ROH Ruminations – March 19, 2016

ROH Ruminations – March 19, 2016

It occurs to me that since I do not talk about the matches themselves during my ROH columns, calling it a “recap” doesn’t seem fair. If people are looking for an actual review of the show, comment below, or head over to the DDTpod forums and make your own!

As I watched this week’s ROH TV, I couldn’t help but think about the things Ring of Honor has that WWE lacks. I know, I know, I shouldn’t bring up Titan Sports in an independent wrestling column, but I can’t help it. 95% of the wrestling I’ve watched since picking up my pen has been McMahon driven, so that’s where my head is at. Regardless, I’d like to highlight two specific things that World Wrestling Entertainment could benefit from “borrowing” from ROH.

From the NAI Archive – January 5, 2015 – Expanding the Wrestle Kingdom – The problems facing New Japan as it turns its eyes toward US fans.

From the NAI Archive – January 5, 2015 – Expanding the Wrestle Kingdom – The problems facing New Japan as it turns its eyes toward US fans.

There’s no denying it – New Japan is all the rage right now in the Twitter wrestling world. (Twrestling? Can we make that a thing?) Wrestle Kingdom 9, though I haven’t seen it, was a huge success, and people are clamoring for more. More New Japan, more focus on wrestling in WWE, more, more, more.

The most common trend is wondering when WWE will see NJPW as competition, especially if they wind up getting an American TV deal.

Not so fast, friends.

Do I want Japanese wrestling on my TV? Absolutely. I’m all for competition, because wrestling is never better when there is something to be won. But I wouldn’t break out the Monday Night War shirts just yet. New Japan has a lot of hurdles to overcome in order to become a viable US option. Let’s explore some, shall we?