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Ring of Honor Re-Signs “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong

This morning, Ring of Honor issued a press release to announce a key talent re-signing.  Roderick Strong, coming off a fantastic time limit draw ROH Championship match against Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor, has signed another long term deal.  Strong has had one of his better years in the ring, and has become a much better talker than he has been in the past, so this is a good signing for the company.  There were some minor overtures from WWE as Strong attended a developmental tryout camp, but WWE passed on him.

The press release is as follows:

Ring of Honor announced Tuesday that Roderick Strong, aka Mr. ROH, has re-signed with the company. The “Triple Crown Champion” was most recently featured as a challenger for the Ring of Honor World Championship against Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor XIII in Baltimore. The spectacular match ended in a draw as the wrestlers battled through the 60-minutes of regulation time allotted for World Championship matches.

“I’ve set the bar really high for myself and anyone who comes after me,” Strong said. “I’ve got unfinished business in Ring of Honor and winning that ROH World Championship for a second time is of the utmost importance!”

Strong will once again find himself battling with champions as he takes on IWGP Champion “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada at Field of Honor in Brooklyn, NY on August 22nd.

September 30, 2015 will begin Strong’s 13th year with Ring of Honor, as he continues to exemplify Ring of Honor’s pride for having the best wrestling on the planet. More information about Roderick Strong, including upcoming appearances and featured products, can be found on http://www.rohwrestling.com.

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Ring of Honor “Death Before Dishonor” Results for 7/24/2015 – Roderick Strong Challenges Jay Lethal for the ROH Championship, The Addiction vs. War Machine, The Kingdom, and reDRagon, Dalton Castle vs. Adam Cole, and More

The following is a quick rundown of the results of last night’s Ring of Honor iPPV titled “Death Before Dishonor.”  The show took place Friday 7/24/2015 at the William J. Meyers Pavillion in Baltimore, MD.

Results are courtesy ProWrestling.net.

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Match #1 – Silas Young def. Will Ferrara.  Young hit Misery to pick up the win.  Dalton Castle and his boys came out and tried to humiliate Young afterward, and posed with Ferrara.

Match #2 – Cedric Alexander def. Moose. Alexander hit Moose with a wrench to get the win.

Match #3 – The Briscoes def. RPG Vice. The Briscoes hit a Froggy Bow/Jay Driller combination on Trent to get the victory.

Match #4 – Adam Cole def. Dalton Castle.  Cole hit his vertical neckbreaker to get the victory.

Match #5 – Adam Page def. ACH.  This was a no-DQ match, and Paige hit Rite of Passage through a table for the win.

Match #6 – The Addiction (c, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) def. War Machine, Matt Taven and Michael Bennett (The Kingdom), and reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) to retain the ROH Tag Team Championship.  This was a four-corners survival match, and Kazarian got the pin on Fish after hitting Celebrity Rehab.

Match #7 – Jay Lethal (ROH World and TV Champion) def. Roderick Strong.  This was for the ROH World Championship.  The match ended in a time limit draw.

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Ring of Honor on Destination America 07/22/15 – The 200th Episode of ROH, headlined by House of Truth vs. The Briscoes/ODB/Strong, plus highlights of the past 199 episodes!

Ring of Honor has hit 200 episodes with tonight’s show, and they’re making a big deal out of it.  This episode will be primarily a clip show, though there is some fresh action scheduled.

We are still in Terminal 5, NYC this week.  Our main event is a 8-man tag match: The Briscoes, ODB, and Roderick Strong, taking on The House of Truth.

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Ring of Honor on Destination America: 07/15/15 – Mark Briscoe vs. Jay Lethal for the TV Title, plus Page vs. Sydal, Young vs. Ferrara, and more!

Ring of Honor is at Terminal 5 in New York City for another great night of ROH Action.  It’s episode 199!  Jay Lethal will defend the ROH TV Title against Mark Briscoe in the main event, but first, here comes The Decade.

Adam Page (w/ BJ Whitmer & Colby Corino) vs. Matt Sydal

Sydal has quite the epic beard now.  The Code of Honor is not observed.  Steve Corino is not happy that his son, Colby, is involved in The Decade.  Sydal hits a series of arm drags into a head scissors.  He catches Page with a windmill kick.  He hits a running knee in the corner, then a baseball slide into Colby on the outside.  Page hits a Shooting Star Shoulder Tackle off the apron.  Whitmer attacks Sydal with the ref distracted as we go to break.

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Ring of Honor on Destination America 07/08/15 – Quick Thoughts on The Kingdom vs. Elgin/reDRagon, Dalton Castle vs. Watanabe, Jay Lethal Speaks, plus more!

Ring of Honor’s 1-hour program comes at us from Terminal 5 in New York City, the day after Best in the World.  It’s a hot, sold out crowd, and the wrestlers are on fire tonight as well.

The energy came across in this show too.  We had a very good opening match between Dalton Castle and Watanabe, who has been impressing me more as of late.  In the past, Watanabe’s offense, while crisp, never felt exciting.  He’s amped up his persona lately and it’s working.

This was my first TV exposure to Dalton Castle.  While I’ve seen clips and videos of his antics previously, I’ve never seen it in the context of a match.  Simply put, I loved it.  He’s fantastic.  “The Boys” are fantastic.  And, even better, the audience responds positively.

The two had a hard fought match, and in the end, Castle picked up the win with a spinning facebuster of sorts.  His after-match promo on Silas Young was also effective, and it’s clear that feud will continue, which is something I’m perfectly ok with.

Next up, Nigel McGuinness brought out the new Ring of Honor World Champion, Jay Lethal.  Lethal, accompanied by Truth Martini, Jay Diesel, and Donovan Dijack, came out.  Martini cut a great promo on the audience before Lethal spoke, declaring himself Best in the World.  When questioned by McGuinness which belt he would relinquish (World or TV Title), Lethal became offended and said he wasn’t giving up either of them, and agreed to McGuinness’s stipulation that he could possibly end up both titles in separate matches in the same night.  This should make for some interesting television, for sure.

Lethal seemed comfortable in the spotlight, and I really believe he’s going to be a great champion for the company.  His TV Title reign brought prestige to the belt, and I know he can bring the same to an already prestigious ROH World Championship.

Our main event was a fun one – The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett & Adam Cole, w/ Maria Kanellis) vs. Michael Elgin & reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly).  In typical Ring of Honor fashion, this six-man tag match essentially threw out any tag team rules and turned into a tornado-style match full of high impact moves and wonderful tandem sequences.  I really enjoyed this one.  These guys tore the house down and busted out some impressive spots.

The running story throughout was Adam Cole’s dissension with The Kingdom.  Maria took the blame for their loss at Best in the World, but at the end of the match, when Cole was pinned by O’Reilly thanks to Chasing the Dragon, he not only shook O’Reilly’s hand, but raised it, and left the ring without The Kingdom at his side.  Maria looked flabbergasted.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Adam Cole run as a face, and I think it could be fun.  I love him as a heel – he’s so good – but in ROH you sort of get to a point as a heel that no matter what, the fans will cheer you, because you’re just that good.  I think Cole is at that level and a face turn may do him some good.

Thumbs up for this episode.  Not the best episode of ROH, but it lays the groundwork for the weeks to come and we had some solid action worth your time.

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Ring Rap Audio: 07/04/15 – An in-depth discussion on the Champions in WWE, TNA, and ROH, plus a look at WWE’s Beast in the East, and lots more!

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Happy Independence Day!  To those of you listening in the United States, July 4th is a day of celebration, fireworks, cookouts, and kicking back with a few cold ones.  Enjoy!

Bill and Drew are hard at work to bring you some audio pleasure for your holiday weekend, and they take a look at WWE, TNA, and ROH’s champions, discuss their strengths, weaknesses, and overall where they stand in the company.

Also, Bill and Drew discuss WWE’s Beast in the East, and take a look at the pros and cons of the card, which airs live from Tokyo, Japan, on the WWE Network on July 4th at 5:30am.

Join Bill and Drew in an hour of discussion, and let us know your thoughts on the topic at hand.  We would love to get this conversation going with our listeners.  Let us know what you think and we’ll discuss it on the air.

And, be sure to tune in to our shorter, more frequent news podcast, Around the Ring with Ring Rap! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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Around the Ring with Ring Rap: 06/25/2015 – Thoughts on Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett returning to TNA, WWE NXT, and More!

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After a three week hiatus, Ring-Rap.com Editor in Chief Drew Koscelek returns to Around the Ring with Ring Rap!  Topics on the show include:

  • Where has Drew been?
  • Thoughts on Jay Lethal winning the Ring of Honor World Championship
  • Jeff Jarrett returning to TNA
  • WWE NXT
  • …plus more!

We welcome your feedback!  Let us know what you like and what you’d like to hear!

Be sure to check out our weekly show, Ring Rap Audio! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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Ring of Honor Television *SPOILERS* for the Next Several Episodes

Ring of Honor taped their next several shows at Terminal 5 in New York last night, following their Friday night “Best in the World” pay per view event.  The following are the results of the tapings, courtesy ProWrestling.net.  If you don’t want to have any of the upcoming broadcasts spoiled, please don’t click the “Continue Reading” link!

In a dark match at the end of the night, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles defeated The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian).  This match was not taped for television, and was Samoa Joe’s final match with Ring of Honor.

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Ring of Honor “Best in the World” Pay Per View “Quick Reaction” for 6/19/2015 – Jay Briscoe vs. Jay Lethal, New Number One Contender Crowned, The Addiction vs. rEDragon, More

The following are the results and some “quick reactions” to last night’s Ring of Honor “Best in the World” event that took place at Terminal 5 in New York City.  The event was also aired live on pay per view.

Match #1 – Mark Briscoe (w/ODB) def. Donovan Dijak (w/Truth Martini).

Briscoe won the match following a brainbuster with his Froggy Bow elbow drop from the top.  Overall, the match was fine, but the finish left a lot to be desired.  I did pop when ODB tore up the Book of Truth though, because that gimmick just feels bush league to me now even though I like the combination of Truth and Lethal (as well as Dijak).

Match #2 – Adam Page and BJ Whitmer (w/Colby Corino) def. ACH and Matt Sydal.

In the finish, ACH hit a nice dive to Page and Colby at ringside, but in the ring Whitmer took him out then Page hit Rite of Passage on Sydal to get the win.  I had figured ACH and Sydal to go on to challenge for the tag straps, so this finish kind of surprised me a bit.  I did enjoy the match, however.

They hyped Kushida, Nakamura and Okada from New Japan appearing in Philadelphia, PA and Brooklyn, NY on August 21 and 22.

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Ring of Honor on Destination America TV Report for 6/10/2015 – Mike Bennett and Matt Taven vs. Bullet Club, Jushin Liger vs. Dalton Castle, Daniels and Kazarian vs. Kyle O’Reilly in a Handicap Match, More

Editorial Note:  This is the syndicated show that aired over the past weekend.  I’m posting this brief report following the same show airing last night on Destination America.

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Ring of Honor TV, Taped in Toronto, Ontario at Ted Reeve Arena on May 16:

Show opens with the tag champs, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, talking in front of the screen.  They talk about giving rEDragon their rematch tonight.  Daniels says that Fish and O’Reilly saw what they did to win the titles.  “What do you think we’ll do to keep these championships?”

Opening video airs and Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino check in.  They hype the tag title match, then Kelly notes that Fish has been attacked in the parking lot.

The Addiction heads out for a promo.  Daniels says they have breaking news. “In a shocking turn of events, Bobby Fish has been ruled medically unable to compete tonight.”  Kelly chimes in and says that Fish can’t go because of what Daniels and Kaz did to him.

Daniels says the contract only gives Fish and O’Reilly a shot on this night only.  He says they can go to the back of the line if they don’t take the match, and calls out rEDragon to take the rematch, or forfeit.  O’Reilly comes out, takes his shirt off and charges the ring.

They had to call the audible to explain Bobby Fish’s absence, as he could not cross the border into Canada for this show and the other ROH/NJPW shows that took place in Toronto.  This was fine.

Match #1 – Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian (a.k.a The Addiction) vs. Kyle O’Reilly of rEDragon; ROH Tag Team Championship in a handicap match:

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