So this weekend the little independent engine that could, Ring of Honor wrestling comes to broadcast television when it joins forces with new partner Sinclair Broadcasting Group. Finally a wrestling company that focuses on of all things *gasp* WRESTLING!!!!
This isn’t your grandparents wrestling but a more physical style seen mainly overseas in Japan. Ring of Honor blends a combination of high flying aerial moves as well as hard-hitting action the likes of which isn’t currently seen on free TV period. But the question remains…is ROH ready for broadcast television??? This is the question that we’ll tackle this week.
No doubt ROH has the in-ring talent to compete with the big two, WWE & TNA but do they possess the resources to present a product that can compete with the big two. As you know there is no competing with Vince McMahon’s wallet and WWE and TNA has deeper pockets as well so there is budget issues that Cary Silkin will have to handle.
I hope that ROH is able to convey the emotion of their rabid fans who have no doubt gotten them to this point but walk that fine line and not cut their legs out of under them by censoring what they have to say. Here’s to hoping that the fans who are lucky enough to be a part of history and attend the 1st TV taping understand how important this night is to the company and conduct themselves in a proper fashion. If you’ve ever been to a ROH show you know they’re not all about signs like the WWE and are very vocal.
I look forward to seeing company workhorses like Davey Richards and Roderick Strong finally showing the masses what they are capable of. I look forward to the wrestling masses becoming re-acquianted with Steve Corino and his brilliance on the mic that we haven’t seen since his ECW days. I also can’t wait to feel like a kid again when I see the Louisville slugger himself, company mouthpiece Jim Cornette in the ring.
Anyone familiar with the in-ring talent knows that these guys can work and let’s just hope and pray that no one let’s the opening night jitters of being on TV get to them and god forbid have an off night. As you know the viewing public can be unforgiving and you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression especially with so much other wrestling content on TV albeit not nearly as exciting but nonetheless these guys need to grab the brass ring and step their game up!!! I really hope that everyone treats this night much like the night of the first Ultimate Fighter finale and calls their friends who may not know about it and tells them to switch the channel and check out this style of wrestling.
Another question arises has a smaller company like ROH done enough promotion at their shows as well as their street team in making sure that the public knows about this new wrestling alternative to have people actually tune in this weekend. ROH has a night to themselves so they won’t be competing with football as it’s coming on later at night, which can be seen as a blessing and a curse, no their isn’t competion but it also isn’t prime time but you have to learn to crawl before you walk and no doubt the ROH office as well as the brass at Sinclair Broadcast Group will want to see what kind of numbers the inaugural episode puts up.
So do yourself a favor and check your local listings for Ring of Honor wrestling and give it a shot. Set your DVR and make sure that you don’t miss the first episode of the best pure wrestling on the planet since 2002 and now the best pure wrestling on broadcast television.