15/08/2022

Former Ring of Honor Champion Reportedly Under Contract With AEW

All Elite Wrestling has one other Ring of Honor expertise underneath contract. According to Fightful Select, former ROH Pure Champion Josh Woods is underneath a “tiered contract” with AEW and ROH, which is believed to have been signed a couple of month in the past. Woods most not too long ago appeared on this week’s AEW Dynamite, attacking AEW Tag Team Champion Keith Lee in a backstage phase. This seemingly aligned Woods with Tony Nese and Mark Sterling, who had simply misplaced to Lee’s tag accomplice, Swerve Strickland, in a handicap match. Woods would put his arms on Lee’s title, indicating that he has his sights set on tag gold.

Woods additionally appeared eventually weekend’s ROH Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view as a decide for the Pure Title bout between champion Wheeler Yuta and challenger Daniel Garcia. The report additionally famous that not everybody who appeared on Death Before Dishonor is underneath contract, as some are nonetheless free brokers.

Woods is arising on a decade within the skilled wrestling trade. He was first signed to NXT in 2014, competing on numerous home exhibits and sporadically showing on NXT TV. Even although he by no means formally locked up with him within the ring, one of Woods’ highlights got here throughout a sparring session with Bryan Danielson.

“When I was in NXT, Bryan was coming back from a neck injury and they do a lot of rehab for the WWE guys there and he was coming in and rolling around,” Woods recalled. “I don’t remember how this conversation got started, but Matt Bloom was the coach or my coach at the time, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll get in and I’ll go with them,’ as I have like a jujitsu background because Bryan’s a really big jujitsu guy and he’s pretty good. So I’m like, ‘All right, cool. Yeah, I’m taking my shoes off,’ because you don’t wear shoes and Matt goes, ‘Hey, man, he’s coming off a neck injury. If you hurt him, you’re fired.’ I’m just like, I don’t want to get in there anymore because I’m scared because like, I’m a little bit bigger than Bryan. I’m like, Oh shit, this is Bryan Danielson. Like, Well, oh god, I’m like, shit. It’s like, I get in there and it was pretty cool and It was so fun.”

He could be launched in 2016, debut in ROH later that fall, and didn’t look again since. Woods would win the 2017 ROH Top Prospect Tournament, defeating the likes of Chris LeRusso, Brian Milonas, and John Skyler. He would seize his first ROH gold in 2021, ending Jonathan Gresham’s 317-day reign with the Pure Title.

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Before his look on Dynamite, Woods had been competing on AEW Dark, the place he has picked up two victories.