'ROH Week By Week' With Quinn McKay Debuts; ROH Trivia Night Returns; Castle And Hendry Entertain On 'ROHStrong Podcast'

By Kevin Eck

Ring of Honor continues to add quality content to its YouTube channel.

“ROH Week By Week” makes its debut this Monday, May 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern. Hosted by popular on-air personality Quinn McKay, the weekly show will keep Honor Nation up to date on the latest news and happenings in ROH.

Another ROH series on YouTube premiered earlier this week titled “My First Match,” which features ROH wrestlers watching -- you guessed it -- their first match in ROH. Former ROH World Champion Matt Taven was the subject of the first episode.

I won’t go so far as to say he came off looking more like a court jester in the match than a future leader of The Kingdom, but he’s definitely come a long way since his debut a decade ago. Kudos to Taven for being able to laugh at himself. On a side note, I wonder how much he paid the blond girl in the front row to kiss him?

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After the rousing success of the first ROH Trivia Night on Zoom last month, the next edition promises to be even bigger and better. 

If you think you’re an ROH expert, you’ll want to take part in the second ROH Trivia Night on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. Eastern on Zoom. You get to test your ROH knowledge alongside dozens of other fans as well as ROH stars. The game is hosted by ROH lead commentator Ian Riccaboni.

Anyone interested in playing should email rohtrivia@gmail.com with your team name and the names of the players on your team. Teams should have anywhere from 3-10 players. The deadline for entry is Wednesday, May 27 at 9 a.m. Eastern.

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Dalton Castle and Joe Hendry were my guests on the latest episode of the “ROHStrong Podcast,” which drops on Monday and can be heard on ROHWrestling.com and most podcast platforms. Pro wrestling’s most entertaining tag team had me laughing for much of the 90-minute conversation, even though their jokes were often at my expense. 

Come to hear them talk about their chemistry and their initial impressions of each other; stay for the double entendre and innuendo.

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Speaking of Hendry, he faced Slex in a donut-eating contest in this week’s episode of “Joe Vs.” on YouTube. Spoiler alert: Downing a dozen donuts as quickly as possible turns out to not be such a great idea.

One more note on Hendry: His most recent parody video might be his best one yet.

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ROH World Television Champion Dragon Lee is spotlighted on this weekend’s episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling.” The show features Lee’s matches versus Kamaitachi (now known as Hiromu Takahashi); Bandido and then-IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori in a Triple Threat Match at G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden; and then-ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor at Final Battle 2019.

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Mandy Leon recently relaunched her YouTube channel, and one of the first videos she uploaded chronicled a wild weekend in Las Vegas for ROH talent and crew after the company’s shows on March 13-14 were canceled due to the pandemic.

One of the places they visited was Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum. Leon said she was scratched on her arm and touched on her lower back by a paranormal entity, and she also had her keychain inexplicably ripped off her bag.

Beer City Bruiser’s wife, Ashley, did not escape unscathed either. Ashley, who had been to the museum once before and had her hair pulled, was scratched on her arm during her second visit. 

“When I got home, my hand and fingers bruised up oddly, and I wasn’t sleeping well,” Ashley said. “It seemed to be an everyday thing where I’d wake up around 3:05 a.m. The first week in May, in what I thought was my sleep, I felt someone grab my feet (a comforting-type feeling) and whisper something to me, but I couldn’t understand what was said. But as this happened, Bruiser woke up yelling, ‘Did you see that?!’ and pointed to the end of the bed where I had the experience.

“After both confirming we had this experience, we saged ourselves and our home also. I personally haven’t had any experiences since then, and it feels lighter in the home.”

Apparently, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

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I have to give it to Danhausen for his persistence in seeking a job with ROH. By calling PCO and asking him to put in a good word for him with his “good friend Marty,” at least Danhausen seems to finally be on the right track.

I’m not sure comedian Gilbert Gottfried’s endorsement is going to hold much weight, though. I have Marty pegged as more of a Ricky Gervais fan, but perhaps I’m guilty of stereotyping.

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Brian Johnson almost had me believing he’d turned over a new leaf, but I think PJ Black still has some work to do with his protege.

On a side note: Brian, please keep your legs together when wearing a robe while sitting. This is a family show.

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HonorClub just keeps getting better and better. 

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ROH is now on TikTok.

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In closing, I join the entire pro wrestling community in offering my condolences to Shad Gaspard’s family, friends and fans. 

Kenny King wrote a touching tribute to his friend on the HonorPost blog.

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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.