I had assumed Frontier was hurting Chicago's chances of getting bigger ROH events before last year's NJPW event. Back when this was a cherished market for ROH, bigger shows, like the 06 Wrestlemania weekend cards, were a real strain on that venue. One bathroom for 1,500 people is just a bad idea.
Not that I'm arguing with getting Kenny Omega, but I do hope more NJPW guys come over for this tour. This would be a smaller crew from the company than what is usually presented at these joint shows.
It is disappointing that this taping is scheduled during the Best of the Super Juniors, meaning Scurll and Ospreay won't be here. As far as I know, those two have never wrestled here.
Also don't help that ROH has lost so much talent in the past year. Roderick, Cole, O'Reilly, letting Keith Lee slip off to Evolve, Elgin, Lio Rush. Still plenty of good wrestlers, but this card is also missing the Briscoes.
Was that the joint show with Great Lakes Wrestling? Think that might of had anything to do with it? [/quote]
It was that joint show. The main event featured two of their guys, Dave Herro and Damon Nelson, teaming with Al Snow and Abyss. Pretty much all the offense from Herro and Nelson looked awful. If the goal was to pop the crowd with local guys, it didn't work, because very few seemed to know who they were.
The match dragged on, and then Sandman came out, did his long entrance, hit people with the cane, you know the drill. I don't even know if it was included on the iPPV.
The bigger problem was spending so long setting up a cage which was barely utilized. Totally killed the crowd.
Went with a group of friends to their show outside Milwaukee last year. Fun bit of nostalgia, but some really lackluster matches and a bad setup. They spent the better part of an hour putting up a cage for a tag team main event, only for guys to work what amounted to a regular tag match (as in they were still tagging in and out) and guys only got thrown into the cage TWICE. The crowd rightfully crapped on it.