Kelly Klein offers clarity.
On Thursday night it was reported ROH would not renew the contract of Women of Honor Champion Kelly Klein once her current deal expires. Klein has been sidelined with a concussion, which has been a big talking point on social media. Joey Mercury, who first brought to light the issues in ROH in a series of tweets on Nov. 1, called out ROH for its lack of concussion protocol and treatment of Klein. Mercury took aim at ROH GM Greg Gilleland, accusing him of allowing Klein to travel to and wrestle in South Africa despite her concussion.
Taking to social media herself, Klein clarified exactly what happened with her concussion and ROH allowing her to travel to South Africa.
The events in Africa were independent. It was brought up in reference to the fact that no one at ROH (no medical staff or protocol, remember) told me to take time off or to cancel, knowing I was scheduled to perform there.— Kelly Klein (@RealKellyKlein) November 22, 2019
I didn’t know “not adapting to change” was a symptom until I saw my Sports Med Physician/Concussion Specialist. Then I understood why I kept saying “no, I have to go to work,” as Joey was pointing out my symptoms and informing me of the dangers of wrestling again that week.— Kelly Klein (@RealKellyKlein) November 22, 2019
The person who realized the severity of my symptoms was @JOEYnRetrograde ... did you know he had quit by this time? This was not his job anymore (or ever because he wasn’t medical staff. Because- no medical staff).— Kelly Klein (@RealKellyKlein) November 22, 2019
Joey is the person who contacted management at ROH and made sure that I had a flight home the next morning, a hotel room that night, then changed his own flight so he could personally take me to the airport to make sure I got on MY flight. Even made sure I had food.— Kelly Klein (@RealKellyKlein) November 22, 2019
So, to clarify, and because I would never want to accuse anyone at ROH of something that is untrue, I was not forced to perform in Africa with a concussion.— Kelly Klein (@RealKellyKlein) November 22, 2019
ROH will reportedly hold a talent summit today, Nov. 22, though further details on what will be discussed are unknown. Fightful reached out to Ring of Honor in recent weeks in regards to their official concussion protocol, but haven't heard back thus far.
Fightful Select has more details on the situation between Klein and ROH. We will continue to update fans as more is known.