Eck's Files: 19th Anniversary Hour One Free Show Features ROH World Six-Man Tag Title Bout, Four Corner Survival Match

By Kevin Eck

A championship bout and a Four Corner Survival Match have been announced for 19th Anniversary Hour One, which fans can watch for free on Friday, March 26 prior to the start of the pay-per-view.

19th Anniversary Hour One, which airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern on multiple platforms, will feature the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match between champions Shane Taylor Promotions (Shane Taylor and The Soldiers of Savagery) and MexiSquad (Bandido, Flamita and Rey Horus).

 

Also on the broadcast, the popular Danhausen, unpopular Brian Johnson and rising stars LSG and Eli Isom will compete in a four-way.

19th Anniversary Hour One will be available on HonorClub, Best on the Planet, STIRR City, Facebook, YouTube, FITE and channels carrying the pay-per-view.

The 19th Anniversary pay-per-view event begins at 9 p.m. Eastern exclusively on HonorClub, pay-per-view and FITE.

Also, Ian Riccaboni will be hosting the 19th Anniversary Hour One watch party on Zoom exclusively for HonorClub members.

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As Jay Lethal looks to become just the second man to win the ROH World Title three times when he faces RUSH in the main event at 19th Anniversary, fans can relive some of his greatest matches on ROH’s YouTube channel.

Beginning Saturday morning and running through the end of Sunday, ROH will stream more than a dozen Lethal bouts, including matchups against Cody, Jay Briscoe, Matt Taven and Kyle O’Reilly.

Also on YouTube, today’s Honor List is the 10 greatest Anniversary show moments in ROH history.

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“The Big, Bad Kaiju” O’Shay Edwards opened up about his decision to come out as bisexual last year on the latest episode of “The ROHStrong Podcast,” which drops this Monday morning on ROHWrestling.com and most podcast platforms.

Edwards, who wrestled fellow Future of Honor Star Sledge to a 10-minute draw last month in both men’s first official ROH match, also talked about leaving his job as a firefighter to pursue a career in wrestling at age 30; training under Hall of Famer Robert Gibson and at the ROH Dojo; working with Shane Taylor Promotions, and much more.

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It’s that time of year when madness is in the air, and you know what that means. That’s right, the Bracket of Honor has returned.

This time the focus is on factions. We’ve selected a field of 32 ROH factions to compete in a tournament on ROHWrestling.com to determine which group is the greatest. Voting in the first round opens Monday.

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A reminder that this weekend’s episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling” is headlined by a huge eight-man tag match pitting The Foundation (Lethal, Jonathan Gresham, Tracy Williams and Rhett Titus) against La Faccion Ingobernable (RUSH, Dragon Lee, Kenny King and Bestia del Ring).

As much as The Foundation would like to have this be a clean match, the honorable band of ring technicians isn’t naive enough to think that the unscrupulous LFI won’t do whatever it takes to defeat and humiliate them.

It goes without saying that whichever side wins this match will head into 19th Anniversary with a lot of momentum. In addition to the RUSH-Lethal match, Lee defends the ROH World Television Title against Williams, and Lee and King defend the ROH World Tag Team Title against Williams and Titus at the pay-per-view.

Also on this weekend’s TV show, Isom competes in his first match in ROH in more than a year when he faces Horus.

It’ll be interesting to see if Isom has any ring rust. He’ll need to be at the top of his game to defeat Horus, who opened a lot of eyes with his victory over Dalton Castle at Final Battle in December and near upset of Lee for the ROH World Television Title in January.

 

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ICYMI: ROH Best On The Planet is presenting a three-hour special showcasing the entire Pure Title Tournament on Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Best On The Planet is ROH’s free 24/7 streaming channel on the Live TV section of the STIRR and PLEX apps, which are available in all major app stores. 

Fans and pundits alike raved about the technical wrestling action and no-nonsense presentation of the tournament, which featured stars such as Lethal, Castle, Gresham and Matt Sydal, in addition to other top competitors from ROH, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and the independent scene.

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“The Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper is doing a live Q&A on the ROH The Experience Facebook page on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern. Draper will face Pure Champion Gresham for the title at 19th Anniversary.

I have a question for Draper: You obviously wear the shorts in your relationship, but who wears the pants? 

 

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Until next time, keep safe and stay #ROHStrong!

Kevin Eck is a veteran pro wrestling journalist who has worked for The Baltimore Sun, WWE and WCW before joining ROHWrestling.com. Eck’s Files appears every Friday.