Ring of Honor Going on Hiatus, Re-conceptualization and Talent Releases.
Ring of Honor to go on Hiatus at Years End to Re-conceptualize the promotions image. With talent releases expected, members of the roster are being encouraged to negotiate working for other promotions as ROH will not return until April 2022 in time for Super-Card of Honor.
On Wednesday Ring of Honor Wrestling announced that they were planning a hiatus that would begin after December’s Final Battle Pay Per View event, which is being held at the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore on Dec. 11 . Ring of Honor made the following announcement to their fans via Twitter.
During their statement Ring of Honor made it abundantly clear that their focus throughout 2021 and the COVID-19 Pandemic has been the health and safety of everyone involved with ROH and that despite not producing live events for fan attendance, they were still able to ensure that their staff and wrestlers were fully contracted during that time. Ring of Honor also announced that after such a trying time within the company and the wrestling industry that they were moving into this hiatus with a view to reconceptualize ROH and work internally to reimagine the company. Ring of Honor went on to thank their fans for their loyalty and asked for their patience during this time. Following on from this, Ring of Honor announced that they were hoping to return to events in April 2022 in time for SuperCard of Honor with a new fan-focused product that will provide a unique and individualised experience for their fans. Meanwhile, The Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer, Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp and PWInsider's Mike Johnson all reported that the ROH roster will unfortunately have their contracts expire by years end.
ROH released everyone from contracts, more to come.— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) October 27, 2021
Based on who I've spoken with, ROH releases are effective at the end of the year. If a contract goes beyond that, they're paid until March 31.— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) October 27, 2021
Confirmation from PWInsider has informed that multiple talents within the company were informed that if their contracts were expiring at the end of the year that they will not be renewed. Talents who have contracts that take them past January 1st 2022 will remain under contract for at least a certain amount of time. Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com noted in an update that current wrestlers under contracts are able to start negotiating with ROH on obtaining work elsewhere.
ROH talent was told to contact Greg Gilleland if they want to work elsewhere, and if they're under a deal they'll work on making that happen.— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) October 27, 2021
Since its conception in 2002 by Rob Feinstein, Ring of Honor has been responsible for promoting countless stars in professional wrestling over the years that now define what the pro wrestling landscape looks like. Such talents as CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, The Young Bucks, Jay Lethal, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Colt Cabana, The Briscoe Brothers, Adam Cole and Kevin Owens all came from or came through ROH in the infancy of their careers before going on to become some of the biggest names in professional wrestling. In 2011 Ring of Honor was sold to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group and with a stacked roster of wrestlers whose current champions include ROH World Champion Bandido, ROH World Television Champion Dragon Lee (Who also holds the ROH World Tag Team Championship with Kenny King), ROH Pure Champion Josh Woods, ROH Six-Man Tag Team Champions Shane Taylor Productions and ROH Women’s World Champion Rok-C; it really is going to be a suspenseful and anxious time for all involved and for the loyal ROH Fans as they wait to see what the future holds for their home of professional wrestling.
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