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Updated TNA BFG Series Standings, ROH Issues Statement on Kenny King Working Impact

– Here is the updated Bound For Glory standings after last night’s Impact Wrestling:

1. James Storm – 36 points
2. Samoa Joe – 27 points
3. Jeff Hardy – 14 points
3. Magnus – 14 points
4. Kurt Angle – 10 points
5. Mr. Anderson – 9 points
6. Rob Van Dam – 7 points
6. The Pope – 7 points
7. Daniels – 5 points
8. Bully Ray – 0 points
8. Robbie E – 0 points
8. AJ Styles – 0 points

– As seen on Impact last night, one-half of the Ring of Honor tag team champions Kenny King qualified for Destination X. ROH issued the following statement, saying he violated an agreement:

“The appearance of ROH wrestler Kenny King on another television wrestling program tonight has raised speculation on his future as well as how this appearance could occur.

The contract Kenny King signed in June 2011 expired 11 days ago. Before that expiration, an agreement was reached between Kenny and ROH management for an extension of that contract, with a provision to allow him to negotiate with any other promotions so that he could evaluate his options and any potential interest in him elsewhere. When that short extension concluded he would then be free to accept an offer elsewhere, or sign another long term contract with ROH. Under this agreement, Kenny was free to negotiate but not to wrestle for another organization without ROH’s permission.

When Kenny was presented with the written extension reflecting this verbal and handshake agreement, he informed ROH he was unsure if other promotions would accept the negotiation clause. He was told he could take the document to be examined by his attorney or other interested parties before executing it to be reassured any other offers would not be viewed as contract tampering. He also informed ROH that he would keep us apprised of any developments.

He contacted ROH on Tuesday July 3 to inform us that he had a meeting in Orlando on Thursday, July 5, which was within the scope of the agreement he had made. Then, early morning on July 5, he contacted an ROH official to say he would be wrestling on the Orlando event that night. He was told he did not have permission to appear live on television as it violated the agreement that had been made. His response was that the deal he had shaken hands on and agreed to in principle “seemed fair at the time”, but “others” had told him it was not, so he did not intend to honor it.

Ring of Honor is disappointed that Kenny has chosen to make this decision, after the company had agreed to and followed through on everything he had asked for at the time of our negotiation. However, we consider this breach of his verbal agreement unacceptable, and regardless of his future employment status with any other wrestling company, ROH will not be doing business with Kenny King going forward.

A statement from ROH will be forthcoming regarding the future of the ROH World Tag Team Championship. Co-holder Rhett Titus remains on the active ROH roster.”

  • ant

    Kenny King will be better in TNA than he ever was in ROH

  • Jon-Jon

    Who’s to say that Kenny King can’t take the oppurtunities he’s confronted with? Did he do it in a slightly uncalled for manner? Perhaps. But did what he do was wrong? Not at all. He didn’t violate a contract, if I’m reading this all correctly. ROH can be pissed, but Kenny King merely found a loophole in the system.

  • poko

    Wait, wait. “He was told he could take the document to be examined by his attorney or other interested parties before executing it to be reassured any other offers would not be viewed as contract tampering.”

    If they told him he could take the agreement to be reviewed “BEFORE EXECUTING IT”, then it was never put into effect. “Agreement in principle” is not the same thing as formal endorsement. Sounds like he got a look at the fine print and decided that he didn’t like it–which I can’t fault, because it doesn’t make a lot of sense. This comes across as sour grapes on ROH’s part, to be honest, and a tricky little maneuver to keep talent from leaving.

    @bc mitchell
    What are you talking about? You don’t even know if TNA had any knowledge of the dispute, yet you’re blaming them? Even ROH didn’t automatically assume TNA was at fault. And what are you talking about regarding Madusa? She had been released by the WWF.

  • bc mitchell

    No it sounds like he agreed to an extension which clearly prohibited him from performing on another companys card. Negotiating with and performing for are very different things altogether. He was free to negotiate but not perform clear and simple. Dumb move on his part too. Had he been hurt on Impact he’d be out of a job now. Good for him he didn’t. This is TNA pulling another old WCW play. Here’s a guy who is technically contracted and holds a title elsewhere but he’s on our show( i.e. Mike Awesome or Madusa).

  • scooter

    So ROH claim they don’t stop talent leaving for bigger(briscoes and adam cole) yet bitch and moan when a now former employee who is not under contract goes elsewhere. I agree Kenny should have been more courteous but this just sounds like cornettes childish attitude running rampant!