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Facts About Ring Of Honor Only Hardcore Fans Know
Local tape trader Rob Feinstein had made a huge profit by making a deal to sell all ECW videos, rebranding them to RF Video, but things went south when ECW folded in 2001. So, Feinstein began Ring Of Honor as the RF Video-backed promotion, writing, "We already even had talks of starting up our own little promotion in Philly."
An RF-Video Promotion
The working relationship between NJPW and ROH was ruined in April 2005, when the latter hosted the qualifier tournament for NJPW's Best of the Super Junior tournament. Although the original plan was to have James Gibson or Bryan Danielson win the opening round, NJPW ordered ROH to have Dragon Soldier B come out victorious.
The Relationship With NJPW
In 2003, the ROH wrestling school was run by CM Punk as the head trainer, before he resigned from the position to sign with WWE in 2005. The next year, the school was taken over by Bryan Danielson, who ran the school for several months, admitting, "Their attendance was not very good."
The ROH Wrestling School
When the company started in 2002, Ring Of Honor made it known that the ROH champion shouldn't lose in any other indies. This rule became more relaxed over the years, but Mike Johnson said that ROH "went well out of their way to protect the credibility of the championship and always asked whoever held that belt to not do jobs on the independent scene."
ROH Champion Cannot Lose
Rob Feinstein was forced out of ROH after being caught on camera by WCAU-TV in 2004 as part of an attempt to expose men who sought out sexual encounters with children online. Although Feinstein maintains that evidence against him was doctored to remove him from the company, he had to leave quickly.
Rob Feinstein Busted