Ring of Honor returns to PPV tonight, Friday May 12th 2017. The show will broadcast from the famed Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
War of the Worlds Lineup & Preview
ROH World Championship Match
Christopher Daniels (c) vs. Jay Lethal vs. Cody (Bullet Club)
Originally this match was supposed to be just Jay Lethal challenging Christopher Daniels, but Cody interjected himself into the title picture by attacking Daniels at a set of TV tapings.
This has angered Lethal to no end, as he feels Cody shouldn’t have been included int he match, due to Lethal defeating him in a Bullrope match at the last PPV.
ROH TV concluded last week with Lethal laying out both Daniels and Cody with the Lethal Injection.
ROH Tag Team Championship Match
The Young Bucks (c) vs. Los Ingobernables (Tetsuya Naito & Bushi)
As it is the War of the Worlds tour, NJPW faction Los Ingobernables gets a shot at the tag team championship. Don’t think that NJPW wrestlers won’t win ROH gold however, as that has happened previously.
For the second year in a row the Bucks will not take part in NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament later in the month.
It should be interesting to see how Naito responds to the Young Bucks’ chicanery in this bout.
ROH TV Title
Marty Scurll (c) vs. Matt Sydal
Scurll will defend the TV title against “Reborn” Matt Sydal on the PPV. Sydal lost his gig in NJPW due to being arrested in Japan for marijuana possession. He actually spent some time in jail before being allowed to travel home.
Sydal is splitting his time between ROH & Impact Wrestling now, one of only 2 people to receive special permission to do so (Cody being the other).
It will be the UK technical style of Scurll vs. the high flying style of Sydal, which should make for an interesting match-up.
ROH 6-Man Championships
Bully Ray & the Briscoes (c) vs. Hirooki Goto, Rocky Romero & Beretta (CHAOS)
Ray & the Briscoes successfully defended their titles on the 2nd night of the tour against
Los Ingobernables, but they will now go up against the longstanding NJPW faction of CHAOS here.
It’s been a good run for Bully Ray since joining up with the Briscoes in ROH. You just have to wonder if his partnership with the tag team will come to an end under dubious circumstances however.
Adam Cole vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Cole and the rest of Bullet Club have not been seeing eye-to-eye as of late. While Kenny Omega will not be in New York for this show, the two of them have shown signs of dissension whilst in NJPW.
Last month at a set of TV tapings, Cole attempted to fire the Young Bucks from Bullet Club, however the Bucks countered by pointing out that Cole didn’t have the ability to do so.
It might be interesting to see if there are any developments in that storyline in this match here.
It’s an excellent opportunity for Cole to show what he can do against arguably the biggest star in Japanese pro-wrestling in several decades.
Also on the card:
- Jay White vs. Will Ospreay (CHAOS)
- Frankie Kazarian vs. Hangman Page (Bullet Club)
- Sanada & Evil (Los Ingobernables) vs. Chris Sabin & Johnathan Gresham (Search & Destroy) vs. War Machine
- Bobby Fish vs. Dalton Castle vs. Kushida vs. Silas Young