ROH owner Cary Silkin has decided to replace ROH booker Adam Pearce. Pearce had been head booker since October 2008. Delirious, with input from Jim Cornette, will apparently be handling the booking going forward.
This is the best news I've heard in ROH in a long time. I respect Adam Pearce, and I think he's a good big man worker, but his booking didn't do the trick. There was something about it that didn't get over with me.
I think it was mostly because he was booking the southern 'rasslin style, but the wrestlers are mostly working puro styles. I hope Jim Cornette, being the genius that he is, can re-teach the ROH wrestlers that less is more, something they should've been taught years ago.
I don't want to get into all of it, but I'll give an example of what I mean. When you have on average let's say, oh, two near-falls of your finisher. All you are doing is killing the credibility of your finisher.
Sure it might trick the crowd a few times, but when you do it again and again, not only will the crowd most likely predict the near-fall (I predict them every ROH match on the button), but it also kills the meaning behind the move.
Without meaning there is no purpose, and without purpose, nothing is relevant.
With that said, I am half-and-half on Delirious taking over the booking. I understand he's been there for a while now, and runs the training courses, so I can see why they gave him this job, but there's a difference between booking wrestlers and booking interesting angles that get the crowd involved in the stories.
Nonetheless, though, you have Jim Cornette near him to help him blow of feuds at the right time and make angles make sense. I think a lot of people rather see Jim Cornette take over the booking as a whole, but knowing Jim Cornette, I bet he either refused or would refuse the full-time booking job, due to his age and lack of patience.
All we do now is wait and see if they can make new stars and build the company to the next level. I myself ain't going to say this is "do or die" for Cornette, but I think a lot of people are going to see this as put up or shut up, cause of Cornette saying all this stuff about what wrestling needs, and etc.