RECENT NEWS http://www.rohwrestling.com/newsfeed/roh-year-three-3-disc-dvd-available-now%29 ROH Latest News Feed en KUSHIDA defends his ROH World TV Title against Jay White http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/kushida-defends-his-roh-world-tv-title-against-jay-white <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/bitw-tv-tvtitle-news">bitw-tv-tvtitle-news</a> </div> </div> </div> <!--break--><div>Three years after its debut as Ring of Honor’s first-ever live, broadcast Pay Per View, one of ROH’s premiere events Best in the World returns to Pay Per View on Friday, June 23 at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST, emanating from the Lowell Memorial Auditorium! The following night, ROH returns to Lowell, MA for the fallout from Best in the World with an international television taping!&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While Best in the World will be on all major Pay Per View carriers, as well as the Fite.TV app, Playstation Network, and ROHWrestling.com, there is nothing like seeing ROH live! Tickets are moving briskly, including special two-day passes – to get the best seats, get yours now!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The ROH Board of Directors have begun signing matches for the international television taping the night following the Best in the World Pay Per View! One of the hottest young stars in the world will receive his first ROH World Television Championship shot. But he will not know who he faces until the conclusion of Best in the World!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP</div><div>ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION KUSHIDA vs. JAY WHITE</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It has long been said that to make it in Ring of Honor, one must become undeniable. In just under one year’s time, that is just one of the adjectives that would aptly describe Jay White.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The young star from New Zealand is on excursion from New Japan after starting his career in the UK and started his career in ROH with a win over current ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels. In the following 12 months, White spent June to February undefeated, picking up victory after victory while learning under the tutelage of the Motor City Machine Guns as part of Search and Destroy!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>With the wind in his sails following his victory over Punishment Martinez at ROH Masters of the Craft and his co-win of the Gateway to Gold Gauntlet in Collinsville, IL, White looks to win his first championship in ROH! White’s singles record has propelled him into championship contention and could leave Lowell as the ROH World Television Champion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KUSHIDA defeated “The Villain” Marty Scurll for the second time last night but must turn around and defend his championship against one of the fastest rising stars in the world! But KUSHIDA is on quite a roll himself! With a win against Jay Lethal, two against Scurll, and five-straight wins in do-or-die match-ups to win his second Best of Super Juniors in three years, KUSHIDA is on the biggest roll of his career! Who will leave Lowell the champion? Join us at Best in the World Weekend to find out!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://ev7.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=ROH&amp;linkID=global-lma&amp;shopperContext=&amp;caller=&amp;appCode=">You can join us live in Lowell, MA for both our international television taping to get the best seats, buy your tickets now!</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>RING OF HONOR PRESENTS BEST IN THE WORLD WEEKEND</div><div>Saturday June 24, 2017</div><div>7 PM EST</div><div>Lowell Memorial Auditorium</div><div>50 East Merrimack Street</div><div>Lowell, Massachusetts 01852</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ALREADY SIGNED:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>MATT TAVEN vs. ULTIMO GUERRERO&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS (ALEX SHELLEY &amp; CHRIS SABIN) vs. WAR MACHINE (HANSON &amp; RAY ROWE)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROH WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS BULLY RAY &amp; THE BRISCOES (IF CHAMPIONS) vs. BULLET CLUB (HANGMAN PAGE &amp; ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE YOUNG BUCKS)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div style="font-size: 13px;">ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP</div><div style="font-size: 13px;">ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION KUSHIDA vs. JAY WHITE</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>MANDY LEON vs. JENNY ROSE</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KELLY KLEIN vs. KAREN Q vs. DEONNA PURRAZZO</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>STARDOM HIGH SPEED CHAMPION KRIS WOLF vs SUMIE SAKAI</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>SIGNED TO COMPETE:</div><div>MARTY SCURLL</div> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000 Chris Hall 500531 at http://www.rohwrestling.com NEW CHAMPIONS ARE CROWNED AT BEST IN THE WORLD PAY-PER-VIEW http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/new-champions-are-crowned-best-world-pay-view <div class="field field-sub-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Order the replay now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/bitw-recap">bitw-recap</a> </div> </div> </div> <div><span style="font-size: 13px;">Four championships were on the line at the Best in the World pay-per-view June 23 before a packed house at Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Mass., and two of them changed hands during a show filled with memorable moments and amazing athleticism.</span></div><div><!--break--><br />&nbsp;</div><div>In the opening contest, CMLL legends Ultimo Guerrero and El Terrible defeated The Kingdom’s Matt Taven and Vinny Marseglia in a fast-paced match that was contested under Lucha rules. There seemed to be miscommunication at times between Taven and Marseglia, while Guerrero and Terrible were firmly on the same page. As Marseglia tried to prevent Taven from being pulled out of the ring by Terrible, Guerrero got behind Marseglia and rolled him up for the three count.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The bitter feud between Frankie Kazarian and Bullet Club’s Hangman Page was escalated in a brutal strap match that saw Kazarian give Page a dose of his own medicine by hanging him over the bottom rope, leaving Page no choice but to tap out. During the brutal battle, Page introduced a strap with nails and tacks in it and used it on Kazarian, but Kazarian eventually gained possession of the modified strap and returned the favor, leaving both men with open wounds on their backs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In an eight-man tag match in which the losing team must disband, Search and Destroy (Jonathan Gresham, Jay White, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) defeated The Rebellion (Kenny King, Rhett Titus, Caprice Coleman and Shane Taylor). Gresham scored the win for his team when he forced Titus to tap out to The Octopus. Just like that, The Rebellion is no more. Search and Destroy had no time to savor their victory, however, as Punishment Martinez hit the ring and laid out his nemesis, White.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jay Lethal avenged his defeat to Silas Young at ROH Unauthorized in April by scoring a pinfall victory over “Pro Wrestling’s Last Real Man,” but Lethal looked like anything but a winner afterward. Young and Beer City Bruiser delivered a brutal beat-down on Lethal using Bruiser’s keg as a weapon. First, Young hit Misery on Lethal onto the keg. Then Bruiser splashed Lethal three times in the corner onto the keg. As if that wasn’t enough, Lethal was placed on a table outside the ring, and Bruiser put him through the table with a frog splash off the top. A battered Lethal clutched his ribs as he was helped to the back. He was taken from the arena to a local medical facility.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In an upset of epic proportions, Dalton Castle and The Boys won the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship from Bully Ray and Jay and Mark Briscoe. Bully and the Briscoes appeared to be on their way to successfully defending their title when Jay Briscoe -- who was intense to the point he was unfocused during the match -- went into business for himself and unloaded on The Boys outside the ring. As Bully tried to get Jay under control, Castle took advantage of the distraction and secured a pinfall on Mark.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KUSHIDA, coming off his big win in New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament earlier this month, remained on a roll by successfully defending his ROH World Television Title against former champion “The Villain” Marty Scurll in a hard-hitting bout that could’ve gone either way. Scurll dished out a lot of punishment and came close to regaining the title on several occasions, but KUSHIDA rallied and pinned the Bullet Club star after hitting Back to the Future.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Just as the match between ROH World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and War Machine (Ray Rowe and Hanson) was about to begin, The Best Friends (Trent Beretta and Chuck Taylor) came out and challenged The Young Bucks to include them in the match and make it a three-way tornado match. The Young Bucks accepted, and the match was underway. After a non-stop flurry of spectacular high-flying and hard-hitting maneuvers by all three teams, The Young Bucks scored the winning pinfall on Taylor to retain the title.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the main event, “The American Nightmare” Cody realized his dream of becoming world champion when he defeated Christopher Daniels to win the ROH World Title. Cody suffered a split lip in the opening minutes of the match, but tasting his own blood only seemed to make him more determined to win by any means necessary. After referee Todd Sinclair was temporarily incapacitated, Cody called out Bullet Club stablemate Scurll to assist him, but Daniels’ best friend and tag team partner Kazarian evened the odds. After Scurll and Kazarian fought to the back, the match continued. Daniels put up a strong fight, but after Cody hit Cross Rhodes for the second time, Daniels’ magical reign as world champion came to an end.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After the match, an emotional Cody celebrated in the ring with fellow Bullet Club members Scurll and The Young Bucks. Given Cody’s free-agent status and repeated refusal to sign an ROH contract, what does the future hold for the ROH World Title? Stay tuned.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://www.rohwrestling.com/ippv">Don’t miss your chance to witness this amazing event by catching the replay of the Best in the World Pay-Per-View!</a></div> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:45:54 +0000 Chris Hall 501346 at http://www.rohwrestling.com EVIL takes on Bully Ray at War of the Worlds Edinburgh http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/evil-takes-bully-ray-war-worlds-edinburgh <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/bully-edinburgh">bully-edinburgh</a> </div> </div> </div> <!--break--><div>Coming hot off the heels of the sold-out War of the Worlds 2017 Tour in North America, ROH is thrilled to announce, in conjunction with NJPW, CMLL and Revolution Pro Wrestling, the first-ever War of the Worlds UK Tour from August 18th, 2017 – August 20th, 2017! With stronger-than-ever partnerships, stars from the top professional wrestling organizations in the world will do battle over the course of three nights!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The tour comes in overwhelming response to not only the resoundingly successful ROH Reach for the Sky UK Tour, but also to the rapid sellouts of Ring of Honor, New Japan, CMLL, and Rev Pro events around the globe. The match possibilities are endless, dream teams could be formed, and various championships WILL be contested!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Officials from all four companies have been meeting throughout the early parts of the summer creating and signing matches the fans want to see. And a brawl between two bruisers will take place in Edinburgh!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROH WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPION BULLY RAY vs. NEVER OPENWEIGHT SIX MEN TAG TEAM CHAMPION EVIL</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>At War of the Worlds – Dearborn, Bully Ray and the Briscoes successfully defend the ROH World Six Man Tag Team titles against Los Ingobernables de Japon, represented by BUSHI, SANADA, and EVIL. The bout was contested under no disqualification rules and ultimately things got a bit hardcore. In a match that would air on ROH Television, LIJ extracted a measure of revenge, teaming with Naito to defeat Bully Ray, the Briscoes, and Dalton Castle. But there were two men with which bad blood began to boil. Coming out of the War of the Worlds tour, both Bully Ray and EVIL petitioned ROH and NJPW for a singles bout to solve issues that occurred during the match. And in Edinburgh, we will see the two go one on one for the first time!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The legendary Bully Ray has been among the top stars in ROH since making his shocking debut at March’s Manhattan Mayhem. Bully Ray has been undefeated in singles competition and has been a third of arguably the most successful team in the growing six-man tag team division! Standing across the ring from him in Edinburgh was a man who has been identified as one of 2017’s breakout stars, EVIL!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>EVIL has been nearly unstoppable in tag team action, whether it has been two-on-two, six-man, eight-man, or even ten-man tag team competition. And in the New Japan Cup, EVIL demonstrated that he has the capacity to turn tag team success into singles gold, with wins over two of the best-ever in Hiroshi Tanahashi and Yuji Nagata!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://www.rohwrestling.com/live/events/2017/aug/20/82017-war-worlds-uk-edinburgh">Can EVIL’s career-best 2017 add another singles victory over a legendary star or will Bully Ray’s undefeated streak in singles competition in ROH continue? These two go one-on-one in Edinburgh for the very first time! Who will win this first-time bout? Join us to find out!</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The stars of ROH, NJPW, CMLL, and REV PRO will do battle for three nights on the War of the Worlds UK Tour with a special Rev Pro Kick off event Thursday August 17! Don’t miss these once in a life-time events when the four best professional wrestling organizations in the world unite on the War of the Worlds UK Tour!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROH, CMLL, NJPW, &amp; RPW PRESENT THE WAR OF THE WOLRDS UK TOUR DAY 3 – EDINBURGH</div><div>Local Time: Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 07:30pm EDT</div><div>Edinburgh Corn Exchange</div><div>10 New Market Road</div><div>Edinburgh</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ALREADY SIGNED</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ULTIMO GUERRERO &amp; REY BUCANERO vs. ROH WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE BRISCOES</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROH WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPION BULLY RAY vs. NEVER OPENWEIGHT SIX MEN TAG TEAM CHAMPION EVIL</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>SIGNED TO APPEAR:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROH WORLD CHAMPION CHRISTOPHER DANIELS</div><div>ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE YOUNG BUCKS</div><div>JAY LETHAL</div><div>FRANKIE KAZARIAN</div><div>CMLL’S ATLANTIS</div><div>CMLL’S MISTICO</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>AND MANY MORE!</div> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:43:10 +0000 Chris Hall 501016 at http://www.rohwrestling.com Jay and Mark Briscoe battle Ultimo Guerrero and Ray Bucanero at War of the Worlds Edinburgh http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/jay-and-mark-briscoe-battle-ultimo-guerrero-and-ray-bucanero-war-worlds-edinburgh <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/briscoes-edinburgh">briscoes-edinburgh</a> </div> </div> </div> <!--break--><div>Coming hot off the heels of the sold-out War of the Worlds 2017 Tour in North America, ROH is thrilled to announce, in conjunction with NJPW, CMLL and Revolution Pro Wrestling, the first-ever War of the Worlds UK Tour from August 18th, 2017 – August 20th, 2017! With stronger-than-ever partnerships, stars from the top professional wrestling organizations in the world will do battle over the course of three nights!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The tour comes in overwhelming response to not only the resoundingly successful ROH Reach for the Sky UK Tour, but also to the rapid sellouts of Ring of Honor, New Japan, CMLL, and Rev Pro events around the globe. The match possibilities are endless, dream teams could be formed, and various championships WILL be contested!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Officials from all four companies have been meeting throughout the early parts of the summer creating and signing matches the fans want to see. The FIRST match has been signed for Edinburgh and it is a clash between two top tag teams!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ULTIMO GUERRERO &amp; REY BUCANERO vs. ROH WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE BRISCOES</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Since Day One, The Briscoes have been synonymous with Ring of Honor. The most decorated team in ROH history with eight ROH World Tag Team Championship wins have held titles around the globe, including the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles, and they will put themselves to the test for the very first time against one of CMLL’s greatest teams of all time!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Since the announcement of the CMLL-NJPW-ROH partnership, the legendary Ultimo Guerrero has become a popular, familiar competitor to ROH fans. The former CMLL World Heavyweight Champion has held titles around the globe and has been engaged in a rivalry with Matt Taven and his Kingdom dating to the second-round of the ROH World Six Man Tag Team title tournament. Guerrero will team with his long-time tag team partner Rey Bucanero, a man who has held the CMLL World Lightweight Championship and is a four-time CMLL World Tag Team Champion!&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://www.rohwrestling.com/live/events/2017/aug/20/82017-war-worlds-uk-edinburgh">Two of the best teams in the world with decorated legacies will meet for the very first time in Edinburgh! Who will win this tag team dream match? Join us to find out!</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The stars of ROH, NJPW, CMLL, and REV PRO will do battle for three nights on the War of the Worlds UK Tour with a special Rev Pro Kick off event Thursday August 17! Don’t miss these once in a life-time events when the four best professional wrestling organizations in the world unite on the War of the Worlds UK Tour!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROH, CMLL, NJPW, &amp; RPW PRESENT THE WAR OF THE WOLRDS UK TOUR DAY 3 – EDINBURGH</div><div>Local Time: Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 07:30pm EDT</div><div>Edinburgh Corn Exchange</div><div>10 New Market Road</div><div>Edinburgh</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ALREADY SIGNED</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ULTIMO GUERRERO &amp; REY BUCANERO vs. ROH WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE BRISCOES</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>SIGNED TO APPEAR:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROH WORLD CHAMPION CHRISTOPHER DANIELS</div><div>ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE YOUNG BUCKS</div><div>JAY LETHAL</div><div>FRANKIE KAZARIAN</div><div>CMLL’S ATLANTIS</div><div>CMLL’S MISTICO</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>AND MANY MORE!</div> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:22:31 +0000 Chris Hall 501001 at http://www.rohwrestling.com ROHWrestling.com Exclusive Interview with STARDOM star Kris Wolf http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/rohwrestlingcom-exclusive-interview-stardom-star-kris-wolf <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/bitw-wolf-news">bitw-wolf-news</a> </div> </div> </div> <!--break--><div>Kris Wolf definitely took the road less traveled on her journey to becoming a pro wrestler.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Formerly a freelance photographer in San Francisco, she traveled to Japan on a whim and ended up relocating there. While working as a teacher in Japan, she discovered pro wrestling, fell in love with the sport, and now -- less than three years after her in-ring debut -- Wolf is the High Speed Champion for Stardom, the premier women’s professional wrestling organization in the world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Wolf will make her Women of Honor debut at Best in the World weekend in Lowell, Mass. On Friday, June 23, she’ll team with Sumie Sakai to take on Deonna Purrazzo and Mandy Leon in a tag match prior to the pay-per-view. The next night, Wolf will face Sakai as part of the Women of Honor television special taping.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROHWrestling.com caught up with Wolf to discuss her career path and first appearances for Women of Honor.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: What led you to leaving behind your career as a photographer in San Francisco to live in Japan?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KW: I was engaged but we broke up and I went to Japan to get away and clear my head. I rented a bike and a tent and cycled for 20 days through the mountains and forests of Japan. After intense isolation and reflection, I figured "[screw] it," and got a job as an English teacher to stay in Japan.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: What made you decide to pursue a career in pro wrestling and how did you get started?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KW: I wasn't feeling the teaching gig after a year and a half, and I started soul-searching. Someone suggested I check out pro wrestling, and I found Stardom on YouTube and fell in love. I found the main site and emailed the promoter on how to become a pro wrestler. After a meeting and seeing a show live, I was invited to train with other noobs. When they felt we were ready they would offer us a test, and if we passed we could debut as wrestlers for the company.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: Who trained you and how long did you train before making your in-ring debut?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KW: I was trained by [Stardom general manager] Fuka Kakimoto, and later Nanae Takahashi and Io Shirai. I trained for six months before my debut.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: How would you describe your in-ring style?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KW: Hungry and full of kicks and knees for beautiful faces.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: Tell us about the origin of the Oedo Tai faction you’re a member of in Stardom.</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KW: It was actually founded on a wager made by Act Yasukawa and Kyoko Kimura -- the leader of the Monster Gun at the time. If Act won, the Monster Gun would disperse; if Kimura won, Act would join the Monster Gun. It was a six-woman tag match: Act Yasukawa, Heidi Lovelace and Dragonita versus me, Kyoko Kimura and Hudson Envy. Hudson pinned Heidi, and Kimura offered Act a compromise: The Monster Gun would be no more and Act could be the leader of a new group. Oedo Tai was born that day.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: In addition to Japan, you’ve also wrestled in Europe. Is this your first time wrestling in the U.S.?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KW: I wrestled in the U.S. two years ago for Stardom's USA’s first U.S show, but this is my first time out on my own.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: What are your thoughts about making your Women of Honor debut?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KW: I'm super-excited to see what it's like out here on the East Coast and, of course, testing myself against the best of WOH.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: How familiar are you with the competitors you’ll be in the ring with this weekend?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KW: I've assisted Sumie as a second when she was in Japan but we've never faced off. Deonna and I have met before in the ring when she was at Stardom. She's talented and tasty. I've yet to meet Mandy but she also looks delicious.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: Are there any other competitors in ROH that you’d like to face?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KW: Everyone. I want a bite out of them all.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: Any final words for the fans?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>KW: All your meat is mine.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The fourth-annual Best in the World Pay Per View emanates from the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday June 23 at 9:00 EST/6:00 PST! It is available on all major providers as well as the Fite.TV app, Playstation Network, and ROHWrestling.com. And remember: you can join us live in Lowell, MA with special ticket packages available for both Best in the World AND our international television taping featuring the fallout the following night! To get the best seats, buy your tickets now!</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:03:14 +0000 Chris Hall 500991 at http://www.rohwrestling.com ROHWrestling.com Exclusive Interview with Silas Young http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/rohwrestlingcom-exclusive-interview-silas-young <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/silas-interveiw-news">silas-interveiw-news</a> </div> </div> </div> <div><span style="font-size: 13px;">“Pro Wrestling’s Last Real Man” Silas Young scored one of the biggest victories of his career when he defeated former ROH World Champion Jay Lethal clean in the center of the ring at ROH Unauthorized on April 28 in Milwaukee.</span></div><div><!--break--></div><div><br />Young immediately followed up his huge professional triumph by making things personal with Lethal. As Lethal, who has become known as “The Franchise of ROH,” prepared to do a commercial shoot in the locker room before an ROH event, Young attacked Lethal and injured his knee.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lethal now is seeking not only to avenge his loss to Young, but also to gain a measure of revenge for the attack. The two will meet this Friday, June 23 at the Best In The World pay-per-view from Lowell, Mass.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROHWrestling.com caught up with Young to discuss the match and his issues with Lethal.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: After your victory over Jay Lethal, why did you feel the need to attack him in the locker room? Why make it so personal?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>SY: Why make it so personal? Jay Lethal is the type of guy who has been handed things by Ring of Honor. He’s the type of guy who gets preferential treatment. Even after beating Jay Lethal, was anything talked about me getting world title shots, was I offered any Ring of Honor World Television Title shots? No, I wasn’t. Instead, a few weeks later Jay Lethal all of a sudden has a world title opportunity. Jay Lethal gets more main event opportunities after losing. That’s my problem. My problem is that Jay Lethal has everybody believing that he’s this great guy, that he’s the type of guy you want to build a company around. The fact of that matter is that Jay Lethal is no different than me and that is exactly why I attacked him. The only difference between me and Jay Lethal is that I’m a hundred percent who I am to your face, at home, on TV, it doesn’t matter, where Jay Lethal has to put on this act.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: Your attack on Lethal seems to have lit a fire under him and he’s looking for payback at Best in the World. Did you wake a sleeping giant?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>SY: I really hope I did because when I beat him at Best in the World he’s not going to have any excuses. I’m glad that I lit a fire under him and he’s going to bring his “A” game. Not only did I beat him in Milwaukee on his birthday, but I also beat him a few weeks later in a tag match. The way I look at it is that I have Jay Lethal’s number. So come Best in the World when I beat him again, he’s not going to have any excuses, and the Ring of Honor office isn’t going to have any excuses why I’m not being given world title shots, why I’m not being given shots at the world television title.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: When Jay Lethal called you out after you had attacked him, you sent Beer City Bruiser after him. Some might ask why “Pro Wrestling’s Last Real Man” would need someone else to fight his battles.</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>SY: That’s real simple. Jay Lethal is used to getting everything he wants. He’s used to getting the advertising gigs and doing the media spots. He’s used to asking, “Hey, can I get this?” and being told yes. So with me, Jay Lethal isn’t going to get what he wants, he’s going to get what I give him. As far as I’m concerned, I’d already beaten Jay Lethal, so he needed to prove something to me; I had nothing left to prove to him. In my mind, he needed to fight Bruiser, I didn’t need to fight him.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: Since you refer to yourself as “Pro Wrestling’s Last Real Man,” does that mean Jay Lethal isn’t a real man?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>SY: Jay Lethal isn’t a real man; Jay Lethal’s a kiss-ass. I don’t walk around in the back and glad-hand everybody and call them “buddy.” I don’t kiss the asses of the guys who run things so I can try and move myself up the card. Jay Lethal’s nothing but a kiss-ass and no real man has ever been a kiss-ass.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: In addition to defeating Jay Lethal, you’ve also scored some big wins recently over guys such as Bobby Fish and KUSHIDA. Do you feel like you’re better now than you’ve ever been?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>SY: Absolutely. Wrestling is one of those weird businesses where you get on hot streaks. Since the beginning of 2017, my stock keeps rising. I’m training harder and I just feel like I’m in a zone and that I know what it takes to get the job done no matter who my opponent is.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: You talked about being overlooked by the ROH office. Do you feel like you’re also overlooked by the ROH fans?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>SY: Absolutely, but I kinda get it. If you look at the type of people who come to a Ring of Honor show, they don’t represent anything about what being a real man is, so of course they can’t identify with me. They can’t look at me and say, “Yeah, I want to be like Silas someday,” because they know they could never be like me.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: If Jay Lethal is reading this, what would your final words be to him before you meet in the ring at Best in the World?</strong><br />&nbsp;</div><div>SY: I’m glad you asked that. Jay Lethal, I want you to get yourself a good night’s sleep the night before this show. I want you to come in well-rested and feeling like you’re at 110 percent. I want you to bring your “A” game, because after Best in the World when I do beat you again -- and you best believe I will beat you again -- there aren’t going to be any excuses. And then finally I can stop hearing about how you’re the greatest first-generation wrestler. So, Jay, bring your “A” game so I can shut your mouth once and for all.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The fourth-annual Best in the World Pay Per View emanates from the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday June 23 at 9:00 EST/6:00 PST! It is available on all major providers as well as the Fite.TV app, Playstation Network, and ROHWrestling.com. <a href="http://ev7.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=ROH&amp;linkID=global-lma&amp;shopperContext=&amp;caller=&amp;appCode=">And remember: you can join us live in Lowell, MA with special ticket packages available for both Best in the World AND our international television taping featuring the fallout the following night! To get the best seats, buy your tickets now!</a></div> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:07:47 +0000 Chris Hall 500716 at http://www.rohwrestling.com In a rematch from last year's UK tour, Dalton Castle and Marty Scurll face off in Liverpool http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/rematch-last-years-uk-tour-dalton-castle-and-marty-scurll-face-liverpool <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/wotw-liverpool-castle">wotw-liverpool-castle</a> </div> </div> </div> <div>Coming hot off the heels of the sold-out War of the Worlds 2017 Tour in North America, ROH is thrilled to announce, in conjunction with NJPW, CMLL and Revolution Pro Wrestling, the first-ever War of the Worlds UK Tour from August 18th, 2017 – August 20th, 2017! With stronger-than-ever partnerships, stars from the top professional wrestling organizations in the world will do battle over the course of three nights!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The tour comes in overwhelming response to not only the resoundingly successful ROH Reach for the Sky UK Tour, but also to the rapid sellouts of Ring of Honor, New Japan, CMLL, and Rev Pro events around the globe. The match possibilities are endless, dream teams could be formed, and various championships WILL be contested!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Officials from all four companies have been meeting throughout the early parts of the summer creating and signing matches the fans want to see. And a rematch between two of ROH’s most popular stars will take place in Liverpool!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>DALTON CASTLE vs. “THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>“The Villain” Marty Scurll returns home to the UK for the War of the Worlds UK Tour a hero. On the last ROH UK tour, Scurll made an instant impact, winning the ROH World TV Title from Will Ospreay on the final night of the tour. But a match that goes overlooked because of that achievement was the match that set the tone of the tour, a win classified as an upset at the time: Scurll submitted Dalton Castle in his ROH debut! Castle, who has one of ROH’s best singles records in 2017, heads to Liverpool looking for revenge in a match-up of two of ROH’s most popular stars.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Recently, these two stars have seen their stocks rise. Scurll was riding high following a successful defense of the ROH World Television Championship on the War of the Worlds Pay Per View and a coordination as the newest Bullet Club member. The same night, Dalton Castle won a Four Corner Survival match against Silas Young, Bobby Fish, and the man that would dethrone Scurll, KUSHIDA! Their records established them as two of the top stars in ROH.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Despite being called a villain, Scurll’s antics in the ring and on the popular web series “Being the Elite” have endeared him to the ROH fans and fans around the globe, popularity rivaled, perhaps, only by Castle. Like Scurll, who had many big World Television title defenses, 2017 has been very good to Castle. Castle has picked up wins against stars like Jay Lethal, Bobby Fish, Jonathan Gresham, and Colt Cabana! &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>With both men among the top contenders in ROH, this match is not only a dream rematch fans have demanded but it is also a match the will go a long way in determining contention for singles gold! Additionally, the ROH Board of Directors have pledged to revisit the stipulations surrounding this match should Scurll capture the championship from KUSHIDA in his championship rematch at Best in the World!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This rematch, with championship implications, will take place in Liverpool! Who will win this battle between two of the most popular stars in ROH? <a href="http://www.rohwrestling.com/product/war-worlds-uk-liverpool-081917">Join us to find out!</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The stars of ROH, NJPW, CMLL, and REV PRO will do battle for three nights on the War of the Worlds UK Tour with a special Rev Pro Kickoff event Thursday August 17! Don’t miss these once in a lifetime events when the four best professional wrestling organizations in the world unite on the War of the Worlds UK Tour!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROH, CMLL, NJPW, &amp; RPW PRESENT THE WAR OF THE WORLDS UK TOUR DAY 2 – LIVERPOOL</div><div>Local Time: Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 06:00pm EDT</div><div>Liverpool Olympia</div><div>West Derby Road</div><div>Liverpool</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ALREADY SIGNED</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>DALTON CASTLE vs. “THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ULTIMO GUERRERO &amp; REY BUCANERO vs. MISTICO &amp; ATLANTIS</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>SIGNED TO APPEAR:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>ROH WORLD CHAMPION CHRISTOPHER DANIELS</div><div>ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE YOUNG BUCKS</div><div>THE BRISCOES</div><div>JAY LETHAL</div><div>FRANKIE KAZARIAN</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>AND MANY MORE!</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:26:46 +0000 Chris Hall 500681 at http://www.rohwrestling.com ROHWrestling.com Exclusive Interview with 'The American Nightmare' Cody http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/rohwrestlingcom-exclusive-interview-american-nightmare-cody <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/cody-interview-news">cody-interview-news</a> </div> </div> </div> <div>Ever since “The American Nightmare” Cody became the hottest free agent in pro wrestling last year, he has been making an impact in numerous promotions across the globe, including, of course, Ring of Honor.</div><div><!--break--></div><div><br />Not only is Cody one of the biggest stars in the industry, but he also is one of the most controversial. In his first appearance in an ROH ring, at Final Battle 2016 in December, Cody wasted no time in showing that he was not a man of honor, as he used a blatant low blow to score a tainted win over Jay Lethal. Shortly thereafter, Cody shocked the wrestling world by joining Bullet Club.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the main event of the War of the Worlds pay-per-view in May, Cody was defeated by ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels in a triple threat match for the title that also involved Lethal. However, Cody disputed the result, and thanks to his lawyer, he secured a one-on-one match against Daniels for the championship at the Best in the World pay-per-view on Friday, June 23.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Cody has steadfastly maintained his free-agent status and refused to sign an ROH contract, which means that he could walk out of Best in the World as the new ROH World Champion and take the title wherever he wants, whenever he wants.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Cody recently agreed to an exclusive interview with ROHWrestling.com.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: You’ve said that the ROH brass doesn’t want you to be ROH World Champion because you’re not under contract. If you do win the title at Best in the World, is there a chance you would take the title somewhere else?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>C: I think there’s a hundred percent chance that I would win the title and take it somewhere else, but I don’t think I would necessarily take it anywhere that would be harmful to Ring of Honor. Part of me being champion -- if me being champion happens -- and being a free agent is that all these shows -- if you look at my Twitter, there’s a show every five minutes it seems like that I have now -- the title would come with me. Ring of Honor loves the idea of an exclusive champion, exclusive to their brand, but I don’t think they realize the service it does them for the Ring of Honor World Champion to be traveling, not unlike a Jack Brisco, or a “Nature Boy” Ric Flair or a Harley Race did in their day. If I’m Ring of Honor World Champion I’ll defend it when I travel. The title’s not going to belong to Sinclair Broadcasting anymore, it’s going to belong to me.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: I can’t speak for Sinclair or ROH management, but I think your last statement is exactly what would concern them. Isn’t it understandable that they’d be somewhat nervous about a competitor not under contract being in possession of the world title?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>C: Sure, I can understand their apprehension, but there’s got to be a maverick of some sort in that office. There’s got to be someone who realizes that right now a bet on me is a really safe bet. I’ve been producing since the moment I said, “Here, take a look at what I’m going to do with this new chapter in my career.”</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: Christopher Daniels is on the biggest roll of his storied career. In addition to his incredible wrestling skills, it’s fair to say he has no equal in ROH when it comes to experience and strategy. When he made his pro wrestling debut, you were only 7 years old. So what makes you believe you have what it takes to overcome his vast skills and experience at Best in the World?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>C: I don’t ever want to point to somebody and say he’s too old. The term we like to use in wrestling is “experienced” and “a veteran.” But I’m 7 years old when this guy makes his in-ring debut. I think his puncher’s chance, his veteran’s chance, gets smaller and smaller every second, every minute, every hour that goes by. I’ve made it clear I think his title reign is 20 years too late. I wrestled Christopher Daniels in that triple threat and he holds a victory over me, but I don’t know if there’s anything left for him to gain or anything left for him to lose in the industry. He made it to the top of the mountain, and it’s going to be a not-so-glorious way that he’ll fall.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: You mentioned the triple threat match at War of the Worlds. The ending to the match was controversial, so you got your lawyers involved to procure this one-on-one match with Daniels. What do you think your father, the late “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, who always handled his business in the ring, would say about using lawyers to get a title shot.</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>C: “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and I had very different mindsets. He never really liked to get involved in anything I was doing in wrestling for fear of it looking like nepotism, but to be totally honest, I think also for fear that he would disagree with the way I do things. But, look, I didn’t get a group of lawyers; it just took one single lawyer to point out the elephant in the room -- that I had Jay Lethal pinned, and for whatever reason, the official, Todd Sinclair -- who is riddled with almost a Nick Patrick-like-amount of controversy surrounding him -- decided not to count for whatever reason. Yeah, Christopher Daniels’ hit the Best Moonsault Ever. My shoulders were down, but so were Jay Lethal’s before it even happened. Pro wrestling shouldn’t be unlike Major League Baseball and the NFL. They’re reviewing these types of plays, and here we are just letting this guy walk out with the title. You could absolutely feel the incompleteness, the lack of being whole, and everyone in that arena could feel it in their hearts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: One of the staples of Ring of Honor is the Code of Honor, and there’s a certain amount of respect between the competitors. But to put it bluntly, you’ve been disrespectful and dishonorable ever since you first stepped inside an ROH ring. With your talent and your pedigree, why conduct yourself in this manner?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>C: Maybe I’m rubbed a little bit the wrong way by the concepts of this puro, Code of Honor horse****. The idea that we want respect versus the idea that we want fame, admiration, money and last but not least, titles. I think the most dishonorable are the ones who tell you, “This is about respect. I want to shake your hand before, I want to shake your hand after, and then I want to go on Twitter and tell you about how cool it was to exchange holds.” Get out of here. That is just not me and it never will be.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: You have made some friends, however, as you’re a member of Bullet Club. There’s been some turmoil in Bullet Club as of late, as far as members leaving, new members joining. How would you assess the current state of Bullet Club?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>C: I don’t think enough people are paying attention to the addition of Marty [Scurll], because he brings a completely different demographic. I don’t look at Bullet Club as a group of friends or a band of brothers. I look at Bullet Club as a unit of individuals who are acting for the good of the unit. It’s really easy to all get along when you’re basically printing money. The Hot Topic deal that The Young Bucks were able to pioneer -- we’re basically printing money. I think the element between us all of being the best is what binds us. There are casualties sometimes. Adam Cole pushed his luck. He got out of line and he’s no longer in our circle.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: You talked about Adam Cole being a casualty of Bullet Club, but there have been others over the years, such as AJ Styles, who suffered a similar fate. Your father once famously said that there’s no honor among thieves. Are you concerned that one day you’ll be a casualty of Bullet Club?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>C: I don’t really consider it a bunch of pirates and thieves. The reason I say that is because substance meets style. Yeah, there’s a whole lot of style and a whole lot of bad attitude that comes with Bullet Club, but we’re also the best matches on the show. Those are just the facts. Maybe everyone does have a life span in Bullet Club; maybe everyone does have a gun to their head and you don’t know when the trigger will be pulled, but I suppose I have more pressing matters to worry about.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: You’ve had a great career up to this point. If you don’t win the ROH World Title, will you feel like your career ultimately was a failure?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>C: Absolutely. I might as well be talking to you as a little boy who first decided to get into the industry. I very much agree with the way my dad raised me. Today’s society probably disagrees with how he raised me, but he taught me that third place is nothing to celebrate. Second place just means that you came close, but the only spot on the podium you want is on the top. I believe in that, and the world title represents that. Christopher Daniels did a brilliant job of highlighting the lineage of the ROH World Title and some of the names, his name included, that are in the record books. It’s very important to me to no longer have to say, “Hey, there will be another day.” The day is Friday. And then after that, it’s eight days later for the IWGP Heavyweight Title [against Kazuchika Okada at NJPW’s G1 special in Long Beach, Calif., July 1] . I want everything.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ROH: If Christopher Daniels is reading this, what would your final words be to him before you meet in the ring at Best in the World?</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>C: If Christopher Daniels has his little readers on and is able to take a look at this, I’d say thank you very much. Because you have proved to be an absolutely admirable challenger for me. I have one loss under my belt that will live forever -- at War of the Worlds to Christopher Daniels, and I think he knows what that means heading into Friday. I think he’s probably spending every precious moment he can holding that title, staring at that title, touching that title, because it’s almost over.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The fourth-annual Best in the World Pay Per View emanates from the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday June 23 at 9:00 EST/6:00 PST! It is available on all major providers as well as the Fite.TV app, Playstation Network, and ROHWrestling.com. <a href="http://ev7.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=ROH&amp;linkID=global-lma&amp;shopperContext=&amp;caller=&amp;appCode=">And remember: you can join us live in Lowell, MA with special ticket packages available for both Best in the World AND our international television taping featuring the fallout the following night! To get the best seats, buy your tickets now!</a></div> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:21:13 +0000 Chris Hall 500586 at http://www.rohwrestling.com New Merch Debuting at Best in the World Weekend! http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/new-merch-debuting-best-world-weekend <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/new-march-bitw-news">new-march-bitw-news</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This weekend Ring of Honor returns to Lowell, MA for Best in the World Weekend and we have stocked the shelves of the ROH pro shop with great new merch to help celebrate the occasion. These shirts will be sold online in the future, but fans attending the Best in the World PPV, or the following night's TV taping, will be the first in the world with an opportunity to pick them up!</p><p><!--break--></p><p><img alt="" src="https://rohwrestlingcom.box.com/shared/static/94myq8wphmk4tf6mz6p7rkoc232wg0l9.jpg" /></p><p><img alt="" src="https://rohwrestlingcom.box.com/shared/static/3ijlzucn61jlt764cstm1trfg5evelrc.jpg" /></p><p><img alt="" src="https://rohwrestlingcom.box.com/shared/static/mzt7z0przxhptds0eahhnzs927rlxy7c.jpg" /></p><p><img alt="" src="https://rohwrestlingcom.box.com/shared/static/78p7rvk5h36d1unkfcuc3xc4kl3pmwda.jpg" /></p> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:24:54 +0000 Chris Hall 500306 at http://www.rohwrestling.com Matt Taven To Compete in CMLL’s International Grand Prix http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/matt-taven-compete-cmll-s-international-grand-prix <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/taven-gp-news">taven-gp-news</a> </div> </div> </div> <div><span style="font-size: 13px;">Matt Taven is a former ROH World Television Champion, ROH World Tag Team Champion, ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion and ROH Top Prospect winner.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Now he’s looking to add an international accolade to his impressive resume. It has been announced that Taven will compete in CMLL’s prestigious International Grand Prix on Sept. 1 in Mexico.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This will be the 13th edition of the tournament, which will pit CMLL’s luchadors against international competitors from ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling. No other participants have been announced yet.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Last year’s winner was Volador Jr., who made his first appearance for ROH this past April when he and Will Ospreay defeated Dragon Lee and Jay White in a tag match at the Supercard of Honor XI pay-per-view.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Other International Grand Prix winners include Ultimo Guerrero (twice), ROH’s Alex Shelley, Dr. Wagner Jr. and Hijo del Santo.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Taven will be a foreigner in Mexico, but he is no stranger to CMLL. He has had two successful two-weeks tours there, first in September 2016 and then again this past March.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Taven was on the winning side in a number of trios matches during the tours. In addition, he came up just short in a two-out-of-three falls NWA World Historic Middleweight Title Match against the champion, Ultimo Guerrero, on a CMLL pay-per-view in March.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After losing to CMLL star Rush in a two-out-of-three falls match in September, Taven avenged the defeat by beating Rush in his final match on the March tour.</div> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:52:05 +0000 Chris Hall 500196 at http://www.rohwrestling.com