Earlier this month, Rayne signed a one-year deal with Ring of Honor and recently was in a media call to talk about her new deal with the company. Fightful also participated in the call, asking Rayne what her goals are now that she will be with the company.
In short, Rayne said she wants to be the Women of Honor champion and after wrestling on the tournament to crown the inaugural champion plus getting a chance to challenge for the title later this year made her realize that if she were to stay in the company, she would be a part of a hungry roster looking to make Ring of Honor’s women’s division a successful one.
“Well the short answer to that question is that I want to be Women of Honor champion and I want to be the one carrying the flag for this division. I know for certain that, first and foremost, my experience in being a part of the tournament to crown the first Women of Honor champion, obviously that didn’t work out in a way that didn’t work out or planned for being eliminated in the first round. But then later in the summer, I had the opportunity to challenge for the Women of Honor championship and I would like to think that Sumie [Sakai] and I took each other to our limit,” Rayne said.
Sakai defeated Rayne earlier this year to retain the title and defended the title against Tenille Dashwood at the Death Before Dishonor show on September 28. Rayne said regardless of who came out of the show as the Women of Honor champion, the gold standard for the women has been set in place and Rayne wants to further elevate that standard.
“It was just a reminder of how hungry everyone in this division is and how much everyone wants to see [the women’s division] succeed and I have no doubt that it will and I want to be the figurehead for that. I want to be the one to when people look back on the most successful Women of Honor champions of all time, I definitely want to be the one. I want to be the one who sets the standard and Sumie set it incredibly high and I didn't know who was going to walk out of Vegas as Women of Honor champion. But I know that regardless, whether it’s Sumie or noy that bar is going to continue being high and I want to be the one that comes in and sets it higher,” Rayne said.
Fightful had coverage of Death Before Dishonor XVI which took place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.