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Thoughts on the ROH TV Title

January 25, 2010

Ring of Honor on HDNet

Watching ROH on HDnet has been a good alternative to WWE and TNA who more than ever are looking more as the same product. Although I have been enjoying ROH something was missing for me since the retirement of the ROH Pure Wrestling Title and that is a secondary singles title in the company.

Secondary singles titles have always been a staple of professional wrestling, numerous times these titles were used as the testing ground for bigger things in each Federation. A way to test out if a company could put the weight of the brand on your shoulders. Also, these wrestlers who would contend for these titles would steal the show away from the main event heavyweight title matches more often than not.

The WWF had the Intercontinental Title and the NWA/WCW had the United States Title. Both titles were used for the mid-card guys who would use the title to be elevated to the next level or build compelling stories around these titles.

Recently Ring of Honor announced they would be adding another singles title with the addition of the ROH Television Title. This could not have come at a better time. Ring of Honor has needed this addition since coming to HDnet. Although the Tag Team Titles and the World Title get defended on television it doesn’t happen very often. Now, don’t get me wrong this is refreshing as both the WWE and TNA do “go to the well” too many times with World Title matches week in and week out making it feel less special. ROH has needed a secondary title, something that could be defended more often without taking away from the World Title. Also, build wrestlers up the card without having to put them in the World Title picture without being tested. The Television Title will do that for Ring of Honor.

Historically the Television Title was defended frequently on television with a time limit which was usually between 10 to 20 minutes. Time limit draws were common but did give the champion another advantage in their title reigns which would lead to more matches against opponents.

Greats like Arn Anderson, Booker T, Tully Blanchard and Chris Benoit held the NWA/WCW version of the TV Title and although that title did end up being a joke towards the end its inception it was something to watch in its day.

I look forward to this addition to Ring of Honor and their programming and hope they bring back the legitimacy Television Titles once had.

Image courtesy of Ring of Honor and HDNet.