The recent Ring of Honor talent raid and releases from their roster has resulted in their momentum going in reverse. WWE and TNA have benefitted.
The likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and most recently Seth Rollins, have made the WWE brass look at Ring of Honor as a treasure chest of talent.
The WWE and NXT rosters respectively have started reaping the rewards of acquiring former ROH main eventers (Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Kevin Owens)
ROH journeymen turned TNA main eventers (Samoa Joe and Austin Aries.
The same can also be said now of the rebuilding of TNA (Moose, Mike Bennett, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards)
So much talent in the last few years left Ring of Honor in a rough spot, but there was a window last year where Ring of Honor was ready to claim bragging rights as the number 2 wrestling organization in North America.
What I don’t understand is how Ring of Honor has chosen to expand its relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling instead of build from within. How was it not a sound financial decision by building the promotion around some of the talent they had developed within their own roster?
I think Ring of Honor has chosen to bank on short term financial solutions by bringing in part time New Japan talent to lure the most diehard fans to their live shows. I also think this move has also hurts the television show because there are now so many new unfamiliar faces being featured on their weekly program.
As a result, Ring of Honor has helped WWE and TNA respectively. WWE pillaged the New Japan roster of AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Carl Anderson and Luke Gallows and left Ring of honor without those names resulting in bringing in some talent from the promotion that don’t hold the same name value. The Cruiserweight Classic and NXT are reaping huge diehard praise by acquiring Tomasso Ciampa, Cedric Alexander… and even Stokely Hathaway.
New Japan I feel like is giving Ring of Honor a raw deal. They might still get NJPW fan favorites like Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito and Kenny Omega but they now have to bring some not-so-familiar names like Kamaitachi, Katsuyori Shibata, and not-easily-recognized Bullet Club members (Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa).
I really thought Ring of Honor was ready to takeover the spot held by a TNA promotion that was literally on life support in 2014 and 2015. Billy Corgan creative influence, along with the shuffling of top event talent and some strategic free agent acquisitions have Impact Wrestling rebuilding in a postitive direction.
Ring of Honor had a banner year in 2015 and gave us some of the best wrestling pay per view events. Their 13th Anniversary show and Best in the World 2015 delivered some excellent matches storylines. Ring of Honor I feel has lost its way. They can start turning things around by doing one thing. PLEASE! Put Steve Corino back on commentary!-KOP