Last Saturday’s Death Before Dishonor event was the second Ring of Honor pay-per-view event to be presented by AEW President Tony Khan.
In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that the early estimates show the event did 36,100 PPV buys, consisting of 27,000 digital and 9,100 from television.
In April, the PPV buys for ROH Supercard of Honor were “about 15,500 and 3,700 respectively.” Death Before Dishonor was up 132 percent and 178 percent from what the April event did.
Khan did promote the show more on AEW television, and it was held on a Saturday night with no major wrestling competition, unlike Supercard of Honor, which was held on a Friday night during WrestleMania weekend.
Of the fans who purchased the April show, 38.5 percent (about 7,400) purchased the prior AEW PPV, Revolution. That AEW PPV event did just over 170,000 buys. For Death Before Dishonor, 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.
Death Before Dishonor drew 3,100 fans and had 2,900 paid at the Paul Tsongas Center, which was the fourth largest crowd in history for ROH, just behind the 2019 Madison Square Garden sellout with NJPW, a show in New Orleans headlined by Kenny Omega vs. Cody Rhodes, and a show in Lakeland, FL that was main evented by The Young Bucks vs. Hardys in a ladder match.
The difference between those shows and Death Before Dishonor is those shows were held on WrestleMania weekend.
Khan is yet to announce the next big ROH show, but the belief is he still working hard to try to get ROH a weekly TV deal.