Ring of Honor: Breeding Ground for Future Wrestling Superstars
Jean Gaultier passed along his article for Yahoo:
Ring of Honor Wrestling (ROH) is, in many ways, a successor to Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) as a breeding ground for new, young talent and a home for those that may not fit a mold created by Vince McMahon and the WWE. Times have changed, ECW was a product of a different generation but their contributions to the wrestling industry mirror those of Ring of Honor today.
Launched by RF Video in 2002 to create marketable video content following the demise of ECW, Ring of Honor quickly established itself as the No. 1 independent wrestling promotion in North America by featuring an all-star lineup of emerging stars. Much like ECW had been, ROH became a place for young wrestlers to establish themselves in front of a wider audience, network with colleagues and hone their craft in an attempt to become mainstream stars in the WWE or TNA.
Over the years ECW provided a platform for the likes of Mick Foley, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Raven and the Dudley Boyz. Ring of Honor has done the same for the likes of CM Punk, Samoa Joe, Antonio Cesaro, Austin Aries, Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins. Unofficially and independently, ECW were and ROH are regarded as a development territory for larger promotions, WWF/WCW during the Monday Night Wars and WWE/TNA in today’s modern era.
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