Jay Lethal Talks Not Replacing The Elite and ROH at Madison Square Garden


Jay Lethal is arguably the staple player in Ring of Honor in 2019. Following the exit of The Elite, there’s the consistent talk of ROH rebuilding.

Jay recently spoke to Sporting News. In the interview, the franchise of Ring of Honor spoke about wanting to break Samoa Joe’s overall record as Ring of Honor World Champion, the state of the promotion today, and more. Below are some quotes:

Jay Lethal on ROH at MSG:

“I’m trying to focus on keeping the belt until Madison Square Garden because, right now, that’s all everybody can see. We’ve got tunnel vision. Everything is leading to the Garden.”
“To me, it’s all about walking in as the champion. If I don’t leave as the champion, that wouldn’t be too heartbreaking for me, but going in as the champion, they could never take anything away from me after that. If I can hold onto this belt — we do have one more pay-per-view in March, I have to get through that first. If I can walk into Madison Square Garden as the champion, that’s what I would really like. Winning the big one in Madison Square Garden, that would be cool, but to me, being the first Ring of Honor champion walking into Madison Square Garden and defending the belt, that’s the coolest part to me.”

Jay Lethal on the key to ROH’s success:

“I feel that Ring of Honor has always been in the rebuilding phase. Ring of Honor, in all the time I’ve known it, it’s never been fully settled. It’s always in this rebuilding phase because other rosters out there constantly pluck from the Ring of Honor roster to make their roster better. Look at all of the companies out there and their champions. Most of them came through and from Ring of Honor.
“I think the winning formula is you don’t try and replace those guys. How do you replace The Young Bucks? How do you replace a Cody Rhodes or an AJ Styles? That hole in your tapestry is going to be there, but you have to have sense enough to know that hole leaves some character. That hole has done some great work and you don’t try to cover that up. It just adds character.”

To read the full interview, where Lethal discusses young talent in the ROH Dojo and some potential opponents for himself at Madison Square Garden, click here.

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