Well, one half of Ring of Honor's (ROH) World Tag Team Champions, Kenny King, appeared on TNA Impact tonight in a move thought to be part of a talent share program much like the Orlando promotion is enjoying with CHIKARA now.
That couldn't be further from the truth.
According to ROH, King's contract with them expired a little less than two weeks ago and the two parties had an agreement in which King was more than able to negotiate another deal with a rival wrestling promotion or sign an extension with the company he holds tag titles with.
While this negotiation period was going on, however, he was not allowed to wrestling for any other promotion without getting permission from ROH first.
King apparently agreed to this stipulation and informed the Philly-based company he was having a meeting with TNA yesterday (July 5). He then told ROH he would actually be wrestling on Impact which they had issues with but King felt the aforementioned agreement was not fair.
Well, we all know how The All Night Express member decided to deal with that.
As a result, ROH has fired King. They phrased it by saying they will "not be doing business with Kenny King going forward" but that's just legal speak for "don't let the door hit ya."
At a time when ROH's roster is thinner than ever, losing one-half of their tag champs has to sting.
Their full statement after the jump.
"The appearance of ROH wrestler Kenny King on another television wrestling program tonight has raised speculation on his future as well as how this appearance could occur.
The contract Kenny King signed in June 2011 expired 11 days ago. Before that expiration, an agreement was reached between Kenny and ROH management for an extension of that contract, with a provision to allow him to negotiate with any other promotions so that he could evaluate his options and any potential interest in him elsewhere. When that short extension concluded he would then be free to accept an offer elsewhere, or sign another long term contract with ROH. Under this agreement, Kenny was free to negotiate but not to wrestle for another organization without ROH's permission.
When Kenny was presented with the written extension reflecting this verbal and handshake agreement, he informed ROH he was unsure if other promotions would accept the negotiation clause. He was told he could take the document to be examined by his attorney or other interested parties before executing it to be reassured any other offers would not be viewed as contract tampering. He also informed ROH that he would keep us apprised of any developments.
He contacted ROH on Tuesday July 3 to inform us that he had a meeting in Orlando on Thursday, July 5, which was within the scope of the agreement he had made. Then, early morning on July 5, he contacted an ROH official to say he would be wrestling on the Orlando event that night. He was told he did not have permission to appear live on television as it violated the agreement that had been made. His response was that the deal he had shaken hands on and agreed to in principle "seemed fair at the time", but "others" had told him it was not, so he did not intend to honor it.
Ring of Honor is disappointed that Kenny has chosen to make this decision, after the company had agreed to and followed through on everything he had asked for at the time of our negotiation. However, we consider this breach of his verbal agreement unacceptable, and regardless of his future employment status with any other wrestling company, ROH will not be doing business with Kenny King going forward.
A statement from ROH will be forthcoming regarding the future of the ROH World Tag Team Championship. Co-holder Rhett Titus remains on the active ROH roster."