Ring of Honor kicked off the Tony Khan era with Supercard of Honor on Friday night. The show saw AEW stars FTR defeat Jay and Mark Briscoe to become the promotion’s new tag team champions. Samoa Joe also made his shocking debut at Supercard, and it was announced shortly afterward that he had signed with AEW. The show ended up being a massive success.
Over 20,000 fans paid to watch the show on pay-per-view and streaming. Supercard of Honor was also available free to Honor Club members. Those numbers did not count, as only traditional PPV and direct streaming purchases counted toward the number. Tony Khan has to be thrilled with the result.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported the news. It was clarified that there were over 20,000 who paid full price for the show. We may never know how many watched on Honor Club.
“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. 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…
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. So, you know what I mean? I don’t know what that means as far as whatever, but I think that like, 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.”
There haven’t been any concrete plans announced for Ring of Honor just yet. Fan feedback on the event has been largely positive. Time will tell what comes next, but the ROH reboot is off to a very strong start.
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