Make that thirteen years and counting for "Mr. ROH".
Roderick Strong, a former Ring of Honor (ROH) World champ and the man who headlined last week's Death Before Dishonor XIII internet pay-per-view (iPPV) trying to reclaim that title, had been working without a contract for the company. That had lead to speculation that he might jump ship, with the possibility of being the centerpiece for Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling being the landing spot I heard speculated on the most.
Well, we don't have to worry about any further legal wranglings between ROH and GFW, at least on this matter, because the Sinclair Broadcasting-owned promotion announced this morning that Roddy is staying in the fold.
Here's the press release:
Roderick Strong Re-signs With Ring of Honor
(BALTIMORE, MD) - Ring of Honor announced Tuesday that Roderick Strong, aka Mr. ROH, has re-signed with the company. The "Triple Crown Champion" was most recently featured as a challenger for the Ring of Honor World Championship against Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor XIII in Baltimore. The spectacular match ended in a draw as the wrestlers battled through the 60-minutes of regulation time allotted for World Championship matches.
"I've set the bar really high for myself and anyone who comes after me," Strong said. "I've got unfinished business in Ring of Honor and winning that ROH World Championship for a second time is of the utmost importance!"
Strong will once again find himself battling with champions as he takes on IWGP Champion "Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada at Field of Honor in Brooklyn, NY on August 22nd.
September 30, 2015 will begin Strong's 13th year with Ring of Honor, as he continues to exemplify Ring of Honor's pride for having the best wrestling on the planet. More information about Roderick Strong, including upcoming appearances and featured products, can be found on rohwrestling.com.
As their war with WWE NXT heats up - the match against New Japan star Okada in August mentioned above is going head-to-head with TakeOver: Brooklyn - this was a key signing for ROH. Strong is as synonymous with the brand as The Briscoes, who the company locked up back in April.
This deal surely keeps Roddy off of television with other promotions; whether or not it will prohibit him from working with companies who stream online (such as WWNLive's Evolve) or are active in DVD sales (like Pro Wrestling Guerrilla), two areas where he's long taken bookings even while working with ROH, is unclear.
Congrats to ROH and Mr. ROH - looking forward to seeing what both do next!