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READER POLL: Rate WWE Raw 02/23/15

Did you watch WWE Raw on Monday, February 23rd, 2015?  If you did, please let us know what you thought of the show!

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Ring of Honor Wrestling 02/14/15: Styles & Young Bucks vs. Alexander & ACH & Sydal

Well, it’s been a little while since I’ve covered Ring of Honor for Ring Rap.  While I’ve kept a passing glance at the show, aside from attending Final Battle 2014 in person, I haven’t been following Ring of Honor as much as I’ve liked to.  Today, that changes.

I admit to being a week behind with coverage – I do not get any Sinclair stations in my area, and money is a little tight for the Ringside Membership ROHwrestling.com offers.  If that doesn’t bother you, then let’s jump in and get started!

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Justin “Thunder” Liger to Appear at Ring of Honor’s Supercard of Honor on March 27th, 2015

Ring of Honor issued the following press release earlier today, regarding Supercard of Honor, which is occuring on March 27th, 2015.

Liger is an international superstar with a list of legendary accomplishments throughout the world. He is a former 11 time IWGP Jr Heavyweight Champion, 6 time IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, WCW Light heavyweight Champion and has held numerous championships on nearly every continent in the world.

He made his Ring of Honor debut in November 2004 and has faced some of the greats in ROH, such as Bryan Danielson, Austin Aries and most recently battled former ROH World Champion Adam Cole at ROH’s War of The Wolds in May of 2014.

Jushin “Thunder” Liger is returning to ROH with a lot of fan fare. The names lining up to take on the legend is hungry and vast. As always, stay tuned to http://www.rohwrestling.com for updates and announcements.

Ring of Honor: Supercard of Honor IX will feature the likes of: The Briscoes, reDRagon, Jay Lethal, Matt Sydal, ACH and all the elite ROH wrestlers in what will be a stacked card full of must-see encounters.

“What better place to host Supercard of Honor IX than Silicon Valley,” COO of Ring of Honor Joe Koff said. “ROH was built by a loyal and passionate online fan base that has helped make it into the global phenomenon it is today. It’s rather apropos that an area known for innovation is the location for Supercard of Honor, given how innovative our product is.”

Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT! If you don’t have a ticket, you will be able to see this entire event through the Ring of Honor’s Video On Demand.

A complete list of ROH wrestlers and a full card will be available exclusively at http://www.ROHWrestling.com.

The Sports House is located at 3151 Edison Way, Redwood City, CA 94063.

 

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Ring of Honor Advertises Current Card for Their “13th Anniversary” Pay Per View

As of today, Ring of Honor is advertising the following lineup on their website for their 13th Anniversary show.  The pay per view event will be held in Las Vegas, NV at the Orleans Hotel and Casino and will be a standard television pay per view.  The card to date is as follows:

  • Jay Briscoe (c) vs. Michael Elgin vs. Tomasso Ciampa vs. Hanson; ROH Title in a Four Corners Survival Match
  • Jay Lethal (c) vs. Alberto El Patron; ROH Television Championship
  • rEDragon (c, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. The Young Bucks; ROH Tag Team Championship
  • AJ Styles vs. ACH

I’m not as up on what is going on with ROH these days, admittedly.  The title match doesn’t jump off the page at me immediately as a main event match for a pay per view, but it should be fun.  The other advertised matches do feel pretty big and should provide quality action to sell the show.  We will have coverage on March 1 when the show airs.

 

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Ring of Honor Announces Alberto El Patron’s Opponent for their Thirteenth Anniversary Pay Per View

Today, Ring of Honor issued a press release to announce that they have set a Television Championship match for their 13th Anniversary Show.  The match will feature Alberto El Patron (f/k/a Alberto Del Rio) taking on the current champion, Jay Lethal.  The show will be broadcast on pay per view on March 1, 2015 from Las Vegas, NV.

The press release is as follows:

Rumors of a dream match have swirled on social media but now it is official. The legendary, 2nd generation Mexican wrestling star, Alberto El Patrón, will challenge Jay Lethal for the Ring of Honor World Television Championship live on Pay Per View at our 13th Anniversary event.

Upon his arrival in ROH, Alberto El Patrón wanted an opportunity to speak with his fans on ROH Television. Alberto proclaimed that he was finally among the best wrestlers on the planet and he wanted a shot at the most important title in professional wrestling, the ROH World Championship. Lethal and his manager, Truth Martini took major offense to this and Lethal interrupted Alberto, telling him he should have done his homework before coming to class. Lethal made it known that he is the measuring stick for the best professional wrestler on the planet and that his championship was the most important.

This meeting of two very different athletes in the prime of their careers is something that does not happen very often. This rivalry has taken on a personal twist as Lethal feels Alberto overlooked him as a champion. El Patrón believes Lethal has challenged his manhood, something for which Alberto will not stand.

Can Lethal add Alberto El Patrón to the record list of contenders he has defeated? Can Alberto El Patrón make history by ending the historic reign of Lethal? To find out you will either need to be live in Las Vegas or on Pay per View!

I think this is a great hook for the upcoming pay per view, and it should be a great match that we will have some form of coverage for come March 1.  I do eventually want to see El Patron eventually challenge for ROH’s top title, but for now this should be a fun match with some championship implications.

 

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Interview Highlights: Matt Sydal Talks About How WWE Treated Him Before His Release, If He Would Return, and More

Matt Sydal (fka Evan Bourne) spoke with Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald about a number of topics.  Here are a few highlights:

On working an NXT event in 2013 as a means of getting cleared to wrestle after breaking his foot during a car accident in 2012:
“They wanted to make sure I was completely healthy, which basically required a dry run. I was able to wrestle a fun match and got good reviews on it and got cleared to wrestle. From that point on I was focused on my rehab. I still didn’t feel as comfortable as I should on my foot. I felt like I was a step behind. I did in-ring work after that. I worked out at the NXT school in Orlando. That basically led me to the next year.”

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Ring of Honor Talent and One Half of “Forever Hooligans” Announces “Indefinite Sabbatical” from Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling talent Alex Koslov took to Twitter to state that he is stepping away from the squared circle.  On Twitter he wrote that “I am hesitant to say I’m retiring from pro wrestling, but I am taking a much needed indefinite sabbatical to focus on my life.”  He went on to say that thanks to social media he will “continue to entertain you in different ways.”

The 31-year old is known for teaming with Rocky Romero in the “Forever Hooligans” tag team, and the pair recently worked the Wrestle Kingdom 9 event at the Tokyo Dome.  He stated that he had given New Japan three months’ notice that he was going to be stepping away.  Also, he thanked the fans, his tag partner Romero, and New Japan for their support.

You can see the tweets, and follow Alex, on Twitter at this link.

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READER POLL: 2014 Ring Rap Year-End Awards

2014 has come to a close, and it was a fairly eventful year for pro-wrestling fans.  We want to take a moment to look at the Year in Review, and host our reader-voted Year End Awards.

Please take a few moments to vote on your favorites throughout the year, and be sure to tune in to Ring Rap Audio on Tuesday as we discuss the results!

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Ring of Honor Announces the First Match for the Former Alberto Del Rio

Earlier today, Ring of Honor announced via their Twitter account that Alberto El Patron (f/k/a Alberto Del Rio) will be working his debut match in the company against Christopher Daniels.  The match will take place at the Ring of Honor television tapings on January 3, 2015 at the Tennessee State Fairground located in Nashville, TN.

This is a strong match on paper.  Both guys are talented in-ring workers and should put on a good match.  If you are attending the tapings in Nashville, feel free to drop us a line with results (as detailed or simple as you wish) and impressions of the show.  You can send them to me at bwentz@ring-rap.com.

The Twitter announcement is below: