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Jeff Cobb reveals advice received by Punishment Martinez before leaving for WWE NXT

One of professional wrestling’s biggest and thriving young stars is current Ring Of Honor World TV Champion Jeff Cobb. Cobb made quite the impact upon his ROH debut when he defeated Punishment Martinez in his very first match with the promotion to win the title. Despite his debut only happening this past July, Cobb has instantly become one of the promotion’s biggest stars. Recently, Cobb joined the WINCLY podcast to talk about his run with ROH.

He spoke about his brief interactions with Punishment Martinez, who soon departed for WWE after dropping the ROH World TV Title to Cobb. Now, Martinez is competing in WWE’s developmental brand, NXT. Cobb said that, before his departure, Martinez “definitely” helped him prepare to reign as one of ROH’s premiere champions:

“He was the previous champion so he definitely helped me out with how to represent the company,” said Cobb. “‘This is how you carry yourself. This is how you represent the company, represent the belt, represent your peers.’ My interactions with him weren’t as much as I would have liked… but he definitely helped out in the short time that we had.”

As mentioned, Cobb’s ROH World TV Title victory over Martinez was his very first match with the promotion. This was as much as a surprise to Cobb as it was to fans according to the man himself:

“I was more shocked at how quick the belt was coming to me on my first official ROH match. I definitely was very shocked that day showing up to the venue,” Cobb said. “Well the day before. There was rumblings but I never believe anything until I show up and it’s on the call sheet.”

H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions

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