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     The Era of Honor Begins: 2002- 2004 

Jay and Mark Briscoe


Colt Cabana

Steve Corino

Christopher Daniels

Simply Luscious

  • Eviler than Thou: Persephone may have been a cheat but still showed some respect for the code. Luscious quickly established herself as worse when she showed none and gave Persephone and long time enemy Alexis Laree back to back pile drivers after their match
  • Perky Female Minion: Of The Prophecy and Steve Corino's group.
  • Pet the Dog: She may have wanted to knock over the foundations of Ring Of Honor but she did genuinely love Steve Corino and cried when he broke up with her, for being bad for business.
  • The Rival: Allison Danger, who Christopher Daniels took on as her replacement when she went running off to win back the affection of Steve Corino, Allison Danger's brother. To a lesser extent, Lucy and Tracy Brooks of the Second City Saints.
  • Shout-Out: She likes to warm up the band for that sweet chin music. She is a graduate from a Shawn Michaels school after all.

AJ Styles

The Amazing Red

  • Bash Brothers: With Alexis Laree, AJ Styles and the Spanish Announce Team
  • Finishing Move: Flipping power bomb which came to be known as Code Red
  • Fragile Speedster: Yeah, Red's not one to damage sponge for those hour long main events, but he's usually good enough at avoiding damage that he does not have to
  • Martial Arts Do Not Work That Way: A more purposeful example than most, his flips were negatively contrasted against Low Ki's kicks, which caught him every time when they fought.
  • The Rival: Paul London
  • The Stoic: He's not the kind of guy to talk about how he's going to beat you up or run after you backstage, that's what his partners are for.

Alexis Laree

Paul London

Bryan Danielson

Lucy Furr (Shannon Claire Spruill)

Jay Lethal


  • Big Damn Heroes - When everyone thought ROH would lose to CZW in Cage of Death...
  • Character Title: ROH Ring Of Homicide in 2006
  • Cool Teacher: To The Christopher Street Connection, Low Ki, Dan Maff, and Monsta Mack though the latter was never named on ROH programming, only referred to as Homicide's thug.
  • Fork Fencing: Went after everyone he didn't like at once backstage in a fork stabbing rampage. Oh, and he has a pair of shorts with a fork on them.
  • Heroic BSOD - In 2006, he had shots at the Tag Team, Pure, and World titles, and lost in all three of them. Cue him quitting on ROH.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast
  • Playing with Fire: He got himself DQ'd against Samoa Joe at ROH Reborn Stage 1, April 23, 2004. The lights went out and he threw a fireball at Joe.
  • Put on a Bus
  • Red Baron: "The Notorious 187"
  • Redemption Quest - The whole impetus for the "Road of Homicide" in the second half of 2006.
  • Signature Move: The homicide dive (a rolling suicide dive)
  • Unnecessary Roughness: Homicide is a decent mat wrestler and decent at applying submissions, but there are guys better and he prefers to bit, eye rake and hit people with stuff once he's gotten a hold of them rather than traditionally wrestle.

Low Ki

Dan Maff

  • Dropped a Bridge on Him - Written out of ROH due to a "car accident."
    • Possibly related to real life problems between him and Homicide, which have since been settled.

B.J. Whitmer

  • Determinator: It is not hard to feel for Jacobs when Lacey keeps ordering him to "take out Whitmer". Jimmy Jacobs tried just about everything conceivable, it just wasn't enough.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him - Attacked by the Hangmen 3 after objecting to the Sweet 'n Sour hostile takeover. However, this appeared in clip form on the Take No Prisoners PPV.
  • Genre Savvy
  • Honor Before Reason - He tried to get between Jimmy Jacobs's quest to earn the love of Lacey. Not only did he lose the blow-off cage match in decisive fashion, it started a very long losing streak that didn't end until he joined the Hangmen 3.
  • Made of Iron: Charlie Haas gave him a belly to belly superplex that sent him head first through a table. Still wrestling? We're surprised the man is still alive.
  • Redemption Demotion
  • Revenge by Proxy: Getting his revenge on CM Punk for knocking him out in a match by knocking out Punk's girlfriend
  • The Worf Effect

Samoa Joe

Mikey Whipwreck

     Generation Now: 2004- 2006 

Austin Aries

Sara Del Rey


Jack Evans

  • Hostile Show Takeover: ROH Generation Next, May 22, 2004, started with them taking out the teams for the opening match, the Ring Crew Express (Dunn and Marcos), the Christopher Street Connection (Buff-E and MACE) and the Special K team of Izzy and Dixie, and generally making themselves as much the focus of attention as possible that night.
  • Keet
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy
  • Put on a Bus

The Lovey Lacey

  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Enforced, she got plastic surgery after Whitmer hit her with Jacob's railroad spike
  • Mean Boss: To Jimmy Jacobs, whom she found disgusting and constantly talked down to...until they had sex, then she was head over heels for him and Jacobs was the mean boss.
  • Revenge: The reason she initially kept Jacobs around, to get revenge on BJ Whitmer, then on Colt Cabana
  • The Stoner: As part of Special K
  • You Have Failed Me: Why she fired Izzy and Deranged, then replaced them with Jacobs and Whitmer, who beat them.

James Gibson

Daizee Haze

Jimmy Jacobs

Eddie Kingston

Mercedes Martinez

Nigel McGuinness

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Being retired from wrestling doesn't mean that active wrestlers can push him around in his role of ROH Matchmaker and expect to get away with it. After Jay Lethal spit on him at Final Battle 2012, Nigel immediately went after him and the two of them had to be pulled apart.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: As a commentator, he was not above pointing out parts of how to work a match and when someone was doing something wrong. Particularly Corino vs Steen at Final Battle 2011
  • The Bus Came Back: He returned as a color commentator, before taking over from Jim Cornette as ROH's onscreen authority figure.
  • Crowd Chant: "You're a wanker!" and "Tea And Crumpets!" The former is because he called the ROH Bots wankers, so they threw it right back at him. The latter? Who knows.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel - Played straight during his Pure Title reign, subverted afterward.
  • Multicolored Hair: Brown hair with blonde spikes
  • Nick Naming The Enemy: Geritol Lynn
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Prided himself on being serious, which he did not feel Delirious and Claudio Castagnoli were. The latter set out to make him eat those words.
  • Put on a Bus: At the same time as Danielson, but ended up taking a different bus.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A former wrestler who first and foremost cares about the health of the athletes.
  • Signature Move: Lots of headstands with this guy, also stepping on the bottom turnbuckle before charging to the other.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit - Played a sick one on Bryan Danielson at the 6th Anniversary Show.


Adam Pearce

  • The Bus Came Back - He would appear at "Showdown In The Sun" to be interviewed by Jim Cornette one night after successfully defending the NWA World Championship against Adam Cole at NWA Ring Warriors. This led to an impromptu non-title rematch between the two, the first time ROH fans got to see Pearce wrestle in an ROH ring in quite a while. (ROH was supposed to get the Ring Warriors Grand Champion but that fell through, for whatever reason)
  • Dirty Coward: Earn chants of "Pussy!" as he ran from Homicide
  • Put on a Bus - When he became head booker in 2008. Bussed out for real once Delirious took over.
  • Red Baron: "Scrap Iron"
  • Small Name, Big Ego

Jimmy Rave

  • The Bus Came Back: Rave returned in December 2011 to challenge Tomasso Ciampa at Final Battle.
  • Couch Gag - As part of the Embassy, Rave received a shower of toilet paper in lieu of streamers.
  • Humiliation Conga: Rave endured this frequently:
    • 2005: From the CM Punk feud to the rekindled AJ Styles one, and against Generation Next, the Embassy were thorns in everyone's sides all throughout 05. However, everything unraveled for them with Steel Cage Warfare. Rave got it the worst when Roderick Strong dropped him with backbreaker after backbreaker after backbreaker, forcing him to tap out to the Stronghold minutes later. Then, in a beautiful role reversal, Jade Chung used RAVE as her footstool.
    • 2007: Just when Rave was getting himself back on track after Prince Nana disbands the Embassy, Homicide beats him in a World Title match where Rave used the previously banned Rave Clash. The next night, he ends up in a match with Samoa Joe in lieu of suspension. Joe dismantles him easily. How could it get worse? Nigel McGuinness ends the feud in Liverpool by breaking Rave's jaw with the rebound lariat. When he came back, Bryan Danielson said he should've beaten Rave in a shorter time than he did back at the 4th Anniversary Show. The 4th Anniversary Show title match went 32; the rematch at A Fight at the Roxbury went only 10. Then, for some odd reason, he would get another World Title match at Driven against Takeshi Morishima. Morishima dismantled him in 4 minutes.
  • Put on a Bus: Shortly before Necro Butcher became the Crown Jewel of the Embassy, due to real life problems.
  • Red Baron: "The Crown Jewel of the Embassy"
  • Smug Snake: Jimmy Rave invented the Styles clash and forced AJ to stop using it in Ring Of Honor (no, AJ invented and Rave's been banned from using the move)
  • Small Name, Big Ego

Ricky Reyes

Rocky Romero

Alex Shelley

  • Hostile Show Takeover: ROH Generation Next, May 22, 2004, started with them taking out the teams for the opening match, the Ring Crew Express (Dunn and Marcos), the Christopher Street Connection (Buff-E and MACE) and the Special K team of Izzy and Dixie, and generally making themselves as much the focus of attention as possible that night.
  • Put on a Bus
  • Reformed, but Rejected

Roderick Strong

Matt Sydal

Caprice Coleman

  • Early-Bird Cameo: First showed up working against Ring Of Honor, representing NWA Wildside with Delirious and Rainman while Sydal was representing IWA Mid-South (Jimmy Jacobs won for ROH). Matt Sydal and Delirious were somewhat regular to ROH at that point but Coleman would not become get into a long term ROH role for years.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Trained by Matt and Jeff Hardy
  • Finishing Move: The Ax Kick and Falcon Arrow
  • Revenge: Decided to take it on Decade, Jimmy Jacobs in particular, for injuring Cedric Alexander's shoulder, but only after Silas Young backed out of their match at War Of The Worlds
  • Tag Team: The C&C Wrestle Factory with Cedric Alexander

Jimmy Yang

     Respect Is Earned: 2007- 2009 

Brent Albright

Tyler Black

Claudio Castagnoli

Matt Cross

Eddie Edwards

  • Determinator: He's not called "Die Hard" for nothing. Just watch his title matches at Best in the World and Final Battle 2011 to see how hard, and how many times, Davey Richards had to kick him in the head to keep him down.
  • Dull Surprise: For all his celebrated wrestling matches, for a long stretch Eddie Edwards was on the measuring stick for "bad promo cutters." He was so notorious that as late as 2013 some circles still had him on the stick, with Mike Bennet and Bob Evans teasing him about it.
  • Hard Head: Davey Richards would throw people at him, whom Edwards would meet head on, literally.
  • Implacable Man
  • Made of Iron - Competed in Glory by Honor IX's Ladder War with a broken elbow, and the Survival of the Fittest finals with a torn muscle in his shoulder. He won both.
  • Made of Win - Combine Made of Iron with the fact he is now one of two Triple Crown Champions in Ring of Honor History.
  • Red Baron - Die Hard.
  • Repetitive Name - Eddie Edwards is actually his full name. As a result, Austin Aries once referred to him as Eddie "Eddie Edwards" Edwards alleging that he had no charisma.
  • True Companions - With Davey Richards, to the point where Richards didn't want to challenge Edwards for the ROH World Title.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: The July 28, 2012 TV show featured a clip of Sara Del Rey attacking Maria during a brawl between Edwards and Mike Bennett. This was followed by an Edwards promo where he said that he could do anything to Mike Bennett but he couldn't put his hands on Maria, so he got someone who could. This set up the mixed tag for Boiling Point on August 11th, which Edwards and Del Rey won.

El Generico


Chris Hero

Brodie Lee

Jerry Lynn

Takeshi Morishima

Necro Butcher

Kenny Omega

Mike Quackenbush

Davey Richards

Go Shiozaki

  • Foreign Wrestling Heel - Averted, even when he was a member of Sweet 'n Sour Incorporated. While he was aligned with Larry Sweeney, he never really did much in the way of evil.

Kevin Steen

  • Acrofatic: During his match with Chris Hero on the January 11 (taped January 4), 2014 episode, he climbed to the top turnbuckle and commentator Steve Corino said, "For a big man, he can fly."
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bilingual Bonus: A native of Quebec, subjecting him to this promo set before a ROH show in Montreal: Steen attempts to con Colt Cabana into saying "I slept with my mom last night," only for Cabana to switch "my" with "his" while acting oblivious to the con or to how he made it backfire on Steen.
    • Steen also did two promos for this show entirely in quebecois, neither of which were subtitled by Ring of Honor — albeit they're straight-forward and serious instead.
  • The Cracker - Actually hacked the ROH message boards to play his videos.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Garbage Wrestler: Tame by most standards but he's notorious for pushing for more tables, ladders, chairs and piledrivers through them, against the "pure wrestling" grain ROH likes to put first and foremost.
  • Gratuitous French: "The F-Cinq".
  • Heel-Face Turn: Upon being kicked out of SCUM after his world title loss to Jay Briscoe.
  • He's Back
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Now finds himself with no friends after being kicked out of SCUM and having to fight through everyone in the group by himself. At Best in the World 2013, June 22, 2013, he lost a No-DQ match to Matt Hardy which featured interference from Jimmy Jacobs, Rhett Titus and Cliff Compton.
  • Loser Leaves Town: Lost to El Generico
  • Pet the Dog - Undeniable 2007: Kevin Steen declined an offer from the Hangmen 3 after they attacked El Generico.. however..
  • Power Trio: SCUM, with Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs.
  • Red Baron: "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare," "Mr. Wrestling"
  • Self Fulfilling Prophecy - On the same show, Steen told Adam Pearce he was the only one who would have fun smacking Generico around. Two years later...
  • Slasher Smile
  • Took a Level in Badass: Let's put it this way. In 2005, ROH fans were constantly complaining about Steen and claimed he didn't deserve a spot on the roster...look at him now.
  • Wham Line - "Generico, I just wanted to say... I hate your fucking guts."

Erick Stevens

Larry Sweeney

     The Current Breed: 2010- 

Shelton Benjamin

"The Prodigy" Mike Bennett

Scarlett Bordeaux

  • Clothing Damage: At Best in the World 2013, Jay Lethal ripped her shirt off leaving her topless in the middle of the ring.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's one of Truth Martini's "Hoopla Hotties". Her role has included her taking her pants off in the ring.

Harlem & Lance Bravado

Tommasso Ciampa

Adam Cole

  • And Your Little Dog Too: What's that? Michael Elgin got married?
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Aimed to physically and mentally on two targets by in putting Donjoy reliant MsChif in the figure four leg lock and making Michael Elgin watch while unable to stop him.
  • Beard of Evil: He really looks better when he shaved...still not bad though
  • Blah Blah Blah: How he describes and talks to Delirious
  • Blue Oni
  • Determinator: Five side effects and a twist of fate from the larger Matt Hardy couldn't keep him down. He's raised his shoulder after a top rope power bomb from Michael Elgin.
  • Flanderization - Arguably, compared to his character in CZW.
  • Florida: It's a big part of his character. He's nicknamed "The Panama City Playboy," and his German Suplex finisher is called "Florida Keys."
  • It's Personal: Michale Elgin said their issue was not personal, which Adam Cole took personally and set out to make Elgin feel the same way. Brought it to this level with AJ Styles too, when AJ and Kazuchika Okada were also targeted during one of Cole's assaults on Elgin.
  • Jerkass: Not even the legendary Jushin Thunder Liger got any respect from Cole
  • Mr. Fanservice: Unfortunately for him, it is not just ladies who are interested...
  • Red Baron: "The Panama City Playboy"
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Not only does he think himself "Best In The World", Adam Cole thinks the pay per view was named for him.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Tried to invoke this trope by cutting Michael Elgin's hair and then walking around in his "fear the mullet" shirt.
  • Villainous Crush: Jimmy Jacobs has one on him, and has on at least one occasion open-mouthed kissed Adam Cole.

Michael Elgin

  • Ascended Fanboy: Twice over. First by becoming a professional wrestler and second by joining Ring Of Honor, the promotion he wanted to join in the first place. The other wrestlers would talk about Elgin's persistence in getting signed in their promos.
  • Canada, Eh?: Okay, not quite as nice as the stereotype but still nicer than a lot of ROH guys
  • Finishing Move: Revolution Bomb
  • Implacable Man He will block chair shots with his hands, something normally reserved for much larger men
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Red Baron: "Canadian Crazy Horse", "Unbreakable", "Unreal"
  • Tag Line: Fear The Mullet...until Adam Cole removed it
  • Noble Top Enforcer: To Truth Martini and Roderick Strong, when he was still a member of the House of Truth.
  • Nothing Personal: Toward Adam Cole, after losing to him in the finals to become the next Ring Of Honor World Champion at Death Before Dishonor, and even more so toward Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis and Matt Hardy, who were not even contenders. You can imagine that didn't last.
  • Signature Move: Power bomb, turnbuckle bomb, crippler cross face
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He's grabbed Kanellis by the hair and shaken her, but that's all he's managed to do.

Charlie Haas

Matt Hardy

Kenny King.

Q.T. Marshall

Truth Martini

Mike Mondo

Kyle O'Reilly

Grizzly Redwood

  • Badass Beard: Which has since been shaved off.
  • Broken Pedestal - He went from sharing beard sizes with the Necro Butcher to watching him sell out to the Embassy.
  • Canada, Eh? - A rare instance where the traditional version is played straight instead of the professional wrestling version; he's a lumberjack billed from the Yukon Territory.
  • Put on a Bus: Played a big part in the strangeness surrounding Charlie Haas' departure, and was sent out right along with him. He's since retired.


Cedric Alexander

  • Badass Beard: A short one usually but still noticeable
  • Bash Brothers: With Caprice Coleman
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Subverted, in their "Battle Of The Back Breakers" match he beats Roderick Strong with a small package. Played straight at Best In the World when his final submission was the Strong Hold.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He can throw guys as well as he can tumble around and jump over things
  • Skunk Stripe: Is gold blonde in the middle of his mohawk
  • The Dog Bites Back: Has been the "rookie" who has put up the most fight against Decade
  • The Rival: The Bravado Brothers, Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team, Roderick Strong

Andy Ridge

Rhett Titus


  • Finishing Move: The best 450 ever and the dragon fly frog splash
  • I Know You Know I Know: His feud with Ta'Darius Thomas, whom ACH was eventually able to outsmart by feinting a four fifty splash.
  • In a Single Bound: He just might be able to outdo Cedric Alexander and AJ Styles in this area
  • Game-Breaking Injury: To his knee by Decade, which prevented him from saving Ta'Darius from Jimmy Jacobs
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Even before their falling out, Ta'Darius had to reign him in, which Jimmy Jacobs would mock.
  • Red Baron: The Glow of Texas, Human Video Game Highlight, The Last Dragon, The Last Hero
  • Spiteful Spit: After Jimmy Jacobs spit water on him, he spit and Ta'Darius and on Jacobs.
  • Tag Team: Adrenalin Rush with Ta'Darius
  • The Rival: It is still Cedric Alexander, with the C&C Wrestle Factory being one to Adrenalin Rush
  • Trash Talk: So much it got his mouth duct taped shut

Ta'Darius Thomas

  • Badass Boast: Claims to be the only man in wrestling who can fight on his feet or upside down
  • Dance Battler: Capoeira is his favorite martial art so...
  • I Know Karate: Started fighting at age 17 and was already accomplished in Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing, which Jimmy Jacobs claims doesn't mean much in the wrestling ring (He had been doing that for awhile too but Jacobs wasn't impressed, though his career in wrestling really did not yet compare to Jacob's)
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Also known as Ty Darius, Ty Darious and...well most people just call him TD
  • Sword Limbo: He uses the matrix evasion to transition into moves
  • Tag Team: With ACH, until Decade put an end to it
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Even before Ring Of Honor he recognized that the House Of Truth was going to lead him down a bad road and thus distanced himself from Truth Martini once his training was done. Unfortunately, Ta'Darius ended up being caught by Jimmy Jacobs

The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson)

  • Arrogant Kung Fu Guys They're very good at playing the part of insufferably cocky assholes who think nobody can beat them.
  • Evil Duo
  • I Have the High Ground: Not their entire offense, but a good portion of it. Their finisher, "More Bang For Your Buck", is one brother hitting a 450 splash on their opponent followed immediately by the other hitting a moonsault and then going for the pin.
  • Jerkass: Times two.
  • Kick the Dog: In Real Life, Rhett Titus had suffered a legitimate injury and needed some time off to have it surgically repaired and to rehab. In kayfabe, the Bucks were the ones who intentionally injured him and put him on the shelf.
  • Large Ham
  • Put on a Bus: A couple times out of the promotion, at other times they were intentionally sent out with the ROH Tag Team Championships to other country's, though ROH would not always name the specific promotions.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: After returning to ROH following a stint in TNA, this is basically their gimmick. They have very high opinions of themselves, refuse to shake hands with anybody but each other, and give themselves sole credit for selling all the tickets to the shows.
  • Smug Snake
  • Wrestling Family: Besides each other, younger brother Malachi wrestles as well


  • Ascended Extra: Formerly part of the ring crew, which is explicitly part of his on screen persona.
  • Butt Monkey: Especially to "Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team", though their abuse of him eventually got them kicked out of Ring Of Honor... for now.
  • Fragile Speedster: It doesn't do him much good here, as a lot of wrestlers here are just as fast or at least fast enough to keep up and even guys who are not exceptionally powerful can pluck him out of mid-air.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Which was given to him by Charlie Haas because he looked like he needed a...
  • Tag Team: The Brutal Burgers with Bob Evans. Despite a rough start (losing to Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis, the former being the reason for the team coming together in the first place) they actually went on to have a winning record, even getting a shot at ROH Tag Team Champions reDRagon.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Jushin Liger's plan for him, who knows first hand what it is like to be bullied for your stature.
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