N RING OF HONOR, HONOR LIVES BACKWARDS
BY JIMMY JACOBS - EXCLUSIVE FOR GEEK TO ME
When Winston Churchill said, “History is written by the victors,” he was partially right. History is written by the victors – but the ones with the loudest voices. Lately, in Ring Of Honor wrestling, there has been a chorus of voices touting the slogan “Honor Lives,” because maybe if they say it enough, people will start to believe.
Maybe if popular wrestlers like Jay Lethal or The Briscoes shout it in enough interviews, if they hashtag it enough on Twitter, if they put it on enough T-shirts, if ROH commissioner Nigel McGuiness states it emphatically enough, fans will think it's true.
In their desperate quest to sell this punch line as truth, these preachers cite some Ring Of Honor forefathers – men who have gone on to fame and fortune in the WWE – as representatives of honor in ROH. These spewers of propaganda literally wave the ROH banner, flaunting names like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and the former Tyler Black (now known to WWE fans as Seth Rollins) as standard bearers of an eleven year legacy of honor leading into this grand celebration this Saturday night on iPPV from the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge. But just like their slogan “Honor Lives,” this so-called legacy is a complete lie.
I had my first match with ROH in Philadelphia back in 2003, but it doesn't take a decade of to see the holes in this propaganda. All it takes is a DVD player and an internet connection to witness the true legacy of ROH. The Briscoes want to drop a name like CM Punk as an example of a man of honor? For guys that have been with the company since day one, they sure have forgotten a lot.
But if you need a memory refresher, go to www.rohwrestling.com
and pick up The Summer of Punk DVD. Watch CM Punk hold this company hostage during his title reign in 2005. I was there in Long Island when Punk signed his WWE contract on the ROH World Title in an ROH ring, and spit in the very face of honor. Punk didn't represent honor; he deliberately fought against it.
Daniel Bryan Danielson? He held on to the ROH World title by any means necessary for over a year – much to the dismay of the ROH fans. They even cheered me on in Detroit in the summer of 2006 when I attempted to dethrone Bryan. Because as champion, Bryan did not represent honor; he represented himself.
And Seth Rollins? Before the then-Tyler Black carried the load as ROH World Champion, I brought him into the company as a part of my cult-like group the Age of the Fall. He helped me lay to waste the Briscoes before we hung Jay Briscoe by his feet in Chicago Ridge, and I showered in his blood. Together, we terrorized this company for over a year. And on his final night in ROH, the soon-to-be Seth Rollins flipped off the fans in New York City to let them know how he really felt about them. Tyler Black, or Seth Rollins, or whatever, didn't represent honor; he represented defiance and change.
There is no honor among thieves, and thus, no honor among wrestlers. With SCUM, ROH World Champion Kevin Steen, Steve Corino, Rhino and I, we don't claim to be better than anybody else; we just claim to be honest.
Honest about the lowlifes that we are. We don't hide behind slogans of purity like Jay Lethal, who walked out on ROH when times were tough so he could ape legends on Spike TV – only to come strolling back to ROH when the company picked up national syndication. We don't parade around with a flag preaching honor like the Briscoes who walked out on ROH years ago to play college football only to come strolling back when Dem Boys figured out they were better at hitting people with chairs than scoring touchdowns.
This Saturday while rest of ROH celebrates its eleven years of hypocrisy, SCUM seeks to put an end to it once and for all. That mission has never changed. History will be written by the victors. History will be written by the ones with the loudest voices. SCUM will be the victors, and our voices will be the loudest – because this Saturday, our numbers will grow.
The Zombie Princess