Ring of Honor Announces Alberto El Patron’s Opponent for their Thirteenth Anniversary Pay Per View

Today, Ring of Honor issued a press release to announce that they have set a Television Championship match for their 13th Anniversary Show.  The match will feature Alberto El Patron (f/k/a Alberto Del Rio) taking on the current champion, Jay Lethal.  The show will be broadcast on pay per view on March 1, 2015 from Las Vegas, NV.

The press release is as follows:

Rumors of a dream match have swirled on social media but now it is official. The legendary, 2nd generation Mexican wrestling star, Alberto El Patrón, will challenge Jay Lethal for the Ring of Honor World Television Championship live on Pay Per View at our 13th Anniversary event.

Upon his arrival in ROH, Alberto El Patrón wanted an opportunity to speak with his fans on ROH Television. Alberto proclaimed that he was finally among the best wrestlers on the planet and he wanted a shot at the most important title in professional wrestling, the ROH World Championship. Lethal and his manager, Truth Martini took major offense to this and Lethal interrupted Alberto, telling him he should have done his homework before coming to class. Lethal made it known that he is the measuring stick for the best professional wrestler on the planet and that his championship was the most important.

This meeting of two very different athletes in the prime of their careers is something that does not happen very often. This rivalry has taken on a personal twist as Lethal feels Alberto overlooked him as a champion. El Patrón believes Lethal has challenged his manhood, something for which Alberto will not stand.

Can Lethal add Alberto El Patrón to the record list of contenders he has defeated? Can Alberto El Patrón make history by ending the historic reign of Lethal? To find out you will either need to be live in Las Vegas or on Pay per View!

I think this is a great hook for the upcoming pay per view, and it should be a great match that we will have some form of coverage for come March 1.  I do eventually want to see El Patron eventually challenge for ROH’s top title, but for now this should be a fun match with some championship implications.



Interview Highlights: Matt Sydal Talks About How WWE Treated Him Before His Release, If He Would Return, and More

Matt Sydal (fka Evan Bourne) spoke with Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald about a number of topics.  Here are a few highlights:

On working an NXT event in 2013 as a means of getting cleared to wrestle after breaking his foot during a car accident in 2012:
“They wanted to make sure I was completely healthy, which basically required a dry run. I was able to wrestle a fun match and got good reviews on it and got cleared to wrestle. From that point on I was focused on my rehab. I still didn’t feel as comfortable as I should on my foot. I felt like I was a step behind. I did in-ring work after that. I worked out at the NXT school in Orlando. That basically led me to the next year.”

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READER POLL: 2014 Ring Rap Year-End Awards

2014 has come to a close, and it was a fairly eventful year for pro-wrestling fans.  We want to take a moment to look at the Year in Review, and host our reader-voted Year End Awards.

Please take a few moments to vote on your favorites throughout the year, and be sure to tune in to Ring Rap Audio on Tuesday as we discuss the results!


Ring of Honor Announces the First Match for the Former Alberto Del Rio

Earlier today, Ring of Honor announced via their Twitter account that Alberto El Patron (f/k/a Alberto Del Rio) will be working his debut match in the company against Christopher Daniels.  The match will take place at the Ring of Honor television tapings on January 3, 2015 at the Tennessee State Fairground located in Nashville, TN.

This is a strong match on paper.  Both guys are talented in-ring workers and should put on a good match.  If you are attending the tapings in Nashville, feel free to drop us a line with results (as detailed or simple as you wish) and impressions of the show.  You can send them to me at

The Twitter announcement is below:


UPDATED: Ring of Honor Announces the Signing of a Former WWE Champion to Debut in 2015, Debut Dates Announced

Today, Ring of Honor has announced that they have added a new member to their roster.  Former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio (working now as Alberto El Patron) will be debuting sometime in 2015.  No formal date has been announced as of yet.  His teaser video is shown below.

UPDATE, 10:52pm EST 12/11/2014:

Ring of Honor sent along in an email a formal press release to discuss the signing of El Patron, and announce his first appearance dates with the company.  The release is as follows:

The hottest free agent in the world makes his debut in the organization known for the best wrestling on the planet as Alberto El Patron debuts in Ring of Honor on January 3rd, 2015 in Nashville, TN.

Formerly known in WWE as Alberto Del Rio, Alberto El Patron is a former 4 time World Champion in World Wrestling Entertainment and the current AAA Heavyweight Champion in Mexico.  Known for his brash demeanor, this Mexican aristocrat brings an attitude and desire to prove his greatness to Ring of Honor but how will that attitude mesh with the ROH stars?

One thing that is certain is Alberto’s credentials. A celebrated amateur wrestler in Mexico, Alberto has won numerous amateur championships and tournaments. In addition to his amateur accolades, Alberto has won numerous world championships in his home country of Mexico, including the CMLL Heavyweight Championship. But would you expect anything less given his bloodlines?  Alberto is the son of legendary luchador Dos Caras and nephew of Mil Mascaras, continuing one of Mexico’s greatest wrestling legacies.

Upon signing with ROH, Alberto has requested that Ring of Honor matchmaker Nigel McGuinness challenge him with the very best that ROH has to offer, and many of the stars in Ring of Honor have already started making phone calls to Nigel to take on El Patron.

“Ring of Honor has been doing fantastic things.  There’s a lot of excitement surrounding this company and I look forward to competing against the best of the best in ROH in 2015,” says Alberto El Patron.

Could we see him face ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe? Adam Cole? AJ Styles? ROH World Television Champion Jay Lethal? Matt Sydal? Roderick Strong? The list of world class match-ups is endless!

Who would you like to see him face? Tweet us at @RingofHonor and use the hashtag #AlbertoROH

Ring of Honor fans will FIRST be able to see Alberto El Patron on the following dates:

•Saturday January 3, 2014 Nashville, TN, Nashville Fairgrounds – ROH Television Taping!

•Friday January 30, 2014 Dearborn, MI, Ford Community Center

•Saturday January 31, 2014 Dayton, OH, Montgomery County Fairgrounds

•Sunday March 1, 2014 Las Vegas Nevada, Orleans Hotel & Casino for the 13th Anniversary Pay-Per-View!

It’s been said that Alberto wants to show that he is one of the best in the world between the ropes, and he will certainly have every opportunity to prove that in Ring of Honor.

This is a good signing for ROH.  There was a lot of chatter around the internet that Del Rio would go to TNA, or to Lucha Underground, but no one had mentioned ROH prior to now.  Terms of the deal are not known, but it is suspected that Del Rio might be able to work with other organizations, as some ROH talents are able to as well.


Ring Rap Audio: 12/11/14 – An In-Person Perspective of Ring of Honor Final Battle, Updates on TNA, CM Punk to UFC, NXT Takeover REvolution, WWE TLC, A Rant on Dolph Ziggler, The Slammys, Raw, plus more!

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Ignore what I say at the beginning of the episode – this is really episode 140.  Whoops.  That’s the last time I listen to Bill Wentz, even if he’s usually right.

It’s been a whirlwind of a week for wrestling, and there’s tons to talk about, including an in-person perspective from Terminal 5 in NYC for Ring of Honor’s Final Battle.

TNA has started announcing details regarding Destination America’s first broadcast, including the new logo, time, date, etc.  Good news?  Let’s find out!

CM Punk to UFC?  Bill and Drew have thoughts on that.

Plus, look at NXT REvolution, The Slammy Edition of WWE Raw, TLC, and a feiry rant about Dolph Ziggler’s Slammy acceptance speech that is absolutely must-listen.

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