A new report has claimed that Triple H once pitched for WWE to buy Ring of Honor. While the company also tried to buy the likes of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
By the time that 2018 rolled around, Ring of Honor was enjoying its most fruitful period for a number of years, in large part due to the success of The Elite and a strong relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Meanwhile, NXT was still also flying high in it’s black and gold guise, with Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano going to war at the top of the card.
However, WWE also had one eye on expansion, something which reportedly led them to hold talks with Ring of Honor, while also expressing an interest in a number of promotions around the world.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, following the announcement that Tony Khan has purchased Ring of Honor, Dave Meltzer revealed that Triple H had pushed for WWE to buy the company four years previously.
Melzter explains that although there were talks between the two sides, they ultimately came to nothing. Despite this, WWE then investigated buying an number of other company’s including New Japan Pro Wrestling and AAA.
“When Ring of Honor was kinda hot, I think this would be, I’m gonna say 2018, the early part of the year, WWE made a pitch… Paul Levesque [Triple H] wanted to buy Ring of Honor. There was some smoke to that, even though Ring of Honor obviously denied it at the time. You always do. But there was something there, there were talks there, and they ended up going nowhere.
From what I gather, Vince [McMahon] wanted to buy somebody bigger. Not realising that the ‘bigger’ was New Japan Pro Wrestling, who he couldn’t buy. WWE tried to buy New Japan, they tried to buy Stardom, they tried to buy NOAH… they tried to buy AAA, but nobody would sell to them from foreign countries at the price they were willing to pay. So none of these deals ever got going. This is obviously one that was in play.”
Perhaps interestingly, it had previously been reported that in the summer of 2018, when New Japan and ROH announced a joint show at Madison Square Garden on WrestleMania 35 weekend, Triple H attempted to have the show cancelled. This allegedly involved him personally phoning the venue in a bid to block the show.
On the March 2nd episode of AEW Dynamite, AEW President Tony Khan opened the show by announcing that he was the new owner of Ring of Honor. The purchase also involves Ring of Honor’s video library.
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