CBS Sports Local interview with Joe Koff
Host: Chuck Carroll
Full interview available at Sports.cbslocal.com
On ROH’s deal with Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy and how long they will appear for the company: The Hardys was [an] almost serendipitous situation. We obviously had them booked for Lakeland on April 1st… When they chose not to renew with Impact, we saw an opportunity. They are with us for the immediate future. They want to keep their options open.
On Bully Ray joining the company and when that decision was made: We told him what we had in mind and how he would fit in his role in Ring of Honor. He made the decision [that] this is where he wanted to be… He was interested in a longer-term deal.
Whether there has been any discussions with WWE about ROH content appearing on WWE Network: No. No, no, no. It’s very flattering and humbling to us [being mentioned in a WWE survey]. It validates what we’ve done. But let’s face it, a lot of their current competitors are ROH guys, and we have their history.
On Christopher Daniels and his title shot at ROH’s 15th Anniversary event: Does he deserve that shot? Yes, he deserves that shot. Will he earn it? I don’t know. I really don’t know that. I stay out of that… I have people that I entrust to do their jobs. While I like to know what’s going on, I’m not dictating what’s going on. That’s a danger.
Whether Adam Cole is someone ROH can be built around: Do I think he’s the face of the brand? I don’t. There are five or 10 other guys who, to me, have equal faces in that brand. That’s not what we do, we don’t elevate people to that level.
Other topics include Koff elaborating on the Hardys’ and Bully Ray’s futures, what led to their contract signings, plans for international growth, current talks to get clearance in two or three other countries.