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By Luke Dorsch @Luke_Dorsch
Since the Philadelphia War of the Worlds TV tapings have yet to air, Ring of Honor showcased three matches from their Honor Rising tour with New Japan from February of this year. The full shows are available at New Japan World; the promotion’s streaming service.
NEVER Open Weight 6 Man Tag Team Championship
Los Ingornables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, and Sanada) (c) vs Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Tiger Mask IV, and Delirious
I don’t know if the New Japan audience knew what to make of Delirious who wrestles a very unusual style plus he works much more conservatively compared to his earlier work in the heyday of Ring of Honor. But, it was a decent little match from Night 1 of the tour I believe. On ROH TV the match was already in progress, and the finish comes when Sanada submitted Delirious with the Skull End (Dragon Sleeper).
NEVER Open Weight Championship
Hiroki Goto (c) vs Punishment Martinez
At the time of the tour Goto was the new NEVER open weight champion defeating his longtime friend and rival Shibata at January’s Wrestle Kingdom. This was a good little match from Night 2 of the tour and I believe it was Martinez’s debut with NJPW. This was a good snug match that was believable. Martinez who is billed at 6’7” towered over Hiroki Goto who picked up the win, albeit just barely after ne nailed Martinez with the GTR…who was back on his feet a second after the referee counted three. Both men showed mutual respect after the match.
CHAOS feat. Kazuchika Okada, Will Osprey, and The Briscoe’s vs The Bullet Club feat Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, and the Young Bucks
This was the main event of Night 2 of the tour and it’s exactly what you would hope for out of an 8 man tag with this level of talent. This particular match took place on the 27th of February which was over a month removed from the 6 star classic between Okada and Omega so the NJPW crowd was salivating for a confrontation between the two. The two teased it early on in the match but the IWGP Champion seemed almost as if Kenny Omega was beneath him, and asked to start the match w/ Cody Rhodes instead. This wasn’t a spot fest but everyone got their signature stuff in, Kenny looked for the “One
Winged Angel” on Okada but was once again unsuccessful, which was a smart play to continue to protect his finisher. A large portion of the match was Osprey taking a beating, making the hot tag to Jay Briscoe I believe, who cleaned house. There was additionally a fun spot when Cody suplexed Mark Briscoe I believe off the top rope onto the floor which took out everyone, Young Lions included. The finish comes when the “American Nightmare” hits the Cross Rhodes on Osprey.
Next week, ROH will reveal the results from the War of the Worlds PPV and start airing the Philadelphia TV Tapings from earlier this month.