ROH Claims That Kenny King Violated A Prior Agreement By Working A Match On Impact Wrestling

Following his appearance on this week's Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor has released the following statement regarding Kenny King:

"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."

  • chelu671

    Kenny King is an great up & coming Indy to mainstream talent. It sucks that King burned the bridge to ROH. I wonder how ROH will handle the tag team title situation. Time will tell.

  • I love drama

  • Patrick Peralta

    I don't agree with how Kenny King went about it. he just burned his bridges with other promotions and proved you can't trust him.

  • Richard Gray

    I think this is ridiculous. ROH is touting a "verbal agreement" and complaining that it wasn't honored? Do you know how many "verbal agreements" were violated in the beginning of the WWF vs. WCW days?

    This is a business that's all about politics and the right opportunity. While King may have burned a bridge, he got a great opportunity and took full advantage of it. I don't care who it is, if you're trying to make it in this business and you turn down an offer to work on live national television because of a "verbal agreement," you're crazy.

    King is a talented worker and will have other opportunities even if he doesn't get a TNA deal. Stuff like this makes ROH look very bush-league.

    • Matt Scott

      While I agree, I think TNA are showcasing quite a bit of hypocrisy in this move. A guy who leaves their company, wanting to go to WWE is prevented by a court injunction, but they'll happily snatch ROH talent?…

      • Richard Gray

        Welcome to the world of pro wrestling. It's a cut-throat, paradoxical, what have you done for me business.

        • Matt Scott

          Well put.

  • Steve l

    Roh would take him back in a minute. King is incredibly fun to watch I hope he does well. ROH should know to get it in writing this will never hold up.

  • larry

    man i have been a kenny king fan since tough enough season 2, i followed him to ROH. will follow him to tna,was a great showing for him last night.he was my fave to win it all, but with this stuff looming he wont get strapped yet,hope he is with tna for awhile.

  • BigMike

    King is talented but it is called ring of HONOR for a reason and some might say a handshake agreement is not a viable contract it is an IMPLIED contract and if you expect your wrestlers to HONOR such things then there should not have been any kind of backdealing on King's part I like king he is talented but he burned a bridge that he should not have burned

    • Richard Gray

      ROH is a shell of its former self and if you knew the stuff I knew about ROH you would understand there is nothing honorable about it. This is just a move trying to make them look like bullies when in fact other promotions are catching them in viewership and popularity.

  • Steve l

    I like ROH but have only seen it since its new tv deal and watched every episode. But neber saw King shime like he did on Impact he os a star and needs sbigger promotion. He took that oppurtunoty amdade tje nest pf it good for him. He had a meeting thst turned ontp a workout that led to a tv matgj that stole the show and onto appv.Tjats showing something. Hes a great talent.Bit isnt he still ROH tag champ?