By Will Ferrara
I remember stepping off of my flight to Las Vegas for Ring Of Honor’s 18th Anniversary and Past vs. Present weekend, only to discover that the events have been cancelled due to COVID-19. The disappointment would only grow when I returned home to an email declaring we will not be able to train at the ROH Dojo until further notice. The weight of these decisions was heavy, but I understood and agreed with the priority of safety first for all of our talent and our fans. Going into the quarantine, I had no idea it would last this long.
Through the early stages of quarantine, I was under the mindset of waiting it out and it will be no big deal. “ROH hasn’t cancelled their June shows yet, so there is a chance we can return by then,” is what I would foolishly tell myself whenever the fearful thought came to mind of not having an ROH event on the horizon. But soon thereafter, that fearful thought came true.
It’s been over a year since I wrestled in a Ring Of Honor ring, and as much as I miss that, I have grown to love the role I play now as a trainer and member of the production team. As proud as I ever was for myself to have earned a spot with ROH, it gets trumped in comparison to having witnessed eight Dojo students earn contracts of their own. I look forward for each of their careers to continue to thrive; I look forward to helping the rest of the Dojo students take their next steps; and I’m looking forward to Ring Of Honor returning stronger than ever. I know all of these things will happen, I just don’t know when.
One thing I am certain of, though, is the passion of the ROH roster and staff to make the most of these times while we wait. HonorClub has added hundreds of classic ROH matches, as well as improved many playback functions, making it the most accessible it's ever been. Reading the thoughts and perspectives of my peers through HonorPost has motivated me through these times, and even inspired me to share some thoughts of my own. The new ROHStrong podcast is something I look forward to each week with interesting and relevant topics that peak my interest. New video content like Joe Vs., Happy Hour w/ The Bouncers, and 2 Guys 1 Show has shown me that just because we can’t wrestle right now it doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun together; and how contagious having fun together really is.
I’ve always been proud to be part of Ring Of Honor, but never more than I am now. Just like you, we love wrestling and we miss it. So while we wait for the best pro wrestling on the planet to return, let's keep safe, keep smart, and most importantly … let’s have some fun.