Tony Khan recently bought Ring of Honor and plans to keep the promotion alive. Many of those signed to the company have already been brought into AEW. ROH titles are regularly featured on AEW television. Last night’s Dynamite saw several visitors from the original promotion.
ROH got its start in 2002 in the City of Brotherly Love. It was no surprise to hear that several big names from its past came to visit backstage. One even got to perform during the Rampage taping.
Mike Johnson of PW Insider has reported that Homicide, Ian Riccaboni, Cary Silkin, and ROH ring announcer Bobby Cruise were all in Philly for the AEW show. Homicide recently appeared on AEW television, rescuing Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston at Rampage: Grand Slam last fall. He is a former ROH World Champion.
Bobby Cruise served as ring announcer for the Samoa Joe vs Trent Beretta bout for the ROH TV title. Cruise served in that position with ROH for several years and was popular among the promotion’s fans. Tony Khan has been trying to stay true to an authentic ROH experience, and Bobby is essential to that.
Cary Silkin was the owner of ROH from 2004 through 2011. At that time, the company was purchased by Sinclair Broadcasting. Silkin has been credited with much of the company’s growth. Ian Riccaboni is well known as the play-by-play voice of ROH.
We will have to see how many ROH originals Tony Khan is interested in keeping around. For now, the company exists in legacy only as Khan shops for a television broadcast partner. Last night’s Dynamite offered all of these ROH alumni to get some face time with the company’s new owner.
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