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The OGK talk about their ROH Tag Title win, the end of the road for Ring Of Honor

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On the 11/22 episode of the ROH Strong podcast, The OGK was asked to talk about how they felt winning the ROH Tag Team Titles again and they talked about what is happening with ROH.

Matt Taven said, “It’s so hard. I don’t know how else to say it. You wanted something for so long. It happens but it’s just not the way it’s supposed to happen. I’ve been talking about since we’ve been back in the pandemic era the things that have happened with no crowd. From my own return, to Mike Bennett’s return, to something we had been backdoor planning for years happened in front of no one. For this to happen in this circumstance, not just without the crowd, but knowing that we don’t know what tomorrow brings, it’s a tough one. It’s funny because you want to enjoy these things, and you don’t put too much stock in the things online, but everyone questions what happens for the future, and they have their little comments to make. Obviously, that’s been in our minds the whole time, but when you’re looking at your suitcase and there’s this big trophy that you’ve been desperate for, for almost six years now, but when you pick it up, you think of all these uncertain things that might happen, you’re playing with a double edged sword. It’s been tough. I personally have been with this company for so long. People will say whatever they want to say about me. They always have and they always will, but I feel like I’ve given so much to Ring of Honor, but I’ve also seen so many other people give so much. There’s such a big part of me that I just feel so bad for all the guys around me knowing what’s going on. These guys all have families and real lives. As much as people act the way they do on social media and they think that’s life, you put down your phone and you have to deal with all these things that are going on in your mind. It’s a tough thing for all the guys in the locker room. When I watched last night, I loved it because of what it was for Mike and I, and such a long road to get back here, but it was a tough one just because I know how hard everyone works in that locker room. From everyone, from the production to the people who set up the ring. I love this place so much and they are all my family. To see the end of the road coming up sooner than later, it was tough because at the end of that match, I knew we were one step closer to the end. I have all the faith in the world that all these guys and girls will do great things in this business one way or the other, but it’s always tough because no matter what, when someone leaves or goes somewhere else, you don’t see them as much. You don’t talk to them as much. It’s just such a hectic world that you kind of live in this bubble where if someone’s not in that bubble with you, they're on the outskirts of your life. To think that the family that we’ve all grown together here in Ring of Honor, to think that we’re not going to be in the same bubble anymore, that’s tough.”

Mike Bennett added, “Matt couldn’t have said it any better about how I’m feeling. He summed everything up about my exact emotions. The only thing I’ll add is that the win last night, it was the first time in my very long career that I feel like what actually happened was when the three count happened, I don’t ever remember uncontrollably crying like I did in that exact moment. I didn’t exactly know what I was crying for because the emotions were all so conjumbled and joined together. We had set out on something that was very personal to us and that was regaining the tag team championship. I feel like when I left and everything hit the fan, it was that one thing we’ve always had in the back of our mind. It was like we always have this goal that we’re going to get back to. Then to see the paths that our careers took, and then to come back full circle, in the middle of a pandemic, in the middle of all this crap happening, and to just once again be on that path and that goal, to set it, and to feel we were on that trajectory that we wanted to accomplish, and then to have the rug pulled out from underneath you, it’s an emotion of happiness and sadness, anger, being terrified, being sad, literally every single emotion went through my body at that point. I guess the only way to handle it was to uncontrollably cry. That was the first time I experienced that in a match, but it was a special moment. Regardless of my emotions behind it, whether they’re sad, anger, or just pure happiness, it’s probably going to be one of, if not the most significant championship wins I ever had in my entire life.”

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