Ring of Honor’s Jonathan Gresham is set to return on AEW Rampage
Though he doesn’t have a card on the official AEW roster page, Jonathan Gresham has reportedly held a contract also signed by Tony Khan since April, when he defeated Bandido at Supercard of Honor in a unification match for the ROH World Championship.
And yet, you wouldn’t know it if you only watch AEW television, as the leader of The Foundation has only appeared in one match for the promotion and it wasn’t on Dynamite, Rampage, or any of the company’s Pay-Per-Views but instead on Battle of the Belts II, where he took on Dalton Castle in a very fun match for the ROH World Championship sandwiched between Thunder Rosa versus Nyla Rose for the AEW Women’s World Championship and the Sammy Guevara versus Scorpio Sky for the TNT Championship.
Though Gresham has wrestled since that bout on April 15th, with performances at C4, PWG, Progress, wXw, IWTV, and his home TERMINUS promotion, he’s been absent from AEW and Ring of Honor television – which isn’t a thing at the moment – ever since, at least until the go-home show before Forbidden Door, where Gresham and Lee Moriarty had a backstage segment with Lexy McNair that was interrupted by Tully Blanchard, who wanted a future title shot for one of his “Tully Blanchard Enterprises” wrestlers.
With the next Ring of Honor show, Death Before Dishonor, officially booked for July 23rd at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts, Gresham may soon be in the ring defending the ROH World Championship once more but first, he needs to take care of business in a tag team bout versus Gates of Agony, as Tony Khan has booked that bout for the next episode of AEW Rampage.
Ring of Honor is slowly but surely making its way onto AEW television.
Since Tony Khan officially purchased Ring of Honor, the cross-promotional synergy between the two companies has been inconsistent, to say the least. FTR have marched out onto the entrance ramps with the ROH Tag Team Championship belts around their wastes ever since taking them away from The Briscoes at Supercard of Honor and Samoa Joe, when he was a regular on AEW television, would also come to the ring with his ROH World Television Championship but other than those two belts, the ROH World Championship, the ROH Women’s Championship, and even the ROH Pure Championship, which is currently held by Blackpool Combat Club member Wheeler Yuta, have largely been relegated to Dark, Dark Elevation, or the indies, where Jonathan Gresham has been defending his belt against unsigned talents.
Now granted, some of that is by design; many casual fans don’t know the connection between AEW and ROH and may have never even heard of the company once owned by Cary Silkin period. Best case, they think having regular ROH talent on AEW television is akin to the Forbidden Door with NJPW, while others may take a more cynical route, wondering why one company would need to bring in another’s wrestlers for matches when they have a roster of well over 100 wrestlers already under contract.
One way or another, that needs to be settled.
Death Before Dishonour is a big opportunity for Tony Khan, Ring of Honor, and AEW. He can use the show to fully separate the two promotions and establish themselves as separate entities who only occasionally have talents jump from one show to another, or embrace the presence of two “brands” with two different names under one larger umbrella. For the sake of wrestling, let’s hope it’s the latter, as it presents the best opportunities for the top wrestlers the world over to compete against the best of the best.