Former Ring Of Honor World Champion Jay Lethal recently spoke with Fansided to promote the ROH War of the Worlds tour. During the interview, he was asked about his reign as ROH World Champion. He won the championship on June 19, 2015 at the Best in the World pay-per-view event from Jay Briscoe. He held the title until August 19, 2016 when he lost it to Adam Cole at Death Before Dishonor XIV.
“Yeah, it was the day it started. The coolest part to me was having my parents in the crowd. They’ve really been my biggest supporters. For the first five or six years of my career, my dad went to every wrestling show that I had. Even when plane tickets were offered to me, we drove instead. So, he was there the whole beginning run that I had at Ring of Honor; he actually saw Ring of Honor grow from the ground up. So, the coolest part about it was having my parents there because they saw when I first started wrestling altogether, first started wrestling for Ring of Honor and the evolution of Jay Lethal. Now, there’s a company known around the world for its wrestling and I was their world champion. It was an amazing moment, and like I said, my favorite moment was my parents in the crowd.”
Since the Final Battle PPV last December, he has worked a lot with Cody Rhodes. The two have had some good matches. When asked about Rhodes’ transition from WWE to competing in Ring of Honor. Lethal believes that the biggest transition has been Rhodes showing the fans what he can do in the promotion.
“Well, the biggest transition is he’s being given a chance to show what he can do here. What I mean by that is he’s getting to show he can have awesome matches and he can wrestle. I don’t know if many people realize it, but with most television wrestling companies, the matches aren’t very long. That’s the cool part of Ring of Honor, as the matches are able to go a bit longer than the other companies allow their matches to go on. So, that’s the biggest part there. Then, there’s no real change, except for that he’s now able to show the crowd what he can do. I think that’s ultimately what all wrestlers want, especially the ones working for Ring of Honor. We just want a chance to show what we can do, and Ring of Honor has given us that chance.”