The nice thing about deciding to watch Ring of Honor for the first time on a Wednesday is that there was a new episode available to the “free” members (that’s me) on Thursday, so last night (technically Friday), I sat down and watched the show many of you saw on Destination America.
Truthfully, I think they’d have been better off showing the previous week’s episode.
One of the major problems ROH is going to have to deal with is starting their “mainstream” run from a midpoint. Lucha Underground began on the El Rey Network, so they were able to tell all of their stories from page one. Ring of Honor doesn’t have that luxury. People watching on DA saw four matches featuring a whole bunch of talents and storylines that, to a brand new fan, were very confusing.
Now, most people watching are probably at least somewhat familiar with the product, so it won’t be that big of a deal, but as a relative neophyte, I found myself losing interest at times solely because I didn’t understand what was happening. This is something ROH will have to consider in the future.
The previous week’s episode featured an amazing 30 minute match between Jay Lethal and Kyle O’Reilly. THAT would have caught the attention of fans looking for WWE alternatives – When was the last time a WWE match went to a time limit draw?
(Before you jump down my throat, I get that this all probably happened fast so ROH put out the next TV show they had. I’m sure it will improve – I’m just telling you how I felt. Relax)
Anyway, on with the show.