On the morning of Friday August 24, Ring of Honor World Television Champion Punishment Martinez and ROH Lead Announcer Ian Riccaboni visited Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia ahead of Philadelphia Excellence.
Shriners Hospitals help treat children under the age of 18 with care regardless of the family's ability to pay and also serve as research and education hubs for the unique areas of care in which they specialize.
Martinez and Riccaboni have visited several children's hospitals ahead of ROH events before but this was their first visit to this facility in Philadelphia.
"We talk a lot about serving the communities that support us and welcome us while we are on tour but for Punishment and I, this one is extra special because it is so close to where we both reside," Allentown, PA resident Riccaboni said.
Martinez was the hit of the visit due to not only his impressive size and shiny, gold ROH World Television Championship belt but also because of his ability to connect with patients in both English and Spanish.
The usually dark and brooding Martinez ignited smiles when he spoke to patients from his native Puerto Rico as well as patients from Peru, El Salvador, and Mexico, surprising both patients and families. Riccaboni did his best to keep up in conversational Spanish.
"Punishment is the real deal. He may look and act like a monster in the ring but in these visits, he connects so well and quickly with the children, families, and staff alike," Riccaboni continued. "He even went easy on me and helped me communicate with the patients and families!"