Ring of Honor has revealed plans to begin filming new episodes of their weekly television show this month. In a press release, ROH said they would start filming shows in Maryland with only essential staff and talent. No fans will be present at the shows. It sounds like they may be doing something closer to what Impact Wrestling does, with no wrestlers in the ringside area acting as a "crowd," compared to what WWE and AEW have been doing, though we'll have to wait and see.
Here's how the press release explained it:
With the safety and health of talents, staff and production crew at the forefront, Ring of Honor Wrestling will return to producing new episodes of the "Ring of Honor Wrestling" television program this August 2020 in the home state of Maryland.
ROH will adhere to a very stringent protocol as well as the regulations set in place by the Maryland State Athletic Commission. ROH will be instituting the necessary testing and safety measures in a continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There will be no fans or staff who are not essential to the production present during these events.
Ring of Honor's last events were the cancelled 18th Anniversary and Past vs Present shows in Las Vegas last March 13th and 14th. Since then, the company has opted to cease taping operations until there was a safe way to resume. These new tapings will pick up right where ROH left off with a focus on the ROH Pure Title Tournament, which had been originally scheduled for April.
"Taking care of our people during this difficult time has been and still is our No. 1 priority," said ROH COO Joe Koff. "That's why we have spent many weeks working alongside the Maryland State commission in gearing towards our return to producing wrestling action. The strictest of protocols, testing, and measures will be in place to assure us of this directive."
We wish them the best of luck.