In May 2011, the wrestling world changed when the announcement came down the pike that Ring of Honor had been sold to Sinclair Broadcasting Group:
"Ring of Honor Wrestling owner, Cary Silkin, announced today the sale of the promotion to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest television broadcasters in the country and which owns and operates, programs, or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 35 markets across the United States." "ROH, currently the third largest wrestling promotion in the country, just celebrated its ninth anniversary, and Mr. Silkin is excited about taking the next step towards increasing the company’s visibility and expanding its operations."
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Prior to being sold to Sinclair the promotion was back to running monthly events as their once weekly program ended in April 2011 after the contract with HDNET had come to an end. HDNET was the embodiment of a regional broadcasting network only available in certain areas of the country. In September 2011, Ring of Honor returned to weekly television with a brand new program and a lot more exposure. For most in the world of wrestling the period between 2009-2012 was a very weak time for any major promotion in the United States excluding Ring of Honor.
At Final Battle 2009, Kevin Steen turned on his best friend El Generico sparking the hottest rivalry in wrestling, a rivalry that still burns to this day. Steen was turned off by failing over and over and then decided to align with Steve Corino against Generico and Colt Cabana which paved the way for the most violent feud in wrestling at the time. The feud would last two years culminating at Final Battle 2012 in a Ladder Match between Steen and Generico. Alongside The Briscoes, American Wolves, Kings of Wrestling, World's Greatest Tag Team, the list goes on and on Ring of Honor had hit their golden era. Think about the talent Shelton Benjamin, Kevin Steen, El Generico, Claudio Castanogli, Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards, Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole, and various others all called Ring of Honor home during this period of time. Slowly though that foundation would be chipped away and every single name mentioned above would be gone within five years.
Fast forward to 2018, rumors are flying about a mass exodus from Ring of Honor including Kenny Omega, Cody, Adam Page, Young Bucks, and others. This exodus would leave a gaping whole within the ROH roster that even the working agreement with New Japan wouldn't be able to fill. Those men would leave in early 2019 to form All Elite Wrestling. Ring of Honor tried to fill the void left by those men, but well it's hard to fill such a tremendous void. Think about this: ROH and Impact Wrestling have been around since 2002. The same amount of time give or take a few months. Now think about the history of ROH and the history of Impact Wrestling. Totally different histories for two companies that have been both around 19 years.
Impact struggled to find an identity for the better part of fifteen years and has just recently found stable ground in the last few years. Ring of Honor has been fortunate they haven't had a tough go for the most part in the last 19 years, but hard times come for us all it's how you bounce back that matters. In my opinion, if Sinclair is still committed to Ring of Honor then seriously take the time and invest in a direction and come back bigger and better than ever in April 2022 to show this was worth it or sell the promotion to the highest bidder and move on. I don't want this to be the end of Ring of Honor and I want to see them return in April 2022, but the main question is does Sinclair want them to return in April 2022.
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