Posts Tagged ‘Ring of Honor’

Daniel Bryan will return wrestle in 2018, according to his wife, Brie Bella.

In an interview with From The Top Rope Podcast, Brie revealed that her husband has been undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and has already had around 40 treatments across the USA. She also stated that, should he get the ago-ahead from doctors, she would be fully supportive of his return to wrestling, adding ‘This is your dream and passion. You have one life to live and I will never hold you back, because I love to wrestle and I would hate if someone told me you can’t do it. And if the WWE doesn’t allow it, then I said, go somewhere else.’

This is very interesting for fans of independent wrestling, as it raises the issue of where Bryan would likely go if WWE refused to allow him to wrestle under their banner. His contract, of course, expires in 2018. Ring of Honor would seem a frontrunner, with Daniel being a former champion and fan favourite there.

In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer noted that while Bryan wouldn’t likely make more money on the indies than he would in WWE, he’d certainly be able to come close with a lighter, hand-picked schedule. He also added that Bryan has never really been about the money, and the thought of having better matches with a wider variety of opponents would be very tempting.

Meltzer also noted Bryan’s in-ring return would likely dominate wrestling news in 2018.

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It’s been one of the biggest rumours in wrestling for months but it now appears that former ROH Champion and Bullet Club member Adam Cole is officially on his way to WWE.

According to PWI Insider, a deal has been reached and Cole is set to debut in NXT with a view to create a new star for the brand.

Whilst there is no concrete plans for when or how Cole will debut in NXT, it’s reported that he is due to begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando later this week.

Cole was named Wrestling Observer Rookie of the Year in 2010 and rode that momentum to an unprecedented three ROH Championship reigns.

The Panama City Playboy was the subject of interest from numerous promotion including ROH, Impact Wrestling and WWE. After a short stint as one of the hottest free agents in wrestling, a decision has been made and Cole could be poised to become NXT’s next big star.

Rumors have already begun circulating that Cole could make an appearance at NXT’s upcoming Takeover Brooklyn III event. Even if he doesn’t, it appears that WWE crowds will soon be welcoming “Adam Cole Bay Bay!”

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Cody Rhodes told FOX Sports that CM Punk’s infamous ‘Pipe Bomb Promo’ from the Summer of 2011 helped change the pro wrestling industry for good.

When asked about his recent success outside of the WWE bubble, Rhodes claimed it could be traced back to Punk’s words on the June 27, 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw and said promotions like Ring Of Honor have directly benefitted from the exposure ever since.

Back in 2011, Punk mentioned ROH, New Japan Pro Wrestling and even said hello to good friend Colt Cabana during his tirade. To Rhodes, that helped put ROH on the map to a whole new level of wrestling fans, ones who possibly didn’t even know the company existed beforehand.

As the current ROH World Champion, Cody has had sterling matches in other organisations like NJPW and WCPW (where he also reigned as WCPW Internet Champion) since leaving WWE. Now a free agent able to pick and choose his own dates, Rhodes believes Punk directly talking about ROH and the fact there are alternatives to WWE has opened up the wrestling world permanently.

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Five months removed his Ring Of Honor release, celebrated independent wrestler Donovan Dijak is on his way to WWE.

The 6’5″, 260lb grappler announced that he was no longer taking independent bookings during an appearance on the New Age Insiders podcast on Wednesday night, and Figure Four Online have now confirmed his next move.

Dijak, along with recent NXT debutants Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, was part of a group of wrestlers who had WWE contract offers rescinded following legal threats from ROH in January. He’ll fulfil his final indie dates next month, then report to the Performance Center in September, according to PWInsider.

A former college football and basketball star, Dijak is best known for his eye-catching combination of size and athleticism. He towers over most opponents, but executes planchas with the grace and poise of a cruiserweight, so it’s easy to see why WWE were interested.

Dijak made the decision not to re-sign with ROH when WWE reached out to him earlier this year. His signing was only a matter of time, and he has stayed busy on the global indie scene since then, playing a starring role for companies like RevPro and EVOLVE.

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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 [Bálor] 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.