As everyone is aware at this point for almost two years Ring of Honor has had a working relationship with the largest Japanese wrestling company in the world, New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The two companies have exchanged talent both sides over this time and it has opened the American market to more of the huge Japanese stars, and has allowed ROH talent to become borderline international superstars as well. This has been one of the more profitable and better partnership for both parties that I can remember ever taking place. However, like every partnership this one has had it's ups and downs.
A few weeks ago it was announced that Japanese Wrestling Legend and NJPW Star Jushin "Thunder" Liger would be appearing on August 22nd at the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn event live from the Barclays Center. Which left ROH puzzled because of their working agreement with NJPW and the fact that they have a show the same night as the NXT event. This lead to some poor tension between ROH and NJPW, but everything seems to have worked out for the best.
As of this writing the working agreement between NJPW and ROH is said to be continuing into 2016 with the likely possibility of the yearly co-promotion show that normally takes place in the early part of the summer. It is good to see that everything worked out and a great partnership like this one can with stand a small bump in the road and stay on track.
The big news a few months ago was that various top ROH talent would be on their way out of the company and likely moving onto the WWE for NXT. However, as you have probably noticed by now all of those talents chose to stay with ROH one of those wrestlers that were on the WWE's radar was top ROH up and comer Moose. Moose is by far one of the best big men in the ring today and even though he has only been in the ring for a short time his skills are way ahead of where they likely should be. I will admit that at first when I saw Moose I didn't really get what all the hype was about and not only that I really wasn't a fan. But since I actually started watching ROH on Destination America I have become a big fan of Moose and believe he has great potential and a bright future in ROH.
Now onto the topic mentioned above, Why did Moose chose to re-sign with ROH if well WWE was willing to offer him a contract. The answer is simple and was simple for Moose, because the reason he chose ROH is loyalty. Moose recently spoke about this in an interview and said "ROH gave me my very first chance. They helped create the brand "Moose." So I meant it was an easy decision, they told me that they were going to sticky by me with whatever decision I made & I just felt like I'm a real loyal guy so they helped get me to where I'm at now so I'm going to return the favor." Yes someone chose to remain in the company they are in as opposed to jumping to the WWE because of loyalty.
In todays age where the only thing that matters is the bottom line and if your making money or how much money your making. it is honestly referencing to see someone chose loyalty over well a bigger brand where he could possibly make a lot money. After seeing this I became even more of a fan of Moose and gained a lot more respect for him, because I am a big believer in loyalty is extremely important.
As of this writing it is being stated that Ring of Honor maybe looking into running a test show with just women competing on the show. Now some of you may know numerous companies in the US and Japan have ran shows for years featuring just women as that what their company is, but this would be a big step for a some what major US company to possibly take this gamble. However, it would be something at little different then having one specific show designed for women as it would be sort of like having a show for women then having a show for men. Though that might sound bad I am just typing as I interpret what I am reading. Also it seems as though ROH may included on the TV show instead or do both who really knows at this point. Things are just becoming all the more intriguing and is something that I will be keeping my eyes on for more information.
The last two women's matches ROH have done this year both went very well and may have opened doors for those women with ROH in the future. However, please remember as it says in the title this is just a rumor at this point and nothing is officially going to happen. But to think of the opportunities that some women who are the indies will finally get because of ROH and their wide reach on the National TV scale. To say that a Divas Revolution is happening in the WWE is one thing, but I am starting to think the wrestling business is going through a women's wrestling revolution in general and this will women's wrestling reach heights never though possible.
At this current time there are talks that ROH is looking into bringing some women in from Japan for the all women event that might be happening in the future. Keep your eyes open for the news as the only thing we can do is wait and see what the future holds in this case.
The word around the street is that a rumor is going around that Ring of Honor could be making a Women's division within the company in the not to distant future. This I believe would be a good step in the right direction for the company, because it seems as though women's wrestling has reached a peak in popularity and it would a great time to jump on the bandwagon. With talent like Maria, ODB, and Veda Scott to start gives them a good potential for what could be a good division if given the opportunity to develop itself.
Also a thought just popped into my head as seeing the women in the ring would give ROH something different to offer that they have never truly offered since the start of the company. I also believe that if ROH formed a Women's division it provide them with the ability to also offer a different type of match other then the hard hitting, spot fest the matches often are in ROH. With the talent that is currently unsigned and on the independent circuit at their disposal it gives ROH a ton of untapped potential to make a women's division, however they chose to do it. But for right now we just have to wait and see what will happen.
Late last wee it was announced that Destination America was removing the 8pm showing of Ring of Honor Wrestling on their TV station, but keeping the 11pm showing. This may have lead some fans to think that Destination America was souring on ROH or wrestling. Well I am hear to quell the rumors and stop anyone from jumping to conclusions. ROH and Destination America's relationship isn't over as this move only seems to be temporary.
Destination America has told ROH officials that nothing has changed with the relationship between the TV company and ROH. However, it is just really an experiment Destination America wants to do for a few weeks by not having wrestling in that time slot. I believe it could just have something to do with the fact that ROH & DA's deal isn't for new content and so Destination America isn't making a lot of money for a Prime time show which is where most TV companies make their money. This isn't my way of saying that after a few weeks ROH will be back in the 8pm time slot nothing has been said about that, all I am saying is that it seems as though Destination America just wanted the opportunity to make more from a prime time show then they were making with ROH.
Also bear this is in mind the ratings for the replay may have even been a little bit better overall then the first airing, because of the lead in from Impact. So in reality Destination America at this point is using TNA as a way to grow the ROH audience on their channel. It will be interesting to see how things are in a few weeks from now. We just have to wait to find out.