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ROH Executive Producer Jim Cornette was a guest on The LAW this past Sunday promoting this Saturday’s Glory By Honor XI event in Mississauga, Ontario at the International Centre.
Here are some highlights of the interview:
So then we made up for that by going to New York at Best In The World and having probably the best produced Internet pay-per-view that any wrestling company has done to date; it delivered perfectly on ROHwrestling.com, the stream looked good, it had great production value, we were working out kinks with the graphics. And we did the same thing at Boiling Point in Providence, and we were set to do three in a row in Chicago. And I know you’re gonna think this is a rib, but it’s that border again, the same company that did the Border Wars production, we contracted with to come down to Chicago to do that. On Friday afternoon at about 1:00, we got word that they had been turned back at the Canadian border because they had their equipment paperwork, but they didn’t have their proper personal paperwork. There was nothing that we could do and nothing that they could do to rectify that situation in time to get them back across the border. So with 24 hours notice our technical producer Dan Bynum, who is tremendous and resourceful, actually got on the phone and within 24 hours in Chicago, starting with nothing, not a video camera, nothing, got the equipment put together to do the show in Chicago, because Joe Koff elsewise would have had to maybe call to cancel the pay-per-view. And we didn’t want to disappoint the fans after all that had happened thus far. So with a 24 hour turnaround, we got everything put back together and got it there, and guess what? Some of the kinks weren’t worked out. It’s amazing that we were able to get that much equipment there in that building to begin with in 24 hours notice, and some people had a problem with getting the stream. We didn’t know that, because it was working for some of the people as well, including us in the back.
Kenny King leaving:
Kenny was a great part of Ring Of Honor for a long period of time. We thought we had an arrangement, a deal with him that would benefit both sides and allow both sides to do what they wanted, which didn’t come to fruition. One of the things that we were trying to protect Kenny from was, well, “what if it doesn’t work out?”
As far as would be be welcome back, you never say never in professional wrestling. I don’t know if he wants to come back, because part of the issue to begin with was was he wanting to continue his Ring Of Honor or his wrestling career in general. He would have signed for a longer period of time than he did originally, but he told us when he was 30, he was thinking about whether or not he was going to continue wrestling. If things don’t work out with TNA, there’s the possibility that Kenny will decide to do other things.
Gabe Sapolsky negotiations:
We had called Gabe. I’ve never had a problem with Gabe, neither has Hunter Johnston (Delirious), and neither has the new ownership of ROH. We called Gabe because we were doing our anniversary event last March in New York City, and thought that the fans would, at the very least, like to see Gabe again. Would he want to shake hands with Cary Silkin, or would he not? Who knows? I don’t know whether they would want to or not. The point is, it was a simple friendly phone call to say, “Hey, would you want to be a part of this? And if you want to bring some of your guys, maybe we can work out a situation where we can book some of your guys and you can book some of our guys, and everybody can get more work.” It was tossing ideas up in the air. Gabe was not at all receptive, he came up with about 15 or 16 reasons why none of this would work, and so I said “Well, okay. If you change your mind, Gabe, there’s no heat.” And that’s the way we left it.
Transcribed by Chris Maffei