In less than two weeks, Ring of Honor (ROH) will debut on television pay-per-view (PPV) with Best in the World on June 22nd.
As part of and in addition to ramping up and promoting the card for that show (which you can see here), the company has been working to keep the momentum going from their two well-received internet PPV shows with New Japan Pro Wrestling from May.
One announcement has been expected since the promotion teased that former TNA wrestler Christopher Daniels would be returning to ROH. His tag team partner Frankie Kazarian will be joining him. In a video released on YouTube, The Fallen Angel receives a package from "D.C." in Nashville. It contains Kaz, but not their team name "Bad Influence" (does TNA has a trademark on that? Bummer).
Francois makes some jokes about how his last days in Orlando were booked as a jobber for TNA's new circus gimmick, The Menagerie, and the two head back to Nashville for Best in the World.
Bad Influence's their best comedic work (that would be this), but it's solid. I'm excited to see these two get a chance to shine on ROH and in other independent bookings.
The other announcement features UFC fighter "Filthy" Tom Lawlor, who showed up at War of the Worlds to corner reDRagon as they won the ROH tag titles from The Young Bucks. Lawlor impressed in an old school managerial role, and according to TMZ, he and ROH are looking to make that a permanent arrangement.
The celebrity news and gossip site reports that he's expected to be at Best in the World. This will apparently be with the full blessing of the UFC (probably because it is not an in-ring role, although he'll probably get physical as the story necessitates) and in addition to his full-time gig as a fighter for the mixed martial arts company.
Does the news of industry veterans and newcomers joining the Sinclair Broadcasting-owned promotion get you more fired up to spend $24.95 next weekend on the show?