We're still in Korakuen Hall and at the Honor Rising events from February. Let's watch some months-old wrestling! Lots of Bullet Club up in this bad boy, so it should be fun.
Moose, Michael Elgin, Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Cody Hall, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi)
These are definitely an interesting couple of teams. Kevin Kelly and Mr. Wrestling 3 note that Elgin's current status is what Moose hopes to attain. They also note that Elgin has found a new home in Japan.
The Japanese crowd is doing the MOOSE chant and even Tanahashi himself leads the crowd! Then he steps aside and lets Moose start the match against Fale. HOSS SHOULDER BLOCK BATTLE ENSUES. Things eventually break down, of course, because it's an eight-man match with Bullet Club involved. Takahashi hits Tanahashi with a chair in his injured shoulder. HASHI ON HASHI ACTION.
Tanahashi plays face in peril as the Bullet Club cuts the ring off. Big Mike finally gets in the ring and cleans house, including a one-armed press slam to Tama Tonga. Takahashi hits Elgin with a low blow, then Moose goes toe to toe with Hall, to the delight of the crowd. Things break down again and everyone hits big moves, ending with Moose hitting Hall with a spear to get the pin.
What we learned: This was pretty much a showcase for Moose, who is an instant star in Japan. Fun match, continuing to position Moose as a big up-and-coming deal. Which is a wise move. He should be at the top of the ROH card sooner rather than later.
The ROH/New Japan Global Wars pay-per-view is coming up this Sunday! Woooo.
Out in Japan, Truth Martini and Jay Lethal go looking for a massage. Truth Martini of course takes him to one with a happy ending.
We get an explanation that although Lio Rush won the Top Prospect Tournament and the Television Championship shot that went with it, Tomohiro Ishii's commitments in Japan prevented him from defending his title. Thus, Nigel McGuinness gave Rush a shot at the WORLD title against Jay Lethal for his first official Ring of Honor match. We get treated to the closing minutes of that match from the Supercard of Honor in Dallas over WrestleMania weekend in April.
Lethal hits Rush with a cutter off the top rope and a Lethal Injection for the pinfall. But following the match was the real story, as Colt Cabana made his huge return to Ring of Honor for his first time in five years. We get some clips from his fired-up promo and his challenge to Lethal for the world title.
Lethal instead opted to have Cheeseburger challenge for the world title the next night, so Cabana challenged him again and Lethal accepted. Cabana won that match with a roll-up and earned the right to face Lethal at Global Wars on Sunday ... in Chicago.
Pretty cool to get some clips from that match and the explanation for the world title shot at the pay-per-view, but traveling back and forth in time like this in one show is still super weird.
Lethal and Martini continue their travels in Japan and go to the New Japan store. Lethal says he's going to go break all of Okada's stuff. Elsewhere, Dalton Castle stands in front of a store called "Peacock" and Jay Briscoe asks for directions. Castle also goes to a cat cafe, wrestlers interact with fans and lots more. This is sort of just a grab bag of all the remote stuff they shot and couldn't fit into other packages.
A bunch of the wrestlers go to Ribera Steakhouse, though! That's great! No shots of satin jackets, sadly.
Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe def. Bullet Club (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson)
Yep, here's Gallows and Anderson on Ring of Honor television the same weekend they appeared on the WWE Payback pay-per-view. What a time to be alive. During their entrance, Anderson makes sure to point out his "hot Asian wife" in the front row.
At the time this was taped, the Briscoes were two-thirds of the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champions. Gallows and Anderson jump the Briscoes before the opening bell and it's on. This match is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from these two teams, as they brawl all over the building in short order.
Eventually, the Biz Cliz takes over, beating down Mark for a while before he finally makes the hot tag to Jay. The Briscoes escape the Magic Killer and Jay evades two Gun Stun attempts. Jay hits a lariat and neckbreaker on Anderson and Mark lands the Froggy Bow for the win.
What we learned: The momentum is on the side of the Briscoes as they pick up a big win (several months ago) heading into Global Wars, where they will challenge War Machine for the tag titles.
We get one last fun montage of everything that happened during the Honor Rising weekend. These were a fun few weeks, but I'm certainly ready to return to the main timeline.
That's it for this week. You can watch ROH's weekly television on Comet or in syndication on Sinclair stations, or with a Ringside Membership on ROHwrestling.com.