Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

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Re: Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

Post by 187_Joeism » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:05 am

NOT SO FAST: FURY FAR FROM FINISHED
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After 16 years of toiling on the independent wrestling circuit, Brian Fury was contemplating retiring from in-ring competition.

He had enjoyed tremendous success in the New England area, but except for one fleeting moment in 2013, Fury’s dream of making it on a national stage proved elusive.

Fury, also the head trainer at the renowned New England Pro Wrestling Academy, was coming to grips with the reality that he was destined to be a star-maker but never a star.

And then he received a phone call that changed everything.

“I literally had started making making plans to finish up my in-ring career and focus on training when I got the call from Ring of Honor to take part in the [2016] Top Prospect Tournament,” Fury said. “It made me realize that I don’t have to stop doing this. I know I can match up with anyone in the world in the ring. I still have a lot to offer and a lot to prove.”

Fury is off to a good start. He defeated Shaheem Ali in the first round of the fifth annual Top Prospect Tournament to advance to the semifinals on Feb. 6 at a national TV taping in Nashville, TN., where he will face the winner of the Action Ortiz vs. Leon St. Giovanni match.

The finals will also take place that night, with the winner receiving an ROH contract and a future title shot at the ROH World Television Title.

This isn’t the first time that Fury has been on the verge of breaking through in ROH.

Two-and-a-half years ago, Fury won a four-way Proving Ground match on TV to earn a shot at then-ROH World Television Champion Matt Taven.

Although Fury came up short against Taven, he believed he made a positive impression on ROH officials and had a future with the company.

Just five days after getting his foot in the door with ROH, however, Fury suffered a broken ankle. He would be out of action for eight months after having a steel plate and seven screws inserted in his left ankle.

The injury took its toll on Fury mentally as well as physically.

One of Fury’s opponents in the four-way Proving Ground match was War Beard Hanson, who is currently one-half of the ROH World Tag Team Champions. Fury was forced to watch from the sidelines as Hanson received an invitation to the 2014 Top Prospect Tournament and went on to win it.

“If I hadn’t been injured, I probably would have gotten Hanson’s spot,” Fury said. “I know I could have defeated that field of eight, just like I know I can defeat this year’s field of eight.”

Determined to come back better than ever, Fury went through intense physical therapy and got into the best shape of his life.

Seeking a fresh start, he also cut his hair and got new ring gear.

“When I came back from my injury, I didn’t want to be the same stale person,” he said. “I wanted to be a new entity.”

The ankle injury also forced Fury to rethink his in-ring style.

“I’ve never been the biggest guy, so I could always do the high-flying things,”said Fury, who is 6-foot and 218 pounds,” but now my style is more grounded and more intense. If the occasion calls for it, though, I can still do some high-flying. I will do whatever it takes.”

Fury made a successful return to the ring, but when the 2015 Top Prospect Tournament rolled around, he did not receive an invitation.

Two of his students did, however, including Donovan Dijak, who won it.

Watching a man he had trained secure an ROH contract was bittersweet for Fury.

“When Dijak stole the show, I was very proud,” Fury said. “But I knew that if given the opportunity, I could do the same thing.”

At 36, Fury is the oldest Top Prospect competitor (tournament participant Lio Rush was just 4 years old when Fury had his first match in 1999), but he believes his experience gives him an advantage over his younger opponents.

“Hands down, my experience will lend a great hand in being able to outthink and outmaneuver my opponents,” said Fury, who has wrestled in Mexico and been in the ring with former ROH World Champions "Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen, "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards and Jerry Lynn, as well as the likes of Shelton Benjamin, Tommy Dreamer and Tomasso Ciampa.

Having come up through the ranks in New England, Fury definitely has the pedigree to win the tournament. The four previous winners have all come from the New England area.

“I am known as the face of New England because of how long I’ve been there and what I’ve accomplished,” Fury said. “I will keep that streak alive. There’s no way I can be denied any more.

“I am undeniable.”
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Re: Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

Post by Thelone » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:32 am

That'll put butts in the seats...
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Re: Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

Post by 187_Joeism » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:36 am

Thelone wrote:That'll put butts in the seats...
Getting to know the wrestler is something only you could put as something bad :lol:
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Post by TYFDK » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:38 am

Fuck ROH for potential character development, obviously.

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Re: Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

Post by 187_Joeism » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:39 am

TYFDK wrote:Fuck ROH for potential character development, obviously.
ROH never does character development but they will not put butts in the seats when they try - TheLone 101
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Re: Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

Post by 187_Joeism » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:41 am

SEVEN TEAM GAUNTLET SET FOR NASHVILLE!
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Post by Mr. Mojo Risin » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:30 am

187_Joeism wrote:
TYFDK wrote:Fuck ROH for potential character development, obviously.
ROH never does character development but they will not put butts in the seats when they try - TheLone 101
You guys are ruthless, man.

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Re: Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

Post by Big Red Machine » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:47 pm

1. This isn't character development. It's background info. It's stuff that is useful for developing a character, but not character development in and of itself. Character development requires movement or growth. This is a starting point.

2. This is all stuff that the announcers said on TV and really didn't make me are about the guy.
That being said, having it hear in "his own" words (maybe) certainly makes it better... which just begs the question of

3. If you want us to use this info as a way for us to gain insight into the character's feelings, why the hell didn't you have him say this in a promo before his match?
One of the major failures of the Top Prospect Tournament every time they have done it is getting us to care about any of the wrestlers. Did you honestly give a sh*t about anyone in last year's tournament? I didn't. Hell... the only ones I remember even being it were Ferrara, Dijak, Castle, and Ashley Sixx (and the only reason I remember Sixx was his stupid name and even stupider names for his moves). Does anyone even remember who was in the 2014 tournament aside from War Machine? Cheeseburger probably was, but even that I'm not sure about. ROH does nothing to make us care about these guys before the tournament starts. A short video package for each guy would be tremendously helpful. It'd certainly be a more effective use of time than that idiotic commercial with Corino marking out while the Young Bucks superkick the estranged son he has been trying to reconcile with, or the commercial where ACH tries to sell us backpacks, waterbottles and coloring books like we're all in elementary school.

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Re: Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

Post by Big Red Machine » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:49 pm

187_Joeism wrote:
Fury is off to a good start. He defeated Shaheem Ali in the first round of the fifth annual Top Prospect Tournament to advance to the semifinals on Feb. 6 at a national TV taping in Nashville, TN., where he will face the winner of the Action Ortiz vs. Leon St. Giovanni match.
A "good" start? Is anyone else annoyed by the lack of outrage from both the announcers and from ROH itself that this guy CHEATED? What happened to the Code of Honor?

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Re: Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

Post by FanSinceHDNet » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:12 pm

Big Red Machine wrote:
187_Joeism wrote:
Fury is off to a good start. He defeated Shaheem Ali in the first round of the fifth annual Top Prospect Tournament to advance to the semifinals on Feb. 6 at a national TV taping in Nashville, TN., where he will face the winner of the Action Ortiz vs. Leon St. Giovanni match.
A "good" start? Is anyone else annoyed by the lack of outrage from both the announcers and from ROH itself that this guy CHEATED? What happened to the Code of Honor?
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Post by Mr. Mojo Risin » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:36 pm

Big Red Machine wrote:1. This isn't character development. It's background info. It's stuff that is useful for developing a character, but not character development in and of itself. Character development requires movement or growth. This is a starting point.

2. This is all stuff that the announcers said on TV and really didn't make me are about the guy.
That being said, having it hear in "his own" words (maybe) certainly makes it better... which just begs the question of

3. If you want us to use this info as a way for us to gain insight into the character's feelings, why the hell didn't you have him say this in a promo before his match?
One of the major failures of the Top Prospect Tournament every time they have done it is getting us to care about any of the wrestlers. Did you honestly give a sh*t about anyone in last year's tournament? I didn't. Hell... the only ones I remember even being it were Ferrara, Dijak, Castle, and Ashley Sixx (and the only reason I remember Sixx was his stupid name and even stupider names for his moves). Does anyone even remember who was in the 2014 tournament aside from War Machine? Cheeseburger probably was, but even that I'm not sure about. ROH does nothing to make us care about these guys before the tournament starts. A short video package for each guy would be tremendously helpful. It'd certainly be a more effective use of time than that idiotic commercial with Corino marking out while the Young Bucks superkick the estranged son he has been trying to reconcile with, or the commercial where ACH tries to sell us backpacks, waterbottles and coloring books like we're all in elementary school.
Summed up quite nicely.

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Re: Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

Post by Mr. Mojo Risin » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:47 pm

Big Red Machine wrote:
187_Joeism wrote:
Fury is off to a good start. He defeated Shaheem Ali in the first round of the fifth annual Top Prospect Tournament to advance to the semifinals on Feb. 6 at a national TV taping in Nashville, TN., where he will face the winner of the Action Ortiz vs. Leon St. Giovanni match.
A "good" start? Is anyone else annoyed by the lack of outrage from both the announcers and from ROH itself that this guy CHEATED? What happened to the Code of Honor?
The cheating is being largely ignored in favor of Fury being tired of overlooked and the students he trained. I agree with you. It's lame that the cheating was ignored. Probably means he's going to win it.

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Post by TYFDK » Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:59 am

I'll admit 'character development' was reaching, I just couldn't think of a better word.

Kinda really hope Fury doesn't win. Or if he does, I still want Lio Rush booked regularly.

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Post by The Dragon Saga » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:05 am

I'm rooting for Fury but hope Rush is booked regularly after too. Not impressed with the others we've seen so far.
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Post by Mr. Mojo Risin » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:25 pm

I'm impressed with the beating Colby Corino can take. It's Lio Rush or bust for me.

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Re: Official Winter Warriors Tour 2016 (TV Tapings) Thread

Post by The Dragon Saga » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:52 am

Colby made that Punisher guy look most probably 100x better than he is. For that alone Colby deserves to be kept around. Hes also got a little bigger and the offense he got in was pretty exciting, the crowd was into it.
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Post by Burnside » Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:46 am

The Dragon Saga wrote:Colby made that Punisher guy look most probably 100x better than he is. For that alone Colby deserves to be kept around. Hes also got a little bigger and the offense he got in was pretty exciting, the crowd was into it.
He's not going to have a long career if he keeps bumping like that. And if he doesn't bump like that, what does he bring to the table?

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Post by DXvsNWO1994 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:36 pm

Here are the four Women of Honor matches that have been signed:
Throughout Ring of Honor’s rich, 14-year history, Women of Honor has consistently featured a global talent roster, mixing the best emerging and veteran athletes, aerial artists, and powerhouses. The list of alumni reads like a “Who’s Who” of women’s professional wrestling, including pioneers Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze, and MsChif.

In July 2015, Women of Honor returned on a pilot basis in Baltimore. Through emails and social media, Honor Nation made its voice heard: the masses demanded more Women of Honor! “Women of Honor Wednedsday” featuring YouTube and Facebook exclusive matches have featured over twenty of the best women’s professional wrestlers in the world and the response has been overwhelming! Because of the success of “Women of Honor Wednesday”, four HUGE matches have been signed for Ring of Honor’s national television taping in Nashville, TN on February 6 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium!

Already signed for the biggest night in Women of Honor history are 12 of the top female stars in the world! For the very first time, FOUR Women of Honor matches will be contested! In her biggest test yet, the undefeated Kelly Klein will face the House of Truth’s Taeler Hendrix with Truth Martini, who undoubtedly will be looking for revenge for the blows they exchanged in Philadelphia! ROH Dojo standout “The Exotic Goddess” Mandy Leon will look to continue her winning ways as she does battle with The SheWolf Hania the Huntress! Faye Jackson, making her professional wrestling debut, will face international wrestling star ODB! And, in a must-see six-woman match, Veda Scott and “Bullet Babe” Amber Gallows, who formed a mutual admiration after their bout in Atlanta, will team with Allysin Kay to face international veteran Sumi Sakai, the pin-up powerhouse Thunderkitty, and the downright unpredictable “Crazy” Mary Dobson!

The Women of Honor stars are aware of the significant of this GIGANTIC night of women’s professional wrestling. “Women of Honor already has the best talent in the world and there are so few spots for women across the sport. Why wouldn’t I want to be here? Until my best is THE best, I’m not going to stop,” Dobson told ROHWrestling.com

The bone-crushing Klein had this to say: “Everything we do sets the new standard for women's wrestling. Being the best in Women of Honor would mean that I alone am the new standard. I know that I am capable of setting that bench mark. I will go through every challenge and every obstacle in order to demonstrate that to the entire wrestling world."

Meanwhile, Hendrix relishes in the opportunity to take down the undefeated Klein to establish herself as the top Woman of Honor. “Kelly Klein? I am Women of Honor. But, make no mistake, I am a woman without honor. It is time to Hail Hendrix, Kelly.”

Nashville, TN is as historic as it gets for professional wrestling and February 6 will be no exception! In the same city that saw ROH make our live pay per view debut, the Women of Honor will make history in four HUGE matches for the Music City faithful!

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Winter Warriors Tour
Saturday, February 6th - 7:00PM Bell Time - National TV Taping
Nashville Municipal Auditorium
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WOMEN OF HONOR IN ACTION
KELLY KLEIN versus TAELER HENDRIX w/TRUTH MARTINI
MANDY LEON versus HANIA THE HUNTRESS
ODB versus FAYE JACKSON
VEDA SCOTT, “BULLET BABE” AMBER GALLOWS, & ALLYSIN KAY versus SUMIE SAKAI, THUNDERKITTY, & “CRAZY” MARY DOBSON
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Post by Thelone » Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:52 pm

So just another bunch of nothing matches. Riveting.
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Post by Mr. Mojo Risin » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:00 pm

Burnside wrote:
The Dragon Saga wrote:Colby made that Punisher guy look most probably 100x better than he is. For that alone Colby deserves to be kept around. Hes also got a little bigger and the offense he got in was pretty exciting, the crowd was into it.
He's not going to have a long career if he keeps bumping like that. And if he doesn't bump like that, what does he bring to the table?
Colby Corino at 167 (?) lbs. makes Cheeseburger look like Scott Steiner. The only thing he can do is bump. Colby realistically needs to put meat on his body or his spine will be severed by the time he's 25. I sometimes wonder if Whitmer's promos on Steve Corino are half shoot.

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