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    Supersonic presents The Lapsed ROHbot

    Other than the flagship that is The Lapsed ROHbot, there's nothing available from any promotion in April 2002 that provides enough to warrant its own chapter on this journey. For the first time, it's all being thrown together, similarly to the initial Prologue of this lapsed timeline that looked at 2001 and early 2002. The first edition of the Lapsed Journeyman: Road to "A Night of Appreciation" (April 2002) https://docs.google.com/document/d/15nFtS8DJKudgZzSuxJRUqsl0iruW0VL3uDnzXpQkiZ0/edit?usp=sharing DISCLAIMER: Due to time constraints, Voices of Wrestling wasn't able to get this one posted, so it's temporarily available here as a viewing-only Google Doc for those who want to read this stuff chronologically. And the flagship that is the Lapsed ROHbot: A Night of Appreciation - April 27, 2002 https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/12/31/the-lapsed-rohbot-roh-a-night-of-appreciation-4-27-2002/ DISCLAIMER: Thinking of drinking/partying tonight? You might wanna give this one a read then.
  2. A quick introduction: Some of you know me more over the past 13-14 years as “Supersonic” throughout various message boards. During that time eight years ago, having grown frustrated with Jim Cornette’s direction with Ring of Honor under the ownership of Sinclair Broadcast Group, I went back to ROH’s birth and chronicled “The Good Shit” on message boards, spending 5.5 years reviewing roughly the same amount of years for ROH and other promotions, concluding with Man Up. With over 2.5 years of not reviewing anything since, I now feel recharged and will once again go back in time during this pandemic. But this time, it’s different; no longer am I cherry-picking just “The Good Shit,” and no longer am I wasting these away on message boards. Although I grew as a reviewer, the early ROH events didn’t get the best effort from me; now they will. In addition, as a dedicated member of the Lapsed Fan Wrestling Podcast’s “Solar System,” it’s become crystal-clear over the past several years that while the business has grown in many ways, it’s also largely evolved away from many of its emotional intangibles that once truly hooked viewers. Of the many different hashtags and catchphrases that have come from that podcast, one has stood out above the rest: It used to be better. And this is your chance to learn why that’s completely true for ROH. This won’t be some rose-colored glasses bullshit. Throughout the 2020s decade, I am reviewing every ROH event of the company’s first nine years and four months (sans the Do or Die jobber/tryout cards.) Every DVD event. Every PPV. Every TV episode that would come so many years later. It’s all going to be chronicled. This journey will capture a time period that will never be duplicated. It’s a time when a monopolized mainstream giant arrogantly spent a decade allowing the underground to become arguably the premier spot for the most dedicated, passionate pro wrestling fans. And during that decade spanning from the end of the Monday Night War all the way to a certain Chicago wrestling icon’s barrier-breaking “Pipebomb” style promo being brought onto mainstream cable television, no underground company benefited more than Ring of Honor. But before digging into ROH’s first chapter in February 2002, the stage was set throughout 2001 in the wake of WCW and ECW’s death, as well as one pioneer’s bad choices that briefly landed him back in the underground. As I’m about to dig into the 2001 chapters that would eventually spawn ROH, I want to thank Voices of Wrestling for being the introductory and currently exclusive home to this journey. I can’t think of a more fitting platform than the very site that was spawned from the summer of events which ended the decade-long period that this journey will cover. This is the Lapsed ROHbot. ARCHIVE: Prologue: APW's 2001 King of Indies (Plus More) https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/05/29/the-lapsed-rohbot-prologue-apw-king-of-indies-2001-plus-more/ 2002 The Era of Honor Begins - February 23, 2002 https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/06/12/the-lapsed-rohbot-roh-the-era-of-honor-begins-2-23-2002/
  3. Bitter Friends, Stiffer Enemies - August 16, 2003
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    Supersonic presents The Lapsed ROHbot

    Round Robin Challenge - March 30, 2002 https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/09/04/the-lapsed-rohbot-roh-round-robin-challenge-3-30-2002/
  5. Best of IWC March 2002 https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/09/02/the-lapsed-indy-cartel-best-of-iwc-march-2002/
  6. The lapsed detour prior to ROH's birth continues, this time with a trip to the Hoosier State for the first edition of The Lapsed Midwesterner. Best of IWA-MS Late 2001 to Early 2002 https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/20...e-01-early-02/
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    Supersonic presents The Lapsed Midwesterner

    Best of IWA-MS March 2002 https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/08/28/the-lapsed-midwesterner-best-of-iwa-ms-march-2002-a-zero-one-gem/
  8. Best of AJPW Excite Series 2002 Day 10 (PPV Debut) - February 24, 2002 https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/08/21/the-lapsed-kings-road-ajpw-excite-series-2002-day-10-ppv-debut/
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    RIP Xavier

    GoFundMe for funeral expenses - https://www.gofundme.com/f/john-xavier-bedoyas-memorial-fund? The Lapsed ROHBot: Remembering Xavier (1977-2020) https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/08/17/the-lapsed-rohbot-remembering-xavier-1977-2020/
  10. Akiyama vs. Marufuji - September 9, 2006 Akiyama dominated early, but Marufuji got the advantage when he hit a dropkick on Akiyama's left knee. That became the story of this match, as Akiyama was never able to make a full comeback against the smaller, less experienced Marufuji. Sure, he got in a nice submission sequence of putting the challenger in the Scorpion Deathlock followed by a Bow-and-Arrow Stretch, as well as backdropping Marufuji on the entrance apron, but the damage was done. And Marufuji was quite vicious on Akiyama's left knee, slamming it on the ring post and locking in numerous submissions including the figure four leg lock. With that said, none of Marufuji's bombs could take down Akiyama, not even a standing Shiranui that had Akiyama's back landing on the top edge of a steel guard rail, or even a Super Shiranui inside the ring. Instead, Marufuji took advantage of his work on Akiyama's left leg, ultimately ducking a lariat in a nice finishing sequence, and securing the GHC Heavyweight Title in a pumphandle style small package, which Akiyama didn't have the leg strength to kick out of. Nice sequence to pay off a solid but unspectacular story. I must point out that the commentary specifically mentioned ROH and New York City, obviously alluding to Glory By Honor V Night 2. I wonder if something special is planned for that event. This was a historic business risk taken by NOAH, as Marufuji was the first true junior heavyweight to claim the top prize in the company. I'll chronicle that as I continue watching vintage NOAH. ***1/2
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    Supersonic presents The Lapsed Navigation

    Best of NOAH Navigate For Evolution 2002 Day 10 [2/17/2002] https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/08/07/the-lapsed-navigation-noah-navigate-for-evolution-2002-day-10-2-17-2002/
  12. The lapsed detour goes deeper to the past, traveling to the Far East for the first edition of The Lapsed Navigation. Misawa! Kobashi! Akiyama! Vader! Hashimoto! Best of Pro Wrestling NOAH 2000 https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/20...ing-noah-2000/
  13. Roderick Strong is the only one that can challenge him, and them teaming one day might be too much greatness.
  14. At long last, your favorite promotion of the past decade finally gets spotlighted... but way before the current glory period. This is the dark ages to kick off The Lapsed Lion King of Sports. Best of NJPW Wrestling World 2002 https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/08/03/the-lapsed-lion-king-of-sports-njpw-wrestle-world-2002/
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    Supersonic presents The Lapsed Navigation

    Best of Pro Wrestling NOAH 2001 (Pt. 2 of 2) (+ Zero-One & NJPW Gems) https://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2020/07/29/the-lapsed-navigation-the-best-of-pro-wrestling-noah-2001-pt-2-of-2-zero-one-njpw-gems/