Possessing outstanding technical wrestling skills as well as a flair for comedy, Colt Cabana is one of the most distinguished and entertaining competitors in Ring of Honor history.
The charismatic Cabana has won championships in ROH and all over the world. Outside the ring, he hosts the popular and groundbreaking “Art of Wrestling” podcast and has branched out in the entertainment world by performing standup comedy and participating in a comedy web series called “Worst Promo Ever.”
Cabana made his ROH debut in 2002 and made a strong first impression by defeating fellow Chicago native CM Punk. Several months later, Cabana, Punk and their trainer, Ace Steel, joined forces to form The Second City Saints.
Coming out to the ring to Barry Manilow’s cheesy classic, “Copacabana,” the clean-cut, happy-go-lucky Cabana was a stark contrast to the tattooed, vitriolic Punk, but the odd couple had undeniable chemistry as a tag team.
Cabana and Punk captured the ROH World Tag Team Title twice in 2004, taking the championship both times from The Briscoe Brothers.
Eventually Cabana and Punk decided to pursue singles careers. In an example of things coming full circle, Cabana defeated his best friend Punk in a two-out-of-three falls encounter in 2005 in Punk’s final match in ROH.
In addition to his win over Punk, who is a former ROH World Champion, Cabana holds a victory over current ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and has also beaten former ROH World Champions Nigel McGuinness, Kevin Steen and Homicide.
Cabana has challenged for the ROH World Title against the likes of Bryan Danielson (whom Cabana took to a 60-minute draw in a two-out-of-three falls match in 2006), Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Davey Richards, James Gibson and Jerry Lynn, but the championship has eluded him thus far.
In 2005 and 2006, Cabana proved that he could be more than a mat technician with a quirky sense of humor, as he engaged in a series of ultra-violent matches against the blood-thirsty Homicide. Cabana ultimately earned Homicide’s respect by defeating him in a Chicago Street Fight.
Cabana ended his first stint in ROH
in 2007 by defeating Adam Pearce in the main event of “Good Times, Great Memories,” a show named in Cabana’s honor that took place in Chicago.
He returned to ROH in 2009 and spent the next two years as a contender in the singles ranks in addition to forming a successful tag team with El Generico.
Cabana and Generico had a fierce rivalry with Steen and Steve Corino that came to a dramatic conclusion at Glory By Honor IX in September 2010, when Cabana and Generico won a double chain match. The following month, Cabana beat Corino in an I Quit Match.
Cabana left ROH in 2011 and became one of the most sought-after competitors on the independent and international circuits. He won titles in the U.S., England, Scotland and Chile.
In 2012, he teamed with former ROH World Champion Eddie Edwards in Pro Wrestling Noah’s Global Tag League tournament in Japan. Known as Big in USA, the team of Cabana and Chris Hero competed in the tournament in 2014 and again in 2015, when they received the Outstanding Performance Award.
Cabana made a shocking return to ROH in April 2016 when he confronted Lethal at the Supercard of Honor X events in Dallas and made it known that he wants to be ROH World Champion. He goaded Lethal into accepting an impromptu non-title match and went on to pin the champion.
Cabana received a shot at Lethal’s title at the Global Wars pay-per-view on May 8, and as he had Lethal locked into the Billy Goat's Curse, the Bullet Club caused chaos and a no decision was rendered.