In part one, I discussed where some of the big Ring Of Honor names should land in 2022 after their contracts get terminated. In the time I wrote part one until now, one big name has already found a new home in Jay Lethal.
Lethal made an appearance at AEW Full Gear this past Saturday and officially signed with the company. It’s a great addition to the roster, but I don’t see him having much of a role other than being in a Lance Archer-type position. He’ll get a fair share of moments and a few Dynamite main events here and there, but doesn’t need to be a top guy given that he’s 36 years old and most likely nearing the end of his career.
Let’s take a look at where some more soon-to-be former Ring Of Honor stars should land in 2022.
Brody King: All Elite Wrestling
Brody King is severely underrated, and that’s mainly because he became a prominent name in ROH after a lot of people stopped watching the product in late 2018-early 2019. King is a good promo, great in-ring worker, and checks just about every other “box” that you’d want from a modern-day wrestler.
King could immediately come in and be a part of the House of Black, as he is currently one half of the PWG Tag Team Champions with Malakai Black. If that didn’t happen, I’d really love to see King bring along his ROH faction Violence Unlimited with him. If you’re not familiar with the group, it features King, Chris Dickinson, Tony Deppen and Homicide.
Dalton Castle: IMPACT Wrestling
IMPACT could benefit the most from this new influx of wrestling free agents, but will they? I’m not sure.
If so, they could start by picking up Dalton Castle. Castle is a charismatic breath of fresh air and could add some much needed pizzazz to the Thursday night show. He’s also a solid in-ring worker and can put on a really good showing if he has the right dance partner. Castle has been a main-event player for Ring Of Honor over the years, which is something he could bring to IMPACT almost immediately.
The OGK (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett): NWA
This one’s a bit of a layup considering that the duo made their presence known at an NWA show recently, but I do think that Matt Taven and Mike Bennett would be good additions to the NWA roster.
Their tag division is severely lacking real teams and mostly relies on make-shift pairings, something that the OGK aren’t. Also, both Taven and Bennett could be solid additions to the singles division as well. It’s an all-around no-brainer move that the NWA should jump on.
Miranda Alize: WWE
WWE is a place where there’s no shortage of very talented women’s wrestlers, but it never hurts to add more, which is why I think Miranda Alize would be a great addition to the roster.
Alize is a fierce in-ring competitor and is still young, so she has time to get even better. She’s also a great heel, something that the WWE women’s division can lack at times.
Trish Adora: All Elite Wrestling
Trish Adora is arguably the best independent wrestler on planet earth at the moment. She’s a generational talent in this business and needs to be picked up by somebody quickly, especially by a promotion with a lacking women’s division in AEW.
Adora would immediately be a top performer in that division and could add a more serious tone to some of those matches. She’s also extremely believable in the ring, which again is something that some of the AEW women struggle with from time to time. As I pointed out in part one, AEW needs to focus on adding more diverse talent to their ever-growing roster.