As first reported a while back by the Wrestling Observer newsletter, Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling announced this week that the January 4th Tokyo Dome will air on pay-per-view in the United States and Canada. The show will air live at 2am eastern/11pm pacific time on a late Saturday. The show will start after the finish of the big Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier UFC pay-per-view so it will be interesting to see if the UFC show affects the buys negatively for this show. They will also replay the show on Sunday from 7-11pm eastern time. The show will have a four hour window.
All major pay-per-view carries in the United States and Canada have agreed to carry the show. The original idea was to charge $24.95 for the show but there are negotiations going on so that price could change, according to the latest Observer report.
If the show does well then the plan is regularly.
There is still the issue with ROH talents being on the show. As noted last week, Jeff Jarrett (and Scott D’Amore) met with ROH head Joe Koff. Dave Meltzer said that it was described to him as more of an introduction and shake hands meeting with nothing decided. Also, no deal was reached regarding ROH helping promote the 1/4 show on their TV after Final Battle. Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish, and the ROH champion were all earmarked for the 1/4 show and there were supposed to include NWA and ROH title defenses on the show. The talent from ROH expected on the show were told that they would still be on the show but their match would not air on pay-per-view in the United States so those matches would be dark matches.
An ROH source said that everything was in flux but things will get worked out when all is said and done. Another person echoed those same thoughts by saying they believed things would get worked out by the show time. The other issue is that Sinclair doesn’t really understand wrestling but the generally feeling is tha things will get worked out.
Joe Koff said taht as of now nothing from ROH is officially booked for the 1/4 show at this time and there is nothing to talk about until a deal is signed. Two other sources said that New Japan has already purchased airfare for some ROH talent so that makes things awkward. The ROH talent affected by this are said to be privately very down about this situation.
Talks with Jim Ross and Mike Tenay are continuing but Tenay’s decision will likely rely on what happens with TNA. Ross’ deal might be difficult to close because of the limited budget tied to how many buys they get on pay-per-view in the United States.
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