Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer of Ring of Honor, recently spoke with philly.com to promote Friday’s Final Battle pay-per-view event. During the interview, he was asked about the growth of NXT and if it has encroached ROH. Koff thought it was a two-edge question. Koff noted that they’re both in a competitive business and that both companies help each other. He thinks Ring of Honor’s presence and the way they do things has created a competitive base for NXT. He added that it has forced NXT to go out into the bigger markets and to present shows that are the ROH style. He is complimented by it. “I think wrestling is in a good place and I like to believe that Ring of Honor had a lot to do with that.” Koff believes ROH has stars of the future.
There have been reports that ROH announcer Steve Corino will be leaving the promotion in January to accept a job at the WWE Performance Center as a coach. When asked about it, Koff said that he has not heard anything from anybody but did admit that he has heard the rumor. Koff made it clear that as of now, Corino has not talked to him about it but it’s possible that he will this weekend. “I wish him well. Steve’s done a good job for us, and I would never stand in the way of any of my people who feel that’s a better career choice for themselves and better for their families.”
When asked how big of a loss it would be for ROH if Corino did go to WWE, Koff stated that they will find someone else to replace him but doesn’t know who just yet and that ROH will go on without him.
Koff also talked about the women’s division in ROH, Cody Rhodes, Final Battle and more. You can read the entire interview here.