Ring Of Honor Taking Break; All Wrestlers Released From Contracts

Ring Of Honor Logo

Ring of Honor has announced that it will be putting itself on hiatus to “pivot with a new mission and strategy following the pandemic.”

Since its inception in 2002, Ring of Honor has been a landmark on the wrestling scene. Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe, The Young Bucks, CM Punk, Adam Cole, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Seth Rollins have all plied their trade in ROH over the years.

The company issued the following statement on their social media channels announcing that they were taking a break come the end of the year:

“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.”

“We now find ourselves at a time where we need to make changes to our 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 wrestling 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 is set to take place on December 11th at the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore. This will be the 20th Final Battle event promoted by Ring Of Honor.

The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer then reported on social media that the company had released everyone from their contracts:

“ROH released everyone from contracts, more to come.”

Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp followed up with more information, stating that the releases will go into effect at the end of 2021:

“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.”

According to Cagematch.net, ROH #529 – Championship Edition will air on November 5th and will feature Josh Woods defending his ROH Pure Title against LSG and Bandido defending the ROH World Championship against Alex Zayne.