Had this internet pipe dream in 2007. This small company with after independence hit called Ring of Honor eventually became popular enough to appear on television. It happens to be in the form of a recorded pay-per-view, called Respect is earned, a live event held in New York City in May is coming to your small screen in midsummer. That promotional brand wouldn’t work in professional wrestling today, but ROH did this for almost two years before getting a TV deal with HDNet, now known as AXS TV.
Famous Briscoe Brothers vs Kevin Steen and El Generico (now Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn) ladder match? From a recorded PPV. So did Seth Rollins’ breakout performance as Tyler Black from 2008. Respect is earned signals a new frontier for ROH in reaching a wider audience. It created the concept that the company needed a champion that was recognizable to every wrestling fan. It was always a pipe dream, as ROH was still running glorified bingo halls at the time, but the biggest freestyle figure in pro wrestling 15 years ago was Chris Jericho. That same “Demo God” just won the ROH World Championship this week.
Jericho, in a fit of rage, defeated Claudio Castagnoli for the championship and awarded former Cesaro his first loss since WWE. It was a bit of a shock to see Jericho win because he didn’t fit the mold Ring of Honor usually picks as champion. He’s only the third ROH champion since being under the same umbrella as All Elite Wrestling, but Company CEO Tony Khan buy only independent advertising known for its rich history and long success. From two Ring of Honor shows since Khan’s purchase, the wrestling style harks back to the days of message board enthusiasts.
Ring of Honor started as a proving ground for the best indie wrestlers hoping to be snatched up by bigger companies. When Bryan Danielson leaves for WWE in 2009, even two years when ROH entered the broadcast media business, he stated that there would be no reason to leave if he could be financially successful for life by stay. Before getting a chance to come into the limelight, Samoa Joe held the ROH title for 21 months. Others like Danielson, CM Punk, Austin Aries, Black, Steen and Adam Cole – BAYBAY – won the company’s top prize.
By my count, including Jericho, there are only four wrestlers holding the ROH title after their prime. Each position has greater significance for their reign, rather than just taking away glory from a rising man. ECW legend Jerry Lynn almost had to become champion, taking the title from Nigel McGuinness when the British collapsed due to injury. Lynn only held the title for two months. Christopher Daniels was next, and his three-month reign came to fruition with a 15-year promise to win the belt as one of ROH’s founding fathers. PCO got hold of the strap for less than three months right before the coronavirus pandemic broke out when the quest to compete with AEW and WWE became oversaturated and Ring of Honor needed to do something weird to stand out. .
Jericho đứng thứ tư với những ngày thể thao mạnh nhất sau anh ta. Một đặc điểm chung giữa bộ tứ đó là ở mỗi thời kỳ trị vì, họ vẫn có thể thi đấu tuyệt vời. Ca sĩ chính của Fozzy không tham gia man-of-1,004-hold form now but he is capable of entertaining at a high level. Jericho is also the first super veteran to earn this title. Lynn, Daniels, and PCO are the beloved underdogs who keep up with those sneaks. Jericho kicked Castagnoli in the balls just before winning the strap. His villain works for the long-term plans for ROH.
Ring of Honor will soon run programs more often. And Jericho is the most appropriate name to direct that launch. Who was Tony Khan who became the first AEW Champion? Jericho. It’s easy to see why he wants “Le Champion” to play that role again with the ROH belt. Jericho might have his eye on the product and not be able to respond until the company had time to build a legitimate competitor that could knock him down a few notches.
It makes sense in the world that the next ROH Champion is Eddie Kingston. Their feud never really ends, it closes in long-term storytelling with Castagnoli and Kingston have never been a TV commercial lead, only doing so with Battle Area Wrestling and being CHIKARA’s first Grand Champion. It may take 15 years, but that 2007 dream has come true, with just a little spice to Jericho. His reign will be fascinating to watch.