Ring of Honor has posted the following video from match-maker Nigel McGuinness, where he announces that due to not being medically cleared to defend the title, ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe has been stripped of the ROH World Title and the title is now vacant.
Also, Nigel announced the following:
* A single-elimination tournament to crown a new ROH World Champion will start at the July 27th TV Tapings in Providence, Rhode Island
* The finals of the tournament will take place at the Death Before Dishonor XI iPPV on September 20th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* During the time the ROH World Title is vacant, there will be more focus put on the ROH Tag Team Titles
* Michael Elgin is the 1st entrant in the ROH World Title Tournament
You can view Nigel's announcement below: