Matt Taven is currently under contract with the Ring of Honor where he has been fighting since 2012. Taven's Ring of Honor work includes being a member of The Kingdom (with Adam Cole, Michael Bennett, Maria Kanellis, Vinny Marseglia and TK O'Ryan at various times) as well as performing across the Northeastern United States independent circuit.
Taven won ROH's 2013 Top Prospect Tournament to become a full-time wrestler for the promotion. He is a former one-time ROH World Champion, one-time World Television Champion, one-time ROH World Tag Team Champion with Michael Bennett and one-third of the first ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions.
Taven has also worked for the Japanese promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he is a former one-time IWGP Tag Team Champion with Bennett. Taven is the second wrestler to win championships in ROH, CMLL and NJPW; the other being Rocky Romero.
During a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, he talked about the incident that earned his loyalty: “There’s one thing in particular that happened. When I got injured four years ago, you know, I blew out my ACL at a time that was — if people knew what was going on backstage, it was just complete chaos.
Because Mikey and Maria were going to TNA, or they were at least in the midst of their contract stuff. Me and [Adam] Cole, there were talks about us doing something else and boom, I blow out my ACL. Any my contract’s about to expire.
It’s about to expire like Mike’s is. And so Mike knows that he’s going elsewhere, I thought I was staying, but now all of a sudden I’m hurt before my contract expires. And Ring of Honor comes to me and says, ‘You know what, don’t — we’ll honor our deal the way it was until you’re back, and we’ll take care of things from there."