The former Ring of Honor owner chimes in.
Starting off AEW Dynamite Grand Slam was a title change that saw Chris Jericho defeat Claudio Castagnoli to become ROH World Champion for the first time in his career.
Former Ring of Honor owner Cary Silkin was ringside for the match and was ambushed by Jericho on the outside. Coming out of Dynamite Grand Slam, Silkin appeared on Busted Open Radio. He expressed his thoughts about AEW’s presentation of Ring of Honor and does not think there’s been enough of a nod to the foundation of the company.
On the topic of Jericho becoming world champion, Cary said although Jericho brings a great deal of attention to it, AEW has the likes of Claudio, Bryan Danielson and Jay Lethal who could do the same. He hopes the decision will lead to a TV deal.
No, not yet [there has not been a good enough nod to the foundation of ROH on AEW programming]. To be honest, maybe Tony Khan will hear this and not be happy with what I said but, there was a lot of good… he’s got so many people there that he’s gonna use contracted AEW guys as opposed to bringing in Dalton Castle regularly or bringing in a Matt Taven and whoever else and hopefully some of these guys that were fringed but worthy wrestling talent like Taven, like Mike Bennett, other guys have signed with IMPACT already as Tommy [Dreamer] knows. PCO was sort of associated with Ring of Honor. Hey, maybe Bully Ray will come back… But yeah, I would like to see the brand represented. Absolutely, Chris Jericho brings more attention to the ROH letters, but he’s got Claudio [Castagnoli] there, he’s got Bryan Danielson there, Jay Lethal who I feel has not been used to his best ability at all, far from it. But I’m not the guy with the pencil. But there’s enough guys with the true Ring of Honor lineage. Dalton was there… I was happy to see that. So, hopefully if this comes together, there will be a little more of the old school Ring of Honor vibe.
It was a great experience. Jericho will get his [for putting his hands on me] and it’s gonna be interesting to see what they do with him, but as Tommy pointed out, the Ring of Honor Title will get a lot more attention and hopefully lead to this pie in the sky TV deal that Tony Khan’s been working on and I think he is.
With Jericho’s ROH Title win, he has now held championships in AEW, ECW, CMLL, NJPW, WCW, WWE and now Ring of Honor.
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