ROH Owner Talks ROH On HDNet In 2010, Cornette, TNA

Matt Boone

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The Big Mosh, Blade, & "The Chairman" Of The Board Todd Vincent welcomed Cary back To The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network to look back on a banner year for ROH in 2009 & preview what lies ahead in this forthcoming new year. Cary thanked The Mayhem Crew for the pre-New Year’s Eve invitation, in what has become a yearly tradition on "Your Home Of Wrestling Radio."
 
Mosh began by asking Cary for his thoughts on Ring Of Honor’s internet Pay-Per-View debut two weeks ago, "Final Battle 2009," and how he would grade ROH’s final event of 2k9. "I think it went really well. It was a crazy weekend. We had to come back through some terrible weather conditions. We were in the worst spot possible Friday in Manassas, VA, which is 45 minutes west of Washington. It started snowing there around 8PM at night, and by the time we left the show & headed for New York, it was so bad. It was a bad snow, the driving was rough, and it took the crew & the wrestlers triple what it should have to get to New York…or at least double. So, we were faced with that. We had a good show Friday night; everybody was excited, a little tired, but I think the adrenaline overcame that. Saturday was a big success: It was a excellent crowd. The fans braved the weather & made it to The Manhattan Center. The guys from GoFightLive did a great job. I thought the production was really good. I was watching it myself over the last few days (the replay). I thought it went really well. It was a hell of a show, and it gave us a chance to offer a live product to anyone in the world. The buy numbers were good; they were a little higher than what we expected for an inaugural show of this nature. People have to get used to watching it on this format. I was very happy with it. The feedback has been well. We plan on continuing on with GoFightLive with some future shows."
 
One of the biggest moments for Ring Of Honor this past year was the surprise return of Jim Cornette to the company & his new role as the Executive Producer of ROH On HDNet. "The Chairman Of The Board" asked Cary for his initial reactions to Cornette parting ways with TNA, how he has embraced his return to Ring Of Honor in ’09, along with where he sees things progressing with HDNet into this new year that is now upon us. "We had a very good relationship with him. He was a solid part of Ring Of Honor over a course of a couple of years going back to 2005-2006. He had the opportunity to work for TNA as a full-time, which I can’t begrudge him for doing that. When they foolishly let him go, I was quick to contact him. I didn’t know where his head was at, as far as he might be a little burned out, or did he want to get back, or did he not want to work to work with us. Greatfully, he did. His experience in Ring Of Honor was very positive previously. He was interested in coming back to a place where he felt it was professional wrestling that he liked & wrestling fans liked. And to be given the opportunity to be put into a position where he could make a difference & be involved in something he really believed in, he liked that idea; I was thrilled with that. His influence & his knowledge is undeniable, and the effects that we’ve seen from Jim haven’t even started. He’s really interested in making Ring Of Honor more successful. He’s totally vested in the project, and I’m extremely grateful for that." On the topic of Ring Of Honor’s expansion in 2009 with HDNet & what the future holds between both entities: "I have nothing but nice things to say about HDNet. They are behind us 110%. The production quality is fantastic. They are really nice people to work with. They’re interested in seeing us grow. We too would like to see them on every cable system, and there’s going to be a lot of changes in 2010 within HDNet as far as their visibility. We’re just happy with our position with them now & are looking forward to 2010 to grow with them; It’s very exciting."

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