On October 27 of 2021 Ring of Honor announced they will be undergoing a massive rebrand in 2022. This comes from Ring of Honor’s official Twitter page. The post reads:
Ring Of Honor Releases Roster
“Throughout the pandemic, our top priority was to keep everyone healthy and safe, and despite not producing any live events over 18 months, we were able to keep everyone fully contracted.” It continues, “We now find ourselves at a time where we need to make changes to our new business operations and are planning a pivot for Ring of Honor, with a new mission and strategy.”
“The year will culminate with a Final Battle in December, and we will be taking the first quarter of 2022 to work internally to reimagine ROH. ROH has the most dedicated fans in the industry, and we appreciate their loyalty and patience as we reconceptualize ROH. We anticipate returning to live events in April for the Super Card of Honor with a new fan-focused product and provide a unique experience for wrestling fans.” Final Battle will be held on December 11th from the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. It will be the first ROH show with fans in attendance since the Death Before Dishonor PPV in September.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter announced via Twitter that ROH had “released everyone from contracts.” Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com added to this announcement: “Based on who I’ve spoken with, ROH releases are effective at the end of the year. If a contract goes beyond that, they’re paid until March 31,” he announced via Twitter at 3:50 PM. He continued, also via Twitter: “ROH Talent was told to contact Greg Gilleland if they want to work elsewhere, and if they’re under a deal they’ll work on making that happen.”
Mike Johnson of PWInsider announced that the decision was made about a week prior to it being made public. He also confirmed that during an ROH Zoom Call, that all talents were informed that if their contracts were expiring at the end of the year, they will not be renewed. At that point, they will be free to go work elsewhere. He also said that ROH is still scheduled to tape TV episodes in Baltimore this weekend and that the PPV will most likely end up being an end-point of this chapter in Ring of Honor, with the company taking a new form in the next year. Ring of Honor’s weekly television show will still air during the hiatus using a mix of archival footage and more.
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