RING OF HONOR DEBUTS ON LIVE PAY-PER-VIEW WITH BEST IN THE WORLD 2014 ON SUNDAY JUNE 22
Baltimore, MD (April 17, 2014) – Ring of Honor Wrestling Entertainment, LLC (“ROH”) today announced that they have agreed to deliver live Pay-Per-View programming starting with Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 emanating from Nashville, TN on Sunday June 22nd at the Nashville Fairgrounds.
For the first time ever, fans will be able to experience a marquee ROH event live at home via all major cable or satellite providers and witness next generation wrestling innovation, epic rivalries and world championship bouts.
Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 will feature the likes of: Matt Hardy, Kevin Steen, the Briscoe Brothers, ROH World Champion Adam Cole, “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal, as well as, Playboy cover girl and the first woman of ROH, Maria Kanellis and other elite wrestlers from ROH.
The start time for Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 is 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST with a runtime of 3 hours. The event is rated TV-14 and will be available in High-Definition. The suggested retail price is $24.95 (SD).
In conjunction with ROH’s debut on live Pay-Per-View, ROH has moved Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2014 from Saturday night to Sunday. Customers that have already purchased tickets for Saturday can use those tickets for Sunday. If unable to attend, ROH will provide a refund. Tickets should be mailed back to: Ring of Honor Wrestling, 2000 West 41st St., Baltimore, MD 21211. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or more information.
“We are thrilled to announce that ROH is now available live on Pay-Per-View via cable and satellite,” said Joe Koff, Chief Operating Officer of ROH. “Fans hungry for the best wrestling in the world will now have access to their favorite brand of wrestling from the comfort of their couch in stunning high definition, which is something our customers have been demanding for some time. We’re happy to deliver on that starting this June with Best in the World.”
For more information on Ring of Honor, visit: www.ROHwrestling.com Follow ROH on Twitter: @RingofHonor Like ROH at: Facebook.com/RingofHonor
Check your local listings to see where you can watch Ring of Honor TV each and every week or subscribe and watch online at: www.ROHWrestling.com.
I get that iPPV hasn't really worked out for them, but live PPV costs a ton of money to put on, and I really don't think ROH has a big enough fan base to make this work. It didn't work for ECW, and ECW was kind of a cool niche thing when wrestling was hot.
It's also hard to justify a $25 (or more in HD) PPV purchase when $25 gets you 2.5 months of the WWE Network.
All told, this seems like a great way for ROH to lose a bunch of money they don't have. Having said that, I might order the show if the card looks good. I do like to support alternatives to WWE.
This is not ROH's first trip to PPV. They tried it back in 2007 with taped shows. I recall it doing well the first show but less so as they went on, but the big idea was to get new eyes on ROH and it didn't quite work out.
This time, the PPVs are live and they have TV to build towards them (though the TV doesn't seem to have great strength.) The problem is they're not just competing with WWE Network pricing, but they're also competing with Ring Of Honor iPPV pricing. They previously announced they're trying uStream for shows with NJPW wrestlers on May 10th and May 17th for $14.95, or half the price of the conventional PPV. I'm sure they'll build to a big show on conventional PPV, but the NJPW guys are bigger deals to ROH's own fans. Are they going to want to pay twice as much later for a show with only their guys? (Will it be only their guys?)
On the other other hand, people paying $60-$70 for WrestleMania when they could've also gotten 5 more PPVs for the same price maybe means price isn't as big a factor as we think it is.
I don't see this going on very long. I just hope that when it ends it doesn't bring the whole company down with it. We need more than just WWE and NXT as far as pro wrestling goes ...
I agree that $25 is pretty ridiculous for this day and age, compared to where else you could spend your entertainment dollars (ie the Network). Especially when I've only even heard of a few of the people listed, and the biggest name they have is a WWE reject. On the other hand, TNA has been able to keep doing PPV for awhile, but they at least have a show on Spike TV to promote it. I don't think RoH has a weekly TV deal, though I wouldn't be surprised if they had some kind of webcast. And if they don't, they definitely need to. Preferably BEFORE setting up their first live PPV ...
EDIT: I stand corrected, so RoH does have a show? What channel is it on? I may check it out if it's not on one of those weird obscure stations I don't have.
It's likely on your local MyNetwork/Cw/Fox station. I don't know where you live, but Sinclair (their parent company) likely owns a station in your market.
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Ring of Honor has gotten quite a few mentions on WWE.com and on the Network, thanks to the rise of Bryan, Rollins, and Cesaro. It might not be that bad an idea to capitalize on that. There have got to be WWE fans that have never checked it out before and would use this as an opportunity.
Originally posted by SchippeWreckRing of Honor has gotten quite a few mentions on WWE.com and on the Network, thanks to the rise of Bryan, Rollins, and Cesaro. It might not be that bad an idea to capitalize on that. There have got to be WWE fans that have never checked it out before and would use this as an opportunity.
I haven't watched RoH since the very early days. They're what solidified me as a fan of Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels and, though I didn't realize it until much later, Daniel Bryan/American Dragon. I also watched some later stuff with Samoa Joe and CM Punk. How's the talent these days? Is it like ECW post-WCW raiding or have they managed to keep a steady stream of new blood coming in to replace guys like Joe, Bryan and Daniels?
Ring of Honor is solid wrestling - it lacks pretty much all the pizazz of WWE and TNA, but makes up for it with some fantastic action. I love their weekly shows, and if they air on PPV, I will definitely order then,