It was just under a year ago that Alex Shelley shocked everyone by announcing that he was stepping away from pro wrestling. He returned at the ROH TV taping in Philadelphia on June 29 with another shocking announcement.
Not only is Shelley back in ROH, but he’s coming for the ROH World Championship. Saying that he’s playing the “veteran’s card,” Shelley challenged the winner of the match between ROH World Champion Matt Taven and Jay Lethal at Manhattan Mayhem on July 20 to put the title on the line against him.
ROH officials have granted Shelley his wish. He will challenge for the ROH World Title at Summer Supercard in Toronto on Aug. 9.
Shelley, who has been wrestling for 17 years but is still just 36, has won championships all over the world, including the ROH World Tag Team Title (with Chris Sabin as The Motor City Machine Guns), New Japan Pro Wrestling’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title (three times), X Division Title, and the heavyweight title for German promotion wXw.
For all his success, however, Shelley has only received two shots at the ROH World Title -- against Austin Aries in 2005 and Bryan Danielson in 2006. Shelley’s lack of world title opportunities is due largely to the fact that he has concentrated more on tag team wrestling than singles competition.
After a year off to recharge, Shelley believes the time is right to go for the richest prize in the sport. With Taven and Lethal standing in the ring in Philadelphia, Shelley said: “I want to prove to both of you, to myself and to all these people that Alex Shelley still has talent on loan from God.”
Will Shelley make history in Toronto? Join us live in person or streaming for HonorClub to find out!
Summer Supercard will feature top wrestlers from ROH, NJPW, and CMLL competing for championships and in dream matches. Don’t miss your opportunity to see the hottest show of the summer!
ROH PRESENTS SUMMER SUPERCARD
FRIDAY, AUG. 9
BELL TIME 7:30 PM ET
MATTAMY ATHLETIC CENTRE
50 CARLTON STREET