Bully Ray offers tips to Ring of Honor.
While most wrestlers on the ROH-NJPW G1 Supercard will be making their Madison Square Garden debut on Saturday, Bully Ray is a veteran who has been here before. And he's not afraid to tell you about it. All eyes will be on ROH at MSG on Saturday, but how they follow up might be more important. NJPW is looked at as the drawing card at MSG, WWE will always be WWE, and AEW continues to make big moves.
The always outspoken Bully Ray recently did an interview with Sporting News, discussing what ROH needs to do to stay ahead of the game.
"Ring of Honor, after The Garden, is going to be put under a microscope because if you go in front of 16-17,000 people, when you go to your regular live events in smaller venues, you need to make sure those smaller venues are sold out, standing room only and a line out the door to see your product," said Bully. "People are going to look at that. They're going to compare the amount of people that were at Madison Square Garden to the normal business that Ring of Honor does. Like I said, they will be under a microscope."
Bully continued, "I believe the second task that Ring of Honor has is with the creation of AEW that, for the first time, Ring of Honor will have direct competition for their fanbase because AEW fans are Ring of Honor fans. I think the thing that Ring of Honor needs to work on is identity. We've always known who they are for 17 years. Some of the best wrestlers, some of the best athletes, some of the most exciting wrestlers and matches we've seen but now they have to take the next step as they're carving out their identity. I think Ring of Honor needs to become very unpredictable. I think Ring of Honor needs to take chances that they're not used to taking. Maybe look for some talent that they wouldn't normally go after."
At ROH 17th Anniversary, Bully Ray issued an open challenge for a New York Street Fight at MSG. The challenge was answered by Juice Robinson and the bout was made official shortly after. You can view the entire lineup for ROH-NJPW G1 Supercard here.