AEW Booker Tony Khan has Announced the Purchase of legendary wrestling promotion Ring of Honor and its library on the March 2nd edition of AEW Dynamite.
Tony Khan had hyped a surprise announcement ahead of this week’s episode of Dynamite. Rumors were a surprise debut or an AEW X NJPW Supershow, but this is arguably better than anything that was expected.
The possibilities now available with this deal are endless. Mr. Tony Khan can experiment with a brand split, something completely new to AEW. Most importantly, it offers talent more platforms to perform as a huge chunk of premier wrestlers have been benched.
AEW currently has a bloated roster with talents like Tony Nese, Jay Lethal, Brian Cage and Anthony Agogo showcased minimally on National television and more frequently on AEW DARK and ELEVATION which are youtube shows.
With the purchase of Ring Of Honor, the unreleased video game, and the upcoming Owen Hart cup. It is clear that currently, no booker has as much understanding of the fan’s desires. Tony khan has found a balance that caters to both the hardcore and casual viewers simultaneously.
AEW currently is the home of in-ring pro wrestling in America. In just three years they have established themselves as a major powerhouse in the pro wrestling industry.
Simply the secret formula is that tony khan runs AEW because of his passion for wrestling, not profit. From Christian cage to Malakai Black. All have attributed Khan’s optimism and vision of wrestling as the main reasons for arrival.
AEW: What happened to Ring Of Honor?
Ring of Honor was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company stated it would not be holding shows in the first quarter of 2022 as it goes through rebranding. Eventually, it was announced was that talent contracts weren’t going to be renewed while the company was on hiatus.
Khan acquired ROH’s extensive video library dating back to 2002. In addition, Tony Khan indicated that he is hoping to put together future ROH events and shows. It remains to be seen how he plans to structure Ring of Honor moving forward.
“This deal adds thousands of hours of content to our growing library and facilitates opportunities to expand our footprint on a national and global scale while having the potential to produce new content under the ROH banner,” Tony Khan stated.
A whole host of AEW stars have a history with Ring Of Honor. Starting with both of the men headlining their revolution pay-per-view, Adam Cole and “Hangman” Adam Page, and extending to former champion Kenny Omega and stars like Bryan Danielson, Christopher Daniels, and the list goes on.
He mentioned being a long-time fan of the company which made the deal even sweeter. Ring of Honor will hold its first show of 2022, Supercard of Honor XV, on April 1 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.