Triple H, October 2011:

“When I grew up, I hated Hogan. I thought he was terrible and didn’t like to watch him. I was like Punk in a way. I liked the Steamboats and Flairs and the ones that could go. Would I be right in saying that Hogan was the wrong guy to go with, and they should’ve changed directions and gone with Steamboat because he was the better wrestler? Ludicrous.” - Triple H. October, 2011.

A Counterfactual History of Ring of Honor

Saturday, April 19, 2008

In the way that I eventually added TNA to the Counterfactual, now that ROH has PPV, and with the GDI angle being my way to incorporate former ROH guys over the past year, it's time to add that contextually.

The thing of it is this.

Counterfactual ROH is identical to real world ROH.

Ring of Honor is my favorite North American promotion ever; I first started getting into puroresu in a big way in the mid 90s; tape trading to watch the AJ heavyweights and the NJ juniors. It never struck me that a US company would ever be able to provide an equivalent to a style of professional wrestling that I preferred exponentially to the companies with which I was raised. I've been devotedly watching wrestling since the very early 1980s, fed on the same diet as most American wrestling fans. Around the turn of the millennium, with WCW and ECW soon to die, I attached myself to east coast indies, watching, in embryonic form, the beginnings of what would become ROH.

To my eyes, Ring of Honor provides a style, a serious quality to wrestling, that I was looking for even before I knew such a thing existed.

So - I'm not changing a thing. Even Xavier.

History of the ROH World Title
1. Low Ki d. Chris Daniels/Brian Kendrick/Doug Williams (Philly, June '02)
2. Xavier (Philly, 9/02)
3. Samoa Joe (Philly, 3/03)
4. Austin Aries (Philly, 12/04)
5. CM Punk (Morristown, NJ, 6/05)
6. Jamie Noble d. Punk/Joe/Daniels (Dayton, 8/05)
7. Bryan Danielson (Long Island, 9/05)
8. Homicide (NYC, 12/06)
9. Morishima (Philly, 2/07)
10. Nigel McGuinness (Edison, NJ, 10/07)

History of the ROH Tag Team Title
Chris Daniels/Donovan Morgan d. Brian Danielson/Mike Modest (Philly, 9/02)
AJ Styles/Red d. Daniels/Xavier (Morgan replaced) (Cambridge, MA 3/03)
(vacant - Red inj)
Trent Acid/Johnny Kashmere (won gauntlet match) (Philly, 9/03)
Izzy/Dixie (Glen Burnie, MD, 10/03)
Briscoe Brothers (Elizabeth, NJ 11/03)
CM Punk/Colt Cabana (Chicago, 4/04)
BJ Whitmer/Dan Maff (Lexington, MA, 5/04)
Briscoes (2) (Lexington, 5/04)
Punk/Colt (2) (Lexington, 5/04)
Rocky Romero/Ricky Reyes (Philly, 8/04)
BJ Whitmer/Dan Maff (2) (Elizabeth, 2/05)
(vacant - Maff, er, leaves)
BJ Whitmer(3) /Jimmy Jacobs d. Samoa Joe/Jay Lethal (Asbury Park, 4/05)
Carnage Crew (NYC, 7/05)
Whitmer(4)/Jacobs(2) (Philly, 7/05)
Tony Mamaluke/Sal Rinauro (NYC 10/05)
Austin Aries/Rod Strong (Edison 12/05)
Chris Hero/Claudio Castagnoli (NYC, 9/06)
Chris Daniels(2)/Matt Sydal (Edison, 11/06)
Briscoes (3) (Chicago, 2/07)
Shingo/Doi (Liverpool, 3/07)
Briscoes (4) (Detroit, 3/07)
Jacobs(3)/Tyler Black (NYC 12/07)
Rocky Romero(2)/Davey Richards (Chicago, 1/08)
Briscoes (5) (Edison, 4/08)

1 comment

Anonymous said...

I won't disagree- ROH has been fantastic. I've been lucky to see three of the shows in person, and really encourage any fans to check out their DVDs (Bryan Danielson's year as champion is one of the best runs I've ever seen by any wrestler).

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