5/15 ROH/NJPW Global Wars iPPV Live Coverage: Roderick Strong, The Briscoes, and War Machine vs. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, and The Young Bucks, Nakamura vs. ACH, Tanahashi vs. Elgin, Okada vs. Alexander, Lethal vs. Naito, and much more

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5/15 ROH/NJPW Global Wars iPPV Live Coverage: Roderick Strong, The Briscoes, and War Machine vs. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, and The Young Bucks, Nakamura vs. ACH, Tanahashi vs. Elgin, Okada vs. Alexander, Lethal vs. Naito, and much more
2015-05-15 22:00:00

By Zack Zimmerman

ROH/NJPW Global Wars 2015
Aired on iPPV May 15, 2015
Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Ted Reeve Arena

A video package recapped last year's War of the Worlds and Global Wars events and then introduced viewers to Global Wars 2015... Inside the arena, Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino welcomed viewers and briefly ran down the top matches. The duo of Takaaki Watanabe and Silas Young opened things up. Moose's music hit and he made his way out with his entourage and Gedo.

1. Moose and Gedo (w/ Stokley Hathaway and Veda Scott) vs. Takaaki Watanabe and Silas Young. Gedo refused to shake Watanabe's hand and they opened things up for their respective teams. Watanabe repeatedly overpowered Gedo, but Gedo used an eye poke to take control. Silas tagged in and so did Moose for a reset. Silas outwitted Moose and used a diving back rake until Moose caught him with a dropkick and brought Gedo back in.

Silas went to work on Gedo and Watanabe continued the assault for his team. The two used frequent tags to stay in control until Moose got the hot tag. He came in with splashes to both guys in the corner and an impressive triple-jump crossbody from the top rope. Silas and Watanabe appeared to regain control, but Silas missed his Arabian Press.

Watanabe killed Moose with a release German, but couldn't take Moose off his feet with a lariat. Moose responded with a pop-up lariat on Watanabe which put him down for a near-fall. Silas tagged in and berated Watanabe before turning around into a spear from Moose for the finish.

Moose and Gedo over Silas Young and Takaaki Watanabe in about 8:00.

Replays showed Moose's high spots before cameras settled onto Watanabe helping Silas up in the ring. The crowd chanted for Silas to "F**k him up," and indeed Silas dropped him to a big pop... The commentators threw to a video package recapping the debut of Chris Sabin and his alliance with The Addiction.

Zim Says: Well, Toronto sure wasn't as appreciative of Watanabe as Philly was. The match was there to get Moose over and build to a TV match between Young and Watanabe, so it was fine for that, but it wasn't anything more.

Chris Sabin made his entrance. Kyle O'Reilly was out next and the commentators explained that Bobby Fish wasn't able to get into the country so O'Reilly was given the option to pick another match and he chose this one so he could get revenge on Sabin for his attack on Red Dragon with The Addiction. Kushida was out next.

2. Chris Sabin vs. Kyle O'Reilly vs. Kushida. There was a fun opening sequence with armdrags and a triple dropkick to a standoff. Before long, Sabin took a powder at ringside and Kushida and O'Reilly turned their attention toward each other. They both landed several hard strikes before Sabin pulled O'Reilly to ringside and Kushida took him out with a seated senton off the apron.

Back in the ring, Kushida wore out Sabin and O'Reilly with push-up facebusters. Kushida ended up in the tree of woe, however, and ate a dropkick from Sabin and all of O'Reilly when Sabin tossed him overhead with a belly-to-belly. Sabin worked over both guys until O'Reilly unleashed a flurry on Sabin. O'Reilly had Kushida in a rope-hung armbar, but Sabin rocked O'Reilly with a superkick from the floor.

Moments later, Kushida hung both guys up on the top rope before using a beautiful O'Connor roll/German suplex combination for a double near-fall. Kushida hooked in the Hoverboard Lock on Sabin, but O'Reilly applied a guillotine on Kushida to break it up. O'Reilly got a near-fall on Kushida with a Regal-Plex. Sabin re-entered with a big tornado DDT and fired shots at both guys, but O'Reilly grounded him with the Axe and Smash only to eat the Nomo Punch from Kushida.

O'Reilly had landed the brainbuster on Sabin and looked for the armbar, but Kushida broke it up with a big dive off the top. Sabin looked for the Cradle Shock and O'Reilly was kicked to ringside when Kushida rolled through and hooked the Hoverboard Lock. He rolled to the middle of the ring where Sabin was forced to tap.

Kushida defeated Chris Sabin and Kyle O'Reilly in about 9:45.

Post-match, Sabin wouldn't follow the code but O'Reilly gave Kushida a deep bow and a handshake... Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino turned to a screen hyping The Kingdom vs. Sydal and Liger.

Zim Says: Good match. It didn't break ten minutes so it's hard to call it great, but the action was very entertaining and well-worked while it lasted.

The IWGP Tag Team Champions Michael Bennett and Matt Taven were out first along with Maria Kanellis; all wearing offensively green neon gear. "Reborn" Matt Sydal was out next, followed by Jushin Liger who was out to a big pop. Tiger Hattori is the ref for this one.

3. IWGP Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Michael Bennett and Matt Taven w/Maria Kanellis) vs. Matt Sydal and Jushin "Thunder" Liger. Sydal and Taven opened things up with several fun exchanges before Sydal brought in Liger to a big response. Taven humorously hyped up the tag to Bennett the way Sydal did Liger. Bennett got the better of Liger in a shoulder tackle exchange, but before long Sydal and Liger wiped out both guys with dropkicks to ringside. Liger teased a dive, but Maria grabbed his leg and he turned around into a shot from Bennett to start the heat.

Taven hit Moonlight Drive for a quick two-count before Bennett came in and slowed things down with a chinlock. Liger tried to fight out, but Bennett floored him with a high dropkick. Bennett and Taven hit a kick/elbow/moonsault combination for another two-count and remained in control. Moments later, Liger managed to avoid a superkick from Bennett and Taven ate it instead. Sydal came in hot and hit a bunch of his signature offense.

Things broke down and Liger once again looked for a dive to the outside, but Maria jumped onto the apron and showed off for Liger. Liger fended off The Kingdom twice and strutted towards Maria. She rubbed his face into her boobs, before he turned into a double superkick. Worth it. Sydal appeared to be in control, but he went for the Shooting Star and took a superkick out of mid-air. The Kingdom hit their Hail Mary spike piledriver and pinned Sydal.

The Kingdom over Sydal and Liger in about 9:00.

The ring was left to Liger who soaked up a chant from the crowd... The commentators turned attention to Cedric Alexander vs. Kazuchika Okada.

Zim Says: The Kindgom were more entertaining than usual and Liger and Sydal both got some time to shine. The crowd was very respectful toward Liger and that superkick out of the Shooting Star was pretty damn impressive. Overall that was fine; nothing great.

Cedric Alexander was out, followed by The Rainmaker.

4. Cedric Alexander vs. Kazuchika Okada (w/ Gedo). Okada did his clean break spot early to a good response. The two traded armdrags and takedown to a standoff going into the two-minute mark. After a back-and-forth, Alexander dropped Okada with an impressive Okada-like dropkick. Okada avoided something in the corner and got Alexander onto the top rope before wiping him out to the floor with a dropkick. Suddenly, the lights cut out and the commentators went dead. Things got a bit scary, but before too long, the lights came back up and Okada unleashed a big smile of relief before planting Alexander with a hangman DDT on the floor.

Back in the ring, Okada wore Alexander out with boots in the corner and then went to work with his snapmare into a sliding dropkick. Okada slowed things down with a chinkick with a knee to the back and then looked to follow up, but Alexander rocked him with an enziguri and then wiped him out with a huge tope con hilo. Once again, the lights cut out and the mics went dead. Once again, they came back up in time for Cedric to hit a springboard flying clothesline. Aleander threw Okada up and planted him with a wicked Michinoku Driver for a good near-fall at the nine-minute mark.

Cedric hit the ropes, but Okada dropped him with the flapjack. Okada planted Alexander with a DDT and then followed up with a nice sliding uppercut for a two-count of his own. Okada slammed Cedric and then came off the top with the diving elbow before striking the Rainmaker pose to a big pop. Okada looked to hit the Rainmaker, but Cedric avoided it and reversed and both guys were down.

Okada caught Alexander in the corner and hit his Reverse Neckbreaker over the knee. Okada followed up with Heavy Rain and got another near-fall. Okada looked for the Tombstone, but Cedric fought out and hit the Kick to Kill Pt. 2 (GTS-style overhead kick). He followed up with three wicked single-leg dropkicks in the corner for a very good near-fall.

The crowd chanted "this is awesome" and Okada missed his dropkick before eating a big springboard kick from Alexander. Okada reversed the Lumbar Check and hit his trademark dropkick. Okada hoisted Alexander up for the Tombstone and nearly lost it, but he caught himself and planted Alexander. Okada dragged Alexander to his feet before putting him back down with the Rainmaker for the win.

Kazuchika Okada pinned Cedric Alexander in about 14:00.

The crowd chanted for Alexander and Okada nodded and extended his hand, but Alexander left him hanging and rolled out of the ring. The crowd booed and the commentators questioned Alexander. The ring was left to Okada who high-fived Gedo and the crowd cheered... The commentators turned attention to

Zim Says: Excellent match. These two worked really well together. Cedric impressed and advanced his character, and Okada got the expected, but nevertheless crowd-pleasing win.

RPG Vice were out first, followed by The Decade. Tag Champs The Addiction were out next, and they demanded Bobby Cruise introduce them as the "Ring of Honor World Tag Team Champions of the World."

5. ROH Tag Team Champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) vs. Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero and Baretta) vs. The Decade (BJ Whitmer and Adam Page w/ Colby Corino) in a non-title match. Kaz and Baretta opened things up with an exchange of cradle pin attempts before Kaz hit a swinging neckbreaker and Baretta crawled back to Romero. Romero tagged in and quickly ended up crawling back to Baretta after taking a shoulder tackle. Kaz offered Rocky a free shot and Rocky wound up big, only to take control with a quick poke to the eyes. RPG Vice used a running knee/clothesline combo on Kaz before he tagged out to Page.

Page briefly worked over Baretta before he and Romero used penalty kick/standing moonsault combinations on both Page and Daniels. Whitmer tagged in and took control of Romero as the crowd groaned and then chanted "BJ sucks." Before long, RPG Vice were back in control of Daniels and Baretta did his slingshot face scrub spot to a big reaction. Daniels begged off and tried to shake hands, but Baretta kept fighting only to be swept by Kaz at ringside and Daniels took advantage with a springboard moonsault.

The Addiction went to work on Baretta and hit a few of their double team spots before Whitmer tagged himself in and took advantage of the beaten-down Baretta. Baretta showed some fight, but Whitmer sent him to ringside with a forearm where Page flew off the apron with a very impressive shooting star onto a standing Baretta. Back in the ring, Daniels tagged himself in on Page and the two began to bicker. Daniels pie-faced Page, but Page didn't back down. Daniels kicked him in the gut and went for Angels Wings, but Page fought out and ended up down at ringside.

Rocky Romero finally tagged in and went wild on The Addiction. He did his forever lariat sequence and then looked for Sliced Bread, but Kaz saved Daniels. Moments later, RPG Vice hit an impressive sequence which ended up with a sliding knee. Romero hung himself up in the ropes and then dropped when Whitmer charged, sending him toppling to ringside. Rocky wiped him out with a diving knee off the apron, but back in the ring The Addiction hit a powerbomb neckbreaker combination for a near-fall.

Page did a flip over the ropes and used the momentum to hit a clothesline, which was an impressive spot. Things broke down and became impossible to cover, but when it all settled, everyone was down. Page and Romero traded shots before Baretta tagged himself in and dropped Page with the Gobstopper knee. Baretta and Romero hit their combination diving dropkick/Jig-N-Tonic, but The Addiction broke it up and stole the pinfall and the win.

The Addiction beat The Decade and RPG Vice in about 15:15.

Right after the bell, Kyle O'Reilly hit the ring and rocked both members of The Addiction with kicks. The segment ended with O'Reilly holding the ring...

They went to intermission, which involved replaying Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens for the fans in the building, and a Global Wars wait screen for viewers at home. About halfway through the match however, it picked up on the feed.

Zim Says: That match was sheer insanity to try and do live coverage for. I did my best. That was just non-stop action for 15 minutes and it had some really fun spots. RPG Vice looked great, The Addiction were on their game, Page impressed, and BJ didn't drag the match down too much, so thumbs up. I'll probably go back and check it out without a laptop in front of me at some point and I'll be able to judge it a little better.

The commentators welcomed everyone back before ACH made his entrance in some new full length tights. Shinsuke Nakamura was out next to a big response and sizable streamer treatment. Red Shoes is in the ring for this one.

6. ACH vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. The two traded matwork as Steve Corino told the tale of ACH's day, which involved a flight being cancelled and re-routed so that he was flown all over the country before arriving in Toronto, and his gear hadn't made it so he was wearing a local Toronto wrestler's gear. Before long, the two were engaged in a brief funny dance-off before Nakamura let out a devious smile and extended his hand. ACH went to accept it and Nakamura went to kick him, but ACH caught it and got the better of Nakamura.

A short time later, ACH went for a springboard maneuver, but Nakamura rocked him and sent him to ringside. Nakamura draped ACH over the barricade and hit a running knee. Nakamura hit a big knee drop over the apron and was firmly in control as the crowd let out with dueling chants. Nakamura hit a big jumping knee drop and began to get cocky. Nakamura hit knees to the gut and then vibrations in the corner. He looked to follow up, but ACH popped up with a kick.

ACH fired off shots and a million kicks before mocking Nakamura's pose. ACH hit a hard lariat for a two-count. The crowd dueled once again before Nakamura caught ACH with a back roundhouse kick. Both men traded forearms with Nakamura getting the 'yay' and ACH getting 'boo.' Nakamura got the better of him and hit the running knee strike with ACH draped over the top turnbuckle for a two-count. ACH fought out of the Reverse Powerslam and hit a stunner.

The crowd chanted "Go Go ACH" briefly before the two guys jockied for position with suplex attempts. Nakamura finally hit a knee thrust and tossed ACH, but ACH avoided another knee and hit a springboard reverse STO for a good two-count. ACH hit a diving double stomp to the back of a standing Nakamura's head for another two-count. Nakamura ended up at ringside and ACH took him out with his huge springboard flipping senton.

Back in the ring, ACH missed a 450 attempt and Nakamura hit a Boma Ye to the back of the head, but wasn't able to get the pin quickly enough and ACH kicked out. Nakamura tossed ACH overhead with the Reverse Powerslam and charged, but ACH spring off with a backflip kick. Nakamura was sent back, but he fired right back in and landed Boma Ye for the win

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated ACH in about 13:30.

A handful of streamers were thrown after the match before the commentators switched over to Jay Lethal vs. Truth Martini.

Zim Says: Very good match. ACH got to show off what he could do, which I could see being enough to earn him a spot in the New Japan Junior division. I guess time will tell. Nakamura worked hard here and looked great while allowing ACH to shine. I enjoyed that a whole lot.

Tetsuya Naito made his entrance, followed by the TV Champ Jay Lethal who was out without Truth Martini and Jay Diesel, but had Donovan Dijak with him. Both guys got full in-ring introductions for the championship match. Lethal extended his hand and was offended that Naito was hesitant to reciprocate, but eventually he did.

7. ROH TV Champion Jay Lethal (w/ Donovan Dijak) vs. Tetsuya Naito for the ROH TV Title. Right at the bell, Dijak distracted Naito briefly allowing Lethal to jump him out of the gate. Things settled and Naito hit a quick flurry of offence and got a quick early two-count off a running 'rana. Naito avoided punches in the corner and sent Lethal out to take a powder with a high back-body drop. Naito wanted to hit a dive, but Lethal walked away. Naito tried to go after Lethal, but Lethal shoved Naito hard into the chair that Dijak was seated in at ringside. Lethal retained control back in the ring.

At the three-minute mark, Lethal hit his triple tope suicida spot. He couldn't reach Dijak's hand for a high five, so he jumped up onto the apron to do it. Funny. Lethal sent Naito crashing into the barricades and got back in the ring looking for the easy countout win. Naito made it back into the ring, but turned into a diving axe handle from Lethal for a two-count. After a chinlock to slow things down, Naito began to fight back. He came off the top with a diving dropkick and then hit his legsweep into a slingshot corner dropkick for a two-count.

Naito got in Lethal's face and did his pose, which nearly allowed Lethal to connect on the Lethal Combination. Naito avoided it, but Lethal came right back with the Lethal Combination and Hail to the King elbow drop for a near-fall. Both guys traded shots and then traded enziguris before Naito came in with a rolling kick and both guy were down. They traded forearms in the middle of the ring at an awkwardly slow pace. Naito hit the ropes and Dijak grabbed his leg so the referee tossed Dijak out. Dijak protested, so Naito sent him into the barricades with a baseball slide.

Naito got a near-fall with a big frankensteiner off the top. Lethal came back and looked for the Lethal Injection, but Naito caught him and planted him with a suplex for a near-fall. Naito put Lethal down with a slam and looked for the Stardust Press, but Lethal avoided it and Naito crashed. He sold his knee which he has a history of injuries with and after several rollup attempts, Lethal hit the Lethal Injection for the clean win.

Jay Lethal defeated Tetsuya Naito in about 12:30 to retain the ROH TV Championship.

Lethal yelled into the promo that the TV Championship is the most prestigious championship in ROH and he's the greatest champion in the world. Naito extended his hand post-match and in a role reversal from the open, Lethal was hesitant but eventually shook. Lethal hit the turnbuckles to celebrate his win... Kelly and Corino turned things to Elgin vs. Tanahashi.

Zim Says: Very good match. This was one which I had fantasy booked when I first found out about these shows because of how smooth both guys can be in the ring with the right opponents, and low and behold, it worked. I don't think the TV Title is quite at the level ROH promotes it as, but I appreciate their effort to build it and Lethal has certainly been delivering quality performances.

Michael Elgin was out first, followed by the ace of NJPW Hiroshi Tanahashi. Red Shoes back in for this one.

8. Michael Elgin vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi. The commentators put over Tanahashi's match with Roderick Strong from Wednesday's show, which is indeed an absolute must-see match. Tanahashi came off the middle rope with a springboard crossbody for the first significant offense of the match just shy of the two-minute mark. Tanahashi dropped the rope and sent Elgin to ringside. Elgin dragged Tanahashi out of the ring, but Tanahashi reversed a whip and sent Elgin crashing into the barricade.

Back in the ring, Elgin caught Tanahashi coming through the ropes and hit a flipping legdop to the back of the head. Elgin did about a 30-second delayed vertical suplex before settling into a chinlock. The crowd let out with dueling chants as Tanahashi avoided a seated splash from Elgin off a sunset roll reversal. Elgin used a Northern Lights suplex for a quick two-count and took control from there.

Tanahashi fought back a short time later with a big flying forearm and a flipping senton off the middle rope for a two-count. Elgin deflected a lariat and rocked Tanahashi with an enziguri before planting him with a deadlift German suplex for a near-fall. Elgin looked for a powerbomb, but Tanahashi fought out with his trademark dragon screw legwhip. He went up top for a standing High Fly Flow, but Elgin rolled through and then cleaned Tanahashi's clock with a series of elbow strikes.

Elgin set up for a powerbomb on the ring apron, but Tanahashi fought out only to get swept and eat a face full of apron. A short time later, Tanahashi managed to drop Elgin to ringside and then went from the top rope all the way to the floor with a huge standing High Fly Flow. Back in the ring, Elgin avoided a High Fly Flow and the two men collided into a double-down.

They worked back to their feet trading forearms with the crowd behind Tanahashi. Elgin no-sold a Slingblade attempt and did an O'Connor roll into a double stomp to the back of Tanahashi. Elgin looked to follow up with a lariat, but Tanahashi caught him and hit an arm-trap German for a near-fall. Tanahashi came off the top with the High Fly Flow to Elgin's back and looked for one to his sternum, but Elgin got both knees up and Tanahashi crashed.

Elgin hit a huge lariat and then connected with the bucklebomb, but Tanahashi spring off with the Slingblade. Tanahashi went back up top and came down with the High Fly Flow for the pinfall.

Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Michael Elgin in about 15:30.

Replays aired and the commentators did a good job of putting over both Tanahashi and Elgin afterwards... The commentators transitioned to the main event tag match.

Zim Says: That was Elgin's strongest performance of this tour. His match with Naito was very disappointing and his match with Kushida was solid but a level or two below this. Tanahashi, like Nakamura earlier, did a great job of giving the fans everything they wanted to see in a win, while still letting the ROH guy look strong in defeat. It certainly doesnt compare to Wednesday's match with Roderick Strong, but I didn't really expect anything on this show to exceed that. Excellent stuff here.

The ROH All-Stars were out first, with Roderick Strong, War Machine, and finally The Briscoes making their entrances. The Bullet Club were out next as a unit of course. They got a pretty big-time streamer treatment.

9. ROH All-Stars (ROH Champion Jay and Mark Briscoe, Roderick Strong, Hanson, and Ray Rowe) vs. Bullet Club (IWGP Champion AJ Styles, IWGP Jr. Tag Champions The Young Bucks, Karl Anderson, and Doc Gallows). Things broke down right at the bell with everyone wiping everyone out to ringside. Eventually things settled in and Nick got the better of Strong with a spinning heel kick. Before long, things had broken down again with Styles wiping out team ROH with a tope suicida and Nick following up with a crazy twisting press off the top turnbuckle to the floor.

Mark Briscoe looked for the Nestea Plunge, but ate a double superkick from the Bucks for his efforts. Back in the ring, Anderson and Gallows hit a high kick/spinning flapjack combination for a quick two-count on Roddy. BC continued to work Roddy over with Matt Jackson using a back-handspring back rake before the Bucks used a standing shiranui/running knee combo. A short time later, Roddy broke free after a tossing one Jackson into the other with an overhead toss.

Mark Briscoe came in with some Redneck Kung-Fu, but Matt Jackson and the crowd told him to "suck it" about a hundred times. Jay tagged in and hit hard lariat before teeing off on Nick Jackson with shots and a mafia kick. Rowe tagged in and dropkicked Nick hard into the corner before Hanson charged in with a bronco buster. Rowe ragdolled Nick with a backbreaker into a crucifix toss and team ROH continued to work Nick over.

Nick showed some fight after taking a beating, but Roddy put him right back down. A short time later, Nick caught Hanson with a superkick. Styles wiped out team ROH with Pele kicks, but Hanson took out Gallows with the cartwheel dropkick. Bullet Club hit a series of running shots in the corner and then a five-man superkick for a near-fall. AJ and the Bucks hit tandem moonsaults off the apron before Anderson and Gallows hit a double team maneuver on Hanson in the ring and then the three fliers took turns hitting 450s for a crazy near-fall.

Hanson fought out of the Magic Killer and things broke down into a brawl at ringside. AJ looked for an Asai moonsault, but Rowe took out a leg and AJ crashed. The big man Hanson went to the top turnbuckle and wiped out everyone with a huge flip dive to the floor. Back in the ring, Roddy hit a superplex on Nick, rolled through, hit a superplex on AJ, rolled through, hit a superplex on Machine Gun, rolled through, looked for a superplex on Gallows, but Nick interfered and cut it off. Nick and Roddy battled to the top rope where Roddy superplexed Nick off the top turnbuckle onto everyone at ringside. Wild.

In the ring, everyone traded finishers. Styles set up the Clash, but Roddy broke it up with a Sick Kick. Roddy hit End of Heartache on Nick, Jay followed up with the Jay Driller, and Mark came off the top with the Froggy-Bow for the pinfall.

The ROH All-Stars beat Bullet Club in about 17:00.

A bunch of replays aired, but the commentators noted that if you want to catch all of the replays you'd have to go back and watch the whole thing again. After replays, ROH Champion Jay Briscoe called IWGP Champion AJ Styles into the ring. They faced off and shook hands, but as they did, Jay Lethal ran in and dropped both guys with the TV Title. Lethal held his title high as he stood over the fallen Briscoe and Styles to close the show.

Zim Says: Looks like they're setting up a giant gold-filled three-way for down the road. I wonder if that's what they'll use to headline the next PPV. The match itself was nonstop craziness. Old school wrestling fans will probably be disgusted at the lack of psychology and selling and storytelling, but if you didn't have fun watching this then I question your ability to have fun while watching wrestling.

Overall, this show definitely delivered. As a complete show it was on-par with the Philly shows in terms of in-ring quality, but I think the atmosphere and crowd in Philly brought the shows to an even higher level. There wasn't a disappointing match on this show as everything at least met – if not exceeded – expectations. That said, nothing on this show reached the caliber of Strong/Tanahashi, Strong/Kushida, and Cole/Styles from the Philly shows. Others may have their own opinions, but as I noted in my report of the second Philly show, debating which is the better of multiple good shows is never a bad debate to be had. These shows have been hits. Can't wait to see who has made a strong enough impact to impress NJPW officials and earn a job. It'll be fun to watch play out. One last note, aside from the lighting issues which occurred briefly in the arena, the show came off without a technichal hitch, so thumbs up there too. Thanks for reading along.




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