Worlds collided last Saturday as ROH and NJPW produced War Of The Worlds from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
Let’s see what happened:
Caprice Coleman defeated Adam Page
ACH, Matt Taven and Tommaso Ciampa defeated Forever Hooligans and Takaaki Watanabe
BJ Whitmer and Roderick Strong representing The Decade defeated Jado and Gedo representing CHAOS
ROH Television Championship
Jay Lethal retained his Television Championship over Kushida. This was Lethal’s fourth successful TV Title defense.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match
Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson representing Bullet Club retained their IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship over the Briscoe Brothers. This was Bullet Club’s fourth successful IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship defence.
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Kevin Steen
Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Mike Bennett
ROH Tag Team Championship match
ReDRagon became the 41st ROH Tag Team Champions by defeating The Young Bucks. The Young Bucks fail in their first title defence.
ROH Championship match
Adam Cole retained his ROH Championship over Jushin “Thunder” Liger. This was Cole’s eleventh successful ROH Championship defence.
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat match
AJ Styles retained his IWGP Heavyweight Championship by defeating both Kazuchika Okada and Michael Elgin. This is AJ’s first successful defence of his IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
– At the end of the War Of The Worlds iPPV, Christopher Daniels appeared saying he and someone else is returning to the promotion at Best in The World June 22nd. Daniels will return nearly three years to the day he last appeared at Best in The World 2011 where he lost the television championship to El Generico (WWE’s NXT Sami Zayn).
– As a result of AJ’s retaining of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, on May 25th, AJ will face Kazuchika Okada at NJPW’s Back to Yokohoma Arena event.
– The entertainment website TMZ covered the ReDRagon’s ROH Tag Title change on their site.
– The next time ROH will be on PPV for the first time since the taped PPV’s in 2009, will be on June 22nd for the third annual Best in The World live from Nashville, Tennessee. It’s been confirmed that Michael Elgin will challenge Adam Cole for his ROH Championship. Elgin earned the opportunity after beating AJ Styles in Baltimore on April 14th.
– Now all the focus switches to Best in The World. Before that, however, it’s ROH presents the Road to Best in The World weekend. Night one( June 6th) in Carbondale, Illinois features the ROH Championship match with the #1 Contender being decided in Six Man Mayhem. Six of Ring of Honor’s best (Cedric Alexander, Silas Young, Matt Taven, ACH, Kyle O’Reilly and Caprice Coleman) will battle it out and the winner will challenge ROH World Champion, Adam Cole, in the main event.
Also signed for the event:
Decade members BJ Whitmer and Tadarius Thomas will be going up against The Briscoe Brothers
Mike Bennett faces Tommaso Ciampa
Michael Elgin’s penultimate stop on the road to Best in The World will see him take on Decade member Jimmy Jacobs
ReDRagon member Bobby Fish will face Romantic Touch
Also scheduled on the card will be Jay Lethal, #Allego and Scarelett Boredux.
Night two (June 7th), the final stop on the road to Best in The World will be Collinsville, Illinois where Mike Bennett takes on Michael Elgin
Also signed for this card:
ROH Championship Match
Tommaso Ciampa will challenge whoever is the ROH Champion after night one.
ROH Tag Team Championship Match
The Briscoe Brothers will have an opportunity to become nine-time ROH Tag Team Champions when they challenge ReDRagon.
Proving Ground Challenge
Romantic Touch will have the opportunity to earn a shot at the ROH Television Champion when he takes on Jay Lethal.
ACH will battle Silas Young
BJ Whitmer will take on Caprice Coleman
– For all members of the ROH website, last Saturday’s television taping is up on their Video On Demand Service:
– Andrew Everett and Cedric Alexander take on ReDRagon
– AJ Styles will face Michael Elgin with an opportunity at the ROH Championship on the line.
News & Notes
– Ring of Honor will present a show entitled “Field of Honor” and will debut at MCU Park in Brooklyn, New York. MCU Park used to be home to TNA’s Basebrawl events.
– Kyle O’Reilly became the 22nd PWG Champion by defeating Adam Cole at PWG’s Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘n’ Roll
–This week’s Tuesday roll features many pieces of ROH merchandise including a limited amount of “Kill Steen Kill” shirt for $24.95, Global Wars and War of The Worlds event shirts for $24.95, “Cannon Ball” Kevin Steen shirt for $24.95, and signed 8×10’s from Adam Cole, AJ Styles, Delirious, Karl Anderson, Kazuchika Okada, Kevin Steen and Rocky Romero for $9.99.
– As a Memorial Day Weekend special, until Monday night at 23:59pm (EST) there is a 20% off dvd’s and 10% off apparel.
– This week on Episode Five, Steve reflects on ROH War of The Worlds, the finale of season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, Mitch Williams and The King of Old School’s obsession with Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg . This week’s interview is with former AWA and WWE jobber and owner of Brew City Wrestling Frankie DeFalco. If you have suggestions for guests or questions for the Steve Corino Show, please tweet them to the @SteveCorinoShow.
– Apologies go out to the King of Kings, the King of Old School, Founding father of the Xtreme Horsemen and Managing consultant of SCUM for the suggestion that a certain notorious wrestler be a possible guest.
– On the Kevin Kelly Show next week, KK interviews the “Voice of the Boston Celtics” and longtime wrestling fan, Sean Grande. Be sure to send your questions to Kevin and Sean on Twitter by using #AsKKevin.
– After an three week hiatus, Kevin Steen Weekend Escapades returned with a bumper edition of his Youtube channel
Until then always….
#BelieveInHonor and #FinishStrong