By Kevin Eck
The saying that you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain doesn’t apply to Marty Scurll. He may be “The Villain,” but he’s also a hero to countless pro wrestling fans.
The enigmatic Scurll is spotlighted in this weekend’s episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling.” It features the match between Scurll and New Japan Pro-Wrestling superstar Kazuchika Okada from the All In pay-per-view in 2018 in its entirety.
The episode also includes the only singles match between Scurll and Bandido in ROH; a look back at Scurll’s first match in the company, when he won the ROH World Television Title from arch rival Will Ospreay in front of their countrymen in London; and the formation of Villain Enterprises.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) May 6, 2020
Joe Hendry isn’t just prestigious, he’s also prodigious -- at least as it pertains to the amount of views for his videos on social media.
Hendry, who has been releasing a series of parody songs, received nearly 1.6 million views in 48 hours for his song about the reopening of McDonald’s in the style of Oasis.
— Joe Hendry (@joehendry) May 5, 2020
Jay Lethal was my guest on Episode 3 of the “ROHStrong Podcast,” which drops on Monday, May 11 and can be heard on ROHWrestling.com and most podcast platforms.
I spent more than 90 minutes with “The Franchise of ROH” discussing a wide range of topics, including the state of ROH, his friendly rivalry with former ROH World Champion Samoa Joe, the ROH star he’s “the biggest fan” of, and more. Plus, Lethal does some of his spot-on impressions of wrestling legends.
There’s also a fun surprise at the very end of the show after the music fades out.
Silas Young broke the news on Twitter yesterday that he’s going to be hosting a weekly show with his tag partner in 2 Guys 1 Tag, Josh Woods.
Young came off less than thrilled about it, as he wrote that he was “required” to do the show with Woods.
“Just hoping he will be on board with burying the so-called fans favorites,” Young wrote.
Knowing Woods, I wouldn’t bet on that.
The show will be streamed live on Facebook. Expect an announcement with all the details early next week.
Another ROH tag team with their own show is The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas). “Happy Hour With The Bouncers” debuted on Zoom this week, with Session Moth Martina as their first guest.
Let’s just say the first episode was a bit awkward. The Bouncers’ interview with Martina proved that it’s possible for a 6-foot-4, 340-pound man to feel two inches tall.
Here’s my summary of the show, using only hashtags:
This was supposed to be an interview. https://t.co/zfM4uQfjQ8
— Beer City Bruiser (@bcbwinchester) May 4, 2020
A new series on ROH’s YouTube channel titled “When They Were Prospects” debuted this week. It features matches from past Top Prospect Tournaments, starting with a bout between Mike Bennett and Adam Cole from 2011.
— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) May 6, 2020
A new episode of “When They Were Prospects” drops every Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern.
I enjoyed watching the Pets of Honor video, which featured ROH stars at home with their pets.
Conspicuous by his absence in the video was Brian Johnson. Apparently, even man’s best friend can’t stand to be around that man.
PETS OF HONOR
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) May 5, 2020
Speaking of pets, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi and his “cats” delivered a special video message for ROH fans.
Hiromu Takahashi of NJPW and his special friends have a message for ROH fans!#StayHome #ROHDayByDay @njpw1972 @TIMEBOMB1105
Check out Hiromu's channel: https://t.co/CcIm8iW4wj pic.twitter.com/OJx5LYh9we
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) May 5, 2020
Voting in the Women’s Bracket of Honor semifinal round ends tonight at 11:59 Eastern. Sara Del Rey faces Angelina Love in one matchup, with powerhouses Maria Manic and Amazing Kong squaring off in the other.
Voting for the championship match begins on Sunday, May 10 at 9 a.m.
Good news for pro wrestling fans in the UK. “Ring of Honor Wrestling” returned to Fight Network UK this week and will air every Wednesday at 11 p.m. Fight Network UK is available on Sky Channel 192 from 9 p.m. each Wednesday to Sunday evening.
I’d love to see ROH hire Danhausen, but he’s going about it all wrong. Why would he think Delirious has the stroke to get him a job?
— Danhausen (@DanhausenAD) May 5, 2020
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.