Professional wrestling is certainly not a career path for everyone to take. For those involved, they are well aware that, on many occasions, they are underpaid for the level of physical toll that is exerted on a weekly basis. The quest to become a successful wrestler in the business certainly does not happen overnight, and it takes a significant amount of constant self-promotion to make even a living wage.
There are a great deal of current wrestlers who still must have another job outside the business in order to make ends meet. However, with the frequent travel that this business entails, it becomes difficult to even do that.
Thankfully, there are other options outside of the company that one can make a living. However, with only a few slots available for each roster, wrestlers are both jockeying for that opportunity, as well as working their hardest to even be considered.
One promotion who has shown that they are alive and well is Ring of Honor.
Ring of Honor has been in business since 2002, and is one of the most pivotal brands for professional wrestling. Since its inception, ROH has popularized many names who are now among WWE elite, including Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, CM Punk, and Austin Aries.
ROH made a great deal of headway after the company was purchased by Sinclair Broadcasting Group from then-owner Cary Silkin.
“We have been waiting for and working for this opportunity for quite some time, and of our 9 years in business, there has been no better roster of wrestlers than this one to expose the ROH product to the masses. With Sinclair’s resources and many avenues of distribution, we believe many new fans around the world will be as captivated as those who have followed Ring of Honor over the years.”
One of the hard-working competitors who has benefited from this acquisition is ROH star Silas Young. Being a mainstay for the company since 2012, his consistency and valuable “Last Real Man” character have finally given him an exclusive contract with the company.
Young made the announcement via Facebook.
“Come 2017 I will no longer be taking bookings in the United States. I’ve recently signed a 1 year exclusive contract with Ring of Honor. I am available for bookings outside of the USA and always looking to stamp my passport. It will be weird to not be wrestling every weekend, but after almost 15 years it will be nice to spend some weekends with my family and let the body rest some. After all this time of long drives and shi**y pay and all the other things we b**ch about. It’s gonna be weird not wrestling every weekend. Not hustling to get more and more bookings. It’s funny how all any of us ever want is to get paid enough to live on and pay the bills and then when it happens, we realize that d**n the way we got here was pretty Fu**ing cool as well. I will however be fulfilling my bookings through January as its just good business to not cancel, especially when plane tickets have already been purchased.”
Unfortunately, many struggle to make a living in this business. However, as shown by Young signing exclusively with the third biggest wrestling promotion in the United States, hard work and determination can allow someone to achieve one’s dream of signing with the company.
Young has shown to be one of the best characters that Ring of Honor has to offer, as he embodies the old-school heel persona that professional wrestling seems to be lacking. With his recent signing, it appears as if nothing but greater heights are in store for the near-15-year veteran.
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