The GM of Ring Of Honor tells all.
Ring Of Honor is moving in a new direction with a new batch of stars after The Elite parted ways with the company to start up All Elite Wrestling. Some have described Ring Of Honor's current phase as a rebuilding stage but ROH GM Greg Gilleland does not see it that way. When he spoke with Chuck Carroll of CBS Local Sports, Gilleland stated that Ring Of Honor has grown over the past five years and The Elite leaving has been talked about for quite some time so there was no surprise when it happened.
"I don’t think I would classify it as a rebuilding year. 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. 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." Gilleland explained. "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."
Former ROH World Television Champion Marty Scurll is a member of The Elite and is a feature star in Ring Of Honor. Marty is currently leading his own stable and is challenging Nick Aldis for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship at the Crockett Cup event in April. Marty Scurll's contract does expire this year and Greg Gilleland was asked if there's any concern about making Marty a focal point in ROH without knowing what he's going to do once his contract is up and Gilleland responded with the following:
"I don’t think there’s any concerns." He said. "We’re well aware of all decisions that are made. Marty’s a star, and he’s here. As long as he’s here, as long as everybody’s here, this is what we’re doing."
Greg Gilleland also chatted about All Elite Wrestling and shared his thoughts about Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling's forthcoming G1 Supercard event and to check out more from the interview, click here.