Bret Hart to be at ROH event in Toronto

bret.jpegRing of Honor was very excited to announce that Hall of Fame Bret “Hitman” Hart will be in attendance on Friday nght, July 24 when ROH returns to the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Bret “Hitman” Hart will be at a special autograph signing prior to the ROH eveny and will make an appearance during the course of hte night’s show. Tickets for this event are on sale at www.rohwrestling.com.

Ric Flair promoting his appearance on ROH

Full Recap of ROH’s second week on HDnet

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Nigel McGuinnes injured, Larry Sweeney suspended

rohbelt.jpgOur source is telling us that ROH Champion Nigel McGuinnes has suffered a serious arm injury last night that will need surgery. Nigel is still expected to wrestle tonight for ROH’s 7th Anniversary Show and in Houston. Nigel has been told he will be out around six months.

Word is Larry Sweeney has been suspended from ROH, but the reason why isn’t known at this time.

Ric Flair coming to ROH

rohbelt.jpgThings are just looking better and better for ROH. Hard on the success of ‘The Wrestler’, ROH is coming to TV!

HDNet had a camera crew at the Ring of Honor “Proving Ground” show in Orlando, Florida. Our source tells us the ROH is slotted for Saturday nights. ROH will tape their first two shows for HDNet on Saturday, February 28th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 1st at 3:00 PM from The Arena on 7 Ritner Street in Philadelphia.

“Ring of Honor is an exciting addition to our programming lineup at HDNet,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “ROH has developed a cult following thanks to its special brand of professional wrestling and we are pleased to present it for the first time to a mass television audience.”

Today, Monday, February 16, 2009 ROH added another feather in their cap.

WOOOOOOOOO…RIC FLAIR IN ROH

Ring of Honor is proud to announce that it has signed a multi-event agreement with the legendary “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. His first appearance with the company will be in the St. Louis area on Friday, March 13th at the Gateway Center located at One Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234. Tickets for this historic event are now on sale at www.rohwrestling.com.

“Ric Flair is a legend in this industry and has been a huge influence on the careers of many Ring of Honor stars,” said Ring of Honor president Cary Silkin. “The name ‘Flair’ has been synonymous with professional wrestling in the United States over the past 30 years, and it’s a wonderful privilege to have Ric appearing in Ring of Honor, adding his name to the list of legends that have set foot in the ROH ring. We agreed that the St. Louis area would be perfect for his first appearance in ROH because of his great wrestling history in that area. What could be a more wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ to those great St. Louis fans for supporting ROH than to bring the “Nature Boy” back to town one more time?”

Flair will be in the St. Louis area on March 13th for a special meet & greet autograph session that will be held from 6pm-8pm at The Gateway Center and he will also appear before the live crowd later that evening during the event. Autograph and show tickets are now on sale at www.rohwrestling.com. Autograph prices are $30 for the 1st item and $20 for each additional item to be signed. You can bring your own item or purchase Ric Flair merchandise at the building on the night of the show to get signed.

Please stay tuned to www.rohwrestling.com for more information on Ric Flair’s appearance on March 13th along with additional events where you can meet the legendary “Nature Boy” in person!

J-Lo Brown coming to ROH

dlobrown.jpegMulti-Time Champion Headed To ROH

ROH officials have been speaking with one of the top names in professional wrestling about a possible engagement in Florida. More details to follow…

Earlier today, as part of the ROH Newswire, Ring of Honor made the preceding announcement. Now with the negotiations put to bed, we can officially announce which top shelf competitor will be making their way to ROH during the “Proving Ground ’09” weekend in Florida. It’s a weekend in which many different competitors will be given an opportunity to showcase their skills for the first time in Ring of Honor, and we are proud to announce the addition of one more name.

On February 7th in Orlando, FL, for one night only, D-Lo Brown will look to prove himself inside the ROH ring. D-Lo is a former WWF Intercontinental & European champion, a former NWA World Tag Champion, and a former GHC Heavyweight Tag Champion. Now he is looking to forge a name for himself here in ROH. “I hear how great the wrestlers in ROH are,” said D-Lo. “And I look forward to showing the fans that it’s okay to still be down with the brown. After the 7th in Orlando, I’m sure all of ROH will be too.”

The question remains: who D-Lo will face in Orlando? ROH officials will have that announcement next in the Newswire!

Ring of Honor shines in ‘The Wrestler’

rohbelt.jpgWe want to pass on this news story by Chris Gordon posted on www.app.com. It talks about the potential windfall ‘The Wrestler’ may have for ROH. In the early 80s, Vince McMahon used a recognizable wrestler who starred in a show you might have heard of, “Rocky III”, as the face for his business initiative to take over the wrestling industry. Hulk Hogan filmed his part in the film against Vince McMahon’s wishes and left the WWF for the AWA for a period afterwards. Vince had to wait until Gagne at AWA had completley burnt his working relationship with Hulk Hogan before Vince had his top face.

Vince doesn’t seem to have vision, but, he can recognize a good thing after the fact, and Vince apparently hates ‘The Wrestler.’ Why do we talk about this? Because we seriously are wondering if the ‘next big thing’ in wrestling is coming out of ROH- as McGuinness, or Necro Butcher, or if maybe, ROH is about to become the ‘next big thing.’ We’re wondering if Vince realises this, yet, or if he’s just got an uncomfortable rumble in his guts right now.

ROH is a hair’s breath away from a slot on TV and then we get to find out.

The filming of the movie “The Wrestler” initially didn’t leave a big impression on Ring of Honor wrestling champ Nigel McGuinness.

“There wasn’t much to it,” McGuinness said. “We didn’t know if it would be in movie theaters.”

McGuinness and his fellow Ring of Honor grapplers participated in several scenes of “The Wrestler” when the movie, starring Mickey Rourke, was filmed at the Dover Ballroom in Dover last March. Since then, industry buzz has grown around “The Wrestler” and Rourke’s performance, to such an extent that the actor just won a Golden Globe for his role.

“The Wrestler,” with a title song by Bruce Springsteen, is out in limited release and playing at the Montgomery Cinema in Montgomery Township.

McGuinness and the Ring of Honor crew come to the Inman Sports Club in Edison tonight.

“It was nice to see how movies get put together: that was exciting, and it was a fantastic learning experience,” said the British-born McGuinness. “I really enjoyed my time working on it, but I didn’t know if it would be released.”

McGuinness has a few lines in “The Wrestler,” which depicts the life of fictional wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Rourke), a journeyman grappler who wrestles in the Elizabeth area.

The attention that Rourke and “The Wrestler” is receiving just might draw interest to real-life wrestlers, like McGuinness, who aren’t in the big-ticket WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).

“I don’t know if it will shed a new light on wrestling, but it will be a look under the rock of stigmatized portrayals that this sports entertainment, or whatever you call it, usually gets,” McGuinness said. “There’s a lot of people who work outside the WWE and struggle to make the big time.”

The Ring of Honor offers good, old-school wrestling action without the superfluous nonsense associated with other wrestling organizations. McGuinness, who’s the champ, The Necro Butcher, also in the film, and Jerry Lynn, whose career has many similarities to Randy “The Ram” Robinson, will see action tomorrow in Edison.

McGuinness, by the way, is a bad guy. When he comes out there’s “nothing but boos,” he said.

“You can’t pick your family and you can’t pick your wrestling fans,” McGuinness said.

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ROH December 30th Newswire

thewrestler.jpegDecember 30th: The Necro Butcher is coming off a tremendous performance in the highly anticipated film, “The Wrestler”, as well as at Final Battle 2008, and now he continues his quest for revenge on the Age of the Fall. On 1/16 in Manassas, Necro will face Delirious one-on-one. This match has another subplot, as Daizee Haze as pegged Necro as the one that can help her deliver Delirious from the mind control that she claims Jimmy Jacobs has been able to maintain over him. Will Necro be able to get through to Delirious? Will Jimmy Jacobs have anything to do with this match? Will Daizee Haze interject? We’ll find out on 1/16!

December 30th: Damien Wayne and Chris Escobar are highly respected by their peers in the Mid-Atlantic region and have made strides as a tag team in FIP. Now they will face their biggest test as January 16 in Manassas brings them the challenge of Brent Albright and Erick Stevens. Albright and Stevens are fresh off a street fight victory in NYC, and are preparing for war inside the steel cage against Sweet-n-Sour Incorporated. If Wayne and Escobar can pull the upset, they’ll solidify their status in ROH for sure. Or did they simply take a payday from Larry Sweeney to soften up the enemy?

December 30th: Speaking of Larry Sweeney, ROH officials have been in talks with him in reference to the actions of the American Wolves this past weekend. The blatant interference is one of the biggest factors that prompted ROH President Cary Silkin to award the Steel Cage match to Albright and Company. But even this may not be enough, as rumor has it that ROH officials feel that Richards and Edwards may need to face some specific music for their high-profile part in the Sweet-n-Sour’s most recent transgressions. More on this as it develops.

December 30th: The End of Year Sale has been extended until Wednesday at noon EST. Don’t miss your opportunity to save 35-40% Off your next order placed at www.rohwrestling.com. Details on the sale can be found here: http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/article.aspx?id=1682.

December 30th: It didn’t take long for the match to get signed, and the dawn of a new day is upon us. On January 17 in Edison, the answers to many questions should be uncovered as Tyler Black has signed to face his former mentor and AOTF leader, the maniacal Jimmy Jacobs. The history between these two men is well documented. The end of their relations came on what is considered to be ROH’s biggest stage. The blood has to be boiling in both men. Both Tyler and Jacobs were contacted for comments. Both men declined.

December 30th: The DVD “Escalation” from Dayton, OH on November 21st is now in stock and available for immediate shipping. This event features Nigel McGuinness vs. Tyler Black vs. Austin Aries in a Non Title Three Way Match; Bryan Danielson vs. Claudio Castagnoli; Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Delirious for the World Tag Team Titles. As a special bonus you can witness the Samoa Joe vs. Tyler Black match from Chicago Ridge, IL on 11/22/08.

December 30th: ROH officials have reached out to Austin Aries to see when he wants to exercise his title shot, which he earned by defeating Tyler Black in New York. ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness has stated that he’ll accept the challenge whenever mandated by the ROH Booking Committee, but did so with a bit of trepidation, as he questions Aries “mental state”. ROH Officials have also expressed concern, as Aries’ recent actions, both in and out of the ring; have prompted many to raise issue. From the heated blood feud with Jacobs, to the happenings this past Saturday in New York, and now with Aries refusing all forms of contact from the ROH office, no one is quite sure where Aries stands.

WWE, TNA, ROH official response to ‘The Wrestler’

thewrestler.jpgWWE’s response:
“While ‘The Wrestler’ is a very engaging movie, it portrays how wrestling was conducted in some independent wrestling circuits, unlike WWE, which is a global brand with millions of fans.”

TNA’s response:

“We’re happy to see professional wrestling in the mainstream spotlight through the movie ‘The Wrestler.’ Mickey Rourke’s performance is nothing short of sonsational; Mickey Rourke is the movie. His portrayal of an over-the-hill wrestler struggling to fing his own meaning in life has already been talked about as Oscar-worthy, and rightfully so.”

ROH’s response:

“Jerry Lynn was in attendance at a private ROH screening recently, and (was) said to be very emotional about his career and its similarities to the career of Rourke’s Randy ‘the Ram’ Robinson.”

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“Wrestler” Gimmick Being Used In Ring Of Honor

rohbelt.jpgROH’s veteran wrestler Jerry Lynn sees a strong parallel between his career and Randy “The Ram” Robinson’s career in the new movie, ‘The Veteran.’ So much so, that prowrestlinginsider.com is reporting ROH has decided to create a storyline around the simularities.

The storyline began when ROH heavyweight champion Nigel McGuinness verbally assaulted Lynn after a match, then Lynn apologized for attacking him in response, saying he was wrong to do it and talked about how the wrestling business really didn’t exist for him anymore.

In the ROH storyline, Lynn will now play the underdog who doubts his own abilities but wants one more shot at glory.

The climatic finaly for ‘The Wrestler’ was filmed at a ROH event and frankly, ROH would have to be crazy not to exploit this exposure. If ‘The Wrestler’ really does well, could this lead to a TV contract for ROH?

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