Current WWE star Joaquin Wilde has explained how he created a previous logo for the company Ring of Honor.
Wilde notably created the logo that ROH used from 2002 to 2004 after winning a competition to design the image.
Speaking with Ryan Satin on the Out of Character podcast, Wilde noted that he was originally interested in the prize of ‘five free wrestling tapes’ that ROH offered the winner of the contest.
Noting that he and his brother sent off entries for the competition, Wilde said:
“Ring of Honor, they put up a thing on the internet saying like, ‘Design the Ring of Honor logo and win five free wrestling tapes.’
“Back in those days, this was when tape trading, VHS tapes, were a thing. I was very much a tape trader when I was a teenager. I’m like, ‘Five free tapes. That’s $100 worth of tapes and they’re masters. I can trade these masters for like two or three dubs each. I can get a lot of tapes for this.’
“My brother was interested in graphic design at a super young age. I was 14 or 15 when this Ring of Honor thing happened, so my brother would have been 12 or 13.
“He had already purchased Photoshop for himself at age 12. He spent his birthday money on Photoshop. We’re talking 2001. It’s just so strange.
“It’s like, what 12-year-old takes their birthday money and buys Photoshop? It’s funny because that’s his humble beginnings. Now my brother is a graphic designer for the NBA.
“He has big clients. He just did something for Future, the rapper. He’s doing big stuff now, but his start was, yeah, age 12, Photoshop, just playing around making graphics.
“So when the Ring of Honor opportunity happened, I went to my brother and I said, ‘You have to make this logo. We got to win these tapes.’ So my brother made a logo.
“Then just to give myself another chance at winning, I was like, alright, I’m gonna make one too.’ I was not as good at Photoshop as he was, but I was okay.
“So I made the logo. I came up with a little slogan, ‘We don’t imitate, we innovate.’ We sent both logos to the contest, and would you believe it? I won.
“The one time that I beat my brother in some artistic endeavor, I got the five free tapes and then I got free tickets to any Ring of Honor show that I wanted.”
The Latino World Order star went on to make his ROH in-ring debut in 2009, before wrestling several matches for the promotion in 2010.
Wilde, along with the rest of Latino World Order, was drafted to SmackDown during the second night of the WWE Draft.
Shoutout to 15 year old me, Paint Shop Pro 6 and the Dark Crystal font https://t.co/XKEm0OczWV— Joaquin Wilde (@joaquinwilde_) October 28, 2021
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