'ROH Roundtable' Features Black Lives Matter Discussion; Tag Teams Compete In ROH Game Show; Hana Kimura Tribute Episode Of ROH TV Airs Next Weekend

By Kevin Eck

Shane Taylor, Kenny King, Caprice Coleman, Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham discussed the Black Lives Matter movement and racism in pro wrestling this week on the debut episode of “ROH Roundtable,” which will be available on ROH’s YouTube channel in the near future.

I had the privilege of watching the frank, thought-provoking discussion as it happened, and I highly recommend it. The panel answered audience questions on the subject matter and opened up about their personal experiences. As host Ian Riccaboni said, hopefully the conversation “challenges norms and perceptions.”

There are more roundtable discussions in the works on a variety of topics. Keep it locked onto ROHWrestling.com and ROH’s social media channels for the announcement of when “ROH Roundtable” will premiere.

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Also coming soon on ROH’s YouTube channel is the debut of a game show titled “Sparring Partners.” The show poses the question: How well do you know your tag team partner?

Scheduled for the premiere episode are The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas), Dalton Castle and Joe Hendry, 2 Guys 1 Tag (Silas Young and Josh Woods), and PJ Black and Brian Johnson.

On a side note, the Castle and Hendry saga comes to a head in the series finale of “Dalton’s Castle,” which premieres on YouTube on Tuesday, July 14 at noon. Also, Young and Woods return to Instagram with “2 Guys 1 Show” tonight at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Meanwhile, the latest episode of “Happy Hour with The Bouncers” featured The Allure’s Angelina Love and Mandy Leon.

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Another upcoming YouTube project I’m excited about is “ROH’s All-Time Draft of Honor.” Coleman, Riccaboni, senior referee Todd Sinclair and senior ring announcer Bobby Cruise will each draft a roster composed of past and present ROH stars.

The smack talk between fellow Bostonians Sinclair and Cruise that is bound to happen makes this must-see viewing.

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Speaking of Sinclair, he was my guest on the latest episode of the “ROHStrong Podcast,” which drops on Monday. 

Sinclair discussed how he broke into pro wrestling and got his job in ROH; his memories of refereeing matches with such stars as Bryan Danielson, Kevin Steen and El Generico; his lone match in ROH as a wrestler and much more.

I’m working on lining up a prominent former ROH duo for the following week’s episode.

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I’m looking forward to the Hana Kimura tribute episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling,” which will air next weekend. Kimura’s mother, Kyoko, worked with ROH in putting together the show, which celebrates the life and career of her late daughter.

The episode includes the six-woman tag match Hana competed in at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden last year and her bout against Sumie Sakai in the Women of Honor Title tournament in 2018.

Click here to find out when and where “Ring of Honor Wrestling” airs in your area. This weekend’s episode spotlights Vincent.

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The final four matchups for Bracket of Honor: Rivalries is set.

Longtime best friends/bitter rivals Steen and Generico are guaranteed to be in the finals in some form, as Steen vs. Generico takes on the Briscoes vs. Steen and Generico in one semifinal. The other semifinals pits CM Punk vs. Samoa Joe against Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness. 

Voting in the semifinal round is open until Monday, July 13 at 10 p.m. Eastern.

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Speaking of Punk and Joe, as a thank you to Honor Nation for helping ROH reach 500,000 YouTube subscribers, their epic match at ROH World Title Classic premieres on YouTube on Saturday, July 11 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

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It’s not enough that Danhausen routinely pops up out of nowhere on “ROH Week By Week” and the “ROHStrong Podcast,” but now he’s somehow managed to infiltrate Brody King’s nightmares.

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ROH’s parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, has partnered with the American Red Cross for Sinclair Cares: Roll Up Your Sleeves, an initiative to encourage blood donation.

Future of Honor’s Sledge posted a video on Instagram recently of him doing his part for the cause and urging others to do so as well.

To make an appointment to donate blood, click here.

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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.