In case you missed it, a new report surfaced yesterday claiming that current IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho was working along with WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross and renowned agent Barry Bloom on a new wrestling promotion with the backing of Shad Khan, owner of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
Reportedly, talks about bringing the new promotion to television were already underway with AXS TV, the home of New Japan Pro Wrestling and the upcoming WOW-Women Of Wrestling in January. It was being said that the target to premiere the new promotion on-screen was late-2019/early-2020, as one AXS TV executive was “fast tracking” the project. Additionally, it was noted that Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Hangman Page were already on board and in fact, their future that they have been teasing on Being The Elite is this venture.
Later on yesterday, AXS TV denied having any involvement in said wrestling promotion, but it was never stated that Jericho or Ross weren’t working on something. Last night, ‘Y2J’ finally addressed the talk on Twitter by cracking a joke in an attempt to squash the rumor:
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) October 20, 2018
EA’s Take: All signs are pointing to the original report being bogus, which was my first reaction, but to play devil’s advocate you have to consider where these “rumor killing” comments are coming from. AXS TV, due to their relationship with NJPW, is likely not going to come out roughly a year ahead of time and spill the beans if they’re working on something like this. Same goes for Jericho. Not to mention, Jericho has a track record of working the people through social media, so you really can’t believe anything he says anymore when it comes to his wrestling career. Again, I don’t exactly buy that he’s starting a promotion, but there are still reasons why it could be true.
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ROH News: Latest Match Added To Road To G1 Supercard San Antonio
Another match revealed for Ring Of Honor’s G1 Supercard in San Antonio!
With just a few days left before the third and final of a trifecta of Road To G1 Supercard events coming up in San Antonio, Texas this Saturday, Ring Of Honor has begun revealing the first matches for the show today.
After announcing that Marty Scurll will meet either Jonathan Gresham or Mark Haskins (depending on what happens in Dallas and Houston for Tag Wars), plus adding a WOH World Title Match that will see Kelly Klein defending against the former champion Sumie Sakai (more on that here), Ring Of Honor has now revealed that Bandido will be in action as he takes on Rocky Romero:
The road to Madison Square Garden begins deep in the heart of Texas as the stars of Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling do battle on Road to G1 Supercard – San Antonio on Jan. 26!
Your favorite stars will be in action, jockeying for position as ROH heads toward 17th Anniversary in Las Vegas, the final stop on the Road to G1 Supercard in Baltimore, and finally, The World’s Most Famous Arena!
ROH’s return to San Antonio features Night 3 of Tag Wars, the semifinals and finals of a 12-team tournament for a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles at 17th Anniversary on March 15 and a spot in the Crockett Cup, a tag team tournament co-promoted by the NWA and ROH, on April 27.
A first-time ever bout pitting ROH newcomer Bandido against New Japan Pro-Wrestling star Rocky Romero is the latest big match to be signed for the show.
BANDIDO vs. ROCKY ROMERO
Bandido was one of pro wrestling’s breakout stars in 2018, as the 23-year-old sensation wowed audiences all around the globe. The fourth-generation luchador competed in the prestigious Battle of Los Angeles in September and made it all the way to the finals. Also that month, he participated in the six-man tag match that headlined the All In pay-per-view before more than 11,000 fans at the sold-out Sears Centre near Chicago.
He recently signed an exclusive contract with ROH to test his skills against the best wrestlers in the world, and he will face one of the best in Romero
The veteran from Los Angeles has become one of the best player-coaches in wrestling, leading Roppongi 3K to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship while also maintaining an active schedule. Romero is a three-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion and is one of only two wrestlers to hold championships in ROH, NJPW and CMLL (Matt Taven is the other).
Will Bandido score one of the biggest victories of his career over the highly decorated Romero? Or will Romero school the young star? Join us LIVE in San Antonio or watch on HonorClub to find out!
All three nights of Road to G1 Supercard in Texas Jan. 24-26 will stream LIVE worldwide for HonorClub. Keep it locked to ROHWrestling.com and the ROH App for more match announcements.
ROAD TO G1 SUPERCARD – SAN ANTONIO
SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2019
BELL TIME @ 07:00 PM CT
AUSTIN HIGHWAY EVENT CENTER
1948 AUSTIN HWY
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78218
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPION KELLY KLEIN vs. SUMIE SAKAI
TAG WARS FINALS
TAG WARS SEMIFINALS
“THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL vs. JONATHAN GRESHAM OR MARK HASKINS
BANDIDO vs. ROCKY ROMERO
OTHER MATCHES FEATURING COMPETITORS FROM THE FIRST ROUND OF TAG WARS
SIGNED TO APPEAR:
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal
ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia)
PLUS MUCH MORE!
CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE
WWE News: RAW Rating Declines Heading Into Royal Rumble, Drops To 2nd In Ranks (1/21/19)
The ratings are in for this week’s WWE RAW!
After some pretty abysmal weeks for Monday Night RAW in the ratings during December, the red brand was able to turn things around the last couple of weeks with increases in their audience. Could they keep it up for this week’s final edition before Royal Rumble?
While the numbers were delayed this week due to the holiday, they have now dropped and the red brand’s viewership has gone back the other direction with a 2.462 rating, down 9.55% from last week (check out last week’s ratings and ranking report). Here’s how the last four weeks of ratings look for RAW:
- December 31st: 1.968
- January 7th: 2.324
- January 14th: 2.722
- January 21st: 2.462
Meanwhile after a week at the top of the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic, Monday Night RAW has dropped down one spot to second this week. Here’s Monday night’s top five:
- NBA Basketball/Warriors vs. Lakers – TNT – 0.97
- Monday Night RAW (8PM) – USA Network – 0.95
- Monday Night RAW (9PM) – USA Network – 0.85
- NBA Basketball/76ers vs. Rockets – TNT – 0.79
- Monday Night RAW (10PM) – USA Network – 0.77
EA’s Take: So are the ratings down because people were insulted by Alexa Bliss’ “risque” segment last week or are they down because there wasn’t another one? Just curious, but of course I ask that in jest. The last couple of weeks for RAW, I found the show to be much more entertaining that it’s been in quite some time and honestly, I felt it was better than SmackDown Live’s efforts. However, I didn’t feel that way this week and it looks like a lot of others may agree. Personally, I’m thinking people tuned in at the start of the show to see what was going on (which is why the 8PM hour drew the highest rating) and then when they got a glimpse of it, they started tuning out as the show progressed. Going into one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year, I found this week’s RAW to be disappointing.