WWE Ready to “Raid” ROH, Who Is #1 on WWE’s List?, More Backstage News

Posted by Eric Arrington November 30, 2016 30 Comments 6280 views

We can confirm that WWE officials are planning on “raiding” Ring of Honor in early 2017 as many ROH contracts are set to expire on December 31st.

Money talks and WWE is hoping that an increase in pay will attract a few key talents and convince them to jump ship. WWE realizes that ROH is going to have offer serious money if they want to keep certain wrestlers around, which they’ve already been forced to do over the past few years. At the same time, WWE is wary about upping the pay-scale for WWE NXT too much.

Top tag team The Young Bucks are said to be #1 on WWE’s list right now.

It’s been reported how WWE has signed Steve Corino to work as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center once his deal with ROH is up next month. There’s hope that Corino coming into the company will also help attract some of the other ROH talents. The bottom line is that ROH will not be able to re-sign every talent and word is that they did not try to match WWE’s offer to Corino as they felt they could save the money for one of the other contracts that come up next month.

As expected, Triple H is the driving force behind the talent acquisitions as he feels they need to continue replenishing the NXT roster, especially for expansion in 2017.

December and January should be a very interesting time for many ROH talents.

  • MrEddyG

    Of course WWE can’t create many more new stars so they have to try to raid other promotions. But thus is ROH’s fault for continually not trying to grow their product by not expanding their tv to 2 hrs & not running in bigger venues.

    • JFJ

      ROH knows what they are capable of right now. They know that it would not be cost efficient for them to run larger arenas. They also know that having a 2 hour show just for the sake of having one is not a good thing either. ROH is growing their product by increasing the number of stations carrying their program (this includes the number of cable systems carrying COMET TV and the number of Sinclair owned stations carrying ROH programming) and by running events in new markets. They are just unwilling to pay the high costs of keeping some of their stars (high costs which the stars have earned).

      • MrEddyG

        Yeah but if you never want to grow your company & keep being WWE’s feeder system, go ahead. I’d rather grow a company than basically be stuck in the same rut they’ve been in since they started.

        • JFJ

          I see your point, but if you try to do too much too soon, you set yourself up for failure. Yes ,I know ROH has been around since 2002, but keep in mind it took WWE over 30 years before they went national (they were founded.in 1952 as Capitol Wrestling Corporation, which was then part of the NWA, by Jess McMahon (Vince Jr.’s grandfather) and Toots Mondt) and went national in the early to mid 1980’s under Vince Jr’s leadership).

    • #NotMyPresident

      > Of course WWE can’t create many more new stars

      What do you think NXT is?

      You can’t base a national promotion on only homegrown talent, though.

      • MrEddyG

        Of course not, but they’re doing it less & less & just stealing talent.

        • Jon Potter

          It worked great for them in the 80’s. WWE still build people, they just also know that it’s smart to bring in people with some pre-existing name value.

      • TheGreatestManWhoEverLived

        But most of the top guys in NXT aren’t even home grown talent. Since when are Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries and Roderick Strong homegrown talent exactly?

    • TheGreatestManWhoEverLived

      ROH isn’t in business to be mainstream, they are in business to be an alternative to the mainstream, kind of like the original ECW minus the hardcore stuff. Plus if they went mainstream they would have to cater to what casuals want, and that’s not something they want to do. I do however admit that ROH do need better production values, especially on their ring entrance lighting and DVD releases.

  • Young Bucks are garbage.

    • coolarrow

      Be that as it may, they just signed a two-year deal with ROH so they’re not going anywhere.

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  • TheGreatestManWhoEverLived

    Fuck Those glorified Yard Tarders The Young Fucks. There are better talents in ROH WWE could sign… Silas Young for one