The Kingdom (professional wrestling)

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The Kingdom
ROH Kingdom.jpg
Stable
Members Matt Taven (Leader)
TK O'Ryan
Vinny Marseglia
Name(s) The Kingdom
Former
member(s)
Adam Cole (Founding Leader)
Michael Bennett
Matt Hardy (Mentor)
Maria Kanellis (valet)
Debut July 12, 2014[1]
Years active 2014–2015
2016–present

The Kingdom is a villainous professional wrestling stable, currently working for Ring of Honor (ROH) and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), the team currently consisting of Matt Taven, TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia.

History[edit]

Ring of Honor (2014–present)[edit]

Adam Cole’s Kingdom (2014–2016)[edit]

At Final Battle 2013, prior to the official formation, Matt Hardy helped Adam Cole retain the ROH World Championship, forming a tag team in the process. Shortly thereafter Michael Bennett and Maria Kanellis joined both Hardy and Cole involving himself in their feud with The Briscoes. At Supercard of Honor VIII both Hardy and Bennett helped Cole defeat Jay Briscoe to become the undisputed ROH World Champion, with Hardy taking possession of Briscoe’s unsanctioned “Real World Title” belt and renaming it the “ROH Iconic Championship”. On June 22, 2014, at Best in the World 2014, Matt Hardy and Michael Bennett accompanied by Maria Kanellis and Nick Searcy were defeated in a no disqualification match against The Briscoes (Jay and Mark Briscoe).[2] On July 12, 2014, The Kingdom officially made their debut as a stable in Ring of Honor when Hardy, Bennett, and Adam Cole faced War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe) along with Michael Elgin in a six-man tag team match which ended in a no contest.[3] On November 15, 2014, at Glory By Honor XIII, Matt Taven, who had joined the stable back in September, teamed with Bennett as they unsuccessfully challenged reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) for the ROH World Tag Team Championship.[4] At Best in the World 2014 Cole lost the ROH World Championship to Michael Elgin. In July, Hardy opted out of his ROH contract and went back to TNA. After failing to regain the ROH World Championship from now champion Jay Briscoe at Final Battle 2014, Cole announced he had suffered a shoulder injury which would require surgery.

On March 1, 2015, at the 13th Anniversary Show, Bennett and Taven defeated The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) as well as Karl Anderson (who competed on his own due to Doc Gallows suffering travel issues) in a three-way tag team match.[5] On March 27, 2015, at Supercard of Honor IX, Bennett and Taven unsuccessfully challenged reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) for the ROH World Tag Team Championship.[6] Cole returned from his injury at War of the Worlds ‘15, where he lost to A.J. Styles. Cole then began having tension with Bennett and Taven and even teased a reunion with former Future Shock partner Kyle O’Reilly. On September 18 at All Star Extravaganza VII, Bennett and Taven won their first-ever ROH World Tag Team Championship, when they defeated the then champions The Addiction (Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels) and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson).[7] Later that night Cole betrayed O’Reilly during his world championship match against Jay Lethal remaining with The Kingdom and turning heel once again. Bennett and Taven lost the title to War Machine on December 18 at Final Battle.[8] Bennett and Kanellis left ROH after the following day's Ring of Honor Wrestling taping, after failing to come to terms on a new contract with the promotion.[9] With Taven suffering a legitimate knee injury and subsequently turning on Cole (who would later join the Bullet Club as the de facto American leader), The Kingdom went on hiatus.

Matt Taven’s Kingdom (2016–present)[edit]

On the September 18th, 2016 episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Taven returned and announced that The Kingdom will be competing in the tournament for the new ROH 6-Man Tag Team Championship, but wouldn't announce his partners. On a match taped on October 1, 2016 for the October 23rd, 2016 episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Matt Taven revealed TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia as new members of The Kingdom and defeated Bullet Club to advance to the semi-finals of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship Tournament. On the November 19 episode of ROH TV The Kingdom defeated Team CMLL (Hechicero, Okumura and Ultimo Guerrero) to advance to the finals at the Final Battle 2016 PPV. On December 2, The Kingdom defeated Jay White, Kushida and Lio Rush in the finals to become the inaugural ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions.[10] On March 11, 2017, at Ring of Honor TV taping, Taven, Marseglia and Silas Young, who filled in for an injured TK O'Ryan, lost the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship to Bully Ray and The Briscoes.[11]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2014–2015)[edit]

On August 10, 2014, during the G1 Climax The Kingdom, represented by Cole and Bennett and accompanied by Maria Kanellis, made their New Japan Pro Wrestling debuts, defeating Captain New Japan and Jushin Thunder Liger.[12] The Kingdom, now represented by Bennett and Taven, returned to New Japan in November 2014, to take part in the 2014 World Tag League.[13] They finished third in their block with a record of four wins and three losses.[14] Bennett and Taven returned to NJPW on April 5, 2015, at Invasion Attack 2015, where they defeated Bullet Club (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship.[15][16] On July 5 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall, The Kingdom lost the IWGP Tag Team Championship back to Bullet Club in their first defense.[17] Bennett and Taven returned to NJPW in November to take part in the 2015 World Tag League, where they finished with a record of two wins and four losses, failing to advance from their block.[18]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Matt Taven (left) and Michael Bennett (center) with Maria Kanellis (right) as the IWGP Tag Team Champions in July 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Kingdom info". 
  2. ^ "Ring Of Honor 'Best In The World' Results: New Champion Crowned And More". 
  3. ^ "ROH Summer Heat Tour - Day 1: Aftershock". 
  4. ^ "ROH Glory By Honor XIII results". 
  5. ^ "ROH 13th Anniversary: Winner Takes All results". 
  6. ^ "reDRagon vs Kingdom - ROH Wrestling". 
  7. ^ a b Caldwell, James (2015-09-18). "Caldwell's ROH ASE PPV report 9/18: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of All-Star Extravaganza - Jay Lethal defends two titles, ANX, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2015-09-19. 
  8. ^ Meltzer, Dave (December 18, 2015). "ROH Final Battle 2015 live results: Jay Lethal vs. AJ Styles, Roderick Strong vs. Bobby Fish". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved December 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Mike (December 20, 2015). "Two stars depart Ring of Honor". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Powell, Jason (December 2, 2016). "12/2 Powell's ROH Final Battle 2016 live review: Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly for the ROH Title, Cody Rhodes vs. Jay Lethal, Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay vs. Bobby Fish vs. Dragon Lee for the ROH TV Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved December 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ Johnson, Mike (March 12, 2017). "ROH spoiler from ongoing Las Vegas taping". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  12. ^ "NJPW G1 Climax 24 Day 12 results". 
  13. ^ "『World Tag League 2014』出場チーム&公式戦が決定! 棚橋はヨシタツとタッグ結成! 桜庭、AJ、柴田、ROH、NWAも参戦!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). 2014-11-11. Archived from the original on 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  14. ^ "World Tag League 2014". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  15. ^ a b "Invasion Attack 2015". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Archived from the original on April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Show results - 4/5 NJPW "Invasion Attack" in Tokyo, Japan: A.J. Styles defends IWGP World Title in main event, ROH tag teams win both Tag Titles, Bullet Club in action, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. April 5, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ Meltzer, Dave (July 4, 2015). "New Japan Dominion live coverage from Osaka Jo Hall - Styles vs. Okada for IWGP title, Nakamura vs. Goto for IC title and notes on biggest event since the Tokyo Dome, plus all G-1 main events". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ "NJPW World Tag League Results & Standings". Pro Wrestling Torch. Archived from the original on December 9, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Honor Rumble (2014) results".