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WWE looking to purchase ROH

Post by lanza218 » March 22nd, 2017, 9:16 pm

Well, this is something we should have seen coming a long time ago, but it’s shocking news nonetheless. After all, WWE has turned themselves into who they are by getting rid of any competition they had in their way.

WWE bought up every big star during the territory days and later bought out as many regional promotions as possible. They have acquired every tape library they have been able to get their hands on, and have made the WWE Network consist of just about every televised professional wrestling match ever.

Now it looks like WWE is moving even closer to a deal which would buy Ring Of Honor from Sinclair Broadcasting. Pro Wrestling Sheet reports these negotiations between WWE and ROH have been ongoing since at least January and have been “slowly progressing, with the plan being a full takeover if the deal is made official.”

If the company were to acquire ROH it would absorb arguably NXT’s biggest competition in regards to being the top spot for big independent names to go and apply their craft. But, don’t fret if you are thinking ROH will be gone forever because the plan would include airing ROH’s weekly show on the WWE Network. Therefore, the plan is most likely to keep the company together to a certain extent.

The report notes this is an ongoing situation and there is no actual deal on the table just yet. A lot of things can go wrong when you’re talking about a large acquisition like this, but apparently, ground is being made on the deal.

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Post by class316 » March 23rd, 2017, 3:23 am

I can't see them keeping ROH if this goes through. Most likely some ROH folks go to NXT but that's about it. ROH would be archived within the WWE network with some theme songs altered.
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Post by mrira » March 23rd, 2017, 8:50 am

Yeah, I'd say everyone under an exclusive ROH deal goes to NXT & then they air the old footage on the Network.

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Post by WOODMO » March 23rd, 2017, 9:49 am

It seems like both NXT and ROH weekly shows would air on the Network. I guess it would be like RAW/Smackdown but for "developmental" where they split all of their talent between the two. It isn't a terrible idea since NXT lacks a midcard title and it would be nice to have two champions.

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Post by AJLe » March 23rd, 2017, 10:21 am

I'd wait until if/when a deal is actually announced before putting any thought into this - remember not too long ago when everybody was talking about WWE buying TNA as if it was a done deal?

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Post by class316 » March 23rd, 2017, 12:55 pm

AJLe wrote:
March 23rd, 2017, 10:21 am
I'd wait until if/when a deal is actually announced before putting any thought into this - remember not too long ago when everybody was talking about WWE buying TNA as if it was a done deal?
True. But we're saying IF it happens.

I doubt WWE would do both NXT and ROH. Would be easier just to extend NXT to 2 hours. But we'll see.

Also if they have documentaries about ROH on the network I wonder if they'll outright lie about who founded it.
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Post by Greg2600 » March 23rd, 2017, 3:25 pm

Yet another reason pro wrestling will become further buried into the niche it's in. Lack of competition. Almost un-American.
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Post by mrira » March 23rd, 2017, 5:44 pm

One of the rumors that we have been asked about over the last 24 hours is one claiming that WWE is negotiating to purchase Ring of Honor from The Sinclair Broadcast Group. The story actually began circulating about three weeks back and was a topic of conversation among wrestlers at the 15th Anniversary PPV in Las Vegas. At the time, numerous sources within each company denied there were any sale talks, much less a deal in place. Last night, when the rumors began floating around online, we were again told there was nothing to a sale story.

It should be noted, however, that according to a WWE source, there have been off and on conversations between the companies in recent months but those talks were surrounding the possibility of the WWE Network carrying the Ring of Honor TV show, similar to deals in place that will eventually see PROGRESS Wrestling and Insane Championship Wrestling broadcast as "independent wrestling" content on the WWE Network.

While no deal has been signed, the idea would be that WWE license that material from ROH, something ROH COO Joe Koff has said in the past he would be open to, if it was the right deal for Ring of Honor. In the past, WWE licensed material from Sinclair for a number of projects, including the CM Punk documentary. We are told there has also been interest in licensing material for future DVDs, which makes sense considering there are Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins DVDs set for release in the coming months.

If a deal goes through, ROH TV would air on the WWE Network just as it airs currently on COMET TV, The Fite App and on Sinclair affiliate stations, but again, no deal has been completed as of this writing.

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Post by class316 » March 24th, 2017, 3:01 am

The thing is indy shows in general run things without WWE influence. Let's say they wanted to do a Chris Benoit memorial match there is no "WWE law" stopping them. I can't see WWE allowing "lawless" entities to broadcast as is on their own network.
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Re: WWE looking to purchase ROH

Post by Greg2600 » March 24th, 2017, 10:01 am

class316 wrote:
March 24th, 2017, 3:01 am
The thing is indy shows in general run things without WWE influence. Let's say they wanted to do a Chris Benoit memorial match there is no "WWE law" stopping them. I can't see WWE allowing "lawless" entities to broadcast as is on their own network.
All this time, why hasn't your buddy Image done a Benoit memorial show???
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Post by AJLe » March 24th, 2017, 12:09 pm

With all of the various implications this would involve (if true), it's funny that the first two concerns somebody would have with the potential buyout would be:

1) Will WWE mention a kid-toucher in future ROH documentaries
2) Will WWE allow tributes to a double-murderer

You'd think most people (all, honestly) would have a million other thoughts come up before Chris Hansen's favorite promoter and Benoit were ever on their radar screen.

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Re: WWE looking to purchase ROH

Post by class316 » March 24th, 2017, 12:59 pm

Greg2600 wrote:
March 24th, 2017, 10:01 am
All this time, why hasn't your buddy Image done a Benoit memorial show???
First off unofficial smilies are only allowed if announcing promoter announcements

Second off who said he and I are buddies? You are confusing me with Tommy Dreamer

Third off maybe he has at some point, I don't know

Fourth off I believe he did release a memorial DVD
AJLe wrote:
March 24th, 2017, 12:09 pm
With all of the various implications this would involve (if true), it's funny that the first two concerns somebody would have with the potential buyout would be:

1) Will WWE mention a kid-toucher in future ROH documentaries
2) Will WWE allow tributes to a double-murderer

You'd think most people (all, honestly) would have a million other thoughts come up before Chris Hansen's favorite promoter and Benoit were ever on their radar screen.
Never said they would or wouldn't mention. Just wondered if they'd outright lie. Since this is ROH it's relevant.

And he was never caught by Chris Hansen.

Benoit I gave as an example to illustrate a larger point. Going any further than that is over analyzing (although WWE honored Snuka after his death so they are hypocrites, technically Snuka was charged at some point Benoit never was).


In any case seems this story is false: http://sports.cbslocal.com/2017/03/24/n ... -of-honor/
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