RING OF HONOR and NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING
WAR OF THE WORLDS 2015 – Night 1
12 May 2015
2300 Arena, Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)
- Gedo def Delirious
- Roderick Strong def KUSHIDA
- Jay Lethal def Watanabe
- The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) def The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie KazarianX) vs The Kingdom (Michael Bennett & Matt Taven)
- Tetsuya Naito def Michael Elgin
- reDRagon (Bobby FishO & Kyle O’Reilly) def Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin “Thunder” LigerX
- AJ Styles def Adam Cole
- Kazuchika OkadaO & Shinsuke Nakamura def The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark BriscoeX)
WAR OF THE WORLDS 2015 – Night 2
13 May 2015
2300 Arena, Philadelphia
- Adam Page def Watanabe
- Michael Elgin def KUSHIDA
- Tetsuya Naito def Kyle O’Reilly
- Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Jushin Thunder LigerX, Mark Briscoe and Jay Lethal
- Hiroshi Tanahashi def Roderick Strong
- The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian) defeated Kazuchika Okada & GedoX
- ROH World Championship
Jay Briscoe© def Bobby Fish
- The Kingdom (Michael Bennett, Matt Taven, & Adam ColeO) def Bullet Club (AJ Styles, Matt JacksonX, & Nick Jackson)
Biggest change to the week’s happenings in my mind was the return of Adam Cole. I’d predicted Sabin as AJ Styles‘s mystery opponent but I suppose Cole was closer to being healthy than I’d thought. He managed to go 1 for 1 at War of the Worlds, taking a loss in that return to Styles but teaming with his Kingdom-mates to take down Bullet Club the next night. Losing to Styles is nothing to be ashamed of at all, though I’m sure Cole is going to have something to say about that.
As far as predictions go, the Naito/Elgin match went against my expectations but I think if I’d known Naito was going to have a title shot at Global Wars Night 1 when I made it I would have revised my opinion. That said, Elgin took a flash loss which I was happy to hear; points much more strongly to Naito needing the win than to a lack of regard for Elgin. Naito took next night’s match against Kyle O’Reilly as well. His upcoming opponent, the TV champion Jay Lethal, didn’t do quite so well as he went 1 and 1, but he wasn’t pinned as his loss came in that four-corner survival. Naito’s got the momentum going into Global Wars but I can’t see that it’s going to give him the win.
Bobby Fish has done a lot to sell his title match with Jay Briscoe in the short amount of time he had to do it. That plus reDRagon still being way over as ROH’s top (and now unabashedly beloved) tag team made for a long night for Jay at Night 2. Fish didn’t pull out the win but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets more singles title matches in the future.
After the title match, Moose apparently hit the ring and gave Jay Briscoe a spear. Seems to set up a future title match between the two which I just hope is gonna be on TV rather than at an event. My feeling is that unfortunately Moose will leave soon (for GFW) so they’re wanting to get the title match for the monster out of the way. Could certainly be wrong, always a problem trying to speculate in these things. I’m just not that interested in a Moose title match at this juncture and I can’t see that he was really being built to take a strong run at it.
Nakamura and Okada apparently were booked to look flawless, especially in showcase matches on night 2. KUSHIDA‘s been the kicking boy with a name so far, so while I expect he’ll get at least 1 win this weekend I would be extremely surprised (and honestly, disappointed) if he beats Elgin on the iPPV. Gedo did his bit and I’m interested to see how he does against Delirious, esp as he’s in Best of the Super Juniors this year.
I find it interesting the level that The Kingdom tag team have been protected, mostly because I don’t feel like The Kingdom have been put in marquee positions. Obviously it could just be protecting the belts, but then I’d have to wonder why they gave them the straps in the first place. We’re apparently set to see a title rematch at NJPW’s Dominion show and at the moment I can’t really see Kingdom still holding onto them. I suppose really what I want to see is The Kingdom have a solid rivalry with someone. Probably won’t materialize soon, though.
All in all they sound like great shows and I’m excited to see them when they finally do come out. As for Global Wars, I can only imagine they’ll be doing their best to top what they put out on these shows.