Kenny King says he feels a certain responsibility as a veteran leader in the Ring of Honor locker room.
Kenny King is one of the marquee names in Ring of Honor and he has chosen to resign with a promotion, now a veteran of the locker room.
Kenny King has come a long way from drying out to be a contestant on WWE Tough Enough. Having been in the industry for two decades, Kenny King told WrestlingInc in a new interview that he feels a responsibility has a Ring of Honor veteran such as Bryan Danielson and Roderick Strong before him.
“It’s kind of surreal because I blinked, and in November of this year, it’ll be 20 years since I stepped in a wrestling ring. I don’t even know when it happened,” King admitted. “I still feel like that guy who’s out there on the indies scrapping, even though I don’t want to be on the indies scrapping, but I still feel like I got that heart. I still feel like I got that desire, but it changes it.
“It’s my responsibility I feel. The same way that when I first got to Ring of Honor, there were guys like Bryan (Daniel Bryan), and Nigel [McGuinness] and Roddy (Roderick Strong) that took me under their wing and kind of just tried to get the most out of me as a pro wrestler. I feel like it’s my responsibility to do the same for the guys that come through [and] the guys that I see potential in. Everybody that gets is supposed to give back.”
Explaining his decision to re-sign with Ring of Honor, Kenny King cites La Facción Ingobernable’s room for growth as a major reason for deciding to stay. La Facción Ingobernable also includes the recently re-signed Dragon Lee, RUSH, and Amy Rose.
“It isn’t as though I didn’t have to really think about it because there was interest talking in a few different places, but when it really came down to it, just talking with Dragon [Lee] and talking with RUSH and just trying to get a feel for what everybody wanted to do,” King explained. “We just felt that we got a lot of meat left on this Ingobernable bone.
“There’s a whole lot that we haven’t shown the fans, and there’s a whole lot more success that can be had. So it was just one of those things where we decided to keep the band together, and I think that we do have the opportunity to be one of the most successful groups of all time in Ring of Honor. I think that was really the motivating factors that there’s still some more to do as a group.”
A recent report noted that both RUSH and Dragon Lee have special contracts with Ring of Honor that will allow them to have third-party merchandise. Learn more here.