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ROH News: Ring of Honor Announce Toronto Return, Scheduled For the Old Maple Leaf Gardens

Ring of Honor has released the following:

As announced at “Border Wars 2013” last Saturday, Ring of Honor Wrestling will return to Toronto on Saturday night August 3rd for another huge live event. Now that all the details have been finalized, we can officially announce that on that day we will make our debut at one of wrestling’s most historic venues, the old Maple Leaf Gardens, now known as The Mattamy Athletic Centre (http://www.mattamyathleticcentre.ca/)!

From Lou Thesz versus Buddy Rogers in 1963 to Harley Race versus Terry Funk in 1977 to Andre The Giant versus The Ultimate Warrior in a Steel Cage in 1989, the former Maple Leaf Gardens has seen all of the legends of pro wrestling compete within its hallowed walls. Now Ring of Honor looks to add to the legacy of this legendary arena by bringing the absolute best professional wrestling on the planet today to the Mattamy!

Tickets for this event will go on-sale for Ringside Members THIS Wednesday May 8th at 10am EST EXCLUSIVELY through Ticketmaster.ca and a pre-sale password will be distributed to those who qualify. If you would like first chance to get these tickets, then click here (http://www.rohwrestling.com/content/RINGSIDEMEMBER) to read about how you can sign up for Ringside Membership for as low as $7.99 per month!

Tickets for the general public will be available on Ticketmaster.ca starting Friday May 10th also at 10am EST and then at the Mattamy Athletic Centre box office starting Monday May 13th.

Ring of Honor Wrestling

Saturday August 3, 2013
Mattamy Athletic Centre
50 Carlton St.
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J2

Bell time – 7:30pm EST

On-Sale on Ticketmaster.ca:

Ringside Members – Wednesday May 8th @ 10am EST
General Public – Friday May 10th @ 10am EST
Box Office Sales – Start Monday May 13th

Leaving the Ted Reeve Arena is a pretty gutsy move from Ring of Honor management, instead opting to book the much larger and historic old Maple Leaf Gardens which is now known as Mattamy Athletic Centre, a former host for WWE events as well as the venue of concerts from performers such as The Beatles.

The arena is located in downtown Toronto and will be one of the biggest arenas Ring of Honor has ever held an event in, with it having the ability to hold over 3,000+ people – in-terms of wrestling it can hold double the amount of people as TNA Wrestling’s former home the Impact Zone and more than ROH’s traditional Manhattan home the Hammetsein Ballroom.

Whether the event will be available on iPPV or not is yet to be determined but this provides evidence that the company has confidence in its ability to attract a larger crowd with five of the last six iPPV’s sell-out shows. If they are to sell-out it would be a big accomplishment and they may need some star power to do so.

With connections to Pro Wrestling NOAH and New Japan Pro Wrestling well documented don’t be surprised to see a couple large foreign names booked for the event, which the company will surely build around top Canadian stars Kevin Steen and Michael Elgin.

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  • Mizzy del Junco

    This is interesting to see how ROH fills up the seats (sold vs. papered) but I think it should do fine considering Toronto is a good market for Ring of Honor.

    I doubt it’d be an iPPV seeing as how Manhattan Mayhem is a couple weeks later and I don’t think many people would buy two iPPVs within a span of three or so weeks from each other in August.