The first ROH show under the booking of AEW President Tony Khan took place with Supercard of Honor on Friday night. There were several memorable moments including the debut of Samoa Joe and FTR defeating Jay and Mark Briscoe to become the ROH Tag Team Champions.
Dave Meltzer reported on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio that the show did over 20,000 PPV buys, which is a great number for ROH. To make it even more impressive is the fact that fans who were subscribed to the Honor Club streaming service got to see the show for free.
“For Ring of Honor, they did over 20,000 buys between streaming and television. I don’t know how much over, but they beat 20,000. Which for that show, considering all the stuff that was going on all night, considering what Ring of Honor usually does, that’s a phenomenal number.”
Bryan Alvarez brought up the Honor Club numbers and it was just there for free.
“None of that [Honor Club] counts. If you get Honor Club, that’s a completely different metric. This would be 20,000 that don’t subscribe to Honor Club. I don’t know what Honor Club numbers are. If they were gigantic, we would know it. If they were gigantic, Sinclair wouldn’t have sold it. I don’t know what that means as far as whatever, but I think that to get over 20,000 paid is a pretty darn good number on that Friday night when you’ve got WrestleMania that weekend. You’re going head-to-head with the Hall of Fame. You’re going head-to-head with SmackDown. You’re going head to head with five other pay-per-views shows none of which came close to that number.”
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