In 2008, a young woman just a year into professional wrestling then-known as Ashley Layne was looking to make an instant splash. She competed in bouts with Women of Honor pioneers like Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze, Lacey, and Serena Deeb. Nearly nine years later, that competitor, now known as international star Madison Rayne, has returned to Ring of Honor and will be competing in the Women of Honor Championship tournament!
“Being a part of the WOH Championship tournament is significant to me for so many reasons. Going back in time a bit, it was Ring of Honor that gave me one of the first big opportunities of my career, so for things to come full circle and to have this opportunity now to make history with Women of Honor is goosebump-worthy,” Madison told ROHWrestling.com
Madison made her presence felt on the recent Survival of the Fittest Tour, first on commentary during the Karen Q. and Deonna Purrazzo street fight then competing in Oklahoma City against Deonna. Madison, a five-time TNA Knockouts Champion and one of the biggest stars in the world, sets her sights on becoming the very first Women of Honor Champion and has scouted the landscape well!
“I have watched Women of Honor over the last several months, followed the women on social media and watching their excitement grow,” Madison continued. “I have also been fortunate enough to share a ring with women like Deonna Purrazzo and Brandi Rhodes.”
Madison brings nearly a decade of international experience to the Women of Honor Championship tournament and enters as one of the odds-on favorites! Can Madison topple the field of 16 and become the inaugural Women of Honor Champion? She is confident she will emerge the first Women of Honor Champion!
“I’m ready for this tournament! I spent much of 2017 reinventing Madison Rayne and that’s what makes me such a threat to the other women competing. They can watch my matches and study my move set, but what I’m bringing to this tournament is a version of myself that is more tuned in and more focused, both mentally and physically, than I’ve ever been before. Mark my words: I will make history when I become the inaugural Women of Honor Champion!"