Road Dogg is pro-sports entertainment.
Following his release from WWE, which occurred back on Jan 5, 2022, Road Dogg is still believing in the vision of sports entertainment. The former 6x WWE Tag Team Champion hasn't popped up in a new company yet, but is still keeping active in the wrestling scene with his Oh... You Didn't Know? podcast.
Speaking to WrestleZone in a new interview, Road Dogg gave praise to The Gunn Club (Austin & Colten Gunn) for not catering to a certain audience in the business, noting that the wrestling aspect of the industry doesn't bring in the big bucks.
“They’re really good. They’re learning how to work. It’s not to get Uncle Dave to give them a five star match, it’s to be entertaining. It’s to entertain people. If you ask me, that’s the name of the game. If there was money in wrestling, Tony Khan wouldn’t have had to buy Ring Of Honor back. It would have never gone out of business, because they had great wrestling. But, people wanna be entertained too. You gotta give them a little glitz and glamour. You gotta give them a little carny."
Road Dogg continued on about this, saying that even the most famous pro wrestlers weren't exactly great when it came to in-ring talent.
“People wanna be entertained. Jamie Dundee said one time ‘There ain’t a dime in wrestling.’ I almost believe that now. [There’s] very few just really good wrestlers. What, you can count five or ten tops? But the ones you know that are most famous were horrible in the ring. We can go down the list. I say horrible, I didn’t mean that as everything is hyperbole these days. They just weren’t great workers. They had something other than that that people grabbed on to. They wanted emotional investment into this character, into this talent, into this guy. I have to be emotionally invested in him. If I’m not, it doesn’t count. None of it matters, wins, losses, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t make an emotional attachment to the viewing audience or the live event attendee, you may as well pack it up.”
This vision has been echoed by many veterans involved with the business.
Tony Khan purchased Ring Of Honor back on March 2, 2022. The purchase came after the company took a hiatus in October 2021, claiming that they planned on presenting a new vision for the product. The hiatus came about after the company had not run any live events since before the COVID-19 pandemic and needed to reevaluate their business strategy.
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