Why former champion prefers ROH over AEW

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Former ROH Women’s World Champion Mercedes Martinez has now explained why she’d choose to wrestle for ROH over AEW.

Since Tony Khan acquired ROH in March 2022, numerous AEW signees have wrestled for the popular promotion.
While some have had flying visits, others have remained on ROH TV to help establish the brand under Tony Khan’s banner.
Speaking with Cultaholic, Martinez compared AEW to ROH, arguing that there’s time for more potential dream mathes to happen in ROH rings.

Explaining why ROH remains her home, Martinez said:
“There is a difference. With the AEW roster, and it’s with any big company, it’s still a chance to thrive. I still believe they haven’t reached their ‘shoot’ potential.
“Yeah, you have your big matches here and there, but there is no chance of matchups.
“Me, being there, I’m not able to wrestle someone like Jade (Cargill), I haven’t wrestled Anna Jay, I haven’t wrestled Skye Blue or Britt Baker in a singles, Kris Statlander in a singles.

“In the AEW division, there is so much potential there, but there’s just not enough time to have these matchups. In Ring of Honor, you can have those matchups.
“You can have matchups from outside of your roster. You can bring in people from the independents or from overseas. That’s where Ring of Honor is so close to home for me and why I love Ring of Honor.
“That’s where the magic happens, that’s where creativity happens, that’s where those dream matches are going to happen.

“Not to say one is better than the other, but if I had to choose which one, I will always go with Ring of Honor because that’s my home. It always has been.
“It’s always been the pinnacle of trying to build their division. It’s where I’m going to get those banger matches that is going to give me 10-12 minutes, compared to an AEW match where you get 5-6 minutes because you’re constrained to a TV time compared to a streaming time.”

Martinez most recently wrestled for ROH on the June 8 episode, defeating Vertvixen in singles action.
She also competed on the June 9 edition of AEW Rampage, facing off against Skye Blue, Britt Baker and Nyla Rose in a fourway bout.

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