Following the recent hirings of PCO and Brody King, Ring Of Honor have confirmed the signing of another indy wrestling standout: 23-year-old Mexican sensation Bandido.
The youngster has had a breakout year on the independent circuit, becoming a superstar seemingly overnight thanks to his supreme performances in PWG, over WrestleMania weekend and in the headliner at All In.
Luchablog confirmed the news on their website, noting that he becomes the first Mexican wrestler in history to sign a full-time deal with the promotion.
Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio that Bandido had a number of offers on the table, including WWE and AEW, but turned them down and opted for ROH.
Bandido is expected to start with the promotion in early 2019 and he will be exclusive to Ring Of Honor in the US, with the exception of the group’s partner promotions (such as PWG).
Unlike PCO, who was forced to pull out of several bookings due to his new deal, Bandido will be finishing up his Dragon Gate and independent commitments before joining the promotion, and some after that.
WrestleCon have confirmed that the high flyer will still be part of their WrestleMania weekend show in April. He is also likely to continue working in Mexico as ROH contracts do not restrict talent from working in the country. Politically that is interesting as Bandido is a AAA regular but ROH have a relationship with CMLL due to both being tied to New Japan.
There is also a very realistic possibility that Bandido will make his New Japan debut in 2019, most likely as part of the Best Of The Super Juniors tournament.
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