Wrestling Gold: The History of the ROH World Heavyweight Championship

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IMay 8, 2013

Wrestling Gold: The History of the ROH World Heavyweight Championship

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    Throughout the history of professional wrestling, the business has awarded championship belts in many divisions. While some have been forgotten over the years, some titles have stood the test of time.

    The WWE has seen almost 30 titles defended, but today only six remain.

    TNA Wrestling began with three titles—the NWA World and Tag Team Championships as well its own X-Division title, but today it owns its own belts and fans see six titles defended between its ropes.

    Ring of Honor Wrestling began with just two, but has since added another title to its ranks.

    While Shimmer has only been around for a few years, the most well-known all-women’s wrestling promotion currently holds two titles.

    Wrestling Gold will concentrate on the active titles of the companies listed, as well as the NWA World and Tag Team Championships, and any other active title the readers would like to see!

    For this edition of Wrestling Gold, I present the ROH World Heavyweight Championship!

    Ring of Honor’s top prize, first known as the ROH Heavyweight Championship, was established in July 2002, four months after the company was founded. ROH put four wrestlers into a 60-minute Iron Man match to determine the winner, and the match saw Low Ki defeat Christopher Daniels, Spanky and Douglas Williams to become the inaugural champion.

    In May 2003, the title was defended in a different country for the first time when then-champion Samoa Joe put the title on the line in the United Kingdom against The Zebra Kid. The title was then renamed the ROH World Heavyweight Championship as a result.

    Three years later, ROH’s secondary title, the ROH Pure Championship, would be unified with the World title when Bryan Danielson defeated Nigel McGuinness in August 2006.

    Throughout the title's 11-year history, it has seen 18 champions. Let’s get started!

Low Ki

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    Defeated: Christopher Daniels, Spanky and Douglas Williams

    Where: Philadelphia

    When: July 27, 2002

    Event: Crowning a Champion

    Title Reign: 56 days

    This was a four-way 60-minute Iron Man match to determine the first-ever ROH Heavyweight champion.

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH Heavyweight champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • Three-time NWA World Tag Team champion
    • Two-time TNA X Division champion
    • Two-time ECWA Tag Team champion
    • One-time FCW Florida Tag Team champion
    • One-time FOW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time FWA Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ICW champion
    • One-time ICW (New Jersey) Heavyweight champion
    • One-time IWC Super Indy champion
    • Three-time JAPW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time JAPW Light Heavyweight champion
    • One-time JCW champion
    • One-time JCW Tag Team champion
    • One-time LIWF Light Heavyweight champion
    • One-time MWF Heavyweight champion
    • Three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA International Lightweight Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA/UPW/ZERO-ONE International Junior Heavyweight champion
    • One-time PWF Heavyweight champion
    • One-time PWG World champion
    • One-time WORLD-1 Openweight champion
    • One-time UXA Pro Tag Team champion
    • One-time WXW Cruiserweight champion
    • One-time MCW (Illinois) Tag Team champion

     

    Accolades:

    • 2001 ECWA Super 8 Tournament winner
    • 2006 IWA Mid-South Ted Petty Invitational winner
    • 2007 Inductee into the ECWA Hall of Fame
    • 2008 PWG Battle of Los Angeles winner
    • Season 2 winner of WWE NXT

    Where Are They Now?

    After stints in both TNA Wrestling as both Low Ki and Senshi, and in WWE as Kaval, he can now be seen on the independent circuit. You’ll mostly see him in Evolve and Dragon Gate USA, though.

Xavier

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    Defeated: Low Ki

    Where: Philadelphia

    When: Sept. 21, 2002

    Event: Unscripted

    Title Reign: 182 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH Heavyweight champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time DCW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ECWA Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ECWA Tag Team champion
    • Three-time ICW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ICW Tag Team champion
    • One-time JAPW Light Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NYWC Interstate champion
    • One-time NEW champion
    • One-time UCW North Eastern champion
    • One-time UXW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time UXW Tag Team champion
    • One-time UXW United States champion
    • Two-time UXW X-Treme champion
    • One-time WSU Heavyweight champion

    Accolades:

    • 2010 ICW Impact Cup winner

    Where Are They Now?

    After making an appearance for WWE on Velocity, Xavier returned to ROH in 2006 for a year. He would also have a tryout match for TNA Wrestling in 2010. You can now see him on the independent circuit.

Samoa Joe

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    Defeated: Xavier

    Where: Philadelphia

    When: March 22, 2003

    Event: Night of Champions

    Title Reign: 645 days

    After Samoa Joe successfully defended the title in London, England on May 17, 2003, the ROH Heavyweight Championship was renamed the ROH World Heavyweight Championship.

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ROH Pure champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time TNA World Heavyweight champion
    • Four-time TNA X Division champion
    • Two-time TNA World Tag Team champion
    • One-time TNA Television champion
    • One-time Natural Heavyweight champion
    • One-time GHC Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA Intercontinental Tag Team champion
    • One-time PWA Pure Wrestling champion
    • One-time TWE Heavyweight champion
    • One-time UPW Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time UPW No Holds Barred champion
    • Two-time UIWA Tag Team champion

    Accolades:

    • 2000 SoCal Uncensored Rookie of the Year
    • 2004 IWA Mid-South Revolution Strong Style Tournament winner
    • 2005 TNA Super X Cup winner
    • 2006 EWF Xtreme 8 Tournament winner
    • 2006 TNA Turkey Bowl winner
    • 2006 winner of Mr. TNA
    • 2006 winner of Mr. X Division
    • 2006-2007 TNA Feud of the Year
    • 2007 TNA Finisher of the Year
    • 2008 TNA King of the Mountain winner
    • 2009 TNA Feast or Fired winner
    • 2011 TNA Maximum Impact Tournament winner
    • 2011 TNA Wild Card Tag Team Tournament winner

    Where Are They Now?

    Samoa Joe can now be seen in TNA Wrestling as a part of the TNA army against the Aces & Eights.

Austin Aries

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    Defeated: Samoa Joe

    Where: Philadelphia

    When: Dec. 26, 2004

    Event: Final Battle

    Title Reign: 174 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • Two-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ROH World Tag Team champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time TNA World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time TNA X Division champion
    • One-time TNA World Tag Team champion
    • One-time MAW Junior Heavyweight champion
    • One-time MWCW Light Heavyweight champion
    • One-time MIAW Cruiserweight champion

CM Punk

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    Defeated: Austin Aries

    Where: Morristown, N.J.

    When: June 18, 2005

    Event: Death Before Dishonor III

    Title Reign: 55 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time ROH Tag Team champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • Three-time World Heavyweight champion (WWE)
    • Two-time WWE champion
    • One-time World Tag Team champion (WWE)
    • One-time WWE Intercontinental champion
    • One-time ECW champion
    • Five-time IWA Mid-South Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight champion
    • One-time IWC World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time MAW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA Cyberspace Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA Revolution Heavyweight champion
    • One-time OVW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time OVW Southern Tag Team champion
    • One-time OVW Television champion
    • Two-time SDW Northern States Television champion
    • One-time SPCW Northern States Light Heavyweight champion

    Accolades:

    • 2008 WWE Money in the Bank winner
    • 2008 WWE Slammy Award for “OMG” Moment of the Year
    • 2009 WWE Money in the Bank winner
    • 2009 WWE Slammy Award for Shocker of the Year
    • 2010 WWE Slammy Award for Despicable Me
    • 2011 WWE Slammy Awards for Superstar of the Year, Pipe Bomb of the Year and T-Shirt of the Year

    Where Are They Now?

    CM Punk is currently a top star with WWE. At the moment, though, he is taking a break.

James Gibson

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    Defeated: CM Punk, Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe

    Where: Dayton, Ohio

    When: Aug. 12, 2005

    Event: Redemption

    Title Reign: 36 days

    This was a Fatal 4-Way Elimination match for the title.

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time WWE Cruiserweight champion
    • One-time HWA Cruiserweight champion
    • One-time IPW Light Heavyweight champion

    Where Are They Now?

    James Gibson, better known as WWE’s Jamie Noble, would retire in 2009. He still works backstage for WWE, though, and will also wrestle the occasional match.

Bryan Danielson

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    Defeated: James Gibson

    Where: Lake Grove, N.Y.

    When: Sept. 17, 2005

    Event: Glory by Honor IV

    Title Reign: 462 days

    On August 12, 2006, Bryan Danielson defeated Nigel McGuinness to retain his ROH World Heavyweight Championship and win McGuinness’ ROH Pure Championship. The two belts were then unified, which resulted in the Pure Championship getting abandoned.

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ROH Pure champion
    • 2004 ROH Survival of the Fittest winner

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time World Heavyweight champion (WWE)
    • One-time WWE United States champion
    • One-time WWE Tag Team champion
    • One-time APW Worldwide Internet champion
    • One-time ASW World Heavy Middleweight champion
    • One-time ECWA Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight champion
    • One-time FIP Heavyweight champion
    • One-time IWA Puerto Rico Heavyweight champion
    • One-time MCW Southern Light Heavyweight champion
    • One-time MCW Southern Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight champion
    • One-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team champion
    • Two-time PWG World champion
    • One-time GHC Junior Heavyweight champion
    • One-time TWA Tag Team champion
    • One-time wXw Word Heavyweight champion
    • One-time WSW Heavyweight champion

    Accolades:

    • 2001 APW King of the Indies winner
    • 2004 NJPW Best of the American Super Juniors winner
    • 2010 Evolve Match of the Year
    • 2010 wXw Ambition 1 winner
    • 2010 WWE Slammy Awards for Cole in your Stocking and Shocker of the Year
    • 2011 WWE Money in the Bank (SmackDown) winner
    • 2012 WWE Slammy Awards for Tweet of the Year, Facial Hair of the Year and Upset of the Year

    Where Are They Now?

    Bryan Danielson now goes be the name of Daniel Bryan in WWE. He is currently one-half of the WWE Tag Team champions with Kane as Team Hell No.

Homicide

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    Defeated: Bryan Danielson

    Where: Manhattan, N.Y.

    When: Dec. 23, 2006

    Event: Final Battle

    Title Reign: 56 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • 2005 ROH Trios Tournament winner

    Other Career Highlights:

    • Two-time NWA World Tag Team champion
    • One-time TNA World Tag Team champion
    • One-time TNA X Division champion
    • One-time ACW Great American champion
    • One-time BJPW Junior Heavyweight champion
    • One-time DCW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time DCW Tag Team champion
    • One-time EPW Cruiserweight champion
    • One-time FIP Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ICW Tag Team champion
    • One-time IWA World Tag Team champion
    • Three-time IWU Georgia champion
    • Seven-time JAPW Heavyweight champion
    • Seven-time JAPW Tag Team champion
    • One-time JCW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time LIWF Heavyweight champion
    • One-time LIWF Light Heavyweight champion
    • One-time LIWF New Jersey champion
    • One-time NHPW Art of the Fighting champion
    • Two-time NWA Wildside Tag Team champion
    • One-time PWG Tag Team champion
    • One-time PWU Heavyweight champion
    • One-time USA Pro Heavyweight champion
    • One-time USA Pro United States champion
    • Two-time UXW Xtreme champion
    • One-time MAS Cruiserweight champion
    • Three-time WMF All Borough champion

    Accolades:

    • 2004 PWG Tango & Cash Invitational winner
    • 2006 TNA Match of the Year
    • 2008 TNA Deuces Wild Tag Team Tournament winner
    • 2008 TNA Feast or Fired winner

    Where Are They Now?

    After appearing for TNA Wrestling as a member of the Latin American Xchange, and returning to Ring of Honor briefly last year, Homicide can now be seen on the independent circuit.

Takeshi Morishima

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    Defeated: Homicide

    Where: Philadelphia

    When: Feb. 17, 2007

    Event: Fifth Year Festival

    Title Reign: 231 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time 3CW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time AAA World Tag Team champion
    • Two-time GHC Heavyweight champion
    • Four-time GHC Tag Team champion
    • Two-time WLW Heavyweight champion

    Accolades:

    • 2007 Cauliflower Alley Club’s Future Legend Award winner
    • 2007 Tokyo Sports Grand Prix’s Fighting Spirit Award winner
    • 2008 GHC One Day Heavyweight Six-Man Tag Team Tournament winner
    • 2011 GHC Global League Tournament winner
    • 2012 GHC One Night Six-Man Tag Team Tournament winner
    • 2012 Tokyo Sports Grand Prix’s Distinguished Service Medal winner

    Where Are They Now?

    Takeshi Morishima can now be seen wrestling in his native Japan, specifically in Pro Wrestling NOAH.

Nigel McGuinness

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    Defeated: Takeshi Morishima

    Where: Edison, N.J.

    When: Oct. 6, 2007

    Event: Undeniable

    Title Reign: 545 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ROH Pure champion
    • ROH Matchmaker Nov. 2012-present

    Other Career Highlights:

    • Two-time HWA European champion
    • Two-time HWA Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time HWA Tag Team champion
    • One-time New Breed Heavyweight champion
    • One-time 1PW Openweight champion

    Accolades:

    • 2007 King of Europe Cup winner

    Where Are They Now?

    Nigel McGuinness would leave ROH to go to TNA in 2009. As Desmond Wolfe, he didn’t find much success there. He returned to ROH in 2011, but would ultimately retire that December. McGuinness is still with Ring of Honor, though, as the ROH Matchmaker.

Jerry Lynn

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    Defeated: Nigel McGuinness

    Where: Houston, Texas

    When: April 3, 2009

    Event: Supercard of Honor IV

    Title Reign: 71 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time WWF Light Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time NWA World Tag Team champion
    • Two-time TNA X Division champion
    • One-time ECW World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time AAW Heavyweight champion
    • Eight-time ACW-IWA Texas Heavyweight champion
    • 19-time ACW-IWA Texas Tag Team champion
    • Six-time CWA Heavyweight champion
    • Five-time GCW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time GWF Light Heavyweight champion
    • Four-time HWA World Heavyweight champion
    • Five-time IWA East Coast Heavyweight champion
    • One-time IWA Mid-South Heavyweight champion
    • Five-time IWA Super Indy champion
    • One-time MPX champion
    • One-time NEPW Triple Crown champion
    • Three-time NWS World champion
    • One-time NYWC Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NYWC Interstate champion
    • One-time PH&W Tag Team champion
    • Five-time PWA Heavyweight champion
    • Three-time PWA Light Heavyweight champion
    • One-time PWA Tag Team champion
    • One-time SAW International champion
    • One-time SPW Tag Team champion
    • One-time UWA Heavyweight champion
    • One-time USWO Television champion
    • One-time WWA champion
    • One-time AEW Massacre champion
    • One-time AEW Premier World champion
    • One-time WWA International Cruiserweight champion

    Accolades:

    • 2004 TNA World X Cup winner
    • 2007 ECWA Super 8 Tournament winner
    • 2008 IWC Super Indy Tournament winner
    • 2012 Extreme Rising Legend of the Year

    Where Are They Now?

    After a successful career that began on March 23, 1988, Jerry Lynn would retire 25 years later to the day on March 23, 2013. On his retirement tour, Lynn would make appearances throughout the country, including Ring of Honor and TNA Wrestling, where he faced long-time rival Rob Van Dam.

Austin Aries

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    Defeated: Jerry Lynn and Tyler Black

    Where: Manhattan

    When: June 13, 2009

    Event: Manhattan Mayhem III

    Title Reign: 245 days

    This was a Triple Threat Elimination match for the title.

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time MIW Cruiserweight champion
    • One-time NWA Midwest X Division champion
    • One-time NPW Cruiserweight champion
    • One-time PWW Heavyweight champion
    • Onetime SDW Tag Team champion

    Accolades:

    • 2002 NPW Cruiserweight Championship Tournament winner
    • 2011 TNA X Division Showcase winner

    Where Are They Now?

    Austin Aries is now a member of the TNA roster. He is currently teaming with Bobby Roode.

Tyler Black

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    Defeated: Austin Aries

    Where: Manhattan

    When: Feb. 13, 2010

    Event: Eighth Anniversary Show

    Title Reign: 210 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time ROH World Tag Team champion
    • 2009 ROH Survival of the Fittest winner

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time AIW Intense Division champion
    • Two-time AAW Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time AAW Tag Team champion
    • One-time FCW Florida Heavyweight champion
    • One-time FCW 15 champion
    • One-time FCW Florida Tag Team champion
    • One-time NXT champion
    • One-time FIP World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time IWA Mid-Couth Light Heavyweight champion
    • One-time MCPW World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NWA Midwest Tag Team champion
    • One-time PWG World Tag Team champion

    Accolades:

    • 2011 FCW Jack Brisco Classic winner
    • 2012 NXT Gold Rush Tournament winner

    Where Are They Now?

    Tyler Black now goes by the name Seth Rollins and is a member of WWE’s Shield stable with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.

Roderick Strong

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    Defeated: Tyler Black

    Where: Manhattan

    When: Sept. 11, 2010

    Event: Glory by Honor IX

    Title Reign: 189 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ROH World Tag Team champion
    • One-time ROH World Television champion
    • 2008 ROH Survival of the Fittest winner
    • 2010 ROH Honor Gauntlet winner
    • 2010 ROH Toronto Gauntlet winner

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time AWF Heavyweight champion
    • Three-time NWA Florida X Division champion
    • Two-time FIP World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time FIP Tag Team champion
    • One-time FEW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time IPW Florida Unified Cruiserweight champion
    • One-time IPW Tag Team champion
    • One-time IWA East Coast Heavyweight champion
    • One-time LWF Heavyweight champion
    • One-time PWX Tag Team champion
    • Three-time PWG World Tag Team champion
    • One-time SFCW Heavyweight champion
    • One-time SFCW Tag Team champion

    Accolades:

    • 2006 SoCal Uncensored Match of the Year
    • 2007 PWG Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Championship Tournament winner
    • 2008 IWA Mid-South Revolution Strong Style Tournament winner
    • 2008 PWG Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Championship Tournament winner

    Where Are They Now?

    Roderick Strong is still a member of the Ring of Honor roster.

Eddie Edwards

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    Defeated: Roderick Strong

    Where: Manhattan

    When: March 19, 2011

    Event: Manhattan Mayhem IV

    Title Reign: 99 days

    With this victory, Eddie Edwards became Ring of Honor’s first wrestler to win all three major titles, thus becoming a Triple Crown Champion.

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ROH World Tag Team champion
    • One-time ROH World Television champion
    • 2010 ROH Survival of the Fittest winner

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time ACW Junior Heavyweight champion
    • One-time Fight Club: Pro champion
    • One-time MWF Television champion
    • Four-time NECW Tag Team champion
    • One-time PWX Tag Team champion
    • One-time 2CW Tag Team champion
    • One-time TRP Heavyweight champion
    • One-time PWI International Ultra J champion

    Accolades:

    • 2007 and 2007 NECW Iron 8 Championship Tournament winner
    • 2012 Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Global Tag League Technical Skill Award winner
    • PWE Bank the Money winner

    Where Are They Now?

    Eddie Edwards is now back with Davey Richards in the American Wolves tag team in ROH.

Davey Richards

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    Defeated: Eddie Edwards

    Where: Manhattan

    When: June 26, 2011

    Event: Best in the World

    Title Reign: 321 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • Two-time ROH World Tag Team champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time AWA Washington Tag Team champion
    • Two-time FIP World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time Futureshock champion
    • Two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team champion
    • One-time PWP Tag Team champion
    • One-time PWG World champion
    • Three-time PWG World Tag Team champion
    • One-time 2CW Tag Team champion

    Accolades:

    • 2006 ECWA Super 8 Tournament winner
    • 2006 PWG Battle of Los Angeles winner
    • 2006 SoCal Uncensored Match of the Year

    Where Are They Now?

    After losing the title, Davey Richards reformed his team with Eddie Edwards. The American Wolves are now vying for the ROH World Tag Team Championship.

Kevin Steen

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    Defeated: Davey Richards

    Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    When: May 12, 2012

    Event: Border Wars

    Title Reign: 328 days

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • One-time ROH World Tag Team champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • One-time C*4 champion
    • One-time C*4 Tag Team champion
    • One-time CZW Iron Man champion
    • Two-time EWR Heavyweight champion
    • One-time IWS Canadian champion
    • Three-time IWS Heavyweight champion
    • One-time NSPW champion
    • Three-time PWG World champion
    • Three-time PWG World Tag Team champion
    • One-time 2CW Heavyweight champion

    Accolades:

    • 2005 EWR Elite 8 Tournament winner
    • 2005 SoCal Uncensored Wrestler of the Year

    Where Are They Now?

    After Kevin Steen lost the World title, his S.C.U.M. stable turned on him. Steen is now fighting with ROH against them.

Jay Briscoe

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    Defeated: Kevin Steen

    Where: New York City

    When: April 5, 2013

    Event: Supercard of Honor VII

    Title Reign: 32 days and counting

    Ring of Honor Highlights:

    • One-time ROH World Heavyweight champion
    • Eight-time ROH World Tag Team champion

    Other Career Highlights:

    • Two-time CZW World Tag Team champion
    • One-time FIP Tag Team champion
    • One-time JAPW Tag Team champion
    • One-time NWA Wildside Tag Team champion
    • One-time GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team champion
    • One-time PWF United States Heavyweight champion
    • One-time PWU Tag Team champion
    • One-time RCW Tag Team champion
    • One-time 2SW Tag Team champion
    • One-time UXW Tag Team champion

    Accolades:

    • 2012 Extreme Rising Match of the Year
    • 2012 Extreme Rising Moment of the Year

    Where Are They Now?

    Jay Briscoe just successfully retained his title against Adam Cole at Border Wars this past Sunday. He is now set to defend the title at Best in the World on June 22 against his brother Mark.

Statistics and Final Thoughts

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    Most Reigns: Austin Aries (two)

    Longest Reign: Samoa Joe (645 days)

    Longest Combined Reign: Samoa Joe (one reign for 645 days; Aries’ two reigns were only 419 days)

    Shortest Reign: James Gibson (36 days)

    I have a tremendous amount of respect for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship and for Ring of Honor with how they treat the belt.

    In professional wrestling, fans will see one guy hold a World Championship many times. Recent examples include John Cena’s 11 reigns as WWE champion, Edge’s seven with the World Championship and Kurt Angle’s five as TNA World champion. When you look at ROH’s title, there has been only one repeat champion.

    Everybody in Ring of Honor gets the opportunity to be a World champion, not just the top stars. I think one of the best examples is the current champion Jay Briscoe, who is a tag team wrestler. It doesn’t matter if a wrestler is in the midcard or primarily part of a team, he’ll get the chance to win the company’s top prize.

    Instead of seeing the same guys over and over again in the title picture, Ring of Honor features different challengers almost every month. I sometimes get bored with the main event scenes in WWE and TNA because the same people are getting title shots all the time.

    Ring of Honor utilizes all of the talent that they have, not just the same three or four wrestlers.

    Thanks for reading! We are coming into the final stretch of the series. Next up will be the original World Heavyweight Championship from 1905, which will tie into the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. In turn, WWE’s two World Championships and the TNA World Championship both broke off from the NWA title.

    The next edition may take me a few weeks to complete as the original World title is a bit complicated. Once it’s done, though, it’ll be smooth sailing to the finish line!

     

    Previous Installments

    WWE DivasTNA KnockoutsTNA Knockouts TagWWE TagTNA TagShimmerWWE US 1WWE US 2TNA TVTNA X-Division│ WWE IC 1WWE IC 2WWE IC 3WWE IC 4ROH TVROH Tag

     

    Abandoned Series

    WWE Women’sWWE EuropeanECW TelevisionWCW HardcoreWCW US Tag TeamWWF Martial ArtsWWF InternationalWCW Women’sECW WorldWWE CruiserweightWWF Light WeightECW Tag TeamFTW WorldWCW 6-Man Tag TeamMillion DollarWWF JuniorWWF Women’s Tag TeamWCW International│ WCW TV pt.1WCW TV pt. 2WWE Hardcore │WCW Tag Team pt. 1WCW Tag Team pt. 2World Tag Team pt. 1World Tag Team pt. 2│ World Tag Team pt. 3World Tag Team pt. 4WWWF USAAWA World

     

    Sources 

    http://www.rohwrestling.com/wrestlers/champions

    http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/roh/roh-h.html   

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ROH_World_Championship

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ROH_World_Champions   

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