ROH Tapings Led To Frustration For Some Talent

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Following the first taping of the new era of Ring of Honor (ROH), a report has come out about how some talents were frustrated about not being used at the tapings.

The first Ring of Honor tapings took place last weekend in Orlando in this new era of the brand that started in 2002. It was just about one year ago when AEW’s Owner/President/General Manager Tony Khan announced he had purchased ROH. While Ring of Honor ran some pay-per-views in 2022, they didn’t start doing a weekly TV/streaming show until this week.

Those ROH tapings took place last Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th. Several current AEW stars were a part of the tapings while there are also some wrestlers that are signed only to Ring of Honor that were a part of it. Many other wrestlers were brought in for the tapings as well.

It was reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that several people were brought into the Ring of Honor tapings and not used. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that people are mad about it.

“There were several people flown in for the show and not used. A lot of the guys canceled their weekend bookings on indie shows and they did get paid more than they would have made on indie shows so that’s not an issue, but the frustration was of guys being brought in and not used.”

“One independent promoter told us that he lost four of his top guys and none of them got used on the ROH tapings. The promoter said he wasn’t mad or anything and was happy for the guys to get national exposure and quite frankly they would be worth a little more if they were used on ROH television. Dak Draper was one name we were told was backstage and not used.”

In the main event of the first ROH streaming show on Honor Club, Claudio Castagnoli defeated AR Fox to retain the ROH World Title. Post match, Eddie Kingston got into the ring with Claudio while noting that he was coming for the ROH World Title. The next ROH pay-per-view is called Supercard of Honor on Friday, March 31st in Los Angeles.