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ROH News: Kelly Klein Officially Enters WOH World Women’s Title Match At Final Battle

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The final participant in the WOH World Women’s Title Match at Final Battle is official!

Coming up on December 14th, Ring Of Honor will make its way to the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for Final Battle, which will be followed by the Final Battle Fallout television tapings the next night in Philadelphia.





While the card for Final Battle seems to primarily be rounded out at this time, one match that had yet to be finalized was the Four Corners Survival Match for the WOH World Women’s Championship as one spot remained open. While the champion Sumie Sakai, Madison Rayne and Karen Q waited to see who their last opponent was, the qualifying match between Kelly Klein and Jenny Rose has now aired with Klein picking up the win. Here’s the official announcement from ROH:

FIELD COMPLETE FOR WOH WORLD TITLE FOUR CORNER SURVIVAL MATCH AT FINAL BATTLE

Ring of Honor’s seminal event, Final Battle, emanates from Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday Dec. 14. Final Battle is ROH’s biggest card of the year and has been the site of some of ROH’s most memorable matches.

All roads lead to the G1 Supercard, co-promoted by ROH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, at sold-out Madison Square Garden on April 6, 2019, and the results at Final Battle undoubtedly will have an impact on the historic show.

At last year’s Final Battle, the huge announcement was made that a tournament would take place in 2018 to crown the inaugural Women of Honor Champion. One year later, the title will be defended at Final Battle in a Four Corner Survival Match, as Sumie Sakai puts her championship on the line against Madison Rayne, Karen Q and Kelly Klein.

FOUR CORNER SURVIVAL MATCH FOR WOH WORLD TITLE
WOH WORLD CHAMPION SUMIE SAKAI vs. MADISON RAYNE vs. KAREN Q vs. KELLY KLEIN

Klein defeated rival Jenny Rose in a qualifying match on the most recent episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling” to claim the last remaining spot in the Four Corner Survival Match. Rayne and Karen Q previously had won qualifying matches, over Dr. Britt Baker and Kaitlin Diemond, respectively.

Sakai, who won the WOH Title tournament at Supercard of Honor in April and has reigned ever since, has proved to be a fighting champion. Her willingness to defend the title against anyone anywhere around the globe led to the championship being renamed the WOH World Title a few months ago.

The veteran billed from Jersey Shore, Japan will face arguably her toughest test yet when she takes on three formidable challengers at Final Battle.

Klein has been a dominant force in WOH for three years. The “Pretty Badass” went more than 2½ years without being pinned or forced to submit before Sakai pinned her in the finals of the tournament.

Rayne, a 13-year veteran who is no stranger to winning titles, has been as good as ever since making her WOH debut a year ago. She would love to cap what has been an amazing 2018 for her by leaving Final Battle as WOH World Champion.

Karen Q has been impressive since her WOH debut last year, when she made waves by handing Klein her first loss in WOH (by countout). She also has scored victories over Sakai (before Sakai won the title) and Deonna Purrazzo.

Will Sakai defy the odds and retain her title at Final Battle, or will a new champion be crowned?

Watch Final Battle LIVE on pay-per-view or stream FREE as an HonorClub VIP member or 50% off with an HonorClub Standard membership through the ROH App and ROHHonorClub.com!

ROH FINAL BATTLE

Friday, Dec 14, 2018 8 p.m. ET
The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom
311 W 34th Street
New York, New York 10001

ALREADY SIGNED:

MAIN EVENT
ROH WORLD TITLE MATCH
ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL vs. CODY

TRIPLE THREAT LADDER WAR FOR ROH WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES
ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS SCU vs. YOUNG BUCKS vs. BRISCOES

ROH WORLD TELEVISION TITLE MATCH
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION JEFF COBB vs. “HANGMAN” ADAM PAGE

FOUR CORNER SURVIVAL FOR WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD TITLE
WOH WORLD CHAMPION SUMIE SAKAI vs. MADISON RAYNE vs. KAREN Q vs. KELLY KLEIN

FOR MARTY SCURLL’S SHOT AT THE ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
“THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL vs. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS

MATT TAVEN vs. DALTON CASTLE

JONATHAN GRESHAM vs. ZACK SABRE JR.

I QUIT MATCH – WINNER MAKES HIS OPPONENT SAY I QUIT
FLIP GORDON vs. BULLY RAY





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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: News Involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT, and More! (5/17/19)

News involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT Tag Titles, and More!

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News here! News involving Ashley Massaro, Ric Flair, NXT Tag Titles, and More!

Ric Flair Medical Scare?

TMZ Sports broke news Thursday morning that Ric Flair suffered a medical emergency that they quoted as being “very serious.” Later in the day, Conrad Thompson would refute that report and stated that Flair had a planned procedure, but wouldn’t elaborate on any further details. TMZ Sports would post and update from Flair’s wife, Wendy Barlow, and she said:

“Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning, after which he expects to fully recovery.”

Jason’s Take

It’s hard to believe everything you read when it comes to wrestling, so that’s why you should be reading the Chairshot everyday. We sort through the bullshit so you don’t have to. On that note, hopefully things are ok with the Nature Boy. Reading news on Flair like this makes me a little nervous, especially with the medical scare he had in 2017. But it looks like even death itself taps out to the Figure Four.

Alexa Bliss Pulled From Money In The Bank

WWE Tweeted this morning that Alexa Bliss has been pulled from the Money In The Bank ladder match, and has been replaced by Nikki Cross. The reason given by WWE is that Alexa has not been medically cleared to compete. Dave Meltzer is reporting that the reason is indeed injury related, and possibly due to Alexa’s concussion history.

Jason’s Take

If the company was worried about her concussion history and her participating in a ladder match, why did they attempt to put her in it in the first place?

NXT Tag Titles Vacated

WWE has announced that the NXT Tag Team Championships have been vacated. This shouldn’t be a surprise with the Viking Raiders being called up to the main roster. WWE’s storyline reasoning is due to the controversial ending of the title match between The Viking Raiders and The Street Profits that aired on Wednesday’s episode of NXT. This show was taped on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from Winter Park, FL at the Full Sail University. William Regal will address the situation on next week’s episode of NXT.

Jason’s Take

I’m not really shocked that the Viking Raiders were stripped of the titles. The real question is who the next team is that will be crowned champions? Could the Undisputed Era regain the titles?

Kurt Angle On AEW

Kurt Angle is one of the handful of wrestlers who is no stranger to leaving WWE, and re-vitalizing his career with another promotion. So, rightfully, Angle would be someone to ask on thoughts of AEW competing with WWE. Angle spoke with Wrestling Inc on Thursday, and gave some of his thoughts on AEW.

“I want the fans to be excited about it. I’m gonna tell you this though, and I don’t wanna come around in five years and say ‘I told you so.’ Listen, WWE is the No. 1 brand and will always be No. 1…There’s no way in heck anybody’s gonna catch up to them. If this company… I’m not daring them, I’m just saying it’s not bad to be No. 2. If you’re gonna set out to be No. 1, then you’re gonna spend a lot of F’n money,”

Jason’s Take

WWE will always be around in some way, shape, or form. WCW Monday Nitro wasn’t going to catch WWE. Paul Heyman famously said that Nitro would be dead in 3 months. While the odds will be stacked against AEW, never say never.

Ashley Massaro Passes Away At 39

In a bit of shocking news, former WWE Diva, Ashley Massaro, has passed away at 39 according to TMZ sports. Massaro was transported from her home in Suffolk County, NY to a nearby hospital where she died early Thursday morning.

Jason’s Take

WOW. Only 39 years old, 3 years older than myself. Thoughts and prayers to her family in this difficult time

 


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DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report (5/14/19)

Did the blue brand deliver on YouTube? Well…Roman did!

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Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Smackdown YouTube performance for the May 14th broadcast!

As we all know, social media and other outlets have become a huge means of drawing in interaction and viewers for WWE. Most people will point to television ratings like they did during the Monday Night Wars in the late 1990’s, however that can be skewed with so many various means of watching today that do not include cable television. As such, YouTube has joined social media as a metric as important to WWE as television ratings (if not more). The weekly WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report, compiled overnight Wednesday night (a few hours more than  24 hours after Smackdown went off the air), for the 5/14/19 edition of WWE Smackdown:

  • Roman Reigns & The Usos vs. Shane McMahon, Elias, Daniel Bryan & Erick Rowan – 1.203 million views
  • Shane McMahon & Elias attack Roman Reigns & The Miz – 1.057 million views
  • Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn attack Kofi Kingston – 601k views
  • Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair history/feud video package – 384k views
  • Finn Balor vs. Andrade vs. Ali vs. Randy Orton – 369k views
  • Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville – 310k views
  • Shane McMahon makes the handicap match – 111k views
  • Lacey Evans promo for Money In The Bank – 82k views
  • Ms. Money In The Bank promo – 56k views
  • Aleister Black promo – 53k views

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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Ratings Analysis

No numbers comparison as I wasn’t able to compile last week’s videos. Roman Reigns delivered big time this week, with two videos both over a million views. Those were the only two videos to cross 1 million.

The overall views were down, much like Raw on YouTube this week. But Raw’s TV ranking improved, and it was not opposed by the NBA. That said, if you’re WWE you have to be happy with the performance of Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston.

My favorite video…The IIconics on commentary!

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?


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