Sometimes, you can't make pro-wrestling fans happy, even when some of the best pro-wrestling on TV today is on display for free once a week for an hour.
Ring of Honor has garnered a TV contract that shows its product in yet a bigger market. And from day one, I've been very happy with what they have produced.
First of, Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuiness are the new voices. I think they work well together.
They feature two matches. One opens the show, one closes. The matches are ten to fifteen minutes long, and they are great displays of classic scientific wrestling with a modern flare.
They have a feature where they spotlight a wrestler. And another feature where they recap some other good shows.
Putting all these elements together, its a great 50 minutes of wrestling.
The way they promote upcoming events is a throwback to the classic days of WCCW and NWA. They have Kelly present the show, and a wrestler appear on the screen and cut a brief promo. I swear each time I see it, i'm reminded of all those great events that went down back in the day at The Omni in Atlanta.
Another great innovation is the "Tale of the Tape". I think its a great new piece that works well for pro-wrestling.
In short, its a great program that you need to find on your CW affiliate. Low budget, but outstanding production for the shoestring they're working with. And you can't beat scientific wrestling. Ever.
Bowie Ibarra is the author of the zombie horror series, "Down the Road", from Permuted Press and Simon and Schuester. His upcoming rerelease, "Pit Fighters: Baptism by Fire", features a Mexican lucha libre star crossing over into pro-wrestling.
You can network with Bowie at http://www.zombiebloodfights.com