As WWE "special events" will be offered by fewer pay-per-view (PPV) carriers, Ring of Honor (ROH) is getting into the game with their June show, Best in the World. This comes quickly on the heels of their announcement that they were giving internet PPV another go in May with a new partner.
The twelve year old independent promotion has been bringing back high profile former talents like AJ Styles and Chris Hero, and is now investing more heavily in distribution. Clearly, their COO Joe Koff and the Sinclair Broadcasting management see an opportunity for ROH to raise its profile. Will it work, or should they be more focused on increased production values and wider weekly television access?
Let us know what you think. Here's the full press release:
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."
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