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ROH News: Jay Lethal To Defend ROH World Title At Road To G1 Supercard Houston

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Jay Lethal will defend his Ring Of Honor World Title in Houston!

Over the past 24 hours we’ve seen a number of updates for Friday night’s Ring Of Honor Road To G1 Supercard event in Houston with a 6-Man Tag, 8-Man Tag, Proving Ground Four Corner Survival and Matt Taven vs. Jonathan Gresham all added to the lineup.

This afternoon, ROH has revealed another big match-up for the card as Jay Lethal will defend his ROH World Championship against The Kingdom’s Vinny Marseglia:

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 – Houston on Jan. 25!

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 Houston for the first time in nine years features Night 2 of Tag Wars, 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.

In addition to the Tag Wars matches, ROH officials have also signed several other outstanding match-ups. Just announced is an ROH World Title match between champion Jay Lethal and one-third of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions, Vinny Marseglia of The Kingdom.

ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL vs. VINNY MARSEGLIA

Lethal was originally scheduled to defend the championship in Houston against Chris Sabin, who earned the title opportunity by taking Lethal to a 20-minute draw in a Proving Ground Match in November. However, Sabin suffered a knee injury during ROH’s international television taping in Atlanta Jan. 12 and will be out of action for an unspecified amount of time.

With Lethal needing a new opponent, The Kingdom’s Marseglia stepped up to issue a sinister challenge. However, The Horror King made it clear that he has no interest in becoming ROH World Champion. That’s because he considers Kingdom leader Matt Taven to be the real world champion and Lethal to be a fraud.

Marseglia, obviously doing Taven’s bidding, has vowed to defeat Lethal in Houston and then drop the ROH World Title belt in the garbage.

Lethal, the epitome of a fighting champion, immediately accepted Marseglia’s challenge, and ROH officials have sanctioned it.

Will Lethal send a message to Taven by making an example of Marseglia? Or will Marseglia do the unthinkable by upsetting Lethal and trashing the belt? Join us LIVE in Houston 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 first-round match announcements.

ROAD TO G1 SUPERCARD – HOUSTON
FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2019
BELL TIME @ 07:30 PM CT
NRG ARENA
NRG PKWY
HOUSTON, TX 77054

ALREADY SIGNED:

ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL vs. VINNY MARSEGLIA

PROVING GROUND — FOUR CORNER SURVIVAL MATCH
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION JEFF COBB vs. DALTON CASTLE vs. BANDIDO vs. ROCKY ROMERO

JONATHAN GRESHAM vs. MATT TAVEN

TAG WARS FIRST-ROUND MATCH
COAST 2 COAST VS. ELI ISOM AND CHEESEBURGER

TAG WARS FIRST-ROUND MATCH
THE BOUNCERS vs. THE BOYS

TAG WARS FIRST-ROUND MATCH
COLT CABANA AND WILLIE MACK vs. KENNY KING AND MYSTERY PARTNER

SIGNED TO APPEAR:

ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe)
Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein
The Kingdom’s TK O’Ryan
Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO & Brody King)
Mark Haskins
Shane Taylor
Silas Young
PLUS MORE!

CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE


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Updated Cards for Ring Of Honor War Of The Worlds Tour

ROH teams with New Japan for the annual War Of The Worlds tour, and we have updated cards!

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ROH teams with New Japan for the annual War Of The Worlds tour, and we have updated cards!

Each year Ring Of Honor teams up with New Japan Pro Wrestling to present the War Of The Worlds tour, and this year the tour hits four cities with loaded cards. Here are the cards so far, courtesy of ROHWorld:

Wednesday, May 8 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo RiverWorks – 7:30pm

  • ROH & IWGP Tag Team Champions The Guerrillas of Destiny vs. Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham
  • Villain Enterprises vs. Yuji Nagata & Satoshi Kojima & ROH TV and NEVER Openweight Champion Jeff Cobb
  • Flip Gordon vs. Bandido
  • Rush vs. Silas Young

Thursday, May 9 – Toronto, ON – Ted Reeve Arena – 7:30pm

  • ROH Champion Matt Taven vs. PCO
  • Briscoes vs. Mark Haskins & Tracy Williams
  • Yuji Nagata vs. Silas Young
  • Jay Lethal vs. Satoshi Kojima
  • ROH TV Champion Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King vs. Hirooki Goto vs. Shane Taylor

Saturday, May 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – DeltaPlex – 6pm

Sunday, May 12 – Chicago, IL – The Odeum in Villa Park – 7pm (TV Taping)

Announced New Japan talent includes Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima, EVIL SANADA, Hirooki Goto and Hikuelo. ROH is teasing Nagata vs. Marty Scurll for the tour as well.


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Greg DeMarco’s YouTube Performance Report: WWE Raw (4/22/19)

You shouldn’t be surprised at the video that topped Raw on YouTube this week.

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A look at the YouTube performance for the April 22nd edition of WWE RAW!

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).

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s RAW YouTube Report, compiled Wednesday morning, for the 4/22/19 edition of WWE Raw:

  • Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House – 2 million views
  • Seth Rollins’ challengers emerge – 1.58m views
  • AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin – 904k views
  • The Miz vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin – 815k views
  • AJ Styles vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe – 775k views
  • Becky Lynch & Lacey Evans promo – 450k views
  • Robert Roode vs. Ricochet – 440k views
  • Becky Lynch vs. Alicia Fox – 395k views
  • Naomi vs. Billie Kay – 332k views
  • Cedric Alexander vs. Cesaro – 325k views
  • The Revival and The Usos Backstage – 292k views
  • Sami Zayn runs down the WWE Universe – 282k views
  • The Viking Raiders decimate The Lucha House Party – 225k views
  • Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins discuss The Viking Raiders – 126k views

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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Ratings Analysis

It should be no surprise that Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Funhouse comes in at #1 for the week, surpassing 2 million views. We are in the post-Easter week, so numbers are down overall (only 2 videos over 1 million views), but this one definitely has people talking. It’s also the #18 trend on all of YouTube.

Seth Rollins also topped a 1.5 million, as we had the show opening multi-man promo scheme designed to set up the matches for later. The set-up and those matches were the major focus on Raw on YouTube this week, ranking #2-#5 in terms of views.

Becky Lynch didn’t deliver this week, as she might be suffering from a bit of overexposure. The Raw women’s division continues to rebuild, making me wonder why they broke up The Riott Squad. The division occupied spots #6, #8, and #9, and cumulatively they barely broke a million views. But let’s be honest, the less people that see Becky Lynch vs. Alicia Fox, the better.

Also bad news for the tag team division, as they occupied 3 of the four bottom videos.

My favorite video…the Robert Roode pornstache!

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?


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