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Re: ROH on SBG Discussion Thread
Not to take this thread in a different direction...but I'm going to take it in a different direction. Or, maybe back to it's original direction.
I just saw this weeks episode. I got back my access to the channel late last week. After seeing the first few episodes before losing the channel, ROH had made a decent attempt at bringing the ROH experience to TV. Although they had a few things to work out, you would have thought after almost two months on the air, they'd have fixed some things by now.
The show looked really bush league. From the tiny arena, lighting and seating, to the placement of the TV commentary table, it just looked amateur. Now, I've been a fan of ROH since Day 1. I have attended many shows and bought tons of merchandise over the years, so it's not like I have a vendetta against them. I want the product to look good, as well as coming across to the viewer as something special.
The TV production was terrible. Missed in-ring action, blinding light facing into the camera so you couldn't even see what was going on, bad editing, especially on the Steve Corino promo, very scripted backstage interviews (Jay Lethal and The Briscoes) and the in-ring interview between WGTT and ANX. How many times did King say "World's Greatest Tag Team" and how did it get past everyone involved? There was a huge focus on Final Battle 2011, which is fine because it's their biggest show of the year, but there was hardly any mention of any other events taking place before then. I feel that there is too much of a focus on the TV aspect of the ROH/SBG business plan (with or without my opinion of the production), rather than the live events, which has made many an ROH fan to begin with. The live events and their importance seem to have taken a backseat to the TV tapings and are driven by the fact that it follows the TV storylines, which may have been taped weeks earlier before it's aired.
I don't know, maybe it's just me, or maybe I'm expecting too much, but my interest in ROH has decreased since SBG took over and put forth a TV product, rather than a wrestling show.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled thread.