According to our various sources inside Ring of Honor, there appears to be growing concern amongst many in Ring of Honor that since the Sinclair Broadcasting Group take over back in May 2011 that Jim Cornette & SBG may be “burying” or “changing” the product.
Rumblings of these feelings started to get louder after Ring of Honor ran their debut show in Cincinnati, Ohio this past Friday night and the card was a shell of the “normal” ROH roster. The card was filled with Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) talents, a promotion that Jim Cornette has been affiliated during his time in the WWE and most recently prior to TNA signing them as a developmental territory. The event was headlined by Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly vs. The Briscoe Brothers and featured a “rise & prove tournament” with various OVW wrestlers.
This report is coming out after growing sentiment from the Ring of Honor fan base lashed out in various outlets regarding the Tag Team match that will be headlining Ring of Honor’s 10th Anniversary Show in NYC. The match with be Eddie Edwards & Adam Cole vs. Davey Richards & Kyle O’Reilly. The event will be available on iPPV for $9.99 on Saturday March 4th.
Many fans are starting to believe that the promotion has gotten away from wrestling and traveled more into a “MMA feel” according to sources since this will be the 3rd time in 4 NYC events where Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards will be wrestling. Their match at Final Battle 2011 was met with negative comments from both those in attendance and those who watched on iPPV. A stark difference from the praise they received six month earlier for the tremendous match they had at “Best in the World 2011.”
The change has been met with some resentment from various current and past ROH wrestlers as Colt Cabana recently re-tweeted a comment from a fan about not being booked for the 10th Anniversary show “yet a friend of Jim Cornette’s may get a payday.” This of course is alluding to Dan “The Beast” Severn’s appearance at Final Battle 2011.
Various sources tell us that there is a growing concern and that it’s only a matter of time before Ring of Honor’s roster looks more like Ohio Valley Wrestling’s roster where Jim Cornette will be responsible for bring in “his boys.” Cornette was responsible for ROH signing Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin back in December 2010, a move that while popular at first, has turned negative in recent months from fans and some wrestlers alike. The feeling is if ROH can afford Haas & Benjamin then why doesn’t ROH go out and book wrestlers such as Colt Cabana & Homicide.
No telling where this story will go in the coming months but it appears that for the first time publicly there may be hostility in the locker room due to the SBG ownership and more importantly Jim Cornette.