-- ROH sent out the following announcement today… (Bristol, PA- February 8, 2010) Ring of Honor is proud to announce that Roderick Strong has signed a contract renewal. Since debuting for Ring of Honor back in March 2004 at "Do or Die II", Strong has evolved into one of the pillars of ROH. He is a former ROH World Tag Team Champion with Austin Aries in the 2nd longest reign in ROH history that is also highlighted by a record number of successful title defenses. In 2009, Strong had a banner year with his first ever tour of Pro Wrestling NOAH early on, followed by tremendous ROH World Title matches with Jerry Lynn at "A Cut Above" and Austin Aries on HDNet, a superb ROH World Tag Title match at "Violent Tendencies", a tremendous bout against Katsuhiko Nakajima at "Supercard of Honor IV", a great series with Tyler Black that culminated at "Eye of the Storm 2", and that is only a small sampling of the excellent matches "The Messiah of the Backbreaker" had throughout 2009. "Roderick has grown into one of the foundations of Ring of Honor over the years." said ROH Vice-President Sydney Eick. "We are very happy that he has elected to resign with ROH, and look forward to seeing just how far Strong can go in 2010 and beyond." Roderick Strong faces off with Brian Kendrick this Saturday at ROH's "8th Anniversary Show" in NYC, and will also be competing on all of our scheduled events throughout March as well as "The Big Bang!" in Charlotte, NC on April 3rd!
-- Here is the updated card for ROH's 8th Anniversary show, which takes place on February 13th at the Hammerstein Ballroom:
* ROH TITLE MATCH: Austin Aries © vs. Tyler Black: There will be three judges at ringside, Roderick Strong, Kenny King and Jim Cornette, who will determine the winner if the match ends in a draw.
* ROH TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: Jay and Mark Briscoe © vs. The Dark City Fight Club
* Roderick Strong vs. Brian Kendrick
* The Human Tornado vs. Steve Corino
* Necro Butcher and Eddie Kingston vs. Erick Stevens and Joey Ryan: No Rules.
* El Generico vs. Davey Richards
* ALSO SCHEDULED: Colt Cabana confronts Kevin Steen, plus Chris Hero, Delirious and "Skullkrusher" Rasche Brown will appear.
As always, we'll be taking the train to New York City this Saturday. Email me ASAP if you'd like to meet up.