I read an article off of Wrestlezone where one their writers (I’m not particularly fond of the guy which is why his name will get no plug on here) and in his article, he talked about how ROH is doomed for failure. The basis of his claim was that the attendance for an ROH show in Pittsburgh recently only had about 500 in attendance. Just because that was the attendance for one, doesn’t mean that’s the attendance for all. People have said that ROH is in danger of going under for years and many said that about TNA also. I have on several occasions said that TNA was doomed to fail, mostly because of acquiring Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo, but it’s still standing even as I’m writing this.
I’m not saying that ROH is perfect. It’s not without its faults and one of the biggest problems that it’s had over the years is the internet PPVs. Technical problems have plagued those shows for the last few years. Border Wars was the first iPPV that ROH had and they had it streamed from their website. That was also the first PPV that ROH had streamed that was outside of Go Fight Live which was never able to get past the streaming issues. Best in The World took place last weekend and a lot of people were able to watch for free as a token of appreciation to the fans and an act of redemption for the technical problems at Border Wars.
The location for streaming their internet PPVs as well as the quality for the streaming was not the only fault for ROH. Sinclair Broadcasting in my opinion is not fanning out like I hoped it would and probably not like ROH was hoping it would. The biggest problem is that Sinclair Broadcasting doesn’t have the strongest base on the West Coast. In other words, even if fans of ROH on the West Coast want to see it, we have to do it through ROH’s site with or without a subscription. The problem with that is that while it’s still accessible, many would rather watch it on TV and for those on the West Coast, that’s just not possible. However, going back to my problem with the article that I read, it was claimed that Jim Cornette has been “Brooding” as of late and that Davey Richards has been looking at other work such as a firefighter. My message to this writer is this: Who the hell do you think you are? Professor X? Did you wiretap the phones of Jim Cornette and Davey Richards? What’s your encore? A timeline on John Cena’s marriage?
I will agree that wrestler past and present that I’ll consider amongst the elite in ROH are guys like CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe, Davey Richards, Kevin Steen and of course Nigel McGuinness. There are probably others that I’m leaving out but I’m hoping the point was made with the names that were mentioned. I get that the article is an opinion piece, but most columnists try to input more facts into their work rather than conspiracy theories. The bottom line is that this guy knows about as much about the status of Ring of Honor as I do about what ended John Cena’s marriage. In other words, a whole lot of nothing but it’s what you can expect from washed up announcers. I don’t know what the status is for ROH one way or the other, but last time I checked, one bad show doesn’t equal a death sentence.