Ring Rap Audio: 04/14/15 – Jey Uso Injury Update, New WWE Performance Center Hires, WWE Raw, Extreme Rules, Plus a Discussion on Kicking Out of Finishers, and more!

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Bill is back to feeling like a human being again, which is great news, because we are fired up about this episode.

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ROH’s Tomasso Ciampa “Fired” at Live Event in San Antonio This Weekend

It’s worth pointing out that at this past weekend’s live event in San Antonio, TX Ring of Honor fired Tomasso Ciampa.  During the television taping, Ciampa attacked referee Todd Sinclair.  The formal announcement of the move, which can be read at ROHWrestling.com, says that there was a no tolerance policy for such behavior, and ROH was left with no choice but to terminate Ciampa following the attack.

Of course, this is the storyline version.  We previously noted that Ciampa has left the company and that the Saturday date in San Antonio was his final date with ROH.  Ciampa is presently taking independent bookings.



Ring of Honor “Supercard of Honor” Quick Results for 3/27/2015 – Samoa Joe vs. Jay Briscoe for the ROH Championship, Jushin Liger vs. Jay Lethal for the ROH TV Championship, and More

WWE isn’t the only show in town in Northern California this weekend.  Ring of Honor ran in Redwood, CA last night and put on their “Supercard of Honor” show.  The following are the quick results of that event, courtesy ProWrestling.net.

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Ring of Honor Announces Additional Philadelphia Event with New Japan Pro Wrestling

Ring of Honor recently put tickets on sale for their “War of the Worlds” event, which will take place at the 2300 Arena (formerly the ECW Arena) in Philadelphia, PA on May 13, 2015.  In an email to fans, as well as on their site, ROH has now announced that there is going to be an additional Philadelphia event due to “record breaking demand.”  The announcement that appears on ROHWrestling.com appears below:


Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 – 2300 (ECW) Arena


Due to record-breaking demand, Ring of Honor Wrestling® (“ROH”) is happy to announce that we will be adding an additional WAR OF THE WORLDS ’15 event on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Tickets for this additional event will go on sale Monday, March 9th @ 10am Est to the general public.

All ROH & NJPW stars, and matches will be announced at a later date.

Follow ROH on Twitter: @RingofHonor
Like ROH on Facebook: FB.com/RingofHonor

Watch and learn about ROH: www.ROHWrestling.com

Learn more about New Japan Pro-Wrestling: http://www.njpw.co.jp/english/

Previously announced events

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 – WAR OF THE WORLDS ’15

Friday, May 15th, 2015 GLOBAL WARS ’15 Night #1 – click here to purchase tickets

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 GLOBAL WARS ’15 Night #2 – click here to purchase tickets


Ring Rap Audio: 03/03/15 – Samoa Joe Rumored to Sign with WWE, Rey Mysterio with AAA, Alundra Blayze to the Hall of Fame, WWE Raw, Ring of Honor’s 13th Anniversary Review, plus lots more!

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Lots of news this week, with much of it breaking just before recording. Let’s get started, shall we?

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Samoa Joe Reportedly to Sign with WWE

PWTorch.com columnist Sean Radican is reporting that Samoa Joe is expected to sign with WWE and report to NXT as early as late April, 2015.

Joe parted ways with TNA just last week, and has already made an appearance with Ring of Honor, announcing his intentions for the Ring of Honor World Championship this past Sunday at the 13th Anniversary Show.

While his start date is unconfirmed, Joe is booked with Ring of Honor through the April 25th show in Minnesota.  If Joe reports to WWE Developmental after this date, he would not be participating in the War of the World co-events with New Japan Pro Wrestling.

More details as they develop.

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Ring of Honor Announces That Samoa Joe Will be at the 13th Anniversary Show This Sunday

Earlier this week, we noted that Samoa Joe will be making appearances in March with Ring of Honor.  In a post on their website, Ring of Honor now has announced that Joe will appear at the 13th Anniversary show this Sunday in Las Vegas.  The post was simply this:

We have just received word that Samoa Joe will be in LIVE in Las Vegas at the Orleans Hotel & Casino this Sunday night.
He has something to say, and wants the world to hear it.

It will be interesting to see what Joe has to say, and what transpires out of this event.  We will have some sort of reaction to Sunday’s pay per view right here on Ring-Rap.com.



Interview Highlights: Samoa Joe Talks About Returning to ROH, the Styles Clash, Tweeting with CM Punk, and NXT

Samoa Joe, who has returned to ROH for a series of events in March, made an appearance on the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show to talk about a number of topics.  You can get the whole interview at this link, but below are some highlights.

On Returning to ROH:

“I think certain times in your career you reexamine things and a change of scenery is nice. It’s good for the fans, it’s good for me, and I think it’s healthy all around. I’m excited about some new matches for me, there’s some guys out there I haven’t had a chance to work with especially some younger guys, up and comers, that I think have tremendous promise and talent and I get to get in there and mix it up with them. It kinda was a culmination over the past few months of various factors, various reasons. You kind of come to these big decisions and I kind of looked around saw the landscape of things and thought it was the time.”

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Samoa Joe Slated to Return to Ring of Honor on March 7

Through a report on FightNetwork.com, Samoa Joe is scheduled to work with Ring of Honor starting with the March 7 television taping in Baltimore, MD.  Ring of Honor also has released a video touting Joe’s return, seen below.  Joe will be working with the company on March 7 in Baltimore, March 13 in Milwaukee, WI, March 14 in Chicago Ridge, IL, and March 27 in Redwood City, CA.

It’s not clear whether or not Joe will appear on Sunday at the 13th Anniversary pay per view or not.  I  do think it would be a cool surprise to see him there live in person, or even do a pre-tape for it.

The ROH video touts Joe as a “returning legend,” which makes sense as Joe really made his name in the Ring of Honor promotion before moving on to TNA.

Right now, it looks like Joe plans to go the “AJ Styles” route of working dates with Ring of Honor and other independent promotions rather than move on to WWE.  This is a great score for ROH, and I am actually hoping we do get to see him appear at the 13th Anniversary event this Sunday.

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The Current Line Up for Ring of Honor’s 13th Anniversary Pay Per View

Ring of Honor returns to pay per view this coming Sunday, March 1, for their 13th Anniversary event.  The event will be held at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV and can be seen live on Sunday night via pay per view starting at 8PM EST.  This is the current advertised card:

  • Jay Briscoe (c) vs. Michael Elgin vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Hanson; Four Corners Survival Match for the ROH Championship
  • Jay Lethal (c) vs. Alberto El Patron; ROH Television Championship
  • rEDragon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly, c) vs. The Young Bucks; ROH Tag Team Championship
  • A.J. Styles vs. ACH
  • ODB (w/Mark Briscoe) vs. Maria Kanellis (w/Michael Bennett)
  • Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian (The Addiction) vs. Michael Bennett and Matt Taven vs. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (Bullet Club); triple threat tag match
  • Roderick Strong vs. BJ Whitmer.

This card looks pretty good on paper, even though the main event seems to lack a real pop in terms of star power to me.  That said, the rest of the card makes up for that lack of power.  Also, Matt Sydal is scheduled to appear.  We will have live reaction to this pay per view Sunday evening  here on Ring-Rap.com.