WWE Likely Will Try to Sign Top ROH Stars + ROH MSG Pre-Sale Sells Out
The ROH & NJPW G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden is selling very well. The second pre-sale was today and sold out almost immediately. Remaining tickets for the general public will go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM ET and the show will almost certainly sell out.
WWE is obviously watching this closely and it’s very likely that they will aggressively try to sign some of ROH’s top stars to keep them off of the show, which will be going head to head with NXT TakeOver in Brooklyn that night.
Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes all have contracts that will expire before the April 6 show and Omega and the Bucks have indicated recently that they are open to signing with WWE.
General Manager of ROH Greg Gilleland was interviewed by CBS Local and talked about the possibility of WWE signing away guys like Omega, Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks.
“They’re our top guys, right? Of course, we’re going to do everything that we can to keep them. And we have fair offers and fair plans to retain them. With that said, I don’t think we ever operate in fear. We always operate with solid backup plans. And we have to always think about what if this, and what if that. If they go to the WWE, and they very much deserve that opportunity, we’ll continue to offer the best wrestling that we can. There’s other talent out there. And we will continue as our brand has for the past however many years. We’ve lost top guys before.
Think about Kevin Owens and even going back to Bryan Danielson and CM Punk and all of them. They all went to the WWE, and the brand has continued to grow and prosper.
Everything we do is geared toward the fans and toward, even these arena decisions, that experience. We pride ourselves on the ROH experience, and it goes back to the question of losing a top guys. Do I wanna lose the Young Bucks, and Cody? No. Of course not. Why would I wanna lose them?
Am I gonna make an aggressive attempt to retain them and sign longer-term agreements? Of course we are. But, at the end of the day, the ROH brand is about the ROH experience, and that’s how we continue to grow.”