Trying a new series to help boost the content of Ring of Honor articles on the site I came up with the idea of looking at some of the top contenders for the various championships in the companies outside WWE. Over the last few years very people have seen their stock rise as much as Jay Lethal's has. Ring of Honor have done a phenomenal job of building up Jay and allowing him to not just carry the ball, but also reach the potential that all of always knew he had.
Since his title reign ended ROH has really tried to give fans a break from Jay being in the title picture which is a good thing as he spent around two years leading the company. With his feud against Cody Rhodes being somewhat underrated and the building block for Cody to reach the World Title I think there is some meat left on the bones for that feud to be revisited. However, I think that ROH would be more beneficial to keep Jay out of the World Title picture for at least most of this year to keep the title picture fresh and maybe allow Cody a longer run.
At this point, I think that Jay could help Ring of Honor by being partnered with and up and coming talent to help the company bring up and new star with the help of an established talent. Eventually I do think that Jay will be back in the World Title picture, but I think that ROH would be better off keeping Jay out for right now which is the reason why I list Jay at number 5.
The main reason why I will always believe that Ring of Honor will always stay one step ahead of there competition is that they have a fantastic eye for talent. For the last 15 years they have been developing unknowns into household names and international superstars. With the advent of the Top Prospect tournament it has allowed ROH to keep a pulse on the hottest young stars in wrestling.
Actually, the 2016 winner of the top prospect tournament and former television champion Lio Rush is heading to a new home. After his most contract expired with ROH it was the young up and comer who decided it was time to leave as he received an offer from WWE. At last word it seems that Lio has signed a contract with NXT and will likely begin in the performance center in the early part of the fall. This is an amazing opportunity to Lio and I would like to wish him the best as he tries to make his mark in the WWE.
On the other side of the coin we have Flip Gordon who had recently signed a contract with ROH and joined the roster. I think it is fair to say that ROH maybe in a period of healthy transition as some members of the old guard are leaving to make way for new faces. A little background on Flip is that he was once in the US Army prior to trying his hand in wrestling and now will be able to go to the company that has had tremendous amounts of success developing talent from the ground up.
It's been a few weeks since the last visit to the ROH section of the site and that's why we are going the easy way with a match. In recent years it feels like the Briscoe's are a partial team and also focus on singles careers. In Ring of Honor there is no more legendary team then the Briscoe's as they have carried the division for most of their entire careers outside of some small sample sizes.
Every company goes through periods of transition and times when they have to start rebuilding the roster. I will be the first to tell you when Dalton Castle debuted in ROH at first I thought that his gimmick was far to over the top and a joke. But then after a while his gimmick grew on me and I've become a fan of Castle.
In recent months the WWE has been tied to a vast amount of talent and one of those names was Dalton Castle. I do think that Castle would fit in the WWE as his gimmick is similar to that of a Goldust in the variety of an over the top gimmick. However, it was recently reported that Dalton has resigned with Ring of Honor and will remain with the company that helped him gain national exposure.
I am very happy that Dalton decided to remain in ROH as he still has more to accomplish in the company before he walks away for greener pastures. But Dalton is also one of the many reasons why ROH will always stay ahead of the game because they find new stars from nowhere and aren't afraid to give someone the ball.
After rumors began to spread that numerous top talents in Ring of Honor would be heading to the WWE once their contracts expire. However, as of this writing it has been reported that the WWE has been telling talents that are leaving contracts with other promotions that they will not talk enter into discussions with them for at least 90 days.
The reason for this is because ROH got WWE to back off of several deals/contract offers by threatening them with tampering charges. The deals in play were for talents like Donovan Dijak, Ray Rowe, Kyle O' Reilly, and Bobby Fish. For years WWE has had eyes on top stars from all over the independent circuit, but a lot of the stars on their radar have normally ended up staying were they were.
Recently, with the WWE wanting to help bring depth back to NXT and the main roster as well there have been a lot of rumors floating around top Ring of Honor talent. Talent like Adam Cole, and Kyle O' Reilly have seemingly been on top of the WWE "wish list" but no moves have been made on the part of WWE just yet. At this point though Adam's contract has expired with Ring of Honor so it's anyone's guess where the former three time ROH World Champion will end up.
Since 2009 one man has become the face of the company in Ring of Honor and the first man to hold the ROH World Title on three separate occasions. Adam Cole was brought into ROH as an unknown up and comer and slowly made his way up the card at a time when ROH was starving for new talent. This wasn't the normal push for a talent as this was more or less an old school push as he began in a Tag Team with Kyle O' Reilly collectively known as the Future Shock.
After three years or so Adam and Kyle went their separate ways as a team and became singles stars for the company. In the fall of 2013, Adam Cole made it to the finals of the World Title tournament and actually won the title for the first time and this would begin his ascension to become the "Face of ROH." Over the next four years, Adam would become the biggest star not in the WWE and the "Face of ROH."
Now it isn't official that Adam will be heading to the WWE at this point as he has yet to sign with the company, even though most "insiders" believe he will head there eventually. But at this point with his ROH contract officially finished he is still on the radar of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. At this point it is tough to know for sure where Cole ends up in the future, but what I do know is that it will definitely be interesting to watch.
For the last few weeks contracts both expiring and new have been the talk of the wrestling world and that continues tonight with this update. For weeks rumors have been spreading that various ROH talents contract are not only expiring, but some maybe be leaving the company. Though that was true for one former ROH Tag Team Champion it doesn't seem to be true for one of the most popular teams in Ring of Honor.
That's right the team of Bobby Fish and Kyle O' Reilly collectively known as ReDragon who at first many thought would be leaving Ring of Honor now seem to be on course to remain with the company. As of this writing various reports stated the first offer the team received from ROH was very much a low-ball offer and many thought the team would be leaving. However, talks opened back up and now it seems Kyle & Bobby are happy with the offer and are more leaning to remain with Ring of Honor.
Looking at this in hindsight the loss of ReDragon could have helped a company like WWE whose Tag Team division is really suffering right now due to lack of depth and investment in a variety of teams. But then looking at it from the ROH stand point losing Taven and Bennett has opened up a whole in the division that would've gotten even bigger with the loss of ReDragon as well.
At this point the former three time Ring of Honor World Champion is now a free agent and done with the company. That's right! Adam Cole is now at this point not under contract with ROH anymore. This means that Adam will be able to work or sign anywhere at this point and time. Now this doesn't necessarily mean he is done with ROH, but it does mean that he is no longer under contact with the company anymore.
There have been numerous reports on where Adam will end up and that there is said to be a tremendous amount of interest in Adam from various companies. As of this writing Adam has not made a decision on where he will head to next following the expiration of his contract. Many believe that Cole will be WWE or NXT bound in the next few months and that is possible and will seem likely but hasn't happened yet.
At this point looking at his run in ROH there is no doubt that he helped build that brand and that company to brand new heights and his run has done wonders for both the company and Cole. Over the last two years Adam has really become an international superstar as a member of the NJPW roster and a top member of the Bullet Club. What the future holds for Adam at this point is unknown, but the intriguing nature of this story will keep our interest.
Recently the man who has held the World Title more times then anyone else in ROH history has made big news in the wrestling as he is now wrestling's hottest free agent. I thought that it would be fitting to give the man himself Adam Cole the spotlight a little sooner by sharing one of his many shoot interviews from the online world. Adam Cole has always been an extremely talented in ring performer and has accomplished a tremondous amount in ROH and one just can't help but wonder what the future holds.
Recently, I have been looking ahead at how things will be in the top companies a year from now and at this point we have went through the WWE and TNA. In pro-wrestling it is very difficult to predict where we will be in a year, because you never know who will stay in the company or who could get injured between now and this time next year.
In this video I make a few bold predictions for what I think we could see from ROH in the next year and though I do think my predictions are fair and fitting it is difficult to be certain especially with this company. The reason this is the case is because if you look at this year so far two thing have happened that nobody expected to see Christopher Daniels win the World Title. Also nobody expected the debuts of the Hardy Boys and Bubba Ray Dudley, but both happened which brings up the thought is the slogan "Anything Can Happen!" now more fitting for ROH.
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