Adam Cole weighs in on Tony Khan buying ROH.
Adam Cole, before he was NXT Champion, was wrestling for the Ring of Honor World Championship in the Tokyo Dome. Ring of Honor was so influential to the early portion of his career as well as his desire to seek out independent wrestling as well.
AEW is also home to many other former Ring of Honor Champions including CM Punk, Samoa Joe, and Bryan Danielson
Now that Tony Khan, AEW president, has purchased Ring of Honor, Adam Cole tells Sean Ross Sapp that he was elated to hear the news and also believes that Tony Khan is the right person to trust with the history of Ring of Honor.
“I was elated as well,” Adam said. “Mainly because Ring of Honor was not only so important and influential to me, but again so many professional wrestlers you see today came through Ring of Honor. Ring of Honor was involved in, for a lot of people, exposing them to places like New Japan Pro Wrestling, people who’d only watched wrestling in the United States were able to access all this different pro wrestling. It seriously, with the way ROH went, changed the modern style of professional wrestling in a lot of ways. But the reason I was so happy is, aside from the fact now I know Ring of Honor is not going away, is Tony Khan loves the history of pro wrestling and respects the history of pro wrestling. So I know that Ring of Honor in Tony Khan’s hands is a good place to be.”
Speaking more broadly about the intelligent fan base, Adam Cole says he enjoys the way AEW acknowledges wrestling history, catering to a very passionate fan base.
“It doesn’t matter what company or where it was or when it was,” he said. “Again, like you said, AEW will acknowledge that history. Pro wrestling fans are passionate about pro wrestling. I liked that as a fan when you would acknowledge history and I know our fans do too.”
Tony Khan recently confirmed that he would be booking Ring of Honor moving forward but has yet to talk about broadcast plans. Learn more here.