Jay Lethal was a recent guest on Busted Open Radio. During the chat, he spoke about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted ROH and why it might’ve been a good thing for the promotion.
Here is what he had to say (H/T to Wrestling Inc):
“The craziest time for me was once shows started getting canceled, and we got canceled and shut down our pay-per-views,” Lethal said. “Then, for a brief moment, maybe a whole hour, I was in panic mode thinking this virus can really be for an unseeable time and maybe end professional wrestling. This could’ve shut down all wrestling everywhere. I mean, the fact that it didn’t and we’re still able to safely do this, as safe as we possibly can anyway, it really warms my heart. But for a second, I was in panic mode because this could’ve ended wrestling. Man, what a scary thought.”
“Essentially, we got to hit the reset button if you like to think about it that way as well,” Lethal said. “We kind of wiped the slate clean and started fresh with these new matches. We started with the Pure Title, introducing those new belts, but with the reset button, with no introduction, this is all happening for the first time. I’m not really focused on the fact that this title was a thing before, but yeah, I really think this pandemic – as sucky as it is to say, it might have been a really good thing for us.”