If you could pick certain names that helped build the current promotion and moved the company forward. With names like Samoa Joe, Nigel, Danielson, Punk, Briscoe's, and various others the company has absolutely had amazing luck with finding talent that has the ability to carry the company. Following the departure of Danielson, Joe, Styles, and Punk the company was looking for someone to carry the load and Nigel did that to a tee and if you don't believe me just like at his World Title reign. Over his 545 days as champion he would defend his title 38 different which both are good enough to be the second all time behind Samoa Joe as in away of being the greatest champion in history.
During his career in ROH, Nigel fit extremely well on the companies roster and would always give in some of the best matches in the history of the company. From his feuds with Bryan Danielson, Jerry Lynn, Austin Aries, Chris Hero and others to just his desire even in the face of gruesome injuries to always compete there is no doubt that Nigel is one of the best ever to be in ROH. However, in many respect the torn biceps, concussions and other injuries sustained during his time as champion lead to his mysterious and very early retirement from Wrestling. Which in a way would lead some to wonder was the risks he took worth the shortening of his career even though he did become a very good announcer.
Overall at this point Nigel has carved out a nice career for himself as an announcer in both ROH and now WWE which is crazy when you think about him starting back in ROH and how green he was. Either way though their is no doubting the legacy that Nigel has left behind within the hallowed halls of ROH.
Stars of the Past: Xavier
For the last few weeks I have been trying to figure out the best way to add some new content to this section of the site. With the companies all having a very deep history and a very long list of alumni for the company and this opened the door for a new series very similar to the New Japan series I started last month. Taking a look back in time at ROH in the past I think that there might be few people that fit the description of "Star of the Past" more than Xavier. The reason I think that Xavier fits this description is simply due to how much of a major star he was at the start of the company and how his stock would fall fairly quick.
For those who have never heard of Xavier then let me explain as he was the star who defeated Low-Ki for the Ring of Honor World Title. Soon after winning the title he would join Christopher Daniels in the heel stable known as The Prophecy with mates including Michael Modest. The Prophecy group did help the champion retain his title over the course of his run until he dropped his title to Samoa Joe. For the remainder of his run in ROH he would never reach the status of champion ever again and would normally just become minor member of the roster.
At this point in ROH history I don't think that most fans are likely remember the impact that Xavier had on ROH in it's early days especially knowing that he even fought Scoot Andrews at the ROH first event. Around 2004 the second ever World Champion in ROH had left the company to return on sporadic occasions, but never for more than just one time appearances. However, not to forget the past or one of the earliest top heels of company that is still reaching out to the ball of expansion and running away with it.
Your place to find all things Ring of Honor. History, facts and opinions on the company that focuses on wrestling.
About Wrestling Express
Join Our Team
Stay Connected with Wrestling Express