Despite losing talent to AEW, ROH won't be tanking the year.
Is this a "rebuilding year" for Ring of Honor? Not according to ROH General Manager Greg Gilleland. Speaking to CBS New York, Gilleland discussed the losses of The Elite and how ROH will continue to move forward without some of their most popular competitors.
"I think, if you look at the past five years, each year has been a growth year. I don’t think 2019 is any different," said Gilleland. "All those guys leaving had been something that was rumored about and talked about, either behind the scenes or even by some media outlets, for a significant amount of time. So, I wouldn’t say that it caught us by surprise.
"If you look at some of our new signings, you can see that we had been planning in case of such a thing. We’re excited to be moving forward. We’re excited with the talent that we have. We’re excited for Madison Square Garden. We’re excited for the things that we have planned beyond Madison Square Garden, and relationships that we have with all of our partners."
While ROH did lose the likes of Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and Hangman Page, they signed talent such as Bandido and Rush to help fill the void. ROH will present arguably their biggest show in company history when they partner with NJPW for the G1 Supercard on Apr. 6 at Madison Square Garden.