Cody Rhodes has apparently decided that his 10,000 seat self-funded show is going to take place somewhere in the Chicago area.
A few weeks ago, The Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer was asked on Twitter whether he believed Ring Of Honor had become a big enough entity in pro wrestling to someday fill a 10,000 seat arena. Meltzer replied that he didn't think so, and that's when Cody Rhodes stepped in. The former ROH Champion replied "challenge accepted," and he wasn't joking.
Rhodes has since gone about seeking out the perfect venue to stage such a monumental show. He also hasn't put the burden of filling an arena that big on ROH as he and The Young Bucks will be the ones funding the venture so if it ends up falling flat on its face, it's on them. The last we heard the potential host city for the event had been narrowed down to four places.
Well according to a recent report from PWInsider, the host city for the marquee event has now been decided. While the exact location is yet to be revealed the website has reported that the show will be taking place in the Chicago area. Smart booking by Rhodes if true since Chicago is one of the biggest and best pro wrestling hotbeds in the world. If 10,000 fans are going to come to an ROH show then it's going to happen in Chicago.
Once the venue and city are finalized, Rhodes will need to move on to the not so small matter of booking the card. Naturally, he and the rest of the Bullet Club will probably be wrestling on the show, but that alone likely won't be enough to fill such a dauntingly massive arena. If this venture is going to be a success, then Rhodes will have to use his connections to pull in some really big names for the show.
If Cody Rhodes can pull this off, then it will be a major step forward for not just ROH, but the pro wrestling business as a whole. At the moment, the only promotion in North America that can draw a crowd of 10,000 or more is WWE. Rhodes proving that there are enough ROH fans out there to do the same for them will be hard evidence that WWE may not always be the only gig in town when it comes to a top wrestling company.