Report: Update On ROH's Future
A different ROH
Big changes are on the way to Ring Of Honor.
The promotion announced on Wednesday that they would be going on hiatus following Final Battle in December and work will take place internally in Q1 2022 to "reimagine" ROH.
It then emerged that ROH had released all talent from their contracts, which will take effect at the end of the year. Wrestlers are free to take independent bookings immediately if they wish.
FIghtful's Sean Ross Sapp also noted that Joe Koff fought for Ring Of Honor, "but ultimately Sinclair made the call. Talent was told there was some type of TV show that will be in place after Final Battle but weren't told what that would be."
In an update, Ring Of Honor is set to be a changed promotion when the company returns in 2022, according to Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer, and the company will be run as more of a traditional independent wrestling promotion going forward.
"The basic gist of everything is they are not going to be running with a contracted crew. So they'll essentially be an independent promotion and they will use whoever the top independent guys are they can book on the nights that they have shows and the nights they do television," Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio. "If they have people on TV doing programmes, they will not be able to protect them from going to WWE or AEW or IMPACT or anyone else that wants to sign guys to contracts. It's gonna be real tough for a champion."
Meltzer also noted that Ring Of Honor TV hasn't been cancelled and the company will air archival footage during Q1 2022 before the relaunch.