David Starr cut a promo that was heavily critical of Ring of Honor and Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company of ROH, ahead of his upcoming match against ROH World Champion Jay Lethal on April 21 in Netanya, Israel for Israeli Pro Wrestling Association. In the video, Starr was critical of ROH and called out Sinclair for being a right win propaganda machine.
I’ll tell you something else that’s a joke. It’s that Ring of Honor Wrestling used to represent pure, independent professional wrestling instead of representing a far-right wing extremist corporate propaganda machine, said Starr. Did you think it was kind of a cute publicity stunt? Let the little Jew boy get a flight to Israel to wrestle for your championship? Is that what you thought?
Starr ended up pulling the promo and issued a statement on his Twitter saying the “powers that be” asked him to remove the promo.
— (((David Starr)))🌹 (@TheProductDS) March 20, 2019
Starr did not mention who asked him to remove the promo, but has since released a shirt with his face on it that says censored over his mouth with Sinclair is Scared over it. Starr tweeted out information on how to buy the shirt with the caption “Sinclair is Scared.” You can see the shirt below in a tweet from Starr:
Pro Wrestling Sheet managed to save the promo from Starr. You can see his entire promo below:
David Starr's Sinclair bashing promo (seen below) has been pulled due to pressure from ROH.
— Pro Wrestling Sheet (@WrestlingSheet) March 20, 2019
Starr is not under contract to Ring of Honor, but he has wrestled for the company several times in the past. He is currently one of the most notable free agents on the independent scene and has made a name for himself wrestling in the U.S. and internationally, especially in the WXW promotion based out of Germany and OTT recently.
Starr, who is Jewish, mentioned in the video that ROH would wake up to their worst nightmare if he won their championship. “You’ll have to wake up to the fact that your championship is now represented by a progressive Jew named David Starr,” said Starr.
PWTorch reached out to Ring of Honor for a statement on the situation on whether or not they asked for Starr to pull the video. Ring of Honor told PWTorch that this matter was handled by the promoter in Israel.
Radican’s Analysis: I have a ton of respect for Starr after cutting that promo. He made no bones about his thoughts on ROH’s ties to Sinclair. I believe he should put his promo back up and dare ROH or IPWA to do anything about it.
If Starr hadn’t pulled his promo and Lethal did get pulled from the show, I think ROH would have had a PR nightmare on their hands and would have had to back down. The way things have gone down, Starr having to pull the video has proven him right in terms of the content of his promo.