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     The Era of Honor Begins: 2002- 2004 

The Briscoe Brothers

  • Action Dad
    • Jay used his world champion money to help support Mark's children. Didn't stop Mark from challenging for the belt, though.
    • Their own dad. Jay says he'd whip either of them, though maintains they could whoop big man if they were allowed to act as a tag team against him.
  • Annual Title: Originally they were billed as the Briscoe Brothers 2000, to differentiate them from the original legendary Brisco Brothers. They soon became notorious enough not to need it anymore.
  • Badass Beards: Mark first, then both. Jay's personal world title belt had a bearded skull as its face plate.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Jay in particular likes a camouflage print
  • Bald of Awesome
    • They both have shaved heads.
    • As of mid-2014, Mark has grown his hair out into a wild mess, resembling a caveman when coupled with his beard and missing was a wig. He'd been playing us for two years!
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Usually averted, they've spent a good part of their career as faces, despite Jay admitting they are not going to win any beauty contests.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT hit Papa Briscoe. Likewise, for Papa Briscoe, do not kick either one of the brothers in the testicles.
  • Blood Knights: At Rising Above 2007, they cut a promo where Jay said, "Boy, ey, we go to random cities into the dumpiest, sleaziest bars, drink everybody under the table, then just start up a big-ass brawl fight, for the hell of it."
  • Blood Upgrade: They are CZW veterans, especially Jay, who went ballistic on Adam Cole after finding out his back was cut open during their ladder war.
  • Burning the Ships: Jay attempt to smash their blower and burn their lawnmower on the rational a victory at the 2016 Best In The World would eliminate the need for cleaning and grass cutting money. Mark didn't see things his way.
  • Cain and Abel: Mark joined the Prophecy to remake ROH after accusing Jay of holding him back. They got over it, however.
  • Cardiovascular Love: Mark's "I Love Jesus" hat uses a Heart Symbol in place of the letters.
  • Chubby Chaser: Jay thinks Jennifer Hudson looked better fat. Jay Briscoe doesn't care what the rest of her looks like though, any woman with a fat ass is his self admitted weakness.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb:
    • Both of ROH's television deals saw them try and adopt a Lighter and Softer tone, which they then abandoned after giving up on trying to tone down Jay Briscoe on one side and realizing the fans weren't getting the message on the other. That said, Jay's language has become cleaner, when the subject isn't Adam Cole.
    • Jay was once asked on TV to comment on Adam Cole. It started with Jay saying, "That mother[BLEEP]er is nothing but a sorry B[BLEEP]" and went downhill from there, to the point that the cameraman moved away from Jay's face for the rest of the promo.
    • Then when Cole challenged the legitimacy of Jay's personal world championship belt...
  • Continuity Nod: In his fight without honor against Adam Cole, Jay fed him thumbtacks, calling back to a tactic Cole's Mount Rushmore stablemates had tried.
  • Deep South: Their trunks even have the Stars and Bars on them. Subverted, in that they're from Delaware, which never seceded.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Mark, courtesy of Scarlett Bordeaux, during his match with ROH World Television Champion Matt Taven at ROH Border Wars 2013.
  • Double Knockout: Neither was able to answer a ten count after their "Man Up" match they had at the Fifth Year Festival: Finale, a match they had in order to beat each other up for being soft enough to lose both the ROH and Global Honored Crown Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles to Naruki Doi and SHINGO.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: What usually precedes their entrance as a team, though the audio often implies its cocking after shooting someone.
  • Enemies List: Before the tenth anniversary show Mark began to list off all the wrestlers they had whooped over the decade but trailed off, saying they really didn't have the time.
  • Facial Markings: Jay on the path to get his World Title belt back from Cole.
  • Failure Hero: Before his shot at Supercard Of Honor against Kevin Steen, a video package containing all of Jay Briscoe's failed title shots and other losses in general was played.
  • Feed by Example: Subverted. We do see Mark Briscoe eating the bird feed before giving to the chickens and other birds on the farm, but we've also seen him continue to eat it in the event there is excess left over after they are all fed.
  • Finishing Move: The Jay-Driller, a double underhook piledriver. Cut-throat driver. Froggybow
  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Mark tends to make them when he really gets going.
  • Genius Bruiser: Believe it or not, Mark Briscoe! Or maybe Ditzy Genius, but he knows his electronics and ballistics well. Jay isn't that far behind himself...
  • Gun Nut: Mark Briscoe is the more subdued brother on every topic except shooting things, where he gets a little crazy. Mark also goes to shoot things when he gets angry, creating a vicious cycle. And he has lots of different kinds of guns to ensure he won't be stopping anytime soon.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Jay received his first injury in his then thirteen year career after a gore from SCUM's Rhino but told his doctor to piss off when he was told to get surgery and go on the shelf because that would mean missing Supercard Of Honor VII and his title shot at SCUM's leader Kevin Steen. Jay won but SCUM's new leader, Matt Hardy, injured his shoulder again, forcing Jay to hand over the belt. Still, it took Nigel McGuinness, Mark, Papa and Kevin Steen to get him to do so.
    Jay:"I'm not even that hurt, I'm right handed anyway."
  • I Got Bigger: The Briscoes have always been bony but they have gained a noticeable amount of muscle over the years. They started as junior heavyweights at best, being around 180 and 190 lbs and indeed NOAH did push them as a junior team. Around the time of their New Japan debuts Mark was at 229, Jay at 231, and thus competed for the IWGP Heavyweight belts instead.
  • I Know Kung-Fu: Mark Briscoe's especially dangerous Redneck Kung Fu.
  • Irony: In their first ROH match it was Mark defeating Jay, but of the two brothers Jay would end up having a much more individual success in the company.
  • Leet Speak: You can't blame Kenny King for running to the TNA X division because Dem Boys had been owning All Night Express all last year and you know that Dem Boys were going to take dem tag team titles on their first defense.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Both of them, they're known for both brawling and high flying.
  • Literal-Minded: Mark asked how the Bullet Club got their name, since none of them were bullets and Jay suggested it was metaphorical. They both agreed they didn't want to join the club because they already had guns.
  • Morality Chain: Mark keeps Jay's language in check, from instigating legal battles, refuses to help him assault other members of the family, etc. Ironically, Mark is the one more likely to turn to evil and or go crazy, as his slip ups may be more rare but Jay does a much worse job of holding Mark down when they happen.
  • Motor Mouth: Defeated Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas) for the ROH World Tag Team Titles at ROH Final Battle 2011, December 23, 2011. On the following episode of ROH TV, Jim Cornette, a legendary Motor Mouth himself, attempted to interview them, and they talked so much that even he couldn't get in a word.
  • The Nicknamer: Papa Briscoe is Big Man, Mark Briscoe is Chicken, Team Ambition is Team Jiu Jitsu, The Young Bucks are The Hottest Babes In Pro Wrestling, Fire Ant is Gotdurn June Bug, UltraMantis Black is Black Pelican, Toru Yano is Main Man.
  • No-Sell: During The Decade challenge to wrestle Adam Page, Colby Corino grabbed one of BJ Whitmer's crutches and hit Jay. It had little effect and Corino became apologetic but provided enough distraction for Page to use a chair, which Briscoe did sell.
  • Patriotic Fervor:Jay's personal "World" Title belt was adorned with Union and Confederate flags.
  • Power Trio: When they brought in the Never Openweight Six Man Tag Team Titles they won with Toru Yano. Then they dethroned The Kingdom to hold the ROH World Six Man Title belts with Bully Ray.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Not their gimmick, but new fans to ROH have consistently expressed surprise at how "ghetto" they, especially Jay, are after expecting them to act more like rednecks. This can again be explained by them being from Delaware, while most people think "Southern US" when they think redneck. That, and Mark claims most of their friends are black.
  • Product Placement
    • Jay Briscoe cut a promo for the 2012 tag team tournament in Milwaukee wearing a "Powerhouse Gym" shirt and then admitted that he, like Kevin Steen, doesn't go to the gym. Dem Boys got in shape from working, so Jay can eat like Steen without getting fat, he has a good excuse not to be going to the gym.
    • Mark Briscoe got a tractor stuck when trying to move a dog house from his dad's yard to his own(we've all been in that situation, right?) and so turned it into a commercial for Stihl Weadeater(with attachable blade) as he get the straps loose.
  • Rated M for Manly: The Briscoes exude masculine grit and toughness, and it is NOT just posturing either. They're Ring of Honor's longest running and most consistently present examples of what it means to be badass.
  • Red Baron: Dem boys..."The Boys" following Dalton Castle really deflated it. Castle decided to host Halloween 2016 as one of Dem Boys with Mark in turn as one of The Boys.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Jay Briscoe doesn't care if Kevin Steen is the antichrist of pro wrestling cause dem God fearing country boys are gonna beat the hell out of his and Jimmy's asses.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jay is Red, Mark is Blue.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Jay wanted revenge against Dalton Castle's boys for getting him misted by EVIL, costing them their match against Los Ingobernables De Japon at War Of The Worlds, to the point he gave into Castle's request for a Six Man title shot at Best In The World. While The Boys were guilty of sabotaging his team with their interference, Jay failed to realize it'd make more sense to pursue the more malicious perpetrator, EVIL!
  • Revenge by Proxy: They were at first grateful to be invited for a week's worth of free "developmental" in the revived version of Florida Championship Wrestling in 2009, but the wrestlers there aside from their fellow ROH, CZW etc alumni looked down on their independent circuit work and then the Briscoes were sent home and told they were rejected by Johnny Ace over the phone for cosmetic reasons. So they were a little upset and decided since they had the Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team at Final Battle 2011 they were going get their catharsis by beating on Shelton Benjamin, whom they said represented everything they didn't like about the experience.
  • Sibling Team: What, you thought they weren't really brothers?
  • Smoking Is Cool: Jay will wear a tank top out in the cold to disguise the fact it's his breath instead of smoke you're seeing. That said, he will light a "brutal bob". He went to that length with the cigar because it was Big Man's.
  • Start My Own: Since Jay was forced to relinquish to the World Championship belt due to injury, he proclaimed he never lost the title and started coming out with his own belt after Adam Cole became the new World Champion. Adam Cole would conspire to put Jay's belt in Matt Hardy's hands, who put his face on it, then in Mike Bennett's, who dedicated it to his love of Maria Kanellis.
  • Straight Man: Wild as they are, both of them are to Yano
  • Summon Bigger Fish
    • There are two of them and three Kings Of Wrestling. Solution? Find Amazing Kong!
    • More recently, since the Kingdom consisted of Adam Cole, Mike Bennett, Matt Taven, and Maria Kanellis... they got back up from back up none other than ODB!
  • Undying Loyalty: Both to each other and to ROH. Jay debuted at 18, meaning for his entire adult life he's wrestled for ROH. Mark is, of course, younger than Jay, and accompanied him in the beginning until he turned 18 and could also wrestle. They have worked for other companies, of course, but they always come back to ROH, with the vow to help make it the best, and nine times out of ten, they have stood together in the process. There were a few times they got competitive with each other, including a short feud before they became an official tag team in ROH (during which Mark briefly aligned himself with Daniels and the Prophecy, btw) and a stint where Mark went after Jay's ROH World Championship, but those would always be resolved with the two getting back on the same page in short order. And angles aside, the only time Jay voluntarily left ROH was in 2004 when Mark was injured in a motorcycle accident and he barely wrestled anywhere that year, as he refused to return to the ring until Mark was medically cleared.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Ingrateful bastards Mark called them, but they weren't impressed with seeing the Chikara locker room empty out in support of Hallowicked and Jigsaw at ROH Homecoming 2012 and not seeing a single member of the ROH roster come out to even the odds for Dem Boys.
  • Use Your Head: Both of them make use of headbutts, Mark a little more because he's crazyor, rather, was padding his head with a wig.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: They aren't adverse to working out for the sake of working out but Briscoe training involves buckets of water, ladders and jumping on bulldozers rather weights or calisthenics. Subverted when they had ODB fix a tractor and admitted it had nothing to do with getting ready for her match against Kanellis.
  • The Worf Effect: Against CHAOS to set up The Addiction at Global Wars 2015. The Briscoes were impressive enough for Yano to recruit them later, though not into the group.
  • Workaholic: Papa taught Dem Boys to work as soon as they were able to take steps. Work twelve hours a day. Work while all their friends enjoyed the weekend, while all their friends partied. But he let them watch wrestling tapes and build a ring, and drive out to other cities to train and eventually wrestle to make $20 USD in front of 40 people, cause that's work too. He went on to party with them when they won the tag team titles in Ring of Honor because it's work.
  • Worthy Opponent: Jay Briscoe wanted to fight Roderick Strong and Necro Butcher not because he disliked them but actually because he liked them, and wanted to test himself against all styles of wrestling. He and Butcher were actually drinking buddies. Mark liked Roderick Strong too and considered him a brother, which was why he was frustrated that Strong didn't give Mark the same respect he gave his actual brother, Jay.
  • Would Hit a Girl: They gave Sara Del Rey the J-Driller after interrupting the KOW-Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) ROH World Tag Team Title match at ROH Supercard of Honor V, May 8, 2010. Claudio did NOT take it well.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Are legitimately chicken farmers in addition to their wrestling exploits.
  • Wrestling Family: Not related to those Briscos though.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: Jay Briscoe vowed to take the "Book Of Truth" shine it up real smooth, turn that sumbitch sideways and stick it up Truth Martini's and Mark said no.

Spanky\Brian Kendrick

Colt Cabana

Prince Nana

Angel Williams/Angelina Love

The Christopher Street Connection

  • Acrofatic: While not overly obese, Mace and Buff-E were both 5'6 200+pounders, on the very heavy end of cruiser weight(by WCW standards anyway) and they cruised around.
  • Arch-Enemy: Da Hit Squad, over all. The Carnage Crew in Ring of Honor specifically after they attacked Mace and Buff E with hubcaps.
  • Cool Mask: Japanese Pool Boy
  • Creator Cameo: Fun Athletic Guy was the owner of RF video, ROH's intial distributor.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Danger may have been a Depraved Bisexual but if any of them found you attractive enough, they didn't care if you weren't interested in their advances. That said, they were Tweeners at worst.
  • Enemy Mine: Buff E and Mace with four Texas Wrestling Academy Students Hotstuff Hernandez, Don Juan and Fast Eddie against the Carnage Crew.
  • Gorgeous George: Japanese Pool Boy in "The New Christopher Street Connection" was not as openly gay as the Mace and Buff-E(or Fun Athletic Guy or Jailbait). For that matter, Allison Danger's orientation was suspect.
  • Ironic Name: Their finishing move was called "Gay Basher"
  • No Indoor Voice: Buff E rarely speaks softly and can easily make himself heard over the crowd without help form any electronic source.
  • Non-Action Guy: Fun Athletic Guy, for the most part
  • Parts Unknown: The Village in NYC...okay, that's a real place, several real places!
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Mace and Buff-E were small enough but "Portuguese Princess" Ariel was only 5'2, yet
still on the heavier side for cruiser weight (by NWA women standards).
  • The Smurfette Principle: Initially, Allison Danger was the only woman not just in the group but in all of ROH. Simply Luscious joined the promotion soon after her though, with Ariel later joining the connection.

Steve Corino

  • The Atoner: To hammer it home, his sponsor was Jimmy Jacobs.
  • Blasphemous Praise: After disposing of Kevin Steen, the self proclaimed "Antichrist of pro wrestling", Corino called Matt Hardy, Steen's replacement, "The Jesus Christ of Professional Wrestling".
  • Canada, Eh?: Immediately noticeable Canadian accent, and an immediately noticeable temperament which defies the usual "nice" Canadian stereotype, even if he is usually laid back.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Openly admitted to being evil during at ROH's eleventh anniversary and announced his intentions to destroy the company.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: You can call him Mr. Wrestling, but not Mr. Wrestling III. We don't know where III's from.
  • Combat Commentator: Served as one on and off since the beginning.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Mainly due to his commitments to Pro Wrestling ZERO1 but also to their SUN offshoot and Fighting Opera Hustle. In 2015 he commuted not to Japan but to England for World Association of Wrestling.
  • Couch Gag: The reverse of Bryan Danielson's couch gag, as Bobby Cruise gives him the introductions.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: To Homicide during his world title run in 2006.
  • Finishing Move: Old School Explusion, Old School Suplex(cradle suplex with bridge), sliding lariat
  • George Jetson Job Security: Has been let go, fired, banned and the like several times, often just to get reinstated in another position, sometimes immediately. At Glory By Honor XII he credited his continual employment to resident Amoral Attorney Veda Scott.
  • Jerkass: And how. Even when he admits to being wrong, good luck on getting an actual apology
  • Large Ham
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall
  • Mistaken Nationality: He has to repeatedly be reminded that referee Dan Tanaka comes not from Japan, but from Boston.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The fact that he motivated Kevin Steen to turn on El Generico, just to watch as Generico took Steen out of ROH.
  • Nothing Personal: Broke up with Simply Luscious because she was affiliated with Christopher Daniels, who was simply bad for business.
  • Only in It for the Money: Stated that Paul Heyman had made him broke but blamed it all on the ROH fans who were all ECW viewers who gave up on the company as Corino saw it. So he came to squeeze as much money out of ROH as he could. This eventually lead to him forming "The Group" so he could set up even more money opportunities for himself and do whatever he wanted in the meantime. As ignoble as this all was, it did put The Group in direct opposition with the Prophecy, who were more concerned with the end of Ring of Honor as it was known, rather than how much they got paid in the long run.
  • Pet the Dog: After Kevin Steen's departure, he did this to all of ROH's top prospects, except for Mike Bennett.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gave a devastating one to Green Lantern Fan at Fight of the Century.
  • Red Baron: The King Of Old School, Mister Wrestling
  • Reformed, but Rejected: By the fans, no less.
  • Smug Snake: Insisted that he was the leader of the most eeevil professional wrestling and the one running SCUM.
  • The Snark Knight: One of the things you could predict on any ROH show with Corino is a very caustic one-liner.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: During his feud with Kevin Steen, who was against Corino's "redemption", Corino did eventually decide he'd have to turn back to evil to defeat Steen, which played right into Steen's hands, but then "evil" Corino became too much for him to handle.
  • Villainous BSoD: Goes hand-in-hand with My God, What Have I Done?.
  • Wrestling Family: His sister is Allison Danger, who is married to Ares. His son Colby competes in various independent promotions.

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 Death Valley 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

  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: A more purposeful example than most, his flips were negatively contrasted against Low Ki's kicks, which caught him every time when they fought.
  • 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
  • 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

Jay Lethal


Low Ki


  • Brooklyn Rage: Though he's from Queens
  • Dirty Coward: A whole new ranking system was introduced just to eliminate his excuses for avoiding challengers as ROH Champion.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He didn't lead the Prophecy, but he was the champ and thus the one to beat.
  • Finishing Move: 450° Splash (450 Degrees of Fear), Hangman's Neckbreaker (X-Breaker) and Sitdown Pumphandle Facebuster (Kiss Your X Goodbye).
  • Signature Move: Rolling Maya Suplexes, as instead of bridging into the pin he stands back up and dead lifts for another. Also, cartwheel elbow, Split-Legged Sitdown Slam and X-Slam (Torture Rack into Inverted Samoan Drop).
  • You Fight Like a Cow: He thinks he can talk and wrestle at the same time, and does pretty well, actually.

Dan Maff

  • Bald of Awesome: He and Monsta Mack.
  • Crossover
    • One of the guys against IWA Puerto Rico.
    • Defended the JAPW Heavyweight Title against Slyk Wagner Brown at Collision Course
  • 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.
  • Power Trio: La Familia with KC Blade and EC Negro, but mostly in JAPW
  • Red Baron: The Boricua Beast
  • Spicy Latina: Proud Puerto Rican, which probably made his mischief in IWA PR all the more annoying.
  • Tag Team: Da Hit Squad with Monsta Mack

B.J. Whitmer

  • Crowd Chant: "BJ Wiener", "Please Retire" as Decade wound down.
  • Crossover: One of the ROH rogues who went and stormed IWA Puerto Rico
  • Demoted to Extra: Out of all of Decade, he's the probably the most sympathetic, at least when it comes to motivation, as he really has been brushed aside in favor of new comers and wrestlers who left for larger promotions. As far as attitude though, he quickly became the least sympathetic by focusing his efforts on another loyal wrestler who was demoted to extra, being the most extreme example of Motive Decay in the whole group.
  • 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.
  • Enemy Mine: With Rhett Titus against Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team, which did not work out, and lead to he and Titus having an "I Quit" match at Boarder Wars.
  • Evil Mentor
    • Kelly Klein came to ROH to reinvent herself and Whitmer couldn't pass up the opportunity to inject a little bit of himself into the process. It borders between this and Psycho Supporter, as Whitmer became very pleased with the outcome and rabid to make everyone else acknowledge her greatness
    • He takes credit for Adam Page being in Bullet Club, as even though Page turned on him Whitmer insists it was the mark he left on page that got Bullet Club's interest.
    • He's also followed around and preceded "The Punishment" Damian Martinez in an attempt to make him a successor, but Martinez ended up rejecting him.
  • Facial Markings: An X on his forehead after aligning with Kevin Sullivan, who lead the audience to believe he'd be in the corner of Whitmer's enemy, Steve Corino.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Became less antagonistic toward CM Punk during a series with the Second City Saints with Jacobs for the tag titles, leading to them shaking hands at ROH The Final Showdown.
  • Genre Savvy: He made it clear that in ROH, the wrestlers do see the events recorded on the show, even if they are not around to see them in person. This came back to bite him in the case of CM Punk.
  • 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.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Assaulting Lucy because CM Punk was not around
  • No-Sell: Dropkicks from ACH even
  • Real Men Wear Pink: A symptom of prolonged Jimmy Jacobs exposure it seems
  • Redemption Demotion: Following his ejection from Lacey's Angels and (eventual) defeat at the hands of her and Jimmy Jacobs.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Getting his revenge on CM Punk for knocking him out in a match by knocking out Punk's girlfriend
  • Signature Move: Swinging fisherman suplex into a bridging fisherman's suplex.
  • Spiteful Spit: After backing out of the ring, away form Adam Page at Super Card Of Honor X, he spat up into Page's face.
  • The Worf Effect: The fall guy during the CZW Invasion, he ended up being captured and tortured by the CZW roster and company owner John Zandig

Samoa Joe

CM Punk

Sumie Sakai

Frankie Kazarian

Chris Sabin

  • Aborted Arc: His and Alex Shelley's targeting of the Briscoes following Mark's injury regaining the tag team titles from Naruki Doi and Shingo, was cut short due to TNA pulling the machine guns out of ROH.
  • Combination Attack: He does a double enziguri with Alex Shelley
  • Continuity Nod: He thinks the Addiction are a "bad influence" who bring shame to the ROH World Tag Team Titles.
  • Cultural Posturing: Detroit is the greatest city in the history of modern civilization!
  • Good Counterpart: To Frankie Kazarian. Both owe their ROH returns to their tag team partners, Alex Shelley and Christopher Daniels, who both have a history of mischief making in the promotion. While Shelley has since atoned for his misdeeds and set Sabin on a better path, Daniels has relapsed under pressure and corrupted Kazarian.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Wore a mask to hinder reDRagon and draw suspicion toward The Kingdom.
  • Red Baron: "The Future", and he did find success that ROH has referenced in NWA affiliates. The future was put on hold much longer in ROH itself, however, until Alex Shelley helped him win the tag team titles from The Young Bucks.

Bobby Fish

Kory Chavis

  • Combination Attack: The Greater Good(throwing the opponent up and catching him with neck breaker and power bomb at the same time) and Project Mayhem (lariat+chop block) with Jon Davis.
  • Commuting on a Bus: He lost several "Do Or Die" matches but still appeared periodically due to establishing himself in Full Impact Pro. His longest stretch was after forming the Dark City Fight Club with Jon Davis
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His singles run as Rainman, where he was associated the Blackout.
  • Gamebreaking Injury: Even though they squashed Grizzly Redwood and Andy Ridge The Dark City Fight Club's momentum slowed due to him dislocating four bones while destroying the ligaments and tendons of his wrist.
  • Red Baron: The Soul Assassin

Mikey Whipwreck

Jushin Thunder Liger

Tony Mamaluke

     Generation Now: 2004- 2006 

Austin Aries

Mike Mondo

  • Determinator: Persists on despite constant mocking from the crowd and nagging injuries
  • Put on a Bus: Defeated Seth Skyfire in an OVW tryout match and wasn't seen again for six years.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: The RoHbots refuse to let go of the fact Mondo was a member of the Spirit Squad, so in 2015, "Mikey" got back with Kenny and Johnny to give them The Spirit Squad. Unfortunately for Mondo, it still wasn't enough to defeat The Addiction.

Shawn Daivari 2004, 2010

Sara Del Rey


Petey Williams

  • Distaff Counterpart: Jennifer Blake, who even calls her finishing move the "Dynamite Destroyer"
  • Finishing Move: A flipping piledriver he calls the Canadian Destroyer, also, the sharpshooter.
  • No-Sell: Kicked out of his own finishing move at one when it was done by Austin Aries at Gold Rush.

Jack Evans

  • Anticlimax: Subverted at Nowhere To Run in 2005. Roderick Strong had set him up for the elevate double stomp only for Evans to miss on purpose and yell "Chicago isn't worth it!" but this action almost cost them the match, so they hit the move for real at the next opportunity.
  • 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: Alex Shelley can make him hop on one leg and do back flips off that same leg on command.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: The Prince Of Parkland, when's his dew rag gonna fall off?
  • Put on a Bus
  • Ur-Example: Believed to be the first wrestler to do two full rotations on a moonsault, though Ricochet's become better known for the move

The Lovely Lacey

  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Enforced, she got plastic surgery after Whitmer hit her with Jacob's railroad spike
  • Cat Fight: With Becky Bayless during their Special K days.
  • Mean Boss: To Jimmy Jacobs, whom she found disgusting and constantly talked down to...until he finally beat BJ Whitmer. Then they had sex, she was head over heels for him and Jacobs was the mean boss.
  • Proper Lady: The first lady of ROH. She may have been predated in the company someone but they weren't ladies were they?
  • Revenge: The reason she initially kept Jacobs around, to get revenge on BJ Whitmer, then on Colt Cabana
  • Tag Team
    • The Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew with Radiant Rain, who incidentally was a member of the FIP Age Of The Fall.
    • Lacey's Angels was initially about getting back the Tag Team Title belts Special K lost before Motive Decay set in.
  • 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.

Matt Hardy

James Gibson

  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: For years he relied on being a superior mat technician to win most of his matches, but in ROH, where every other wrestler would qualify as such in most other promotions that didn't workout so well. Then came the moonsaults...
  • Put on a Bus: Back to WWE.
  • Redemption Quest: His time in ROH was one. He didn't care which title he won, but he needed to be a champion again, any belt would do.
  • Sidekick: His "trainer" Danny Ray

Daizee Haze

Jimmy Jacobs

Eddie Kingston

Mercedes Martinez

Nigel McGuinness


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 belt 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 show Bruce Santee, the Ring Warriors Grand Champion but that was moved to a dark match, for whatever reason)
  • Diabolus ex Machina: "Dusty Finish" was chanted after he retained the NWA World Title due to Nigel McGuinness tossing him over the top rope.
  • Dirty Coward: Earn chants of "Pussy!" as he ran from Homicide
  • Enemy Mine: Defended Jim Cornette from Necro Butcher during the CZW feud.
  • Put on a Bus: When he became head booker in 2008. Bussed out for real once Delirious took over.
  • Red Baron: "Scrap Iron", but he'd rather you call him scrap daddy.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gave one about BJ Whitmer for being put out with an injury by Jimmy Jacobs and losing the first match of Ring of Honor's very first pay per view.

Kenta Kobashi


Jimmy Rave

  • The Bus Came Back: Rave returned in December 2011 to challenge Tommaso Ciampa at Final Battle.
  • Couch Gag - As part of the Embassy, Rave received a shower of toilet paper in lieu of streamers.
  • Crowd Song
    • Back when he was supposed to be a baby face in 2004, Jimmy Rave was on a losing streak and the crowds were singing about how he was going to be fired.
    • Threatened to not wrestle in Chicago over the fact the fans were making melodies about him to dying by the hand of CM Punk. Nana convinced him to go forward with the match and make the fans respect him.
  • Determinator: Kept wrestling with a broken jaw.
  • Finishing Move: A double under hook face buster called Greetings from Ghana
  • 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.
  • Irrational Hatred: He hates toilet paper more than anything else in the world, to the point he punched a hole in a wall and entered a fight without honor against Nigel McGuinness for throwing some at him.
  • 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 it and Rave's been banned from using the move)
  • Small Name, Big Ego

Rhett Titus

  • Bare Your Midriff: During the All Night Express Entrance
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: As "The Romantic Touch."
  • Crowd Chant: "Hepatitis!" (That hasn't been proven!)
  • Demoted to Extra: After Kenny King left, eventually becoming another body in SCUM.
  • Eye Take: He gets a little unhinged in the ring when matches don't end quickly, which even on ROH TV, isn't too often. The matches ending quickly that is, his crazy eyes, get used to them.
  • Handsome Lech: (Apparently) can have any woman he wants and his wants are not easily satisfied
  • In the Hood: During the All Night Express Entrance
  • Jerkass
  • Large Ham: Kenny King often has to bring him down during promos when he starts putting in a lot of emphasis where it isn't needed.
  • Really Gets Around
  • Red Baron: "Addicted to Love", "The Secretary Of Shoulders" after forming "The Cabinet"
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Suck My Rose: The implications are romantic, since he's usually offering them to those he courts
  • Tag Team: The All-Night Express, with Kenny King.
  • Take That!: Pandering to those who aren't fans of The Young Bucks during ANX's "make wrestling great again" campaign "commercials".
  • Token Good Teammate: When he was stripped of his tag team title as a result of Kenny King's departure, Titus tried teaming with former champion Charlie Haas but protested to the idea of Shelton Benjamin running interference for them during matches. When Titus's since of honor lead to he and Haas failing to regain the tag team titles, Haas and Benjamin beat up Titus and went back to teaming with each other.
  • Took a Level in Badass
    • From a common punch line more concerned with girls than matches to an obsessive competitor and workhorse of the tag team division.
    • The Cabinet to The Rebellion has done it again
  • Virgin-Shaming: But let's be fair, his confession was under duress!

Ricky Reyes

  • Smash the Symbol: After destroying Davey Andrews at the 2005 "Final Battle", he destroyed the rookie's "Top of the Class" trophy.
  • Put on a Bus

Rocky Romero

  • Big Word Shout: "FOREVER!"(AND EVER!)
  • Combination Attack
    • Alex Koslov would hold him as a battering ram while he kicked people.
    • A basement drop kick from the top turnbuckle after a Beretta stun gun
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "Hooligans Never Say Die" and "RPG Vice"
  • Eye Patch Of Power: In Forever Hooligans
  • Gimmick Matches: Roppongi Vice(himself and Beretta) actually defeated reDRagon in an instant reward proving grounds match but then failed to with the world tag team titles belts.
  • Legacy Character: He was Black Tiger #4
  • Power Trio: With the Tempura Boys to form Roppongi 3K.
  • Put on a Bus: The Bus Came Back several times since his first departure, such as one half of Forever Hooligans with Alex Koslov.
  • Shout-Out: He suggesting joining up with Chuck Taylor and calling him and Berretta The ¡Three Amigos!.
  • Spicy Latino: Albeit, less likely to snap from happy and easy going to murderous rage than, say, Homicide.
  • Stone Wall: He'll tell you otherwise but out brawling and out muscling his opponents really isn't his approach so much as out wrestling, evading, tricking and countering them at every turn.

Alex Shelley

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He and Chris Sabin toward Daizee Haze.
  • Finishing Move: His "shell shock" is right behind the muta lock on the most borrowed finishing move list. Portia Perez, Mike Knox/Knux and Bray Wyatt have all used it and Chinese wrestler Jun Hado's used a variation of it. Shelley, in turn, is one of many to borrow the Air Raid Crash(WA4) and Shiranui(otherwise known as sliced bread #2)
  • Foreshadowing: He was the first wrestler to realize Hydro was developing into more than just a goof and suggested he dump Special K for Generation Next. Jay Lethal would end up defeating Generation Next alongside Samoa Joe at ROH Enter the Dragon.
  • Hammy Herald: To Jack Evans, "The Man Who Can Defy Gravity!"
  • 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.
  • Let's See YOU Do Better!: During the CZW feud when the CZW fans were chanting boring at his match with Bryan Danielson, he challenged one of them to get a better match out of Danielson.
  • Mentor: He made his first big ROH impression with a group of young of wrestlers and a decade later, Older and Wiser, Shelley was still bringing young wrestlers in ROH together and looking for new talents he considered worthy to join the promotion with the promise to help raise them to a new level, with, of course with hopes they will help him in his own endeavors on the way.
  • Pun
    "Would you say it was hunting season for Moose and we were in a Rush for a big game kill?"
  • Put on a Bus: Due to issues with TNA
  • Reformed, but Rejected: He didn't get much help when he asked for it, which was after Generation Next got out of even his own control. Frustrated as he was, he didn't blame anyone for refusing to help him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: When he learned that Lio Rush was canceling dates he had lined up in Germany to participate in the World Six Man Tag Tournament on Road To Final Battle Shelley canceled Rush's cancellations and got Lio replaced in the tournament with KUSHIDA, for Lio's own good. As it turned out, Shelley was really trying to make sure Rush had the best seasoning for the final stages, as Rush was later admitted back into the competition, alongside KUSHIDA!
  • Social Darwinist: He has to remind people that when Bullet Club got started back in New Japan he and his friends were among the first people to get ambushed and beaten up by them. After four years had passed and they were still getting ambushed and beaten up by Bullet Club in ROH Shelley said he was sick of it, but he hadn't snapped yet, holding on to the belief that those who can't take it don't belong in ROH.
  • Spiteful Spit: He and Roderick Strong to each other at Nowhere To Run in 2005
  • Tag Team: Time Splitters with KUSHIDA
  • Worthy Opponent: Remained friendly with ACH after breaking off their tag team to reunite with Sabin. Also said he sees himself in Lio Rush.

Roderick Strong

Shingo Takagi

  • The Artifact: Inexplicably dropped the Takagi from his name, or not. Those watching Dragon Gate knew he was trying to join Crazy MAX and the name change to SHINGO was a requirement, but the group disbanded before he could be officially inducted.
  • '80s Hair: A shameless mullet.
  • Lightning Bruiser: And surprisingly for someone sitting comfortably in the light heavyweight range, he's a lot more bruiser than lightning, being able to lift, slam and throw much larger opponents.

Matt Sydal

Grizzly Redwood

  • Badass Beard: His facial hair got progressively longer over the years, until it resulted on one of these, 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, the world's littlest lumberjack, billed from the Yukon Territory.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Originally known in ROH as the Mitch Franklin, the clean shaven CM Punk trainee who despite a slow start, being squashed by Ricky Reyes, briefly held the top of the class trophy.
  • 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 though has done some appearances two years afterwards around the independent circuit.

Caprice Coleman

  • Combat Commentator: Sometimes, he was accused of not doing his homework the first time. He got to throw the accusation back at his partners upon Dalton Castle's arrival.
  • Combination Attack: Back to back slingshot sentons with Cedric Alexander. He'll also hold a foe on his shoulder, whom Alexander with double stomp on the head before he death valley drives them. Then he may scoop slam someone onto Cedric's waiting knees.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: "More Than A Conqueror"
  • 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 get into a long term ROH deal for years.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Trained by Matt and Jeff Hardy
  • Evil Laugh: Subverted, as Coleman is one of the nicest guys they've ever had, Cabinet aside. All the same, his laugh can be really unsettling.
  • Finishing Move: The Ax Kick and Falcon Arrow
  • Genre Savvy: There are a lot of fancy reversals, but not everyone's athletic enough to keep their balance without a hold to reverse, so Coleman simply lets go and applies another.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When Ring of Honor evaluated Pepper Parks and Samson Walker by putting them in matches with Coleman, Coleman got paranoid about ROH trying to replace him.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: As "The Anointed One" in a comic book. Steve Corino scoffed at the suggestion Caprice was a "good guy".
  • Non-Indicative Name: His "no hands" huricanrana is on the fact he doesn't use his own hands. He usually ends up catching the opponent's arms\hands on his knees\shins while pulling them off the top rope though.
  • Nothing Personal: When Cedric Alexander lamented that their win against Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team was tainted and wished for a clean finish against the Briscoes, Coleman told everyone to leave their personal issues at home because no one wanted to deal with drama in the factory.
  • Religious Bruiser: The Bible has been an inspiration for a lot of his material. However, sometimes narcissism gets the better of him.
  • Revenge: Decided to take 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.
  • Signature Move: Triple rolling northern lights suplex.
  • Tag Team: The C&C Wrestle Factory with Cedric Alexander.
  • The Resenter
    • He wasn't happy to see his popularity has surpassed by Dalton Castle's, to the point he joined ANX in their campaign to make wrestling great again as their "minister of information".
    • He wasn't too happy with Bullet Club continuing to get pay per view spots over The Cabinet even after the departures of AJ Styles, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, especially not when it was Tanga Roa and Tama Tonga, who he believes to be far inferior to their father.
  • Warrior Poet: His promos have gotten "Amen" from Cedric and he's even sung!

Brent Albright

Jimmy Yang

Naruki Doi

  • Tag Team: Speed Muscle with Masato Yoshino was his longer running one, though they failed to win the ROH Tag Team Titles. Switching partners to CIMA brought no more success on that front. Had to join up with SHINGO to finally get the belts.

Tommaso Ciampa

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.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Lost a chance to regain the television title from Matt Taven due to Scarlett Bordeaux shaking her ass in front of him with the crowd calling for an "Eiffel Tower". Edwards, apparently not knowing what that was, chopped her ass instead, though Adam Cole showed him after the match.
  • 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 Bennett and Bob Evans teasing him about it.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body
    • An accidental case when he knocked out referee Tod Sinclair while giving Roderick Strong the Die Hard while Sinclair was arguing with another referee, Paul Turner, over the match outcome. Turner counted three soon afterwards but since Sinclair was the original referee, the first of Showdown In The Sun's three way dances for the world title was named, giving Strong another chance.(Richards retained anyway)
    • At "A Night Of Hoopla" he actually had a fan whip him for an apron dropkick on Matt Taven. The crowd also chanted "No More Babies" after a hesitation dropkick to the back of Adam Cole's head sent Cole's face into Taven's crotch. He the accidentally recreated the accidental DDT first done by Jake Roberts when he pushed Taven into the referee, who stumbled and took Taven down with him.
  • Hanging Separately: Teamed with Adam Cole while Davey Richards formed team ambition with Kyle O'Reilly. While they weren't at each other's throats, this division made it harder than it should have been for them to deal with The House Of Truth, SCUM and The Kingdom, and as evidenced by the last group and reDRagon, their two proteges almost ended up being their undoing.
  • Hard Head: Davey Richards would throw people at him, whom Edwards would meet head on, literally.
  • Implacable Man
  • Irony: As unlikely as it seemed when he debuted, Eddie Edwards went on to become the first Triple Crown Champion in Ring of Honor History. The man he beat for the World Title, Roderick Strong, would go on to be the second triple crown champion.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Respect Is Earned: 2007- 2009 

Kenny King

  • Bare Your Midriff: During the All Night Express Entrance
  • Cameo: Since his daughter stared on the competition reality show The Bachelorette
  • Expy: Of Shelton Benjamin, no less.
  • Finishing Move: A block buster from the top rope while Rhett Titus does a power bomb (One Night Stand)
  • Jerk Jock
  • Lightning Bruiser: Fully capable of catching a flying Cedric Alexander out of the air.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He even moonlights as a Chippendale's Dancer
  • Nice Hat: His black and white checker board crusher hat
  • Parody Commercial: ANX's 2016 campaign to make wrestling great again.
  • Red Baron: "Chairman Of Championships" in "The Cabinet"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Left for TNA (while one-half of the Tag Champs, no less). He returned insisting that All Night Express were the linear tag team champions only beaten by bureaucracy when Addiction were also claiming to still be the champions, in reference to the fact ROH immediately stripped King and Titus of the belts as soon as word got out he was on TNA television.
  • Tag Team: The All-Night Express, with Rhett Titus. The YRR with Jason Blade...which was a full on stable in Full Impact Pro, where Blade was just a minion.
  • Took a Level in Badass

Tyler Black

Michael Elgin

  • Bait-and-Switch: Truth Martini paid Devon Storm to bail from a match with Grizzly Redwood so Elgin could go to work on him.
  • Canada, Eh?: Okay, not quite as nice as the stereotype but still nicer than a lot of ROH guys
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: Dead lifting and dropping Kevin Steen multiple times in succession, once starting from a sitting position after a corner cannon ball! His workout involves benching 500 lbs and squating 700.
  • Crowd Chant: "Sleeping On The Couch", "She Wears The Pants", "Please Don't Divorce" at "A Night Of Hoopla"
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: Seeing TaDarius Thomas was a capoeira practitioner, he decided during a match to try and out break dance him.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Before Supercard Of Honor VII Elgin boasted to have become stronger, faster and more focused that he had since the previous year's event demanded that Jay Lethal find a way to do the same by the time they had their match. Unfortunately it'd be a couple years before Elgin was successful in bringing out the Jay Lethal he wanted.
  • Finishing Move: Revolution Bomb
  • Genre Savvy: Picked up the savvy to avoid topes with minimal effort
  • Green-Eyed Monster: MsChif had been wrestling men pretty much since the first day of his career, but it's a subject he got very touchy about after he started dating her. Doesn't help that she doesn't like to see him doing pretty much anything with another woman, though his international success since they met means he doesn't get booked against them very often, excepting when former stablemate Truth Martini was match maker.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Forcing AJ Styles to spear Kazuchika Okada
  • Hope Bringer: Glory by Honor XI was titled "The Unbreakable Hope" due to him challenging Steen for the world title after having previously powered through the simultaneous attempt of SCUM and The House Of Truth to keep him away. He fell short during the match though, leaving hope to turn to El Generico.
  • Implacable Man
    • He will block chair shots with his hands, something normally only done by much larger men
    • At the 2016 Death Before Dishonor Elgin held Frankie Kazarian up for a delayed vertical suplex when Christopher Daniels kicked him in the gut, causing Elgin to almost drop Kazarian but then pick him right back up. Daniels then pulled Kazarian down but Elgin ended up suplexing both of them at once.
  • Lightning Bruiser: More so on the "bruiser".
  • Red Baron: "Canadian Crazy Horse", "Unbreakable", "Unreal".
  • Signature Move: Power bomb, turnbuckle bomb, crippler cross face. He's also borrowed the green mist through mouth to mouth with his wife, though he's not particularly good at using it, almost managing to get it in his own eyes.
  • Squash Match: On ROH TV, Truth Martini would request Elgin get two "opponents" at a time just to make his point. Sometimes they did put up a decent fight though.
  • Stealth Pun: Glory By Honor XI, where he challenged Steen for the title had the subtitle "The Unbreakable Hope". It took place in Mississauga Ontario, aka the "Great White North".
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Stranded in Canada, during his world title reign no less, due to a visa issue.
  • Tag Line: Fear The Mullet...until Adam Cole removed it.
  • Tournament Arc: The first man to win "Survival Of The Fittest" twice.
  • Worthy Opponent: Truth Martini didn't appreciate Elgin shaking Fit Finlay's hand after Hostage Crisis.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He's grabbed Kanellis and by the hair and shaken her, but that's all he's managed to do. He was also willing to put away Athena, having blamed recent relationship drama on her, but when he finally got his hands on her he tried to hand her over to Whitmer.
  • You Have Failed Me: Before SCUM, Kevin Steen initially worked with the House of Truth when he returned to Ring of Honor and when he was kicked out of SCUM, he went back to Elgin for help. But in a resulting tag match, Jimmy Jacobs pinned Steen and Elgin decided he was done with him.

Claudio Castagnoli

Matt Cross

  • I Have the High Ground: His mat wrestling may not have been as strong as most ROH wrestlers, but he's also been described as "almost comically athletic".
  • Le Parkour - Ran up a wall to deliver a somersault plancha at Death Before Dishonor V: Night 2.

El Generico


Chris Hero


Brodie Lee

Jerry Lynn

Takeshi Morishima

  • Acrofatic: Not that he lacks ability or anything but he can defeat a lot of wrestlers just by repeatedly running into them, not being able to handle his bulk or speed.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Becky Bayless, The Lovely Lacey and Allison Danger were willing to put aside their differences to share camera time with him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Poor Roderick Strong, thirteen minutes straight. BJ Whitmer got an even longer one.

Necro Butcher

Kenny Omega

Mike Quackenbush

Davey Richards

  • Butt-Monkey: Made into one by Roderick Strong and Rocky Romero.
  • Call-Back: At Supercard Of Honor II he called back to Nowhere To Run when he teased kicking Jack Evans, who had since been a Heel–Face Turn, only to pull back and call the crowd unworthy.
  • Crowd Chant: "You got served!" at Supercard Of Honor II, as he had no answer for the moves of Jack Evans.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: Seeing that Truth Martini put a "pants off dance off" on ROH A Night Of Hoopla, Richards decided the only way to properly defend the honor of the wrestlers that came before him was to enter the contest himself and out dance Val Malone, Seleziya Sparx and Scarlett Bordeaux. And he did it without removing his pants (well, the crowd asked Richards to remove them but when he actually started removing them the chant changed to "keep them on").
  • Determinator: He's notorious for not selling and the "delayed sell" in order to keep attacking.
  • Distressed Dude: The House Of Truth were really angry when he defeated Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin back to back on at double shot Showdown In The Sun. They made it known at the next ROH event when they bum rushed Richards after he defeated Rhino, though Richards would have an unlikely savior in Jay Lethal, who he had defeated before Showdown In The Sun and evidently took it much better.
  • Lightning Bruiser: 5'7 206 lbs, so you already know he's pretty built but you still wouldn't expect a man his size to flat out toss his opponents around the ring.
  • Look What I Can Do Now!: Was defeated by Eddie Edwards a year before he trained with Dan The Beast Severn and returned to beat Eddie Edwards next year. They continued to work as a tag team in between these matches though.
  • Mangst
  • Spiteful Spit: To Roderick Strong, while they feuded over the FIP Heavyweight Championship belt.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After his role in the No Remorse Corps was done.
  • True Companions: With Eddie Edwards. Richards was reluctant to challenge for the World Title until Edwards threatened to quit if Richards didn't get the match.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Roderick Strong.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: His job in the No Remorse Corps.

Go Shiozaki

  • Badass Beard: One that seems to get smaller as the years go by though
  • Finishing Move: Go Flasher (lifted cutter)
  • 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

Tetsuya Naito

Michael "Mike" Bennett

  • Battle Couple: With Maria Kanellis
  • Crippling the Competition: Tried to break Mark Briscoe's leg with two chairs. When that didn't work he tried to break Mark's head...
  • Jerkass
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: To guest referee "Elizabeth" after she accepted Machismo King's marriage proposal at "A Night Of Hoopla".
  • Pet the Dog: Refused to let Maria use herself as a shield against Mark Briscoe. Of course, he had no problem with her interfering with their match in other ways...
  • Red Baron: The Prodigy.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • So Last Season: He liked to use the spots CM Punk used to do during his ROH didn't endear him to crowds very much (they were chanting "CM Punk" because of Maria's association with him and Bennett just ran with it)
  • Spiteful Spit: Water at Mark Briscoe at Super Card Of Honor VIII
  • Take That!: He calls his anaconda vice "Go Back To Japan". The move was innovated by Hiroyoshi Tenzan, a Japanese man.
  • That Man Is Dead: After taking out trainee/ring crew member "Cheeseburger," and his own manager "Brutal" Bob Evans, who had tried to stop him, on the July 13 (taped June 23), 2013 show, he cut a promo that ended with, "'The Prodigy' is dead!"
  • The Rival: Against Kevin Steen revolving around pile drivers. Bennett was banned from doing them after losing in a stretcher match to Steen.
  • The Worf Effect: Had been in dark matches until the 2008 "Proving Ground", where his defeat of Rhett Titus awarded him with a chance to show what he could do on camera. He was squashed by Daniel Puder in 26 seconds. This squash was seemingly so devastating (or his "Proving Ground" performances so underwhelming) that Bennett wouldn't be seen in ROH again for another two years.

Silas Young

  • Addiction Displacement: Was a heroine addict prior to finding pro wrestling.
  • Combat Pragmatist: After suffering a loss to ACH Silas was willing to stoop to any length to avenge it, though ACH was the one to name the last man standing stipulation at Aftershock Silas was the one who planted the idea in his head, attacked ACH from behind before the match started, used a security guards as a Human Shield, cocooned ACH in the outside padding mats in an attempt to prevent him from standing, liberally attacked ACH below the groin and ultimately won not be standing but simply having the soles of his feet on the ground when the referee counted to ten while ACH did not.
  • Crowd Chant: "Last Real Woman" when fans are against him
  • Driven by Envy: He frequently collides with Jay Lethal, not just over title belts or shots at them, but because he feels he deserves all the accolades and media appearances Lethal gets.
  • Enemy Mine: Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser had unsuccessfully searched for a third partner to take them to the World Six Man Championship belts. TK O’Ryan, who held on of those belts, had broken his leg, forcing The Kingdom to find a new partner or forfeit the titles. So Silas Young came to an understanding with Vinny Marseglia and Matt Traven, not that it was enough to hold of Bully Ray and The Briscoes.
  • Evil Is Petty: After having Beer City Bruiser help him break Jay Lethal's ribs, Young brought a board to all of his ROH bookings marking the number of days Lethal had been out with the injury.
  • For Your Own Good: One of his favorite past times is going for runs on good weather days in search of children to yell at, so they will get out of the street.
  • I Have the High Ground: Top rope headstands that would make Nigel McGuinness proud, often bounding up their after a roll throw and coming down with a Pee Gee Waja Plunge!
  • I Shall Taunt You: Having seen Colt Cabana talk his way into a match with Jay Lethal at Supercard Of Honor X, Young talked Raymond Rowe into giving he and Beer City Bruiser a title shot later in the night with a similar game plan.
  • Leitmotif: United Divided
  • New Media Are Evil: Believes video games are among the things that are killing pro wrestling and he only uses the internet to go on twitter and make fun of you nerds!
  • Parental Substitute: A self appointed one to ACH, after coming to the conclusion ACH wasn't as manly as his son and thus needed his guidance.
  • Porn Stache: The only acceptable facial grooming for a man is mustache only or completely shaved. Young went for the former. The fact he has very thin eye brows just draws more attention to it.
  • Recognition Failure: Upset that he and The Beer City Bruiser didn't qualify for the Six Man Tag Championship Tournament without a third man, Silas Young finally upgraded to a flat screen phone so he could look at videos on the go in search of that third man. When he finally found footage of a wrestler he wanted to tag turned out to be a commercial feature The Beer City Bruiser.
  • Red Baron: "The Last Real Man". He called his tag team with Beer City Bruiser "Milwaukee's Worst" but it didn't catch on.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Himself as the manly man and the Beer City Bruiser as the sensitive one. Bruiser isn't even the nicest, most thoughtful or indeed all that sensitive but is like a cupcake compared to Young and would have to be by Silas's self definition anyway.
  • Spiritual Successor: Public Silas Announcement is to What Pisses Charlie Haas Off.
  • The Comically Serious: It wouldn't be ROH if someone didn't take even a show like "A Night Of Hoopla" seriously, and that role fell on Young, who accused Davey Richards of insulting the business he after forced his way into the Hoopla Hotties's dance off and insulted Davey's masculinity. Unfortunately for Young, that resulted in the two being put in match, which became a Lumber Jill match when Truth Martini thought Silas was being too evasive. And all the "Jills" were men in drag, one of whom kissed Young when he tried to fight them.
  • The Resenter: After winning a four way at the fourteenth anniversary that was made an internet exclusive, Young came to the belief that New Japan's wrestlers were taking up all the best pay per view spots that rightfully belonged to him and became convinced their wrestlers couldn't be as tough as everyone boasted, even though he lost to KUSHIDA at War Of The Worlds, since Gedo was a part of said four way he won, leading Young to challenge NEVER Openweight Champion Katsuyori Shibata at Death Before Dishonor.
  • Whip It Good: Stole referee Todd Sinclair's belt to use on Mark Briscoe at Glory By Honor XII

Erick Stevens

  • Demoted to Extra: When the Necro Butcher became the official crown jewel of the Embassy...
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Slasher Smile
  • Squash Match: His early appearances consisted of squashing rookies from the ROH Academy. His first being Alex Payne in a mere 21 seconds.
  • Put on a Bus
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Stevens won the FIP World Heavyweight Title twice, unseating Roderick Strong both times at Final Battle 2007 and FIP's Hot Summer Nights 08. In both reigns, he lost the title in his first defense inside an FIP ring (he had successful defenses in ROH against Austin Aries, Bryan Danielson, Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, and Davey Richards, however.)

Larry Sweeney

Andy Ridge

  • Bash Brothers: Had some success with Bobby Dempsey, but they never really became a tag team
  • Red Baron: "Right Leg."

Alex Koslov

  • Cool Down Hug: He and Romero often disagree and come within hand breaths of exchanging blows before hugging and patting one another on the back
  • Culture Equals Costume: You can tell he's Russian by his attire. During matches he puts on an Ushnaka before doing his Cossack dance to your head.
  • Foreign Fanservice: ROH would have less trouble drawing in women if it booked this guy more often. He's practically made his career off of it in Japan and Mexico.
    Rocky Romero: "Koslov in the building, we got them panties dropping.
  • The Great Politics Mess-Up: Moldova has since become an independent state, so his hometown isn't in "Russia" anymore.

Matt Taven

  • Alpha Bitch: Claimed he never hung out with Hanson despite them coming from the same town because he was too pretty to be associated with Hanson. He never grew out of it, as he made it his mission to let The Young Bucks know they'd never be able to date the girls he takes home.
  • Ascended Extra:Prior to teaming with Bennett he was only in dark matches and even afterwards he was a jobber who lost his chance at a contract to QT Marshall. Then came the Top Prospect Tournament and television title.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: On the basis Raymond Rowe was a "jailbird" Taven said he "wouldn't believe his tongue if it was notarized."
  • Cameo: Given he announced it as Ghostbusters Featuring Matt Taven he seems to think he was more along the lines of a Guest Star. He was also on Creeps Show.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Besides the "official" Hoopla Hotties, Taven was often seen with many different women on his arm. It turned out there were so many because they kept dumping him and being replaced by new women Seleziya Sparx found to hook up with him.
  • Combat Commentator: Spent many a show on at the commentary table in between his injury, the breakup of The Kingdom and finding replacements for the group.
  • Corpsing: He fails to suppress a laugh while listening to Scarlet Bordeaux introduce Solo Darling.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Michael Elgin for being Hiroshi Tanahashi's tag team partner.
  • Fan Boy: He thinks Hiroshi Tanahashi is the coolest man in the world, oooler than Mike Bennett.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: A good way to set Taven off is to get something in his hair, preferably something sticky. He can talk for a little while about the effort he puts into his "beautiful" mane.
  • Red Baron: The self styled "Bad boy from Boston" and "Must See TV".
  • Smug Snake
    • After becoming television champion he insisted on being announced as "The Only Super Duper Star".
    • Taven made is ring return in Mexico for CMLL, claiming he was the most decorated wrestler in ROH history. He did alright, but after failing to win The NWA World Historic Middleweight belt from Ultimo Guerrero, Taven stormed back to the US and started using the Guerrero Special, daring Ultimo Guerrero to come to the US and do something about it.
  • The Ditz: He lectures Kevin Kelly on the intricacies of American Football, assuming that Kelly never played it, while failing to realized Kamaitachi, whose name he's confused and blended with Tamagotchi, doesn't have a football gimmick(nor an electronic gaming one, for that matter).

The Young Bucks

Kyle O'Reilly

Adam Cole

The Bravado Brothers

Jon Davis

  • Always Someone Better: He and Kory Chavis squashed several tag teams, including the Bravado Brothers, Up In Smoke, The Phoenix Twins and Irish Airborne. They even defeated former tag team champions The American Wolves but they always came up short against the Young Bucks. They did wrestle The Kings Of Wrestling and The Briscoes to a draw on two separate occasions but lost in all subsequent matches with them.
  • Enemy Mine: Teamed up with usual punching bag Grizzly Redwood against the Embassy
  • Finishing Move: A back breaker rack transitioned to a power bomb (three seconds around the world)
  • I Know Madden Kombat: He's a linebacker so it shouldn't surprise anyone who sees him do the "POUNCE!"

    Only The Strong Survive: 2010- 2012 

Bob Evans

  • Edible Theme Naming: He has nothing to do with the restaurateur of the same name, but the coincidence did help when he teamed with Cheeseburger.
  • Evil Minion: Came into ROH as a trainer to further the career of Mike Bennett and became at want for direction when Bennett turned on him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's in love with Tough Tim Hughes.
  • Kick the Dog: He has an affinity for breaking hands, which he usually does after matches with a chair
  • Oral Fixation Fixation: He likes chewing on a cigarette. It's a Brutal Bob!
  • Run the Gauntlet: When he turned 40 he took on a challenge he called "Iron Week", where he would wrestle an iron man match every day to prove his age wouldn't stop him from working a full time schedule with ROH.

R.D. Evans

Taeler Hendrix

Kevin Kelly

  • Audience Surrogate: When he shouted at Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly to continue their match at Showdown In The Sun when it degenerated into a "No You" argument between them.
  • Combat Commentator: And New Japan eventually picked him and Corino up for their English feed.
  • Not SO Different: He's not afraid to make these allusions about feuding wrestlers, such as The All Night Express to ACH or Bobby Fish to Roderick Strong.

Shelton Benjamin

Adam Page

  • Finishing Move: An axe guillotine driver he calls "right of passage"
  • Kick the Dog: He filmed BJ Whitmer while he stalked Steve Corino's wife.
  • Plot Tumor: All but called it by name when running down BJ Whitmer for derailing the Decade with his Steve Corino obsession, saying "when there is a cancer you cut it out!" to his metaphorical purging of Whitmer from his life.
  • Red Baron: The hangman, after he showed his allegiance to Bullet Club by putting a noose on Chris Sabin and attempting, well...
  • Smug Snake: During his rivalries with Andrew Everett and ACH Page proved their equal in agility but not in sense or finesse. His shooting star shoulder block was pretty much the definition of Awesome, but Impractical.
  • Unknown Rival: At BJ Whitmer's suggestion he called out Jay Briscoe, on shows where Jay Briscoe was not present in order to paint Briscoe as a coward when he naturally did not come out to answer them. When Briscoe was present though, Page went out to confront him, against Whitmer's wishes. Briscoe, accepted the challenge but didn't even know who Page was, much less that he'd been trying to challenge him for weeks.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Decade came after both he and Cedric Alexander. Alexander resisted, Page, not so much. Unlike TaDarius and ACH there was no make up, Page remained loyal till Decade crumbled from within.
  • Whip It Good: He ripped the belt from Todd Sinclair's pants to attack Adam Cole on the fourth night of the 2017 War Of The Worlds tour.

Scarlett Bordeaux

Mia Yim

  • Red Baron: The Blasian Barbie.
  • The Artifact: She continued continued to taunt with the Embassy symbol long after the group had been disbanded. Kevin Kelly suggested it was all she knew.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only woman who remained on the roster when ROH moved from HD Net to the Sinclair Broadcast Group. She eventually got some company (and competition) when former women slowly started to return in November.

Charlie Haas

Q.T. Marshall

  • Blasphemous Boast: He is "God's Gift!"(luckily for him, Black was gone)
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": "Q.T. Mar-SHALL"
  • Joisey: Specifically, Newark. He used to have an orange tan too
  • Red Baron: Irresistible, God's gift
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: When they learned members of Pro Wrestling NOAH's roster would be available for Super Card Of Honor VII Martial demanded RD Evans get in contact with them so Marshall could have a new tag team partner to face Ta'Darius and ACH. Problem Martial did not make his requests until after Evans had already gotten in touch and all the wrestlers he wanted happen to be on the New Japan roster. Ironically a New Japan wrestler ended up being the only one to make it to the show.
  • Tag Team: Martial Law with RD Evans
  • You Have Failed Me: He attacked Ta'Darius Thomas for taking a pin fall back during his 'internet exclusive' tryout days, though he put more blame on ROH for giving him a partner like Thomas in the first place.

Truth Martini


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.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: He usually follows Coleman's no hands hurricanrana with a frog splash but missed on ROH TV episode 37 in a match with the All Night Express where Rhett titus kept rolling passed his usual landing spot. Kenny King immediately capitalized for the win.
  • Handshake Refusal: Virtually none of the ROHbots gave him any chance against Kazuchika Okada, even though Alexander felt he needed to win. He wasn't in a good sport when he lost at Global Wars 2015 like everyone predicted.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Has wrestled ACH enough to know he'll spring back up for multiple enzuigiris if he ducks them, among his other tricks.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He can throw guys as well as he can tumble around and jump over things.
  • Perky Female Minion: Veda Scott. She was overjoyed when he took out Moose and Stokely to return her wrench and decided to manage his affairs from then on.
  • Skunk Stripe: Is gold blond in the middle of his mohawk.
  • Tag Team: 7 Oh! 4 with Caleb Konley. They also assist in the training of wrestlers.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He's been the "rookie" who has put up the most fight against Decade.
  • The Rival: The Bravado Brothers, Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team, Roderick Strong.
  • Weapon of Choice: The wrench he used to end Moose's winning streak. Veda Scott actually gave it to Moose but Moose was confused and Alexander stole it. Coleman's refusal to let him use it on War Machine caused Alexander to refuse to team with him any longer.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Adam Page, prior to him joining the Decade.


  • Be Yourself: His message to the ROH fans. As long as you're not hurting anyone else and "do you", handle your business, you shouldn't be afraid to express what you like or indulge in it.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Showed it during his match against Adam Cole on the first night at Supercard Of Honor X, which was unfortunate for him but was great for giving the fans an idea of what Cole might do in his no holds barred match against Kyle O'Reilly on night 2.
  • Crowd Chant: "Go, Go, A-C-H!"
  • 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. And even that almost didn't work.
    • In his best of five series with Matt Sydal, only more one sided as it initially appeared ACH had him completely figured out, though it did wind up going all five.
  • In a Single Bound: He just might be able to outdo Cedric Alexander and AJ Styles in this area. He's done a step up plancha with a midair cartwheel motion that was called "Jordan, with a twist!"
  • Game-Breaking Injury: To his knee by Decade, which prevented him from saving Ta'Darius from Jimmy Jacobs
  • Hidden Depths: His dead lift German suplex and snap German. Not just quick, limber and agile but strong!
  • Leitmotif: "Street Fighter", which you can get at TeamR&
  • 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
  • Signature Move: Crane kick,
  • Slide Attack: Slides to set up various moves that involve charging into the turnbuckles, one of which is a flash point where he slides out of the ring as he connects with it.
  • Spiteful Spit: After Jimmy Jacobs spit water on him, he spit on Ta'Darius and on Jacobs.
  • Tag Team: Adrenaline Rush with Ta'Darius
  • The Rival: It is still Cedric Alexander, with the C&C Wrestle Factory being one to Adrenaline Rush. After Thomas left though and C&C broke up it was Matt Sydal.
  • The Worf Effect: Newly crowned IWGP Champions of all belts have faced ACH, including KUSHIDA, Styles, Kenny Omega and Tetsuya Naito
  • Three-Point Landing: He tends to slingshot into one during his entrances.
  • Trash Talk: So much it got his mouth duct taped shut
  • Whole Costume Reference: Most noticeably as Monkey D Luffy, though he also has entrance gear that resembles an orange Gi. These usually go without comment.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Neglected such a challenge from Athena regarding MsChif, arguing it would make him the OJ Simpson of pro wrestling, although it being a tag match he did end up hitting MsChif, being the only person to get any significant offense against her besides Athena up to that point, when his team was about to lose. Unfortunately for ACH doing so lead to defeat anyway, as he happened to wake up MsChif's husband in the process.

Ta'Darius Thomas

  • Badass Boast: Claims to be the only man in wrestling who can fight on his feet just as well as he fights 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)
  • I Know You Know I Know: Even during his tryout days, he had a knack for figuring out which ways his opponents would dodge his strikes and would follow up accordingly, though sometimes it took a minute for him to figure them out.
  • Leitmotif: TD is for Total Destruction!
  • Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: In this case, it is usually pronounced without a stop...except when it is.
  • 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.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Got his long overdue vengeance against QT Marshall in 2013 Turner Hall Top Prospect Tournament only to lose to Matt Taven in the final round due to Truth Martini.


  • 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.
  • Determinator: What success he has attained has come from setting modest goals, and continuously attempted to achieve them with nonstop.
  • 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. It's surprising he can even survive hits from Moose and will usually be staying down for three.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During is in ring debut for ROH Roderick Strong was about to win them tag titles, having put Bobby Fish in a Boston crab. Kyle O'Reilly ran in to break it up so Cheeseburger leaped on O'Reilly and put him in a Christo, which caused O'Reilly to collapse into Strong and break his hold.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: The "'s very popular in Japan" commercial for Cheeseburger T-shirts, building on KUSHIDA's observation... which is used at least twice alongside other repeated lines and footage.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Which was given to him by Charlie Haas because he looked like he needed a...
  • Ricky Morton: Until ROH gets a lightweight division or something this is really the only way he can pull his weight in tag team matches.
  • Tag Team: Camp Cheese with Roderick Strong in his debut. Then 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) Brutal Burgers actually went on to have a winning record, even getting a shot at ROH Tag Team Champions reDRagon, who were his Camp Cheese opponents. He and Will Ferrara serve as such in the ROH dojo, as substitutes for Daizee Haze.
  • Training from Hell: Subverted when Will Ferrara brought in Mike to act as a personal trainer for Cheeseburger's entry into the Field Of Honor tag gauntlet. It ended up being such for Ferrara as carried Cheeseburger through the regimen.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Jushin Liger's plan for him, who knows first hand what it is like to be bullied for your stature. It resulted in Cheeseburger having an effective Shotei.

Veda Scott

Vinny Marseglia

  • Dreadlock Warrior: Sometimes, although they've always been really short
  • Red Baron: "Enigmatic", "Inksanity", "The Horror King"
  • Shout-Out: He was trained by Mike Bennett and seemed intent on continuing The Kingdom's allusions to The Hardy Boys, though unlike Bennett Marseglia is more the Jeff to TK O'Ryan's Matt, he even uses the Swanton...ahem, "high angle senton bomb". Ironically O'Ryan's spectacular crash and burn on a high risk move is what gave his incarnation of The Kingdom their first setback.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He apparently impressed enough to be invited back during his loss to Rhino but Marseglia and Matt Taven were among those who lost out to QT Marshall for an ROH contract at Boiling Point. Vinny would periodically reappear at ROH events but would not win a match until Death Before Dishonor XI the following year, and even that was a dark match. Although he continued winning at the following ROH event and then again on Future Of Honor, whose name would be lent to an internet exclusive series.

The Guardians Of Truth/The Headbangers

    Road To Greatness: 2013- 2015 

Seleziya Sparx

  • Butt-Monkey: She took many (accidental) hits from Lethal and Cedric Alexander.
  • Friendless Background: Unlike most wrestlers Sparx had no athletic background. She was the proverbial kid that no one cared about, so she resolved to become so successful people would be forced to pay attention to her. She's pretty friendly, so long as she gets attention, the problem is that her first friends in ROH were The House Of Truth.
  • Hidden Depths: Being that ROH was a nationally-syndicated product without much in the vein of a women's division when she was there, she rarely got to show hints of her wrestling skill in the company, but when she did, she came off badass. For example, there was the time she hit a Death Valley driver on "Satan" following a low blow from Bordeaux on a Hoopla Uncut segment which was basically a jab at QT Marshall.
  • Perky Female Minion: A hoopla hottie known for booty popping.
  • Put on a Bus: Banned from working in the USA for trying to enter without a valid visa.
  • Woman Scorned: She was fired by Matt Taven and then rehired by The House Of Truth to exploit the resulting ire that she gained towards him.

War Machine

  • Acrofatic: Hanson's not especially quick but his very graceful in his ability to avoid trips and take downs.
  • Always Someone Better: They may have won the tag team titles, but they never beat The Briscoes until the 2016 Global Wars. Only then did their reign truly begin, in their own minds.
  • Ascended Extra: Todd Hanson first appeared in multiple dark matches, then disappeared for six years before finally getting a televised match as a title contender.
  • Ass Kicks You: Hanson will catch a charging opponent in the corner with a head scissors, and then simply let go of the top rope and let them crumple under his weight.
  • Bald of Awesome: Raymond Rowe rarely has more hair on the top of his head than that he hasn't had time to shave off.
  • Beard of Barbarism: Hanson's gimmick, invoking the Celtic tribes with gear reminiscent of a kilt and a "war beard". Rowe's facial hair caught up in due time.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Rowe's covers most of his face with a trucker cap leaving only a slit for his eyes.
  • Carpet of Virility: Hanson's a hairy dude, his singlet shows off much of it in the chest area.
  • Combination Attack: Popup from Rowe to a Hanson power slam, backdrop from Hanson to a Rowe power bomb.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Became a tag team after Hanson beat Rowe in the finals of the 2014 Top Prospect Tournament.
  • Finishing Move: Back suplex with a leg drop they call Fallout. Hanson, the larger of the two coming off the top with the leg drop. Also a spring board clothesline from Hanson with a German suplex from Rowe they call Decapitation.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body
    • Raymond Rowe's target was Silas Young, but as he hammered him with forearms in the corner during the October 23rd 2015 show The Boys were trapped underneath him.
    • Rowe bodyslams Hanson onto his opponents. It's bad enough having Hanson fall on your midsection, let alone getting thrown onto it.
  • Leitmotif: "Blood And Tears" by Jean-Michel Bacou and Eric Baumont
  • Talk to the Fist: When Silas Young was running his mouth on the second night of Supercard Of Honor X, Raymond Rowe took his microphone and opened his mouth as if to retort but instead punched Young's.
  • This Means War Paint: When they are especially angry they paint their faces before matches. This is a nod to the ancient Celtic tribes but has a side effect of making them look like The Legion of Doom to those unfamiliar with their gimmick.
  • White Gangbangers: Rowe has shown shades of this, though it's been significantly downplayed since he joined with Hanson. Matt Taven still insisted on calling Rowe an ex convict though.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In addition to defending the tag team title belts three times in a twenty four hour time period, Rowe had a concussion going into the match War Machine lost the belts to The Addiction.


  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Attempted and failed with his first television title shot against Jay Lethal. Three years later KUSHIDA would managed to hit Jay with his own Lethal Injection, but Lethal wasn't champion anymore.
  • Bait-and-Switch: His team utilized this during the World Six Man Tag Team Tournament thanks to Alex Shelley's manipulations, starting with Lio Rush publicly being booted for KUSHIDA only for Rush to reappear with him the final round. And it did get them to the finals but wasn't enough to stop Taven's Kingdom.
  • Combination Attack: A moonsault after Alex Shelley's neckbreaker(outatime) or a sit down power bomb with Shelley's Shiranui(I-94)
  • Finishing Move: Primarily a Kimura referred to as the Hoverboard lock, though the super nova press and rana from his HUSTLE days are still applicable. Not above a corkscrew moonsault(The Midnight Express) either. KUSHIDA asked Kazarian for permission but it ended up being Tyler Black who didn't approve of the small package driver being called "Back To The Future".
  • Game of Nerds: He wears a brimmed cap(sometimes with a propeller on top of it) and does a windup punch he calls "Masahiro Tanaka"...think he might be a baseball fan?
  • I Know Karate: Before he became the famed high flying pro wrestler, KUSHIDA was a mixed martial artist and if you're in the ring with him you'd best not forget it.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: None of the abuse they get put through seems to dim the glow of his boots. Yes, he wrestles in glowing boots!
  • One Steve Limit: Just the family name, can't be confusing him with Yujiro Takahashi now can we. Especially not when both Yujiros are feuding over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight belt.
  • Signature Move: Sometimes uses those of his trainers Yoshihiro Tajiri and Nobuhiko Takada. Then there is sometimes the 9469 KUSHIDA lock.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: You could argue the cartwheel allows him to keep his eyes on his opponent while putting himself in position to drop kick them into a pinning position but make no mistake, KUSHIDA is showing off.

Kazuchika Okada

Beer City Bruiser

  • Acrofatic: He can hit his keg splash from halfway across the ring.
  • Bad Boss: Downplayed: He beats on The Boys for what are sometimes arbitrary reasons but it's on Silas Young's orders, rather than his own initiative.
  • Big Fun: He is pudgy, pasty and completely in love with himself, showing it off with a really tiny pair of shorts.
  • Captain Morgan Pose: He carries a keg to the ring to do it on during his entrance.
  • Curse Cut Short: On their (failed)promo to announced their partner for the ROH Six Man Tag Championship Tournament, Silas Young cut off The Bruiser, saying that their last seven promos were rejected by the ROH office for having too much profanity.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Showed up in a dark match two years prior to his televised match in a group called The Beer City Bruisers.
  • Fat Bastard: He's so mean and brutal that he actually gets along with Silas Young.
  • Mook Carryover: He's ended up with Dalton Castle's Boys after Castle was defeated by Silas Young.
  • Odd Friendship: Silas Young's ONLY friend. Mr. Wrestling III and Kevin Kelly describe them as miserable Milwaukeeans who only understand each other.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Sometimes comes out to the ring with a cigar. However it didn't go over so well at Supercard Of Honor X.
    Mr. Wrestling III:"There's no smoking in this hotel!"

Dalton Castle

Shane Taylor

  • Face–Heel Turn: A foreshadowed one, as he had been vowing to takeout War Machine for a while but was well received on the "Future of Honor" showcases and returned the reception by giving high fives.
  • Hero Killer: Presented himself as such, taking full responsibility for running Lio Rush and Donovan Dijak out of ROH. Search And Destroy were not amused.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Albeit thicker towards the chin, making it more like a hot beard
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Keith Lee, who will usually explain their motivations and make offers while Taylor will make threats
  • Expy: In attitude to Jon Davis of the Dark City Fight Club, in appearance to Kory Chavis given Keith Lee is the one who goes bare shirted and Taylor usually has the head gear.

Hiroshi Tanahashi


  • Animal Motifs: Guess. His fans wear antler hats.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The initial "Moose Nation"
  • Expy: Of the late Rottweiler Bison.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Detached sleeve on his right arm, more tattoos on his left leg.
  • Hard Head: One of a few reasons they call him Moose.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Still wears catch gloves and like many former football players, does the spear.
  • Mighty Glacier: Fairly agile, but not too fast.
  • Signature Move: Popup clothesline.
  • The Brute: Approached by Prince Nana with the offer to serve as such.
  • The Giant: Especially compared to his managers, RD Evans, Veda Scott, Prince Nana and Stokely Hathaway, all of whom are smaller than Moose. When the Texas Get Along Gang appeared in ROH their own giant, Raphael King, turned out to look at least fifty pounds lighter than Moose.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl
    • He was tempted to spear Veda Scott after she went off on him for shaking hands with Roderick Strong after being pinned at Best In The World 2015 and slapped him several times but hesitated long enough for Cedric Alexander to appear and hit him with the wrench, again.
    • Subverted. He stopped attacking The Get Along Gang when confronted by Merica at Supercard Of Honor X but prepped for a spear after she struck him (the rest pulled her out of harms way)

Stevie Richards

Joey Daddiego

  • Ascended Extra: A former bouncer and security guard whom ROH hired to head their own security staff. As such not much focus was put on him until Truth Martini offered him a job...
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Not only did he become responsible for the kind of outside match violence he used to break up as security, he cut off ROH security while Taeler Hendrix was beating down Mandy Leon.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Played with, as Daddiego is the same height or shorter than most of the ROH roster, but very bulky while his tag team partner Donovan Dijak is lithe but very tall.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Fans taunt him by comparing Daddiego to Dave Batista.
  • I Know Karate: A former Golden Gloves competitor.
  • Red Baron: J. Diesel.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Donovan Dijak after his former partner broke Truth Martini's neck.

Donovan Dijak

  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The big to Jay Lethal in the House Of Truth. Dijak had actually earned a shot at Lethal's television title but Truth Martini stepped in before the match could take place and convinced Dijak he was better served working with Lethal than against him.
  • Co-Dragons: Joined with Martini's "muscle" J. Diesel in the H.O.T. in an attempt to bring the stable the tag team belts, as thus all of ROH's since Lethal had the other two already.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Took on Truth Martini's services after taking "The Truth" at face value. Then he openly sided with Prince Nana.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's not overwhelmingly muscular, but when you're six foot seven you don't have to be if you want to give anyone an overhead belly to belly suplex. Watch that 275 lbs corkscrew plancha!
  • Mundane Made Awesome: His discus boot, which given Dijak's size is more like a discus toe kick to most opponents, but given his size it's also pretty effective.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Blew one towards Takaaki Watanabe and has kissed Cheeseburger on the head after forcibly removing him from a match with Joey Daddiego.
  • Token Good Teammate: His refusal to help Jay Lethal defeat AJ Styles or use the Book Of Truth on War Machine ended up getting him fired from the H.O.T.


  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Natch, though only after Naito's makeover.
  • Hard Head: Decontructed in both ways. ROH officials kept special watch over him during matches after he had a several concussion scares but refused to stop using head butts.
  • Multicolored Hair: Takaaki Watanabe had some yellow parts but EVIL's hair is all sorts of colors.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He passed through ROH while on his learning excursion to the USA and fit in very well, becoming liked by the locker room, staff and fans alike. Then he went back to NJPW, was taken under the wing of Tetsuya Naito and became The Lord Of Darkness of Los Ingobernables de Japon.


Alberto El Patron

Keith Lee

Lio Rush

Deonna Purrazzo (2015-2018)

Mandy Leon (2014-)

Kelly Klein

    The Current Breed: 2016- 

Tomohiro Ishii

Toru Yano

  • Camera Abuse: At the 2016 Death Before Dishonor he threw water at Yujiro Takahashi, who darted out of the way, splashing the ringside camera by the commentary table.
  • Dirty Coward: Even more so than Beretta, to Rocky Romero's frustrations when he called Yano into ROH to help Beretta overcome his fear of The GoD.
  • Distressed Dude: Adam Page tried to hang him for beating Yujiro Takahashi, leading Jay Briscoe to start their "anything goes" match early.
  • Improbable Weapon User: A turnbuckle pad. Although these are usually unavailable to him in New Japan and ROH's are specifically designed not to be removed by wrestlers during matches, he still found a way to get his hands on one.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to the Briscoes as Never Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. They tried and failed with the ROH versions in the crowning tournament.

Hiromu Takahashi

Dragón Lee

  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang: He's the dragon, the yin yang is on his forehead.
  • Hidden Depths: He was a relative rookie brought in to learn and sold primarily as an "attraction" for his dazzling flips but the man can wrestle pretty good on the ground and isn't afraid to shoot in every now and then.
  • Masked Luchador: The gimmick associated with the mask started in LLI/UWA and had been used in CMLL once before him.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He defeated World Television Champion Bobby Fish in his debut match but couldn't get it done again when the title was on the line. The latter wouldn't be so important had Will Osprey not won the television title off the bat in his debut. And given Osprey lost the belt in his first defense Lee probably wouldn't be overshadowed if not for the different stipulation but Osprey had possession in the record books and Lee did not. After three encounters though Lee did finally gain some solace by defeating Osprey at Manhattan Mayhem VI.

TK O'Ryan

  • Fallacy of Division: As long as he was part the team The Kingdom never lost a match. However, all of his individual ROH's efforts have been unsuccessful.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Overshot an Asai Moonsault at the fifteenth anniversary show, breaking his leg. This resulted in Silas Young having to replace him in The Kingdom's Six Man Tag Title defenses and is the only reason they lost the belts, according to Matt Taven anyway.
  • Finishing Move: Glue Factory(bow and arrow hold), Mustang Ride(pump handle piledriver)
  • Red Baron: The Sassy Wild Horse

Tenille Dashwood

Will Ospreay

Marty Scurll

Cody Roh

Bully Ray

Jeff Cobb

  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • He made his debut by DQ a match in Future Of Honor.
    • He defeated Punishment Martinez for the ROH Television Champion.


  • Canada, Eh?: He's a French-Canadian from Quebec.
  • Finishing Move: His moonsault called PCOsault.
  • Handicapped Badass: He has only one eye, but even with the lack of depth perception he's able to wreak havoc.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite at his age he delivers moonsaults and dives.
  • No-Sell: Part of his "Not Human" Frakenstein-esque gimmick every time an opponent he's facing no matter their execute their Signature Move, Finishing Move or a weapon he always rises Up to Eleven.
  • Red Baron: "Not Human" and "French-Canadian Frankenstein"
  • Ring Oldies: Pierre Carl Oullette's in his 50's and still taking bumps after made comeback in pro wrestling.
  • Tag Team: With Brody King in Villain Enterprises.

Brody King

  • Tag Team: With PCO in Villain Enterprises.

Zack Sabre Jr.

Juice Robinson

Mark Haskins


Tracey Williams

Mayu Iwatani


  • Red Baron: "Toro Blanco"

Velvet Sky

Joe Hendry


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