AEW and Tony Khan Issue Official Press Release for ROH Acquisition
The official press release for the acquisition of Ring Of Honor by Tony Khan has been released. In it, Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff talks about how thrilled those currently involved with the company are to see how Tony is carrying on the company’s legacy.
TONY KHAN ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE RING OF HONOR
– Video Library, Brand Assets, Intellectual Property of Independent Professional Wrestling’s Most Prestigious Promotion Acquired in New Partnership with Tony Khan –
March 2, 2022 – Moments ago on AEW: Dynamite Live on TBS, it was announced that TonyKhan had agreed to acquire the assets of Ring of Honor Wrestling Entertainment, LLC from Sinclair Broadcast Group, including the extensive video library of the promotion dating back to 2002, brand assets, intellectual property, production equipment and more.
Known widely as the independent promotion that spawned some of today’s biggest wrestling stars, including CM Punk and AEW’s Bryan Danielson, and highlighted dozens of roster members. AEW, Ring of Honor’s purchase signifies a new chapter in the future of pro wrestling as AEW’s meteoric. the rise continues to attract the youngest wrestling audience on television.
“Ring of Honor’s influence on modern professional wrestling is forever etched in the history books, and this acquisition ensures that its legacy will be kept alive and treated with the utmost respect,” said Tony Khan, CEO of AEW, Director of Football Strategy for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Managing Director/Sporting Director of Fulham FC
“This agreement adds thousands of hours of content to our rapidly growing library and creates new opportunities to expand our footprint nationally and globally, while having the potential to produce new content under the ROH banner. I will immediately begin exploring opportunities to make ROH’s video library available to fans, who will have the opportunity to witness the early careers of some of AEW’s biggest stars.
Over 40 AEW roster members have appeared in Ring of Honor during their careers. The promotion launched the careers of many AEW superstars, including CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Hangman Page, Dr. Britt Baker and Adam Cole. Other AEW roster members have made their mark in ROH including the late Brodie Lee, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, ReDragon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly), Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta), Jay Lethal, Christopher Daniels, Matt Sydal, Mercedes Martinez, Serena Deeb, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky, Keith Lee, Eddie Kingston, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, QT Marshall, Danhausen, Lance Archer, Griff Garrison, Thunder Rosa, Wheeler Yuta, Luchasaurus , Orange Cassidy, Ethan Page, Austin Gunn, PAC, Kip Sabian, Jon Moxley, John Silver, Alex Reynolds, Jerry Lynn, BJ Whitmer and Sonjay Dutt.
“Ring of Honor has produced some of the best professional wrestlers over the past 20 years, but more importantly, it has created a family. I will be forever grateful to all members of the ROH family who have worked tirelessly over the past two decades to take ROH to levels unimaginable before,” said Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer, Ring of Honor Wrestling. “Tony has the utmost appreciation and respect for Ring of Honor, and I truly delighted to see how he continues the legacy.” This acquisition will be made by an entity wholly owned by Tony Khan.
Further details on the scope of this acquisition will be announced in the coming weeks.
It was noted earlier this week that a possible sale of ROH and another promotion had taken place. It’s clear now that the deal was between AEW and Ring Of Honor.
ROH has been on hiatus since December’s Final Battle pay-per-view, and Supercard of Honor is set to be their first show on Friday, April 1. The company announced ahead of Final Battle that it was taking some time off in the first quarter of this year to “work internally to reinvent” the business and come back with a “new fan-centric product and experience unique”. You can click here for the Supercard of Honor lineup update and more news from the company.