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BJ Whitmer leaves Ring of Honor
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


In startling news posted on Ring of Honor's website this past Wednesday, the independent company announced that one of its longest-serving talents, BJ Whitmer, has left the company.

"After a long and punishing stay, BJ Whitmer has decided to walk away from Ring Of Honor," the company stated on rohwrestling.com. "ROH and Whitmer have now officially parted ways. Everyone in ROH wants to thank BJ for his immense contributions to the company."

Whitmer (real name Benjamin Whitmer) had been with the company for five years, starting his ROH career at the "Revenge of the Prophecy" show on July 11, 2003. Soon after, he would begin a feud with CM Punk and would begin to make a name for himself in the Philadelphia-headquartered organization. He would later join up with The Prophecy, headed by Christopher Daniels. During this stint, Whitmer would win the ROH Tag Team Titles with Dan Maff, defeating Punk and Colt Cabana.

Whitmer and Maff would have a second run as tag champs before the latter would leave ROH. Whitmer, however, would remain in the tag division and gain gold again with new partner Jimmy Jacobs on two occasions.

In 2006, Whitmer became one of the faces of ROH as the company would hold an inter-promotional angle with Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). Whitmer was one of the prominent figures in the feud, with likely his most talked-about battle being a no-rope, barbed wire match against Necro Butcher.

Following the CZW feud, Whitmer would by put on the injured list by his former partner, Jacobs. The two would have several faction battles in the coming months before BJ would earn an ROH World Championship bout against Takeshi Morishima, which he would lose.

Whitmer had most recently been part of the Hangm3n trio, alongside Adam Pearce and Brent Albright.

Prior to joining ROH, Whitmer had wrestled for the Heartland Wrestling Association, IWA Mid-South and Japan's Pro Wrestling NOAH.

Related Link

  • Thank You BJ Whitmer -- rohwrestling.com
  • CZW vs. ROH highlights Ring of Honor DVDs