Player Profile

Ian Riccaboni

Ian Riccaboni

Nationality :American
Date Of Birth :January 13, 1987
Height :6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight :

Ian Riccaboni: A Brief Biography

In Allentown, Pennsylvania, on January 13, 1987, Riccaboni was born. In 2005, he received his diploma from Salisbury High School in Salisbury Township, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree in media and communications from New York University (NYU) in May 2009, and a master’s degree in education management from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2010.

When Jim Kaat, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, was the star of a KidsPeace commercial from 1996, Riccaboni made his first appearance on television. Early in his career, Riccaboni worked as a batboy for the independent Allentown Ambassadors of the Northern League. From a young age, Riccaboni was a fan of professional wrestling, and his mother would take him to shows put on by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Riccaboni responded to a casting call during his first year at NYU to be a part of the Gideon Yago and Bill Gates-hosted The Notorious BG MTV special. Riccaboni competed on guitar, harmonica, and vocals in an MTVU commercial for their Best Music on Campus competition in early 2006. Riccaboni was a baseball player and a Dean’s Scholar while attending NYU. He performed at various venues around New York City and the university, including one where he opened for the cast of Spring Awakening at an NYU event in Gould Plaza. Riccaboni received the President’s Service Award and graduated from NYU as president of the Class of 2009. Riccaboni pursued and successfully completed a master’s degree in education management at Penn after graduating from NYU in May 2009. He returned to television during his time at Penn, performing as the lead singer for the house band on “Hump Night with Kris Fried” on Service Electric TV 2. He played bass guitar.

Height of Ian Riccaboni, Weight, and Body Stats

Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

All-time Career of Ian Riccaboni

Phillies Nation TV (2012–2015)

In November 2011, Riccaboni started contributing regularly to the USA Today-award-winning blog Phillies Nation. Phillies Nation TV was created in 2012, the same year that Riccaboni started appearing on the program and interviewing minor league players and Philadelphia Phillies supporters like Marc Summers and Tony Luke. Riccaboni interviewed Brad Lidge and Bobby Shantz in 2015 after conducting a four-part interview with Curt Simmons for the program in 2014. On September 15, 2015, Riccaboni published “The 100 Greatest Phillies of All Time” in collaboration with Phillies Nation.

Ring of Honor (2014–present)

After a chance encounters with The Blue Meanie, Brian Hefron, Riccaboni started his professional wrestling announcer career. As part of his beat, Riccaboni was to conduct an interview with Hefron, a well-known Philadelphia Phillies supporter. Hefron suggested The Monster Factory in Paulsboro, New Jersey as the two looked for a place to meet. Riccaboni got to know Monster Factory owner Danny Cage while the segment was being filmed. After the segment was over, Riccaboni called Cage to discuss how to break into professional wrestling before starting to work with the Monster Factory as an interviewer and commentator.

Riccaboni learned about an ROH tryout camp through a camp with wrestler Bob Evans and Ring of Honor (ROH) announcer Kevin Kelly. In July 2014, Riccaboni debuted with Ring of Honor as a character in Future of Honor 2. On Saturday, January 3, 2015, Riccaboni presided over his first Ring of Honor match, which featured Cheeseburger and Chris LeRusso.

When Global Wars ’15’s television taping took place in May 2015, Riccaboni made his Ring of Honor debut as a ring announcer by introducing the opening match. Before taking on the position of lead announcer beginning with the February 25, 2017, episode, Riccaboni worked as an in-arena host for Ring of Honor live events and a commentator for Future of Honor and Women of Honor matches.

At the ROH 15th Anniversary Show, Riccaboni called his first Pay Per View alongside Kelly and Colt Cabana. When he and Cabana called a Minoru Suzuki match at the Death Before Dishonor XV Pay-Per-View event, they made history as the first couple to ever do so on American soil.

In 2018, Riccaboni co-hosted the ALL IN broadcast as a commentator with Bobby Cruise, Excalibur, Don Callis, Sean Mooney, Alicia Atout, and Excalibur. Excalibur, Callis, and other announcers joined Riccaboni as the primary play-by-play announcer throughout the evening. Veteran wrestling writer, photographer, and editor Bill Apter gave Riccaboni and Cabana the 2018 Broadcast Team of the Year Award on December 15, 2018.

The first non-WWE wrestling match to take place in Madison Square Garden since 1960 was called by Riccaboni, Kelly, and Cabana on April 6, 2019.

The sequel to the 1991 arcade game WWF WrestleFest, RetroMania Wrestling, will feature commentary from Riccaboni and Cabana, RetroSoft Studios announced on December 23, 2019, for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC.

At Impact Wrestling’s Hard To Kill (2022), Riccaboni called the contest for the ROH World Championship between Jonathan Gresham and Chris Sabin on behalf of Ring of Honor. Between Hard to Kill and Final Battle (2021), Riccaboni appeared on both an ROH and an Impact pay-per-view for the first time as a commentator.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2022–present)

Riccaboni revealed on a Lehigh Valley with Love broadcast that while he was still bound to ROH, he would start working with NJPW Strong on a trial basis at the organization’s January tapings in Seattle.mRiccaboni would continue to represent Strong for New Japan through least the rest of 2022, according to a report from August 2022.

All Elite Wrestling (2022–present)

After Tony Khan acquired Ring of Honor, Riccaboni would make appearances to commentate during Ring of Honor matches on All Elite Wrestling, most notably on April 29, 2022, during Samoa Joe’s triumph over Trent Beretta on Rampage.

After Chris Jericho defeated Claudio Castagnoli at the AEW Grand Slam in 2022 to win the ROH World Championship, Riccaboni became the focus of Chris Jericho and the Jericho Appreciation Society. Riccaboni became the first person to ever call Pay Per View matches for ROH, Impact, GCW, NJPW, and AEW, doing so all in the same calendar year, by calling all of Jericho’s World Title defenses, including Jericho’s defense at Full Gear (2022).

Personal Life

Since October 6, 2012, Riccaboni has been wed to his wife Sarah. He resides in the eastern Pennsylvanian community of Salisbury Township, which is part of the Lehigh Valley.