Backstage Update Flip Gordon’s ROH Contract & Why He Chose To Sign With Them, More


Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

UPDATE: Here are more details on Flip Gordon signing with Ring of Honor. Gordon’s friends reportedly steered him to signing with ROH, since he’s not signing an exclusive ROH contract despite what the ROH announcement said. Gordon can continue booking his own indie dates. Many feel he’ll be having a breakout year, and is being pushed in Northeast Wrestling and working for The Crash. If he had signed with iMPACT! Wrestling, they’d have controlled his indie bookings, and a lot of promoters don’t like going through iMPACT!. Also, iMPACT! has been signing people on per-day basis contracts (which is what Gordon was being offered) and unless they start doing house shows, that’s not a lot of money for pay per-day employees.

ORIGINAL: Ring of Honor has announced that they have signed Travis “Flip” Gordon to an “exclusive” deal. The announcement from ROH notes that Gordon “made his initial mark at a ROH tryout camp before getting an opportunity on Ring of Honor television. From there, the high-flying Gordon impressed the ROH Board of Directors and earned a contract.”

Gordon is an active member of the Army National Guard and was a four-time state champion wrestler in Montana before he moved to his birthplace of Boston, Massachusetts where he enroled in New England Pro Wrestling Academy and was trained by Brian Fury.

Gordon also spoke with Wrestle:List for a new interview talking about his career. You can check out some highlights below:

On breaking into wrestling: “I was living in Idaho going to college and it just came to the time where there was nothing left in Idaho for me. I came to the realization that I shouldn’t just keep telling people I wanted to be a wrestler and I should chase the dream. So I packed up my truck and everything I could fit in it and moved to the other side of the states. It took me about 4 days and the first place I went to was the Pro Wrestling Academy in New England. After 6 months of training I had my first match and then every started blowing up. After my first match I had made enough friends with other companies, plus my style and flashiness, helped me get more bookings. It all happened out of nowhere. I have only been wrestling for two years.”

On the recent Randy Orton ‘…dive’ controversy: “Actually just laughed at it. It makes a lot of sense but at the same time it doesn’t. The whole rant pretty much says he makes more money doing less and he’s right. He has a big platform, he has never wrestled on the Indies, and he’s a third generation superstar. He didn’t have to go through the Indies to get where he is. When you’re on the independent circuit it’s a lot harder to make a name for yourself. You aren’t on national television every week. On the Indies you have to show everything you have to get that fan base. I have to show people that this is Flip Gordon – this is what I can do – that way people want to come and see me and book me. It is getting easier as I am getting a huge following and my name is getting out there. I did a lot in the beginning to make a highlight video and that really helped get my name out there.”

On who he grew up watching in wrestling: “Eddie Guererro and John Cena. I also loved Paul London, Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam. There were so many that inspired me to be a wrestler. Eddie had something you can’t teach and that was a connection with the fans. I think John Cena had the perfect gimmick at the perfect time. As a kid the rapper gimmick drew me to him because hip-hop was huge at the time. He did it so perfectly; he would make you laugh but you knew he would go out there and kick ass. He is also one of the hardest workers in the business.”

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