At tonight’s Ring of Honor TV tapings in Atlanta, Georgia, NJPW star and IWGP United States Champion Juice Robinson formed a new international stable called Lifeblood, looking to bring the Honor back to ROH. The new faction features several new signings, plus the what appears to be a more lengthy appearance with ROH going forward for several New Japan stars.
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Juice Robinson’s new stable, Lifeblood, will feature his New Japan running mate David Finlay. The son of WWE and UK Wrestling legend Fit Finlay, David has been a regular tag team partner with his former Young Lion classmate for years now. This will mark Finlay’s first proper excursion from NJPW, as he’s probably being pushed by New Japan alongside Juice to become bigger stars in the US to help their global expansion plans.
The two new signings came in the form of England’s Mark Haskins, who won last year’s ROH International Cup tournament in the UK, and Mexico’s newest superstar Bandido. By all reports, the two had the match of the night at these tapings, so look out for that one.
Former EVOLVE star “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams has been tearing it up on the indies such as Beyond Wrestling, where he just lost his Independent Wrestling Championship. He’s had a couple of appearances at the end of the year for ROH, and this could be a sign that he’s signed with ROH going into 2019.
And last, but by no means, the least, was the return of Tenille Dashwood to ROH. Formerly known as WWE Superstar Emma, Dashwood was one of the undeniable stars of Women of Honor‘s first year and sadly had to go on a health-related hiatus late in the summer last year. Her return adds some star power to Lifeblood and gives them a representative in the WOH division, meaning Lifeblood could actually acquire all the gold in ROH.
With a huge loss like losing The Elite and SCU, the creation of Marty Scurll’s Villain Enterprises (alongside Brody King and PCO) and now Lifeblood is a breath of fresh air in the ROH narrative, with some new talent for a lot of people to catch on to.