Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling held a joint wrestling show on Saturday night. The top talent from both wrestling companies was on hand for the show with both company’s world titles on the line on the card. Here is a look at the Ring of Honor and New Japan “War of the Worlds” recap and results.
Before the iPPV started, a dark match was supposed to feature Silas Young against Caprice Coleman. However, Young cut a promo saying he wasn’t wasting his time with this match and walked out. Coleman responded by questioning Young’s manhood and then challenged Jimmy Jacobs. While Jacobs came out, he refused to wrestle and sent out Adam Page instead. Coleman won and Jacobs berated Page after the match.
The show officially opened with the Bullet Club coming to the ring. This is a New Japan stable that includes all American wrestlers - AJ Styles, The Young Bucks, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Styles is the IWGP champion and Kazuchida Okada came out to challenge Styles. Michael Elgin came out and offered to make the IWGP title match tonight a three-way to allow Okada a chance too. Styles agreed.
The first match saw six man action as Matt Taven, ACH and Tommaso Ciampa took on The Forever Hooligans and Takaaki Watanabe. The Ring of Honor guys won the match. Taven pinned Watanabe to pick up the victory.
The Decade came out next, and it was BJ Whitmer and Roderick Strong representing them in the match. Their opponents are New Japan tag team Gedo and Jado. The end came when Strong hit a leg lariat and picked up the win for The Decade, giving Ring of Honor another win.
Ring of Honor TV Champion Jay Lethal came out next for a big match with Kushida. The match was a nice long one with a lot of great spots. The end came when Lethal hit a leaping cutter to pin Kushida for the win.
The IWGP tag team championship was on the line next as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson defended their belts against The Briscoe Brothers. Unlike much of the show, this one was a pure brawl, pretty much expected when these four men are involved. Gallows and Anderson successfully defended their titles when they pinned Mark Briscoe.
Kevin Steen took on Shinsuke Nakamura in the next match. Nakamura picked up the win with a leaping knee shot to Steen’s head for the pin. After the match, Steen cut a promo and basically said he was leaving Ring of Honor to spend time with his family. That brought out Silas Young, who called Steen a real man but told him to just quit. The two started fighting and had to be pulled apart.
Michael Bennett took on Hiroshi Tanahashi in the next match. Like most of Bennett’s matches, Maria got involved and tried to distract Tanahashi as well as the referee. It didn’t matter because Tanahashi hit the frog splash for the pin after a good match.
The Ring of Honor tag team titles is on the line next as The Young Bucks defend them against reDRagon. As expected with these two teams, the action was over the top and fast and furious. The Young Bucks title reign ended up short as reDRagon won back their titles when they made Matt Jackson tap out.
Ring of Honor Champion Adam Cole took on Japanese legend Jushin Thunder Liger in the next match. The title was on the line and the fans were very much in the corner of Liger. The match was not a very long one and Cole made Liger tap out to the figure four to retain his title.
The main event of the show was the IWGP Championship match. AJ Styles was the champion and his opponents are Michael Elgin and Kazuchida Okada. Unlike the Ring of Honor title match, this one was long and very hard fought. Styles ended up keeping his title when he hit the Styles Clash on Elgin for the win. After the match, Adam Cole hit the ring and laid out everyone with his title belt and called himself the best in the world until Tanahashi and Jushin Liger made the save.