Ring Of Honor COO Joe Koff Interview: ROH 500, Product Relaunch, Maintaining Talent, More

Is it amazing to think that the 500th episode of ROH TV is finally here after almost a decade?

Koff: It's so amazing. We purchased Ring of Honor back in 2011 and we put it on TV because Sinclair Broadcast Group is a television company and we wanted to own content and provide content for our stations at the time as well as other stations that chose to be a part of the Ring of Honor network. September 24, 2011 was Show #1. I remember it perfectly. It was in Chicago at Chicago Ridge Fieldhouse and it was an amazing moment.

It's both the best and weirdest time for the 500th episode of ROH to happen. Weird in that there aren't any fans in attendance at the moment but the best because this is arguably the hottest stretch of shows ROH has ever done. Would you agree with that?

Koff: It is and I'm so glad you mention that. What's interesting is that the show we're seeing, and I agree that it's just beautiful television, was actually born out of the pandemic. It was because of fan-less matches and our ability to compensate or just reimagine the show without fans took us to this point. I'm incredibly proud of everyone involved from our talent to our production people who helped create this experience and ambiance that exists that has helped taken Ring of Honor to one of the highest levels in production I think in professional wrestling.



Since 2008, Graham has been a diehard pro wrestling fan and, in 2010, he combined his passions for WWE and writing when he joined Bleacher Report. Equipped with a master's in journalism, Graham has contributed to WhatCulture, FanSided's Daily DDT, Sports Betting Dime, and GateHouse Media. Along the way, he has conducted interviews with wrestling superstars like Chris Jericho, Edge, Goldberg, Christian, Diamond Dallas Page, Jim Ross, Adam Cole, Tessa Blanchard, Ryback, and Nick Aldis among others.