Matt Taven is one half of the reigning ROH Tag Team champions along with Mike Bennett. The company is in a strange period. They’re still doing TV tapings and a build to their Final Battle event. However, ROH will then be taking a long hiatus.
After releasing every single wrestler from their contract, the promotion announced they plan to take a break and return in the spring to reboot the company. Taven talked about how they reacted to the news in a recent appearance on the ROHStrong Podcast.
“I kept describing to people what the last tapings were like, and I was like ‘man, I never knew what it be like to be at my own funeral. But I think I experienced the closest thing to that. I remember walking into the lobby after I flew in. I was very positive after getting the news and just kind of upbeat. And I came in and there were all these sad faces in the lobby. So immediately, I just go to the dumbest thing I can think of. I’m like ‘what’s up sad boys?!’ I thought it get a big laugh, but it did not. All these guys are uncertain about their future and stuff.
But the next day, the women’s division uplifted the entire locker room, because they were so positive and they were just so happy. And it really was because Maria and Bobby Cruise had had a meeting with them. I wasn’t there, I don’t know what was said, but whatever was said, it was the right thing.
They had put so much time and effort into that division, that I think those girls appreciated everything that they had done. I wish I knew what went down, because the next day it was like night and day, from when people landed in the airport. And it really all came from that women’s division for picking up the locker room.”
ROH TV champ Dalton Castle recently described the tapings as “meaningless.” As the company winds down with it’s final few shows before taking a break, it doesn’t sound like locker room morale is very high. Taven is just the latest to express the feeling of emptiness that wrestlers have experienced in the waning days of Ring of Honor.
What do you think of Matt Taven’s description of the final few ROH TV tapings? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Thanks to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription!