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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:

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UPDATED: Ring of Honor Announces the Signing of a Former WWE Champion to Debut in 2015, Debut Dates Announced

Today, Ring of Honor has announced that they have added a new member to their roster.  Former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio (working now as Alberto El Patron) will be debuting sometime in 2015.  No formal date has been announced as of yet.  His teaser video is shown below.

UPDATE, 10:52pm EST 12/11/2014:

Ring of Honor sent along in an email a formal press release to discuss the signing of El Patron, and announce his first appearance dates with the company.  The release is as follows:

The hottest free agent in the world makes his debut in the organization known for the best wrestling on the planet as Alberto El Patron debuts in Ring of Honor on January 3rd, 2015 in Nashville, TN.

Formerly known in WWE as Alberto Del Rio, Alberto El Patron is a former 4 time World Champion in World Wrestling Entertainment and the current AAA Heavyweight Champion in Mexico.  Known for his brash demeanor, this Mexican aristocrat brings an attitude and desire to prove his greatness to Ring of Honor but how will that attitude mesh with the ROH stars?

One thing that is certain is Alberto’s credentials. A celebrated amateur wrestler in Mexico, Alberto has won numerous amateur championships and tournaments. In addition to his amateur accolades, Alberto has won numerous world championships in his home country of Mexico, including the CMLL Heavyweight Championship. But would you expect anything less given his bloodlines?  Alberto is the son of legendary luchador Dos Caras and nephew of Mil Mascaras, continuing one of Mexico’s greatest wrestling legacies.

Upon signing with ROH, Alberto has requested that Ring of Honor matchmaker Nigel McGuinness challenge him with the very best that ROH has to offer, and many of the stars in Ring of Honor have already started making phone calls to Nigel to take on El Patron.

“Ring of Honor has been doing fantastic things.  There’s a lot of excitement surrounding this company and I look forward to competing against the best of the best in ROH in 2015,” says Alberto El Patron.

Could we see him face ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe? Adam Cole? AJ Styles? ROH World Television Champion Jay Lethal? Matt Sydal? Roderick Strong? The list of world class match-ups is endless!

Who would you like to see him face? Tweet us at @RingofHonor and use the hashtag #AlbertoROH

Ring of Honor fans will FIRST be able to see Alberto El Patron on the following dates:

•Saturday January 3, 2014 Nashville, TN, Nashville Fairgrounds – ROH Television Taping!

•Friday January 30, 2014 Dearborn, MI, Ford Community Center

•Saturday January 31, 2014 Dayton, OH, Montgomery County Fairgrounds

•Sunday March 1, 2014 Las Vegas Nevada, Orleans Hotel & Casino for the 13th Anniversary Pay-Per-View!

It’s been said that Alberto wants to show that he is one of the best in the world between the ropes, and he will certainly have every opportunity to prove that in Ring of Honor.

This is a good signing for ROH.  There was a lot of chatter around the internet that Del Rio would go to TNA, or to Lucha Underground, but no one had mentioned ROH prior to now.  Terms of the deal are not known, but it is suspected that Del Rio might be able to work with other organizations, as some ROH talents are able to as well.

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Ring Rap Audio: 12/11/14 – An In-Person Perspective of Ring of Honor Final Battle, Updates on TNA, CM Punk to UFC, NXT Takeover REvolution, WWE TLC, A Rant on Dolph Ziggler, The Slammys, Raw, plus more!

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Ignore what I say at the beginning of the episode – this is really episode 140.  Whoops.  That’s the last time I listen to Bill Wentz, even if he’s usually right.

It’s been a whirlwind of a week for wrestling, and there’s tons to talk about, including an in-person perspective from Terminal 5 in NYC for Ring of Honor’s Final Battle.

TNA has started announcing details regarding Destination America’s first broadcast, including the new logo, time, date, etc.  Good news?  Let’s find out!

CM Punk to UFC?  Bill and Drew have thoughts on that.

Plus, look at NXT REvolution, The Slammy Edition of WWE Raw, TLC, and a feiry rant about Dolph Ziggler’s Slammy acceptance speech that is absolutely must-listen.

Follow all of us on Twitter as well: @RingRapAudio and @RingRap.  Bill is on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.  Matt is on Twitter @bigmat75.  Drew is on Twitter too @PsionStorm.

Be sure to tune in to our shorter, more frequent solo audio show, Around the Ring with Ring Rap! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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Ring of Honor “Final Battle” Pay Per View Live Coverage for 12/7/2014 – Jay Briscoe vs. Adam Cole for the ROH Championship, rEDragon vs. The Time Splitters for the ROH Tag Team Championship, Michael Elgin vs. Tomasso Ciampa, and More

Live and on televised pay per view, it’s Ring of Honor’s final 2014 event, Final Battle.  The event takes place at Terminal 5 in New York City starting at 8:00PM EST.  Our own Drew Koscelek will be there live in person, and I’ll be sure to incorporate anything that he passes along about the event into our live coverage as well.  The card for tonight is looking pretty solid, and it is as follows:

Jimmy Jacobs vs. Hanson vs. Mark Briscoe vs. Caprice Coleman; 4-Corners Survival Match

Moose vs. RD Evans

The Young Bucks and ACH vs. The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) and Cedric Alexander

Roderick Strong vs. Adam Page

Jay Lethal (c) vs. Matt Sydal; ROH Television Championship

Michael Elgin vs. Tomasso Ciampa

rEDragon (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, c) vs. The Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida); ROH Tag Team Championship

Jay Briscoe (c) vs. Adam Cole; ROH World Championship in a “Fight Without Honor” Match

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Ring Rap Audio: 12/03/14 – Ring of Honor Final Battle Preview, CM Punk on Colt Cabana’s Podcast, Vince McMahon on Steve Austin’s Podcast, plus more!

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I’m going to level with you.  This show has three topics.

Rather than do a ton of topics injustice, we decided to take away the two biggest stories of the week and combine them with the one of the most anticipated pay-per-views of the year, and just rock that.

So, Bill and Drew discuss three things.

Ring of Honor’s Final Battle.

CM Punk on Colt Cabana’s The Art of Wrestling.

Vince McMahon on Steve Austin’s The Steve Austin Show.

Enjoy!

Follow all of us on Twitter as well: @RingRapAudio and @RingRap.  Bill is on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.  Matt is on Twitter @bigmat75.  Drew is on Twitter too @PsionStorm.

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Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling to share talent for Final Battle and Wrestle Kingdom 9

Ring of Honor issued the following press release earlier today:

Ring of Honor is proud to announce that Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, the tag team known as reDRagon, will be defending their newly won IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on January 4, 2015 at the Tokyo Dome.

The match will feature reDRagon vs. Time Splitters vs. Young Bucks vs. Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero.

“We are very proud of reDRagon’s accomplishments in winning the IWGP Titles,” said Ring of Honor Chief Operating Officer Joe Koff. “While they are signed to exclusive deals with ROH, it is a great honor to have them competing in New Japan Pro Wrestling, a most prestigious organization.”

Ring of Honor and New Japan enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship which allows for top talent from each organization to wrestle on major events with international interest. Later this month, Michael Bennett and Matt Taven with Maria Kanellis will take part in the legendary New Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag League tournament. Then on December 7th live on pay-per view at ROH’s Final Battle 2014, ROH World Tag Team Champions reDRagon will defend against New Japan’s own Alex Shelley and Kushida, The Time Splitters.

“We have the utmost respect for New Japan,” explained Koff. “They are a truly classy organization. We look forward to a long standing relationship so that our talent can appear in Japan and their talent can wrestle at our events in America.”

Bill and I discussed this very topic last night on Ring Rap Audio #136, and I can’t say how excited this makes me for both Wrestle Kingdom 9, as well as Final Battle 2014, which I will be live in attendance for.  To hear Jim Ross call the action of a reDRagon match?  That is heaven.  

As the card comes together we will have plenty more to talk about on the topic.

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Ring of Honor “Survival of the Fittest” Night Two Results for 11/8/2014 – Six-Man Elimination Match, Jay Lethal vs. Cedric Alexander, The Briscoes vs. Daniels and Kazarian, and More

he following are the quick results from night two of Ring of Honor “Survival of the Fittest” show in Toledo, OH.  The event took place at the Seagate Center.  If you were there, or at night one in Columbus, feel free to send along more thoughts and details to me either @Bill_SoonerFan or bwentz@ring-rap.com

ROH Survival of the Fittest, Night Two Results

Took place at the Seagate Center in Toledo, OH on 11/8/2014

Dark Match – Jay Diesel defeated Matt Sex

Match #1 – Jay Lethal (ROH TV Champion) defeated Cedric Alexander

Match #2 – RD Evans and Moose defeated BJ Whitmer and Jimmy Jacobs

Match #3 – Mike Bennett (w/Maria) defeated Will Ferrara with help from Maria and Matt Taven

Match #4 – ACH defeated Matt Taven.  After the match, Taven and Bennett teamed up to hit the spike piledriver on ACH

Match #5 – TaDarius Thomas defeated Romantic Touch

Match #6 – The Briscoes defeated “The Addiction,” Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian

Match #7 – Adam Cole defeated Matt Sydal, Adam Page, Roderick Strong, Hanson, and Tomasso Ciampa in the Survival of the Fittest 2014 six-way elimination match.