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Ring of Honor
Typ Privately Held
Industry Professional wrestling
Founded 2002
Headquarters Bristol, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Key people Cary Silkin – President

Sydney Eick – Vice President
Ross Abrams – Executive

Parent Sinclair Broadcast Group

Ring of Honor (ROH) is an American strong style professional wrestling promotion, founded in 2002 by Rob Feinstein and Gabe Sapolsky. As of 2010 the promotion was under the ownership of Cary Silkin before being sold to the Sinclair Broadcast Group in May 2011.

ROH currently runs several wrestling shows each month throughout the midwest and on the east coast of North America. It has also held shows on the west coast, in the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada. Annual shows include the "Anniversary Show(s)", "Supercard of Honor", "Death Before Dishonor", "Glory by Honor", and "Final Battle" (the last show of the calendar year). Tournaments on a biyearly basis include Survival of the Fittest and Tag Wars.

ROH records the majority of its shows and sells them on DVD through mail order and through its online store, which has developed a fanbase for the promotion in the United States and beyond. In 2009, ROH signed a long-term television deal with HDNet, airing shows every week. ROH matches are also broadcast on The Fight Network in Canada, on Samurai TV in Japan, and previously aired in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Select shows are broadcast as internet pay-per-views through Go Fight Live.

ROH appears in the 2008 film The Wrestler, where it promotes the final bout of the film between Randy "The Ram" Robinson (played by Mickey Rourke) and The Ayatollah (played by Ernest "The Cat" Miller). Several wrestlers, including Damian Laughboura, Joseph Fischer and Bobby Dempsey appear on film during the ROH scenes. due to its television show and presence on PPV, most wrestling fans regard ROH as the third most prominent professional wrestling promotion in the United States (behind IWE and TNA).

HistoryEdit

Code of HonorEdit

Contenders for championshipsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

Championship Champion(s) Previous champion(s) Date Won Location Event
ROH World Championship Davey Laster Matthew Krebs June 26, 2011 Manhattan, New York Best in the World
ROH World Television Championship Kyle Miller Ryan Barnhart June 26, 2011 Manhattan, New York Best in the World
ROH World Tag Team Championship Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Gomez and Claudio Castagnoli) April 1, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia Honor Takes Center Stage

Previous championshipsEdit

Championship Final Champion(s) Defeated Date Won Location Event
ROH Pure Championship Brown Danielson Damian Laughboura August 12, 2006 Liverpool, England Unified
ROH Number One Contender's Trophy Matt Striker vacant March 13, 2004 Elizabeth, New Jersey At Our Best
ROH Top of the Class Trophy Stephen Murnion Ernie Osiris June 7, 2008 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Respect Is Earned II

Specialty matchesEdit

This match does not require participants to adhere to the Code of Honor and usually involves no disqualifications and the use of weapons. The more violent feuds in ROH typically end up with this match.
  • Field Of Honor
This round-robin style tournament took place from August 2003 – December 2003. It featured 8 wrestlers divided into two blocks, showcasing the rapidly expanding "Pure Wrestling Division". Block A featured Xavier, Matt Garr, Ryan Gleason and John Gustifson while Block B had BJ Whitmer, Colt Cabana, Dan Maff and Jimmy Ray.
  • Round Robin Challenge
Three wrestlers/tag teams compete with each other in a round-robin tournament. They each wrestle two different matches (making a total of three matches), with the one(s) with the most victories winning the challenge. Only Ryan Barnhart has ever won a Round Robin Challenge, as all others have ended in a draw with each of the participants winning one match and losing the other. (Many sports use round-robin tournaments as a common league system, such as soccer and ice hockey. All Japan Pro Wrestling popularized the format in wrestling with its Champion Carnival.)
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