Kevin Kelly joined WWE in 1996 as a backstage interviewer and eventually became a “Raw” commentator during the Attitude Era. Kelly left WWE in 2003 and later joined Ring of Honor, where he was the lead play-by-play announcer from 2011 until 2017. Kelly has been a part of NJPW’s English commentary since 2015.

Kevin Kelly is now venturing into new territory in the wrestling industry. Kelly announced on Twitter on November 13th that he is part of a brand-new American eXcellece Wrestling promotion. The first event will be held on Saturday, January 7, at the Historic Hamburg Fieldhouse in Pennsylvania.

Kelly also revealed the logo for his new promotion in his tweet. The words “American X Wrestling” are displayed, along with the American flag inside the “X.” Following his big announcement, a fan asked Kelly if he would be doing commentary for his events.

This is what I’ve been dying to share! American eXcellence Wrestling is the first promotion I have a financial stake in and the first event is January 7 at the Historic Hamburg Fieldhouse.


Kelly first said “no,” stating that they are only focused on live events for the time being. However, he appears willing to sit at the announcer’s desk once “things get cranked up.” Kelly has been a part of the wrestling industry since 1991 when he debuted as a ring announcer on the independent scene.

The American eXcellence Wrestling promotion is not the first to emerge from the Historic Hamburg Fieldhouse. From 1979 to 1985, WWE ran that venue. Many legends have competed there, including Ted DiBiase, Bob Backlund, and Andre The Giant. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.

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Shivangini, a law student, writes for Ringside News to share her passion for wrestling. She joined in 2021, striving to deliver the best content while enjoying her hobbies of baking, cooking, reading and playing musical instruments.

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