The Kingdom
Members Matt Taven
T.K. O'Ryan
Vinny Marseglia
Adam Cole
Maria Kanellis
Matt Hardy
Michael Bennett
Debut July 12, 2014
Years active 2014-present
Promotion(s) CW
Beyond Wrestling

The Kingdom is a villainous professional wrestling stable, best known for wrestling in Ring of Honor (ROH) and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).

History[edit | edit source]

Ring of Honor (2014–present)[edit | edit source]

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).[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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 in a three-way tag team match.[4] 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.[5] 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).[6] They lost the title to War Machine on December 18 at Final Battle.[7] 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.[8] With Taven suffering a legitimate knee injury and subsequently turning on Cole (who would later join the Bullet Club as the American leader), The Kingdom went on hiatus. 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.[9] 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.[10]

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

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.[11] The Kingdom, now represented by Bennett and Taven, returned to New Japan in November 2014, to take part in the 2014 World Tag League.[12] They finished third in their block with a record of four wins and three losses.[13] 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.[14][15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

In wrestling[edit | edit source]

  • Bennett's finishing moves
    • Go Back to Japan (Anaconda vise)[18]
    • Piledriver[19]
  • Cole's finishing moves
  • Taven's finishing moves
    • Climax (Arm trap headlock driver)
    • Frog splash
  • Double-team finishing moves (Bennett and Taven)
    • Hail Mary (Aided piledriver)[23]
    • Extreme Combination (Twist of Fate by Bennett followed by a Swanton Bomb by Taven) - adopted from the The Hardy Boyz
  • Managers
    • Maria Kanellis
    • Nick Searcy[24]
  • Entrance themes
    • "Something for You/Suffer Unto Me" by David Rolfe and Avenue F (ROH; July 12, 2014 – January 16, 2016)
    • "Fire Guitar" by Fabio Codega (NJPW; April 5, 2015 – December 9, 2015)

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]

  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Championship (1 time) – Cole
    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Bennett and Taven[6]
    • ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Taven, O'Ryan and Marseglia
    • Survival of the Fittest (2014) – Cole
    • Honor Rumble (2014) – Bennett[25]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ring Of Honor 'Best In The World' Results: New Champion Crowned And More .
  2. ROH Summer Heat Tour - Day 1: Aftershock .
  3. ROH Glory By Honor XIII results .
  4. ROH 13th Anniversary: Winner Takes All results .
  5. reDRagon vs Kingdom - ROH Wrestling .
  6. 6.0 6.1 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 on 2015-09-19.
  7. Meltzer, Dave 2015-12-18. ROH Final Battle 2015 live results: Jay Lethal vs. AJ Styles, Roderick Strong vs. Bobby Fish . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2015-12-19.
  8. Johnson, Mike 2015-12-20. Two stars depart Ring of Honor . Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved on 2015-12-20.
  9. Powell, Jason 2016-12-02. 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 on 2016-12-02.
  10. Johnson, Mike 2017-03-12. ROH spoiler from ongoing Las Vegas taping . Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved on 2017-03-12.
  11. NJPW G1 Climax 24 Day 12 results .
  12. 『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! (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling (2014-11-11). Retrieved on 2014-12-05.
  13. World Tag League 2014 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved on 2014-12-05.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Invasion Attack 2015 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved on 2015-04-05.
  15. 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 (2015-04-05). Retrieved on 2015-04-05.
  16. Meltzer, Dave 2015-07-04. 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 on 2015-07-05.
  17. NJPW World Tag League Results & Standings . Pro Wrestling Torch. Archived from the original on 2015-12-09. Retrieved on 2015-12-06.
  18. Trionfo, Richard 2014-02-02. Ring of Honor television report: A.J. Styles returns; Michael Bennett debuts a new finisher; Steve Corino introduces new catchphrase; and more . Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved on 2014-02-03.
  19. Pile Driver Versus Pile Driver . Ring of Honor (2013-10-02). Retrieved on 2013-10-03. “The Battle Of The Piledrivers! Will Kevin be the third former World Champion in a row to fall to Bennett's piledriver...”
  20. Namako, Jason 2012-03-19. ROH on Sinclair Results – 3/17/12 . WrestleView. Retrieved on 2013-05-30. “Cole then hooks Silvio and hits the Florida Key (Cross-Armed German Suplex) for the victory.”
  21. Carapola, Stuart 2013-03-20. Adam Cole – Panama's Finest DVD Review: Cole discusses his career thus far in a 75 minute shoot interview, plus an assortment of Future Shock matches, the 10th Anniversary main event, Hybrid Rules, and more . Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved on 2013-05-30.
  22. ROH house show report 5-18 Richmond (updated) . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2013-09-17. “Adam Cole def. Adam Page in 09:57 with the Florida Key (X-Plex)”
  23. World Tag League 2014 (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved on 2014-11-28.
  24. WE Star Almost Attacked After Getting Racial, Matt Hardy And Actor Star Talk ROH, CWFH .
  25. Honor Rumble (2014) results .
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