ROH Board of Directors member Maria Kanellis-Bennett announced at the 19th Anniversary pay-per-view last month that there will be a tournament this summer to crown an ROH Women’s World Champion. However, fans won’t have to wait that long to see the return of the women’s division.
Beginning April 28, ROH will present Women’s Division Wednesday on ROH’s YouTube channel. There will be a new women’s match every Wednesday at 7 PM EST (midnight BST), featuring newcomers as well as ROH veterans.
No participants for the championship tournament have been announced, so all of the competitors in Women’s Division Wednesday matches will be out to prove that they deserve to be part of the field.
Ring of Honor announced a few weeks ago that Maria Kanellis-Bennett has re-signed with the company, as well as her husband Mike Bennett. The First Lady of Professional Wrestling returned to ROH in December after a five-year absence to announce the launch of ROH The Experience and her involvement in the groundbreaking fan-engagement initiative. She will continue to play a vital role behind the scenes in ROH in addition to being an on-air talent.
Kanellis-Bennett made her ROH debut in 2011 and went on to be a founding member of The Kingdom, which would become one of ROH’s top factions, with her boyfriend (now husband) Mike Bennett, Matt Hardy and Adam Cole. After Matt Taven joined The Kingdom, Kanellis-Bennett led him and Bennett to the ROH World Tag Team Championship and New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. She also wrestled on occasion.
All pics and videos courtesy of ROH