AEW President Tony Khan has provided a new update on his plans for ROH, ahead of a potential TV deal announcement.
Since Khan announced that he had acquired ROH in March, the promotion has only hosted two live events, the Supercard of Honor and Death Before Dishonor pay-per-views in April and July respectively.
Tony Khan has previously confirmed that he’s pursuing a ROH TV deal, but for now, ROH titles are defended on AEW TV.
During the post-Full Gear media scrum, Tony Khan noted that he’s considered a lot of options, including creating a ROH YouTube series.
Discussing his current plans for the promotion, Khan said:
“I’ve definitely considered a lot of options, but I think it would be hasty when there are other options out there, to jump into something. It’s a pretty valuable property.
“For example, even the pay-per-views, for an AEW pay-per-view, it would be 25% or so of what you might get for an AEW pay-per-view or less than 25%.
“Say a number like 35,000 buys, at the price point for Ring of Honor, which is also a lower price point.
“On the one hand, for AEW, it’s not bad revenue, but on the other hand it’s not something I see cannibalizing the AEW pay-per-view product because the AEW pay-per-view buys have been pretty stable while we’ve done the Ring of Honor pay-per-views.
“For the TV, I really would like to get that going and I see it as a weekly series. Because it’s such a major leap, I’ve been holding off on.
“Yeah, I could easily just do a YouTube show, but I think it deserves something better than that.
“It would be like going from, doing a YouTube show as a placeholder…it would be a trade off because it would be beneficial by not having some matches that could take away from other matches that would feature people in AEW, but I also think a lot of people from Ring of Honor that would featured like the champions happen to be some of the biggest names in AEW like Chris Jericho, Samoa Joe, FTR.
“At times, those have been good to show, but I also try to keep it balanced to where it’s not the whole show.”
Chris Jericho, the current ROH World Champion, defended his gold against Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli and Sammy Guevara at AEW Full Gear.
On the November 23 edition of Dynamite, NJPW’s Tomohiro Ishii will challenge for Jericho’s gold.
ROH’s next pay-per-view, Final Battle, will take place on December 10 in Arlington, Texas.
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