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Sunday, July 15, 2007

BJ Whitmer Previews ROH Japan Debut, Reflects On Benoit Tragedy, & More (7/9 MNM)

Former Ring Of Honor World Tag Team Champion, was the special guest on this past week's live edition of Monday Night Mayhem (07/09/07), which can be heard in streaming audio every week (hosted by The Big Mosh & Blade, and heard LIVE at 8PM ET/7PM CT every Monday night) exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com, www.ProWrestlingPress.com, www.AllWNYRadio.com, www.Showdown,net, & www.AudioWrestling.com).

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BJ's first-ever Mayhem appearance can now be heard for FREE in Real Audio.

Here are some of the highlights from the interview provided by The Mayhem's co-host, The Big Mosh.

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*BJ was welcomed by Blade & Mosh for his first-ever Mayhem appearance. After the Full House, Beverly Hills 90210, & Karate Kid: Part II icebreaker, BJ was asked what the buzz is going into ROH's huge debut in Japan this upcoming week. "We need it at this point in time," coming off the heels of successful trips to the United Kingdom and pulling in fans from other areas of the world. He is excited, the company is excited, the wrestlers are excited...everyone is excited.

*BJ says that those that have seen the finished, final product of Ring Of Honor's first-ever PPV, "Respect Is Earned," thought it was "absolutely phenomenal." He thinks doing the Pay-Per-Views is an excellent move for the company -- to expand their fan base & audience. He also hopes that the company can make some money from the PPV's.

*With regards to providing competition to the WWE & TNA, BJ feels that Ring Of Honor has the hungriest locker room, and also provides solid storylines as well. That could equate to more people following the company, and things going up from there.

*Whitmer has not spoken to anyone in the office in particular for a "company reaction" to the Benoit family tragedy. Before this all happened, BJ said that he "idolized" Chris -- from before he even started in the business. He is "let down" by what happened, and feels that the wrestling industry has suffered a black eye, but will recover like it always has in the past. He hopes that eventually & in time, he will be able to separate "Benoit, the performer" from "Benoit, the monster."

*Mosh & Blade were in attendance the night before WrestleMania 23 at the Fairgrounds in Detroit, MI to witness one of the best Steel Cage Matches in 2007 between BJ & Jimmy Jacobs. In response to The Mayhem's collective question about whether or not that was his career-defining moment, Whitmer replied "one of them" -- in addition to his Barbed Wire Match against Necro Butcher, as part of the ROH/CZW feud from last year.

*BJ feels that Ring Of Honor having the association with various feds from around the world, mainly Pro Wrestling Noah, has helped the company very much -- especially with gaining credibility with fans in other countries & continents. Mosh, Blade, & Whitmer all agreed that this will be a key ingredient to the success of the Japan shows this week.

*The goal for the company right now & into the rest of 2007 is for the talent in Ring Of Honor to be able to make a comfortable living, and be able to officially call ROH "home" -- and not having to worry about the rigorous schedule of the WWE. Signing their contracts have kept the talent busy, plus they have also been able to still work a few additional indy shows, without any interference or trouble.

*With regards to having TNA talent on future Ring Of Honor shows, he does not see that happening, mainly because they have decided to venture into the PPV market & have official contracts -- which establish themselves as ROH talents.

*BJ is hoping that in the near future he can have the ROH World Heavyweight Championship around his wait. Being a part of the company since 2003, he feels he is one of the company's leaders. He would like to follow in the footsteps of CM Punk, Homicide, & others and carry the torch proudly for the company.

*Call your local cable or satellite provider, and place your order for ROH's "Respect Is Earned" Pay-Per-View. Log onto www.ROHWrestling.com & www.MondayNightMayhem.com (the official message board of The Mayhem) for your takes on this ground-breaking event in Ring Of Honor history, as well as the last-minute details on ROH's debut this week in Japan!

07/09/07 streaming MNM: www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/070907.wax

07/09/07 podcast MNM: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/mondaynightmayhem/~3/132312827/070907.mp3

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