Next ROH PPV Premieres This Friday


Following is a press release issued by Ring of Honor about “Rising Above” — this weekend’s PPV…


Internationally Acclaimed Federation Ring Of Honor To Broadcast State-Of-The-Art Pro Wrestling Show On Fifth Pay-Per-View Event Via Dish Network, iN DEMAND & TVN

Weston, CT—Ken Gelman of G-Funk Sports & Entertainment is proud to announce the Pay-Per-View and Video-On-Demand broadcast of “Rising Above.” This action event will debut on Friday, March 7, 2008, via Dish Network, iN DEMAND and TVN. The internationally-acclaimed Ring Of Honor ( has also brought you “Respect Is Earned,” “Driven,” “Man Up!” and “Undeniable.” “Undeniable” came complete with music by the Grammy Award-winning American Alternative Rock band Smashing Pumpkins, who gave permission for ROH to produce an exclusive “Doomsday Clock.” (Billy Corgan, the band’s singer/songwriter/guitarist, is a major ROH fan.) A free 10-minute preview of “Rising Above” can be experienced at, hosted by Daizee Haze.


Since the advent of its revered product, ROH has been inundated with rave reviews across-the-board. Wrestling Observer Newsletter called “Man Up!,” “from a wrestling standpoint, up there with the best PPVs of all-time. Seriously.” Now, ROH ups the ante on its celebrated brand of Combat Art which utilizes elements of wrestling, mixed-martial arts and aggression like you’ve never seen before to create its own niche in this depressed era of silly WWE storylines that turn off real wrestling fans and disenfranchised former fans.

“Rising Above” is headlined by an ROH World Championship title match between the champion, Great Britain’s Nigel McGuinness, and the #1 Challenger Austin Aries. This extreme bout will rival the Match-Of-The-Year bout from “Driven,” when McGuinness took on Bryan Danielson. Also on the line is a two-out-of-three fall World Champion Tag Team title match between Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe against the formidable team of Roderick Strong and Rocky Romero. The Briscoes are widely regarded as the #1 Tag Team in all of Pro Wrestling and have become known for putting away all opponents in two straight falls! Claudio Castagnoli faces his former tag team partner Chris Hero in a grudge match. Bryan “The American Dragon” Danielson, known as the best pure wrestler in the world today, puts his reputation on the line against the Japanese man-mountain Takeshi Morishima. There will also be an outrageous women’s bout between Daizee Haze, Sara Del Ray and Lacey.

“With the broadcast debut of this particular pay-per-view event,” says ROH owner Cary Silkin, “I have no doubt in my mind that—as the pundits and critics have been saying for over a year now—Ring Of Honor has, indeed, risen above the competition in a stark and dramatic way. There simply is no one out there today—and that includes the majors—who are giving the fans the kind of real wrestling that doesn’t insult their intelligence. From the disenfranchised older fan who’s almost given up on this sport to the young action fan who demands a product that doesn’t ever let up in intensity, Ring Of Honor is obviously `Rising Above.’”

“Fans that order “Rising Above” are invited to witness another wrestling extravaganza unmatched in today’s watered-down world of corporate wrestling and wannabe mixed martial arts combat,” adds Gelman. “I defy anyone to present a property with a better value proposition to the consumer. The `action-to-price-point ratio’ is unparalleled in the marketplace today!”

A new entry into the American television audience, but long revered by a loyal underground fan base, the Philadelphia-based ROH—currently seen on Canadian, British and Japanese TV—appeals to the disenfranchised wrestling fan fed up with storylines which seem to take precedence over the kind of powerful ring competition that ROH specializes in. ROH, in fact, is seen to have the highest level of athleticism in its field today, which recently culminated in a sweep of the 2006 Wrestling Observer awards for “Most Outstanding Wrestler,” “Best Brawler,” “Best Major Wrestling Show” (ROH took four of its Top 10) and “Best Booker.”

G-Funk Sports & Entertainment is a full-service agency dedicated to brand activation, strategic integration and driving maximum return on investment for its clients, headed up by Award-winning NHL and WWE marketing and television veteran Ken Gelman. G-Funk’s strengths center on three primary areas, Marketing Services (consumer promotion, affiliate activation and events), Partnership Alliances and Content Management (including distribution drives and launch strategies). Clients include NFL Digital Media, Rainbow Media, the Arena Football League, World Boxing League and Ring Of Honor. The agency is supported by an experienced team of talent from fellow Fairfield County, CT marketing/advertising agency, The Voice.

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