POST Wrestling broke the news this afternoon that ROH will be investigating an alleged incident from ROH’s State of the Art event.
Josh Ketch attended Sunday’s show in Portland, Oregon. During the show, he claimed that got into a confrontation with Velvet Sky and was spat on and facepalmed by Mandy Leon.
After this happened he says he was “invited” backstage by security where he was physically intimidated by Bully Ray. After being dressed down for the way he spoke to the female wrestlers he was sent back to his seat.
ROH responded with the following statement from General Manager Greg Gilleland:
ROH has always taken fan-first approach, with fan experience being at the forefront of all of our live events. We consider this to be very serious and will be conducting an internal review over the next 48 hours to determine the appropriate actions.
OK story time… I avoided saying anything until the show was over to avoid any further issue but… this honestly soured my to ROH in a big way. Honest to god story that can be backed up by about half a dozen people.
Show starts. Dark match is some local girls fighting. Allure interferes at the end. Velvet and I exchange words along with the rest of the Allure. Nothing crazy. Mandy Leon spits on me from the side. Not preferable but I honestly don’t care. Segment ends.
Side note. I love and respect like 99% of all wrestlers. I honest to god never try to make the show ABOUT me, get myself over, etc. My rule of thumb is to boo the bad guys and cheer the good guys. It’s rare that I’ll flip the script but I always decide to go along with the show.
Some opening match happens. Wildly unimportant. Second match occurs and it’s a local v a local. Allure interferes at the end. I’m mouthing off to all the girls for no reason other than THEY’RE THE BAD GUYS “Boo… you’re trash… get lost… no one wants you here… etc”.
At some point Velvet Sky seemingly loses her cool & is challenging me to come in the ring. Tells me to suck it, calls me a pussy, etc No prob. Get your heat She calls me a virgin. I remind her she has sex with that fat turd Bully Ray. Call them the tramp stamp trio. End segment.
She goes to the back. Fast forward about five minutes & I get a tap on the shoulder “Hey, we’re with security and need to talk to you about an incident that occurred” Immediately I think of the Allure stuff but think that maybe Mandy got in trouble for spitting/face palming me.
Then I kinda think this is a joke and look around. No signs of a joke from my buddies or crew. I’m SUPER perplexed and think there’s maybe miscommunication because nothing so far was a big deal at all. I oblige and follow security.
Security takes me legit backstage. I’m still perplexed by the entire thing and was honestly very hesitant to follow them because they kept saying “we need to talk to you about an incident”. No details behind just leading me into the back. What’s happening? What’s waiting for me?
Get to the back and security is just asking me to be patient “What’s going on” “Just sit tight” “Sure but what’s up?” “Hold tight” Time was slowing down but this was all happening SO fast.
Suddenly BULLY RAY comes out from a back room. Full on gear since he was in the opening segment of the show and he looks PISSED. Much bigger than me so I’m kinda taking a step back on this here. Security backs off and it’s just us two.
He said “hey. I heard there was incident tonight with you and some of the girls” “Uh… yeah? I guess” *I’m so lost* “So here’s the deal. You’re done talking down to them. You need to treat them with respect. Don’t be saying anything you wouldn’t say to your mom, you got it?!”
I’m not trying to act tough. I was legit being intimidated with purpose and I wasn’t about to get kicked out during match 3 so I just bit the bullet and said “sure… yes sir… yeah, I understand… yup…” He said “End of convo. Go be a fan” Security led me back to my seat.
That’s the end in regards to a timeline of events. The whole thing is still completely unbelievable and surreal, honestly. I’ve gone to live events for 15 years and been following wrestling for 22 years. Never once heard of something like this happening.
MLW ANNOUNCE DALLAS DEBUT EVENT
MLW has announced their first trip to the Dallas area. Announced this morning, the promotion will be hosted by the NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, Texas.
The event, ominously called ‘War Chamber’, will also be recorded for television.
This will also mark the homecoming of the legendary Von Erich family. MLW announced in May that they had acquired Ross and Marshall Von Erich. The pair made their MLW debuts at Fury Road this past weekend.
— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) June 3, 2019
NJPW BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS FINALS SET
Call me St. George,
I’m slaying a Dragon.
Shingo Vs Ospreay
June 5. Ryōgoku Sumo Arena.
BOSJ26 finals. pic.twitter.com/j94TzV41Ro
— ᵂⁱˡˡ ᴼˢᵖʳᵉᵃʸ • ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) June 3, 2019
After the culmination of night 14, the finals are now set for 2019’s Best of the Super Juniors.
Shingo Takagi and Will Ospreay will square off after both won their respective groups. The final is set for this Wednesday (5th of June). The winner of that bout will go on to face Dragon Lee for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at Dominion on the 9th of June.
While Shingo has held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Titles with Bushi, Will has experienced this exact moment before. In 2016 Will won the Best of the Super Juniors tournament and has made the final 3 times in 5 years.
NJPW BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS NIGHT 14 RESULTS
[Replay ‘BEST OF THE SUPER Jr.26 Day14’ on Jun 3rd, 2019]
6TH MATCH: BEST OF THE SUPER Jr.26 B-Block Tournament @azucarRoc vs. @bandidowrestler!!#NJPWWorld Watch now▶︎https://t.co/Tj7UBINesh #njpw #njbosj pic.twitter.com/jQgNDfxGig
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) June 3, 2019
- Sho and Jonathan Gresham def.Tiger Mask and Yuya Uemura
- Juice Robinson and Toa Henare def. Marty Scurll and Brody King
- Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Tomohiro Ishii and Shota Umino
- Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi def. Dragon Lee and Titan
Block B Results
- Bushi def. Ren Narita
- Bandido def. Rocky Romero
- Yoh def. Robbie Eagles
- El Phantasmo def. Douki
- Will Ospreay def. Ryusuke Taguchi
BRIAN CAGE ALMOST WORKED DOUBLE OR NOTHING
Impact World Heavyweight Champion, Brian Cage almost worked AEW’s debut event Double or Nothing according to PWInsider.
The website reports that Brian was backstage at the MGM, fully prepared to wrestle. Impact officials apparently found out and spoke to Brian on the phone, telling him that he was categorically not to wrestle at the event.
It is unclear what was planned for Cage at this moment.