Ring of Honor recently shut its doors. Initially, the company says the shutdown is temporary, but many fans believe that ROH is gone forever. They even went so far as to release every wrestler on their roster. Things don’t look good.
An initial report by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated said that the Ring of Honor tape archive are available for sale to the highest bidder. The early years of ROH include several major WWE and AEW stars in their formative years including CM Punk, Kevin Owens, Bryan Danielson, Cesaro, and even the start of Impact champion Moose’s career.
“The ROH tape library is also available and will go to the highest bidder. ROH has been privately trying to move the library (the Sinclair-owned archive from 2012 on) for more than a year. That includes the All In pay-per-view in September ’18, which was the precursor to AEW.”
Meanwhile, F4WOnline’s Bryan Alvarez tweeted that multiple sources from several wrestling outfits were informing him that the ROH tape library is not for sale. The two sources offering conflicting reports paints a hazy picture of the future of the ROH archives.
From multiple sources in several companies, it does not appear the ROH tape library is for sale at this point.
AEW and WWE would obviously be the most interested in purchasing the materials. AEW has been looking to launch a Video on Demand service. Adding the early parts of the careers of several of their top stars would be a perfect fit. WWE, meanwhile, may be less interested after their VOD moved to Peacock in the U.S.
ROH was founded in 2002 as a vehicle for RF Video to remain in business after the closure of their biggest partner, ECW. It changed hand over the years and eventually was purchased by Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2011. The future of the business is now uncertain, as is that of their massive video library.
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