Re: ROH "Death Before Dishonor X" - 9/15/12 Chicago Ridge, IL
ROH don't see a problem with the product though and they'll just blame any decline on the tech errors and not the booking or in ring product.
They can't "drop Sinclair". ROH is Sinclair's to do what they want with it. They can't go back to the DVD exclusive format even if they wanted to. The TV Deal is there until they die. The show schedule needs to change though. Taping a month at a time or however many episode they do right now in between iPPVs and DVD shows just isn't feasible. Not like they never had that problem with PPV or HDNet before either so they should have been able to foresee the continuity errors that would come. Ideally, they need to run tapings every other week and air them within 2 weeks or just use the TV for running 2 hour specials say twice a month and either do them live or tape them no more than a week prior.
I said as soon as they started doing more than 4 iPPVs a year that the buys would decrease. No doubt they'll blame GFL for their tech errors in initially losing them fans so once again the booking and in ring product don't take the fall. They're not WWE or TNA. They don't have enough hours of TV to run an iPPV every 4-6 weeks. The 4 a year worked really well because they could have a huge main event on every iPPV and then get some really strong build in between iPPVs. 4 a year was really easy for the less hardcore fans to follow. You knew when they did an iPPV it was one of their big shows of the year and that it'd probably deliver. Plus 4 a year is really easy to ask fans to pay for to stream the show. Now the fans who don't actively follow ROH don't know which iPPV is a big one and which isn't. It's much easier to do 4 a year and get say 3,000 fans to buy all of them than running 8 a year and expecting say 1,500-2,000 to buy them all with slight fluctuations.
Long story short, they tried to be something they could never be with the money, talent available and show formats.