ROH announced the following today…
It has been over a week since ROH officials set the match for "Death Before Dishonor IX" on September 17th: Steve Corino vs. El Generico (https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/the-biggest-test-of-steve-corinos-sobriety/). To say Corino's response to this match announcement was intense would be an understatement. From his statements in the 8/31 Video Wire (https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/roh-video-wire-august-31st/) to the letter sent to ROH officials (https://www.rohwrestling.com/news/a-letter-from-steve-corino/), it has been a tumultuous week-plus for the sobriety of Steve Corino.
Jimmy Jacobs, to his credit as a sponsor, realized that Corino was not ready for this sort of confrontation and likely would fall whole-heartedly off the wagon when faced with the man whose life he tried to ruin throughout 2010. Jacobs offered himself up as a replacement in the match, offered to take the fight on Steve's behalf, and encouraged Corino to take on a tour of Pro Wrestling Zero-1 in Japan the weekend of "DBD IX".
ROH officials have debated back-and-forth on this issue since the moment Jacobs contacted management and offered to take on Steve's burden. For officials this was the true test of Corino's sincerity and sobriety, their way of putting Corino on the hot seat, and seeing how he would react. To Steve's credit, he came to ROH officials honestly and openly, and admitted he was not ready for El Generico. In many ways, that sort of self awareness and soul-baring honesty showed officials just as much about Steve as if he had taken on the match.
With that being said, ROH officials ruled last night to allow Jimmy Jacobs to replace Steve Corino at "Death Before Dishonor IX" in the scheduled match against El Generico and gave their blessing for Steve to head to Japan for Zero-1.
"Thank you Ring of Honor?." said Jimmy Jacobs, "Thank you for accepting our request and thank you for realizing that Steve wasn't quite ready for this challenge to his recovery. It takes a brave man to admit when he's in trouble, but it takes an equally brave person to trust the word of someone who has gone where Steve and I have. ROH, I will not let you down in New York City and Steve, you will be in my thoughts when I get in the ring with Generico. Like I told Steve, he'll be ready for a night like this sooner than he thinks; one morning he will wake up and just know that he's ready."
El Generico vs. Jimmy Jacobs at "Death Before Dishonor IX"!!! September 17, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom in the heart of NYC; tickets are available right here at the ROH Store(https://www.rohstore.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=546), and if you can't be there in attendance, then order the iPPV broadcast at GoFightLive.TV: https://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Wrestling/Ring_of_Honor___Death_Before_Dishonor_IX/1146!