ROH Ringside – Issue #15

ROH RingsideI started watching the show “Best of the American Super Juniors Tournaments” from April 2005. Before watching this show, a topic for this article was kind of floating around in my brain. However, I wasn’t 100% sure if I would be entirely correct when talking about the subject. However, once I saw the first match of the show (Bryan Danielson vs. Spanky) I was convinced that I was going to bring up a good one.

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The Wrestling Mayhem Show interviews wrestling stars Bobby Fish and Su Yung

MayhemThe Wrestling Mayhem Show (WMS) recently interviewed two of the hottest names in the wrestling industry in Bobby Fish and Su Yung.

Fish is currently one half of the Ring Of Honor (ROH) world tag team champions. Fish also competes in various other independent promotions.

The interview with Fish can be seen here:

The WMS also talked with Su Yung, who has quickly become a top name on the independent wrestling circuit as a wrestler/manager.

Yung is the current ACW Joshi champion, and a former WWE developmental star competing in Florida Championship Wrestling under the name “Sonia”. She has recently worked the Shine 14 show and is also featured on SHIMMER volume 59, as well as other independent wrestling shows.

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ROH Ringside – Issue #14

ROH RingsideWhat is it about pro wrestling? We watch it, we love it, we follow and we sometimes get really into it. It’s something like no other form of entertainment. The winners are predetermined, the rivals are best friends behind the scenes and people get made fun of for watching it. Yet there’s that certain mystique or something that attracts fans to it. It’s a sum of many factors.

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Ring of Honor CEO Joe Koff recently joined The Greg DeMarco Show

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Ring of Honor CEO Joe Koff joined The Greg DeMarco Show to discuss the promotion’s free iPPV stream of Death Before Dishonor through GFL.

Ring of Honor’s iPPV history and their prior decision to discontinue with that medium:
“The Internet Pay Per Views have very much been a part of presenting our product to a wider audience. We began our relationship with Go Fight Live…they’re a tremendous vendor and I’m not even sure that it’s entirely then or us. You’re dealing with a technology that’s very difficult…it’s an inexact science. … it’s an expectation of the fans that they get a complete program without incident. … It became a situation where I decided that I’d rather present a clean program even if it was a little delayed or on demand, then go through this where the fan is not enjoying the experience with Ring of Honor.”

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ROH results: Ciampa, Steen, Elgin all advance

ROH Logo 2Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on and was written by Matt Mackinder.

Three more quarterfinal matches in the Ring Of Honor world championship tournament are on the card for tonight’s show and even though we already know who won the tournament last Saturday night in Philadelphia, these three matches are worth watching as they truly showcase the talent level of ROH.

Kevin Kelly and “ROH talent scout” Prince Nana are ringside from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City and we get right to the action.

Match #1 – “The Sicilian Psychopath” Tomasso Ciampa vs. Michael Bennett

Maria Kanellis is barred from the building by ROH matchmaker Nigel McGuinness for her attempt to interfere in the Bennett-B.J. Whitmer match two weeks ago.

Ciampa is played to the ring by Last Remaining Pinnacle, who play his theme “They Are Lost” live. I’m telling you – one of the best entrance themes in ROH.

It’s all Ciampa early, but then Bennett takes it to the floor. In the ring, Ciampa nails Go To Sleep, but hurts his injured left knee in the process. Back on the floor, Ciampa hits the Kryptonite Krunch, rolls Bennett in the ring and gets the three-count.

Winner via pinfall: Tomasso Ciampa

Ciampa advances to face Adam Cole in the semi-finals.

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AS I SEE IT – Remembering Jim Ross in the WWE

AISIAS I SEE IT – Remembering Jim Ross in the WWE
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Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets

Meanwhile, if the McMahon-Helmsley Era v. 2.0 wasn’t bad enough, now WWE fired Jim Ross over the WWE 2K14 press conference, at which Ric Flair went into an off-message and possibly alcohol-assisted story-telling session where WWE blamed Ross, feeling he didn’t keep Flair in line.

For those of you who haven’t seen this press conference, here are highlights:

Oh, I know…officially, Jim Ross “retired”. Ross’s blog even took the high road.

If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

He got fired by Vince McMahon in another installment of the sadomasochistic relationship that the company has had with Ross over the last 20 years.

For years, Ross has been periodically treated like crap on and off-air by WWE, including on air segments seemingly designed to humiliate him, including the 1999 storyline, where (in storyline) he has been “fired” because of his Bells Palsy. Two similar storylines were done in 2011 related to “inflammatory bowel disease”.

No matter how much fans respond to Ross, WWE seems to view him as a throwback to the “wrasslin” era, and prefers the Michael Cole “sports entertainment” style of parroted McMahon commentary that all too often doesn’t get over storylines and characters in the way that Ross still can to this day.

If that’s not bad enough, how about the HHH Twitter congratulating him on his “well-earned retirement”. News bulletin, folks: anyone over the age of six with a computer realizes Ross did not want to retire. So you’re not fooling anyone.

Reader Dave Cottom sent his thoughts on this fiasco to me. It said a lot of what I wanted to say better than I did (even if I just did), so here it is:

<i>”I just had to get this off of my chest…

I have been a wrestling fan for as long as I can remember. Truthfully, I have never been able to get over the days of old school wrestling–the interviews with announcers before and after matches, the introductions in the ring (a la Michael Buffer) and the days of kayfabe (protecting the business and blurring of real vs. fake)–treating it as a real sport. Loved that stuff.

I heard today that Jim Ross has been fired from the WWE. I felt I had to say this, if no one else would….

Jim Ross is the single greatest wrestling announcer in the history of the sport, period.

He is the best that has ever done it…

Yes, I know Gordon Solie was great and legendary, Vince McMahon of the 70′s and 80′s had a distinctive and most recognizable voice and Tony Schiavone is inseparable from the glory days 1980′s NWA Championship Wrestling. Jim Ross would tell you that Gordon Solie was the best and as far as Jim’s enjoyment as a fan goes, he’s probably right. The difference here, is I have experienced both from a fan perspective and I think Jim Ross is untouchable as an announcer.

Jim Ross, at his best, always made wrestling must-see TV. I can’t remember anyone announcing so many important matches in the span of a career. On TV and pay per view, Jim Ross made ME believe and understand that I was watching a big time sporting event. I never, ever questioned his passion for the game and legitimacy that he brought to the matches he announced and to the sport (yes, sport) in general. Heck, I could listen to him announce just about any sport all day long. XFL anyone?

I heard today that this might be the end for him in wrestling. It is a sad thing. I don’t care too much about the politics behind the scenes. I care even less about what goes on behind the curtain DURING a show–it cheapens the product to see so much garbage behind the curtain anyway, in my opinion, but that’s a conversation for another day…

Professional Wrestling has always been about two guys “hooking up” and seeing which one could get the best of the other—playing by the rules or not. The best matches tell a great story and NO ONE has ever done it better than Jim Ross.

As a big, long-time professional wrestling fan, I just felt and somehow wanted him to know that I KNOW he was the greatest…..and that’s all that matters.

Dave Cottom

Until next time….

— Bob Magee

ROH Ringside – Issue #13

ROH RingsideFor an honest guy like me, wrestling can be a very expensive hobby, although there are guys who most likely have spent way more money than I have on my hobby.  I’m not a pirater. I buy CDs, DVDs, original videogames, etc.  My opinion is that if the publisher makes the effort, they should get the money (although for reasons beyond my control, you will see that is not 100% possible, and you will also see contradictions in this article). Also, money makes the world go around. Part of the economic crisis can be related to piracy. But that’s a topic for another article and/or website. Not only do I have the tendency to buy originals of everything (although, I admit it, I have an iPod with illegal mp3s), I have systems of purchasing and watching stuff. So in this article, I will talk about my R.O.H. and general wrestling collection along with TV Series, along with my watching habits. Bare with me, it’s very complicated when you read it, but when I practice it, it’s pretty simple.

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Big Ring of Honor autograph signing this weekend in Toronto!

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“All Star Extravaganza V” takes place THIS Saturday night in Toronto at the Mattamy Athletic Centre and it features the continuation of the World Title Tournament, a World Tag Team Title defense, the return of the Young Bucks, and more!  Now, in addition to all that action, ROH officials have added an autograph signing for the night and, it is one of the biggest we have ever done!

The 16 entrants for the ROH world title tournament have been named!

ROH Logo 2The 16 entrants for the ROH World Title Tournament have been named and two of our first round match-ups have been finalized for our kick-off event in Providence on July 27th.  Now has been provided with a complete look at the pairings for the other 6 first round matches taking place between Providence and “All Star Extravaganza V” in Toronto on August 3rd!

July 27th
* FIRST ROUND – Adam Cole vs. Mark Briscoe
* FIRST ROUND – Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt
* FIRST ROUND – Karl Anderson vs. ACH

August 3rd
* FIRST ROUND – Tommaso Ciampa vs. Silas Young/Adam Page
* FIRST ROUND – Michael Bennett vs. BJ Whitmer
* FIRST ROUND – Kevin Steen vs. Brian Kendrick
* FIRST ROUND – Michael Elgin vs. Paul London
* FIRST ROUND – Roderick Strong vs. World TV Champion Matt Taven

There you have it, the complete field for the first round of this historic ROH World Title Tournament!  You can also expect some second round match-ups in Toronto including, as we announced yesterday, the winner of Briscoe/Cole in action!

Tickets for all these events, as well as the NYC & Philadelphia tournament shows, can be found in the ROH Store right here!

Which of these 16 men will achieve their dream come Philadelphia? Who will be the next Ring of Honor World Champion? Let the betting begin!