Originally Posted by Mootinie
They're on the road to nowhere at the moment and partially, as cappyboy said earlier, it's because they price their shows like they are the best promotion in the world and yet that's not been the case for somewhere close to a decade now.
And I wish this were a new problem. Or even a comparatively new program like the over-reliance on brand names from outside the promotion. But there's always kind of been this cliquey, elitist air over Ring of Honor. Back before Sinclair bought the company, I literally couldn't follow them. Just as folks were describing AEW as a t-shirt company the first half of this year, it felt back then like RoH was a DVD company. For a fan in a market where they didn't hold shows, you pretty much had to throw large sums of money into videos in order to follow the promotion closely. Granted that was pretty much every indy at the time but it meant more with RoH because they were the one everyone wanted to see.
It wasn't until Sinclair come along and started putting RoH on local syndie stations that it became easy to follow them. And for a while that was good. But then around the time of the SCUM angle and Jay Brisco getting stripped of the World Title over social media controversy, a new problem sprung up. Let an emergency tournament be needed. Or a creative substitution become necessary. Any event that might radically alter the landscape and you might as well not visit wrestling corners of the Internet at all if you were a TV only fan. Whole tournament fields and such could be announced and dissected ad nauseum online before any need was ever demonstrated by the TV show.
And then there's now. Where TV is essentially "let's show you clips of what your betters who have Honor Club got to see live a couple weeks ago." Where a show that used to be presented as a mini-card unto itself and feel current enough is mostly an infomercial for a service that may not be in every fan's budget. Even TV staples like the Top Prospect tournament are behind the velvet rope now. If that were merely an act of ego based on outdated laurels, that would be bad enough. But for a fan on a budget, that feels like them just being true to a darker corner of their history.
And by no means do I suggest this is RoH's only problem. The over-reliance on outside stars has been an ever-present issue over the last five years. Questionable booking moves and short shrifting of guys has been going on far too long. The issues are many. But those other problems just make this one all the worse. If there's ever a moment to be big timing your own audience and being the status symbol of your field, it's not when your house is a shambles as RoH's is right now. Should the worst happen, RoH wouldn't be the first company that mistake killed off. In any field. Nor would they likely be the last. But it would be all on them for being so narrowly focused.