Requiem for Ring of Honor Wrestling

rites ofpatchesContributor INovember 4, 2012

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I began my Ring of Honor odyssey at the end of 2011. I quickly watched all the episodes aired under Sinclair Broadcasting I had missed and religiously caught every episode thereafter.

In February, I began writing weekly reviews of their television episodes and pay-per-views. I talked Ring of Honor to every wrestling fan I knew.

I can’t do it anymore.

In order to be effective, a wrestling company needs to exhibit quality and consistency.

Ring of Honor’s in-ring product is consistently excellent, and their storylines are always meaningful and occasionally powerful.

Name the last WWE storyline that felt like art.

Even if everything is perfect inside the ring, the viewers at home still need to see it. A company’s television shows and pay-per-views must be consistently aired and well-produced.

This is where Ring of Honor lost me.

In March, ROH’s Showdown in the Sun internet pay-per-view was marred by numerous technical difficulties and glitches. Ring of Honor responded by ending their relationship with iPPV provider GoFightLive.

The next month, ROH fans were disappointed further when Border Wars, perhaps their best show of the year, was unwatchable for nearly everyone due to more technical issues.

Finally, after two lackluster-but-viewable pay-per-views, ROH fans were unable to watch the highly anticipated Death Before Dishonor because of—say it with me—technical issues.

I can’t take it anymore.

With their superior wrestling and engaging storylines, Ring of Honor could be a successful competitor to WWE. However, I promise that it won’t happen until they stop alienating their most loyal fans by ensuring that they can’t watch their shows.

Chikara, anyone?