ROH President Cary Silkin Speaks On NYC + Title Change
"After Todd Sinclair counted 1….2…3…. on Saturday Night, I knew we had gotten it right. Ring of Honor returned to NYC on a big weekend for combat sports in the Big Apple. We weren't alone in town with Vince McMahon's WWE across the street at Madison Square Garden and the UFC in Newark, NJ. We moved our show to 4pm to make sure our fans could attend both events. We saw made sure with our event to kick the weekend off right. And when those three seconds happened and a new ROH World Champion was crowned, I knew what we all had been working for the last nine years… we had gotten it right!
Eddie Edwards became our new World Champion and it was my pleasure to get in the ring and shake his hand as the best wrestler in the world. Roderick Strong proved over the last seven months that he was fighting champion for this company. And the level of physicality these two unleashed on each other showed just how bad they both wanted to be known as the best in the world. I knew we had something special after that match when the fans didn't want to leave; they wanted to stay and celebrate.
Ring of Honor's events have always been a cut above when it comes to in ring action and how you, our fans, react. I want to invite anyone who has never been to one of our NYC events to come join us on June 26h at 4pm. We return to the Hammerstein Ballroom with what will be our biggest event in our history. Make a weekend out of it, see the city in the summer, attend a Yankee game and be with us at the Manhattan Center. Jim Cornette announced the show will highlight 'The Best in the World' and I want you to know that means not only the best wrestlers in the world but the best fans in the world.
If you can't wait for June 26th, we are returning to iPPV in Atlanta when 'Honor Takes Center Stage.' Our Wrestlemania weekend shows are a chance for fans from around the world to see us live. And for the first time this year, if you can't be at the shows, you'll be able to watch both on your computer. We're very excited by the technology and opportunity working with GoFightLive.tv; allowing every wrestling fan a chance to watch ROH live. Your support makes us stronger. When Eddie Edwards won the title on Saturday, the news spread so fast and wide that his name trended on Twitter worldwide. That's the first time anyone from this company has ever done that. You, our fans, made that happen. And I'm excited to see what we all can create in Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Dayton, Chicago, NYC and every place we go.
Note from Ryan Clark: I second that. If you've never been to an ROH event, go see one when they're in a city near you. Trust me when I tell you I wouldn't take a train down to New York City every three months to see a sh*tty show. It's off the charts every time we go. If you're into pure wrestling (high flyers, unbelievably stiff shots, and an 'old-school' ECW-like rowdy crowd), you'll love Ring of Honor.