Roster Foundation: Donavan Dijak
Sometimes when you start a series on a website it doesn't always remain consistent, but it does remain in the back of your mind to pull out for a rainy day and that is exactly what we have here with the return of Roster foundation. For those who don't know this series this is basically when I look at a companies roster and find a valued talent that needs to be put over just a little bit in my opinion and with the lack of content for ROH and TNA that's why this series frequently pops up in those sections.
One of the major reasons why Ring of Honor has been able to stay ahead of the curve as far as losing talent is because of the Top Prospect Tournament that has become a staple of ROH TV in the early portion of each year. A recent winner in Donavan Dijak has shown exactly why ROH will likely always have a bright future ahead for the company. I believe it was last year that the former House of Truth member would be the lucky winner of the tournament and would challenge for the ROH Television championship later that year.
Since then Donavan has seen himself become a stable portion of the company since the tournament win back in 2015. Though Donavan still has yet to win a championship in Ring of Honor he is still becoming a nice part of an ever changing roster for a company still looking to regain the stability they once posed a few years ago. Considering Dijak's age and how much ROH values loyalty I think that it's only a matter of time before Donavan will become a champion in ROH.
International Talent Sign with ROH
I mentioned recently in an episode of Express Talk that I feel as though the UK continues to pump out a vast number of tremendously talented in-ring performers that would take a very long time to list. But two names in particular have developed quite a following on a international level due in part to incredible performances at the Super Juniors and Battle of Los Angeles tournaments respectively. Those two names are Will Osprey and "The Villain" Marty Scrull the big deal is that they have signed exclusive contracts with Ring of Honor.
As of this writing this doesn't mean that Will and Marty will now leave their home base in the UK or not be able to compete in Japan anymore. Really what this means is that they can't compete for any other America company other than ROH and possibly PWG due to the agreement with those companies. I have mentioned in the past how I have felt that ROH's roster had been lacking a little depth and though they are only two people they still will do wonders for getting fresh contests out there for ROH.
Update: After last weekends events for ROH they have a new Ring of Honor Television Champion and his name is Will Osprey. This likely means that Will actually was able to secure the title win his first ever match in ROH. This in my book is a testament to how much ROH management actually believes in Will and the thought that he has a very bright future for the company. I'm also very excited to see what exactly Marty will bring to the table for ROH. Who would have thought two signings bring up so many different possibilities and with Final Battle right around the corner the timing is perfect!!
ROH Contract Update
The one thing in pro-wrestling that never stays the same is those who are employed by a particular company as that is one of those things that normally could change big time in the blink of an eye. With the amount of changes that have gone done in ROH in the last year especially as far as contract exclusivity this due to them really softening up their contracts and allowing talent to appear in PWG once again. They do have exclusive rights to certain talent and not others which in my book does wonders for both the companies and the talent.
After the former team of ReDragon went their separate ways and vested into singles careers the big push of Kyle O' Reilly. At this point Kyle's Ring of Honor contact is sent to expire on December 31, 2016 which could be effecting the Final Battle main event for the ROH World Title. What this exactly means for Kyle's future in ROH nobody I don't think anyone really knows or could say anything other than it being up in the air until a new contract is signed. But with the amount of time that Kyle has spent with ROH and the fact that he actually has yet to achieve everything he can at least once I will say that it is strongly likely the Kyle will resign with ROH.
There is WrestleMania in WWE, Wrestle Kingdom in New Japan, Bound For Glory in TNA, and Ring of Honor has Final Battle. The Final Battle event has been the biggest event of ROH's calendar year since it first began in 2005. Once again I take from one of the better times in Ring of Honor specifically during one of the greatest feuds in ROH between Kevin Steen and El Generico. This show was actually spotlighted by one of the most emotionally charged feuds in the companies history between Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards. Take a look:
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