Sunday 10 July 2011
Does ROH Have What It Takes?
I like all ROH fans am loving the fact ROH has a big time owner now so it can secure the companies future and as the new owner is the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the product will now get to be seen in more markets in the US and for the rest of the world, the new TV show that starts in September will be available to watch on the ROH website to watch which pleases us here in the UK although a TV deal of some sort would be better. Anyway, the subject of the article is does ROH have what it takes? I ask this because, ROH over the years has lost some top, top workers such as AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels who left then came back from TNA only to then worlk for both companies but now it seems has committed himself to TNA again, Nigel McGuinness, Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, Tyler Black and Homicide, now he actually returned to the company after his TNA stint but once again has left ROH to join the new Urban Wrestling Federation which has left a lot of people scratching their heads as ROH have this new TV deal coming up. At the recent iPPV Best in The World 2011, Homicide faced former ECW, WWE & TNA wrestler Rhyno in his debut and it was known before the show, Homicide was leaving but he still got the win which I did not see coming but yet, ROH had the last say in that matter as Rhyno 'gored' Homicide through a table in the corner of the ring after the match.
What has me and maybe others worrying to an extent is ROH have these new owners, they have this TV deal starting in September but do they have the quality roster to really challenge IMPACT Wrestling as the number 2 promotion in the US? We know they won't get near the WWE as much as I'd like them too so IW is the next one to aim for but my fear is the roster. I have listed some workers they have lost over the years and now the rumor mill is saying the Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castignoli) are being sized up by WWE for a move to their company. ROH has a team that is called the World's Greatest Tag Team and this is of course Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas who I hear have actually signed a contract now with ROH, but for me, the KOW are the best tag team for me in pro wrestling. I got to see them live myself at the Pro Wrestling NOAH show in May and just as I have been with watching them on DVD was amazed with the two guys as a team. If the KOW are prized away from ROH then I really don't know where the company will be because the roster is full of young guys who try their hardest to put on great shows but that won't be enough. ROH have as world champion Davey Richards, who is not the biggest guy but ROH don't worry about that when you look at past ROH champions (James 'Jamie Noble' Gibson & Austin Aries come to mind) but Richards now has the moniker of the 'best in the world' which he basically inherited from Bryan Danielson when he left to go to the WWE to become Daniel Bryan and Richards who has a stigma from some quarters as not being the best seller of moves in matches really is, for me an awesome worker and deserves his best in the world label.
I hope, I really hope for selfish reasons the KOW stay with ROH and they can attract some other top wrestling talent from elsewhere because, ROH is my favorite promotion and I want them as I always have, to succeed and prosper to bigger and better things.
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