The champ may be out. According to a report from Fightful Select, former ROH Heavyweight Champion Jonathan Gresham has requested his release from ROH & AEW.
The report states that Gresham asked for his release Saturday ahead of the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view. He defended the ROH World Heavyweight Championship against Claudio Castagnoli and dropped the title to him in the opening match fo the show.
“A lack of communication between the company and Gresham leading up to the weekend” led him to feel “disrespected.” The lack of time given to the World Title match during last night’s show was also a noted “tipping point.” Gresham reportedly met with Tony Khan before the show began and got heated enough to the point that he was “cussing out” the boss.
The former champion has since responded to inquiries about the ordeal and is said to be “done with wrestling for the foreseeable future after this month.”
We will continue to monitor this story and provide updates as they become available to us.
This explains a lot about what happened at the show and perhaps why the company put the title on Castagnoli. Perhaps we will see him land in WWE now that a regime change is in place, but that remains to be seen.
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