UPDATED: In an update on the Nigel McGuiness “resignation” from Ring of Honor story from Sunday night, it is just a storyline angle.
The angle was done in case McGuiness is needed for a commentary role if Steve Corino leaves for WWE at the end of the month when his ROH contract expires. Also, it would make things much easier for Ring of Honor to write him out should he sign with WWE. There are conflicting reports as to whether Corino has accepted WWE’s offer to become a coach at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
ORIGINAL: Ring of Honor posted an article on Sunday night, announcing that Nigel McGuiness has resigned from his position of matchmaker and will be leaving the company immediately. ROH released the following statement on their ROHWrestling.com website:
“Earlier this evening, with heavy hearts, Ring of Honor officials accepted the resignation of ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness.
Speculation surrounding McGuinness’ sudden resignation has begun to boil among ROH officials. While some chastised his leniency toward Bullet Club’s behavior in the summer, others believe that now McGuinness may be under extreme duress from Bullet Club’s Adam Cole for changing the stipulations of the Final Battle main event just days in advance.
One of ROH’s all-time greats, the former ROH World Champion has resigned. ROH management has announced it is forming an executive committee to oversee matchmaking in ROH. We wish Nigel McGuinness the best of luck in his future.”
After leaving TNA Wrestling, McGuiness returned to Ring of Honor in 2011. Prior to his return, McGuiness did a “retirement tour” before retiring from in-ring competition due to medical issues, He was a commentator for Ring of Honor before transitioning to ROH’s “on-screen matchmaker”.