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Around the Ring w/Ring Rap for 7/30/2015 – ROH Weekly Show Thoughts, More on John Cena’s Broken Nose, Layla Retires, WWE Quarterly Conference Call, and More

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Senior Writer Bill Wentz resists the urge to use a cover of some Foo Fighters music to open this week’s show.  He stops by to give his thoughts on ROH, the retirement of Layla from WWE, more on John Cena’s broken schnozz and possible SummerSlam booking, and more. Topics in this podcast include:

  • Ring of Honor’s Weekly Show Thoughts
  • WWE Quarterly Conference Call and WWE Network numbers
  • WWE Diva Layla’s Retirement
  • Follow-up on John Cena’s broken nose
  • …plus more!

Ring Rap Audio is back on Saturdays, and we’re always looking for your questions and points of discussion.  Send them in on Twitter or to our Facebook or Google+ pages by the links below.

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

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Ring of Honor on Destination America Show Report for 7/29/2015: ACH vs. Bobby Fish, Six-Man Mayhem Match, Continuation of the Whitmer/Corino Angle, Matt Taven and Michael Bennett vs. Corey Hollis and Jonathan Gresham

Full Disclosure:  This is not a live, or delay live, report in the truest sense.  I was able to sit down and watch (via a DVR thanks to a friend) the Sinclair broadcast show from Saturday that aired over the weekend.  It is the same show that will air tonight on Destination America at 11PM EST following TNA Impact.  If you wish to watch spoiler-free, you can follow along as if it’s a live report just by watching how far you scroll through the report as the show airs.

Ring of Honor Television, Taped on June 27 at Terminal 5 in New York, New York

Show aired on July 29 on Destination America, and previously in syndication on Sinclair networks.

We get the opening video, then Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino checked in on commentary.  Right into the first match!

Match #1 – Matt Taven and Michael Bennett (w/Maria) vs. Corey Holis and Jonathan Gresham:

Maria joined the commentary team.  Hollis hit some running forearms, and Gresham also got in some nice offense before Taven hit a kick from the second rope.  The finish came when Taven and Bennett teamed up for a double superkick then the spike piledriver to win.

This was a throwback style match.  The jobbers got enough offense in to keep the match interesting, but Taven and Bennett ended up going over strong in the end.

Kelly hypes the main event, which is ACH vs. Bobby Fish, and the Six-Man Mayhem match.

Back from break, it’s time for the six-man mayhem match.  Ring introductions took place while Kevin Kelly explained the rules.

Match #2 – Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) vs. Moose (w/Stokely Hathaway) vs. Silas Young vs. Caprice Coleman vs. Cheeseburger vs. Brutal Bob Evans; Six-Man Mayhem:

Cheeseburger got a good reaction, as did Moose and Castle.  Early action includes a fun spot where Silas pulled Cheesburger’s shirt over his head, then raked his back.

Moose gets a moment of shine, clearing everyone out of the ring but Silas.  Silas cut him off but Moose dumped him to ringside.  He hits a running dive onto all of the opponents, and that drew a “Moose” chant.  As everyone makes their way back to the ring, there are rapid fire spots.  Moose hit Cheeseburger with a big clothesline, then caught Castle off of a dive.  Dalton escaped then hit a German suplex on Moose.  A bit later, Moose hit a spear on Evans to get the win.

This was fun.  Moose is such a freak athletically, and Castle just impresses me.  I think the gimmick is growing on me, and he showed good strength by hitting the German on Moose.  Silas Young also looked good here.  I would like to see Young, Dalton, and Moose featured a bit more.

In-Ring Segment:

BJ Whitmer, Adam Page, and Colby Corino come to the ring.  Whitmer talked about looking at Colby as a brother when he decided to use him as a young boy.  Now he sees himself as the father Colby never had.  “Oh come on,” Steve Corino yells from commentary.

Whitmer sets up Colby to compete in a gauntlet match and hyped it as a gift.  Whitmer said that four wrestlers he found at the ROH tryout camp are hungry for a chance.  Jaheem Ali, Wildman Kongo, The Beast Ortiz, and The Punishment Martinez were introduced as his opponents.  Kelly and Corino get upset because of the size of the four men.

Corino had finally had enough and approached the four men and talked to them at ringside.  “Now you decide it’s time to step up?” Whitmer asked.  Corino yanks his tie off and Whitmer kept jawing at him.  Whitmer asked how long it would be before Corino abandons his wife and baby.  Nigel McGuinness stood between the two.

That was some good work on the mic from Whitmer.  He seemed confident and this role of being Steve Corino’s antagonist seems to be something he is getting into.

Mandy Leon hosted the “Inside ROH” segment.  She talked about the return of several New Japan Pro Wrestling stars.  They ran a video package that focused on Okada, Kushida, and Nakamura’s past appearances for ROH, and Mandy hyped their coming appearances on August 21 and 22.

We got the ring introductions for the main event.

Match #3 – ACH vs. Bobby Fish

Steve Corino exited commentary, so Nigel McGuinness filled in.  ACH and Fish shook hands.  Kelly hyped up Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly for next week’s main event.  The live crowd reacted well to both wrestlers.  Fish dumped ACH out of the ring and posed as we head to commercial.

Late in this one, ACH tried for a 450 splash, but Fish got the knees up.  Fish covered, but ACH kicked out on two.  They exchanged an awkward striking spot, but recovered.  Fish locked on the Fish Hook leg lock. A bit later, Fish hit a superplex into a slam and covered for the win.

I thought this was a good match, but it just didn’t seem to mean much.  I would love to see ROH book more meaningful main events and some real episodic-style booking rather than every show standing on its own merit.  For example, had they given Cole and O’Reilly some promo time they could have set next week’s main event better and established some story.  It seems like guys are thrown out there to fill a main event segment and it ends up being filler.  The match quality might still be good, but it lacks a punch because it has no real meaning.  That said, I enjoyed this show and I thought the Whitmer/Corino continuation was particularly fun.

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Around the Ring w/Ring Rap 07/28/2015: Roderick Strong, Ring of Honor and Destination America, Summerslam at 4 Hours, John Cena, WWE Raw, and more!

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Editor in Chief Drew Koscelek is back again for another Tuesday edition of Around the Ring.  This show takes a look at:

  • Roderick Strong Re-signing with Ring of Honor.
  • ROH getting bumped from their primetime slot with Destination America.
  • Summerslam going 4 hours.
  • John Cena’s broken nose.
  • WWE Raw thoughts
  • …plus more!

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Ring Rap Audio: 07/25/15 – Analyzing the Hulk Hogan Situation: Does This Effect His Legacy? Should He Be in the Hall of Fame? Is He Sincere in Apology? Plus, NXT vs. ROH, and more!

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It’s Episode 169 of Ring Rap Audio, and our lead topic was gift wrapped, sent with Amazon Prime, and delivered by a singing mailman.  Hulk Hogan’s contract was terminated by WWE due to racial slurs used eight years ago and captured on the sex tape with Heather Clem.

Bill Wentz and Drew Koscelek take a look at this topic in great detail and break it down – How does this effect Hogan’s legacy?  Should he be removed from the Hall of Fame?  Who is defending him?  Can he ever come back from this?  Is his apology acceptable?

Plus, WWE has started a war with Ring of Honor, running a number of NXT shows that directly compete with ROH.  But who really fired the first shot, and how does this effect both products?

All this plus more!

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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.

If you are interested in helping us cover events like ROH Death Before Dishonor, let Drew (dkoscelek@ring-rap.com) or me (bwentz@ring-rap.com) know.  There’s only so much ground we can cover in detail!

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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Around the Ring w/Ring Rap for 7/23/2015 – Thoughts on TNA and ROH, NJPW Gets an Extended Deal with AXS, and More

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Senior Writer Bill Wentz throws us a curve ball and takes the helm for Thursday nights.  He stops by to give his thoughts on TNA Impact, ROH, and some other odd topics.  Topics in this podcast include:

  • Thoughts on TNA Impact from 7/22/2015
  • NJPW signing a longer-term deal with AXS TV for US broadcasts
  • Thoughts on ROH’s 200th episode
  • …plus more!

Ring Rap Audio is back on Saturdays, and we’re always looking for your questions and points of discussion.  Send them in on Twitter or to our Facebook or Google+ pages by the links below.

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)

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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WWE Announces NJPW Star Appearing at Takeover: Brooklyn Event in August

This afternoon, WWE announced that New Japan Pro Wrestling legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger will be appearing at Takeover: Brooklyn.  That event will take place on August 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  William Regal announced that Liger will be facing Tyler Breeze.  The tweets are shown below making the announcement.

Liger still has some name value in the US, and he continues to do work for New Japan regularly.  This is a pretty big get for WWE and NXT. Oddly enough, Ring of Honor will be running their “Field of Honor” show the same night and NJPW stars Kazuchika Okada, Shisuke Nakamura, and Kushida will be appearing on that event.

 

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Ring Rap Audio: 07/11/15 – Special Guest Dru Atanacio Makes His RRA Debut, Talks About How He Discovered Pro Wrestling, Favorite Stars, Favorite Indy Federation, NXT, WWE, TNA, ROH, and lots, lots more!

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Drew Koscelek has been poking, prodding, and bugging Dru Atanacio to join him on Ring Rap Audio for a long time, and finally it’s happened.  With Bill Wentz on assignment (destroying the competition with his truck), this was the perfect time to bring Dru onto the show.

So, this episode serves as an introduction of sorts.  Drew asks Dru how he discovered pro-wrestling, what some of his favorites were growing up, what he thinks about the current product, and what he likes in pro-wrestling today.

It’s a fantastic conversation that spans the 90s through the current product, and covers ground from WWF, WCW, ECW, Ring of Honor, TNA, WWE, NXT, PWG, and lots more.

Please download and enjoy episode 167 of Ring Rap Audio, and let us know what you think!

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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.

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WWE NXT Books SummerSlam Weekend Event for Brooklyn, NY

This morning, Triple H took to Twitter and announced that NXT will be running a live event on SummerSlam weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  The event will take place on August 22, the night before SummerSlam at the same venue.

The event will  be called “NXT Takeover: Brooklyn” and tickets will go on sale July 18.  Also, this event will be airing live on WWE Network as well so if you can’t get a ticket you can check it out via the Network.  WWE posted the following to their website regarding the airing of this special.

The Superstars and Divas of Tomorrow have set the wrestling world on fire with the NXT TakeOver live specials on WWE Network, which have all emanated from Full Sail University in Florida — until now. As announced by WWE COO Triple H, on Saturday, Aug. 22, NXT will invade the Barclays Center on the eve of The Biggest Party of The Summer for the seventh NXT live special.

It’s worth pointing out that this event will be in direct competition with the Ring of Honor “Field of Honor” event that will be taking place at MCU Park in Brooklyn on the same night.  So that dynamic will be interesting to watch play out.