On Thursday, Ring of Honor announced that both of their May joint-shows with New Japan Pro Wrestling would be seen live on Ustream.
After Best in the World 2013, ROH decided that they would no longer have live iPPVs because they were having so many problems. Ever since then, their fans have been clamoring for them to find a new way to broadcast live iPPVs in any way possible. It appears they may have found a match in Ustream.
Ustream is a highly respected streaming serviced that has been broadcasting NJPW events for over two years, according to ROHWrestling.com.
Both shows will be available at the same price as typical ROH events, $14.95, which seems like an acceptable price for two of the most highly-anticipated shows of the year.
Here’s the best part: unlike ROH iPPVs in the past, these shows will be streamed in high definition.
This is good news for any ROH fan. Since last June, it has been impossible to watch an ROH iPPV live, even when it came to December and the biggest show of the year, Final Battle, the fans were left in the dark until the VOD became available a few days later. It may not seem like a big deal, but at that point it’s easier for fans to look up the results and for ROH to never see a dime.
If all goes well on these two shows, ROH may look to partner with Ustream on more events and make them their provider for iPPVs. ROH is the third biggest wrestling company in the United States, having live iPPVs would be a good way to start acting like it.