Ring of Honor-New Japan War of the Worlds tour stop in Dearborn, Michigan at the Fords Arts & Community Center.
Kamaitachi vs. Will Ferrara
They locked up several times, feeling each other out. They tested the other out with running shoulderblock attempts. Ferrara finally got the better of the exchange. Kamaitachi came back with a nice leg lariat. He worked over Ferrara, who nailed a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Ferrara went for a springboard move but was kicked off to the floor. Kamaitachi nailed a running forearm. He worked over Ferrara on the floor and then tossed him in the ring, cinching in a side chinlock. Ferrara fought his way to his feet, where they exchanged chops.
They battled back and forth with some stuff exchanges. Ferrara nailed a big clothesline. The referee counted both men as they tried to recover. Kamaitachi went for a Fireman’s Carry but Ferrara escaped. Kamaitachi finally scored the pin with a brutal looking Kryptonite Krunch variation.
Your winner, Kamaitachi!
Good back and forth opener. The crowd was really into the action. Kamaitachi looked good and Ferrara continued to look crisp.
The Bullet Club, Adam Cole, The Young Bucks, and The Guerrillas of Destiny came to the ring to open the show. The ring filled with streamers. Cole declared that The Bullet Club was in the house. Cole said that things just got really, really interesting. He said that Chicago saw the most crazy violent display known to man. He bragged about superkicking announcers, security and even The Bucks own dad. Cole said that people are asking them if they are worried about reprisals. He said they aren’t afraid of The Briscoes, The Machine Guns, Colt Cabana or Jay Lethal. He said that everyone is saying “Thank God” that it stopped but the thing is that it didn’t/ They grabbed Bobby Cruiser to attack him but the Briscoes hit the ring.
Jay Briscoe took the mic and said the people love The Bullet Club and they sell a lot of t-shirts and that is cool but they also like The Briscoes. He said theisco difference is that you don’t see The Briscoes don’t need to go online and Tweet and promote every little thing they do. He said Bentleys don’t need commercials. He said that the Bullet Club may think they are hot stuff, but all the Briscoes see are “d*** riding b**ches.”
The Motor City Machineguns came out. The crowd chanted “Motor City.” Alex Shelley said these “NWO/DX wannabe douchebags” forget what city they are in. Chris Sabin said that they are supposed to face The Briscoes but he doesn’t think their hometown would care if they instead team up against The Bullet Club. Cole said they might be really tough but they are really stupid because that makes it 5 vs. 4.
Out came Adam Page. He said that he put BJ Whitmer in the hospital and he doesn’t mind putting his nose in Bullet Club’s business but he isn’t a patient man and said they should do it right now/
The Bullet Club left the ring as the opposition stormed the ring. Matt Jackson said they could fight but they weren’t going to jerk the curtain. He said the Bullet Club would see them in the main event.
Matt Sydal & ACH vs. Silas Young & The Beer City Bruiser.
Big response for ACH and Sydal.
BJ Whitmer came to ringside to join Kevin Kelly for commentary as Mr. Wrestling III is not here, following up on the angle last night at the PPV where Whitmer produced a flash drive and gave it to Wrestling III and told him to go watch it and “think about it.”
Young and ACH started out. ACH got the early momentum. Bruiser and Sydal tagged in, Sydal hit a nice leaping rana but was cut off with a clothesline. Young tagged back in and he slammed Sydal. Bruiser and Young tagged in and out as they worked over Sydal. They beat on him until ACH made the hot tag. He worked over Young and scored some nice near falls. ACH sent Young and Bruiser to the floor and hit his springboard dive to the floor, which the crowd went nuts for.
On the floor, Bruiser sent Sydal into the ringpost. They worked over ACH. He made a comeback and hit an awesome 450 splash on Bruiser and scored the pin.
Your winners, ACH & Matt Sydal!
Really good back and forth opener.
ACH took the mic and praised Sydal. He said over the last year, Sydal taught him way too much. Sydal had his back, when people didn’t want him to have his back. ACH said that he can’t allow Sydal to hold his hand anymore. He said that tonight, he’s going to be his own man and he’s going to let it flow himself. He thanked Sydal and hugged him.
Lio Rush vs. Roderick Strong
Strong said that when he arrived, he was supposed to wrestle Jushin Liger but Liger got hurt last night. He said Liger is a “p**sy” and he was the realest Mother…here. He went right after Rush. They went to the floor where Strong beat him into the barricades several times. Back in the ring, Rush made a comeback but was cut off with a big knee.
Strong worked over Rush in the corner and beat him around the ring with chops. He picked up Rush and nailed him with an over the knee backbreaker. Rush locked on a sleeper but was slammed backwards into the corner. Strong nailed him with Snake Eyes. Strong and Rush battled back and forth. Rush nailed a splash in the corner and used a crucifix for a two count. He unloaded with offense and hit a nice flip dive to the outside.
Back in the ring, he scored several two counts. Strong nailed a series of running knees and flipped Rush inside out with a suplex. Strong went for the Boston Crab. Rush slipped out and unloaded with kicks and offense, taking Strong down. He went to the top but Strong cut him off. Rush kicked him down but Strong leapt up with a big knee. Strong nailed a big superplex but Rush came back and drilled him, then nailed a top rope frog splash for a two count.
Strong nailed a gutbuster. He went for a clothesline but Rush ducked and grabbed him, sinking in a forward choke. Strong slipped out and suplexed him into a backbreaker, decimating him for the pin.
Your winner, Roderick Strong!
Very good match. The Liger thing is a total bummer but this was a hell of a match.
Strong took the mic and said that Liger was lucky and that he would have ended his career. Liger’s music hit and he came out. He nailed Strong with a punch and Strong powdered. Liger celebrated as the fans tossed streamers. This was a smart, safe way for Liger to appear.
ROH Tag Team champions War Machine vs. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo (non-title)
Big reaction and chants for Okada. Ray Rowe said that last night, their title change really began because they didn’t consider themselves the champions until they defeated The Briscoes. He said they consider themselves fihgting champion and they want to put the belts on the line, right here, right now. So, it now a title match!
Hanson and Gedo started out. As you might imagine, Hanson had the easy advantage here! Gedo tried to even shoulder block him down to no avail. Okada tagged in to a big reaction. Okada and Hanson went back and forth with Okada getting the better of that exchange early. The crowd chanted for Okada. Rowe tagged in and cut him off, slamming Okada, then mocking his Rainmaker pose.
Okada came back and worked over Rowe’s arm, then tagged out to Gedo. He continued the attack on the arm. Okada locked in a keylock trying to force a submission. Gedo tagged back in and worked over Rowe in the corner only to be caught and slammed down. Hanson tagged in and wiped out Okada and Gedo with running charges back and forth in the corners. He stacked Gedo and Okada atop of each other and beat them in the corner with clubbing shots. He squashed Okada in the corner with a cannonball.
Gedo tagged in but was dominated by Rowe, including an over the top belly to belly suplex. They worked over Gedo. Rowe slammed Hanson atop of him for a two count. Okada finally got the hot tag and hit the ring with a ton of offense. Rowe cut him off with a Superman Punch. Great match so far. The crowd chanted to rally Okada.
Gedo tagged in and peppered Hanson with right hands but was caught with a powerslam for a two count. Okada nailed a dropkick and Gedo hit a superkick for a two count as Rowe made the save. Okada caught Rowe with The Rainmaker. Hanson drilled Gedo and scored the pin.
Your winners and still ROH Tag Team champions, War Machine!
Really good back and forth competitive match. I think the result here was never in question but the work was so good that there were 1-2 moments where they had the crowd buying into the idea that Gedo might score the upset. Okada was seen as a major star here.
Out came The Addiction, who said they were not here to congratulate them but to bring them up on charges of being fraudalent champions and having horrible beards. Kazarian said that they were “ZZ Flop” and said that they weren’t real champions because the Addiction were the best. Daniels said they won the belts from The Kingdom in December and they never got a rematch. Since they were the prior champions, they were never pinned when they lost the belts and are undefeated in ROH. Their lawyers have petitioned ROH for a title shot this Saturday in NYC.
Hanson said that it was time for The Addiction to shut up. He said they haven’t won a match in months and they act like babies and try to hurt those who beat them. He said that they hurt Lio Rush, Liger and Cheeseburger. He said if they want to get hurt in NYC, that’s fine. Rowe said they went to war with Briscoes and with the best in New Japan, so if they want a title shot, The Addiction had better get dressed, because they will get the shot tonight, take it or leave it.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA vs. Dalton Castle.
Some nice back and forth chainwrestling to start out. KUSHIDA scored a one count and went for a kick but Castle ducked and they faced off. The Boys fanned Castle in the corner. They wnet back and forth and faced off again. This time, KUSHIDA went down in the corner and let the Boys fan him. The crowd liked that. Castle grabbed KUSHIA and they went back and forth but KUSHIDA snapped off a dropkick and mocked Castle’s mannerisms. They battled around the apron and Castle caught him with a running knee.
Back in the ring, Castle controlled KUSHIDA on the mat and worked over his mid-section, trying to wear the champion down. Castle snapped him with a great gutwrench suplex. Castle snapped him into the buckles and hit a belly to back suplex. He cinched in a side chinlock. Castle continued wearing him down. Castle continued working him over with suplexes. KUSHIDA made a comeback and cinched in a Keylock. KUSHIDA focused his attack on Castle’s wrist and nailed it with a dropkick in the corner.
KUSHIDA nailed a nice dive to the outside. They went back and forth and it was really great. KUSHIDA nailed a moonsault but was caught and nearly pinned in a cradle. Castle drilled KUSHIDA who downed him with a right hand. KUSHIDA hurt his hand with the punch. They went back and forth untik KUSHIDA caught him and pinned him.
Your winner, KUSHIDA!
Really good match.
They shook hands and showed each other respect after the match.
Someone (I don’t know who) came out and cut a promo ripping on the idea that people would dare vote for a pro wrestler for office. Rhino’s music hit and he gored the guy. Rhino cut a promo saying he was running for State Representative in Dearborn and he approves this workplace violence. He gored the guy again. That was pretty damn great.
The All Night Express vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin.
The Express worked over Tanahashi at the onset. Tanahashi was able to toss Rhett Titus over the top to the floor but the Express maintained control and tagged in and out, working over Tanahashi. King caught him with a nice kick and a spinebuster for a two count. They scored several pins but Elgin came in and broke it up.
Elgin finally tagged in and drilled Titus with a charging clothesline in the corner. King tried to help Titus but was nailed with a big German suplex. Elgin began tearing things up with big power spots. The crowd chanted, “Big Mike!” Tanahashi returned to the fray and they all battled back and forth. It settled down to King and Tanahashi. The Express put him on the top for a double suplex but Elgin got involved. They dispatched him with kicks but Tanahashi hit a flying bodypress.
Elgin nailed Titus with a powerslam off the buckles. Titus was powerbombed into Kenny in the corner. Tanahashi and Elgin crushed Titus with top rope frog splashes and scored the pin.
Your winners, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin!
Moose vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Some big boys throwing some big shots early. Moose missed a splash in the corner. He grabbed Ishii and picked him up in a suplex position and dumped him hard. Ishii went to the buckles but was dropkicked out of the ring by Moose. Moose went for a kick on the apron but Ishii grabbed him and swept his legs. Moose crashed down hard on the apron. They battled on the floor with Ishii working him over.
They returned to the ring, where they exchanged chops and beat the hell out of each other. Moose gained some momentum but was caught with a kick to the head for a two count. The crowd chanted for Ishii. Ishii went to the top but Moose caught him and elevated him off the corner for a Sky High, scoring a two count. The crowd chanted, “This is awesome.”
Moose missed a charge in the corner and was nailed with a clothesline. Ishii tried to suplex Moose, who blocked it. Ishii stomped his feet until Moose could no longer block and nailed the suplex. Great spot. Ishii killed Moose with a clothesline for another two count. They are taking it hard to each other. They battled to the top and Ishii hit a superplex on Moose for another two count.
Moose and Ishii began wailing away on each other. Ishii began dishing out German suplexes. Moose kept getting up and trying to fight back. Ishii drilled him with a clothesline. Tomohiro Ishii finally drilled Moose, who couldn’t kick out.
Your winner, Tomohiro Ishii!
A great match. This may have been the best Moose has ever looked. Great, hard hitting match. Loved this.
Big Moose chant after the match. He fought his heart out.
ROH Tag Team champions War Machine vs. The Addiction.
War Machine took it right to the challengers and took them to the floor, beating them. Rowe slammed Hanson atop of one of them on the floor. They brought them back to the ring, where they continued beating down Daniels with double team manuevers. The Addiction where able to cut off Rowe and tagged in and out as they trapped him in their corner. Rowe fought them off and tagged Hanson, who began cleaning house. War Machine worked them over as they battle went back and forth. Kazarian charged Hanson in the corner but was caught and slammed down with a Doink Drop variation. Daniels drilled Hanson with an object but he kicked out. Daniels tried to use it again but the referee grabbed it and there was a back and forth. Rowe got involved and in the melee, the Addiction scored the pin.
Your winners and new ROH Tag Team champions, The Addiction!
ROH champion Jay Lethal & IWGP champion Tetsuya Naito vs. ReDragon.
Lethal’s shoulder was taped from the attack last night. He and Kyle O’Reilly went back and forth feeling each other out. Naito tagged in and kicked Kyle with a cheap shot. Bobby Fish didn’t like that. Kyle and Naito went back and forth. This time, Kyle got revenge. Lethal and Fish tagged in and ROH’s two singles champions went back and forth. Hendrix distracted, allowing Lethal to nail Fish with the cartwheel into the dropkick. Fish came back to nail several kicks to the chest.
Kyle O’Reilly tagged in and controlled Lethal. ReDragon tagged in and out, working on Lethal. They worked on Lethal until he was able to tag out to Naito. He trashed Kyle and gave Fish the finger. The referee had to restrain Fish. Naito worked over Kyle, snapping him with a dropkick. Lethal and Naito worked over Kyle. Really good match so far.
Fish finally tagged in and he and Naito went back and forth. He grabbed Lethal and flipped him into Naito. Lethal was tossed to the floor and Naito was double teamed. Naito drilled Fish with a kick to the head and then nailed Kyle. He crawled to Lethal to tag him in. They went for a double suplex on Kyle but Fish saved him.
The battle continued. Lethal nailed a trio of tope suicidas onto ReDragon. Kyle caught him in an armbar and Lethal teased tapping but Naito finally made the save. Lethal accidentally nailed Naito. It appeared Naito then purposely hit him. He and Fish battled on the floor. Kyle drilled Lethal. ReDragon hit their finisher and Lethal was taken out and pinned.
Your winners, ReDragon!
The Bullet Club vs. Briscoes & Motor City Machineguns & Adam Page
No Page. The Bucks said he met an early Superkick Party so it’s five on four. They jumped them and brawled in the crowd and around ringside as Adam Cole did his storytime with Adam Cole Mic work. Colt Cabana’s music hit. Huge pop. He was unadvertised. It was utter chaos from this point on with all sorts of dives, superkicks, etc.
It finally settled down. The Machineguns and then The Bucks used all their synchronized moves. The Bullet Club worked over Shelley for a long time, The Bucks took turns taking him down. The crowd chanted, “Motor City” to rally Shelley. Shelley finally hit an exploder on Nick Jackson out of desperation. Sabin cleaned house. Lots of tags back and forth with good action.
Matt Jackson worked over Cabana and told him to “Suck it” over and over. Cabana nailed the Butt Butt. The Guns went for dives but ate superkicks. All sort of chaos. Way too much to type. The Bucks superkicked the referee. Nigel McGuiness ran to the back to get a ref.. The Bucks did the Indy Taker on the floor on someone.
The Bucks began superkicking everyone. Adam Page ran out to the ring with a chair and the Bucks backed off. He used the chair on Jay Briscoe. It ended up with Mark Briscoe trapped with everyone from the Bullet Club. They destroyed him with a massive superkick and pinned him.
Your winners, The Bullet Club!
They continued the beating and even hung Chris Sabin with a bullrope over the ropes. It was all The Bullet Club being established as the force in ROH.