It was announced recently that Ring of Honor will be leaving Destination America in the near future and moving to a Sinclair Broadcasting owned TV station. The new TV station is known as COMET which launched on October 31 of this year. That's right the station is only about 3 weeks old and it needs some programing. Much like TNA's new TV partner has more reach then Destination America does, COMET also has more reach then Destination America does.
So as long as you have access to other Sinclair stations you should also have access to the new home for ROH in the very near future. In more then one way National TV is the really the only way for a company to gain traction and attention so even though ROH loses one National TV deal they gain another.
I started thinking why should I limit myself to only specific videos for this series so I chose to expand the limits. The current state of the pro-wrestling scene is extremely rough with the amount of people that are on the shelf right now for the WWE is a lot higher then it has been in years. At this point many may forget how Daniel Bryan looks in the ring and all things considered Tyler (Seth Rollins) wont be in the ring for a while so let's take a trip down memory lane.
Recently top ROH star "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin's contract with the company had expired, but as of this writing Mike has signed back with ROH, but with some conditions. One of the only conditions is that Michael isn't exclusive to ROH and he can work wherever he pleases. This allows Michael to take full advantage of the extra exposure he has gotten through his big push in Japan and the added exposure ROH has been getting on Destination America.
It's worth noting that before Mike actually resigned with ROH there was rumblings going around that the WWE was interested in the former World Champion. But as right now at least nothing has come of the rumors that circulated about a week or so ago. Now I think that Mike is more looking forward to a possible PWG return now that he is a free man and can work wherever he so choses.
I have always loved the concept of Survival of the Fittest as it given new faces an opportunity to make a name for themselves in the World Title Picture. I think also love the concept for the reason that I was always big fan of the King of the Ring tournament and this puts forth a similar idea in the way of making new stars. Also in many ways the memory of being their live when Eddie Edwards "cashed in" his Survival of the Fittest win against Roderick Strong and won was incredible. Who will create that type of moment this time around:
Even for independent companies the idea of a free agent market is still existent, but just maybe not as present in all regards. The term top tag team on the Indies doesn't any team better then when your talking about the freelancing tag team of Matt and Nick Jackson collectively known as the Young Bucks. The talented brother tandem has officially signed an exclusive contract with Ring of Honor.
Though this contract still permits the Bucks to work in both PWG and NJPW this is a step toward in my opinion being a more competitive company for ROH and continuing to differentiate themselves from the other bigger American companies. Even with all the critics these brothers are still of the most talented members of any roster they are a part of and the critics just give them more exposure and allow more people to know the name Young Bucks.
Back in February of 2002 the wrestling world was still searching for it's new identity following the closure of both ECW and WCW the year prior. The year of the new companies became 2002 as it starts with the new company called Ring of Honor would open in February. It wouldn't be too long after the founding of the company that talent like AJ Styles, Chris Daniels, Bryan Danielson, and others.
It was in late 2002 when Samoa Joe would make his debut in Ring of Honor and would become the companies World Champion less then a year later. Joe would also later on headline one of the biggest events in ROH history which was lead by KENTA and Samoa Joe. He would become the longest reigning World Champion in the history of the company holding the World title for over a year before losing the title CM Punk but not before being a part of a trilogy of landmark shows for the company main evented by him and Punk. Where the second match of the three match trilogy would be pegged as a 5 star match from Dave Meltzer. Following his departure from Ring of Honor he would join another company that founded in June of 2002 that being TNA Wrestling in the summer of 2005. Fast Forward to the spring of 2015 after a decade in TNA not only would Joe return home to ROH for a short run, but he would make his long awaited WWE debut down in NXT.