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Daily Update: ROH Field of Honor, Miz vs. D. Bryan, Balor injury, McMahon's B-Day

A. Cole and Kyle O'R.

ROH: Field of Honor Preview

This Saturday, Aug. 27th, from the MCU Park (1904 Surf Ave.) in Brooklyn, NY starting at 6pm, Ring of Honor takes the diamond for the third consecutive Field of Honor!

ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – FOUR CORNER SURVIVAL: Adam Cole (c) vs Jay Lethal vs Tetsuya Naito vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

  • ROH's newest Champion Adam Cole BAYBAY will defend his title against three other men. Jay Lethal, who had his 427­day reign, the fourth longest in ROH history, ended by Cole, will be looking to strike Cole out to regain his belt. Meanwhile, IWGP Heavyweight Champions Naito and Tanahashi will each be vying to become just the second Japanese wrestler to win the ROH World Title (Takeshi Morishima held the championship for eight months in 2007). 

ROH World Tag Team Championship – Gauntlet Match: The Addiction (“Almighty” Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) defend the titles against the winners of a 5­-team Gauntlet Match

  • The gauntles will feature the Briscoes, War Machine, All Night Express, Toru Yano and Gedo, and Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara. The Briscoes are eight time ROH World Tag Team champions, but War Machine and ANX are former champs as well. Yano and Gedo compete for the NJPW faction “CHAOS” while Cheeseburger and Ferrara are products of the ROH Dojo.

IWGP Intercontinental Championship: “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin (c) vs Donovan Dijak

  • This is the first time the IWGP Intercontinental Championship has been defended in the U.S. Elgin became champion in June in the first­ever Ladder Match in NJPW history, capturing the title from Kenny "The Cleaner" Omega. Dijak won the 2015 Top Prospect Tournament and is one of the fastest­ rising stars in wrestling.

Special Challenge Match: Kyle O’Reilly vs Katsuyori Shibata

  • Cole's former best friend and tag team partner Kyle O'Reilly was the first man to "congratulate" Cole on his win, by laying out the new champ. O'Reilly has his sights sets on winning the world title, but first he must shut out Katsuyori Shibata. This marks the first ­ever singles match between these two incredible performers. Shibata made his US debut last weekend at “Death Before Dishonor” while Kyle is coming back from a shoulder injury. Shibata is the current NEVER Openweight Champion but the title is not on the line.

ROH World Television Championship: Bobby Fish (c) vs EVIL

  • Fish successfully defended the title twice last weekend, beating Mark Briscoe and Katsuyori Shibata but now faces one of the most improved members of the NJPW roster. Last year at “Field of Honor” Takaaki Watanabe earned a World TV title shot by winning the “Golden Gauntlet” but returned to NJPW in October, joining “Los Ingobernables de Japon” as the “King of Darkness” EVIL.

8 MAN SHOWDOWN: Bullett Club (Young Bucks, Yujiro Takahashi, and Hangman Page) vs Motor City Machine Guns, Lio Rush, and ACH.

  • “Bullet Club” looks to continue their global domination in Brooklyn. The Young Bucks successfully defended their IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against the Motor City Machine Guns last Saturday at the finals of NJPW’s Super J­ Cup event but the Guns’ Chris Sabin looks to get even with Hangman Page as well for hanging him in May when Page joined “BulletClub”. 

KUSHIDA vs Dalton Castle

  • These two have met before and this rematch promises to be very competitive. KUSHIDA won the Super J­Cup last Saturday while Castle took Kazuchika Okada to the limit at “Death Before Dishonor”. Both men are extremely popular with fans around the world and both are accomplished mat wrestlers.

ROH: Field of Honor; Brooklyn, NY, MCU Park... To purchase tickets, click here.

THE ROUND-UP 

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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

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Finn Balor opens up on having to relinquish the WWE Universal Championship in this video. Balor also tweeted a picture after undergoing surgery and WWE has a photo gallery of the operation.

Today is Vince McMahon’s 71st birthday.

ROH’s 2017 “Supercard of Honor” will be on April 1st, at the Lakeland Center with a bell time of 6pm. This is the same weekend as WWE’s Wrestlemania in Orlando. At 2pm there will be autograph signings with the Women of Honor. ROH is looking to finalize bus transportation for fans. Fans will get to see the stars of ROH as well as stars from NJPW, CMLL, and the United Kingdom. Tickets for this epic event are on sale now for Ringside members (click here for presale code), and go on sale to the public this Friday August 26 at 10am.

Along with a bloody picture from their fight last Saturday, Nate Diaz posted a message to Conor McGregoron Instagram. “By this time last fight I had already excepted (sp) rematch.. Rest up. I'm coming for you.....” Diaz said.

World Series of Fighting today announced the signing of former UFC heavyweight Jared “Big Show” Rosholt to a multi-year, multi-fight contract. Rosholt was 6-2 in UFC, including a win over Stefan Struve but had a reputation for boring fights, having had 5 of his 6 UFC wins go to a decision. Most recently, he lost a 3 round decision to Roy Nelson in February.

WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT

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  • The second round of the Cruiserweight Classic concludes on the WWE Network tonight with Rich Swann vs. Lince Dorado, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Drew Gulak, and Johnny Gargano vs. TJ Perkins.
  • Maura Ranallo tweeted that the new sets featured on this week’s Raw and SmackDown are permanent.
  • Presale tickets on sale now for WWE Hell in a Cell, Sunday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. The most feared battlefield in WWE is headed to TD Garden. Use offer code: WWEBOSTON
  • Also on sale today are tickets for WWE Live, Saturday, October 15 at 7:30pm at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Use offer code: PHXVIP
  • In the fourth installment of WWE 2K17’s Suplex City Census, 29 WWE Superstar residents of the Business District – the fourth of five neighborhoods in Suplex City – have been announced for inclusion in the forthcoming franchise’s worldwide release on October 11, 2016. The installment brings the following Superstars to WWE 2K17’s extensive roster: Alberto Del Rio, Big Show, Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar, Carmella, Chad Gable, Big Cass, Darren Young, Dash Wilder, Diamond Dallas Page, Earthquake, Enzo Amore, Goldberg, Jason Jordan, JBL, Mark Henry, Paige, Razor Ramon, Ric Flair, Rusev, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe, Sasha Banks, Scott Dawson, Sheamus, The Miz, Titus O’Neil, Typhoon and Zack Ryder.

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING

  • This weekend on Ring of Honor Wrestling the Young Bucks challenge the Addiction for the ROH World Tag Team Championship and the Dalton Castle teams with the his Boys to face The Cabinet!
  • Chris Hero talks his match with Irie at Showdown and Tommy End at Cero Miedo.

UFC / MMA

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  • UFC fighter Rory MacDonald is reportedly nearing a deal with Bellator. Bellator's charisma meter just took a dip.
  • A bantamweight fight between English fighter Ian Entwistle (9-3) and Rob Font (12-2) was announced today for UFC 204 in Manchester on October 8 th.
  • In an interview with Newsday, Chris Weidman was critical of the UFC 204 middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson.
  • Dominick Cruz had a message for Cody Garbrandt in an interview with Ariel Helwani. “Let his people keep on building that false sense of confidence that they are all instilling into his psyche over this period, it's good for him.” Cruz said. "I kill hype for a living."
  • Daniel Cormier talks about why he won’t fight Jon Jones next regardless of his suspension status in an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
  • Bobby Lashley’s first fight of the year will take place on Bellator’s October 21st show.

VARIETY

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  • A Sports Center story called Pin Kings tells the story of two former South Florida high school wrestling teammates who were reunited after spending years on opposite sides of the notorious Miami drug trade.
  • Bryan Alvarez appeared on the latest episode of The Ross Report with Jim Ross.
  • Former "Quebecer" Jean Pierre Lafitte discusses why Jacques and Raymond Rougeau no longer talk to each other in this clip. He also discusses Jacques's son Cedric's upcoming WWE tryout.
  • Quebecer Pierre talks his feud with Bret Hart.
  • Stan Hansen talks about working for and wrestling against Antonio Inoki in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
  • RESULTS: August 21, SUPER SHOWDOWN IV, Pickering, Ontario; The Muscle pinned Sebastian Suave following a TKO, Brent Banks hit a Ctrl Alt Del of his own to pin Scotty O'Shea and become the Number One Contender for Sept 17. Following the match Scotty O'Shea broke a keyboard over Brent's head, Kevin Bennett pinned Tyson Dux following a Top Rope Remix, Rosemary ( Courtney Rush) made Allie (Cherry Bomb)tap to her sharpshooter in a match that involved a table, a ladder, a chair, and many MANY tacks! Jesse Amato shocked the crowd when he managed to roll John Greed into a crossface and force him to tap out, Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Gabriel Fuerza hit stereo frog-splashes to the Well Oiled Machines, Pepper Parks and Mike Rollins to defeat them and The Fraternity, Mark Haskins successfully defended the Smash Wrestling Championship against Tarik with his armbar.

Goldberg remembers his feud with The Rock, talks Conor McGregor and WWE2K17

  • On being in WWE2K17: "On October 11th, you'll get to see me and Brock lesnar go at it one more time and I'm sure he'll be trying to get that loss back from WrestleMania XX. the reality is when this game comes out, you'll get to see me in the ring against new guys or guys like The Undertaker who you never saw me get in the ring with. As a father, a 49 year old, an old timer, it's an honour to be in the game. It also makes me a great dad since it's pretty cool for a ten year old"
  • Would he step back in the ring? "I do muay thai five days a week and wrestling pales in comparison to getting kicked in the face and thrown around like that five days a week. I'm a little lighter than I used to be but trust me, I can still bring the pain....Brock"
  • Does he have fond memories of his match with The Rock back in 2003? "Yeah definitely. I wish he would've let me do a bit more physical stuff or let me do a bit more to him but at the end of the day, you gotta keep your face pretty if you're gonna be the Hollywood guy so I completely understand that but looking back on it, the fact that they would put me in the ring with him, first, that's a huge honor so if I look back at some of the things I did back then, I sit in awe that I was in that position and they let it happen."
  • Views on Conor McGregor's comments on pro wrestlers in WWE. "First and foremost he's trying to get some publicity. All I can say is, when I was in the business back in the day, if he had said that, there were a number of guys leaving him in a pool of blood because some of the guys that I tangled with, guys who taught me what I know, are not guys to mess around with and I personally believe there's some guys around now who could do it but they've just chosen professional wrestling to be their endeavour. Just because they're not doing it, doesn't mean they couldn't be good at it."

SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR

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AUGUST

  • 25 - Northeast Wrestling, "Rumble in Rockland": Provident Bank Park (1 Provident Bank Park Drive) in Pomona, NY, 7:30 p.m. A meet and greet autograph session with the stars at 4:30 p.m.  Jushin “Thunder” Liger and Jeff Hardy team together. Plus, Ryback, Broken Matt Hardy, Michael Bennett, Mandy Leon, and more. Tickets.
  • 26 - Northeast Wrestling, “Wrestling Under the Stars”: Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, MA Bell time is 7 p.m. Autograph session at 4 p.m. Plus, Cody Rhodes with Brandi Rhodes vs. Michael Bennett, Mick Foley, Jeff and Matt Hardy, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Mandy Leon, and more. Tickets.
  • 26 - We Watch Wrestling, LIVE podcast recording: The Wythe Hotel 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Tickets.
  • 26 - All Star Wrestling; Cloverdale, BC at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds Alice McKay Building. Doors at 630pm, Cloverdale Fair Grounds. Alice McKay Building, 6050 A, 176 St. Surrey, British Columbia V3S 4E7
  • 26 - Absolute Intense Wrestling; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1355 W. 70th St. Cleveland, OH
  • 26 - Conflict Wrestling, Black or White; 7 PM - 10 PM, Moose Lodge, 655 Wabanaki Dr, Kitchener, Ontario N2C 2G3. Tickets.
  • 26 - Bellator 160; The Pond in Anaheim, live on Spike TV, Benson Henderson vs Patricio Pitbull Freire
  • 27 - ROH: Field of Honor; Brooklyn, NY, MCU Park, ROH World Championship 4 Corner Survival: Jay Lethal (c) vs. Adam Cole vs. Tetsuya naito vs. Hiroshi. Tickets.
  • 27 - Northeast Wrestling: FREE show on 8/27 at 11 a.m. New Windsor Community Day, Kristi Babcock Memorial Park (660 Mt. Airy Road, New Windsor, NY 12553).
  • 27 - Northeast Wrestling “Wrestling Under the Stars 5": Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls, NY. Bell time is 7 p.m. with an autograph session at 4 p.m. Kurt Angle vs. Cody Rhodes and Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. Jeff Hardy, Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Brooklyn Brawler. Tickets.
  • 27 - Battlearts: Summer Heat; 4880 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1J8
  • 27 - LuchaTO at the Benelife Wellness Centre, 68 Tycos Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 1V9, with Lince Dorado and a grappling exhibition.
  • 27 - UFC FIGHT NIGHT, Maia vs. Condit: Vancouver, BC.
  • 28 - Northeast Wrestling “Thunder”: The NEW Arena (40 Peck Road) in Bethany, CT at 4 p.m. Cody Rhodes vs. Sami Callihan. Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. Travis Gordon. War King Hanson vs. Kamaitachi. TK ‘O Ryan versus Brian Anthony. Northeast Wrestling Tag Team Champions The Battles versus So Over. DIJAK and more. Tickets.
  • 28 - Steel City Pro Wrestling: End Game; 222 Queenston Rd, Hamilton, ON L8K 1G6, Canada
  • 28 - Destiny wrestling: Summer Heat; Battlearts Wrestling Academy. Featuring MOOSE!

SEPTEMBER

  • 1 - AAW; Berwyn Eagles Club, 6309 W 26th St Berwyn, IL, 7:30pm Bell Time
  • 2 - MOONSHINE BRANDED WRESTLING: Italo-Canadian Hall, 1101 DiPietro Street, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Doors at 6:00pm bell time 7:00pm. Tickets.
  • 3 - UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett; Hamburg, Germany
  • 3 - UIPW: Los Angels at the Clela Arena at 826 Clela Ave. in East Los Angeles with Teddy Hart & Coa Azul vs. Psicosis & Mariachi Loco
  • 3 - ACE Collision Course: Morgan Jr. Arena, Wallington, NJ, MAIN EVENT: ACE Heavyweight Championship: TJ Marconi (c) vs Archadia
  • 3 - Hoosier Pro Wrestling in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Arena
  • 6 - SMASH-WRESTLING, Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B2. Tickets.
  • 10 - CZW in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone with a doubleheader with a WSU Women's show at 4 p.m. that day and the men's show at 8 p.m.
  • 10 - Pure Wrestling Association: COWEX – Duncan, British Columbia
  • 10 - New England Fights 25: HEROES & VILLAINS; Lewiston, MA. Tickets.
  • 10 - Barrie Wrestling: Back to School 3; 49 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
  • 10 - UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem; Cleveland, Ohio
  • 16 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE, 7:30 pm. Tickets.
  • 16 - Pure Wrestling Association: Lake Cowichan, British Columbia
  • 16 - Smash vs Progress: Uncensored; Oshawa Music Hall, Oshawa, Ontario. Must be 19+ to attend.
  • 16 - Pure Wrestling Association: Private Event in Ontario
  • 16 - SuperKickd’d Pro Wrestling at 7:30 PM - 10 PM, The Great Hall Toronto, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H3
  • 17 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Lockport (Buffalo), NY, 7:00 pm. Tickets.
  • 17 - NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium
  • 17 - Pure Wrestling Association: Alpine Club, Kitchener, Ontario
  • 17 - Pure Wrestling Association: Courtenay, British Columbia
  • 17 - UFC Fight Night, Poirier vs. Johnson: Hidalgo, Texas, State Farm Arena
  • 17 & 18 - SMASH VS PROGRESS: Smash Wrestling welcomes our friends from Progress Wrestling. Mark Haskins and Jack Gallagher (Cruiserweight Classic), Zack Sabre Jr. Mark Andrews and more will be part of the Progress Wrestling team in a Smash vs. Progress Canada vs. UK show in Toronto at the Franklin Horner Community Center.
  • 18 - Pure Wrestling Association: Gold River, British Columbia
  • 18 - Alpha-1 Wrestling presents #‎Matrats2
  • 22 - NXT; Toronto, Ontario at the Mattamy Athletic Center (the former Maple Leaf Gardens)
  • 22 - All-Star Wrestling: 7:30 PM, Abbotsford Arts Center, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3M2, Canada, tickets.
  • 22- Big Time Wrestling in Morganton, NC at the Collette Rec Center features a meet & greet at 6 p.m. before the live show. Appearing are Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Cody Rhodes, Magnum T.A. and Trevor Lee.
  • 23 - Big Time Wrestling in Raleigh, NC at Dorton Arena features Flair and Steamboat together at Dorton Arena for the first time in 28 years, plus Jeff & Matt Hardy, Cody Rhodes, Nasty Boys, Sabu, Magnum T.A., Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Valiant, Gangrel and Shane Helms with the meet & greet at 6 and show at 8.
  • 23 - Invicta FC: Live from Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. Interim Flyweight Champion Jennifer Maia Defends Against Roxanne Modafferi
  • 23 - NXT; St. Catherines, Ontario at The Meridian Centre
  • 23 - Absolute Intense Wrestling: A Farewell to Johnny Gargano - 1355 West 70th St. Cleveland, OH - Tickets.
  • 23 - Pure Wrestling Association: Parksville, British Columbia
  • 23 - Pro Wrestling Eclipse takes a short trip to downtown Oshawa and visits the Oshawa Mason Temple. All tickets purchased on July 24 that list the venue as the Oshawa Legion will be honoured.
  • 24 - Big Time Wrestling in Spartanburg, SC at the Memorial Auditorium with the meet and greet at 5:30 and show at 7:30 with Flair, Steamboat, Hardys, Rhodes, Nasty Boys, Sabu, Magnum T.A., Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Gangrel and Trevor Lee.
  • 24 - MCW Legends Convention at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD at 10 a.m. featuring Bret Hart, Jimmy Hart, Howard Finkel, Honky Tonk Man, Hillbilly Jim, Paul Orndorff, Greg Valentine, Jim Ross, Bill Apter, Brutus Beefcake, Bob Orton, Tito Santana, Jim Neidhart, Tammy Sytch, Magnum T.A. and even Dennis Stamp.
  • 24 - Rock Solid: Anarchy in Angus 14: A Nightmare on Mill Street, 7pm - 10pm, Angus Recreation Centre, 8527 County Rd. 10, Angus, Ontario. Tickets.
  • 24 - Pure Wrestling Association: Campbell River, British Columbia
  • 24 - ROH: Reloaded Tour; Duluth (Atlanta), GA 7:00 pm, tickets.
  • 24 - NXT in Kitchener, Ontario at The Air
  • 24 - Elite Canada Championship Wrestling: New Westminster, Sapperton Pensioners Hall
  • 318 Keary St, New Westminster, BC, 7:30pm Bell Time, doors at 7pm. Tickets.
  • 25 - CWE: Nick "Magnus" Aldis defends the GFW title against Matt Hart of the Hart Family in Calgary.
  • 25 - Rizin: Former K-1 kickboxer Minoru Kimura will make his MMA debut against former Pride fighter Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett (29-30-2)
  • 25 - Pure Wrestling Association – TBA – British Columbia
  • 30 - ROH: All-Star Extravaganza Weekend Day 1; Lowell (Boston), MA, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 9:00 pm (PPV)