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By Luke Dorsch @Luke_Dorsch
For the fourth year going the stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor began the annual War of the Worlds Tour, this past weekend starting with the Toronto show, going through Dearborn culminating at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York for the War of the Worlds PPV, and wrapping things up will be the ROH TV Tapings in Philadelphia, PA which I’ll be attending live at the old ECW Arena. We have the results from the outstanding Toronto show, and we’ll be going over what we can expect this week in Michigan and at the PPV in New York.
Results War of the Worlds Toronto
Match 1 (ROH)
The Rebellion feat Rhett Titus & Caprice Coleman defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelly)
Match 2 (ROH vs NJPW)
Hiroki Goto defeated Shane Taylor of the Rebellion
Match 3 (ROH vs NJPW)
Dalton Castle and The Boys defeated Roppongi Vice (Trent Beretta and Rocky Romero) & Gedo
Match 4 (ROH)
Bully Ray defeated Hangman Page and Punishment Martinez
Match 5 (ROH vs NJPW)
Cody (Bullet Club) defeated Will Osprey (CHAOS)
Match 6 (ROH vs NJPW)
Tetsuya Naito and BUSHI (Los Ingobernables de Japon) defeated Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia (The Kingdom)
Match 7 (ROH vs NJPW)
The Briscoes (Mark and Jay Briscoe) defeated EVIL & SANADA (Los Ingobernables de Japon) & Silas Young and the Beer City Bruiser
Match 8 (ROH vs NJPW)
KUSHIDA defeated Jay Lethal
MAIN EVENT MATCH 9 (ROH vs NJPW)
THE ELITE (Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi & The Addiction
-This was a live event, which will be available for purchase on DVD in the future, but the reports I’ve heard was that the main event was fantastic, and it went nearly a half an hour. Cody got involved and
made the save for his Bullet Club brethren, and the finish comes when “The Cleaner” hits ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels with the One Winged Angel for the win!!!!
In 2 Days on Wednesday May 10th in Dearborn, MI The War of the Worlds tour continues, the lineup for this show is as follows:
Dalton Castle w/ The Boys vs Bobby Fish
-These two are friends and Dalton unsuccessfully challenged Fish for the ROH Television Title last year after winning a number one contenders match at the Global Wars PPV
Proving Ground Instant Reward 6 Man Mayhem for the ROH Television Championship
“The Villain” Marty Scurll (c) vs “The Heavy Metal Rebel” Frankie Kazarian vs Will Ferrera vs The Beer City Bruiser vs GEDO vs Cheeseburger
Search and Destroy (Jay White & The Motor City Machine Guns) vs The Rebellion (Rhett Titus, Caprice Coleman, and Shane Taylor)
– This should be a decent match, giving White and The Guns a chance to show their stuff, and Titus and Coleman can carry Taylor to potentially create a fun 6 man
IWGP Tag Team Champions War Machine (Hanson & Rowe) vs Jay Lethal & Hiroshi Tanahashi in a non-title tag team match
-Predicting a stellar tag team encounter, War Machine have looked great this year in every promotion they’ve competed in, especially their matches with The Young Bucks, and of course Lethal and Tanahashi have tagged before and individually the are considered top talent globally.
KUSHIDA vs “The Last Real Man” Silas Young
-DON’T SLEEP ON THIS ONE, 2017 is the best Silas has looked in years and these two are going to tear it up!!!
IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito vs Punishment Martinez in a Non-Title Match
-Aside from Marty Scurll, Naito may just be the most “over” legitimate heel in professional wrestling, and he’s also one of the best guys in the business. Martinez is a work in progress but this match should
be entertaining, with the mastery of Naito and the big power moves of Martinez, it should make for a good clash of styles match.
ROH 6 Man Tag Team Championship
Bully Ray and The Briscoe’s defending the championship against Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, and SANADA)
BULLET CLUB vs CHAOS
Cody, Hangman Page, and the ROH Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks vs Will Osprey, Hirooki Goto, and Roppongi Vice
-This is the show stealer right here…look at who is involved, nothing else to say
ROH World Champion “Almighty” Christopher Daniels defending the title against The Kingdom’s Matt Taven
This brings us to the PPV show emanating from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City this Friday May 12th 2017
The official match listing as of rohwrestling.com is as follows:
Four Corner Survival Match feat:
KUSHIDA vs Dalton Castle w/ The Boys vs Bobby Fish vs Silas Young
“The Heavy Metal Rebel” Frankie Kazarian vs Hangman Page
ROH has been building to this since the 15th Anniversary Pay per View when Kazarian’s Addiction Teammate Christopher Daniels defeated Adam Cole for the tile
Non-Title Triple Threat Match feat:
IWGP Tag Team Champions War Machine vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) vs Search and Destroy ( Jonathan Gresham & Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelly)
Will Osprey vs Jay White
Early Match of the night contender right here
In what could very well be his last appearance with the company, the only 3 time ROH World Champion
Adam Cole vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
Show Stealer right here!!!!!!!
ROH 6 Man Champions Bully Ray and the Briscoe’s defend against CHAOS (Roppongi Vice & Hiroki Goto)
ROH Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks defend against Los Ingobernables de Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI)
Another potential show stealer right here!!!!!
ROH Television Champion “The Villain” Marty Scurll vs “Reborn” Matt Sydal
They started building for this at the last set of TV tapings when Sydal returned to Ring of Honor, and yes this could be another fantastic match up
ROH World Championship Triple Threat Match featuring:
“Almighty” Christopher Daniels (c) vs “The American Nightmare” Cody vs Jay Lethal
All three competitors are superstars, Cody is on fire wherever he goes and Daniels and Lethal always deliver in big matches, could we see another title change in ROH so soon???
New Japan Pro Wrestling has been having one fantastic year thus far, while Ring of Honor seems to be in a restructuring or rebuilding phase after losing a lot of their talent in the ring and behind the scenes this year. When War of the Worlds comes annually I get just as excited for these shows as I would for any big show by any promotion. I’ve attended these shows in person before, starting with the first War of the Worlds show featuring some guys named Kevin Steen and Shinsuke Nakamura whoever they are, and these shows are always fun and deliver. From the aforementioned legendary encounter with two of pro wrestling’s biggest stars, to the great matches Roderick Strong had in 2015 with KUSHIDA and Tanahashi, and last year’s memorable events…I’m sure Ring of Honor and New Japan will continue to be the standard for professional wrestling in 2017.