Ring of Honor (ROH) returned to their home turf in New York City for the final night on the Global Wars/War of the Worlds tour with New Japan.
A lot has changed since Sunday, May 8's pay-per-view (PPV) kicked off the four show swing, and the promotions worked those real-life (injuries) and kayfabe (Bullet Club) changes into the event before it even started when they announced on their website:
Injuries and the Bullet Club have forced changes to be made for the announced card. ROH & New Japan officials met earlier this morning, and here is the revised card for Saturday in NYC.
Unlike Monday's show in Michigan or Wednesday in Toronto, there aren't reports that Saturday's action was filmed for future television use, and the event is not listed as a future Video on Demand (VOD) or DVD list on ROHWrestling.com. (UPDATE: Cagesider Steve Sypa was in attendance, and said they were filming, had commentary, made an announcement the show would be available on VOD, etc. so you will be able to see this action in the future - back out now if you're spoiler averse) In general, it doesn't appear as angle-heavy as earlier nights on the tour... but it's still noteworthy for how they presented the faction who were booked as unstoppable destroyers at Global Wars, and for hints at how injuries might effect upcoming New Japan storylines.
Here's what went down:
- reDRagon def. ANX
- Dalton Castle def. Lio Rush, Michael Elgin & Moose (Rush took the pin)
- KUSHIDA def. Silas Young
- MCMG def. Trent Baretta & Gedo
- Jushin Thunder Liger & The Briscoes def. Bullet Club (Adam Page & Guerrillas of Destiny)
- "Women of Honor" Taeler Hendrix & Mandy Leon ran an angle during intermission where Hendrix attacked Leon
- BJ Whitmer cut a promo on Steve Corino; Corino appeared with a chair to attack him, but security held him back long enough for BJ to escape
- Donovan Dijak def. Cedric Alexander in the latter's farewell match for the promotion.
- War Machine def. The Addiction via DQ when the titleholder used a tag title belt to break up a pin and used the ref as a shield. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian remain tag champs.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Matt Sydal
- Tetsuya Naito def. ACH. The IWGP Heavyweight champ also attacked referee Todd Sinclair post-match.
- Team ROH (Jay Lethal & Roderick Strong) def. CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii) and Bullet Club (Adam Cole & Matt Jackson); Roddy pinned Ishii
Booking-wise, it's weird they had Bullet Club not win either of their matches after they were presented as wrecking balls last Sunday. But if, as it appears, this was only for the live audience, that's not a huge deal.
Keep your eyes on Naito and the Bucks. According to Wrestling Observer, the IWGP champ overcame a high fever to work last night, and is dealing with a few other nagging injuries besides.
Nick Jackson is already awaiting an official diagnosis on what is reportedly now feared to be mutliple broken ribs. Matt apparently worked last night with a broken hand.
ROH is off until June, when they'll start building toward their next PPV, Best in the World. New Japan, however, gets back to action this upcoming Thursday, and has the Best of Super Juniors tournament kicking off next weekend - in which both Bucks are booked.