5/16 ROH/NJPW Global Wars (night two) results: Bullet Club vs. CHAOS six-man main event, Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Roderick Strong, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Tetsuya Naito vs. Matt Sydal and ACH, ROH Championship match set for Best in the World PPV, and more
ROH/NJPW Global Wars 2015 Night Two
Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Ted Reeve Arena
Report by DotNet reader Olek D.
I attended last night's Global Wars: Night Two in Toronto. It seemed to be both a ROH weekly show taping and the Global Wars event. Packed house in the Ted Reeve Arena. One thing I'll be curious to note is how the building comes across on TV. It should look packed to start, but I'm wondering as the shows progressed (the weekly tapings, the intros to the shows and Global Wars Night 2), does the building look emptier. It's not because it was emptier, it was more that the layout led to sight issues for those on the floor, but also, it was very hot around the ring. I know a number of individuals actually left their reserved seating to stand up in the hockey stands to either get air or see the ring better.
Dark Match: Romantic Touch, Pepper Parks, and Rip Impact beat Ashley Sixx, Davey Vega, and Kenny Lush.
Nigel McGuinness came out and announced Jay Lethal vs. Jay Briscoe (TV Title vs. World Title for both titles), and Roderick Strong vs. Moose vs. Michael Elgin for the Number One Contendership to the ROH Championship, both at the Best in the World PPV.
1. KUSHIDA defeated Will Ferrara. Fairly straightforward match.
2. Silas Young defeated Takaaki Watanabe. The crowd had some fun with this one. Silas Young came out and when he, naturally, was upset about the streamers, especially those that touched him, this led to a new game in Toronto which was "Pin the streamer to the Silas." Silas would look suitably annoyed and have some fun with the crowd. A clunky match, but a fun match thanks to Silas' interaction and Watanabe doing his best to get the crowd behind him further with his calls for suplexes.
3. Moose defeated Colby Corino. This match was supposed to be BJ Whitmer vs. Moose. We loved chanting "Shut up Whitmer" at him. At a later appearance, he didn't even start to speak and we were chanting it. Basically, the gist: rather than him facing Moose, he was going to give the opportunity to someone else to finally prove themselves. Of course, this was Colby Corino. Moose was sure. Colby slapped him and he was then much more sure. Moose then beat Colby Corino like a dusty rug at spring cleaning. Moose seemed more liked here...more on this later. Colby, meanwhile, limped to the back, was forced to pick up the bucket and head off.
Somewhere in these early matches (can't remember where), The Addiction came out and cut a quick promo about how they weren't going to defend their titles this week, but were going to face ReDragon next week.
4. The Briscoes (ROH World Champion Jay and Mark Briscoe) defeated The House Of Truth (Jay Diesel and Donovan Dijak w/ Truth Martini and ROH TV Champion Jay Lethal). Fairly straightforward TV match. Biggest thing was that Jay Lethal was at ringside, attempted to attack Jay Briscoe at the end (Dijak took out Mark on the floor). Jay however countered it and hit the Jay Driller on Lethal.
5. Kyle O'Reilly defeated The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) by DQ in a handicap match for the ROH Tag Titles. Addiction came out and talked about how Bobby Fish wasn't at the arena for injury reasons. They however would only defend against Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish, not Kyle O'Reilly and a "suitable replacement." O'Reilly came out, actually held both off well in a fun match. Kyle got the armbar on Kazarian before Daniels broke it up with the tag belts for the disqualification. They kept on O'Reilly before Matt Sydal and ACH ran out from the back to run off Addiction.
6. Jushin "Thunder" Liger defeated Dalton Castle. This match was so fun live. Liger was over, Castle was over, and they had a fun competitive match. Castle won some fans with his unique style and his presence. Castle at one point knocked Liger to the floor, posed and had his fanning guys come in and fan him. This led to Liger doing the same later, which led to Castle getting upset. Fun stuff. Liger won with a brainbuster and then held Castle's hand and posed with him and his fanning guys at the end.
7. Cheeseburger and "Brutal" Bob Evans went to a no contest. Lots of random Cheeseburger chants after. It was a decent match until Bob Evans caught Cheeseburger in a sidewalk slam and drove him through one of the tables at ringside. This led to the end of the match. Good angle, well executed. Biggest issue was that the crowd started to chant "boring" a few minutes after as we were waiting for the dust to settle. Part of this I assume is sight issues. Some of this I know is that half the crowd, at the very least, expected an iPPV, not TV show tapings.
8. Bullet Club (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) vs. IWGP Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett w/ Maria) went to a double DQ. This match was another fun match. Bullet Club was very popular in Toronto. Anderson went after Maria to start. The match was seemingly under tornado tag rules. There was lot of back and forth and some big moves for both sides. Match ended when both teams started to push the referee down when he wass trying to stop them. Disqualification for both teams. Ended with BC trying to put Taven through two plastic folding chairs. Maria tried to stop them, Maria got set up, Kingdom made the save, but Taven still went through the chairs for his troubles. Looks to be setting up a future IWGP Tag Title re-match.
9. War Machine (Hanson and Ray Rowe) defeated The Decade (Adam Page and Colby Corino w/ BJ Whitmer). This is probably my favorite match of the tapings to this point. Rowe surprised me with how good he was and how believable he was. Again, Whitmer came out, drowned by chants, and said Colby will take his place. Page made no attempt to ever tag in. Rowe demanded Whitmer get in the ring and told Colby that his father is only trying to look out for him. Colby attempted to fight Rowe. Rowe beat the snot out of him with some stiff slams. War Machine dominated. Steve Corino got into it with Whitmer in a shouting match on the floor. This led to a "Corino" chant. Really hot angle that played out well. I really look forward to seeing how this plays out on TV. Just great stuff here.
10. Cedric Alexander defeated Moose. Cedric cut a promo talking about how many saw him as the Breakout Star of 2014, but he isn't that in 2015, so he's going to prove it by calling out Moose. Some people showed their restlessness at this point. They wanted New Japan stars. We also were incredibly divided on Moose. Whereas some were chanting "Moose" with Moose and then others were yelling "sucks!" after. The "Sucks!" seemingly was more pronounced. Interesting to see if that was just my section or is on TV. Match ended with Moose getting tossed a metal object of some sort to load his fist. He looked conflicted. Cedric got it from him and then drilled Moose and pinned him for the win. Looks like Cedric is going heel. Moose's undefeated streak ends here.
They took some time to set up a table and Nigel McGuinness got in the ring. I've chanted "Spanish Table!" at Summerslam 2004 and now I can add "Contract Signing!" to my list of chants I've been a part of. This led to a huge gleeful pop when Nigel announced the contract signing was beginning. This was for Jay Lethal vs. Jay Briscoe at Best in the World. TV Title vs. World Title. 60 minute time limit. Standard fair. Some great lines too. They signed it (and while Briscoe was going to sign, we of course chanted "Sign up!"). Lethal flipped the table. They had a staredown and yelled at each other with the camera in close. Lethal stepped back and then went to hit Briscoe, Briscoes stepped forward and Lethal left the ring.
11. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito defeated ACH and Matt Sydal. Fun match. We started a "New Japan" chant getting Sydal to point out who was on the banners at ringside. We responded with more "New Japan" chants. Back and forth match that built up to the big moves and a High Fly Flow. Sadly though, this was not the most memorable of matches.
12. Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Roderick Strong. Now, deciding match of the night between this and the main event six person tag is going to be difficult. This match was amazing live. Whatever people say of Nakamura, believe it. Strong more than held his own. While some "Let's go Roddy" chants started, this was Nakamura's crowd. This was hard hitting, fast-paced, a pleasure to watch live. Many "This is Awesome" chants. Fantastic match. Can't recommend this and the main event enough. Nakamura won with the Boma Ye and got his moment. Strong got up and receved a great ovation after. These two worked their butts off and we more than appreciated it.
13. Michael Elgin defeated Gedo. I feel bad for Michael Elgin. This is my second show I've seen with him in the semi-main. Last one was the Smash Wrestling show a year earlier where he fought Johnny Gargano right before Hero/Styles. That match, we started to turn on because we were getting drained. And this one...I don't think anyone cared about this match. We were so drained. We wanted the main event and we were happy to leave. We cheered for Toronto being mentioned in the entrance and then we cheered the ending. I felt bad for both guys, but this was the fourteenth match so far and the crowd needed reasons to get out of their seats to cheer at this point.
14. Bullet Club (IWGP Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles and IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks) defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Rocky Romero, and Baretta). This was one of the most fun matches I have had the pleasure of being at live. The crowd woke up and big time. To start, Bullet Club was once again really over in Toronto. There were chants for everyone in the match individually and they all hit trademark poses. There was even a chant for NJPW official Red Shoes, who was so wrapped up in the environment that he almost did 'too sweet' with BC but caught himself before he did. The match itself was just an amazing display of athleticism. It was what you would expect from these two teams. Styles teased the Styles Clash a few times. Okada teased the Rainmaker. If you love fast-paced tag matches, this is one for you and then some. AJ's chemistry with the Young Bucks is great. Finish came when AJ helped in doing an Indytaker into a Meltzer Driver into the Styles Clash on Baretta. Epic sequence, and the crowd went nuts. Afterwards, Kingdom ran out (appearing to join CHAOS) to fend off BC. Okada hit the Rainmaker on Styles to send the crowd home happy.
This was my first ROH show. I've been watching wrestling for decades. Arguably saw two of the best matches I've seen live. Despite the heat and sight issues, it was a lot of fun. The biggest suggestion I would make to ROH is to advertise them as show tapings so we knew. Fans started to get restless as I figure many came to see NJPW stars and while we got them, a set of tapings broke out. Beyond that, I recommend. We were burnt out by the end with fifteen matches, but we certainly got our money's worth and everyone worked hard. Great job ROH and hopefully it translated well to the TV tapings and the production of Global Wars.
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