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The following article is part of our Weekly Overview Series to help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.
•Top Stories of the Week
- Many media outlets have reported that ROH’s Death Before Dishonor PPV drew less than 800 PPV buys. The peak attendance for the live crowd was around 900. But, it has also been reported that ROH was essentially giving out tickets for the event.
- These numbers mean that over June-September (a three month period) ROH’s PPV buyrate has dropped by over 77%. A 77% drop in any key metric over the same time frame would almost certainly result in the ousting of senior leadership at any publicly traded company.
•Live Event Results
There were no live events this week.
•Upcoming Major Show(s)
ROH Glory by Honor XVII
UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA
- PCO vs. Dalton Castle (Semifinal #1 contender tournament match)
- Marty Scurll vs. Jay Lethal (Semifinal #1 contender tournament match)
- Finals of the #1 contender tournament
- Alex Shelly vs. Jonathan Gresham
- The Briscoes vs. Luke Hawx and PJ Hawx
- A large Battle royal to face Rush for the ROH Championship
- Rush (c) vs. Battle Royal winner for the ROH World Championship
- Angelina Love (c) vs. Kelly Klein for the WOH World Title
- Glory by Honor XVII (PPV) 10/12/19
- ROH Honor United (Live Event) 10/25/19 in London, UK at York Hall
- ROH Honor United (Live Event) 10/26/19 in Newport, UK at The Newport Centre
- ROH Honor United (Live Event) 10/27/19 in Bolton, UK at the Bolton Whites Hotel UK
- ROH The Experience (Honorclub Event) 11/2/19 in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE
- ROH Unauthorized (Honorclub Event) 11/3/19 in Columbus, OH at Express Live
- ROH Survival of the Fittest (Honorclub Event) 11/9/19 in Dallas, TX at Gilley’s Dallas
- ROH Survival of the Fittest (Honorclub Event) 11/10/19 in San Antonio, TX at The Aztec Theatre
- ROH Final Battle (PPV) 12/13/19 in Baltimore, MD at the UMBC Event Center
All current live events are located on rohwrestling.com.
•Latest TV Highlights: 10/5/19 ROH Wrestling
ROH TV Results
October 5th, 2019
Villa Park, IL at Odeum Expo
Airing on Sinclair Networks and rohwrestling.com
- Rush defeated Barbaro Cavernario
- Caristico, Stuka Jr., and Volador Jr. defeated Rey Bucanero, Okumura, Hechicero
Check out the full detailed recap by Jason Powell at prowrestling.net
•Social Media Scene
Pretty cool for ol’ Vinny.
These are cool.
— タロ〜 (@WaaTarou) October 9, 2019
LOL, too little too late on that.
ROH is a complete and utter disaster right now. No one looking with an ounce of common sense could see the current product, booking, financials (PPV buys and attendance), and current TV presentation otherwise.
If you want to defend ROH in this moment, then you are also part of the problem. I personally would rather watch (in no particular order):
Rockstar Pro (local promotion in Dayton, Ohio)
Before I watch even one second of ROH’s product. This is a huge issue. Pro Wrestling is undergoing a literal renaissance at the moment. ROH is quickly and decisively becoming totally irrelevant. Smart people in the business are running not walking away from this brand. I fear at this point even a total rebuild may not save ROH. We may be in the final days of relevance for a once beloved source of wrestling.
Tyler has been a wrestling fan for 20 years. He’s from Columbus, Ohio. His Twitter account is @ringoftyler and he hosts a podcast over at @tandbwrestling.
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