Advanced warning... from here on out there will be partial spoilers for upcoming episodes of ROH TV
On Saturday night Ring of Honor returned to Providence for a round of “Ring of Honor Wrestling” TV Tapings in front of a jam-packed crowd in the Rhode Island Convention Center! It not only marked the kick-off of the World Title Tournament but also saw some major changes in the landscape of ROH's tag team division.
Right off the bat in the first hour of tapings, the scheduled Proving Ground match between World Tag Team Champions reDRagon and IWGP Jr. Tag Champions The Forever Hooligans was switched to a World Tag Team Title defense. For the specifics on how that came about you will have to watch the episode of ROH TV that airs THIS weekend, but suffice to say, as a result we have BRAND NEW World Tag Team Champions in Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov!
The 37th ROH Tag Champions will now head on to “All Star Extravaganza V” THIS Saturday night in Toronto and defend their belts against The American Wolves of Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards in a rematch of their “11th Anniversary” collision! As for reDRagon, in protest of their loss, they have informed ROH officials they will NOT be in attendance at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Saturday night!
Also in the first hour of taping, we saw QT Marshall get inserted into the Adam Page/Silas Young World Title Tournament Qualifying Bout. Unfortunately for Marshall he was also the man who take the loss as Silas Young defeated “God's Gift” and will now advance to “ASE V” to take on Tommaso Ciampa in 1st Round Tournament action! Also as a result of this match, Adam Page will head into Toronto to go one-on-one with New Japan's KUSHIDA in non-tournament action!
As for the three proper tournament matches, in the kick-off bout during the third hour of the tapings, Jay Lethal defeated long-time rival Sonjay Dutt to advance into his second round match-up. Then, in the final hour of tapings, Karl Anderson bested ACH to advance while Adam Cole got the victory over Mark Briscoe to head into his 2nd round battle!
The remainder of the opening round will go down Saturday night in Toronto PLUS Adam Cole & Jay Lethal will collide in the only second round match-up of the night! Here's an updated look at the tournament brackets:
The path to the World Title will continue THIS Saturday night when we head to Toronto for “All Star Extravaganza V” plus The Young Bucks, KUSHIDA, and more! For complete details and to purchase tickets click here! It's the summer of honor and the road to purity continues!