The Lead Story This Week
Ring of Honor announced on Thursday that they will cease doing business with Kenny King after King made a surprise appearance for TNA Wrestling. Full details can be found here.
New TV Champion
Adam Cole beat Roderick Strong for the Ring of Honor television championship this past Friday in Baltimore, MD, as part of ROH’s latest set of television tapings.
With this championship win, the company is capitalizing on Cole’s momentum coming out of Best in the World 2012, where Cole had his second star-making performance against former Future Shock partner Kyle O’Reilly in a Hybrid Fighting Rules match. Cole’s first big moment came back in March at the 10th Anniversary Show when he pinned then world champion Davey Richards with a crossbody, but the momentum fizzled out before ROH could really get behind it.
Ring of Honor posted footage of Cole’s title win as well as his subsequent promo on its Youtube page despite it not airing on television for a few weeks. Watch right here.
For more on this past week’s television tapings, click here.
Carolinas Shows Cancelled
Due to extenuating circumstances, Ring of Honor was forced to cancel the 7/27 and 7/28 shows from the Carolinas.
A few people on our board speculated that the cancellation was due to low ticket sales, but ROH spoke on the situation in its most recent Newswire. “ROH was originally scheduled in the Carolina’s on July 20th and 21st but it was switched to the following weekend before it was publicly announced in order to accommodate the arenas in Winston-Salem and Spartanburg,” the statement read.
“After announcing main events of these cards, a certain top wrestler became unavailable due to personal issues. Rather than presenting these events without certain top ROH wrestlers, or present a card different from what was originally announced on the internet and in local advertising, we have opted to cancel these events and reschedule when we can present the ROH faithful with the quality of events that they deserve!”
No new dates for these events have been announced at press time. The company is offering refunds to fans who purchased tickets for either of the Carolina shows.
Matches announced for Milwaukee
The card for Ring of Honor’s 8/14 date in Milwaukee, Wi is taking shape.
After three more matches were added this past week, the card now looks like this:
* Ring of Honor world champion Kevin Steen and “The Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs vs. The Briscoe Brothers.
* “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards vs. “The Man Beast” Rhino.
* Roderick Strong vs. BJ Whitmer.
* “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin vs. Silas Young.
* Jay Lethal vs. “No Fear” Mike Mondo.
Boiling Point 2012 main event set
Ring of Honor’s 8/11 show in Providence, RI, which is being called “Boiling Point 2012,” now has a main event: A returning Eddie Kingston will challenge Kevin Steen for the Ring of Honor world championship.
Richards takes time off
Davey Richards is not booked for any Ring of honor shows as of right now. The idea is that he will be taking about a month off to recharge his batteries and come back strong until his alleged retirement next year.
Mark Madden rant
In an obligatory bit of Twitter silliness this week, former WCW commentator Mark Madden got under quite a few Ring of Honor wrestlers’ skin after blasting the company on his blog. ROH regulars Mike Mondo, Mike Bennett, and Maria Kanellis came to the company’s defense, and a lengthy Twitter tirade ensued.
Among other things, Madden called ROH bush league and a distant third.
That’s all the news for this week. Be sure to check the site regularly for all your news and notes on Ring of Honor, and check back every Friday for your ROHWorld Weekend Roundup.