The most surprising news of this week came out a few days ago when it was announced that ROH has signed to air shows on Destination America. Right now their contract seems to be for 26 weeks starting on June 3rd when their first show airs on Destination America. You might remember a couple of months ago when there were rumors going around ROH possibly signing on with Destination America, but may people doubted the likelihood because of the fact that ROH is owned by Sinclair Broadcasting. The relationship between ROH & DA (Destination America) is something that has been built up over the last few months and is totally independent of whatever is going between TNA & DA.
For those wondering ROH will remain on Sinclair through Syndication & now will have a TV company with National TV exposure that being DA to air their shows as well. Also the shows that are aired on Sinclair stations on Saturdays will be the same show that is aired on DA on Wednesdays. As of this writing it seems like TNA was caught off guard by the announcement of this deal and never saw it coming.
Destination America is all for having Wrestling on the network, but it depends on the ratings the shows get if they stay on or not. Some people believe that, because of how cheap ROH is to produce it could lead to ROH staying on the Network and the other company leaving. To share an interesting fact with you all with this deal in place ROH has moved into the #2 spot for a wrestling company in the United States in terms of viewership. This deal is a huge deal for the wrestling industry as whole because more eyes are getting on the alternatives and that means only good things for the industry.
For more information visit: ROHwrestling.com or your favorite "Wrestling Rumor Site"
Most people are aware that last week Samoa Joe officially made his debut for the NXT brand at the end of the NXT live special on the WWE Network. Once Joe left the first place he ended up was back "home" at Ring of Honor as he returned during the Anniversary show in Vegas. At that show the seeds were planted for Joe vs Jay Briscoe later in the year possibly over the summer. However, this is also when the rumors started spreading that Samoa Joe would be joining the WWE and starting in NXT. Shortly after his arrival in Ring of Honor, Samoa Joe left the company for unknown reasons at the time, but reasons that turned out to be a WWE commitment.
Now your probably thinking if he is working in NXT and as a part of the WWE how could he return to ROH. Well before you jump to the possible conclusion that Samoa Joe is no longer in the WWE, I will say Joe still is a part of NXT. The reason that Joe is allowed work for NXT and ROH is because he does not have an exclusive contract with the WWE.
Something that is becoming a little more common for WWE is bringing in talent that is known to work with the "young guns" down in NXT. Much like the WWE did with Rhyno who is able to work for other companies while also working for WWE they did for Samoa Joe. It has been said that Samoa Joe's contract with WWE is short-term, but is the same type of contract that Rhyno has just for more money.
It would probably help if I mentioned the show that Joe is returning to Ring of Honor:
Terminal 5, Manhattan (NYC)
Samoa Joe & AJ Styles vs ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addiction (Chris Daniels & Frankie Kazarian)
I never thought I would see WWE sort of working with the other companies like they are because by not signing talents like Joe & Rhyno to exclusive contracts they help other companies have bigger name on their roster. Think about this Samoa Joe is now going to have not only all ROH fans know his name, but also everyone who has the WWE Network. I also think that because of the type of contract he has that is why Joe is called Samoa Joe in the WWE.
After four tremendous joint events last week with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and the relationship between the two companies growing even stronger. ROH is now looking to make some what of a big impact with their return to NYC in August when they are at MCU Field in Brooklyn. It has been that they want to do something similar for this stadium that is comparable to their WrestleMania weekend shows.
For those of you that may not be aware the date of this event is Saturday August 22nd and the next night Sunday August 23rd will Summerslam live on PPV. Once again if you don't know Summerslam will be in the tri-state area this year at the Barclay Center in you guest Brooklyn, NY. This explains why ROH wants to have such a big show at MCU Field the night before because they are going up against the WWE PPV the next day. As of this writing there are no plans known to use Alberto El Patron for the event, but both parties would be willing to work together again.
I am well aware that in most cases WWE & ROH appeal to different audiences in almost all cases, but in some cases wrestling fans are wrestling fans. I completely agree with ROH's idea to want to put on a tremendous show the night before Summerslam as a way to set the bar high for the WWE the next night. There is no real way for us to predict what either company will be doing in August, but all we know is that right now it seems that the weekend of the 21-23 will be a great weekend for wrestling. Other then that sit back relax and enjoy.
For the last few months their has been no doubt that a lot of fans have been wondering how NJPW's agreements with both GFW and ROH will play out. Also some might have been wondering how NJPW talent would fit into the GFW roster and thus may have forgotten about the joint ROH-NJPW events right around the corner. That's where I come in, because in my opinion these cards are stacked and will put display the great talent that both companies have on their roster. Below are the full cards for both events:
May 12th: War of the Worlds Night One in Philadelphia
-ROH Champion Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchida Okada
- IWGP Champion AJ Styles vs Mystery Opponent
-ReDragon vs Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Liger
-Tetsuya Naito vs Michael Elgin
-ROH Tag Team Champions The Addiction vs IWGP Tag Team Champion The Kingdom vs Young Bucks
-ROH TV Champion Jay Lethal vs Watanabe
-Roderick Strong vs Kushida
-Delirious vs Gedo
May 13th: War of the Worlds Night Two in Philadelphia
-IWGP champion AJ Styles & The Young Bucks vs. IWGP Tag Team champions The Kingdom & Adam Cole
-ROH champion Jay Briscoe vs. Bobby Fish
-ROH TV champion Jay Lethal vs. Jushin Liger vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Mark Briscoe
-ROH Tag Team champions Chris Daniels & Kazarian vs. Kazuchida Okada & Gedo
-Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Roderick Strong * Kyle O’Reily vs. Tetsuya Naito
-KUSHIDA vs. Michael Elgin
-Adam Page vs. Watanabe
May 15th: Global Wars Night One in Toronto, Ontario (live on iPPV)
-ROH All Stars (The Briscoes, War Machine & Roderick Strong) vs. The Bullet Club (Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, The Young Bucks & AJ Styles)
-Michael Elgin vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
-ROH TV champion Jay Lethal vs. Tetsuya Naito
-ROH Tag Team champions The Addiction vs. ReDragon vs. The Decade vs. Roppongi Vice
-Matt Sydal & Jushin Liger vs. IWGP Tag Team champions The Kingdom
-Kazuchida Okada vs. Cedric Alexander
-Moose & Gedo vs. Watanabe & Silas Young
-ACH vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
-Chris Sabin vs. KUSHIDA
May 16th Global Wars Night Two in Toronto, Ontario (TV Taping)
-AJ Styles & Young Bucks vs. Kazuchida Okada & Roppongi Vice
-Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Roderick Strong
-IWGP Tag Team champions The Kingdom vs. Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson
-ACH & Matt Sydal vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito
-Jushin Liger vs. Dalton Castle
-Michael Elgin vs. Gedo
-Will Ferrara vs. KUSHIDA
If you are in the area of these shows either in Philly or Toronto and if tickets are still available I suggested grabbing the tickets and being their live, because these shows are going to be fantastic. This is the first time that I know of people like Tanahashi and Okada actually made the trip over from Japan. This is why anyway you can see this show I suggest doing, because these shows are going to special and you don't want to miss them.
In many respects some fans of modern wrestling like TNA, ROH, & WWE have felt that the importance of tag team wrestling has tailed off over the years, because of management lacking faith in the division or for some reason. However, I believe that every company at one time or another had a weak Tag Team division at times and at other times the division was incredibly deep. Now there was a time when ROH had by far the best Tag team division in the world of wrestling, but then everything changed and their division became one of the weakest and now the division has comeback again and is once again strong.