ROH/WWE Sale Update: Ring Of Honor COO Addresses Rumors
ROH/WWE : The COO of Ring of Honor, Joe Koff, has addressed rumors that WWE is attempting to purchase the company in a recent statement sent out to ROH talent. The statement seems to deny that any sale is forthcoming.
Within the statement, Koff told talent that WWE had contacted Sinclair Broadcasting about purchasing licensing to some old ROH footage that features current WWE talent, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. This would likely include Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins, as WWE has upcoming DVD/Bluray releases planned on their careers.
Over the last 24 hours, Pro Wrestling Sheet had first reported that WWE had contacted Sinclair about purchasing Ring of Honor in a “secret deal.” The report stated that talks had been ongoing since January, with a ROH show on the WWE Network also being discussed as part of the deal. Further, PWInsider confirmed that WWE was interested (at least at one point) in carrying the ROH television show on the WWE Network.
Most anyone could have made an educated guess that WWE was interested in carrying ROH on the WWE Network, though, considering WWE had mentioned that very topic in a recent survey sent out to fans. There having been numerous reports that WWE has been looking into carrying independent promotions on their streaming service as part of a move to a tiered-pricing option. We reported on WWE’s interest in doing this last October.
The statement by ROH COO Koff that WWE has been looking into licensing some of their footage is not shocking either. This has been done in the past for WWE DVD and Bluray content, and it’s a good bet some sort of arrangement will be made for the Owens and Rollins documentaries.
That being said, if licensing footage is the only thing going on in the ROH/WWE discussions, many wrestlers around the world are certainly breathing a sigh of relief tonight. ROH has been one of the top non-WWE promotions in the United States for quite some time now, and it’s always a good thing to have more promotions out there for wrestling talent to find work in. A sale to the WWE would benefit nobody except WWE itself.
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