Eck's Files: Champions vs. All-Stars Returns; Women's Title Tournament Predictions; Alternates Named For Tournament

By Kevin Eck

Champions vs. All Stars, an ROH staple, will headline the Ring of Honor Wrestling episode that airs the weekend of Aug. 14.

The 10-man tag match pits World Champion Bandido, World Television Champion Dragon Lee, Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham and World Tag Team Champions Chris Dickinson and Homicide against a team of all-stars consisting of Jay and Mark Briscoe, EC3, Flip Gordon and Josh Woods.

It will be very interesting to see if the champions can work together, as members of warring factions La Faccion Ingobernable (Lee), The Foundation (Gresham) and Violence Unlimited (Dickinson and Homicide) will be teammates for a night.

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With the much-anticipated ROH Women’s World Title Tournament kicking off on this weekend’s episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling, I figured I would make my predictions.

My final four are Quinn McKay, Max The Impaler, Nicole Savoy and Allysin Kay.

Every tournament has a Cinderella, and McKay is my pick to wear the glass slippers. I was skeptical initially about McKay as a wrestler, but she proved in her controversial losses
to Angelina Love and Mandy Leon that she’s capable of beating established veterans if it’s a fair fight.

However, we all know what happens to Cinderella at midnight, and for McKay, I believe midnight will come in the form of Max The Impaler in the semifinals.

On the other side of the bracket, I’m picking Savoy and Kay because of their championship pedigree. These two are pretty evenly matched, but I’m going with Savoy in the hypothetical semifinal matchup.

In the final, I have Savoy beating Max. Max obviously is a powerhouse, but I think Savoy’s technical wrestling ability, conditioning and huge edge in experience will be the difference.

 

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Brandi Lauren and Laynie Luck have been named alternates for the tournament. 

Lauren was trained by Jay Lethal and has been wrestling for five years. She has competed in NXT and Impact.

Luck, a six-year veteran, made her ROH debut in April, when she and Hyan wrestled Max The Impaler and Rok-C to a 15-minute draw.

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After getting the run-around from Dalton Castle’s people for a week, I was finally able to secure the former ROH World Champion as my guest on the latest episode of the ROHStrong Podcast.

Unfortunately, due to Castle’s busy schedule, he couldn’t spend as much time on the podcast as previous guests. It still turned out to be a highly entertaining conversation.

Castle talked about helping David Arquette’s team win on ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud;” his friendship with Arquette; the status of his tag team with Joe Hendry, and more. 

The podcast drops Monday on ROHWrestling.com and most podcast platforms.

 

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The OGK (Matt Taven and Mike Bennett) were scheduled to face The Righteous (Bateman and Dutch) on the next episode of ROH Week By Week, which premieres Tuesday at 1 p.m. Eastern on YouTube. However, Taven isn’t medically cleared, so Bennett will take on both Righteous members in a handicap match.

Taven suffered a neck injury at the hands of Bateman and Dutch at Best in the World three weeks ago. They lawn-darted Taven into the Trending With Taven sign, which sent him through the ropes and onto the floor.

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This weekend’s Ring of Honor Wrestling episode features three ROH Women’s World Title Tournament first-round matches: Sumie Sakai vs. Rok-C; Mazzerati vs. Savoy; and Miranda Alize vs. Alex Gracia.

 

In another first-round match, Kay faces Willow on Women’s Division Wednesday on YouTube at 7 p.m. Eastern. Chelsea Green will be on commentary.

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A huge tag match pitting Bandido and Rey Horus against Violence Unlimited’s Brody King and Tony Deppen headlines Ring of Honor Wrestling the weekend of Aug. 7.

Also on that episode, the tournament continues with arch rivals McKay and Leon squaring off, and Trish Adora taking on Marti Belle.

The first round concludes with Max versus Holidead on Ring of Honor Wrestling the weekend of Aug. 14.

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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.