As many people saw in Twitterverse a few weeks back, former Ring of Honor agent Joey Mercury, who quit the company during their last UK tour, took to his Twitter and lashed out at Ring of Honor management for what Mercury deemed unsafe conditions, lack of medical staff, and the company’s lack of concussion protocol. One of the talents, ROH’s Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein, responded to Mercury’s tweets to support him in his release and mentioned she was trying to make ROH “better and safer.” She also sent Mercury several private messages from her conversations with ROH management, which showed just how little ROH was paying their women’s division, particularly their WOH Champion.
I’m scared I will get in trouble for saying something in public about it.
But the reports I’ve seen are wrong.
He is the best coach I ever had. I partly stayed there so I could keep learning from him. He looked out for us and he tried to make it better.
— Kelly Klein (@RealKellyKlein) November 1, 2019
Women’s Champion Kelly Klein Released by ROH
And now it appears that due to leaks and support she showed Mercury has led us to today, as news emerged that Kelly Klein – still the active WOH Champion – had been released earlier this week.
I was right to be afraid. But there is no courage without fear.
It was worth it for the chance to finally force some positive change. https://t.co/u4ZKUPycb7
— Kelly Klein (@RealKellyKlein) November 21, 2019
To make things even worse, Mercury released another email with Klein’s consent that shows that she was indeed let go on November 19, but what was shadier – that she was released via an email.
How dare she!?!? The nerve. That’s what you get, @RealKellyKlein – hey I wonder who else you sent that nice email to? What if Tomorrow’s Summit was actually the resignation of GG & JK!?!? If it isn’t- I’m more than prepared to get LOUD & specific. Talent deserve this treatment. pic.twitter.com/RY2hPdfyX0
— mercury in retrograde (@JOEYnRetrograde) November 21, 2019
With the news making its rounds, Klein’s real-life husband BJ Whitmer, a former ROH star and current agent with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), took to Twitter to confirm what Mercury had shared. He also confirmed that Klein was still recovering from a concussion she suffered months ago (the one that Mercury claims ROH ignored in his initial tirade).
Now that the cat is out of the bag. Yes, my wife @RealKellyKlein was fired by @ringofhonor COO Joe Koff, via email Tuesday evening. Not a phone call, an EMAIL. Kelly is still very much suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome and was fired while still injured. https://t.co/0Otra5aq4j
— BJ Whitmer (@BJ_Whitmer) November 21, 2019
So it seems Ring of Honor has chosen to fire their 3x WOH World Champion, via email, and while she’s out with post-concussion syndrome. Ring of Honor has been in the news for months now, but sadly that news keeps getting worse and worse.
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