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To anyone who reads the "what's going your game" thread you may have recently seen that I started a new ROH save and I have been having a great time both playing this save and writing about it on there so I decided to try once more at making a dynasty of it. Last time I tried to make a dynasty it didn't go too well as I tried to make it too big, too large. So for this one, I am going back to basics. This means no pictures, less in depth promo writing and I won't try to make everything longer than it needs to be. As well as this, I will be writing up the TV shows but not very in depth as I will save that for the PPV's. I will also save predictions for the PPV's because the TV shows are usually predictable and short as hell
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<p>What's happened so far:</p><p> </p><p>

We begin in July 2019 and following dwindling attendances, falling TV ratings and the brand having less interest than ever before ROH owners Sinclair stepped in and removed Bully Ray and Delirious both from their booking positions but from the company all together. After much deliberation the book was given to one of the longest tenured wrestlers on the roster Colt Cabana and alongside Sinclair he made some cut throat decisions right from the start. After many false starts, the decision was made to cut Women of Honor completely, the wrestlers were released and the title was retired for good. On top of this Odinson, PJ Black, The Bouncers, James Storm and Rhett Titus were all released and Kenny King would walk out of the company as well. Some big names were signed and you will see that as we move on.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

</p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">Death Before Dishonor:</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Lifeblood (Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams) defeated The Briscoes and Villain Enterprises to earn number one contendership to the ROH Tag Team Titles</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Marty Scurll defeated Bandido</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Jonathan Gresham defeated Silas Young</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Josh Woods defeated Will Ferrara</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Flip Gordon defeated Dragon Lee</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Rush defeated Dalton Castle-Castle attacked Rush post match but was stopped by the debuting Joe Hendry</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Matt Taven defeated Alex Shelley and Jay Lethal to retain the ROH World Title</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#4169E1;">All Star Extravaganza:</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

The Briscoes defeated Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Joe Hendry defeated Silas Young</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Lifeblood defeated G.O.D for the ROH Tag Team Titles</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Following the match, Lifeblood were celebrating when an unknown music played and out came Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis, Aussie Open and they confronted the new champions. Haskins and Williams extended their hands but the Aussies were having none of it and they just beat down the new tag team champions.</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Shane Taylor defeated Lance Archer to retain the Television Title</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Ahead of their 6 man tag team title defense, Lifeblood informed us that Juice Robinson was injured and that tonight they would defend the titles with the help of their newest member, Rey Horus</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Lifeblood (Rey Horus, Bandido and Robbie Eagles) defeated Villain Enterprises to retain the World 6 man tag team champions</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Following the match, the music we heard earlier tonight plays and out comes Aussie Open for the second time tonight and they get in the ring with the 6 man tag team champions when from behind Bandido is dragged out the ring by someone else which is quickly revealed to be Chris Brookes. Aussie Open then beat down Horus and Eagles before Schadenfreude stood tall in the middle of the ring.</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Marty Scurll defeated Rush</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Eli Drake came out and issued an open challenge-this challenge was accepted by none other than KENTA.</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Kenta defeated Eli Drake</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

Alex Shelley defeated Matt Taven for the ROH World Title-following the match streamers filled the ring, Alex Shelley had done it!</span></p><p><span style="color:#4169E1;">

</span> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#FF8C00;">Glory By Honor;</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;">

Kenta defeated Eli Drake</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;">

Schadenfreude (Brookes, Fletcher and Davis) defeated Lifeblood for the ROH 6 man tag titles</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;">

Shane Taylor defeated Rush to retain the ROH Television Title</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;">

Joe Hendry defeated Rhett Titus</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;">

Marty Scurll defeated Jonathan Gresham</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;">

Lifeblood defeated Villain Enterprises to retain the ROH Tag Team Titles</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;">

Jay Lethal defeated Jay Briscoe</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF8C00;">

Alex Shelley defeated Matt Taven to retain the ROH World Title</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#800080;">Survival of the fittest:</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Kenta defeated Jay Briscoe to advance to the semi finals</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Matt Taven says he doesn't care who his opponent is after Jay Lethal got injured-IT'S JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER!</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Matt Taven to advance to the semi finals</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Jeff Cobb defeated Flip Gordon to advance to the semi finals</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Zack Sabre Jr defeated Daisuke Sekimoto to advance to the semi finals</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Lifeblood defeated Aussie Open to retain the ROH Tag Team titles when David Finlay returned and took out Chris Brookes, distracting Aussie Open</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Kenta defeated Jeff Cobb to advance to the final</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Zack Sabre Jr defeated Jushin Thunder Liger to advance to the final</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Alex Shelley defeated Marty Scurll to retain the ROH World Title</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Following the match, Scurll ordered Villain Enterprises to attack Shelley but Flip Gordon refused before delivering a superkick to the villain</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

Zack Sabre Jr defeated Kenta to win Survival of the fittest following interference from The Briscoes.</span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#800080;">

ZSJ had a staredown with Alex Shelley ahead of next month's Final Battle main event</span></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

<span style="color:#FF0000;">FINAL BATTLE:</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Kenta defeated Jay Briscoe</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Dalton Castle defeated Joe Hendry</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Castle cut a promo post match saying nobody is as charismatic as he is. then the lights go out and when they come back on BROKEN MATT HARDY is in the ring. Twist of Fate, the broken one is back.</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Aussie Open defeated Lifeblood in a ladder match for the ROH Tag Team Titles</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Flip Gordon defeated Marty Scurll</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Jeff Cobb issued an open challenge-EDDIE KINGSTON IS BACK</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Eddie Kingston defeated Jeff Cobb</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Bandido defeated Chris Brookes to retain the ROH Television Champion</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Tomohiro Ishii defeated Daisuke Sekimoto</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Jonathan Gresham defeated Jushin Thunder Liger</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Following the match, out comes Schadenfreude and they surround the ring. However, before they can attack anyone Jonathan Gresham uppercuts Jushin Thunder Liger and invites the trio into the ring and they beat down on Liger. Gresham has joined Schadenfreude!</span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;"> </span></p><p><span style="color:#FF0000;">

Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Alex Shelley to become the ROH World Champion</span></p></div><p></p><p></p>

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<p>The first two PPV's following Final Battle allows us to take a step back and put the focus onto newer talent of the future. The first of which put a spotlight on 8 new signings in our Top Prospect tournament. With only 1 of the 8 competitors this year coming from outside Europe, the tournament this year saw wrestlers that use the European/World of Sport style technical wrestling that former ROH Champions Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuiness found great success with. The 8 competitors this year were:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

"Punch-Drunk" AJ Istria-Our only non-European entry this year comes from Australia and has a very different style to the rest pack, bringing a hard hitting brawler style mixed with some incredible high flying moves that a man his size shouldn't be able to pull off</p><p> </p><p>

"The Black Swan" Cara Noir-One of the most unique and interesting characters in British Wrestling today Cara has a fantastic look, great moveset and the best entrance in all of wrestling.</p><p> </p><p>

"His Lordship" Spike Trivet-Over the past year Spike has broke out into the BritWres scene and everywhere he goes he manages to rub people the wrong way. Maybe it's the fact he has more money than you, maybe it's the fact he hates everybody or maybe it is the fact that over the past year he has defeated Jimmy Havoc, Mark Haskins, Jonah Rock and Candyfloss just to name a few. Give him a microphone and he will talk for days but he is just as impressive in the ring.</p><p> </p><p>

Senza Volto-A 5 year pro, Volto is a masked French luchador who will be hoping to use his speed and high flying ability to win the tournament</p><p> </p><p>

Carlos Romo-One of two Spanish representatives in this tournament, Romo is one of the main stars in WhiteWolf Wrestling in Madrid and is helping to try and put Spanish wrestling on the map. As well as this, he has had a great year in British Wrestling as well where he has turned up in RevPro, Riptide, North and Breed and put on matches of the night every time.</p><p> </p><p>

A-Kid-The longtime tag team partner of Carlos Romo, A-Kid is another fantastic technical wrestler from Spain and last year he had a 5 star match in Madrid against current ROH World Champion Zack Sabre Jr. A-Kid is more experienced than Carlos Romo by two years and he will look to use that experience when he faces off against his partner in round one of this tournament.</p><p> </p><p>

Chuck Mambo-A fun, energetic babyface with great technical ability, Mambo has been all over the UK over the past 2 years, he has been Riptide Brighton Champion for over a year and earlier this year he made an appearance in Impact Wrestling</p><p> </p><p>

TK Cooper-The 8th and final entrant into this tournament is the self proclaimed "Daddy of the North" in the UK as he has held titles in a lot of the companies in the North of England, more recently the Breed Pro Wrestling title. The New Zealand native now resides in the UK and is a regular in Progress, RevPro and Riptide where he has worked as a solo guy, a part of 3 man group ETM with Mambo and Trivet or in a tag team with NXTUK's Travis Banks.</p><p> </p><p>

Also, on this show we will see a Final Battle rematch as ZSJ defends against Alex Shelley and Bandido defends his TV title against Eli Drake</p>

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<p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p></p><div style="text-align:center;"><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">ROH Top Prospect Tournament</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Location: Carnesseca Arena</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">

Attendance: 5,776</span></p></div><p></p><p></p><p> </p><p>

The top prospect tournament kicked off tonight with a video highlighting our first round matches and also our main event feud as Alex Shelley gets his rematch against Zack Sabre Jr.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

To open the show "Broken" Matt Hardy came down to the ring and said that he returned to the Honourable Ring to continue his worldwide quest of deletion. He said that the Castle of Dalton had been compromised and he must fade away and be classified as OBSOLETE.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>

Our first match of the Top Prospect tournament saw the charismatic Cara Noir go one on one with the high flier Senza Volto. From the minute Cara made his incredible entrance he had the ROH audience on his side and with the crowd against him Senza Volto struggled to recover. Senza went to the top rope for a frog splash but Noir moved out the way, <strong><span style="font-size:10px;">Volto crashed and burned and got hit with a Guillotine Brainbuster as Cara Noir moved on to the semi finals.</span></strong> <strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">45 D</span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

Next up saw two best friends collide as the Spaniards A-Kid and Carlos Romo went head to head. This match was reflective of the change that ROH was trying to make by going back to their older, more traditional technical wrestling style as they effortlessly transitioned from hold to hold in fashions very similar to our current Ring of Honor World Champion Zack Sabre Jr. In the end of this even encounter,<strong><span style="font-size:10px;"> Carlos Romo would lock in a single leg boston crab to make his way to the semis.</span></strong> Following the match, the two had a moment of tension before embracing. <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>46 D</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

Our 3rd first round match was not a good one whatsoever. The Aussie AJ Istria took on "His Lordship" Spike Trivet and it was clear from the get-go that there was a lack of chemistry between the two competitors that led to a few botches and a lack of flow in the matchup. After about 9 minutes Spike Trivet would cheat his way to victory,<strong><span style="font-size:10px;"> low blowing Istria behind the referees back and rolling him up to advance to the semi finals where he would face Cara Noir.</span></strong> <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>33 E+</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

The final first round match saw two men who have been both tag team partners/friends and bitter Rivals as a match that has been seen in Brighton, Sheffield and London made it's way onto US soil here in Ring of Honor. Sadly, the match didn't go down as well as hoped. The crowd were less into the two competitors than the ones that had come before which could be because they were less aware of the duo, it meant that there was less of an interest shown in this matchup. Without the dazzling entrance of Cara Noir or the longtime friendship or even the utter hatred for Spike Trivet to keep the audience invested, the match suffered. <strong><span style="font-size:10px;">After a rough 12 minutes, TK Cooper would pick up the victory with a Rock, Paper, Scissors Kick.</span></strong> <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>32 E+</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

We now had a filler match to give our competitors a chance to get ready for the semi finals as the new look Villain Enterprises with Flip Gordon as the leader took on the team of The Tate Brothers (Formerly The Boys) and Maluta (Sean Maluta from the CWC). Maluta is fairly new to ROH having only just signed a few months ago and he formed a friendship immediately with The Tates. Sadly for him The Tates messed with the wrong people when they sneaked a shock victory over PCO and King and since then it has been weeks of beatdowns from VE. This match was fairly simple and after a quick, flashy start from the underdogs, <strong><span style="font-size:10px;">Flip Gordon would pin Maluta to win the match</span></strong>. <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>49 D+</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

After a short interval we were back with semi finals action as an all English affair saw Spike Trivet take on Cara Noir. Both men had got a great response immediately on their debut, Cara being overwhelmingly positive, Spike overwhelmingly hated and here they put on the best match of the entire tournament. The match started off fairly slow with the two feeling each other out in an attempt to gain an edge but quickly devolved into more of a brawl with the two battering each other around the arena. This played right into Spike Trivet's hand as the man has been in a few hardcore matches in his time and he utilized the chaos to his advantage here tonight. He would advance to the final with more sneaky tactics here tonight,<span style="font-size:10px;"><strong> raking the eyes of Cara before hitting a brainbuster to win and the crowd were fuming.</strong></span> <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>47 D</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

The second semi final was also a very good match as Carlos Romo went against TK Cooper. The crowd were fully behind Romo again here tonight and with his tag team partner A-Kid ringside cheering him on, it allowed for Romo to really rally past the cheating tactics of TK to prevail. It was Cooper's fault that he lost here tonight as he was on the outside gloating in the face of A-Kid when Romo would dive through the ropes with a suicide dive, r<strong><span style="font-size:10px;">oll TK into the ring and apply the single leg boston crab to make the Samoan tap and against all odds, Carlos Romo was in to the finals of the Top Prospect Tournament.</span></strong> <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>44 D</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

Our 2nd of 3 non-tournament matchups went down up next as the Television championship was on the line. Bandido won the title on Ring of Honor TV 2 and half months ago and after a successful defence at Final Battle against Chris Brookes, he defended the title tonight against Eli Drake. Drake feels like he has been overlooked ever since the new management came in and wanted to take something the company holds dearly in the TV title from someone the company holds dearly in Bandido and make a mockery of it. However, tonight would not go the way he wanted it too as <strong><span style="font-size:10px;">Bandido hit the Revolution Fly to retain his title.</span></strong> Drake was furious following the match and beat down Bandido while he was celebrating, meaning he will likely look for another TV title shot down the line. <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>64 C</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

And now, the finals of the Top Prospect tournament. On the one side, you have the ultimate underdog, the fan favourite, the man who didn't even expect to get to this point in Carlos Romo. On the other side, possibly the most hated man in wrestling today, Spike Trivet. The match wasn't as good as the preceding semi final matches but it is likely because they had both wrestled 25+ minutes by this point and you could tell this was getting to them. This did benefit the smaller, faster Carlos Romo who continued his fluid technical wrestling but this kept getting shut down by the cheating ways of Trivet. Much like the prior matches to this, Spike Trivet tried to cheat his way to victory by going for the low blow on Romo but clearly the Spaniard had watched the tapes and was ready for this as <strong><span style="font-size:10px;">he stopped the low blow by grabbing his arm, got in a smooth Magistral Roll and got a shock 3 count to become the 2019 Winner of the Top Prospect tournament</span></strong></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:10px;">

</span></strong> <span style="color:#FF0000;"><strong>34 E+</strong></span></p><p> </p><p>

Our main event really dragged the show up as it was an absolutely incredible encounter as Zack Sabre Jr. defended his title for the first time against the former ROH champion Alex Shelley. Zack Sabre Jr was in his element in this match, locking Shelley in every single hold under the sun in an attempt to hold onto his title. With ZSJ having the titleholder's advantage out there tonight, he knew that Shelley had to come at him to try and become a 2 time champion and as the match went on Shelley became more and more frantic and in the end this would come to cost him as he would charge ZSJ on the outside for a running dropkick but ZSJ moved out the way and Shelley's knee blasted of the metal barricades. When ZSJ sees a weakness like this, he immediately capitalizes on it and he started targeting the injured leg. The match would end in controversy however as the referee was distracted and Shelley rolled up the champion for what appeared to be a 3 but the referee did not see this. As Shelley was protesting to the referee, <strong><span style="font-size:10px;">Zack recovered and locked in a kneebar on Shelley and the former champion had nothing left to do but tap out and ZSJ retained his World Title</span></strong> <strong><span style="color:#FF0000;">73 B- </span></strong></p><p> </p><p>

Following the match, ZSJ was clearly not in a good mood despite retaining his title and he kept the kneebar locked in on Shelley, looking to put him out of action for good. However, he was cut off as a familiar theme started to play and making his return after 9 months out injured <strong><span style="font-size:10px;">IT'S CHRIS SABIN</span></strong>. Sabin charged down to the ring and ZSJ was quick to vacate it while Sabin helped his longtime friend and tag team partner back to his feet. The final shot saw Shelley and Sabin staring down the champion as we said goodnight</p></div><p></p>

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