Joe Hendry is chomping at the bit to get back out to America and rejoin Ring of Honor.
In late 2019, the Scot signed an exclusive deal with Ring of Honor but with the COVID-19 pandemic bringing the world to a halt in 2020, he’s been confined to his homeland.
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Although travel restrictions are beginning to lift, Hendry is yet to make his return to the promotion and he has been contributing with his intellect and observations until the time is right.
Hendry can be found on Ring of Honor’s YouTube channel, but with their 19th Anniversary show having just passed, talkSPORT took the chance to get his opinions on their stars of today.
Everyone knows Ring of Honor is a place where legends like Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Samoa Joe and many more made their name and Hendry believes they have another forging that illustrious path.
“I’ll tell you who the guy is, I’ll tell you who the top talent is right now – it’s Jonathan Gresham, in my opinion,” Hendry started.
“Now that’s controversial because a lot of people will feel it should be the heavyweight champion, but I think what Ring of Honor has done is give equal weighting to the Pure division which allows us to steer into that niche and I think that’s a real unique selling point for the company.
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“I think that Jonathan Gresham is that breakthrough talent. I can’t remember who it was, but someone the other day in an interview compared him to Daniel Bryan in Ring of Honor and I thought that was a good comparison.
“The thing I really like about Jonathan Gresham is he has stuck by his beliefs and principles of what a professional wrestling match should be and I’ve seen him follow those principles from when I first saw him wrestle at PCW in 2013, when he wasn’t as well known, to now.
“Shane Taylor is another person. Regardless of where they were, they still saw themselves at the very top. That’s the mentality I had when I got in. And to see people have that mentality, it inspires me to think when I get back, you know what, I need to get back into that zone.
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“The advice I give people is, you have to already see yourself as the world champion. WHat are the paths you’re going to take to get there?
“But with Gresham, being in Foundation, I think they’re a great faction who represent what Ring of Honor is and can be, but that needs balance as well.”
Ring of Honor is apart of the very fabric of professional wrestling today and coming off the back of a great anniversary show, Hendry thinks their influence is undeniable.
If you look at what is considered top quality wrestling these days, you only need to look back to what Ring of Honor was doing 10-15… 19 years ago! I think they played a huge role in defining what professional wrestling is.
So when will Hendry return?
“I’ve got myself in great shape. I’m ready to jump on a plane and get over there right now. But, I have to respect the restrictions and the health and safety protocols currently in place.
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“When they tell me it’s time, I’ll do whatever the company needs me to do. Until then, you can catch me at Technique Tuesdays on the Ring of Honor YouTube channel.
“Basically what it is, it gives you a nice little review of the show almost. So I go through the matches that take place on the show, but I also break down the moves in a scientific way.
“I’m fortunate that I studied judo for a long time. I did amatuer wrestling as an adult and using that, I can see where a lot of the moves have originated from, whether it’s wrestling, ju-jitsu, judo, whatever.
“So if you’ve ever wondered why does the triangle choke work? Or why is a close line so devastating? Why would you do a deadlift suplex as opposed to a normal suplex? Why a snap suplex? What is the psychology behind that?
“And I think that’s something we haven’t covered in the industry in great detail, so that kind of analysis fits the product perfectly.”
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