Ring of Honor shines in ‘The Wrestler’

rohbelt.jpgWe want to pass on this news story by Chris Gordon posted on www.app.com. It talks about the potential windfall ‘The Wrestler’ may have for ROH. In the early 80s, Vince McMahon used a recognizable wrestler who starred in a show you might have heard of, “Rocky III”, as the face for his business initiative to take over the wrestling industry. Hulk Hogan filmed his part in the film against Vince McMahon’s wishes and left the WWF for the AWA for a period afterwards. Vince had to wait until Gagne at AWA had completley burnt his working relationship with Hulk Hogan before Vince had his top face.

Vince doesn’t seem to have vision, but, he can recognize a good thing after the fact, and Vince apparently hates ‘The Wrestler.’ Why do we talk about this? Because we seriously are wondering if the ‘next big thing’ in wrestling is coming out of ROH- as McGuinness, or Necro Butcher, or if maybe, ROH is about to become the ‘next big thing.’ We’re wondering if Vince realises this, yet, or if he’s just got an uncomfortable rumble in his guts right now.

ROH is a hair’s breath away from a slot on TV and then we get to find out.

The filming of the movie “The Wrestler” initially didn’t leave a big impression on Ring of Honor wrestling champ Nigel McGuinness.

“There wasn’t much to it,” McGuinness said. “We didn’t know if it would be in movie theaters.”

McGuinness and his fellow Ring of Honor grapplers participated in several scenes of “The Wrestler” when the movie, starring Mickey Rourke, was filmed at the Dover Ballroom in Dover last March. Since then, industry buzz has grown around “The Wrestler” and Rourke’s performance, to such an extent that the actor just won a Golden Globe for his role.

“The Wrestler,” with a title song by Bruce Springsteen, is out in limited release and playing at the Montgomery Cinema in Montgomery Township.

McGuinness and the Ring of Honor crew come to the Inman Sports Club in Edison tonight.

“It was nice to see how movies get put together: that was exciting, and it was a fantastic learning experience,” said the British-born McGuinness. “I really enjoyed my time working on it, but I didn’t know if it would be released.”

McGuinness has a few lines in “The Wrestler,” which depicts the life of fictional wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Rourke), a journeyman grappler who wrestles in the Elizabeth area.

The attention that Rourke and “The Wrestler” is receiving just might draw interest to real-life wrestlers, like McGuinness, who aren’t in the big-ticket WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).

“I don’t know if it will shed a new light on wrestling, but it will be a look under the rock of stigmatized portrayals that this sports entertainment, or whatever you call it, usually gets,” McGuinness said. “There’s a lot of people who work outside the WWE and struggle to make the big time.”

The Ring of Honor offers good, old-school wrestling action without the superfluous nonsense associated with other wrestling organizations. McGuinness, who’s the champ, The Necro Butcher, also in the film, and Jerry Lynn, whose career has many similarities to Randy “The Ram” Robinson, will see action tomorrow in Edison.

McGuinness, by the way, is a bad guy. When he comes out there’s “nothing but boos,” he said.

“You can’t pick your family and you can’t pick your wrestling fans,” McGuinness said.


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