Ring of Honor (ROH) makes its first-ever trip to my old stomping grounds the Pacific Northwest in June and I will be there in attendance!
Thanks to my friend whlineup (who I will also see this upcoming week from Thursday through Sunday for ROH's annual Anniversary weekend in Las Vegas) for getting us tickets for this show!
Every year I usually go back to Seattle for the week between the end of the regular school year and the start of Summer School and this year ROH will be there that week so I am definitey going to go.
(On a side note, I was born in Seattle and spent much of my time in Washington state in Seattle but I moved from school to school and the school I actually graduated from was Kentridge in Kent- this will be my first time in the place I graduated from high school in over 2 1/2 decades.)
Since I will be in town, I am hoping to possibly also see my Seattle Mariners play the Angels and MLB's best player Mike Trout on either Thursday May 30th or Friday May 31st. Go Ms!
This is the lineup for Saturday's ROH show me and whlineup are attending in Kent:
ROH World Championship match Tracy Williams vs Matt Taven (c)
Best 2 out of 3 Series Jay Lethal vs Kenny King (King is up 1-0)
The Kingdom vs The Bouncers
NWA National Championship match Colt Cabana vs Mark Briscoe (c)
PCO vs Jay Briscoe
Jeff Cobb vs Mark Haskins
4 corners survival RUSH vs Dalton Castle vs PJ Black vs Flip Gordon
Although some of my favorites such as Bandido, Marty Scurll, and Brody King will be in Japan, this should be a good show. Looking forward to getting some of my copy of the set of the newest ROH cards autographed at this show.
The matches I think I am most looking forward to are Taven/Williams, PCO/Jay Briscoe, and Cobb/Haskins.
Another fun night at ROH! Fun having Zeke Vegas come back to his home state! Got 10 more FG game cards signed, plus Zeke was able to give many of the ROH guys their copies of their FG cards.
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Home now from going back to Washngton state for a few days.
On Friday night I went with my dad to the Angels-Mariners game (I did not know that you can walk 2 blocks from my parents' home and for $2.75 catch the #5 bus and get dropped off at the Home Plate entrance to the Mariners' stadium- it is a long bus ride but I slept a good portion of the way.) Thanks to whlineup for offering me these 2 tickets from his Mariners season ticket plan- I saw from those tickets that Will has been a Mariners season ticket holder since 1986 and those were the best seats I have ever had at Safeco Field and the second best seats I ever had for a Mariners game period. My dad told me he had a great time getting to go to the game and the Mariners actually won (but they have lost 12 of their last 15 games.)
It was also Star Wars night and I got my picture taken with Boba Fett, Darth Vader, some stormtroopers, etc. Star Wars night is held at practically every ballpark at every (MLB and every MILB) level. But unlike most other teams, one key thing the Mariners and Star Wars have in common is that they were both born within 6 weeks of each other in 1977. There was an awesome Star Wars fireworks show after the game with historic Mariners highlights cleverly connected to key Star Wars scenes (for example, after a historic Ken Griffey Jr. home run was shown the scene where Han Solo said "Great shot Kid (Griffey was known as The Kid) that was one in a million!" was also shown. The next day at ROH, Beer City Bruiser told me he saw my photos from the game on Facebook and that he and Brian Milonas also attended Friday night's Angels-Mariners game.
On Saturday, Will picked me up in Seattle and then we picked up Jim who you may remember if you attended Galacticon 2016- Jim will be attending Galacticon next month again too. It turned out Jim was just a minute away from where I was staying at my parents and has thus also often visited the Angry Beaver (Seattle's only hockey bar- awesome poutine- and located right between where my parents live and where Jim was picked up just 1 minute away.)
ROH for their first-ever Pacific Northwest show Saturday night was in Kent. I was born in Seattle and spent almost 10 years in Tacoma, but I actually graduated (1992) high school in Kent but have not been in Kent since 1994. For the first time in 25 years on Saturday I saw my old house in Kent and my old high school (they added a second level to the school since I left.)
At ROH I got alot of my newer cards signed and also gave alot of the cards from the newer sets to alot of the wrestlers. Flip Gordon, RUSH, and Matt Taven really liked their new cards but I think Jeff Cobb (who I took a photo with and I have that photo posted below on this post) liked his new card the most and even told several people nearby "The F-5000 is a 3 Add 1!" "The F-5000 is a 3 Add 1!"
The show itself was great. I think the best match was Jeff Cobb vs Mark Haskins. My favorite moment was Flip Gordon wearing a Gary Payton Sonics jersey on his way to the ring- I talked to Gordon afterward and he told me from Montana he was a huge Sonics fan and he even met Gary Payton once when his school played Gary Payton Jr.'s school in a college basketball game. In the main event, Matt Taven really got into it with two fans sitting in front of us. As Taven entered the ring, one of those fans yelled at him "And the crowd goes mild!" and he and his friend were giving Taven all types of crap- including repeated middle fingers- and Taven responded right back. After the match Taven told one of their girlfriends (I was in listening distance sitting might behind these fans) that she could meet him at the Marriott near the Sea-Tac Airport and then brought a trash can and put in next to her boyfriend and telling him he was trash- surprisingly the guy stood next to the trash can for awhile before his girlfriend finally pushed it away.
A great time getting to go back to Seattle and the nearby area this weekend. I go back to Seattle this time almost every year during the week between the ending of the regular school year and the start of Summer school- but this year it actually coincided pefectly with ROH's first-ever trip to the area.