On Tuesday, Ring Of Honor announced they re-signed RUSH and Dragon Lee, and signed their father, Bestia del Ring to a new contract, and now WrestleZone has learned more details behind the new deals.
According to sources speaking with WrestleZone, RUSH and Dragon Lee negotiated their new ROH contracts (with the help of Masked Republic) to include provisions that would still allow them to do outside merchandise deals.
Originally reported by Sports Illustrated, Masked Republic signed both RUSH and Dragon Lee to merchandising contracts in January; they also represent Lucha libre stars like Pentagon El Zero M and Rey Fenix, Tinieblas Jr, Konnan and Juventud Guerrera. It was explained to WrestleZone that the initial offer by Ring Of Honor to both RUSH and Dragon Lee was a basic contract they normally offer talent, but the final contract they negotiated for does include the third-party stipulations.
In addition, WrestleZone also learned that another reason for signing new contracts with ROH was due to the brothers’ respective contracts expiring at different times. RUSH’s contract was scheduled to expire on January 31, 2021, but Dragon Lee’s had already expired a month earlier on December 31, 2020. It was noted that Lee signed an extension so the new contracts could begin on the same date, which includes the same provisions. As far as Bestia del Ring’s contract is concerned, we were told he is under a per-appearance deal and it does not feature the same terms as the other two members of La Faccion Ingobernable.
Financial terms of their respective deals were not disclosed, but it is worth noting that (with the help of Masked Republic) La Faccion Ingobernable did secure non-exclusive merchandise rights in their deals with ROH. It’s rare to see talent negotiate non-traditional deals like this, but the brothers now have contracts similar to AEW’s Penta El Zero M and Rey Fenix in which the promotion maintains non-exclusive merchandise rights.
RUSH is the current ROH World Champion, holding the title for 346 days in his second reign so far. Dragon Lee is in his first reign as ROH World Television Champion and has held that title for 424 consecutive days.