Sinclair's Wrestling Outlet Tries to Distance Themselves from the Mothership


Some of you know, but many of you likely do not know that along with TV stations, Sinclair owns Ring of Honor, which is a smaller version of the WWE a wrestling outlet.

This isn’t real wrestling mind you, it’s the fake stuff that people make fun of all the time.

The Pro Wrestling Sheet talked to Sinclair’s Ring of Honor boss and he seems to try and distance himself from Sinclair a bit.

The website writes that Sinclair Broadcasting, who own Ring of Honor, has been criticized this year for requiring their local news outlets to air “must-run” segments about controversial topics … but ROH COO Joe Koff doesn’t believe it affects how people look at their wrestling company.

Koff was interviewed by WrestlingInc’s Nick Hausman and the topic of Sinclair’s “must-read” segments were briefly touched upon while he was promoting this weekend’s Final Battle event.

For those unaware, Sinclair stations aired a segment last month defending the use of tear gas on child migrants attempting to cross the border. The company also required stations to run a segment in June stating the Trump administration’s policy to separate children from their families at the border and place them in detention centers was just a case of “liberal” media getting hysterical.

“That is an overblown, overplayed media kind of fodder that people like to pick on,” Koff told Wresting Inc. “Those situations are so immaterial to the amount of content that we produce, it just gets picked up because people like to pick that stuff up.”

“I could tell you that the number of people who have told me that they would not watch Ring of Honor because we’re owned by Sinclair maybe has been one person in seven years.” Adding, “It has nothing to do with what we do. There’s no politics inside of Ring of Honor as any fan would know. We operate autonomously to that whole scenario.”

Koff does give credit to the Sinclair news department for including ROH talent on their talk shows to promote events, but notes there’s no further involvement between the two arms of the company.

In other words, the guy that oversees fake wrestling is trying to say don’t put him in the same basket as the Sinclair TV stations.

You know it’s bad when a wrestling outlet is saying, don’t blame us for their news.