Ring of Honor (ROH) previously announced their plans to launch a streaming service – HonorClub, a revamped version of their Ringside program which now includes access to pay-per-view (PPV) events for subscribers. They were also in pretty desperate need of a website update. They combined both into the new ROHWrestling.com.
Promising “more streamlined functionality, easier navigation, and mobile friendliness for daily engagement”, the site looks better at a glance, and appears to offer some useful features like the ability to sort news items by event and the merchandise store by wrestler. The things devoted to interactivity are also geared toward getting you to sign up for at least the free version of HonorClub, with trivia and prediction games where you can accumulate points toward reqards and prizes.
The first event which will stream exclusively to HonorClub subscribers is March 3’s THE EXPERIENCE at Manhattan Mayhem. ROH is promising that fan votes will dictate some of what we get on the card, with “Honor Nation” picking match stipulations, tag teams partners and other elements of the show.
Overall, it’s an interesting experiment. The site design is definitely an improvement, if still a little busy/cluttered for my personal tastes. The big question for HonorClub is the same as for NJPW World, powerbomb.tv, Global Wrestling Network, etc., etc…. in a sea of options competing for their disposable income, can they convince wrestling fans theirs is a service they need?
More information on the relaunch and HonorClub is here, and the details ROH provided about the streaming service can be found here.
Let us know what you think of what ROH is offering.