Partial Source: Pwinsider.com
Here are the latest updates on the current status of Michael Elgin following his loss of the ROH title at All Star Extravaganza to Jay Briscoe on Saturday night. Some of these stories are unconfirmed rumors, so take them all with a grain of salt.
Elgin is reportedly still under contract with ROH and is not yet done with the company. He is still working under a recent, exclusive deal with ROH, which gives him a full-time salary. The contract also gives Ring of Honor the right to approve and/or deny indy dates that are offered to Elgin in its duration.
There are rumors that Elgin apparently did not do enough to protect the ROH title while he was working indy dates, including a loss to Trevor Lee at PWG Battle of Los Angeles. This has not been confirmed. However, a source says this could have been a factor in the decision for Elgin dropping the title.
Another factor for Elgin’s loss is that several sources claim that Elgin’s US work visa expired and was not renewed. The responsibility is reportedly falling on Elgin over this issue. However, there are said to be differing stories over this. Elgin not having his work visa renewed means that he would not have been able to return to the United States after going to Toronto for the ROH iPPV Saturday night. In addition, Elgin had to cancel a booking for AIW that was set for Cleveland, Ohio tonight (September 7). Elgin cited paperwork issues for the absence.
Elgin reportedly needs about 90 days to get his visa paperwork in order. Over that time frame, ROH has eight live events and three tapings scheduled. So the title switch was done so the promotion would continue to have an active champion for the time being. Briscoe’s title win was said to not be the original plan for the show.