Tony Khan Comments On ROH Champions Appearing On AEW TV
Various ROH Championships have been featured on AEW television
Recently in AEW we’ve started to see the full integration of ROH into the company, with the likes of ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham defending the gold at AEW Battle of the Belts II, whilst Samoa Joe defeated Minoru Suzuki for the ROH TV Title on Dynamite.
There’s still no clear word on how the new-look ROH will operate or when, but as Tony Khan told Robbie Fox on My Mom’s Basement, keeping the ROH belts on TV is a way to keep them relevant in the meantime:
“I think it’s the best way to keep the champions, and the championship belts in the spotlight and the forefront of wrestling is to have the Ring Of Honor champions involved with AEW right now,” Khan said. “As we’ve had champions from companies from all over the world defending their titles, including New Japan Pro Wrestling and AAA recently.
“You’ve seen many championships defended in AEW, and I think we will continue to see Ring Of Honor champions in AEW. But also, I am really excited to get Ring Of Honor weekly television distribution, and working on those details. I’ve had a lot of really exciting conversations with the people at WarnerMedia about the future of Ring Of Honor, which I think everybody is really excited about.”
The first ROH show produced by Khan was April’s Supercard of Honor, and Khan has spoken of how they’ve already awoken some dormant ROH fans:
“It wasn’t the core intention in the Ring Of Honor purchase,” Khan said on giving talent more TV time. “I think the Ring Of Honor purchase made a lot of sense because it’s a great company. And not only does it have a great video library, and great trademarks. But, there are a lot of Ring Of Honor fans. Frankly, when you talk about dormant fans, I think there were a ton of dormant Ring Of Honor fans.
“When was the last time you bought a Ring Of Honor PPV, or went to one? I think there were a lot of people who were that way, and clearly, the numbers showed. Because it had been years since Ring Of Honor had done these kinds of numbers. So I think we have rejuvenated a lot of interest in the business. And I do expect that we can continue to do that.
“In business, they say it is good to buy low and sell high. I think the value of Ring Of Honor was not at an all-time high, to say the least. Now, I believe we have injected a lot of life, and energy into the business in a short time.”
As for the futre of Ring of Honor’s vaunted content library, Khan said he will find a way to get the product to the fans:
“I can’t promise a timeline, but I am definitely going to make sure that fans are able to access the classic Ring Of Honor library. There’s a lot of stuff that’s been available on the Honor Club. But I think that we can incentivise fans to check out a lot more historical Ring Of Honor content. Because a lot of these great wrestlers are stars in AEW now. Some of the biggest names in AEW were also some of the biggest names in Ring Of Honor,” continued Khan.
H/T: Wrestling inc.