PUNISHER PREDICTS PAIN FOR TOP PROSPECT OPPONENTS

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    PUNISHER
    Punisher Martinez doesn’t just want to win the Ring of Honor Top Prospect Tournament. He wants his opponents to experience the agony of defeat in the most graphic sense.

    “Everybody claims to be the best and says that’s why they’ll win the tournament,” Martinez said. “Well I’ve never claimed to be the best. I just like to hurt people, break bones and crack skulls.

    “Punisher isn’t a name I gave myself because I thought it sounded cool. I was raised in Puerto Rico, and I’m not talking about beaches and palm trees. It was on the tough streets. People called me Punisher because I earned that name on the streets.”

    Young Colby Corino recently learned just how apt that moniker is. Martinez scored an impressive victory over the second-generation competitor in the first round of the tournament to advance to the semifinals this Saturday at a national TV taping in Nashville, Tenn., where he will meet the winner of the Lio Rush-Jason Kincaid match.

    Martinez is considered one of the favorites to capture the tournament crown -- and the ROH contract and ROH World Television Title shot that go along with it -- because he is as versatile in the ring as he is sadistic.

    At 6-foot-6 and 253 pounds, Martinez is bigger and stronger than most of his opponents, but he also possesses surprising agility and an extensive martial arts background.

    “My in-ring style is a combination of Rob Van Dam, X-Pac and The Undertaker,” he said. “My offense is very martial arts-based. I use a lot of strikes and kicks, and everything I do is very impactful. But even though I’m a big man, there are times when I like to show off that I can do what the smaller guys can do.”

    Martinez learned Japanese Goju Ryu karate from his father, a skilled martial artist who once defeated Chuck Norris in a competition.

    After winning two national championships in full-contact martial arts, Martinez decided to embark on a career in pro wrestling.

    He learned the ropes at The World Famous Monster Factory in New Jersey, and it wasn’t long before Martinez was making a name for himself in independent promotions all over the East Coast.

    Martinez raised his game when he started training at the ROH Dojo a year and a half ago.

    “I had gotten to a certain level and I just stayed at that level,” he said. “To give myself the best opportunity to perform on a big stage, my style had to evolve. I have a more athletic style now, and the ROH Dojo is where I developed it.”

    Martinez also transformed his body. He weighed well over 300 pounds at one point, but has since lost a hundred pounds.

    “I used to be an all-around big man, but now I’m a fit big man,” he said. “And that makes me even more dangerous.”

    Martinez has certainly come a long way since he attended his first ROH tryout camp in 2014.

    At these two-day camps, the best training staff in the world teaches unsigned competitors what it takes to succeed in the sport. The camps conclude with six judges voting on whether each prospect is ready to take the next step.

    The panel gave Martinez a unanimous vote of “no.”

    He fared increasingly better in four subsequent camps, however, culminating with the one he attended a few months ago in which he received “yes” votes across the board.

    Never short on confidence, Martinez -- who has already had a couple matches in front of ROH crowds -- is convinced more than ever that his time is now.

    “The big stage has been dangled in front of me many times,” he said. “Everybody always tells me, ‘You’re right there. It’ll happen soon.’

    “Well I’ve been waiting and I don’t want to wait anymore. I’m going to make it happen. I don’t just want to open the door; I’m going to kick it open.”

    The next obstacle in front of that door will be either the high-flying Rush or the unorthodox Kincaid, and it makes no difference to Martinez which one of them he ends up facing in the semifinals.

    “I’m sure they’re both going to bring their best,” Martinez said. “Well they can bring their best. I’ll bring the pain.”



    Ring of Honor Presents
    Winter Warriors Tour
    Saturday, February 6th - 7:00PM Bell Time - National TV Taping
    Nashville Municipal Auditorium
    417 Fourth Avenue North - Nashville, TN

    SPECIAL PRE SHOW Q&A w/ THE YOUNG BUCKS!

    Matches signed

    TOP PROSPECT TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINALS and FINALS

    7 Tag Team Gauntlet for a future shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championship
    - The Young Bucks
    - reDRagon
    - RPG Vice
    Plus other teams!

    The Briscoes vs Alex Shelley & ACH

    Dalton Castle vs Christopher Daniels

    Adam Cole vs Matt Sydal

    "Pro Wrestling's Last Real Man" Silas Young & Beer City Bruiser vs Dalton Castle's Boys

    WOMEN OF HONOR IN ACTION
    KELLY KLEIN versus TAELER HENDRIX w/TRUTH MARTINI
    MANDY LEON versus HANIA THE HUNTRESS
    ODB versus FAYE JACKSON
    VEDA SCOTT, “BULLET BABE” AMBER GALLOWS, & ALLYSIN KAY versus SUMIE SAKAI, THUNDERKITTY, & “CRAZY” MARY DOBSON

    Signed to Appear
    ROH WORLD CHAMPION: Jay Lethal w/ Truth Martini
    ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: Roderick Strong
    ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: War Machine (Ray Rowe & Hanson)
    All Night Express (Rhett Titus & Kenny King)
    Frankie Kazarian
    Cedric Alexander w/ Veda Scott
    Moose w/ Stokely Hathaway
    BJ Whitmer
    Adam Page
    Caprice Coleman
    Will Ferrara
    Cheeseburger

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