” said Koff, who is now the ROH COO. “So I studied the product and decided that I wanted to get involved.” Koff presented the idea of Sinclair buying ROH to Sinclair CEO David Smith, who signed off on it. Koff may not have been up on ROH when he first met Silkin, but he was no stranger to pro wrestling.

He grew up as a fan of Capitol Wrestling in New York, watching the likes of Bruno Sammartino and Gorilla Monsoon. Later, while attending the University of Miami, Koff went to the weekly Championship Wrestling from Florida shows. While working at a Tampa TV station in the early ‘80s that broadcast CWF, Koff was introduced to CWF co-owners and former wrestling stars Hiro Matsuda and Duke Keomuka.

“I got to know them and they let me get a glimpse of the business,” Koff said. “They asked me to be a part of CWF, but the timing wasn’t right. It always stayed in the back of my mind that if there was ever an opportunity to get into the industry from a business standpoint, I would.”

When that opportunity presented itself about 25 years later, Koff believed the timing was right because the lone remaining wrestling program on free TV was moving to cable. “For the first time I could remember, going back to the ‘50s, there was no wrestling promotion in local markets,” he said. “I saw that as an opportunity.” Ring of Honor Wrestling began airing on Sinclair owned-or-operated stations in September 2011. In the ensuing years, ROH expanded its touring schedule to include cities in the South, Midwest and West Coast.

In 2014, ROH achieved a milestone by presenting its first live-pay-per-view event, Best in the World 2014. ROH also struck a licensing agreement with Figures Toy Company to develop, market and manufacture a line of ROH collectible figures and accessories. Perhaps the biggest development for ROH that year was the formation of a partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling (the top wrestling company in Japan) that still exists today. The working relationship allows the promotions to share talent and co-promote events in the U.S. and Japan.

ROH has always had a bit of a Japanese-wrestling flavor to it because of its hard-hitting style and sports-based presentation, as well as the fact that a number of ROH’s top stars over the years have competed in Japan.

“Thanks to our relationship with New Japan, the global perception of ROH has grown and the star power of ROH has grown,” said Adam Cole, a former ROH World Champion and one of top performers on the current roster. “It’s helped us gain a new fan base in Japan and furthered our legitimacy as a top wrestling company in the United States. Ring of Honor by itself is great. New Japan by itself is great. The two companies together are a really powerful combination.”

ROH increased its presence on TV in 2015 with a 26-week run on Destination America. ROH later moved to COMET, which is available in more than 65 million homes, including all of the major markets. In April 2016, ROH announced a multi-year deal to air its programming across Canada on The Fight Network, the world’s leading 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to coverage of combat sports.

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While ROH has undergone changes in its business model and ownership over the years, the key aspect of the promotion has remained the same.

“The foundation of ROH has always been to present the best wrestlers possible in the best matches possible,” Kelly said. “ROH has continually been a leader and a trendsetter in terms of style and the athletes they present.”

By emphasizing excellent in-ring action, it’s not surprising that ROH has always attracted the most skilled wrestlers in the industry.

“We’ve always had a surplus of the better talent in professional wrestling, and the only way to become better is by wrestling better talent,” Christopher Daniels said, “The types of wrestlers that come through Ring of Honor are always young and hungry. It forces everyone to always bring their ‘A’ game.”

Two wrestlers who raised the bar during the early years of ROH were Bryan Danielson and CM Punk. They would go on to become two of the industry’s biggest stars of the past decade.
One particular young fan whom Punk and Danielson left an indelible impression on was (Adam) Cole.

“I discovered ROH on the Internet, and everyone was saying that CM Punk and Bryan Danielson were the best wrestlers. So I actually got the Best of CM Punk Volume I and the Best of Daniel Bryan Volume 1 DVDs off the ROH website when I was like 14 or 15 years old,” Cole said. “When I saw those guys I was completely blown away. I started going to Ring of Honor shows when I was in high school as a fan, and I remember thinking, because they were smaller guys but they were really, really good at the art of pro wrestling, that this is the kind of wrestler *I want to be. Seeing those guys really changed my entire perception of what a pro wrestler and pro wrestling truly is.”

A testament to the appeal of ROH’s brand of wrestling is the fact that the company has continued to grow despite the departure of some of its top stars over the years.
“When Bryan Danielson and [former ROH World Champion] Nigel McGuinness left on the same night on 2009, people were ready to stick a fork in us,” Silkin said. “But it gave guys on the undercard a chance to rise up, and they did.”

Cole echoed that sentiment.

“Ring of Honor has never built the company around one guy,” he said. “When people come to an ROH show, they know they’re going to see great wrestling no matter who is on the card. ROH is constantly creating new stars who are ready to be the next top guy.”

The depth of ROH’s roster can largely be attributed to the company’s ability to develop talent through the implementation of a camps system several years ago. At ROH tryout camps, independent wrestlers spend two days learning what it takes to succeed in the sport from ROH’s top-notch training staff.

“We find some diamonds in the rough, but what we’re mostly looking at with the camps is long-term development through our philosophy and approach,” said Kelly, who evaluates athletes at the camps. “Some guys aren’t ready right away, but we’ve found out that over time they improve if they do what we tell them to. To date, over 70 athletes that have been to ROH tryout camps have gotten an opportunity to compete on ROH events.”

In addition to the camps, ROH holds an annual tournament known as The Top Prospect Tournament, which features eight of the most talented unsigned wrestlers on the independent circuit competing for an ROH contract and a shot at the ROH World Television Title. Since the tournament’s inception in 2011, it has produced two ROH World Champions, two ROH World Television Champions and five co-holders of the ROH World Tag Team Title.

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Even though ROH is owned by a publicly traded company, it has maintained the same fan-friendly philosophy that it had as an underground promotion. Meet-and-greets with ROH stars are still a part of every live event. “I can only imagine what it would’ve been like to have gotten to shake ‘The Macho Man’ Randy Savage’s hand when I was younger,” Jay Lethal said. “Getting to interact with the wrestlers on a personal level is very cool, and you can do that at Ring of Honor. To meet someone and shake their hand, that’s free of charge and it lasts a lifetime. I may be a little biased, but our fans are the coolest fans in the world.”

ROH talent and the ROH fan base *have always shared a passion for the product and a mutal respect for each other. The fans appreciate the competitors’ extraordinary skills and athleticism, and the wrestlers, in turn, are determined to give the fans their money’s worth every time.

“When you work real hard and give them something they enjoy, they let you know,” Cole said. “We all put pressure on ourselves to be the best, and that creates an awesome wrestling show.”

By the same token, the ROH fans aren’t shy about voicing their disapproval if they feel they’re not getting the high quality performance they’ve come to expect.

“Our fan base demands great wrestlers, and you can’t just put anybody out there,” Lethal said. “This isn’t a knock on any other wrestling company, but in ROH we would never try to force a wrestler down the audience’s throat. If the crowd doesn’t like someone, we listen to them.”

Having a demanding fan base is perfectly fine with Koff. “You can never be too demanding,” he said. “Our fans demand excellence and will never settle for anything less. We talk about being the promotion of choice for the fans, but also for the people who work in it, the wrestlers and the people we do business with. Choice is a strong word. If people make the choice, they’re taking a big step. We have a responsibility to live up to that.

“ROH has been built one fan at a time, one wrestler at a time. It’s created a synergy that makes ROH feel like a really special place to be.”

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As 2018 opened though Ring of Honor was undergoing another change. For the last few years the shows have been booked by Delirious and that has led to some controversies and inconsistencies with the product. As Final Battle rolled around it was silently announced that a new booking committee would be placed into effect and led the product into the future beginning with the TV tapings after Final Battle. That is where we pick-up this story…
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In brief: This is a modern-day take on Ring of Honor. I attended a recent set of TV Tapings and was really taken by the product in person. I've always enjoyed following it on TV/rohwrestling.com but this was my first-look in person. This diary is primarily going to be "results" heavy building to each months PPV event. With Ring of Honor stories tend to be told over a span of time, and I think this will be captured within this. I've built the TEW schedule to reflect this. There are 4 TV tapings and one event per month in game... ROH doesn't always run this way so I'll structure it to be more accurate to reality (at least at times).

Moving forward here is said schedule.
  • December Week 3, Final Battle
  • January Week 3, Top Prospect Tournament (One week TV build-up for the Round of 8)
  • February Week 3, Manhattan Mayhem VII
  • March Week 2, 16th Anniversary PPV
  • April Week 1, Supercard of Honor
  • May Week 2, War of the Worlds (NJPW/ROH) (4 Days, 3 TV Episode Build-Up)
  • June Week 4, Best in the World
  • July Week 4, Chris Jericho’s Rager at Sea
  • August Week 3, RPW, CMLL, NJPW War of The Worlds (3 Days, 2 TV Episode Build-Up)
  • September Week 4, All-Star Extravaganza
  • October Week 2, NJPW/ROH Global Wars (4 Days, 3 TV Episode Build-Up)
  • November Week 3, Survival of the Fittest (3 Days, 2 TV Episode Build-Up)

If there are "TV Episode Build-Up's" this merely means you will see NJPW/RPW/CMLL stars appearing on the build-up episodes prior to the PPV, this replicates the fact that most of these "events" are actually over a group of days. In July you'll see Chris Jericho's Rager at Sea... ya... that'll be unique.

Coming up next will be a quick recap of the two episodes prior to Final Battle, and the subsequent Final Battle PPV. These are almost entirely identical to reality. Beyond that, I will start booking.

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ROH Wrestling Week 1 December 2017


ROH Wrestling Week 2 December 2017


ROH Final Battle Week 2 December 2017 Live of FITE.TV

As you can see the first three shows were quick, easy and to the point. From there we begin the build to Ring of Honor 2018. Coming up in the next posts I'll update December week 3 and December week 4. Introduce you to the eight competitors in the Top Prospect Tournament, and of course build-up to the first actual Pay-Per-View, complete with preview, Ring of Honor Top Prospect Tournament. Bare with me as I develop the initial story here.

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As Final Battle ended with streamers covering Dalton Castle and The Boys, you could begin to feel the change that was about to happen. The future of Ring of Honor would not be drastically different, just more... well... consistent... as least we hope.

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In the first episode post-Final Battle we met the first contender to Dalton Castle's title... Ring of Honor legend Jay Lethal. Dalton agreed that Lethal deserved a chance, and after a humorous back and forth that ultimately saw Castle try to convince Lethal it was ok to use one of the Boys as a chair, Castle agreed to give Lethal a shot. As Lethal left, Punishment Martinez jumped the ring from the crowd and hit a huge South of Heaven choke slam on Castle, making himself a force in this picture as well.

Elsewhere, former Television champ Kenny King came down to the ring after Silas Young's first victory as champ to mention that he felt screwed out of his title by Young, especially since Young used a beer bottle on King's head to secure the victory.

The Briscoes, continuing their recent darker vibe, said that no team in ROH could keep up with them and that they were coming for the Motor City Machine Guns titles. They promised to take the titles like they took Bully Ray's career at Final Battle.

Brandi Rhodes won her first round Women of Honor match-up and Marty Scurll defeated Flip Gordon in the Main Event.
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In the final episode of Ring of Honor television for 2017 we saw more of the television title's developing feud as Kenny King defeated Simon Grimm. Grimm was Silas Young's opponent in his first defense last week and King proved a point to Young defeating Grimm with relative ease. Post-match The Beer City Bruiser and Silas Young came down to the ring and the 2-on-1 numbers game caught up to King as Young managed to hit Misery on him and leave him prone.

Jay Lethal, one of the potential #1 contenders for the ROH World Championship, defeated Will Ospreay in a phenomenal match-up to open the show. Both men are stars in this company.

Sumie Sakai upset Kelly Klein in the first round of the Women of Honor tournament.

"The Octopus" Jonathan Gresham defeated the much larger, 2017 Top Prospect, Josh "The Goods" Woods in a mediocre match-up. Both men need a better direction in 2018.

That led to a segment with SoCal Uncensored, Frankie Kazarian, Christopher Daniels and Scorpio Sky coming out to cut a promo on Ring of Honor saying they would be willing to make calls to their friends like "AJ" and "Don Callis" and leave Ring of Honor. COO Joe Koff came out and reminded Daniels and Kazarian that he holds all the power and they have exactly one year left in their contracts so if they don't behave... he can hold them hostage for the year and they can't do anything about that!

As if Dalton Castle needed anymore confusion in his title picture in the Main Event The Kingdom got a clean victory against Dalton Castle and The Boys. The show went off the air with Taven standing tall over Castle, holding the ROH World Championship over his head.

That wrapped up 2017 and as we head into 2018, we are thrilled about the direction of Ring of Honor.

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ROHWrestling.com Exclusive
Ring of Honor 2018 Top Prospect Tournament Combatants Announced

Tournament Begins January Week 2, 2018!

Introducing the eight-men vying for the 2018 Top Prospect Tournament
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  • 1) Alexander Hammerstone

    The 26-year old Hammerstone hails from Glendale, AZ and has been seen up and down the West Coast in the last four-years as a professional. 6’3", 241 pounds, Hammerstone is an imposing figure in the ring and his bone-crushing “Stone Breaker” finisher is sure to make opponents quiver.
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  • 2) JT Dunn

    The 28-year old Dunn came to us recommended by former ROH legend Chris Hero. Dunn and Hero had tagged together on the indy scene for a bit as “Death By Elbow” but with Hero returning to NXT, Dunn was forced to strike-out on his own. At 5’10”, 176 pounds, Dunn is going to be a bit of an underdog here in the tournament, but watch out… his chops and elbows have been known to fell large men.
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  • 3) “Filthy” Tom Lawlor

    The former UFC fighter turned his attention to the ring full-time in Early 2017, but he’s a name that should be familiar to hardcore ROH fans as he debuted with the company in 2014, accompanying reDRagon to the ring at War of the Worlds. This time he’s stepping in the ring and looking to make an impact after going “undefeated” in one-on-one competition on the independent circuit.
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  • 4) “The Professional” Nick Price

    Canadian high-flier, the 28-year old Price weighs in at 190 pounds and stands 6’1”. Capable of wowing the fans with a 450 Splash, The Professional is also a technically sound wrestler capable of going toe-to-toe with almost anyone. Though hardly known outside of the Pacific Northwest, Price has a chance to shine in this tournament.
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  • 5) Odinson

    Only 23-years old, Odinson is the youngest competitor in this competition, there is also a chance he’s the strongest. The Viking of Asgard stands 6’4" and weighs in at 275 pounds, Odinson is a big man, the former power-lifter has turned his attention to professional wrestling in the last three years and has been making waves down south. It’s only a matter of time before The End is here.
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  • 6) Jaxson James

    After a four-year collegiate football career, the 6’2”, 225 pound James turned his attention to pro wrestling. He was invited to the tournament based on a spirited showing against Shane Taylor in early December and the recommendation of ROH 6-Man Champ, Hangman Page. Trained by Tom Prichard, James is has made enhancement appearances for NXT and has been rumored to be a target of the WWE.
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  • 7) Jake South

    Though the name may not be familiar, the face certainly will be for most NXT fans. Known previously as Sawyer Fulton, Jake South is out to prove that he is healthy and capable of being the beast that the WWE hoped he was. Standing 6’9” and weighing 285 pounds, South will tower over everyone in ROH, the big question here is can he keep them grounded and keep up with them… if he can, he’s the odds on favorite.
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  • 8) Mahabali Shera

    Last, but not least, is former TNA wrestler, Mahabali Shera. Out to prove he's more than just an “Indian who can do the Shera Shuffle” the 6’3”, 240 pound Shera comes to the Top Prospect Tournament as one of the most seasoned “wrestlers”. The big question with him is can he shed the stigma associated with him.

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Just started getting back in to RoH, indeed I've turned WWE 2K18 in to RoH...I have to be the saddest 44 year old in Scotland. Aaaaaaaaanyway, looking forward to watching this unfold.
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Just started getting back in to RoH, indeed I've turned WWE 2K18 in to RoH...I have to be the saddest 44 year old in Scotland. Aaaaaaaaanyway, looking forward to watching this unfold.
Kinda where I'm at, bought the tickets to see the live on a weekend because I had nothing else to do, 5.5 hours of wrestling later was hooked on ROH's product. Haven't seen an ROH diary recently and decided, I'll make this a simple, month by month diary and see how it goes.

Each PPV will have a preview show, with card, if there is enough interest (arbitrary and depending on circumstances) I'll likely run a basic prediction contest where the winner can book a storyline, title shot or signing...etc. In this case at the bottom of the post there will be a bracket for the Top Prospect Tournament. Feel free to predict the bracket, and overall winner.

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The first show of 2018 kicked off with a bang as the ROH World Tag Titles were on the line as the Motor City Machine Guns defended the belts against Will Ferrara and Rhett Titus, known as The Dawgs. Post-Match The Briscoe's appeared on stage and told the Guns that the belts would soon be back around the waist of the most dominant tag team in ROH history.

Faye Jackson defeated Deonna Purrazzo in a Women of Honor first round match.

Cody came out to discuss Final Battle and his loss two weeks ago. He said that he was just not the better wrestler than night. This prompted Matt Taven to come out and taunt Cody. Taven told Cody his time was over and it was time for a new Kingdom to reign supreme.

After things settled down the fourth contender for Dalton Castle's newly won title, Punishment Martinez easily handled an enhancement talent. Post-Match though Dalton Castle got the better of Martinez, chasing him to the back like a mad-man.

In the Main Event the always entertaining Young Bucks defeated The Best Friends. This was a great comedy main event with a ton of high spots and other things that Jim Cornette would hate. The Bucks won with a Meltzer Driver on Chuckie T.
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In two pre-show matches that have PPV implications we saw Brandi Rhodes defeat Jessie Brooks in a Women of Honor match, and in a Top Prospect Seeding match-up JT Dunn and Nick Price defeated Odinson and Alexander Hammerstone. Since JT Dunn recorded the pinfall he was given the opportunity to hand-select which Top Prospect he wanted to face in the first round.

The show kicked off with War Machine defeating Coast 2 Coast. Caprice Coleman was on commentary and seemed to take a particular interest in Shaheem Ali, suggesting frequently that Ali would be better off without his partner Leon St. Giovanni.

Colt Cabana gave us a run-down of the Top Prospect Tournament, and introduced the television audience to all eight competitors. He mentioned the pre-show match and said the other four competitors would be tagging next and the final bracket would be released on rohwrestling.com post-show.

Jaxson James and Mahabali Shera defeated Tom Lawlor and Jake South in the second seeding match-up. With James recording the pinfall he got to hand-select his first round opponent as well.

Dalton Castle came out and announced he'd discussed an idea with the competition committee and the Main Event of the Top Prospect Tournament would be Cody vs. Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven vs. Punishment Martinez in a four-way elimination match-up with the winner becoming the #1 Contender!

Mandy Leon defeated Scarlett Bordeaux and advanced to the next round of the Women of Honor tournament.

The Kingdom came out to rant about the ROH Conspiracy and how they've still never received a fair rematch for the 6-man titles they vacated when TK O'Ryan broke his leg. Taven also called out Cody for being gifted everything while guys like The Kingdom had to fight for everything.

SoCal Uncensored defeated Cody, Marty Scurll and Hangman Page in the Main Event, with the win SoCal Uncensored cemented their place as the #1 contenders for the Hung Bucks title. The victory was short lived as The Young Bucks rushed the ring and ultimately the 5 on 3 attack was too much and the fans went home feeling like the Bullet Club was on top!!!
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Top Prospect Tournament First Round Matches Announced, First Round takes place next week, with Semis and Finals on PPV!

Jaxson James selects Nick Price, and JT Dunn selects Tom Lawlor as first round opponents. Shera to face Odinson and Hammerstone to take on South.

Top Prospect Tournament First Round
  • Mahabali Shera vs Odinson
  • Jaxson James vs. Nick Price
  • Alexander Hammerstone vs. Jake South
  • JT Dunn vs. Tom Lawlor
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I am not sure if this was meant for us to make picks or not. If not then disregard this post.
  • Mahabali Shera vs Odinson

    I was not a fan of Shera in TNA, I found him to be annoying. However, I think a more serious Shera in ROH might be a good thing.

  • Jaxson James vs. Nick Price

  • Alexander Hammerstone vs. Jake South

    Jake South looks like a damn monster...

  • JT Dunn vs. Tom Lawlor
Tom Lawlor is the biggest name in the tournament. There is no way he is going out in the first round.
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Mahabali Shera vs Odinson
Jaxson James vs. Nick Price
Alexander Hammerstone vs. Jake South
JT Dunn vs. Tom Lawlor
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Mahabali Shera vs Odinson
Jaxson James vs. Nick Price
Alexander Hammerstone vs. Jake South
JT Dunn vs. Tom Lawlor
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Default Ring of Honor Week 3 January 2018 and Top Prospect Tournament Pay-Per-View Preview

Wow, thanks for the predictions, the full PPV card will be up at the end of this post, with the semi-final/finals match-ups. I'm going to count these first-round match-ups as a bonus. My current plan is to run the "prediction" contest for the first three months. Most correct answers after the March, "Anniversary" show will get to book any NJPW vs. ROH match-up they want for War of the Worlds. Seems like a fun way to engage with the readers.

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The show opened with two ROHWrestling.com/YouTube exclusives, the Women of Honor Semi-Finals match-ups. Brandi Rhodes and Sumie Sakai took down the victories and will meet to be crowned the first-ever Women of Honor champion at the Top Prospect Tournament.

As the televised portion of the broadcast kicked off we started with a Top Prospect Tournament match-up. Odinson taking on Mahabali Shera. Shera is a strong man, unfortunately Odinson is a stronger man, and frankly a significantly better wrestler. Though Odinson isn't necessarily as well know as Shera he also doesn't have as much of a stigma attached to him. This may not be the last we see of Shera in ROH, but it will be the last time he has a chance to be named the Top Prospect.

The second match-up of the Top Prospect Tournament turned out to be the best of the first round matches. Jaxson James took down Nick Price in what was a fun match-up. The fans really got behind James and that carried him to victory here.

In our third match-up, Alexander Hammerstone and Jake South went face to face in a battle of the behemoths. Hammerstone rarely needs to look up to others but South towered over him. South relied on his experience in the ring and as a mat-wrestler to take down Hammerstone and advance in the Top Prospect Tournament.

We cut to a promo with the Hung Bucks backstage. They mentioned SoCal Uncensored's victory against the Bullet Club and the post-match brawl and said that at the Top Prospect Tournament pay-per-view they were looking forward to going 3 on 3 with them.

In the final Top Prospect Tournament match-up JT Dunn scored a shocking upset of Tom Lawlor. Lawlor, who is likely the most known of these "prospects" appeared to have the victory, but Todd Sinclair insisted JT Dunn got his shoulder up at 2.9. Lawlor flipped out and backed Sinclair into the corner. This allowed Dunn recover enough to hit the Rolling Elbow and Sinclair provided the 1-2-3 before getting the hell out of dodge. Lawlor was furious and has reportedly launched a protest to Ring of Honor's competition committee.

In the penultimate match, Kenny King easily defeated The Beer City Bruiser. Post-match King told Silas Young he wanted his rematch and he wanted it on PPV.

In the main event, the four men we would be seeing compete for the #1 contender ship were paired off in a strange bedfellows tag match. Cody and Punishment Martinez took home the victory over Jay Lethal and Matt Taven. The finish saw Matt Taven walk out on Lethal and Martinez hit the South of Heaven Chokeslam.
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Top Prospect Tournament Pay-Per-View Preview

Prior to formally releasing the card Ring of Honor officials announced that The Briscoe Brothers would be in action on Pay-Per-View as they would take on Rowe and Hanson, the team known as War Machine. A victory is this match-up would certainly cement the Briscoe's claims that they deserve a title shot.

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  • Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final: JT Dunn vs. Odinson
  • Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final: Jake South vs. Jaxson James
  • Women of Honor Championship: Brandi Rhodes vs. Sumie Sakai
  • ROH World Television Title: Kenny King vs. Silas Young {c}
  • ROH World 6-Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored (Daniels, Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. The Hung Bucks {c} (The Young Bucks and Hangman Page)
  • Grudge Match: The Briscoe's vs. War Machine
  • ROH World Title #1 Contendership: Cody vs. Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven vs. Punishment Martinez
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Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final: JT Dunn vs. Odinson
Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final: Jake South vs. Jaxson James
Women of Honor Championship: Brandi Rhodes vs. Sumie Sakai
ROH World Television Title: Kenny King vs. Silas Young {c}
ROH World 6-Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored (Daniels, Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. The Hung Bucks {c} (The Young Bucks and Hangman Page)
Grudge Match: The Briscoe's vs. War Machine
ROH World Title #1 Contendership: Cody vs. Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven vs. Punishment Martinez
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Well I guess I vastly overvalued Tom Lawlor's overness...

Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final: JT Dunn vs. Odinson

Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final: Jake South vs. Jaxson James

Women of Honor Championship: Brandi Rhodes vs. Sumie Sakai

ROH World Television Title: Kenny King vs. Silas Young {c}

ROH World 6-Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored (Daniels, Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. The Hung Bucks {c} (The Young Bucks and Hangman Page)

This is more me hating the Young Bucks then actually thinking they will lose here.

Grudge Match: The Briscoe's vs. War Machine

ROH World Title #1 Contendership: Cody vs. Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven vs. Punishment Martinez

I think Jay, being a fan favorite, probably should not win here. I am not a fan of the Pauly Shore lookalike Matt Taven. I just do not view him as a credible challenger. Punishment Martinez has one of the worst ring names I have ever heard and he sucks in the ring. So I am going to go with Cody.

Yes I know he just lost but I think he is the best option going forward.
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Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final: JT Dunn vs. Odinson

Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final: Jake South vs. Jaxson James

Women of Honor Championship: Brandi Rhodes vs. Sumie Sakai

ROH World Television Title: Kenny King vs. Silas Young {c}

ROH World 6-Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored (Daniels, Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. The Hung Bucks {c} (The Young Bucks and Hangman Page)

Grudge Match: The Briscoe's vs. War Machine

ROH World Title #1 Contendership: Cody vs. Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven vs. Punishment Martinez
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Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final: JT Dunn vs. Odinson
Top Prospect Tournament Semi-Final: Jake South vs. Jaxson James
Women of Honor Championship: Brandi Rhodes vs. Sumie Sakai
ROH World Television Title: Kenny King vs. Silas Young {c}
ROH World 6-Man Tag: SoCal Uncensored (Daniels, Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. The Hung Bucks {c} (The Young Bucks and Hangman Page)
Grudge Match: The Briscoe's vs. War Machine
ROH World Title #1 Contendership: Cody vs. Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven vs. Punishment Martinez
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