The Ring of Honor 2014 Top Prospect Tournament begins on January 4th, 2014 in Nashville, TN! Matt Taven - 2013's tournament winner - wasted no time capitalizing on his title of "Top Prospect," attracting the managerial expertise of Truth Martini and becoming ROH TV Champion. Now, Taven is days away from making history as longest reigning television champion.
Four opening round matches and the semi-finals will all take place in Nashville on January 4th.
The Finals will take place on January 25th in Pittsburgh at "Wrestling's Finest" - and not only will the winner be named the ROH 2014 Top Prospect but he will also shoot to the top of the ranks earning an ROH TV Title Match on Friday, February 21st in Philadelphia, PA at our 12th Anniversary.
Each of the eight entrants in this tournament caught the eye of ROH officials for a unique reason. Some are powerhouses, some are high flyers. Some have impressed in past ROH matches, some are stepping between ROH ropes for the first time. But these eight man were carefully selected because every single one of them is a potential Ring of Honor star. In 2013, ROH rebuilt itself on a foundation of HONOR and athleticism. In 2014, the Top Prospect will represent the future of the best wrestling on the planet.
The first entrant:
Corey Hollis is a familiar face to ROH fans. In the past year, his team Alabama Attitude has seen high profile tag action, even developing a rivalry with current champions reDRagon. Recently in Cincinnati, Hollis took on Kyle O'Reilly in a competitive singles bout and showed Ring of Honor officials that he wants to prove himself against ROH's best athletes. What better way to elevate himself from "familiar face" to "Ring of Honor star" than winning the 2014 Top Prospect Tournament?
Born and raised in Alabama, Corey Hollis proudly wears the houndstooth symbolic of the "Crimson Tide." He's not the biggest man in this tournament. Not the strongest. But Hollis represents the sort of competitor who has ALWAYS risen to the top of Ring of Honor: a wrestler. Size matters a whole lot less when you have your opponent tangled up on the mat, and no doubt Hollis intends to even every playing field with his technical prowess.
Want to witness the Top Prospect Tournament in person? Tickets to Nashville's opening and semi final matches can be purchased here. "Wrestling's Finest" in Pittsburgh will crown the 2014 Top Prospect. Finally, be sure to check out the 12th Anniversary where the new Top Prospect receives his guaranteed TV Title opportunity!