Matt Taven says NXT looks like Ring of Honor on purpose.
In an interview with Wrestling Epicenter, Ring of Honor wrestler Matt Taven discussed the style of wrestling the promotion provides and the upcoming 16th Anniversary show where he faces former WWE wrestler Cody Rhodes. Taven also spoke about the Ring of Honor style being seen on the WWE Network and why he thinks WWE has been threatened by Ring of Honor.
"I couldn't agree more. Our touring schedule and their touring schedule is starting to cross paths to where maybe they hit a market a week before we hit that market. That is on purpose. Taking talent from Ring of Honor? That is all on purpose. I basically look at NXT as ROH Lite. I wish for every wrestling company to be as successful as possible. There is something that ROH is obviously doing right if the top dog is trying to hurt them. That is something that they've tried to do a few times," said Taven
In the end, Taven was secure in knowing Ring of Honor is on the right path and he considers WWE's mimicry to be a good sign.
"It just lets us know that we are doing something right. And, ROH has been resilient. I first started working here in 2009 doing stuff. I started working more consistently in 2012. But, in my 9 years, wow I feel old saying that, in my 9 years, I've seen them come and go. And still, ROH continues to get bigger and continues to grow and grow and reach broader audiences. As much as I love my buds, it shows ROH is doing something right if WWE is trying to bite their style so much," said Taven.
During the rest of the interview, Taven discussed his upcoming match against Rhodes and the World Championship match at the Ring of Honor 16th anniversary.
The full interview is available on Wrestling Epicenter's YouTube Channel. The audio of the interview is below.
Fightful Wrestling will have live coverage and a recapping podcast for the Ring of Honor 16th anniversary show.