Joe Koff On ROH’s Resiliency, Running MSG & More!

Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff recently spoke to Newsday. Here are some highlights….

On taking a chance on MSG:

“This was a big decision, and we had to take a look at the risks and the reward. But, really, what it came down to was: Where are we going to run that weekend if we want to run in New York? It’s hard to find a building that can accommodate wrestling in that 6,000 to 10,000 range that’s in the city and that’s not a schlep to get to,” said Koff, who noted that the “WWE wasn’t even thinking of using” the Garden on that night. “I can’t speak for other organizations and why they do or they don’t use it. It was the right venue for us on that day.”

On WWE possibly Retaliating:

“If I’m in their crosshairs, I don’t feel that I’ve ever not been in their crosshairs, but not for anything more than the talent that I have and the opportunity that they see in taking our talent. But I don’t feel any strain on our relationship.”

On ROH’s resiliency:

“I think our obituary has been written many times over the years because this one’s leaving and this one’s leaving and, ‘How can Ring of Honor survive?’” Koff said. “At the end of the day, both promotions existed prior and will in the future they’ll exist . . . If you look at the history of Ring of Honor and its top stars, there’s always been another top star that came out of Ring of Honor.”

Click here for the full interview.

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