Ring of Honor Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling announced today through a press release that their May 10 ‘Global Wars’ show in Toronto and May 17 ‘War of Worlds’ show in New York City will air live in HD on Ustream.com. The events will cost $14.95 each and will be available on-demand after they air live. These events can be ordered in advance of airing live at UStream.TV or purchased day-of via Paypal or on any major credit card.
Ustream is a reputable streaming website which has handled New Japan events internationally for the past two years. The website has been rated the #1 live online video streaming platform and winning the 2013 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards, according to today’s press release.
ROH has a checkered past with internet pay-per-view with several past attempts at streaming premium events dealing with serious technical issues, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of the company’s fanbase. This is considered a risky proposition for the company to once again dip their toes into the iPPV pool, but the partnership with a much bigger wrestling group in NJPW and a widely acclaimed service in Ustream should give fans piece of mind, that ROH is trying to put on their best effort with these anticipated events.
ROH's Chief Operating Officer Joe Koff is supporting the new iPPV effort. "Through this technology and our production team, fans have an awesome opportunity to enjoy two of the biggest shows of the year live. Ustream is an industry leader in video streaming infrastructure with exceptional reliability for distribution of its live streaming events and we’re excited to collaborate with them on offering these events to our customers worldwide." said Koff in today's press release.
ROH and NJPW are already seeing buzz from these two co-promoted events. The New York City show at the Hammerstein Ballroom is already sold-out with 1,800 seats. The Toronto show is close to sold-out at the Ted Reeves Arena. ROH is getting the more attention here with this rare integration of Japan’s biggest wrestling stars, than they have in the recent past.
ROHWrestling.com confirmed last week that the following New Japan stars will perform on May 10 and May 17 shows.
• IWGP Heavyweight Champion, “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada
• IWGP Intercontinental Champion, Hiroshi Tanahashi
• Jushin "Thunder" Liger
• “King of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura
• Gedo & Jado
• Yujiro KUSHIDA
• Takaaki Watanabe
Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles is also set to compete on both of these shows. On the May 10 'Glopbal Wars' show, “Mr Wrestling” Kevin Steen will challenge the winner of the Jay Briscoe vs. Adam Cole match for the ROH World title at Supercard of Honor VIII which takes place on Friday April 4 at John A. Alario Sr. Event Center in Westwego, Louisana. ROH regularly runs a 'double-shot' of shows in the same market as WWE's Wrestlemania on the two days prior to the Mania stadium show. For more info, go to rohwrestling.com
Pro Wrestling Examiner’s Perspective: This collaboration is also a coup for NJPW who hold a strong position as one of the biggest wrestling promotion in the world behind WWE, drawing thousands to events all over Japan including their annual ‘Wrestle Kingdom’ mega-show at the world-famous Tokyo Dome. NJPW recently flexed it’s branding muscle, by entering into a deal with Asian merchandise titan Hello Kitty. On top of that good news, rumors ran rampant over the weekend that NJPW had signed the biggest free agent in pro wrestling AJ Styles to a one year deal, read the details on that deal here.