Embracing the Future‏

A month or so ago ROH announced that the Young Bucks and TJ Perkins have been “given the summer off.” This week the company parted ways with Kenny King. In the case of ‘The Pretty Boy Pitbull’ it couldn’t be helped, the situation was essentially beyond ROH’s control (although the promotion does deserve criticism for putting a championship onto a man whose contract was soon to expire). The disappearance of the Jackson boys and TJP though? That was a mistake, and one that Ring of Honor could have avoided.

Do the booking team have nothing for the three men to do? That seems ridiculous. The Young Bucks and Perkins are talented young wrestlers that should be thought of as the future of the company. What makes the decision even more frustrating is that there are a number of older wrestlers on the roster who have maybe gone as far as they can in ROH.

A prime example is BJ Whitmer.

Whitmer had his time in Ring of Honor. He was a mildly over mid-card act who had a memorable tag team run alongside Jimmy Jacobs. The two feuded too, and that was just as memorable. But there was a reason he disappeared from Ring of Honor: he’d done everything he realistically could and there were younger guys waiting in the wings for a chance to earn a prized spot on the company’s roster.

Personally I’m a fan of Corino and enjoy his work alongside Kevin Steen, but do we really need to see him wrestling sporadically? I don’t think so. Why not have Steen bring in some new talent to aid in his war against ROH and let ‘The King of Old School’ act as their mouthpiece? That would be more beneficial in the long run.

Corino’s greatest attribute has always been his verbal ability. Limiting him to a ringside role still allows him to get on the microphone but also gets some fresh faces onto the company’s bedraggled roster.

Homicide’s another name that seems to have had his time with the group. After a few years away in TNA he’s been coming and going since September 2010. In that time it has become very clear that the company have no idea what to do with him. Why don’t ROH management cut their losses, bring in a new talent, and devise a proper, long-term programme for them instead of trying to shoehorn ‘Notorious 187’ onto events?

The Bucks, TJP, the Bravados, Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander are ROH’s future just as much as Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Michael Elgin are. They should be joined by one or two prospective stars, have time invested into them and be encouraged to go out and try to steal the show with every match they have. That used to be something ROH wanted form its talent. The company is only going to keep expanding and moving forward if it accepts that using the same guys it has done for years is not the answer.

It’s time to let go of the past and embrace the future.

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.