ROH Debut: “Do or Die II” 3/13/04
ROH Title(s) Held:
ROH World Champion (9/11/10 – 3/19/11)
ROH World TV Champion (3/31/12 – 6/29/12)
ROH World Tag Champion - W/ Austin Aries (12/17/05 – 9/16/06)
Very few have made the consistent impression that Roderick Strong has on Ring of Honor. He made his debut for ROH in September 20, 2003 in a 4 way contest featuring Josh Daniels, Alex Shelley and Jimmy Jacobs.
Roddy, as he is sometimes called made his first major impact on May 22, 2004. He joined Alex Shelley, Austin Aries and Jack Evans to form the stable, Generation Next. With his intensity and straight forward, smash mouth style, he was quickly labeled the enforcer of the group.
Generation Next would quickly became a major force in Ring of Honor. Engaging in wars with CM Punk, Jimmy Jacobs and The Briscoe Brothers, this group ensured no one was safe in ROH. The group made their mark by attacking Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.
He made his Final Battle debut in 2004. He would team Alex Shelley as they faced the duo of CM Punk & Steve Corino. From here Generation Next saw some struggles with leadership, but Strong maintained his focus on winning championships.
In the early stages of his ROH career he teamed with his stable mate, international high flyer Jack Evans. Strong also faced some of the very best competition in ROH as a singles competitor. He made his run at the ROH World Championship, losing to then champion CM Punk in July of 2004.
September of 2005 saw Strong win the second annual Survival of The Fittest. He did so by outlasting Austin Aries, Christopher Daniels, Colt Cabana, Jay Lethal and Samoa Joe. Riding this momentum, he fought former ROH World Champion James Gibson in his last match with Ring of Honor. Gibson gave an emotional speech to the ROH fans, letting them know that he saw Strong as the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of ROH. As 2005 was drawing to a close he engaged in an exciting trilogy with ROH World Champion Bryan Danielson. Strong pushed Danielson to the limit in matches closing in on an hour each time. He wasn’t successful, but the world was now clearly on notice that he was a true player within ROH.
His first taste of championship gold came at Final Battle 2005. Teaming with his stable mate Austin Aries, they defeated Sal Ranauro & Tony Mamaluke to become the ROH Tag Team Champions. After a title defense in Japan, the tag team championship was officially recognized as ROH World Tag Team Championship. This reign lasted till September of 2006, when they lost the tag team titles to The Kings of Wrestling (Claudio Castagnoli & Chris Hero)
Generation Next then disbanded, but Aries and Strong stayed together as a unit. That was until January of 2007 when Aries was injured during a tag team match with Strong. Strong upset with being on the losing side of the match up, turned on Aries. He then formed his own group The No Remorse Corps, featuring Davey Richards & RockyRomero.The N.R.C. feuded with Austin Aries' new faction The Resilience, which featured Matt Cross & Erick Stevens.
Through the battles between the N.R.C. and The Resilience, Strong engaged in several big matches with Stevens, which culminated in Strong winning a Fight without Honor. Strong would disband the N.R.C. after Davey Richards revealed he had joined Larry Sweeney’s Sweet & Sour Inc stable. Strong would team with Brent Albright and his former nemesis Erick Stevens to defeat Sweet & Sour Inc’s, Eddie Edwards, Go Shiozaki & Davey Richards at Final Battle 2009.
Strong then joined Truth Martini’s, House of Truth. With a renewed focus, he set his sights on winning the ROH World Championship in 2010. He chased champion Tyler Black until Glory by Honor IX, on September 11, 2010. With Special Ringside Enforcer Terry Funk, Strong defeated Black to become the new Ring of Honor World Champion.
Strong would hold onto the ROH World Championship for 189 Days, highlighted with a successful title defense over Davey Richards in the main event of Final Battle 2010. He also successfully defended his title against Jay Briscoe, Christopher Daniels, El Generico & Homicide.
On March 19, 2011 Strong would lose the ROH World Championship to “Diehard” Eddie Edwards.
The House of Truth expanded as Strong & Martini welcomed “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels & “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin into the fold. Strong kept chasing the ROH World Championship, unsuccessfully challenging then champion Davey Richards.
Strong would be the second Triple Crown Champion in Ring of Honor history on March 31, 2012. He defeated Jay Lethal to win the ROH World Television Championship. He would hold this championship for 90 days and defend it against Jay Lethal, Tommaso Ciampa, Adam Cole and Fit Finlay. He would lose the World Television Championship to Adam Cole on June 29, 2012.
He would go on to break from The House of Truth at Final Battle 2012, after defeating former stable mate Michael Elgin. Elgin and Strong would feud until he defeated Elgin in a 2 out of 3 falls match in March of 2013.
In August of 2013 he was entered into a tournament for the vacant ROH World Championship. Strong knocked off Matt Taven in the opening round. Shocked after losing in the 2nd round of the ROH World Championship Tournament to Kevin Steen, he got on a roll of victories and challenged the winner of the tournament. He would face the winner, new ROH World Champion Adam Cole. On October 5, 2014 Strong lost to Cole in a No DQ, No Count Out match.
At Final Battle 2013, Strong teamed with Jay Lethal in a losing effort to BJ Whitmer & “Diehard” Eddie Edwards. Edwards, who was in his final night with the company, received a great send off from the fans. BJ Whitmer , Jimmy Jacobs and Roderick Strong ruined this celebration by leaving Edwards laying. This was the formation of The Decade. This group was formed out of the hatred of watching talented by celebrated for leaving the company, while they felt as though they were unappreciated for their loyalty to ROH.
The Decade was constantly in the mix in 2014, until The Decade took on a pledge at the behest of member BJ Whitmer. The pledge was a young upstart, Adam Page. Page during the year would attempt to force the hand of the veteran Strong. Strong was eventually dumped from The Decade by Whitmer and Page. Strong faced off with Page in a hellacious match at Final Battle 2014. Strong won this match in convincing fashion
Roderick Strong is motivated by being the very best in professional wrestling. He wakes up every day driven to be better than yesterday. If you get the chance to witness Strong in an ROH ring, do yourself a favor and buy your ticket. He is the personification of why Ring of Honor is best wrestling on the planet!