While Joe is doing storylines with a former UFC champ, Whitmer found success in the No. 2 company in the country right now as a longtime performer and working in the office. A large turning point in both those journeys occurred at the fairgrounds. “When ROH came here, it was the first time they had been out of the Northeast,” Whitmer recalled. “They came to Dayton before Chicago, Milwaukee or anywhere else. It did well for them. We worked there for the HWA and we always did our big shows there to finish big storylines. “Dayton always had a special place in my heart, and that rickety old building,” Whitmer said. “I loved going there. When Sinclair bought the company, they couldn’t understand why the guys liked going there so much, but once we did some shows it was clear.” Whitmer spent most of his career in Ring of Honor, long enough to re-invent himself several times over, both as a performer and an employee. His last major match was rated four-stars on a scale of five by wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer, he works in the office at Ring of Honor and is part of the booking and creative teams, which decide wrestler storylines. He also handles travel for wrestlers, and writes and formats ROH television. He’s kept up his schedule while taking classes at Northern Kentucky University to earn his nursing degree. Whitmer was a fan of Japanese wrestling, particularly All Japan Pro Wrestling, with its realistic, hard-hitting style.
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