Ring Of Honor held their annual War Of The Worlds show in NYC at the iconic Hammerstein Ballroom tonight. The NJPW/ROH co-produced event is one of ROH’s biggest shows of the year, and tonight’s card was stacked with some of the best talent that both promotions have to offer.
In the main event, ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels defended his title in a Triple Threat match against Cody Rhodes and Jay Lethal. In what could be his final Ring Of Honor match, Adam Cole faced NJPW’s Ace Hiroshi Tanahashi. And, ROH World Television Champion Marty Scurll defended his championship against Matt Sydal.
ROH War Of The Worlds Match Card
Before the show even started, we got a bit of a surprise concerning the upcoming NJPW G1 Special Shows in Los Angeles on July 1st & 2nd. The promotion is introducing a new title, the IWGP United States Championship, and there will be a round robin tournament during the upcoming shows in LA to crown the new champion.
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Not the prettiest belt, and IWGP belts are normally the best looking belts in all of pro wrestling. This is more in line with the NEVER line of titles. But, it’s perfect for the Western expansion of NJPW into the US.
Four Corners Survival Match
Dalton Castle defeated KUSHIDA, Bobby Fish, & Silas Young.
Fun opener with a little bit of craziness thrown in for good measure. I was fully expecting KUSHIDA to go over, especially since that’s how these co-branded shows go: NJPW talent normally wins. But Dalton Castle came out on top, hitting Bobby Fish with Bang A Rang for the win.
Hangman Page defeated Frankie Kazarian.
Wasn’t expecting much from this, so I wasn’t really surprised. Kind of a filler match that had Page going over. I am not big on either of these guys, so the “meh” feeling of this whole bout suited it quite well.
War Machine defeated EVIL & SANADA vs Chris Sabin & Jonathan Gresham.
I was pulling for EVIL & SANADA in this match, but the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions weren’t going to lose this one. At least LIJ didn’t have to eat the pin in this one. Good match with War Machine continuing to look amazing; their NJPW run is really agreeing with them. Raymond Rowe got the pin on Chris Sabin for the win.
Will Ospreay defeated Jay White.
Watch this match. Just do it. I fully expected Will to go over and while he did, Jay White continues to look more and more like a superstar with every outing. He’s just getting better and better. Easily the best match of the show up to this point, both men threw everything out there, but Will’s experience was just a tiny bit too much for Jay to overcome. Just a gorgeous, amazing bout. Will hit the Oscutter on Jay for the win.
ROH 6-Man Tag Team Championship
Bully Ray & The Briscoes defeated Hirooki Goto & Roppongi Vice.
Ugh. My indifference for Goto is well known, and I am no fan of Bully Ray, either. Ok match that the crowd was really into, but yet another that was filler for me. Roppongi Vice is always incredible, but even they weren’t enough for me to really get into this. Trent got bombed through a table (poor Trent is always getting his ass kicked), Rocky eats a 3D, and Bully Ray and The Briscoes retain.
ROH World Television Championship
Marty Scurll defeated Matt Sydal.
Oh, Marty Scurll, how I love thee. The only thing that could make me adore him more was him beating creepy yoga boy Matt Sydal tonight, and he did just that. Rather good match but nothing spectacular. Marty was great, as usual, and Sydal always has solid matches. Sydal went for the Shooting Star Press, but Marty got the knees up. The Chicken Wing came next, and that was all she wrote. Marty retained via submission.
ROH World Tag Team Championship
The Young Bucks defeated Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI.
This was just great. The Bucks are always, always one of the most entertaining acts on any show they are on, and Naito and BUSHI are amazing. Good, fast paced bout, with The Bucks getting all their spots in and Naito and BUSHI strong looked strong. Naito, however, took some hard shots during the match, including a flying DDT on the ring apron, so I hope he’s ok. And, despite Matt getting a face full of mist from BUSHI, The Bucks retained in the end.
Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Adam Cole.
Good, solid match that was probably Cole’s swan song in ROH. Tana’s floofy ponytail was out in full force tonight, and ponytail power prevailed. Cole went out like a lot of departing big stars do, on his back, staring at the lights. Tana defeated Cole with the High Fly Flow, but the real story happened after the match….
— Italo Santana (@BulletClubItal) May 13, 2017
— Deno (@DeathByHavoc) May 13, 2017
— UnderhookDDT (@UnderhookDDT) May 13, 2017
Kenny Omega showed up…well “live via satellite” and fired Cole from Bullet Club. His replacement? The Villain Marty Scurll. Cole got Superkicked to the curb by The Bucks, Marty debuted a new Bullet Club umbrella, and now BC has proper representation in the upcoming NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors tournament.
It was sooooooo great!!!! Kenny Omega is a smart, smart man. Let’s just hope he doesn’t send Marty any DMs, though; they tend to make him kinds squirrelly.
ROH World Championship Triple Threat
Christopher Daniels defeated Cody Rhodes vs Jay Lethal.
Good main event. I was really dreading a Cody win; he’s been so “in demand” on the indie scene, and I was worried that ROH would go with the flow and put the title on him just to be “trendy”. Luckily, that wasn’t the case. Fun triple threat that saw Daniels get most of the punishment, including going through a table.
— UnderhookDDT (@UnderhookDDT) May 13, 2017
In the closing stretch, after Daniels had crashed and burned outside, Cody had Lethal locked in the Figure Four, but out of nowhere, Daniels recoverd, climbed to the top, and hit the Best Moonsault Ever to get the pin on Cody. Nicely done and a good story was told. Daniels continues to shine in this role, and it’s too soon to take the title off someone who worked so long and hard to get to the top of the promotion.
Feature image courtesy of Kazeem Famuyide on Twitter.