Telling It Like It Is: Why You Should Be Watching Ring Of Honor

Geoffrey RowlandContributor IMay 29, 2009

Where wrestling is still wrestling

Alright, to start off, I am not one of those people who constantly bags on TNA and/or the WWE because they don't "have enough wrestling." I understand that all of it is a show, and if they want to focus on storylines over in-the-ring action, who am I to judge?

However, for those of us who like a ton of a wrestling ability and action, Ring of Honor is a must watch.

I know that Ring of Honor television is literally about two months behind where they actually are in "actual time," but I am writing in regard to mostly catching Ring of Honor on HDNet, or when you can, PPV and online.

Ring of Honor is definitely the number three promotion right now, and may never really have the steam, or production values to move even close to TNA or WWE, but for wrestling die-hards, they have plenty of other value.

Their roster is loaded with extremely talented performers that participate in ROH, other indies and Japan. These guys are not guys who, "just can't make it elsewhere," but are guys who want the freedom of indie contracts and would like to avoid the rigorous work schedules of WWE and even TNA.

If you don't know Bryan Danielson, Tyler Black, Austin Aries, Nigel McGuinness, The Briscoe Brothers, Claudio Castagnoli, Chris Hero, Brodie Lee, Colt Cabana and countless others, then it is time for you to go to YouTube and do some serious watching.

Not to mention that Ring of Honor World Champion Jerry Lynn is doing some of the best work of his career, despite being 45 years-old. He defeated McGuinness to end Nigel's 545-day reign at the top of the promotion and has been a solid champ ever since.

The weekly television show on HDNet is not great because of time constraints, but has been highly entertaining as of late because they brought in Ric Flair as their ambassador (remember this was all taped two months ago, before Flair was back on WWE TV) and set up a dynamite four-way World Title match that will air on television June 6.

This match features Lynn vs. Danielson vs. Black vs. Aries.

Those four guys are four of the best in-ring performers in the business right now and the match should be absolutely great. Sure, it was taped almost two months ago by the time it airs, and most everyone knows who won, but that does not change the fact that it will be a great match to watch.

This weekend's HDNet show features a tag team title match of Kevin Steen and El Generico versus The American Wolves, I realize these are names you probably have never heard of, but all of them are solid wrestlers, especially in the tag team ranks.

When and if Ring of Honor can compete on a level that does not involve TV tapings so far in advance, then they will really be able to make a move and maybe get a better television deal with a more visible network.

Until then, us die-hard wrestling fans should be watching whenever we can so we can see what great ring work still looks like.