Trivia / Ring of Honor

  • Ability over Appearance: Appearance matters in ROH, but ability matters more and work rate matters most. From pudgy Joe to tiny Gibson, anyone can theoretically become a star, as far as appearance goes. An infamous case regarded Kevin Steen, who was paid to take time off and lose weight before getting a title shot at Davey Richards and not only failed to do so but actually returned fatter, yet demonstrated his work rate was still sufficient and was granted his title shot anyway.
  • Big Name Fan: When ROH was in trouble following the Feinstein scandal, Mick Foley sometimes showed up for free and Bobby Heenan also expressed interest in helping out. Ricky Steamboat, by contrast, only showed up for a paycheck but then took a liking to the promotion and did everything he could to ensure the company would make a comeback before he left.
  • Career Resurrection: Wrath of the Racket for Jim Cornette, as far as being an onscreen figure again, which he would be in ROH for another nine years on and off and OVW even longer.
  • Creative Differences: Adam Pearce said he lost the book due to "a difference in ideology".
  • Creator Backlash
    • Ever since his unceremonious firing, Gabe Sapolsky has shown traits of this. He even told Kevin Steen to "leave [Gabe's] name out of your ROH storyline" (where Kevin Steen cited Sapolsky as being one of those unjustly let go by ROH).
    • Let's say that Jim Cornette is not happy with the promotion's current direction. Well, he still likes the wrestling matches, defending the athletes when Roddy Piper proclaimed his dislike of their style of wrestling, but doesn't like anything else.
  • Demand Overload: The secondary reason their internet pay per views continued to lose synch, freeze and crash was that too many people were viewing them. The primary reason was because Sinclair disregarded the original website blue print and decided to go with cheaper models used by smaller promotions who did not get nearly the amount of viewers as Ring of Honor, leading to chortling from the Chikarmy, whose promotion had long since figured this out. After prompting Sinclair for more money (so they could settle the issue), Sinclair decided to shoot a show just prove it could now handle the traffic, unfortunately they gave away this show for free, which lead to an even larger number of viewers and another crash.
  • Doing It for the Art
    • Love or hate the Insane Clown Posse, they agreed to work for free.
    • Necro Butcher didn't think much of his ROH contract but took it anyway because making a lot of money wasn't the reason he had decided to stay around anyway.
  • Executive Meddling: Ring of Honor pulled Jay Lethal from Family Wrestling Entertainment events twice before deciding they didn't want any of their contracted talent working for the promotion, regardless of how important their angles may have been.
  • Fan Community Nickname: The company itself prefers to refer to its fans as "Honor Nation", rather than RoHbots.
  • Fan Nickname
    • The Flying Squirrels for Special K
    • Smoky Mountain of Honor...uh, a detractor nickname for those who weren't fans of Cornette's run as an authority figure and/or his influence on the booking.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Every single show prior to 2010 is now out of print for three big reasons: the use of licensed tracks, the changes in DVD production teams, and the rise of compilation DVDs.
  • Market-Based Title: The Murder City Machine Guns, Chris Sabin's team with Alex Shelley, used Motor in murder's place while in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. When the PWG deal came during the Sinclair ownership era, "Motor" became preferred in ROH too.
  • Money, Dear Boy: While most who chose TNA during its conflict with ROH did so out of disgust with Feinstein's actions, AJ Styles said he was leaving a piece of his heart behind in ROH but had to do what was best for his family, which most translated as "TNA is paying better". When that was no longer the casenote , AJ came back to much happy fanfare and revitalized his career. He did end up leaving again for WWE, though with a proper send off this time and significantly less ill will.
  • Milestone Celebration: Instead of another anniversary show, the "Fifth Year Festival'' held in its place was a six day tour starting in NYC, New York and ending in Liverpool.
  • No Budget: Despite being a television company, Sinclair Broadcast Group gave Ring of Honor no budget for production, the end result being two years on screen in less quality than Ohio Valley Wrestling.
  • Old Shame: At the first Glory By Honor, October 5, 2002, the Insane Clown Posse squashed the Outcast Killaz (Oman Tortuga and Diablo Santiago), with the crowd going back and forth between cheering ICP and booing them. Even though ICP had volunteered to work for free that night, ROH was so embarrassed by this that the match was left off of the home video release, though it later appeared on the ROH Uncensored Vol. 1 DVD. The match is not even listed on ROH's results page. To put this in perspective, has ROH included botches in sizzle reels. They rarely go that out of their way to hide something.
  • One of Us
    • Christopher Daniels trades comic books.
    • If you like the Resident Evil movies, you can feel less guilty knowing CM Punk did too. And yes, that snake tattoo is the Cobra symbol.
    • Samoa Joe plays video games on twitch. AJ Styles is also a self admitted gamer. Oh, and Chris Sabin is an allusion to Final Fantasy VI.
    • Jimmy Jacobs has used many themes from film scores and is an especially big fan of The Muppet Show.
    • Necro Butcher is a fan of collectible card games, including the pro wrestling ones made by Filsinger.
    • ACH is a fan of martial arts pictures and other fighting series, especially Dragon Ball.
      • Even went so far as to ask a fellow wrestler to try and buy him some figures from an anime convention that shared Ring of Honor's building one night.
    • When Josh Martin and Chris Rager, voice actors of The Fat Majin Buu and Hercule Satan in Dragon Ball Z were in attendance, Alex Shelley joined ACH and Sabin to film a clip.
    • More "sophisticated" film buffs have Taeler Hendrix, who likes Bette Davis.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Especially when main eventers up and leave for WWE. CM Punk's departure was probably the most dramatic, as he won the title in the match that was scheduled to be his last - unknown to the fans, Punk was actually still available for a half-dozen or so more appearances, and his performance as a Dirty Coward Smug Snake champion threatening to steal the belt and break the title's line of succession for his own ego has reached legendary status. An altered version of the storyline ran in WWE to critical acclaim, well, until WWE altered it too much.
  • Reality Subtext: AJ Style's laments about never getting to be world champion and the pure title no longer existing are a direct reference to the fact Gabe Sapolsky openly admitted the original plan for the Pure Title belt was a unification match between Styles and World Champion Samoa Joe before the first TNA pullout. The title unification match did eventually happen, way behind schedule, with Nigel McGuinness and Bryan Danielson in their places.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • CM Punk has dated Lucy and Tracy Brooks.
    • Tracy Brooks has dated CM Punk and is now married to Frankie Kazarian.
    • Simply Luscious has dated Steve Corino.
    • The first woman of honor Allison Danger has dated Ares, who challenged for the the World Title in Germany.
    • Allison and Ares's tag team partners, Sara Del Rey and Claudio Castagnoli, also dated.
    • Davey Richards has dated Angel Williams
    • Michael Elgin eventually became MsChif's husband.
    • Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis dated, then got married, it practically being the basis of their gimmick.
    • Silas Young dated and married Valerie Malone
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor
    • In 2004, Teddy Hart was released after a fight with CM Punk caused the rest of the roster to band together and agree to keep him out until they finally relented and let him return five years later. As infamous as that was, this was overshadowed by Rob Feinstein getting caught for attempting to meet up with an underage boy with express purpose of getting him to consent to sex, also in 2004. And no, RF's status as a founder and owner of the ROH's distribution method did not save him from being booted out along with Teddy.
    • After 2010 his departure, Adam Pearce was barred from returning to ROH by the Sinclair Broadcast Group due to a human resources complaint from an employee of theirs he once went off on.
    • In 2012 Kenny King's contract was terminated after he appeared on TNA's television show while still half of the ROH tag team champions.
    • In 2013 Charlie Haas and Grizzly Redwood ended up being let go after they had a dispute which escalated into a scuffle in the locker room, though not immediately after said scuffle, leaving a lot of fans confused.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: While FIP running as a sister to ROH was done on the whim of their mutual booker, SHIMMER's case was more obviously a product of circumstance. Products of other promotions were already being sold by ROH at that point and while it had some women in the company, it didn't have a whole lot for them to do. But many were a part of SHIMMER so there was dual benefit of making own their shows more interesting while getting a cut of any sales cross promotion brought to the newer company. This also explains why ROH and FIP's angles stayed inline longer, being driven more by a single creative direction than convenience.
  • Torch the Franchise and Run: Edison had been marked by crowds who were erratic at best, and downright disrespectful at worst. Adam Pearce decided to put on Injustice II in January of 2009, which saw the combination of Austin Aries outright calling Edison a "B-market," and the infamous 48-minute "time limit" draw between Nigel McGuinness and Tyler Black. They would run two more nondescript Edison shows later in 2009 before dropping it permanently in the spring of 2010.
  • Troubled Production
    • Multiple DVD teams lost, two ring crews ran off in as many years, multiple failed attempts to create more controlling contracts, an airplane on fire, a ring frozen to the ground, they're in it for the long hall because progress comes slowly in ROH.
    • Fandom discontent over delayed DVD releases and pay per view feed freezes aside, the RF incident, TNA pullout and various scheduling conflicts may have overall been for the promotion's benefit. Gabe Sapolsky didn't win all those "best booker" awards necessarily because his angles were the greatest but because, similar to Jim Cornette in OVW, people were watching to see how he'd book his way out of this setback and he became great at getting interesting matches together on the fly.
  • What Could Have Been
    • Ring of Honor could not have been. RF Video initially went to CZW with offers to be their distributor and use them as their replacement for ECW. ROH was started after CZW either refused or John Zandig dragged his feet for too long.
    • That best of three series between Punk and Joe that produced the five star was originally going to be a one off match but Sapolsky ended up giving them two more due to a scheduling conflict with Zero-1 leaving Steve Corino in Japan.
    • ROH wanted to sign the Human Tornado to a long term contract with a few angles already in mind. These deals never worked out. That sound? That's the RoHBot lament.
    • Ring of Honor was supposed to host the first title defense of newly crowned NWA Ring Warriors Grand Champion Bruce Santee at Showdown in the Sun and it did, but in a dark match, so most viewers didn't see it. Instead, Adam Pearce was on the show proper, but at least the ROHbots got to see him again.
    • ROH attempted to bring Filthy Tom Lawlor back to pro wrestling long term but failed to get him under contract.
    • A program between Kazuchika Okada and Cedric Alexander was supposed to start in May 2014. It would be an entire year before they had so much as a single match, though Alexander's anxiety and frustrations were a big part of the build up to it.
    • The same year, ROH tried to have Cedric Alexander replace Roderick Strong in a program with Paul London but London pulled out to go wrestle in Spain's Revolution Championship Wrestling in protest to ROH changing his opponent without telling him ahead of time. London wouldn't work with the company again for an entire year, when ROH did cross promotion with Preston City Wrestling, who happened to have London in their locker room, leading to him finally getting a match with Strong.
    • In 2015 WWE attempted its first outright raid on the ROH roster and walked away with Austin Aries, Samoa Joe, Jimmy Jacobs, AJ Styles, and, sort of Tommasso Ciampa. According to both Joe Koff and Rolling Stone, WWE had their sights set on a lot more people but for first time in thirteen years not only did ROH have the ability to match WWE's initial offers but every wrestler willing to depart for WWE for the sake of it had already done so, forcing WWE to actually dig into its purse and choose a select few. It took all year for them to get Styles(probably on account of New Japan also investing heavily in him) who said as late as December's Road To Final Battle(where his loss to Lethal on the 18th made it clear he had finally bitten) that he wasn't going until more money was offered.
  • You Look Familiar
    • Todd Hanson originally showed up in dark matches as Handsome Johnny.
    • Dalton Castle is known as Ashley Remington in CHIKARA.

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