How ROH Survived WWE’s Roster Raid, Big Names Moving, Vince’s Current Focus

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Ring of Honor COO and Vice President of Training and Development Joe Koff is very pleased that he managed to lock up Jay Lethal and The Young Bucks.

As we reported previously on WNW Premium, these three were his top priorities and he was willing to lose anyone other than them.

So as far as ROH is concerned, they've weathered the storm well so far during WWE's planned raid.

But one of the things that ROH really lucked out on though was ITV bringing back World of Sport Wrestling in the UK and WWE deciding to compete with a UK show of their own. We heard through a few people in the office that once Vince McMahon decided to go after World of Sport Wrestling and wanted to start signing a bunch of British talent, it took the focus a little bit off of raiding ROH.

WWE had been communicating with Lethal through intermediaries and as it got closer to Lethal's ROH contract expiring and ROH presented him with what they claimed was their final offer, it had been over a week since Lethal had heard anything from WWE and ultimately he decided to resign before his contract expired.

Another issue too is that so many UK guys signed low ball offers with WWE and so many cruiserweights for 205 Live have signed low ball offers that out bidding ROH for their top talent became far less appealing.

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