|Mike Johnson wrote this today, and although I know ROH was in financial trouble at the time, I never heard that a farewell date was actually planned and the company was that close to shutting down.
As far as how Cornette should be seen by ROH fans, it should be as a savior. The reality is Cornette helped bring ROH to Sinclair so without him, there may not even be an ROH anymore. Cary Silkin was going to shut down with the final event being scheduled for the September 26, 2009 Hammerstein Ballroom show that was the farewell night for Nigel McGuinness and Bryan Danielson as they were leaving the company for WWE. I can swear to that on a Bible as I was originally going to miss that event due to going out of town for my birthday (which is 9/26) and every single person in management at the time called me off the record to tell me to make sure I was there because it was going to be the last night for ROH.
Instead, Cornette, who had just left TNA, talked Silkin out of it with the idea of helping to find a partner or backer to take the financial weight off Silkin, who had dumped millions into ROH at this point. Cornette, through Gary Juster, approached Sinclair with a pitch for them to get involved and take on a ROH TV series, and instead, Sinclair bought the company outright.
So, while some love to villify Cornette, no one would have had a job past September 29, 2009, which would have meant, at this point, nearly a decade of no ROH - and count how many ROH talents who have either gotten WWE jobs or have gotten to work in pro wrestling full-time since Sinclair got involved - that makes Cornette the one who set the stage them to have been in the place they made it to. That's not someone to vilify - whether he runs his mouth on "everybody" or not.
Last edited on Fri Feb 9th, 2018 09:01 pm by srossi
This thread was great before AA ruined it.