By Kevin Eck
Jeff Cobb talked with me about being a free agent and his appearances on AEW’s TV show in February on the upcoming episode of the “ROHStrong Podcast.”
Other topics of discussion on the podcast, which drops Monday (May 4) and can heard on ROHWrestling.com and most podcast platforms, included: Cobb’s time working under a mask in Lucha Underground; teaming with Matt Riddle in PWG; his tryout at the WWE Performance Center in 2014; his first loss in Ring of Honor against then-ROH World Champion Matt Taven; and facing Will Ospreay to kick off the G1 Supercard pay-per-view.
Cobb also talked about Dan Maff, whom he formed a tag team with after competing against him at Final Battle in December. Even though Cobb and Maff are both veterans, their paths had never crossed prior to their meeting in ROH.
“When they announced the singles match that we had at Final Battle … I was looking forward to it,” Cobb said. “This is a name that has buzz around the independent world and now he’s coming to Ring of Honor, where I’ve made my name for the past year and a half. I don’t want to say I’m a gatekeeper, but I’m definitely like, ‘Hey, you want to come in, [well] I’m the big boy of Ring of Honor.’ And he came in and he definitely brought it. I’m not going to lie: I’m very grateful that I’m fighting alongside him as opposed to against him.”
In case anyone missed the debut episode of the podcast, featuring “The Villain” Marty Scurll as the guest, it’s available here. Among the topics discussed were Scurll’s new role behind the scenes in ROH, how close he was to signing with another company, and ROH’s working relationship with other promotions.
A new YouTube show featuring Joe Hendry titled “Joe Vs.” will debut this Monday, with new episodes airing every Monday thereafter. On each episode, Hendry will challenge his fellow ROH stars in whatever their speciality is.
For the first show, “The Prestigious One” took on The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) in a beer-drinking contest. I saw a preview of the show and it is LOL funny.
Speaking of ROH original content on YouTube, I highly recommend “An Army of One: The Journey of Flip Gordon,” which premiered earlier this week.
In the mini-documentary, Gordon opened up about his behavioral issues as a kid, which resulted in him spending time in mental hospitals. He also reflected on achieving his dream of becoming a pro wrestler and having to battle back from two serious injuries.
Kudos to ROH Associate Producer/Editor Zane Decker, who did an outstanding job of directing the short film.
Spend a day with #TheMercenary ￼@TheFlipGordon and take a trip down memory lane as he tells you how he got to achieve his dream in professional wrestling in this exclusive ROH documentary: https://t.co/dk0BHlOyCK pic.twitter.com/TGuAu1PjX4
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) April 30, 2020
The Month of Honor -- in which ROH’s YouTube channel premiered 30 full matches in 30 nights -- has ended, but if you missed any of the matches or want to binge-watch them all, click here.
Videos debuting next week on ROH’s YouTube and social media channels include Pets Of Honor, which features ROH stars and their pets, and ROH stars’ home workouts.
The first ROH Trivia Night on Zoom was a rousing success. Fans played the game with ROH stars Taven, Hendry, Bruiser, Milonas, Kenny King, Session Moth Martina, Cheeseburger, Quinn McKay, Dak Draper, Amy Rose and Caprice Coleman. ROH lead commentator Ian Riccaboni was the host.
Keep it locked onto ROHWrestling.com and ROH’s social media channels for information on when the next ROH Trivia Night will take place.
.@ringofhonor zoom trivia night was so much fun!!!
Another way this company is reaching out with fans and making the most of this situation!
Ps my team Definitely won, no thanks to me pic.twitter.com/F6gCNG6LWK
— Session Moth Martina (@mothfromdaflats) May 1, 2020
ROH fan Shane Hearn got a huge surprise on his 11th birthday earlier this week. His parents set up a Zoom call with his friends and family when Taven and the Briscoes surprised him by joining the call and wishing him a happy birthday. Very cool.
ROH Stars @MattTaven and The Briscoes @SussexCoChicken @jaybriscoe84 surprised 11 year old, die-hard wrestling fan, Shane for his birthday unexpectedly during a friends and family zoom call! We hope you had a wonderful birthday bud! pic.twitter.com/kxzgnoOziT
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) May 1, 2020
Voting in the Women’s Bracket of Honor online tournament has been suspended due to technical difficulties. Voting will resume on ROHWrestling.com next week.
Thanks to ProWrestling.net’s Jason Powell and The Sports Courier’s Fred Richani for having me on their shows this week to discuss the “ROHStong Podcast” and other ROH-related topics. I also told some funny Vince McMahon stories from my days on the WWE creative team and talked about how the WCW Bruise Cruise changed my life.
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.