Though many talents "dream" is to make it to the WWE your real goal should making it on National TV and slowly but surely a lot more companies have that ability to say they have national exposure. If your looking for a company that will give you the opportunity to focus on wrestling and to become the best wrestler you can then you will likely not find a better place around then Ring of Honor. Luckily for you ROH is holding a two day tryout on June 13 and 14 at the ROH Dojo in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Buy in for it is $300, but you get lunch and the access to the sessions on both days.
Your first though might be that's a good deal, but it depends on who I am training with on those days for me to decide if it worth my money. Well if you decide to attend the instructors on those days include: Delirious, Kevin Kelly, Jay & Mark Briscoe, Jay Lethal, Todd Sinclair, Truth Martini, Bob Evans, & BJ Whitmer. To me that seems like a great crop of instructor to learn from over a two day period. Any aspiring worker or current worker open to learning more and possibly getting noticed by the biggest "Indy" company in the US should look into attending this session.
Tryout Camps have been influential in ROH Signing Talents Like:
- Former ROH World Champion Michael Elgin
- Michael Bennett
- Current ROH Tag Team Champion Bobby Fish
- Former ROH TV Champion Matt Taven
- 2014 Top Prospect Tournament Winner Hanson
- 2015 Top Prospect Tournament Winner Donovan Dijak
- Quinn "Moose" Ojinnaka
Feel free to visit ROHwrestling.com for more info
Recently current ROH talent Cedric Alexander was interviewed by the folks over at the Jobbing Out Podcast. During the interview they touch on racism in wrestling and Cedric mentioned that New Day is many cases what he believes to be a bad stereotype in wrestling.
Alexander said "“It’s like, ‘oh we’re three black guys, we’ll sing, we’ll dance. You’ve got Kofi Kingston, who’s a phenomenal athlete, Big E Langston is a gigantic, threatening man and Xavier Woods is extremely intelligent. So why make them sing and dance when they obviously can be more… serious, I guess? When they first started this thing, it was like two or three weeks that they did it where Xavier would come out and be like a Malcolm X type of thing. He was preaching black power without saying black power, which I think is fantastic because you don’t offend anyone. But when you’ve got three black guys singing and dancing, stereotypes get fed too much and I hate it."
I for one totally agree with Cedric's opinion on this topic, because from day one I thought that this group could have been a lot more serious instead of just being jokes. But then again the WWE has always been big with the cheesy, unentertaining, and every so often stupid gimmicks and most people are used to it by now. I am starting to believe that might be the reason why I gravitated to ROH back in the day, because it is about the wrestling in ROH and not the gimmicks. That is what makes ROH different, but the same could be said of the WWE and the truth be told is that each company has their group of cult like fans that will never turn against the company.
For some time now many people where the under assumption that when the Briscoe's current deals in ROH were up they were leaving for the WWE. That seemed to be the case until a few days ago when a report came out that they actually are resigning with ROH after ROH made them a better offer that they couldn't turn down. Now you might wonder why or even how The Briscoe's could turn down the WWE.
Well reasons and some terms of the contract have actually been reported. The most important reason at least in my opinion that The Briscoe's stayed in ROH is because they are loyal to Ring of Honor. Considering the fact that The Briscoe's have been in ROH since the first day of the company it is not surprising that they are remaining loyal to the company. Many people think that in the world we live in today that the idea of loyalty is dead, but this report proves that idea to be wrong as this may further prove that loyalty isn't dead. (A current TNA star also attributed loyalty to his reason for staying)
As of the writing the terms seem to be 2 years for both Briscoe's and they also actually offered Jay the spot as booker of the company if he was to stay. Truth be told when ROH made a new offer they ask the WWE to match the offer or make a better one and the WWE refused. I would also like to think that part of the reason they stayed was because of the family farm in Delaware because in ROH they would still have to take care of it, but if they went to WWE they wouldn't have the time to take care of it. Another reason they didn't take the contract is because both Briscoe Brothers have families and they didn't want to uproot their families to move to Florida.
Author's Note: I view this as somewhat of a big signing for ROH that they were able to keep the Briscoe's away from the WWE. Even though a few months ago I said that the Briscoe's signing with WWE would be a blessing for all parties as it might be good for the Briscoe's to move to greener pastures. But that doesn't mean that part of me didn't want to see them stay in ROH, because when most think of ROH they think of the Briscoe Brothers.
Before I get to the names of the talent who are coming over let's get this little bit of info from ROH out of the way first before we continue:
“Wrestling fans around the world have been buzzing since the announcement that New Japan Pro Wrestling talent will be appearing on four Ring of Honor shows in May of this year. The first two nights will be “War of The Worlds” and will take place Tuesday, May 12th and Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at the legendary 2300 Arena deep in the heart of South Philadelphia Pa. The May 13th show is SOLD OUT but there are still tickets available forr the May 12th event right HERE.
The 3rd and 4th nights will be “Global Wars” on Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th at the historic Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto, Canada. Tickets are still available for both nights in Toronto but are going fast! To purchase tickets for May 15th, click here and for the 16th click here.”
I can honestly say that in the years I have been a fan of Independent Wrestling I never have seen a company put on a 4 day show, in the United States that is. But with all the talent ROH has coming in that is the only way they could fit it all within that weekend. Those stars include:
Also as of this writing another New Japan Wrestling talent has been confirmed to appear for all of the night of course. The newest confirmed talent is the "King of Strong Style" Shinsuke Nakamura!!! Nakamura has become one of the most successful stars in New Japans history; he is also the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion. There is also rumors of the Bullet Club being at these upcoming events, but who knows really until it happened.
This show I think will be the best combination of talent in the United States, because right now in wrestling few companies if any are hotter then New Japan. The one thing I don't understand is why not strike while the iron is hot and let's help other companies benefit from the success of the company while they can. Which usually entails making a partnership with the companies like NJPW and ROH or TNA and Wrestle-1. Following Wrestle Kingdom 9, Nakamura showed the world something Japan already knew and that is that Shinsuke Nakamura is the Best Wrestler is Wrestling Today, No Doubt about it. Last time the crop of talent that ROH got to appear was a solid mix of veterans and rookies, but now the talent crop they have coming over is fantastic and should do great business for ROH.
Probably the hardest thing to pick now would be who do you put certain people against and how often can you book them without losing the booking privilege. Last year ROH at least had someone to face Nakamura, Tanahashi, & Okada; the talent on this NJPW roster is incredible. If I could give some advice to you all that might be NJPW fan, that would be that right now NJPW is the best wrestling in the world today. Japan is taking off and the America better fix itself before they are overtaken.
Seeing as I have not done a post in this section for a good amount of time I feel that getting anything I can up is a good idea. Well now since Ring of Honor began in February 2002 they have had some of wrestling's biggest names hold their World Title like Austin Aries, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, and CM Punk. A vast array of names like Low-Ki, Jerry Lynn, Xavier, Homicide, Jay Briscoe, Davey Richards, Roderick Strong, and many others have also held the ROH World Title. But now it is time to take a look back at the Top 5 Greatest ROH World Champions in the History of ROH.
There was a time when in many respects Ring of Honor was the only somewhat Major US company where their titles actually meant something. But now things are beginning to change where the WWE and TNA have woken up to find what ROH has known for a long time and that is if the company doesn't care about the titles why should the fans. Ring of Honor will always be the measuring stick for the Indies in my book and the talent above should tell you why.