Another DREAM event in the books and it was another good one.
The event got a 12.7% rating on TBS which isn’t bad but isn’t good either. It’s good that they are getting higher ratings than last year but we don’t know what the ratings for the last two events would’ve been if there weren’t any big Boxing fights leading in (the Daiki Kameda Boxing fight just before DREAM.11 got a 19% rating). The fight which received the highest rating of the event was Minowaman vs. Choi with 17.2%.
I’m not very positive of the ratings, a 9% drop in 4 minutes and looking at the average rating, a lot of people switched channels as the event went on:
21:16, Boxing fight highest rating, decision announcement: 26.2%
21:20, DREAM.11 highest rating, start of the show: 17.2%
DREAM EP Sasahara said post-event that he wants Sakuraba to fight continuously for the rest of the year and will offer him a fight for DREAM.12 (he hasn’t thought about an opponent yet). A Lightweight title fight between Aoki and Kawajiri isn’t set yet but Sasahara said that they’ll most likely be able to make it official for NYE. The final of the Super Hulk Tournament will as already known take place at Dynamite!! on NYE.
One thing that irritated me during this event (and past) was the referee in the Aoki/Hansen fight. I saw millions of shots to the back of the head throughout the event without any referee doing anything, but when Hansen touched Aoki the referee was all over it. They don’t have to be that obvious.