Earlier this year, Madison Rayne signed a deal with Ring Of Honor to remain on the promotion’s roster. Rayne has had a tremendous 2018. She participated in the 2018 Mae Young Classic and was involved in the only female match on the historic “All In” indy show. The 32-year-old has been in the professional wrestling industry since 2005, having worked for promotions such as Ohio Championship Wrestling (OCW), SHIMMER, and TNA.
Rayne has accomplished quite a lot during her time, including five TNA Knockouts Championship reigns and is a two-time Knockouts Tag Team Champion. She capped it off by signing a one-year deal with ROH. Speaking to KDKA CBS 2 Pittsburgh recently, Rayne talked about her ROH deal and opting to sign with them over professional wrestling juggernaut WWE. It turns out that relocating was a big issue in negotiations:
“Conversations between WWE and myself were always positive. I always got great feedback on everything I did, from the tryout a year ago to just recently doing Mae Young. This past year has been the first and only time that I’ve ever worked in any capacity with WWE. So, that was really exciting this many years into my career, to finally have been able to do that.
“But it’s about trying to figure out what was going to be best for me and which company I would flourish the best in. I felt that Ring of Honor was my best option, and that is not saying that WWE offered me something and I said no, I just feel like I was always very honest and upfront about the fact that Columbus was my home and Columbus would remain my home.
“I understand that they have a system that they put their talent through, regardless of whether you’ve never taken one bump, or you’ve been wrestling for many years, and that system starts in Orlando. While wrestling is still very, very important to me, being a mother and being a wife, those two things are greatly more important.
“There was never that definitive conversation, but just given the fact that I knew and I never wanted there to be any gray area in my communication with WWE, and I made it clear that I could and would not be willing to relocate, I think that probably kind of settled the question there as far as whether or not a contract with WWE was going to be in my future.”