ROH confirms Roderick Strong exiting after “Best in the World” Weekend

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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Ring of Honor confirmed Wednesday that “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong will end his ROH run with this weekend’s “Best in the World” shows.

Strong faces Mark Briscoe on the BITW PPV this Friday and then Dalton Castle on the post-PPV TV tapings this Saturday.

PWTorch learned earlier this year that Strong was leaning towards leaving ROH when his contract expired in June. This was especially the case after dropping the TV Title to Tomohiro Ishii in Japan in February.

When the BITW Weekend rosters were released in May, PWTorch learned that Strong was likely to wrap up his ROH run after the TV tapings.

ROH said in Wednesday’s announcement that Strong informed company officials of his plans to leave the company “to pursue other opportunities.”

ROH is planning a special farewell for Strong at the TV taping on Saturday.

Strong talked to ROH’s website about his ROH memories in an interview on

Current BITW PPV Line-up (June 24)

  • ROH World Title match: Jay Lethal vs. Jay Briscoe
  • ROH TV Title match: Bobby Fish vs. #1 contender Dalton Castle
  • ROH Tag Title match: The Addiction vs. Motor City Machineguns
  • Grudge match: Steve Corino vs. B.J. Whitmer
  • Roderick Strong vs. Mark Briscoe
  • Kyle O’Reilly vs. Kamaitachi
  • Silas Young vs. A.C.H.
  • Bullet Club (Young Bucks & Adam Cole) vs. Moose & War Machine (Ray Rowe & Hanson)

Current Post-PPV TV Tapings Line-up (June 25)

  • ROH World Title match: Lethal-Briscoe winner vs. Kyle O’Reilly
  • ROH Tag Title match: The Addiction-MCMG winners vs. 2016 Tag Wars winners Beer City Bruiser & Silas Young
  • IWGP World Hvt. tag champions The Briscoes vs. IWGP Jr. Hvt. tag champions The Young Bucks
  • Jay White debuting vs. Kamaitachi
  • Roderick Strong vs. Dalton Castle
  • War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe) vs. Shane Taylor & Keith Lee
  • Donovan Dijak vs. Jason Kincaid
  • Women of Honor: Mandy Leon vs. Taeler Hendrix

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