Jonathan Gresham and Bandido appear to each be staking a claim to being the true ROH World Champion.
It was announced on Friday that Bandido will defend his version of the ROH World Championship against Baron Black at Terminus' debut show on Sunday, January 16. Terminus is Gresham and Black's promotion. Its theme is "Modern Age Grappling."
Gresham was supposed to challenge Bandido for the ROH World title in the main event of ROH's "End of an Era" Final Battle pay-per-view earlier this month. But with Bandido having to be pulled from the show due to testing positive for COVID-19, Gresham instead faced Jay Lethal in a match for the original ROH World title belt. Gresham defeated Lethal to become champion.
Gresham's first defense of his title belt took place in GCW last Friday. He retained against AJ Gray in a Pure Rules match. Gresham will put his title on the line against Chris Sabin at Impact Wrestling's Hard to Kill pay-per-view on Saturday, January 8. Gresham is also set to defend his title against Blake Christian at The Wrld on GCW at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Sunday, January 23.
After Bandido posted a picture with his ROH World Championship yesterday, Gresham responded by tweeting a picture with his own title belt. Gresham called himself the "ROH World Pure Champion" and said he'd see Bandido at Terminus.
ROH will be on hiatus for the first quarter of 2022 to "reimagine" the promotion.
Terminus' debut show is being held at the Kroc Center in Atlanta. Gresham will be in action at the event, but his match has yet to be announced. Here's the updated card:
- ROH World Champion Bandido defends against Baron Black
- Jay Lethal vs. Lee Moriarty
- Impact Digital Media Champion Jordynne Grace defends against Kiera Hogan
- Moose vs. Alex Coughlin
- Liiza Hall vs. Janai Kai
- Terminal eliminator match: JDX vs. Daniel Garcia vs. Invictus Khash vs. Adam Priest
- Tracy Williams & Fred Yehi vs. Dante Caballero & Joe Keys