Ring of Honor signed off on Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly being allowed on the Wrestle Kingdom 9 pay-per-view on January 4th. Despite what another site reported, there was an issue but they were able to work though that issue with allowing ROH talent on the pay-per-view. Joe Koff met with New Japan President Naoki Sugabayashi to straighten out the issues. There were also discussions between Koff and Sugabayashi about doing joint shows like they did in May. The shows should be announced shortly by both promotions. They’ll be similar to last year’s and they will return to New York, Toronto, and will expand to Chicago and at least one other market. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the show will have to be rushed more with nine matches on the card. Typically, the Tokyo Dome shows go 5 or 5 and a half hours with a 20 minute intermission in the middle of the show. The show on January 4th has a four hour limit and there’s nothing then can do about it. Because of the time limit, the ROH title will not be defended on the show and Adam Cole nor Jay Briscoe will be on the card.
The wrestlers on New Japan shows are given time cues but it’s not like WWE where they have to stress about it. On this show they will have to stress the time cues. If the show does 10,000 buys in North America then that would be considered a success. 7,000 or 8,000 would be considered okay. Less than 5,000 buys would be considered disappointing and will determine whether or not they do future co-promoted shows like this. The cost, from the North American side, is not too high because New Japan is handling most of the costs. Even Jeff Jarrett’s travel costs are covered since he’s wrestling on the show. Jarrett’s side would need to handle all the costs associated with the North American side (beaming the pay-per-view via satellite and the costs to get Jim Ross).
Jarrett has talked with Chael Sonnen about announcing for the Tokyo Dome show. Sonnen said that he took it as a courtesy call for someone who really wasn’t familiar with his work. Jim Ross noted on his podcast that the decision is up to Jarrett but Ross has significant input on who does announcing with him. Jarrett and Ross both want Mike Tenay but with the new TNA TV deal that doesn’t look likely. Kevin Kelly can’t do it because ROH is taping TV on January 3rd.
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