Shane Taylor recently appeared as a guest on the Tru Heel Heat podcast for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.
During the appearance, the former ROH Television Champion spoke at length about the ROH Final Battle 2021 pay-per-view in December and explains what the promotion did that disappointed him.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview where he explains what disappointed him and why.
On being disappointed in ROH for playing the special cameo videos during the Final Battle PPV: "It’s disappointing. It’s not Punk’s fault or anything, I’m not trying to blame him. It’s one of those things…Ring of Honor’s first slogan was Fiercely Independent. That’s something that resonates with me. This was Ring of Honor’s, supposed to be, Ring of Honor’s last night to stand on its own two feet, show that pride, show that grit, show that heart, and show that we could do this and make changes and do whatever we had to by ourselves. To me, that’s what that night was supposed to symbolize. I understand all the special appearances and all that stuff that needed to happen. Fantastic, great. A lot of what the video packages did kind of just took time away from everybody that was there that has been fighting and trying to keep this place going for years. I feel the younger versions of those guys would have understood the same message that I said, which was, ‘this night is about us, not anybody else.’ This was about us, right now, the people here right now. That was really my thing. You could have had all of these special moments on pay-per-view if we had done things and produced things a little differently."
On how it would have been better if ROH just put all those videos on social media: "There is no reason why all of the promos and talking points, while great, couldn’t have been put out the week of Final Battle on everyone’s individual social media. We love ROH, go see the show.’ All of that could have been done and you could have saved 45 minutes or so on pay-per-view for talent to go out there and absolutely showcase everything they had to showcase, which was my only point. This was supposed to be about us. If anybody is upset about that, they can be upset. I feel as though if you had asked the younger version’s everyone, they would have agreed with me."
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