The smaller companies have always been somewhat of feeder systems for the larger companies as they for the most part can't gain the exclusive rights for talent due to them lacking the financial standing to do so. In the past ROH had a tough time maintaining top stars when they were a young company as they developed talent like Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, Samoa Joe, and numerous other talent that achieved tremendous success in other companies. The last major loss for ROH was when The Wolves were taken at first by the WWE and then ended up being signed by TNA wrestling.
Since then Ring of Honor has had a influx of money and has been able to build a roster of not just regulars but they also helped further develop some of the biggest names in wrestling. Also since the last major talent departure they have been a part of a very successful working agreement with New Japan and very recently CMLL was also added to the working agreement at least with ROH.
Recently rumors have ran through the Interwebs that the WWE is looking at ROH for a little bit of a talent raid. Even though at this point thus far the WWE has only signed Nigel there have been big rumors of Steve Corino, Kyle O' Reilly, Adam Cole and others possibly moving to the company. I think that if someone like Kyle does leave the company it wouldn't be a bad thing for them because it would allow the company to continue to grow and change to stay ahead of the competition and keep their main event scene on the fresh side and give it a shot in the arm in may need.
In my book the only person in wrestling slightly comparable to Matt Hardy as wrestling has become something like gimmickly challenged in recent years which makes guys like Castle stick out even more. I will be really honest that at first I really didn't like Dalton Castle's gimmick, I didn't mind him in the ring but his gimmick just wasn't my cup of tea per say. Then following his feud with Colt Cabana we saw Dalton breath a sense of aggression into his gimmick and I really did think that it helped bring new life to his gimmick.
I would also like to add that I think he is finally starting to grow on me as a gimmick and a talent all together. As for how he fits into the ROH roster... Well it's pretty simple he offers Ring of Honor a unique talent with a gimmick that separates him from everyone else in wrestling and that gives ROH something that other companies don't have and that's someone who is just a little different. Dalton fits mold of a typical Ring of Honor because he a great amount of upside and still a lot of room to grow:
Though it has been a long time since the last time I actually did a post for this series I have brought it back again for now at least. Evolution is a part of wrestling and in most cases a large part of the sport; much like Triple H would say "Either you evolve or perish." This in large part is the series as I look at the successes and the failures of gimmicks.
The picture of Austin holding the ROH World title was from his first run the company when he won the title from Samoa Joe at the December 2004 edition of Final Battle. This win officially ended the longest reign as World champion in ROH history which is still held by Samoa Joe. Soon after he would drop the World title to CM Punk, Aries would leave for TNA were we saw the early development of the man he would later become in the WWE and when he would return to ROH.
From his days as Austin Starr in TNA he would evovle into the pink jacket wearing, greatest man that ever calling World Champion. In 2007, Aries would return to ROH and have the best run of his career which would actually lead to him becoming not just a household name for ROH, but also a big name on the Indies as well. Though the change for Aries wasn't as drastic as other wrestlers changes it was an important change for his future as he looked more like a World Champion on a larger scale.
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