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 second entrant: RAYMOND ROWE
The last time Raymond Rowe was in a Ring of Honor ring was at "Road to Greatness," where he took on Roderick Strong the first night and current number one contender Michael Elgin the second. Far from the pre-show matches that typically pepper an athlete's early ROH career, competing against the likes of Strong and Elgin fueled Rowe's desire join the ROH roster in 2014. He is the definition of a "top prospect": someone who could enter the fray and immediately shake up Ring of Honor.
Rowe's size and power make him one of the more physically dominant tournament entrants. That combined with his previous ROH experience give him a huge intimidation factor - and will doubtless motivate him to smash through the tournament brackets. He has already had a taste of ROH glory and he wants more. With the title of Top Prospect and a TV Title opportunity in his back pocket, Raymond Rowe would be an instant threat in 2014.
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!
Previously Announced Participants