As per Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, the Ring of Honor tape library is currently available and will go to the highest bidder. The report noted that ROH is asking for much more than the current market dictates.
Barrasso stated that the library has been available for a while, with the company trying to privately sell the archive for more than a year. The library has been owned by Sinclair since 2012.
The archive notably includes All In, the 2018 AEW precursor event. ROH owns the footage for the event, despite AEW holding the trademark.
There has been speculation surrounding the interest of a number of parties following the initial report. Tony Khan recently noted that he has had talks regarding a potential AEW streaming deal, and ROH’s archive would definitely make an AEW streaming platform more attractive to fans.
Fans have also pointed out that WWE could feature ROH on the WWE Network, with the number of ROH alumni who eventually signed with the company, however a lot of top former ROH stars, such as Bryan Danielson and CM Punk, are signed elsewhere.
ROH notably announced that the promotion will take a hiatus in early 2022, releasing all talent from their contracts.
Bryan Alvarez has updated fans on the situation on Twitter, reporting that the library doesn’t appear to be for sale at this point:
From multiple sources in several companies, it does not appear the ROH tape library is for sale at this point.
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) October 28, 2021
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