The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Ring of Honor intends to present their new HDNet TV product in a very different way than TNA and WWE present their respective shows. It’s being said that the shows will contain much more wrestling, and the idea is to present wrestling to the audience more as a sport than a comedy or entertainment form. In the initial 6 hour long broadcasts that were just taped at the old ECW Arena this past weekend, there were no backstage segments filmed and no in-ring comedy or promo segments featured. There were several promos cut by the wrestlers which were taped backstage, however instead of airing them in full, ROH intends to insert them into the wrestlers’ ring entrances as a way of introducing the talent roster to the viewers.
One advantage ROH has over promotions like TNA and WWE is that their 1 hour broadcasts will end up being about 55 minutes of actual television time as HDNet does not require their shows to take as many commercial breaks. The average TNA or WWE show averages only about 43-44 minutes of TV time for every hour long broadcast.
One of the main reasons why ROH wants to make use of a different approach to showcasing their product is that they hope to attract more MMA fans. Thus, the first 6 episodes used similar equipment and production techniques that would be found in the taping of an MMA event.
For those who may have missed it, WrestleZone has detailed spoilers posted on the main page of all the match results coming from last weekend’s ROH HDNet tapings.