Live News From Matt Hardy’s Ring Of Honor Debut

Brian Cantor

– As was the case with the venue for the very successful ‘Manhattan Mayhem’ show, the Connecticut Sports Center was not fully equipped to handle the extremely large crowd present for Saturday’s event. Aside from the lack of seating, which forced quite a few fans to spend the entire night standing, there were continuous complaints about the lack of air conditioning in the very hot and crowded venue.

– Steven Richards was in attendance and spoke with some fans during intermission.

– During the four-way, Dixie landed awkwardly on Homicide’s Cop Killer and was helped to the back by a number of officials.

– There was some fear that Hardy might risk his overness with the crowd by going overboard in pushing his WWE storyline as a shoot. Hardy instead went the safe route by giving a rather low-key promo that pandered to the ROH crowd and helped sustain the unbelievable face reaction he got upon first appearing in the ring. It took a series of four superplexes and the assisted victory against Christopher Daniels, who was also extremely over, to cause some of the crowd to turn.

– ROH announced a return to the venue for October; the tickets were not moving overwhelmingly fast, which confirms that the massive crowd had very much to do with Matt Hardy’s debut.

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