The following is an excerpt from our upcoming Pro Wrestling Youtube roundup for 2020 that takes a look at top videos from each company's 2020 year. Only original content that came from the year 2020, typically on first-run programming is considered.
Although it wasn't a big year for original videos for ROH's Youtube, it was a big year for their Youtube. Last year's review of their output read as abysmal, which couldn't be further from the truth. They have dipped into their robust archives and done huge numbers for things like Tyler Black vs. Kevin Steen (1.9M) and Lio Rush vs. Punishment Martinez (4.6M). In fact, well beyond their top ten overall videos this year are archived content, to the point it likely paid for the person they hired to reinvigorate it.
- EC3 Puts ROH Roster on notice (200,000)
- Is This The Craziest Battle Royal in ROH History? (94,000)
- Mike Bennett returns to ROH (91,000)
- Free Enterprise Battle Royal (78,000)
- EC3 & Briscoes vs. Shane Taylor & SOS (75,000)
It should be noted that many of ROH's clips wouldn't fall in what we determine the "new" category, because there isn't much incentive for them to post their new clips on Youtube. They're a syndicated program in which makes their full shows readily available on their website due to their ownership by a broadcast company allowing it. For example, the battle royal that made the list was a 2020 match/moment from February, but didn't post to their Youtube until July.
In all, nothing even approached 2019's leader -- Rush vs. Matt Taven -- at 261k, but there was much more steady and consistent traffic going to ROH's channel even without operating for half of the year. In all, ROH's new Youtube approach has to be seen as a big step forward.
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