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By James Bullock Aug 20, 2017 - 8:44 AM print

Welcome to another edition of The ROHbot Report – the only article you need for all the Ring of Honor news you have to know. Some of the biggest companies in wrestling have come together for several nights of action as ROH comes together with RevPro, CMLL & New Japan in the UK. Lets see what has happened and what’s to come.

“War of the Worlds UK: London” Results; August 18th, 2017; London, England
- Mark Briscoe def. Ryan Smile
- The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian) def. Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero
- Jay Briscoe def. Kenny King
- Bully Ray def. Jay Lethal, Silas Young & Sha Samuels
- ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship: Dalton Castle & The Boys def. Jushin Thunder Liger, Mistico & Delirious to retain
- ROH World Television Championship: Kushida def. Titan to retain
- Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi & NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions, SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI) def. The Bullet Club (Cody, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll & Adam Page)

Similar to many of these types of what are essentially exhibition shows featuring one-off matches meant to give the fans dream matches even though some of the pairing felt ordinary or “been there, seen that”. That doesn’t mean those pairings and matches didn’t help make this show anything less than a memorable one thanks to the last two matches of the evening. According to live reports, the main event was a crazy bout you’d expect from the people involved that saw everything from a great amount of super kicks to a recovering Daryl taking the Meltzer Driver. But the main event wasn’t able to overcome the reported greatest match of the evening as Kushida and Titan tore the house down. The TV champion retained his title in a match that stole the show and has fans demanding those who weren’t in attendance get the show on VOD for the semi-main event and the night’s finale. The rest of the show was strong featuring bouts you’d expect to see on ROH TV turning out to be not-so-surprisingly good like Briscoe-King where a victorious former World champion refused to shake hands, and the prototypical insanity that comes from a Four Corner Survival match. The biggest surprise on the undercard has to be Bully Ray picking up a win in a match involving the reportedly most popular ROH wrestling in the building (Jay Lethal) and the man he’s been feuding with in Silas Young that could’ve definitely benefited from a win here. It’ll be interesting to see how these win-loss records play into not only the rest of the tour, but also the upcoming TV taping heading into “Death Before Dishonor”.

“War of the Worlds UK: Edinburgh” Preview; August 20th, 2017; Edinburgh, Scotland

The Bullet Club (Cody & Marty Scurll) vs. The Addiction
Everything truly changed at ROH’s “15th Anniversary” pay-per-view as Frankie Kazarian – who pretended to join The Bullet Club – cost then-member Adam Cole the ROH World Championship while Christopher Daniels achieved a dream many believed would never come true. But Daniels’ reign was nothing short of rocky as the fans that once supported him were jumping on board with the group that looked to make sure he and Kazarian never wrestled again. At the forefront of The Bullet Club’s attempt at regaining the ROH World Championship was none other than Cody. While Kazarian was fighting off the onslaught of Hangman Page, Daniels was doing everything in his power to stop Cody from accomplishing his goal. Eventually “The General” couldn’t hold off Cody any longer as “The American Nightmare” bested Daniels at “Best in the World” to become the new ROH World champion. Cody topped that accomplishment by besting Daniels in a Two Out of Three Falls title rematch that effectively sent his rival over the edge and turned him against the crowd now jeering his every move. For the first time since joining The Bullet Club, Marty Scurll will step into the ring alongside Cody to take on the former two-time ROH World Tag Team champions. A win for The Addiction could not only get them the revenge they’ve been seeking for quite some time, but also put them back in the title hunt for belts taken from them by The Young Bucks in Ladder War VI. Usually for events like these the men & women of Honor let loose a little bit; not taking everything so seriously and enjoying the unique experience no matter who wins or loses – that won’t be the case in what can only be described as a grudge match.

Six-Man Tag Team Championship: Dalton Castle & The Boys defend against The Bullet Club (Adam Page & The Young Bucks)
When ROH announced the World Six-Man Tag Team Championship, The Bullet Club decided they needed more gold in their possession. Unfortunately for the faction, they, like Dalton Castle & The Boys, they came up short really early in the inaugural tournament. Though they moved on, winning the Six-Man Tag gold was always a mission for The Bullet Club. Ironically enough, everything just fell into place without Castle & The Boys really trying to become champions as a miscommunication caused The Briscoes & Bully Ray to offer “The Peacock” and his Boys a title opportunity with the purpose of Jay Briscoe getting his hands on The Boys for getting him sprayed with BUSHI’s blinding mist that resulted in the former World champion being pinned on ROH TV. Though they’ve retained the gold thus far, The Boys & Castle haven’t been tested as champions in the same way as their predecessors until this tour. Depending on what happens in London, this might actually be an entirely different match as Liger, Delirious & Mistico could be entering as the champions. This could be a weekend full of title changes if something truly unexpected happens in the UK.

Jay Lethal vs. Silas Young
It had been over two years since these two men shared a ring in singles competition before ROH’s most recent return to Lockport. Then, “The Last Real Man” was just getting his footing in ROH after failing to overcome some of the best ROH had to offer including Mark Briscoe. Jay Lethal, on the other hand, was attempting to return to the mountaintop he once occupied as the ROH Television champion. From their previous encounter that saw Lethal overcome Young, “The Greatest 1st Generation Wrestler” went on to become not only a two-time ROH World Television champion, but also the ROH World champion a year-plus after he bested “The Last Real Man”. Then came this year’s conclusion of the “Reloaded Tour”. The two men fought not once, but twice in one night. Their first encounter was a singles bout that saw the same result from their previous match where Lethal walked away as the victor. Though Jay won the battle that night, the spoils of war went to Silas Young as they both men were involved in the Honor Rumble match. They kicked off the match and wrestled throughout until they were the last two men standing. And in a somewhat shocking twist, Young eliminated the former World champion to earn himself a future ROH World title opportunity. Only two weeks after their clash during the “Tour”, Lethal and Young did battle yet again with “The Last Real Man” being unable to avenge his singles loss while Lethal continued to his quest toward regaining the championship he lost at “Death Before Dishonor XIV”.
It would take another six months before these two men found themselves standing across the ring from one another. During this encounter, Young had the home field advantage and took advantage of the situation to pick up a clean win over “The Franchise of ROH”. Young’s victory gave Silas the belief that he was deserving of more from ROH, but it was ROH management going to Lethal with opportunities presented such as sponsorship commercials. Attacking Lethal to make his point that Jay was less of a man deserving fewer opportunities in comparison to him, Young put a target on his back that Lethal looked to hit literally. Coming close to accomplishing his goal early was Lethal on ROH TV, but Beer City Bruiser took the figurative bullet before a tag match alongside Young against Lethal & Bobby Fish (another man who Silas angered over the last couple of months) turned out successful for them. It seemed Lethal would finally get his revenge at “Best in the World”, but things went south for the former World champion after he pinned Silas. Furious, “Milwaukee’s Worst” attacked Lethal post-match and put him on the shelf by brutalizing Jay with Bruiser’s beer keg before BCB put Lethal through a table courtesy of his frog splash. For over a month, Lethal didn’t make a ROH appearance as he tried to recover and earn accolades elsewhere – plotting his revenge in the process.
It’s incredibly ironic that Young now has the same opportunity presented to him this time three years ago when he took on another ROH franchise player in Kevin Steen. And just like that feud, Young came up short at “Best in the World”; but proved he had to potential of becoming a “big deal” in the company by getting the last laugh & win in their final confrontation. There’s a great chance this could happen again for Silas as Lethal has let his anger get the better of him in the past including the night he lost his ROH World Championship last year. Their previous clashes have been nothing short of fantastic and this one should be no different in another country and both men have the opportunity to establish themselves as a top contender in either the TV or World Heavyweight title divisions.

Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI & SANADA) vs. Kushida, Mistico & Titan
This will be an interesting six-man battle not simply due to the fact a first-time trio featuring a genuine luchador legend of his day being on the same side of the ring with a rising Mexican star and one of the greatest Jr. Heavyweights of all time, but also the potential fallout from ROH’s previous two shows during this tour. In London on Friday it’ll be Kushida defending his Television title against Titan. Mistico – who has teamed with Titan in the past – will also be challenging for ROH gold when he teams with CMLL stars Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero with the hope of becoming the new ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship. The next night will see SANADA challenging for the ROH World Championship. No matter if title changes happen before this bout or not doesn’t take away from the fact this could be an excellent match featuring some of the best wrestlers in the world taking to the skies, going for slick submissions, and maybe even someone getting misted.

The Briscoes vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero
The stars of CMLL will be apart of the “War of the Worlds: UK” tour including bona fide legends. On one of side of the ring will be two men who know each other well as partners and two men who were once grand rivals. Out of the four competitors only Ultimo Guerrero is familiar to the ROH audience & roster by having competed in tag team encounters in ROH and taken Matt Taven to the limit in CMLL. Alongside Guerrero for this match will be the ROH debuting Rey Bucanero – a man who has won the CMLL World Light Heavyweight title, but also the World Tag Team Championship four times with three of those reigns happening alongside Ultimo. On the opposite end of the spectrum will be their opponents – arguably the greatest tag team in Ring of Honor history. While Mark & Jay have been focusing on six-man tag supremacy alongside Bully Ray, they are still on the hunt for a ninth World Tag Team title reign. There’s a good chance The Briscoes could kill two birds with one stone during this event by picking up a big win against legendary opponents that could turn into a future ROH World Tag Team Championship match. For Team CMLL, this is another opportunity for a pair of luchadores to test their abilities against the best wrestling has to offer today in what should be a very fun match similar to what happened at “Best in the World”.

Bully Ray vs. EVIL
When Takaaki Watanabe was just a young lion trying to catch a break in both New Japan and ROH he had the opportunity to challenge veterans of the sport with the intent of not only defeating them, but also parlaying the win into championship glory. It wasn’t until Watanabe transformed into EVIL and joined Los Ingobernables did he find that missing spark that would change his career that minor wins just couldn’t accomplish. Eventually EVIL became a Six-Man Tag Team champion in New Japan while demonstrating the ability to turn into a big singles star in the future. EVIL’s path to success thus far has glaring similarities to the journey that took the former “Buh-Buh Ray Dudley” from stuttering buffoon potential singles star to one of the greatest tag team wrestlers of all time as his career in ECW started off rocky before finding his niche & a character that worked for him. Ironically enough, these two men have done battle recently when Bully Ray & The Briscoes successfully defended their Six-Man Tag Team Championship during “War of the Worlds: Dearborn”. Los Ingobernables gained a measure of revenge by defeating Bully Ray, The Briscoes & Dalton Castle in an eight-man tag match on ROH TV following the aforementioned event – putting the score at 1-1 between Ray & EVIL. Now, for the first time, Ray and EVIL will fight in singles competition in what should be a hard-hitting affair that could easily see Ray picking up a loss against the former young lion.

Kenny King vs. Josh Bodom
Kenny King is having a career resurgence as a singles stars since the disbanding of The Rebellion and spending time on national TV. Prior to “Best in the World” and following, King seemed to be ready to conquer the ROH world starting with the Television Championship. While King has spent a majority of his ROH career as a tag team competitor, his opposition in Edinburgh has made a name for himself by himself; almost making a splash last year during WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic where he came up short in qualifying for the big series of matches. With two men being incredibly athletic and having the vigor of competitors looking to really make a bold statement in the direction of champions in both their home promotions and on foreign territory.

Hiromu Takahashi vs. Mark Haskins
The man formerly known as “Kamaitachi” made his return to his home promotion of New Japan Pro Wrestling late last year and made a splash almost immediately by winning the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship from Kushida. From that golden moment, Hiromu Takahashi has put on fantastic matches, defeated some of the best junior heavyweights in the world and even introduced the world to Daryl (well wishes, good friend). But before all that greatness for Takahashi occurred he was just a “young lion” looking to prove himself worthy of being on the New Japan roster while being sent abroad. During Takahashi’s journey across the world in an effort to improve himself as a wrestler, the budding star had the chance to wrestle the equally young, yet thoroughly successful Mark Haskins. On the night during a RevPro the two clashed in a match that proved successful for Haskins and set the stage for an eventual rematch that has become one almost three years in the making. Both men have grown leaps & bounds since their original match and this rematch could produce the best match of the evening.

The Best Wrestling on the Planet returns to historic Center Stage for an international TV taping! The first match has been signed and it is one of gigantic proportions: the 2017 Honor Rumble!

While the Honor Rumble (ROH’s twenty-man version of the Royal Rumble match) isn’t a well-remembered concept in Ring of Honor history it has provided some highly entertaining unexpected title encounters usually in the beginning of the ROH World champion’s reign or a time when the titleholder is between major defenses. The first Honor Rumble featured Ruckus of Vulture Squad fame earning a shot at Nigel McGuinness for the next event – becoming not only the first winner of the match, but also the most shocking victor to come out of the concept. Mark Briscoe followed Ruckus’ lead in 2013, falling short of golden glory while becoming the first of several successful title defenses during Adam Cole’s reign. Mark’s brother Jay Briscoe had to battle the 2014 winner in former ROH World Tag Team champion Michael Bennett for the world to see on ROH TV. Last year was, arguably, the best one yet featuring impressive performances by the final two competitors – eventual winner Silas Young and runner-up Jay Lethal – who just so happened to start the battle. Unlike the last Honor Rumble (the aforementioned 2016 version), the title opportunity will happen on the same night – potentially setting the stage for a major title change on ROH TV. This could be the beginning of a new tradition if, for the first time, the winner can turn his victory into an unexpected championship reign.

In Atlanta, the long-standing battle between The Bullet Club and CHAOS continues on US soil when Marty Scurll fights Rocky Romero!

“Mr. Azucar” himself returns to not only ROH, but also ROH TV for the first time by himself since 2014. With three different tag team partners, Rocky Romero has racked up three World Tag Team title reigns in ROH, but never has he accomplished a singles championship. That could change if Romero can put together a strategy that overcomes a man not foreign to both ROH championship glory and the faction Romero represents in Japan, Marty Scurll. Since joining The Bullet Club, “The Villain” has put together a mixed bag of successes. Scurll has lost & failed to regain the ROH World Television title, but had an impressive showing during his first New Japan tour. For Scurll, this is his chance to get back in the winning ways worthy of a man many believe will become the ROH World champion in the next year. For Romero, this could produce an unexpected rising of a title challenger to both TV champion Kushida and ROH World champion (and Bullet Club member) Cody. On paper this looks like a classic waiting to happen featuring two men who can not only deliver from bell to bell in a serious manner, but could also provide some laughs.

Also in Atlanta a partnership between two long-time former friends explodes: Cheeseburger vs. Will Ferrara!

Cheeseburger, one of ROH’s most popular characters, isn’t a great judge of character. For the last few years, the ROH Dojo graduate has formed partnerships with similarly undersized individuals who eventually get tired of losing big matches and take out their aggressions on Cheeseburger – Will Ferrara is the latest person to turn on Cheeseburger after teaming with him for a bit of time. Ferrara, a fellow ROH Dojo grad, grew more & more frustrated with matches alongside Cheeseburger that, ironically enough, Will would usually take the fall when losing while Cheeseburger would gain pin fall victories during their few & far between wins. Ferrara made sure his backstabbing of Cheeseburger was televised as they failed to best The Young Bucks to become the new ROH World Tag Team champions. Attacking Cheeseburger from behind that night, Ferrara set a precedence in regards to his career over the state of their tag team. For the next few months it’s been Ferrara doing everything in his power to antagonize Cheeseburger including dressing up like a member of the ring crew to attack Cheeseburger on ROH TV. This is Cheeseburger’s moment for not only revenge, but also a chance to get a televised victory that could settle this feud. One of the most interesting, unspoken aspects about this match is the relationship between Ferrara and Rhett Titus – something seen recently on ROH TV where Will helped Titus defeat Cheeseburger. The potential numbers game could end in a bad night for Cheeseburger.

Roderick Strong vs. PAC

Kelly Klein vs. Karen Q vs. Deonna Purrazzo

Brute Vanslyke vs. Shane Alden

And there you have it. Show that love, or like, for The ROHbot Report and Honor Nation on its Facebook page. Also, if haven’t already, make sure you listen to the latest FREE “Honor Nation” as I talk about ROH’s “War of the Worlds: UK” tour, the G1 Climax and more (http://www.wewantinsanity.com/am2/publish/free_audio/24_Mins_Honor_Nation_Summer_s_Epic_Climax.shtml). And don’t forget to send those questions in for the next “Honor Nation either through the comments section below, on Facebook (The ROHbot Report and Honor Nation on its Facebook page), on Twitter (@fasjab), or by e-mailing me at Bullock@wewantinsanity.com.
Here’s to a great week for you and yours; and as always, thanks for reading.

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