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ROH Television Champion Silas Young Talks Winning Title While Battling Addiction

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Ring of Honor Television Champion Silas Young spoke about winning the ROH television title while battling addiction in a recent interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated.

“There are certain situations in life that are character-building, and I feel like that was one of those moments in my life,” Young said about battling a heroin addiction.

“Sometimes, the battles with yourself are the hardest battles, and that goes for a lot of people. Our own worst enemies are often ourselves, so it takes a lot of mental checking-in-with-yourself–almost giving yourself a daily mental pep talk–because our biggest opponent is our self.”

Young spoke about his son’s reaction to his championship victory.

“My son, who just turned nine years old, was running around the house with the belt,” said Young. “Then my wife and I celebrated over breakfast.”

Young also discussed the kind of champ he wants to be.

“I want to take this title and run with it,” Young said. “It’s a hard task to accomplish, but I want to raise the Ring of Honor World Television title and elevate it higher than it’s ever been. I also want to live up to it; what the title means, the standards former champions have set, and surpass it. I’m up for the challenge.”

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Cody Rhodes Provides Update on Knee Injury

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IWGP United States Champion Cody Rhodes announced that he recently suffered a knee injury during a Ring of Honor show that took place in Buffalo, New York, describing hearing a “pop” in his knee when working his way through the crowd.

Rhodes has announced that he has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled IWGP United States Title defense against Beretta and has since provided an update regarding the severity of his knee injury, via his Twitter account.

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Madison Rayne Discusses Deciding on Ring of Honor Over WWE

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Pro wrestling veteran Madison Rayne finally found her way to a WWE ring over this past summer when she competed as Ashley Rayne during WWE’s Mae Young Classic II tournament, losing in the first round to Mercedes Martinez.

It was thought that WWE would land Rayne, the former Impact Knockouts Champion, shortly after her appearance, but she opted instead to sign with Ring of Honor.

“Conversations between WWE and myself were always positive,” Rayne said, during an appearance on CBS Local Sports: Pittsburgh. “I always got great feedback on everything I did, from the tryout a year ago to just recently doing Mae Young. This past year has been the first and only time that I’ve ever worked in any capacity with WWE. So, that was really exciting this many years into my career, to finally have been able to do that.”

“It’s about trying to figure out what was going to be best for me and which company I would flourish the best in. I felt that Ring of Honor was my best option, and that is not saying that WWE offered me something and I said no, I just feel like I was always very honest and upfront about the fact that Columbus was my home and Columbus would remain my home. I understand that they have a system that they put their talent through, regardless of whether you’ve never taken one bump, or you’ve been wrestling for many years, and that system starts in Orlando. While wrestling is still very, very important to me, being a mother and being a wife, those two things are greatly more important.”

Rayne ultimately told WWE that she wasn’t willing to relocate.

“There was never that definitive conversation, but just given the fact that I knew and I never wanted there to be any gray area in my communication with WWE, and I made it clear that I could and would not be willing to relocate, I think that probably kind of settled the question there as far as whether or not a contract with WWE was going to be in my future.”

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Doug Williams Announces Retirement

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Doug Williams, the legendary British wrestler who has had a brilliant 25-year career, lost a career ending match to Trent Seven for the Atlas Championship at Progress’ Hello Wembley show on Sunday.

“It was more their decision than mine,” Williams said, during an interview with SportBible last week.

“They approached me with doing a different kind of storyline, which was a disgruntled veteran that was bitter about the new guys taking over. But I switched it on them and said I’m thinking about retiring next year anyway, why don’t we do a storyline that could culminate in that possibly happening?”

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