Colt Cabana on Returning to Ring of Honor – “It’s time to let bygones be bygones.”

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Colt Cabana spoke with WrestleZone Radio about his ROH return and more. Some highlights are below:

On his ROH return: “They asked me for so long to come back. Especially when Jim (Cornette) left the company. He was the reason I wasn’t there in the first place. They asked me to come back and I had a chip on my shoulder. I didn’t think it was right. It’s been five years and I didn’t like the way that I was asked to leave the company. It’s been five years and I was like, “I’m going to let this go.” There’s a lot of people out there that still go, “Are you with Ring of Honor?” They know the idea of Ring of Honor, they know I was there but obviously there were some that weren’t even watching. Now it’s a whole new fan base as opposed to when I was there. I am still in the prime of my career and I am still going. I am on the road 150-200 days a year. I’m still doing it. I was like, “It’s time to let bygones be bygones.” Essentially do it for the fans and the platform that they have for the new fans to see what I do.”

On helping to launch Pro Wrestling Tees and helping other indy pro wrestlers become able to make wrestling their main job: “There’s a lot of my friends that I knew were great. Through the podcast it was almost like I was booking a wrestling show. With the idea of, “I’m trying to get this guy over. I’m trying to get Cliff Compton over. I’m trying to get Luke Gallows over.” That’s what the podcast was. I have the ability to get these guys over just by letting them being them. Merchandise is something that I’ve always done. I’ve always loved the old timers and that’s something they would do. It seemed like there was a way to make it happen almost on a sweeter level. I hooked up with One Hour Tees in Chicago. We became great friends. With the podcast I was making good money with t-shirt sales even on-line. A lot of the wrestlers were just too lazy to do what I was doing. So what happens is I happened to pick up the slack and I reached out to handful of my wrestling friends. I said, “Hey, if I can get these guys to take your orders, print the shirts, ship them out and you don’t have to do anything but collect money… would you do it? And I’m going to give you a sweet cut?” They all said, “Yes.” The first group was Kevin Steen, The Young Bucks, Joey Ryan, Chris Hero, myself and maybe Beth Phoenix and John Morrison. I don’t think they did it at first. Just out of laziness. I don’t know. They were like, “Oh, another thing that Colt’s doing.” These guys started making money and they told a friend and it happened so organically and small. Within the industry this wrestlers told this wrestlers, “Hey, I’m making money! I’m making money!” People wanted these shirts. People wanted these wrestlers and it was finally happening. All the wrestlers were like, “Oh my God! We’re making money! We’re doing alright!” Some of the guys like The Young Bucks and Steen… you know, Steen quit his job. He was doing so well with the extra money and income. Before he went to WWE he was working at a warehouse at midnight. He’s Kevin Owens now, obviously. Through great wrestling, being a great wrestler and this extra income from t-shirts he was able to quit his job and concentrate on wrestling. What happens next? He’s at WrestleMania.”

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