Ring of Honor's (ROH) Showdown in the Sun (SITS) two-day WrestleMania weekend event should have been a morale-lifting success after a year of disappointing house show gates and lower than expected internet pay-per-view (iPPV) buys.
The first night of SITS saw two exceptionally good matches from the co-main event and the headliner. Kevin Steen and El Generico wrote the final chapter in their career-defining rivalry and the long-standing grudge between the trio of ROH World Champion Davey Richards, his former partner Eddie Edwards and stalwart contender Roderick Strong saw all three men battle it out at the same time.
But it was Night Two which should have gotten fans talking. And while it did, it was for all the wrong reasons.
The second day of the event was headlined by Richards defending his title against "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin. It was an utterly fantastic match, one Dave Meltzer awarded five stars. Everyone watching immediately knew they had seen a little slice of history.
Unfortunately for ROH, there was a period during the event where it was uncertain if anyone -- save for those in attendance -- would even see the match.
Three matches into the show -- during T.J. Perkins's match with CHIKARA's Fire Ant -- the GoFightLive stream died leaving everyone who ordered the event out of luck. The stream returned momentarily during an impromptu promo from "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett but died again before the next match could begin.
In total, fans missed out on two matches which assuredly left a bad taste in their mouth. ROH did the right thing by offering the matches for free on YouTube but this sort of situation is exactly what the promotion doesn't need.
And it appears ROH has decided GoFightLive will no longer tarnish its reputation.
Find out what Kevin Kelly had to say after the jump.
When asked on Twitter if ROH's foray into Canada next month, Border Wars, would be on iPPV, the play by play commentator had this to say:
Yes. Not on GFL though, thank God
While Kelly didn't reveal how the show would be streamed, it appears as if the promotion has severed ties with GoFightLive. So what options does ROH have?
They could certainly go in-house and stream their shows themselves. However, it would stand to reason this may lead to some growing pains and even more issues than we've seen in the past, at least for a short while.
Another possibility would be HybridEnt.TV which currently works with Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Japan's Big Japan Wrestling and Germany's Westside Xtreme Wrestling.
A third -- and least likely -- option is hooking up with WWNLive.com which is partly owned by former ROH booker Gabe Sapolsky. Seeing as how there is no love loss between the promotion and their ex-employee, this theoretical partnership doesn't seem very likely.
Know of any other sites ROH can turn to, Cagesiders? Are you more or less likely to pick up Border Wars now?