When you mention the word wrestling, the first thought that jumps to mind is the WWE. Their rich lineage stretches back to the 1950’s when Vincent James McMahon ran the show, then known as WWWF. Throughout the years we bared witness to the awesome powers of Bruno Sammartino, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Chris Jericho and many others. The prestigious Intercontinental and World Heavyweight Championship has been worn by legends throughout the decades and has given inspiration and motivation to a new breed of superstars, hungry and desperate to one day call themselves Champion.
The art of professional wrestling nevertheless has been detrimentally damaged by the dubbed “PG Era”which has seen intense, high adrenaline action replaced with stale, chronological and repetitive “wrestling”, destroying the legacy and passion the fans love. Where talent-less plebs such as John Cena and The Miz are decorated, multi time champions, on paper out shinning the large majority of wrestlers to have ever stepped foot in Wrestling’s biggest promotion.
The Tennessee promotion Total Nonstop Action once provided an extraordinary alternative, breathing new life into the business, producing heart stopping matches and breathtaking moments, but TNA’s fall from grace has seen the wrestling circuit again become dominated and conquered by the WWE. But don’t fret. Dry those eyes and wipe those tears because there is light at the tunnel. That light comes in the form of the best professional wrestling on the planet. Ring of Honor.
The promotion consistently provides fans a variety of smash mouth, kick ass insane action supported by the strong commentary of Kevin Kelly and former ECW World Champion Steve Corino. The incredible talents of Adam Cole, “The Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, Jay Briscoe, Rodrick Strong and co ensure tired and weary fans who have been force-fed slow, abdominal and appalling wrestling over the years can be entertained and enjoy the product they so dearly enjoy.
The common wrestling fan knows very little, if not nothing regarding the superb talents that built their way up to the WWE from the independent scene. The likes of Tyler Black (Seth Rollins), Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro), Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) all built their reputations in ROH and are among the most talented wrestlers the world has to offer. Nonetheless their talents have been limited, their movesets watered down and their incredible abilities caged by a child catering entertainment company.
The organization has come a long way since making its debut in 2002. ROH televised their first live pay per view “Best in the World” in June and have attracted names major names such as Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and AJ Styles, all household TNA superstars. The company is growing at a noticeable pace and has the potential to change wrestling from a niche targeted audience to a world-wide extravaganza.
If a rich investor was to purchase ROH and transform it into a super power we would see a revolution unfold in front of our eyes, much like Paul Heyman’s ECW In 1993. Professional wrestling around the world would never be the same again.