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Jonathan Gresham has been in the news recently, not only for his 224 ROH Championship reign coming to an end but also for requesting his release from Ring of Honor on the day of their last pay-per-view.

“Gresham — I don’t know, man, he just rubs me the wrong way,” AEW star Eddie Kingston said while on “Highspots Superstore.” “I don’t know. I just have a bad feeling.”

Gresham most recently wrestled when he took on Claudio Castagnoli in Castagnoli’s first Ring of Honor match in almost 11 years at Death Before Dishonor, defending his ROH Championship against the Swiss Superman. In what would wind up being the second shortest match of the night, Castagnoli defeated Gresham after hitting a Ricola Bomb for the win, marking his first major World Championship win in professional wrestling.

Before this loss, Gresham had defended the ROH Championship in multiple companies after the ROH went on a hiatus following Final Battle 2021 in December, including Progress, Impact Wrestling, and AEW on two separate occasions.

According to a report from Fightful, Gresham, who has been signed to ROH/AEW, had a meeting before Death Before Dishonor with ROH and AEW owner Tony Khan where he yelled at Khan and was visibly frustrated. Gresham had also made it known beforehand that he had not had much communication with the owner, and coming out of the meeting, Gresham requested his release from the company. In the same report, it was stated that following the end of the month, Gresham would not be wrestling soon and would be taking time off.

Gresham and Eddie Kingston have gone one-on-one three times, with their most recent match taking place at Progress Chapter 92: Entertaining Friends, with Gresham walking away with the victory by count-out. Kingston most recently wrestled on TV when he took on long-time rival Chris Jericho in a Barbed Wire Death Match on the July 20th edition of “AEW: Dynamite,” losing to Jericho after the Painmaker received help from fellow Jericho Appreciation Society member Sammy Guevara. Kingston also wrestled at the NJPW Strong tapings on July 24th, taking on Jake Something. However, the match has not aired yet.

Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view kicked off with a new ROH World Champion.

AEW star and Blackpool Combat Club member Claudio Castagnoli defeated Jonathan Gresham to become the new ROH World Champion.

This win marks Claudio Castagnoli’s first ROH World Title reign. During his first run with ROH, Castagnoli held the ROH World Tag Team Championship twice with Chris Hero.

Before losing the title tonight, Gresham had been the champion since defeating Jay Lethal at Final Battle in December 2021.

Ring of Honor World Champion Jonathan Gresham now knows who he will face at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view, and it’s a big name from ROH’s past.

It was announced during Friday night’s episode of “AEW Rampage” that Claudio Castagnoli will get the title shot against Gresham. Castagnoli confronted Gresham earlier in the episode after Gresham’s successfully defended his title against Lee Moriarty.

Gresham boasted he would be appearing on AEW programming every week going forward. He vowed to outclass and outwrestle all of the favorites of the AEW audience. Gresham declared himself “the best hold-for-hold wrestler in the world”. Gresham’s new manager Tully Blanchard continued to hype up his client until they were interrupted by Castagnoli.

Castagnoli wrestled in Ring of Honor between 2005 and 2011. He won the ROH World Tag Team Championship on two occasions with his longtime partner Chris Hero as The Kings of Wrestling. However, singles gold eluded Castagnoli in ROH.

Castagnoli spent more than a decade in WWE before leaving the company after his contract expired earlier this year. He made his AEW debut as the newest member of the Blackpool Combat Club at the Forbidden Door pay-per-view as the surprised opponent for Zack Sabre Jr. Filling in for the injured Bryan Danielson, Castagnoli got the win.

Just days later, Castagnoli forced Matt Menard to submit to the Sharpshooter to win the Blood & Guts match between the BCC and the Jericho Appreciation Society. Castagnoli scored another win in AEW on this past Wednesday’s “Dynamite” when he defeated Jake Hager.

Gresham has held the ROH World Championship for more than 200 days. His trajectory took an unexpected turn during last Friday’s episode of “Rampage” when he turned on Moriarty during a tag team match and revealed himself as the newest member of Tully Blanchard Enterprises. The stable also includes Brian Cage and the recently formed tag team Gates of Agony: Toa Liona and Kaun.

Reigning ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham turned heel and aligned himself with Tully Blanchard on the latest edition of AEW Rampage.

Gresham was teaming with Lee Moriarty to face The Gates of Agony, who were already managed by Blanchard. Agony members Kaun and Toa Liona isolated Moriarty during the bout’s early stages before the underdog babyface went to make a big hot tag to Gresham.

That’s when the turn happened.

Jonathan refused the tag, stepped off the ring apron and then hugged Tully at ringside. Later, during a follow up promo, Gresham bitched about AEW’s treatment of him since Tony Khan purchased Ring Of Honor – that’s why he’s decided to link up with Blanchard.

The heel turn came across well on TV, but there are some worries that All Elite continues to dilute its product by featuring so many moving parts; IMPACT was previously an affiliate, then they booked the major Forbidden Door pay-per-view alongside NJPW.

Now, ROH is getting some valuable minutes on top programming like Dynamite and Rampage.

Khan went on to book Gresham vs. Moriarty for the ROH Title at next week’s Fyter Fest.

Ring of Honor World Champion Jonathan Gresham was checked out for a concussion following his successful title defence at last night’s AEW Battle of the Belts 2.

There, Gresham retained his prize against former ROH World Champion Dalton Castle, forcing Castle to tap out to the Octopus submission.

As per Fightful Select, there was a check on Gresham after the contest, with him assessed for a concussion. The grappler wasn’t immediately cleared, and there’s no word as of this writing on his status. The belief is that the gutwrench sequence early in the match was the cause of this possible concussion.

In terms of Dalton Castle, it remains to be seen whether he’s officially signed with AEW, either to work on All Elite programming or to be utilised in Ring of Honor. As a huge favourite of ROH fans, there’s definitely the demand there to see Castle appearing for AEW and/or ROH, and the Party Peacock is believed to have had several meetings with Tony Khan in recent months.

Elsewhere at Battle of the Belts 2, Sammy Guevara defeated Scorpio Sky to become a three-time TNT Champion, whilst the main event saw Thunder Rosa successfully retain her AEW Women’s Championship against Thunder Rosa.

ROH World Champion & PROGRESS Unified World Champion Jonathan Gresham has reportedly signed with AEW.

After weeks of speculation, a new report from Fightful Select confirms that Gresham has signed an AEW contract that will also see him perform for ROH.

Gresham will make his AEW TV debut at Battle of The Belts II this Saturday night on TNT as he defends the Ring of Honor strap against ROH veteran Dalton Castle.

AEW has also signed “Gates of Agony” Kaun and Toa Liona to similar contracts, as reported earlier this week. Word is that there are other talents who are signed to these AEW/ROH contracts, and names should be confirmed soon.

Gresham became the Undisputed ROH World Champion by defeating Bandido in the main event of ROH Supercard of Honor on April 1, which was the first show booked by new ROH owner Tony Khan.

Gresham has worked for Impact Wrestling in recent months, and will face Eddie Edwards in a non-title match at the Rebellion pay-per-view on April 23. There’s no word yet on if this will be his final date for Impact.

Gresham has also worked several indie dates in recent months, but there’s no word on if this new AEW/ROH contract will allow him to continue taking those bookings. Gresham captured the PROGRESS Wrestling Unified World Title on March 20 at Chapter 130 by defeating Cara Noir. Since then he has retained over Malik and Warren Banks, but there’s no word on how the AEW/ROH contract will impact his PROGRESS run.

With it previously reported that numerous Ring of Honor talent would become free agents when 2021 rolled to a close, there’s an update on some of the names who now find themselves in this situation.

As per Fightful Select, it’s confirmed that ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham, ROH Pure Champion and the very nice, very evil Danhausen are amongst those who are officially free agents.

In the case of Gresham, Fightful adds how he has actually been a free agent for a couple of weeks. The Octopus received papers to finalise the end of his contract the week after last month’s Final Battle PPV – where Gresham defeated Jay Lethal to take home the original ROH World Title.

Gresham is said to still have a positive relationship with ROH, and he’s able to defend the ROH World Championship by running any such matches past the ROH office. One such match, of course, will see Gresham face Josh Alexander at 16 January’s Terminus event with the ROH World Title on the line.

Already, certain ROH stars have started to surface in other notable promotions. For example, Josh Woods recently competed on AEW Dark, ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoe Brothers are on a collision course with FTR, ROH Women’s Champion Rok-C was part of a recent WWE tryout, and the aforementioned Lethal has formally become #AllElite.

As for Ring of Honor itself, the company is now on hiatus until the second quarter of 2022.

Josh Woods won the ROH Pure Championship against Jonathan Gresham at ROH Death Before Dishonor.

After hard-fought match, Woods hit a huge suplex on Gresham to get the pinfall victory. About halfway through there was a double pin, but Gresham demanded that the match be restarted as he didn’t want a draw to tarnish his record and so he could end the night 13-0.

Post-match, Gresham put the title around Woods and shook the new champion’s hand. Gresham had held the title for 385 days.

Chris Dickinson and Homicide won the ROH World Tag Team Championship against Rhett Titus and Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham at tonight’s ROH Best in the World.

Tracy Williams wasn’t cleared for action tonight after being legit hit by a car a couple weeks back. Jay Lethal was going to replace him, but got destroyed by Brody King and had to bow out.

After a difficult title match against Mike Bennett, Gresham had to step in, although he wasn’t at one-hundred percent for his second match of the night. Homicide hit his finisher, 1-8-7, on Gresham for the pinfall victory.

Daniel Bryan spoke with Graham GSM Matthews of Bleacher Report before his match against WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at the Fastlane PPV.

With so much talent in wrestling promotions around the world, Bryan revealed some of his dream matches outside of the WWE Universe. With Kazuchika Okada being one of them, Bryan also noted he actually got to face another of NJPW’s top stars, Shingo Takagi, in Ring of Honor.

“Okada, from the time I got to WWE until now, he’s gone from someone you didn’t know much about to one of the best wrestlers in the world,” Bryan said. “I’ve actually wrestled Shingo, and he’s fantastic. I always loved him in Ring of Honor, and I wasn’t even 30 years old yet, but for whatever reason, I wrestled Seth Rollins in one of his first big singles matches in Ring of Honor, and it was really the story of the veteran versus the young up-and-comer. I’ve always loved doing that sort of thing and those kinds of matches.”

Moving to All Elite Wrestling, Bryan picked out Jungle Boy, MJF, and AEW TNT Champion Darby Allin. For NXT, he looked to wrestlers like Kushida, Kyle O’Reilly, and Finn Balor — someone he’s faced on the indies, but not in WWE.

“When you look at the AEWs or whatever it is, somebody like Jungle Boy or MJF or Darby Allin,” Bryan stated. “Those guys are really interesting to me. When you look at NXT, he’s not young, but I’ve always wanted to wrestle Kushida. That guy’s great. Kyle O’Reilly and I, I don’t know if we’ve ever wrestled. I’ve always wanted to do a singles match with him because he’s gotten so, so good. Finn Balor and I have wrestled on the independents once or twice, and I’d love to do a match with him in WWE. There are just so many guys.”

Bryan also picked out ROH Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham, and NXT General Manager William Regal’s son, Bailey Matthews, as others he’d like to face in the ring.

“The problem is, guys are so good now and I like wrestling so much, so when you start naming names, then other names come up,” Bryan said. “In Ring of Honor, there’s a guy named Jonathan Gresham. He’s fantastic. I’d love to wrestle Jonathan Gresham. There are all these great guys. When people say that, one thing I don’t like about that is that sometimes it minimizes how many guys in WWE I’d like to wrestle.

“I’ve never wrestled Matt Riddle one-on-one. I’ve never wrestled Ricochet one-on-one. I’ve wrestled Johnny Gargano one-on-one before I came to WWE, but it was mostly a comedy match where I got my pants pulled down and my butt was probably out for a full five minutes.

“A Kushida match, a Kyle O’Reilly match, there are so many great guys,” Bryan said. “William Regal’s son, Bailey Matthews, just debuted on NXT UK. I’d love to do a match with him. William Regal has helped me so much in my career. I don’t know, when you start talking about guys I want to wrestle, I get really fired up, so it’s hard to limit it to just a few.”