ROH Debut: 2009
ROH Title(s) Held:
- ROH World Tag Team Championship w/ Bobby Fish (3/2/13 - Present)
A protégé of Davey Richards, Kyle O’Reilly has been battling inside the squared circle since 2005 but made his first foray into ROH in 2009. With his hard striking style, his knowledge of submission grappling, and willingness to go all out, O’Reilly was a perfect fit for Ring of Honor, and that became increasingly evident when he & Adam Cole united in 2010.
As a pair, Cole’s willingness to take to the air is balanced out by Kyle ground ability, and both men have shown a willingness to sacrifice it all in order to score the win, as evidenced by O’Reilly’s running dropkick off the apron or Cole’s picture-perfect dives to the floor. As an individual, Kyle has also proven himself quite adept in bouts with both Jay & Mark Briscoe, Kenny King, and also in the “Top Prospect Tournament” where he made it to the finals before falling to Mike Bennett. As a team, Future Shock has gone through the wringer in battles against the Kings of Wrestling, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin, and Kyle has even had to face his own trainer when he & Adam squared off with The American Wolves. Through it all, Cole & O’Reilly have persevered and continue to press on towards the day they can finally call themselves ROH World Tag Champions. At least that is what we all thought…
That championship reign is now a very unlikely event as the closing months of 2012 saw the two men drift apart with Kyle leaning more toward Team Richards, causing Adam to ally himself with Eddie Edwards. As a team O’Reilly & Richards have had a modicum of success, but on their biggest stage, the “10th Anniversary Event”, it was Cole & Edwards who were victorious in their tag team encounter when Adam pinned Davey. Following the match Kyle refused to shake his former partner’s hand, telling him he never respected him, and then enforced that idea when, at “Showdown in the Sun – Day 2” where they met in a singles match, Kyle shockingly cheated to win. Where this sits with Kyle’s training partners in Team Richards we can only guess, but one thing is for certain, Future Shock is dead in the water and O’Reilly is now 100% Team Richards…