During a recent interview with TV Insider, ROH COO discussed the growth of Ring of Honor, ROH working with TNA Wrestling and more. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On working with TNA Wrestling: I had no issues with the old management at TNA, but there is no question with the new management that they seem to be more open to working cooperatively in this space. That is always good. It’s good for the business.
On what he’s most proud of when it comes to Ring of Honor’s growth: I think what I’m most pleased about is the growth of our product over our tenure of ownership. There is continuous growth and upgrading and creating a cultural environment where wrestlers are choosing us over other promotions. Where people are feeling the warmth and nurturing and collaborative state that we are offering within our company. I’m also proud that we have become part of the wrestling narrative in 2017. It started in 2014 and 2015 a little bit more. It’s hard not to include Ring of Honor into the wrestling conversation. That is a great compliment, [and is] the result of the incredible work everyone at Ring of Honor has done over the years.
On the growth and changes of the wrestling business as a whole: I think that we are responsible to a great extent for the growth of WWE with NXT, the cruiserweight division. There is no question that I believe that our growth has spurred their creativity and their company to create brands that are similar and compete with ours. I’m not saying they think about us all day long in their boardroom, but it’s apparent. It’s apparent by the style of wrestling that NXT does and the kinds of performers they are putting in the cruiserweight division and on their other shows. I just think it’s complementary. We have always been focused on what we do. I’ve never looked beyond Ring of Honor. Ring of Honor is what we specialize in and has a specific core. And it is our job to preserve that core. At the same time, it’s our job to stimulate the progress of the company. I think we’ve done that. I think the fact wrestling is in a high-point right now in a sense. Wrestling is in a good spot right now, and I think that is because there are a lot of great people wrestling. They are young guys, agile guys and have a tremendous amount of skill and belief in their craft. That is coming forward, which is why I’m thrilled with what the space is doing right now as far as presenting a superb product to the fans.
On growing their distribution: One of my goals has been, and continues to be, bringing our product beyond our own distribution network. One of the things I enjoyed about Destination America’s deal was it was one-time and same time all across the country that someone could watch Ring of Honor. In-pattern viewing is important.