The building is filled to capacity and the crowd is hot as hell. Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino were announced to nice pops. The show started off with an Adam Cole promo who the crowd is popping huge for. Story time with Adam Cole time. Cole put over ROH's next four shows and put over how ROH presents the best pro wrestling anywhere. He discussed how he was supposed to be AJ Styles opponent tonight, but his doctors and ROH recommended he take it easy and heal up. He said they can kiss ass, which the crowd ate. Philly is loving Adam Cole tonight. He said he would be the one to face AJ and that ended the segment...
NJPW referee Red Shoes came out to a big ovation right before the show kicked off...
1. Gedo beat Delirious. This match is between the two promotions respective bookers. Gedo got the win after shoving Delirious into the ref, hitting a low blow, and securing the Gedo Clutch pin. Both guys were said to be over. Gedo drew good heat as the match went on.
2. Roderick Strong defeated Kushida. Roderick Strong got the win with the End of Heartache in what was said to have been a great match. Strong played the heel despite being a face, probably because Kushida is such a good white meat babyface.
3. ROH TV Champion Jay Lethal (w/Truth Martini) pinned Takaaki Watanabe in a non-title match. Before the match, Lethal cut a promo on Jay Briscoe and disrespected Watanabe in the process, so Watanabe wouldn't follow the Code of Honor and shake hands. Lethal got the win after a distraction from Truth Martini and two Lethal Injections. Post-match, Jay Briscoe came out and ran Lethal off.
4. The Young Bucks beat The Kingdom and The Addiction in a non-title match. This is a Champions vs. Champions vs. Champions match as The Young Bucks are the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions, The Kingdom are the IWGP Tag Team Champions and The Addiction are the ROH World Tag Team Champions. The Bucks got the win in a good fun match-up with the Meltzer Driver on Frankie Kazarian.
The second half opened up with Moose and his entourage. Stokley Hathaway and Veda Scott made the case for Moose being No. 1 Contender and future ROH champion...
5. Tetsuya Naito over Michael Elgin. Finish came when Naito reversed the Revolution Bomb into a victory roll pin. Post-match, Elgin came in with a chair but decided against using it. He offered Naito a handshake only to try and attack him when he did. Naito dumped Elgin to ringside and held the ring to close the segment. This match was said to have never really clicked and while being solid was also the worst match of the night.
6. Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly beat Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jushin "Thunder" Liger. The crowd was super into Jushin Liger and Tanahashi, but much more into the legendary Liger. reDRagon picked up the win when Bobby Fish pinned Jushin Liger off the Chasing the Dragon.
7. AJ Styles defeated Adam Cole in a non-title match. The legendary Tiger Hattori handled ref duty for this match. This one built slowly but came together really nicely and turned out to be excellent. Adam Cole Cole hit AJ Styles with The Styles Clash for a false finish in what was said to be a huge pop. The end came following two Hollow Points and the Styles Clash from AJ. Post-match, the two squared off and Cole extended his hand, but AJ didn't reciprocate until Cole grabbed his hand and forced it.
8. Chaos (Shinsuke Nakamura and Kazuchika Okada) beat The Briscoes. This one lived up to admittedly lofty expectations. Okada was super over with this crowd when he came out, and then Nakamura came out and showed everyone what it actually means to be over. Fun back and forth match with the crowd firmly behind the NJPW stars. The finish came when Okada pinned Mark following the Rainmaker. Post-match, Bobby Fish came out and grabbed the ROH Title before parading around with it. He and Jay Briscoe were kept apart by security and surprisingly, the crowd was firmly in camp Fish. That's how the show ended. Solid thumbs up overall.
This show was recorded for video-on-demand and will be available to purchase at ROHWrestling.com in the coming days. This Friday you can watch Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling Global Wars live from Toronto, Ontario, Canada on iPPV by ordering through ROHWrestling.com.
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