The estimated PPV buys for last weekend’s ROH Death Before Dishonor show have now been revealed, and it appears it was more than doubled the PPV buys for ROH Supercard of Honor back in April.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer said:
It looks to have done about 36,100 buys, consisting of 27,000 digital and 9,100 from television. The first show did about 15,500 and 3,700 respectively, so numbers were nearly double streaming and cable buys were up 132 percent (well over double) and satellite buys were up 178 percent (nearly triple). It was more heavily promoted on AEW television, and was also on a Saturday night with no major wrestling competition. An interesting note is that this drew far more among the AEW PPV buyers. Of the fans who purchased the April show, 38.5 percent (about 7,400) purchased the prior AEW PPV, Revolution. Keep in mind Revolution did just over 170,000 buys in total. For this show, 67.4 percent of the buyers (estimated at 24,300) had purchased Forbidden Door and 68.2 percent (24,600) had purchased Double or Nothing.
The show also drew 3,100 total and 2,900 paid to the Paul Tsongas Center. It was the fourth largest crowd in history for the ROH brand, trailing the 2019 Madison Square Garden sellout with New Japan, a show in New Orleans headlined by Kenny Omega vs. Cody Rhodes, and a show in Lakeland, FL, headlined by The Young Bucks vs. Hardys in a ladder match. All three of those shows were held on WrestleMania weekend.
While the PPV buys were just a fraction of what you’d expect for a full on AEW show, the fact that it is so much higher than before will likely please Tony Khan and other big cheeses in AEW.
Tony Khan is yet to announce the next big ROH show, and it is believed he is still working hard to try and get ROH a weekly TV deal.
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