At last nights Impact Live show one half of the Ring Of Honor Tag Team Champion appeared and participated in the Destination X qualifier match. This man is known as Kenny King. A name few know now, but soon most will be chanting.
Heck even yesterday in the land of Twitter he was trending. The crowd was behind him and even Austin Aries had a run in with him while he was being interviewed by Christy Hemme.
Yet we have a small problem as I mentioned before. Like I said King is one half of the Ring Of Honor Tag Champs. Another company.
Now there has been a bunch of word going around on what this means and what’s going on. Well… for one thing ROH themselves made a statement (which at this time seems to be missing):
“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.”
Now with this being put out there it makes a few things happen.
A) Makes ROH look snobby slash stupid.
Why would they make such a big deal about a hand shake agreement? Don’t they know this is a world in which peoples word doesn’t mean nothing. If you say “Hey go find a better deal” and then get mad about it is well, disgusting to think about. I mean honestly it’s like going to McDoanlds and not liking what they have and saying you might come back but end up going to Burger King and eating a Whopper.
You can’t expect someone not to go out and get a better deal if you can’t help them out.
B) ROH Being Stupid
Yes, I know this was already stated in Option A. But let’s follow this a little more. ROH is stupid. Plain and simple. You don’t put the title on someone who’s contract ends in a week. That’s just stupid. And especially in this business, the business of wrestling is tough, rough and well, we’ve seen this before.
From Madusa jumping ship to WCW and taking the WWF Women’s to Nitro and trashing the title. To Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA World Title and declaring the birth of ECW. History is bound to repeat itself. Probably the reason the entire Bret Hart, Vince McMahon and the whole Montreal Screw Job happened. Because of the fear of it Bret taking the WWF title to WCW.
Thus the fear that Kenny King would take the ROH Tag Title or at least one half of them to TNA and declare it dumb, stupid or dead.
Yet he didn’t.
There is internet rumors, hopes or whatever that maybe a Invasion gimmick will occur with ROH wrestlers coming to TNA kinda like the original invasion gimmick with ECW going to WWF. Or maybe starting a ROH super group like nWo. Who knows?
Maybe me. Maybe you. But we will all have to see what happens this Sunday. Because the former ROH World Heavyweight Champion is going to fight for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
And with Kenny King attempting to win the X Division Title we could have a small stable or alliance beginning there. Especially with all that gold.