Matt Taven fought several matches for the Ring of Honor between 2010 and 2011, being used mainly as a jobber. Since January 2012, he has signed a regular wrestler contract with the federation and has started appearing more often.
On August 11, 2012, at Boiling Point, he made his debut in PPV, failing to win a Fatal 4-Way to guarantee a stable contract to a wrestler. In 2013, he won the Top Prospects Tournament, defeating Tadarius Thomas in the final, earning a match for Adam Cole's TV title.
At the show for the 11th anniversary of the promotion, Taven beat Cole with the help of Truth Martini, conquering the ROH World Television Championship and performing a Turn Heel. Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, he discussed his loyalty to Ring of Honor: “You know, there’s so many different things.
I’ve always been a fan of those guys that stick with one team forever, you know what I mean? The Larry Byrds. Like, in my mind, Michael Jordan never played for the Wizards, that’s just ridiculous. Magic Johnson. It’s just like those guys that are synonymous, they brand themselves basically with their team logo.
And it’s always been something that’s been on my mind. But there’s been a million things that Ring of Honor has been there for me time after time. I’ve made a million mistakes, you know, I’ve done a million dumb things.
And it seems like Ring of Honor’s always kind of, instead of pushing me down, picked me up. And to be in a scary situation where you’re like, ‘I’m about to be a free agent and hurt. What am I to do? How do I sell myself to people’ … so for Ring of Honor to say ‘Hey man, we want you to be here We’ll take care of you, you’re part of my family.’ I never forgot that for a second, and I never will”.