Posts Tagged ‘Ring of Honor’

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Former ROH World Champion Kyle O’Reilly made his WWE debut at the NXT tapings on Wednesday night at Full Sail University.

Facing Aleister Black in singles action, the Canadian didn’t undergo a name change (ironically unlike his opponent, who was switched from Tommy End upon signing a WWE contract) and was simply billed as Kyle O’Reilly. There was even a huge graphic emblazoned on the tron to confirm the O’Reilly name is here to stay.

There had been rumours that O’Reilly was set to sign with WWE for a few months, but this was his first appearance for the company. His NXT debut comes hot on the heels of his former tag-team partner Bobby Fish also losing to Black on TV, so WWE may be tempted to use the pair as a team.

Collectively known as reDRagon, Fish and O’Reilly held the ROH Tag-Team Titles on 3 separate occasions and are 2-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Champs. In addition, the team also won the 2014 Super Junior Tag-Team Tournament in NJPW.

O’Reilly’s first match for WWE is scheduled to air on the August 2 episode of NXT.

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Source: Channel Guide Magazine

Cody Rhodes spoke with Channel Guide Magazine on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

The success of Bullet Club:

“Bullet Club has become even more worldwide. It was already worldwide with Finn [B├ílor] and AJ Styles, Bullet Club OG’s Karl Anderson and Gallows. They set the playing field. Now to walk out on it and it really is worldwide. The addition of Marty Scurll is very significant. I don’t know if people are giving him the credit they should. He represents an entirely different demographic.”

No plans to come back to WWE:

“I don’t want to sound negative but being part of history right now and this new era and new boom. I didn’t get that while in WWE. So currently there is no incentive for me to return to WWE. I’m making more money than I was with WWE. I’ve been in some unbelievable matchups. Two are coming up. I love WWE. Just currently there is no incentive. There are some things I would love to be a part of. I would love to be part of the Dusty tag team tournament. At the same time I don’t think I’m playing a revenge song here. I don’t think I’m ready to move out of the spot of where I’m at.”

Shawn Michaels’ advice:

“Shawn Michaels told me once that when someone asked, ‘Hey, how was my match?’ He answered them, but then said to me, ‘You know how your match was when you walk through the curtain. You know if it was awesome or if it wasn’t. You know because of how the audience reacted.’ It’s more about asking what you could have done differently. It’s made me really happy to play my music, my way.”

Cody Rhodes also discussed New Japan Pro Wrestling. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Few men made a more significant impact on Randy Moss’ life and career than his first NFL coach, Dennis Green.

With Moss back at the Minnesota Vikings‘ facility this week to celebrate his upcoming induction into their Ring of Honor, the all-time great receiver was asked Wednesday what he would say to Green, who died in July 2016, if he had the chance.

“I don’t know, man,” said Moss, before becoming overcome with emotion. “I was 6 years old playing this game. On draft day, I really don’t know why I was treated the way I was treated on draft day, but Coach Green gave me an opportunity, man. And I told him, ‘Coach, you’re not going to regret this.’

“So, you ask me what I would say to him. Man, I’d probably just fall in his arms and give him a hug. There’s no words that I can tell him.”

Moss was selected 21st overall by Green and the Vikings in 1998 after being touted as the class’ best receiver and one of its elite players. After his unexpected fall down the draft board, Moss remains grateful that Green gave him a shot.

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Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Ring of Honor star Dalton Castle may be headed to WWE this summer as his ROH contract expires this month.

WWE has shown major interest in Castle, meaning it would take a major offer from ROH to keep him on their roster.

The 31 year old is known to be a top live show performer and as The Wrestling Observer Newsletter points out, he would have potential to be a real star in WWE.

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Adam Cole is one of the most sought-after free agents in wrestling at the moment.

His Ring Of Honor contract expired earlier this month, and after wrapping-up his last few shows with the company, the former Bullet Club member has attracted major interest from the world’s biggest promotions.

Cole has been hotly-tipped to sign with WWE for a long time, but according to this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the company are yet to offer a contract. This is reportedly down to a legal issue regarding tampering that has made WWE cautious of signing newly-released stars, which explains why they haven’t pursued other former ROH wrestlers like Kyle O’Reilly and Donovan Dijak either.

Unlike the other two, Cole has not taken a plethora of independent bookings since leaving ROH. The assumption is that unless there’s a major change, he’ll still end up in WWE, and likely be pushed as a major star in NXT.

The report states that Impact Wrestling are also making a play for Cole, as they’re currently in the market for fresh new talent. As things stand, however, ‘The Panama City Playboy’ remains a free agent.

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Source: Rolling Stone

Kyle O’Reilly recently spoke with Rolling Stone discussing his ROH run and what his 2017 may look like. Here are some of the highlights:

Status with Ring of Honor:

“As of right now, we don’t really have anything confirmed. To be honest, I don’t know what the future for Kyle O’Reilly holds. I’m looking at taking a bit of time away and re-evaluating things. 2017 will mark 12 years in the business for me. It has taken its toll. Traveling, plus being a Type-One diabetic, it’s taken a toll on my health. I’m kind of just needing a bit of a break to reassess my future and weigh my options. Never say never though, I’m certainly not definitely done with Ring of Honor, but I’m just going to see what comes my way and remain optimistic.”

Potentially working in WWE/NXT:

“There isn’t anyone who gets into this business without dreams and visions of having that Wrestlemania moment. That’s what’s driven me to pursue wrestling to this degree, overall. It’s naive to think anything else. Of course if that opportunity was to come around, then I would strongly, strongly, consider it. That being said, I don’t have any concrete plans moving forward. But never say never. Ideally I would love that if it worked out. All I ever wanted was to create art and be the best pro wrestler that I can be. So I need to find an environment that is conducive to that and that will allow me to be that performer. You never know what could happen in WWE. I could be slapped with a gimmick that I’m a nanny for all I know. It is nice to see that they’ve started to recognize past achievements in wrestling. It puts you above where a lot of other people are starting. It’s a nice perk. But I just want to go where I’m appreciated, and whether that’s WWE, Japan or the independents, that remains to be seen.”

What makes Japan special:

“Just their appreciation for pro wrestling. Pro wrestlers are revered, and respected. In the newspapers, there’s baseball results, and then there’s the wrestling results. It’s treated so much differently than it is in the United States. Not to say that American fans aren’t absolute amazing. They’re great, and wrestling in the United States is awesome. And of course there’s great money wrestling in the States. It’s just that there’s something different about wrestling in Japan. I’m not sure that everyone would attest to that, maybe it’s just having the martial-arts based style makes it easier for me. It just seems magical. You watch the old tapes of Japanese wrestling, and something about it feels different.”

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The New Jersey Devils will recognize the franchise’s original owner, John McMullen, as the first inductee in the team’s Ring of Honor.

McMullen brought the NHL to New Jersey in 1982 after purchasing the then-Colorado Rockies and moving the franchise to the Garden State.

Under McMullen’s guidance, the Devils captured three Stanley Cups, in 1995, 2000, and 2003, and were a force to be reckoned with through 1990s and early 21st century.

The ceremony takes place at the Prudential Center on Friday, prior to the team’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The family of the late McMullen will attend the ceremony in his honor.