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By Mike Johnson on 2018-11-01 09:57:00

There's been a lot of talk about who will be at the ROH event in Madison Square Garden, but not what the matches are.  What do you predict?

There's a lot of variables with so many contracts up for renewal in both Ring of Honor and New Japan, but if I had to guess, we are looking at Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the first time on American soil and Jay Lethal defending the belt against either Bully Ray or Matt Taven.  I'd also have the Briscoes involved in a Ladder War, playing off of their history in the company and giving them a big spectacle of a match in honor of all they've done for ROH.  I'd also have a ROH Hall of Fame ceremony.

Who put the Matt Hardy Halloween together?

It was Matt Hardy and Jeremy Borash's vision we are told.  Jimmy Paradyse, who worked on all the Broken Universe material in Impact Wrestling was also a producer.  Rebecca Hardy worked on a lot of behind the scenes aspects of the show as well.

Is there going to be more?

If I was WWE, I'd do these 5-6 times a year.  The next natural idea would be a Christmas special.  I am sure they could get a weekly series out of this concept but they are better off doing a series of specials every so often so they don't burn out creatively and they can leave the audience wanting more.  I thought the cliffhanger at the end of the Halloween special was great.

You reported WWE wanted to do AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan at the WWE Performance Center.  How would they have put fans in there? I can't imagine you can just walk into the place.

The PC isn't very big so they could have gotten a local company to bring them in extras if they needed to populate it or they could have asked the developmental talents to sit in the "crowd" or they just could have done an empty arena match.  I don't see them ever wanting to just invite fans there for security reasons.  Having been there, I can tell you you cannot walk into the place as there are guards outside and inside.

Do you think having Hulk Hogan hosting Crown Jewel is a way for WWE to put all the PR nightmares in one blender and be done with it?

That's pretty funny.  Hogan is there to make those who are paying for the show happy...and I don't mean the audience.


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