By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
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ROH War of the Worlds night one
Buffalo, New York at Buffalo Riverworks
Streamed live on HonorClub
The broadcast team was Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana.
1. PJ Black defeated Alex Coughlin. Black hit his moonsault into a double stomp finisher and scored the pin.
2. Kelly Klein defeated Kate Karny to retain the WOH Championship. The broadcast team said Karny was given the match when Klein’s original challenger dropped out of the match. “The Allure” Angelina Love, Madison Rayne, and Mandy Leon came out. Riccaboni said his wife was watching and excused himself from commentary when The Allure trio came over to sit in on commentary. Klein caught Karny with a clothesline and performed her K Power finisher for the clean win. Afterward, Klein took the mic and asked if “you three bitches” wanted to fight. The Allure trio headed to the ring, waved at Klein, and then headed to the back.
3. TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia defeated Karl Fredericks and Clark Connors. Before the match, Rhett Titus came out and posed, then sat in on commentary for the match. The Kingdom duo hit House of 1000 Horses on Fredericks, then Marseglia pinned him.
4. Shane Taylor defeated Hikuleo. Hikuleo performed a nice Samoan Drop on big man Taylor late. Taylor came right back and hit his finisher and scored the clean pin.
5. Evil and Sanada defeated Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams. Williams put Sanada in an ankle lock late. Sanada grabbed referee Todd Sinclair, then rolled out of it, which led to Williams stumbling toward the ropes where Evil struck him with a chair. A short time later, Evil and Sanada hit their Magic Killer finisher on Haskins. They followed up with the same move on Williams, and Sanada pinned him.
The broadcast team spoke at their perch. Riccaboni said the Guerrillas of Destiny would face The Briscoes in Chicago regardless of the outcome of their title match on this show.
6. Rush defeated Silas Young. Dalton Castle came out prior to the match holding a riding crop. Castle took a seat at ringside. Cabana pointed out how wet Rush was and referred to him as “very well lubricated.” Young wrapped a chair around the neck of Rush and ran him into the post while referee Paul Turner was distracted. Young was hoping to win via count-out, but Rush returned to the ring and eventually hit his Bull’s Horns finisher and scored the clean pin. After the match, Castle climbed onto the apron with a chair and had a staredown with Rush. Castle tossed the chair into the ring and walked away.
7. Marty Scurll, PCO, and Brody King defeated Jeff Cobb, Yuji Nagata, and Satoshi Kojima for the ROH Six-Man Tag Titles. ROH Champion Matt Taven came out and sat in on commentary because he’s defending the title against PCO on Thursday. PCO blocked Kojima’s lariat attempts, but he eventually took one. Kojima had PCO pinned, but King broke it up. Scurll and King fought off Cobb and Nagata, then PCO performed a top rope moonsault and scored the pin.
After the match, O’Ryan and Marseglia attacked PCO. Riccaboni said Taven was texting on his phone during the match and wondered if he set up the attack. PCO cleared the heels from the ring, but Taven ended up hitting him from behind with the title belt. PCO sat up like Frankenstein, and Taven acted stunned and fled the ring.
8. “Guerrillas of Destiny” Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa defeated Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham to retain the ROH Tag Titles. Kenny King joined the broadcast team and did his blind gimmick, still comedically selling Great Muta spraying mist in his eyes at the G1 Supercard. King said he was supposed to have eye surgery, but it was delayed by the Uber strike. Early in the match, King said it sounded from the footsteps like Lethal had lost eight or nine pounds. Colt asked if King was looking for a water bottle because he grabbed the wrong thing. Funny. One or both of the GOD members dropped an F-bomb. Riccaboni said that would result in a fine. Late in the match, Lethal hit his Hail to the King top rope elbow. “Was that a shooting star press?” King asked. Awesome. Later, Tonga took out Lethal with a title belt. Gresham got a nice near fall, but Tonga performed a cutter for the win. King said there should be a disqualification if Gresham was cut.
After the match, Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe came out. Jay told the crowd that they just witnessed the first and only successful title defense by the Guerrillas of Destiny. Jay said the reason why is that they are going to beat the shit out of them on Sunday. The teams squared off in the ring. ROH Dojo trainees ran out. King asked why fans were jumping the guardrail. GOD and The Briscoes had a pull apart brawl to set up their match for Chicago. Jay suffered a cut near his right eye. He took the mic and dropped a couple of MF’ers.
Powell’s POV: Kenny King’s blind commentator gimmick is hilarious. He claimed he’s filing a class action lawsuit against Muta over spraying mist, and said Sting, Missy Hyatt, Ric Flair, and others may also sign on. He also claimed that his senses are so strong that he could feel that a man in the third row was texting unsavory things and something about silk pajamas. This act needs to make its way to the ROH television show.
9. Flip Gordon defeated Bandido (w/Mark Haskins, Tracy Williams). Bandido pressed Gordon over his head with one hand (Gordon helped) and then dropped him to his feet and swept his legs. Bandido followed up with a standing moonsault for a two count. Later, Bandido performed a reverse huracanrana at ringside. Both wrestlers returned to the ring at referee Todd Sinclair’s 19 count. Things got a little overly dramatic when they both remained down and waited until Sinclair’s nine count to get back to their feet.
Later, Bandido performed a moonsault slam for a near fall. Gordon performed a springboard stunner for a near fall. Riccaboni questioned how many people had kicked out of the move. Bandido put Gordon in a torture rack and then tossed him into a GTS. Gordon came right back with a kick. Gordon followed up with a Flip Five and scored the clean pin.
After the match, Gordon and Bandido were respectful to one another. Haskins and Williams entered the ring. Haskins said he has nothing but respect for Gordon. He said he knows Gordon will kill it in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Haskins told him to think about joining the Lifeblood faction. Gordon and Haskins fist bumped. Haskins and Williams left the ring. Gordon celebrated his win, then hugged Bandido while Riccaboni hyped Thursday’s show in Buffalo to close the broadcast.
Powell’s POV: A solid show with a good main event. I’m not crazy about giving away the first Gordon vs. Bandido match. Sure, it’s the War of the Worlds tour and it was in the main event slot, but Gordon vs. Bandido was the most appealing first time matches the company had in its arsenal. I would have preferred a real build to a showdown match on an actual pay-per-view event. Oddly enough, ROH actually wanted to hold the match back in January, but Gordon’s knee injury prevented it from happening. I’m not surprised to see Lifeblood being booked to search for new recruits. They lost Tenille Dashwood once her deal expired, David Finlay is injured, and faction leader Juice Robinson spends most of his time in Japan.
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