Apologies on the lack of Honor Reports lately. I have experienced internet problems of late. But enough of that, let’s have a look at what has been going down in Ring of Honor.
FUTURE OF HONOR 2
This Sunday is the second-ever Future of Honor event coming to you from Laurel, Deleware. Let’s have a look at the card:
Jay Briscoe will take on Jay Lethal
Mark Briscoe will face J. Diesel
The Women of Honor will be in tag team action as Veda Scott & Jenny Rose will square off with Mandy Leon & Hania
Former NFL player “Moose” takes on Donovan Djiak
Brutal Burgers team up against Assad King and Zizou Middoux
“God’s Gift” QT Marshall battles Mickey Webb
Also set to appear:
One half of the ROH Tag Team Champions Bobby Fish, Team Benchmark, Hakim Zane, The Painkillers (Donnie & Jacob Hollows), Johnny Knockout and Matt Sells
SUMMER HEAT TOUR
The promotion has kicked off the 2014 Summer Heat Tour with three events so far, so let’s have a look at what has happened so far:
Summer Heat Tour Night One: Aftershock 07/12/14 from Hopkins, Minnesota
The Kingdom (Adam Cole, Matt Hardy and Mike Bennett) defeated the team of ROH Champion Michael Elgin & War Machine after interference from The Briscoe Brothers
Bobby Fish beat Cheeseburger
Cedric Alexander defeated Kyle O’Reilly
The Briscoe Brothers defeated Decade members BJ Whitmer & Roderick Strong
In a Proving Ground Challenge – Jay Lethal defeated New Japan’s Takaaki Watanabe
Kevin Steen ousted Tommaso Ciampa
#1 Contenders Four Corner Survival match – Silas Young earned a opportunity at Death Before Dishonor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when he defeated ACH, Matt Taven and Tadarius Thomas (Substituting for Jimmy Jacobs)
ROH Championship match – Michael Elgin retained the ROH Championship over Matt Hardy. This was the first successful title defense for Michael Elgin.
Summer Heat Tour Night Two 07/18/14 Cincinnati, Ohio
ROH Tag Team Championship match – ReDRagon retained their ROH Tag Team Championship over Rocky Romero and Tommaso Ciampa (who was substituting for the injured Alex Koslov). This was ReDragon third successful defense of the tag titles.
ROH Television Championship match – Jay Lethal retained his ROH Television Championship over Romantic Touch. This was Lethal’s seventh successful defense of the ROH TV Championship.
Decade members Adam Page, BJ Whitmer and Jimmy Jacobs (replacing Tadarius Thomas) defeated ACH and C&C Wrestling Factory
No Disqualification match – Silas Young defeated Kevin Steen
Four Corner Survival match – RD Evans added another name to his streak defeating Ethan Gabriel Owens, Matt Taven and Moose.
Briscoe Brothers and War Machine went to a No Contest after Adam Cole and his partner for the night, Jay Lethal, jumped both teams.
Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian defeated Adam Cole and Jay Lethal (substituting for Mike Bennett, who wasn’t at the event due to food poisoning!)
ROH Championship match – Michael Elgin retained his ROH Championship over Roderick Strong. This was Elgin’s second successful defence of the ROH Championship.
Summer Heat Tour Night Three 07/19/14 Dearborn, Michigan
Will Ferrera defeated Jonathan Gresham in the dark match
ROH Tag Team Championship match – ReDRagon retained their ROH Tag Team Championship over Monster Mafia. This was ReDragon fourth successful Tag Team Championship defense.
Moose defeated Hakim Zane
Four Corner Survival #1 Contenders match – Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian earned an opportunity at ReDRagon’s ROH Tag Team Championship by defeated Briscoe Brothers, War Machine and Decade members BJ Whitmer & Roderick Strong
Six Man Gauntlet #1 Contenders match – Cedric Alexander earned a opportunity at Michael Elgin’s ROH Championship by defeating BJ Whitmer, Caprice Coleman, Jay Lethal, Matt Taven and Romantic Touch
Adam Cole defeated Rocky Romero
Tomasso Ciampa defeated Adam Page
ROH Championship match – Michael Elgin retained his ROH Championship over Kyle O’ Reilly (Substituting for Mike Bennett). This was Elgin’s third successful defence of the ROH Championship.
ACH defeated Tadarius Thomas
Tyson Dux defeated Takaaki Watanbe
Kevin Steen defeated Steve Corino
Since we are talking results, let’s have a look on how AJ Styles is doing in this years G1 Climax tournament. On night #1, he lost to the man he beat for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, Kazuchika Okada. On night #2, he picked up his first two points by defeating Toru Yano. Then on night #4, he lost to Tetsuya Naito
Kevin Steen fought his final matches over the first three nights of the Summer Heat Tour. He wrestled 227 matches for the promotion winning 142 matches, losing 81 and drawing only four. He held the ROH championship for 302 days and the ROH Tag Team Championship with El Generico for 203 days.
I requested for the P2B’s memories of “Mr. Wrestling/Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” and here are the responses:
Kevin Bowers: Memories of Kevin Steen, the first Ladder War with the Briscoes & Steen/Generico will always stand out to me. In my opinion, Steen/Generico is the feud of the year in 2010 and probably one of the best tag split ups turned feuds ever executed.
Anthony Brennan: Steen’s dejected sadness of not winning at the first Global Wars in Toronto and how he became more than another mechanic in the ring in the years that followed.
Jay Hinchey: I haven’t been watching ROH that long, maybe just over a year. I guess my favorite moment would be him ending SCUM in Steel Cage Warfare last year.
Matt Souza: The Steen/Generico feud. It’s one of the best feuds in ROH history. The match they had at Final Battle 2010 is one of the most violent matches I’ve seen. Awesome feud!
My memory of Kevin Steen will be the promo he did threatening to turn the Chikara Grand Prix Championship into the bumble bee championship and give it to his son Owen.
More matches have been confirmed for the final night of the 2014 Summer Heat Tour. The ROH Championship will be on the line as Cedric Alexander will challenge Michael Elgin. The ROH Television Championship will be up for grabs as ACH will challenge Jay Lethal. In addition, Tomasso Ciampa will take on Rocky Romero, The Briscoe Brothers fight War Machine and Silas Young will challenge the returning Brian Kendrick.
FIELD OF HONOR
Then it’s time to cool off as the promotion presents “Field of Honor” on August 19th at MCU Park in Brooklyn, New York. The main event has been announced as a Four Corner Survival match with Michael Elgin defending the ROH Championship against former champion Adam Cole, current IWGP Champion AJ Styles and a man who has not been pinned in two years, Jay Briscoe. Also signed for “Field of Honor,” Matt Taven will take on Jay Lethal, in a fifteen foot high steel cage, for the ROH Television Championship.
Roderick Strong and Delirious will make their debut in Preston Championship Wrestling at Supershow of Honor. Strong makes his return to the UK for the first time in eight years since wrestling at 1PW Know Your Enemy. Delirious makes his return to the UK for the first time in eight years when he wrestled at the 1PW 3rd Anniversary show.
The promotion will debut in Kalamazoo Township, Michigan on Saturday night, October 19th.
The 9th Survival of The Fittest will be crowned the weekend of November 7-8 from Columbus and Toledo, Ohio respectively.
On the 7/12 edition of ROH on SBG:
CHAOS members Jado & Shinsuke Nakamura take on Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jushin Thunder Liger
Bullet Club members AJ Styles and Karl Anderson take on CHAOS members Gedo and Kazuchika Okada
On the 7/19 edition of ROH on SBG:
War Machine take on The Tate Twins (Brandon & Brent Tate)
Adam Page battles Romantic Touch
Cedric Alexander will square off with Roderick Strong in a Submission match
Jay Lethal will defend his ROH Television Championship against Matt Taven with Truth Martini handcuffed at ringside.
The Tuesday Rollout saw the release of two limited edition Kevin Steen T-shirts. One saying “Thanks Steen Thanks” and the other one says “Kill Steen Kill” both for $24.99.
On Episode #12 of the Steve Corino Show, it’s a Extreme Odd Couple reunion as Rob Dimension returns to the podcast and joins Steve and Dan for three segments. Steve and Rob talk about events what PWF “The Bash”, Dan reveals a weird thirst quenching obsession, the guys preview WWE Battleground and finish up with the traditional twitter love.
On Episode #13 of the Steve Corino Show. Steve discusses the honor of wrestling Kevin Steen in Steen’s final Ring of Honor match and what Corino still has to offer in the squared circle. They look back at WWE Battleground while Dan talks about his experience at Chikara’s The Worlds Is Not Enough event. Corino then gives his opinion on the Lana/ Rusev “controversy.” This week’s interview is with co-founder of OMEGA wrestling Thomas Simpson and the show finishes up with even more twitter love.
On Episode #14 of the Kevin Kelly Show, Kevin talks about Kevin Steen’s final matches in Ring of Honor, Dean Ambrose, his view on the Lana and Rusev “controversy”, WWE’s signing KENTA and John Cena heading to Hollywood. This week’s interview is with the current owner and head trainer of the Monster Factory, Danny Cage. After the interview, Kevin and Justin talk about the Place To Be Nation World Cup of TV Characters Pool Round, NBA free agents, the WWE Network and the hot trending stories.