Sometimes things can go really really wrong for companies after they sign a working agreement. However, in my book that perception has changed due to the agreement that was struck back in 2014 with Ring of Honor Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Due to this agreement numerous have gotten increased exposure in both the United States and in Japan. Do I think this changes the perception of working agreements with the United States wrestling companies.... well no!
But the perception of a working agreement outside the United States have always been looked at as a positive and you can look no further then the long standing relationship between two of the worlds oldest companies or well at least one of them I am of course talking about the agreement with NJPW and CMLL that has been in place for a very long time. In an effort to further push ROH as a global brand they partnered up with CMLL which was helped by the agreement that was already in place between CMLL and NJPW.
Now the question is with how well the ROH-NJPW working agreement has gone for both parties since the agreement was first put in place back in 2014 will we see the same from the new one. Well I will take this approach and say that the Lucha style has always had a place in ROH but has never been featured on a prominent level. I firmly believe that this agreement will help both companies and their wrestlers which would help both companies and names become more international brands.
For years in my opinion he was one of the top stars not just on the indies but in the NWA as well but that was a few years ago. Between that time and now Adam also worked for Ring of Honor as not just an active wrestler but also booked for the company for a period as well. Adam was actually the booker who took over the book from the original booker for the company Gabe Sapolsky. I will also mention that when Adam took over the book for ROH he went pretty much inactive as far as competing for ROH as he will go on to say how he didn't want to be that type of booker and he really didn't need it with his other bookings especially through the NWA. I hope you enjoy this look at Adam Pearce and his take on Ring of Honor from about a year ago:
For the last few years rumors have been clear all around the wrestling world that the WWE has suddenly figured out that teaching their style to people who already have a following and brining those people in allows them to get over faster. Well sadly that meant a lot of former ROH talent had to walk away from the company for "greener pastures." A number of those who left have achieved success in WWE and still have bright futures with the company, but with the brand split in full swing there has been a good amount of talk about former talents coming back to the company. However, what about a new face making his debut with the company.
Recently Jay sat down with a podcast and they posed the question if Jay would ever head to the WWE and he actually didn't say no. Over the last year Lethal has become one of the biggest names in wrestling not under a WWE contract and not broken. Due to Jay's in ring skill he was able to elevate the ROH TV title to new heights when he became the longest reining champion and the first ever dual champion holding both the TV and World title at the same time. Within a few months Jay would drop the TV title to Roderick Strong, but to this day Jay has held the World title and yes at this point his run has gone for over a year with no end in sight.
As I mentioned in the posts I did regarding talent leaving TNA and WWE and actually ROH also I will say this that sometimes when you feel like you've accomplished all you can in one place it becomes difficult to want to remain in that place. I don't believe Jay has accomplished everything in ROH that he wants to but to know that for sure you'd have to ask Jay. By far no name in the wrestling business has a had better year then Jay Lethal. I believe that everyone who has seen Jay compete especially when he was young will say they always though he was capable of what he is doing, but about 90% of them would be lying and I would be one of them as I knew Jay had potential but nothing like he's been doing. Congrats Jay and I know you'd do good in the WWE if you went.
NOTE: This isn't my way of saying Jay Lethal will be leaving as it is just posing the question and me giving my thoughts on the idea and that's all. I am not trying to kick start a rumor or anything of that nature.
Ring of Honor Wrestling will be returning to New York City this year for Final Battle and we are coming back to our longtime home, The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom!
This storied venue has hosted some of the biggest events in Ring of Honor history, and Final Battle promises to be the biggest yet.
The date is Friday, December 2nd, 2016.
Traditionally, Final Battle is where scores are settled, reputations are forged and unforgettable moments are made.
The ROH World Title has changed hands twice at Final Battle. In 2004, Austin Aries ended Samoa Joe’s 645-day reign (a record that still stands), and in 2006, Homicide defeated Bryan Danielson, who had held the championship for 462 days.
There also have been several memorable successful world title defenses at Final Battle, including in 2009 when Aries and challenger Tyler Black wrestled to a one-hour draw, and last year when current ROH World Champion Jay Lethal defeated AJ Styles to solidify his status as the best wrestler in the world.
One of the most storied feuds in ROH history -- Kevin Steen vs. El Generico headlined two Final Battle events.
In 2010, the friends-turned-enemies brutalized one another in an unsanctioned Fight Without Honor in which El Generico prevailed. Two years later, Steen gained retribution by successfully defending the ROH World Title against his arch rival in the aptly named Ladder War.
Another highly personal rivalry that culminated at Final Battle was between Danielson and Takeshi Morishima. Danielson, who had suffered a detached retina during a match against Morishima in 2007, finally exacted his revenge by beating Morishima in a Fight Without Honor at Final Battle 2008.
The main event at Final Battle 2005 was historic because it featured the Japanese-based GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship being defended on American soil, as Japanese superstar KENTA turned back the challenge of Low Ki in a match that is regarded as a classic.
Those are just some of the great matches that have taken place over the years at Final Battle, where the best wrestlers on the planet always look to end the year with a bang.
Tickets for Final Battle 2016 will be going on sale soon so be sure and check back here for all of the on-sale information!
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