With his colorful costumes, flamboyant personality and ever-present Boys, it was easy to dismiss Dalton Castle as more style than substance when he became a full-time competitor in Ring of Honor nearly three years ago.
Castle, however, quickly proved that he was more than pomp and circumstance. Yes, “The Peacock” can put on a show, but once the bell rings, the former amateur wrestling standout most definitely can go.
Having steadily worked his way up the ranks, Castle now finds himself as the No. 1 contender to the richest prize in the sport—the ROH World Championship. Castle will get his opportunity to make history when he challenges ROH World Champion Cody at the Final Battle pay-per-view on December 15 live from NYC!
Castle is riding a wave of momentum heading into the marquee event. Over the past month, he has defeated some of the biggest names in ROH, including Cody’s Bullet Club brethren Marty Scurll and Adam Page, as well as former ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels.
Castle also won the Soaring Eagle Cup one-night tournament on Oct. 28 at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. He defeated Flip Gordon in a first-round match and then emerged victorious in an elimination match over Silas Young, Frankie Kazarian and Matt Taven.
In recent tag team competition, Castle joined forces with Jay Lethal to defeat The Young Bucks, and in six-man action, Castle, Lethal and ROH World Television Champion Kenny King beat The Elite’s Young Bucks and Kenny Omega.
The issue between Castle and Cody goes beyond the championship, as things between the two got intensely personal right from the outset.
During the War of the Worlds UK tour in August, Cody stood in the ring and declared that he had defeated everyone and there was no one left for him to face. To Cody’s surprise, Castle came out and issued a challenge to the champion, but the challenge was left unanswered—at least not immediately. So offended, or perhaps threatened, by the prospect of Castle’s challenge, Cody viciously attacked Castle backstage the following night, injuring Castle’s shoulder and temporarily putting him out of action.
Much to Cody’s dismay, Castle came back determined to get Cody in the ring with the title on the line. At the Global Wars: Chicago last month, Cody invited a fan wearing an American flag ski mask into the ring to shoot a video with him for Bullet Club’s popular “Being The Elite” YouTube series. That masked “fan” turned out to be Castle, who briefly beat-down Cody before the stunned champion managed to slip away.
After that, Cody did his best to avoid having to defend his title against Castle, but Castle’s persistence has paid off. He got a taste of championship gold when he and The Boys held the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team titles for a couple months over the summer, and now he is a three count away at Final Battle from becoming ROH World Champion.
With all sights set on Dalton Castle’s biggest opportunity next month in NYC, the ROH Pro Shop has just released his “fantastic” ugly holiday sweater! Show your support for “The Peacock” and take advantage of the ROH Black Friday Weekend Sale which includes 25% off the sweater and free US Shipping on orders over $100. Ringside Members also receive an extra 15% off all merchandise year-round!
Will Dalton Castle bookend Ring Of Honor’s most successful year with his own career-defining moment? Find out LIVE on Friday, December 15th from NYC on Pay-Per-View at FINAL BATTLE!