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One of the biggest question marks for Ring of Honor going into 2016 was whether their top champion, Jay Lethal, would re-sign with the company.
On Thursday, ROH announced that Lethal has re-signed with the promotion. The length and nature of the contract was not disclosed. PWTorch has learned that Lethal’s deal is at the level of the Young Bucks, who signed lucrative exclusive deals at the end of 2015.
ROH also announced that former tag champions ReDragon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) have also re-signed with the company.
Lethal, O’Reilly, and Adam Cole will be in the main event of ROH’s next PPV, the 14th Anniversary show in February, when Lethal defends the ROH World Title.
Lethal was quoted in the press release saying he wants to be part of building ROH into a bigger company, which is why he decided to re-sign and not take other offers.
“As the Ring of Honor World Champion, there is no place I would rather be,” said Lethal. “The Best Professional Wrestling on the Planet isn’t a clever marketing moniker – I have re-signed with ROH to prove that I am the best professional wrestler in the world as I defend the Ring of Honor World Championship across the globe.”
Included was Lethal defending the ROH World Title against Michael Elgin at New Japan’s “Wrestle Kingdom” Tokyo Dome Show on January 4.
ReDragon is also looking to get ROH title gold again now that they have re-signed, following the lead of the Young Bucks.
“When you talk about tag team wrestling, War Machine, the Young Bucks, Briscoes, All Night Express, all of the top teams in the world are in or are coming to Ring of Honor,” said Fish. O’Reilly added, “We have our sights set on it all in 2016 – singles and tag team gold. 2016 will be the Year of the Dragon in ROH.”