With all the talk going on about the WWE and TNA, it seems that most wrestling fans are stuck in a rut. So I'm asking that some of you think outside the box.
WWE and TNA aren't the only game in town. There are the lucha-heavy Mexican promotions CMLL and AAA, the Japanese contingency of Pro Wrestling NOAH and New Japan, the Philadelphia-based Chikara or the ECW-rip off named Combat Zone Wrestling.
But the best in the bunch is a truly unique brand that has become a world-wide entity that is growing by the day. That promotion brings honor to wrestling. That promotion is Ring of Honor.
Started in 2002 by booker Gabe Sapolsky and then-owner Rob Feinstein, ROH, as it came to be known, brought something to the table that few on the American circuit had: pure, exciting wrestling.
With founding fathers Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles leading the charge, ROH soon grew out of Philadelphia and started putting on shows across the country and around the world. Tremendous storylines and competitions grew, helping to build the product.
Many future stars have since passed through the doors at ROH. Stars like current WWE World Champion CM Punk. TNA World Champion Samoa Joe is arguably the most storied alumni, having an unprecedented 22-month reign as ROH World Champion. Brian Kendrick, Paul London, Alex Shelley, Christopher Daniels, Low-Ki, Matt Sydal, Homicide and Colt Cabana are just some of the ROH alumni to graduate to the ranks of WWE or TNA.
But it's with the loss of such tremendous talent that shows how good the product is. No matter who leaves, there is always someone waiting to step up their game and electrify the crowd, whether it be homegrown (Austin Aries, Bryan Danielson, Nigel McGuinness) or shipped in from foreign lands (Takeshi Morishima, Naomichi Marifuji or KENTA).
Today, ROH features bright and entertaining talent from the amazing Briscoes (Mark & Jay), to the remorseless Roderick Strong, to the downright weird Delirious and El Generico (OLE!).
No matter what you're looking for in wrestling, Ring of Honor has it. The difference is that in Ring of Honor, everyone can wrestle. Which is sort of the point of professional wrestling, isn't it?
In the words of the American Dragon Bryan Danielson, Ring of Honor is "The Best...In...The World!"