Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff spoke with Chuck Carroll of CBS Sports. The following highlights were sent to us:
We covered a lot, including the status of the promotion’s partnership with New Japan, the contracts of Matt Taven and Marty Scurll, how the emergence of AEW and growth of NXT are impacting ROH, and how their television may expand following the Sinclair’s acquisition of the FOX Regional Sports Networks. Koff tells me that the talks about getting ROH on the networks are preliminary but have been “very positive.”
One thing that won’t be changing, however, is ROH’s PPV schedule. I’m told that they are not considering moving PPVs off Friday night despite going head-to-head with WWE SmackDown.
What is the current status of Ring of Honor’s partnership with New Japan? Are there plans to try to work together again in the future?
The status is just basically that they’re starting to do some shows in the United States with New Japan America… [We] probably have to go out a little bit further to make sure that we can plan to do things that don’t disrupt either one of our promotions. But as far as I know, the relationship’s basically the same. They’re doing more competitively, so it does bear on that.
Marty Scurll, his contract reportedly coming up. How important is he overall to Ring of Honor and what does he brings to the table?
He is definitely a fan favorite. We face this every year. Talent comes, talent goes. I don’t like losing any of my talent. We’ve gone through this list of people that have left Ring of Honor over the course of time, and I think I was sad about every one of them leaving. But Marty’s got a great future with Ring of Honor. He’s important to Ring of Honor, and hopefully, we can conclude that positively, which is always our goal. But, again, I want people who want to be in Ring of Honor and feel what I feel about it in the strength of the company and the strength of its direction. And if all those things are in line, then I think we can expect to see Marty going forward.
Your current champion Matt Taven’s contract is also reportedly up. Generally speaking, are things trending in the right direction in that arena?
I think so. First of all, Matt’s has been a tremendous champion for Ring of Honor. He has taken on every single person that’s come at him, and he’s done an amazing job. His matches are just, bar none, some of the best matches I’ve ever watched. And this goes back to his first match back in Brooklyn when he won the tournament to get a title shot at Jay Lethal. I remember it being in Brooklyn, and in the cage was their first match, and the amount of athleticism and artistry and just smart, ring smarts, that Matt Taven has. He’s just been a superb champion. I see an unbelievable future with Ring of Honor. We’re happy to have him, happy to have him as our champion. … So, yeah, I think things are looking up with Matt.