At the start of 2011, as part of the final HDNet TV Tapings, ROH officials set up the first Top Prospect Tournament as a way to give some of the young, up and coming talent a chance to shine and ultimately earn a future shot at the World TV Title then held by Christopher Daniels. The brackets that year were fielded by competitors such as Kyle O'Reilly, Michael Elgin, Adam Cole, Mike Bennett, and Grizzly Redwood. When the fighting was all said and done, it was “The Prodigy” that came out on top after defeating O'Reilly in the finals and who would go on to unsuccessfully challenge Daniels at “Defy or Deny”.
Well ROH Match Maker Nigel McGuinness was decided that he wanted to kick off 2013 in much the same fashion and on January 5th, when we return to Baltimore for the first “Ring of Honor Wrestling” TV tapings of the new year, the Top Prospect Tournament will return!
“There are too many talented young wrestlers out there.” said Nigel “And sadly, despite their talents, not a lot of them get that opportunity to shine on the big stage. Well in 2013 we will see those wrestlers just such a chance with the return of this tournament. Eight men will field the brackets, all who have seen ROH competition in the past, some haven't cemented a spot and some who are even under contract but have yet to truly breakout. This is your chance boys, your chance to step up to plate and knock it out and show me and the Ring of Honor fans why you deserve this opportunity. And sunshine, I promise that the winner of this will have something special waiting for them on the other side.”
Just what that special opportunity will be remains to be seen but what we do know is that the first participant in the tournament will be announced tomorrow right here on ROHWrestling.com! In the meantime, get your tickets for our first live event of 2013 right here in the ROH Store!