Kevin Kelly talks ROH PPV, Terry Funk, Haas, Benjamin, and more
Sep 16, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck
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The Voice Of Ring Of Honor’s Internet Pay-Per-Views, Kevin Kelly, Discusses The Glory By Honor IX iPPV, His “Solemn Vow” To The Fans Of ROH, Terry Funk’s Emotional Locker Room Speech Before The Event, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin’s Future In The Company, Why We Will Be Seeing A More “Driven” Homicide In Ring Of Honor, Roderick Strong Looking “Comfortable” As ROH World Champion, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels “Turning Back The Hands Of Time,” What Lies Ahead For Davey Richards In His Quest For The Ring Of Honor World Title, The Double Chain Match At Glory By Honor IX Taking The Colt Cabana/Steve Corino & El Generico/Kevin Steen Feuds Respectively To “A New Level,” Plus Which Young Up-And-Comers Are Ones To Watch In The Coming Months In ROH
The voice of Ring of Honor’s Internet Pay-Per-Views, Kevin Kelly, was one of the special guests on this week’s live edition (09/13/10) of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem (presented by Good Health Natural Foods). You can feel the “MNM Fall Tour ’10” every Monday night (at 7PM ET/6PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.AudioWrestling.com, www.Hybrident.tv, www.iTunes.com, www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem, www.Twitter.com/FeelTheMayhem, & www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem).
Kevin joined The Big Mosh & “The Chairman of the Board” Todd Vincent in his return to “Your Home of Wrestling Radio” for another installment of his exclusive segment on Monday Night Mayhem, “Ring of Honor On the Road” (driven by www.TicketRelief.com), which is now available in Windows Streaming Media or via the official MNM Podcast on iTunes:
The return of “Ring of Honor On the Road With Kevin Kelly” (driven by www.TicketRelief.com) (MNM Streaming Audio): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/091310.wax
The return of “Ring of Honor On the Road With Kevin Kelly” (driven by www.TicketRelief.com) (MNM Podcast on iTunes): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/sept10/091310.mp3
Interview highlights courtesy of The Mayhem’s official correspondent, Paterson from New Jersey:
Kevin’s “solemn vow” to the fans of Ring of Honor, coming off the heels of Glory By Honor IX: “It was a wonderful journey. It isn’t about the ending point, but how we did get there. At the end of the three hours, despite some technical glitches, despite some things that need to be corrected and will be corrected, to every fan that bought Glory By Honor IX on GoFightLive.tv, I make this my solemn vow that these situations will be corrected. From the top on down all the way through, that’s our heartfelt pledge to all of you. Thanks for your patience with this.”
His overall expectations leading into this past Saturday night’s event at The Manhattan Center in New York City, how Kevin felt about the Glory By Honor IX iPPV as a whole, Roderick Strong looking “comfortable” in his new role as ROH World Champion, why he strongly believes we will see Charlie Haas/Shelton Benjamin back in Ring of Honor, & “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels “turning back the hands of time” in his return to ROH: “I remember back to one of our conversations over the summer, and we talked about guys that needed to step up and the feeling like it was a transitional period as a whole for the company, and I really think we’re in that now. When you have Tyler Black’s departure being overshadowed by new people coming into the company, that’s a good thing. Very little has been talked about or spoken about Tyler Black in comparison to the amount of coverage & talk that surrounded Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin, and I think we will see Haas & Benjamin again here in the very near future in Ring of Honor. Roderick Strong has a lot on his plate and certainly has big shoes to fill, but at the same time I don’t think a lot of fans are expecting much of Strong. I think Roddy’s gonna be very comfortable in this role. He looked very comfortable Saturday night in a big spot. Christopher Daniels continues to impress me. Every time I see him lately I keep telling him ‘You are turning back the hands of time. This is your time.’ The night overall was fantastic, with guys really stepping up.”
Why he feels that fans will see a more driven Homicide now that he has returned to Ring of Honor, his legacy beginning & ending with ROH, plus which up-and-comers Kevin sees as “ones to watch” in the company into the rest of 2010/beginning of 2011: “The first up-and-comer who we haven’t seen wrestle since his comeback to Ring of Honor is Homicide. I think you are going to see, in that same mode of Christopher Daniels, you’re going to see someone focused, motivated, & driven; a 16-year pro who believes that he has a legacy to fulfill, and that begins & ends here in Ring of Honor. We’ll see what he can do. I believe in him, and I think he’s going to be great. Two young men who just signed a couple of weeks ago: Adam Cole & Mike Bennett. I think Bennett is a five-tool athlete, he’s a absolute stud, and I think he has the ability to get as far as he can professionally in Ring of Honor. I think Adam Cole is different type of athlete. I think he is going to do very well though in his role. He’s incredibly gifted, and I think he is going to be an important piece of the puzzle in the future of the company.”
More is contained in another installment of “Ring of Honor On the Road” (driven by www.TicketRelief.com), including Kevin’s description of Terry Funk’s emotional locker room speech prior to Glory By Honor IX, along with his candid thoughts & comments on Davey Richards announcing his decision to not retire and return to ROH, plus why he believes that the Double Chain Match took the Colt Cabana/Steve Corino & El Generico/Kevin Steen feuds respectively to “a new level” (and where the “eerie & disturbing” actions shown by “Mr. Wrestling” in New York City rank in Ring of Honor history), and if Kevin can shed any light to the rumors of which Saturday Night Live cast member was turned away at The Manhattan Center. Follow the voice of ROH’s Internet Pay-Per-Views right now on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/ROHKKelly). If you missed any or all of the action from Ring of Honor’s Glory By Honor, log on to www.GoFightLive.tv and witness one of the most important & emotional nights in ROH history in its entirety On Demand. For the latest breaking Ring of Honor news & announcements in the coming days & weeks ahead, head on over to www.ROHWrestling.com, & and don’t forget to follow ROH on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/ROHOnHDNet) & on Facebook (at www.Facebook.com/RingofHonor).
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