Skip to main content

It's Time to Get Real With ROH


When the announcement was made by Destination America that they were adding Ring of Honor to their lineup as a lead in to TNA Wrestling, the usual wrestling pundits and critics were fueled with material to fill the usual narrative - TNA doom, and more ROH underdog rhetoric. 

ROH will eventually take over Destination America! 

This marks the end for TNA Wrestling. 

Finally, ROH will get a chance to show it is better than TNA! 

I'm a fan of Ring of Honor wrestling. As a hardcore fan of pro wrestling, I enjoy their product. It's rather simple, and ROH stays true to who they are, and what their product attracts. It's a uniqe little niche that I know is not for everyone, and truthfully, probably not mainstream enough to ever grow beyond it's niche audience. 

However, with the recent announcement of Destination America moving ROH to the 11PM spot after TNA Wrestling (and with no replay), the statement from the channel is indeed clear - ROH just isn't cutting it.

That's not something you will read on news sites, hear on podcasts, or read in various columns. Because again, the formulaic narrative among wrestling fans is that ROH is the little engine that could that is being oppressed, or "hasn't had it's big break" as of yet.


I was thoroughly happy for ROH and truly felt this was a chance for them to really make a dent in the pro wrestling business. Not only would they now have penetration in markets they typically do not through their Sinclair syndication, but it gave them what they wanted - the chance to prove their worth against longtime unintentional rival, TNA. 

And for what it's worth, I still believe TNA and ROH need one another. But that might be just me. Whatever. 

Nonetheless, instead of showing urgency and bringing can't miss shows to Destination America, ROH rolled out some okay shows, some replays of passed events, and even a "best of" show the week following their big "Best in the World" pay-per-view event. 

Yes, the new fans who tuned in to Best in the World 2015, saw that event, and wanted a follow up, were treated to matches that took place in February. Just, awesome. 

The WWE would never do such a thing, but if they did, there would definitely be some backlash. If TNA did this, forget it, you can imagine the endless ridicule the company would take. And if Lucha Underground did this, well, they're still in their honeymoon period where they are the flavor of the month-savior company of pro wrestling. 

Honestly, ROH's effort in this opportunity disappointed me. While they are moving to 11PM and still on the air, someone needs to say the truth - the company has it's flaws and ROH isn't as flawless as some fans make it out to be. Let's just call it as is, they dropped the ball on this opportunity. They were removed from a prime time spot, and never once held ratings comparable to TNA, something the ROH faithful desperately wanted in their TNA run. 

Really, at some point, I'm not sure if Destination America is even in the pro wrestling business come September when they have an opportunity to opt out/be done with both ROH and TNA. Regardless, one has to call ROH out on this recent development. It's time pro wrestling fans stop giving ROH the benefit of the doubt as the "renegade, underground" promotion. It should be held to the same standards as TNA, a company with a parallel history to theirs. It should be held to the reputation we want to give it - "true #2 in North American pro wrestling". And if it is, it falls short. Very short. 

ROH never gave a solid effort. Never won over new fans. Never made a dent in the pro wrestling industry with it's shows. Never. 

So far, after being given it's big break on Destination America, ROH hasn't delivered, wowed, or impressed. And whether wrestling fans want to admit it or not, ROH has plenty of flaws that prevent it from ever growing beyond what it is, and has many, many, issues that make it much like TNA. That's the damning part ROH diehards (and most likely anti-TNA fans) do not want to hear. 

It's time to take off the kid gloves and the cut and paste opinions when we discuss ROH. It's time to get real with ROH. For our own honesty as fans, and for the overall interest of self-improvement for ROH in the long run.

As of this post, ROH on Destination America - bust. A big, huge, whopping, bust. 

Recently Read Posts

Goodbye Melo

I've wanted this for the Knicks, and today I got it.

Carmelo Anthony is no longer a New York Knick heading into the 17-18 NBA Season.

No, I don't dislike Melo. In fact, if you go through previous posts you'll know, I find Melo to be a very, very good player. However, I just thought it was time for the Knicks to move past this era, and truly - like, really - rebuild.

Most importantly, build around Kristaps Porzingis.

But, again, for me, I've always - ALWAYS - believed that Carmelo Anthony needed to be the #2 (or #3) guy on a team. Watching him night in and night out as a Knick, he just never seemed to be the type of guy who lifts those around him. Again, he's a tremendous player but the track record is there. I don't buy into the "he's never had much around him" argument.

Have you seen the Knicks roster in comparison to the rest of the Eastern Conference the last few years?

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/24/17

3 Up
1. Efforts for Maria - Maria has been horrific for many of the Caribbean islands. Barbuda continues to get pummeled, and of course (and most notably), we've seen the images of devastation in Puerto Rico. But much kudos to people like Tim Duncan, Jorge Posada, Yadier Molina, Jenifer Lopez, and so many more who are leading the aid for some of these areas. 
2. LeBron James - Yo, LeBron James went from being one of my favorite athletes to one of my favorite celebrities in responding the President Trump's outlandish speech. Love the "u bum" part too. But seriously, everything about it was great, especially so because he's a public figure. 
3. Athletes and Politics - It was interesting to see the two mix heavily this weekend after our President decided to take the country to these intersection of life. Regardless, kudos to so many athletes (NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLS, MLB, and more) who handled the situation correctly, and even furthered the movement. 
3 Down
1. Mexico Ci…

Dome Pondering - 2012 Year in Review

Mic check. One, two, three. Mic check. Okay, so we're on, and hey, we're still alive! Stupid Mayans. Welcome to the DP's signature post of the year, the Year in Review. Each year, as we did last (Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2011), we take a look back at the calendar year and prepare for the next one ahead. With a packed and eventful 2012, there is much to delve into and plenty to prepare for in 2013. 
Before we do, I'd like to simply thank all of the DP devotees out there for your continued support and interest in this little blog called Dome Pondering. While it seems I've come to say the same thing every time at this part of the year, it bears repeating that this site full of my thoughts and words has grown tremendously over the last three years because of you. It seems the older I become and the less time I have, the more I am able to punch the keys. I don't get it either, and I'm not even going to try to figure it out. Nonetheless, thank you once ag…

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/17/17

3 Up
1. JJ Wyatt - Not only has the man raised over $37M for Hurricane Harvey relief, but unlike many of the various charities we have become accustomed to, Wyatt is very transparent in how he will spend the money, and what he plans to do. Still in such awe of this. 
2. Tim Duncan - In the same spectrum as Wyatt is one of my favorite athletes, Tim Duncan. A native from the US Virgin Islands, Tim Duncan has been instrumental in Hurricane Irma relief by donating 20,000 pounds of food to the area. Such awesome stories in the midst of all these Natural disasters. The power of the human spirit is so great. 
3. Cleveland Indians - 22 Baseball games in a row. The Indians record winning-streak came to an end  this week, but it is damn impressive. Are they NOT the choice to make it back to the World Series from the American League? 
3 Down
1. London Attacks - SMH on these terrorists attacks. My heart goes out to those affected by more senselessness in the world. 
2. White House on Jemele Hill -…