Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff and roster member Mandy Leon recently spoke with Chuck Carroll of CBS Local Sports, to discuss the upcoming Women of Honor Tournament and the current state of women’s wrestling in ROH. As noted, the Women of Honor tournament will officially begin on January 20th in Nashville, and below are some interview highlights.
Mandy Leon on the goal of the upcoming Women of Honor tournament and evolving the division:
“The main goal was to get the title here and have a championship tournament, and we’re having it,” she said. “But I think the fact that the girls are left out of the creative process for the tournament as far as the booking goes, I think is smart. Because it’s going to be a surprise. It’s a surprise for all of us, and it makes it special in my opinion. I think, if we were so involved in it, it wouldn’t make it as special.”
Joe Koff on if ROH feels WWE upstaged the Women of Honor tournament by announcing the Women’s Royal Rumble match:
“Honestly, no,” said Koff. “We’re just two companies fighting and doing what we love. For them, it only makes sense to finally do a women’s Royal Rumble. For us, it only makes sense that we finally have a title. I think it’s just two separate entities just doing their own thing. I don’t think it’s going to take the shine away from us at all. I think this is a huge historic event. If anything, it might outshine theirs.”