A new Ring of Honor World Television Champion has been crowned.
On this weekend’s episode of ROH Wrestling, Tony Deppen won the title by defeating Tracy Williams in a singles match. The contest represented a clash between Violence Unlimited and The Foundation, two of Ring of Honor’s dynamic stables.
Williams’ reign began at the ROH 19th Anniversary pay-per-view in March, where he defeated Kenny King.
Deppen didn’t exactly shy away from the news about his victory. He responded to a fan’s tweet about the title change and clarified that he’s still an independent wrestler, so the gold might be travelling around with him while he works in other promotions.
Cats out of the bag.
Oh and I’m still an INDEPENDENT WRESTLER https://t.co/ZaoE1vHp72
— Tony Deppen (@Tony_Deppen) May 2, 2021
Ironically, in a recent interview with WrestleZone, Deppen pointed to a match he had with Williams approximately a year ago as one of his personal favorites:
“I would easily go out and pick a match I had with ‘Hot Sauce’ Tracy Williams at GCW about a year ago, a couple of years ago. There was a lot of aggression and it was just brutal. He beat the hell out of me,” Deppen said, “but I had fun with it and I gave it back. I really emphasized my facial expressions and just the aggression that I bring.”
“That’s what I like. I don’t mind Pure wrestling—don’t get me wrong, I enjoy it—but I don’t feel like it would suit me the best if that’s what my entire demographic was based off of when I came into wrestling. I hate the term, but what I’d like to be is a ‘hybrid’ wrestler, because I like to wrestle, but then I also like to do strong style. If I want to get spotty, I can get spotty,” Deppen explained. “I try and combine it all into what I do and not just do little sections and layers of those specific genres of wrestling.”