2007: A Response

You can’t please all the people all the time.

In the comments section of a recent article I wrote for this website I was accused of “passive-aggressively” complaining about how it isn’t 2007 any more  It’s a comment that irked me. In none of my writing for this or any other site have I held up 2007 as a golden year for ROH. What I have done is voice the opinion that the company has never gotten back on track after the departure of Gabe Sapolsky, thanks mainly to the appointment of bookers who don’t seem to understand what made Ring of Honor popular and successful in the first place.

Yes Gabe was fired from ROH in 2008, but the year is irrelevant to my opinion. In fact, Gabe is irrelevant to my opinion too. He was very good at what he did (and still is in my opinion) but there are others capable of having the impact that he had. It’s just that ROH didn’t find them in Adam Pearce or Jim Cornette.

With Hunter ‘Delirious’ Johnston back in sole charge of booking it’s possible the product will improve. It’s too early to say whether he has the instincts and wherewithal to get the company back on track but I hope he does. He’s made a promising start with the majority of the Final Battle card. He certainly has the tools to make ROH better.

Which brings me to another point. To accuse me of “missing 2007” is to imply that I don’t rate the current locker room. This is not the case. I believe that the current ROH roster is more than capable of delivering the sort of matches and rivalries the promotion has been noted for in the past. A few additions wouldn’t hurt but a lack of talent certainly isn’t the issue.

I was also accused of saying the TV title is “no longer prestigious.” It’s not. That’s not the fault of Adam Cole. He’s a very talented wrestler who should be a headliner for the group at some point. It’s simply because with such a relatively small roster ROH cannot provide the champion with a wide enough variety of challengers. The sensible thing to do when you find yourself with a small roster is get rid of a singles title. The mid-card one is always the one that should get the chop. That was my point and it still is.

It’s easy to complain about people who write articles on any subject. ROH is a particularly hard subject to cover because it puts on such a relatively low number of shows. If something isn’t right, such as Cornette’s booking or there being a surplus of singles championships, then the product deserves to be criticised. Equally if something is right then Ring of Honor deserves praise. I provide both. Disagreeing with me is fine, but accusing me of something that clearly isn’t true seems naive.

Dave Hatton

Dave is one of the columnists here at ROHWorld, with a brand new column being published regularly. Check back as Dave discusses a variety of ROH related topics.