Ring of Honor announced most of the lineup for Night 1 of its War of the Worlds joint venture with New Japan Pro Wrestling this week and now I can’t feel my face. Here’s the card, via ROHWrestling.com:
– DELIRIOUS vs. GEDO
– JAY LETHAL w/TRUTH MARTINI vs. WATANABE
– RODERICK STRONG vs. KUSHIDA
– THE ADDICTION vs. THE KINGDOM (Michael Bennett & Matt Taven) vs. THE YOUNG BUCKS
– “Unbreakable” MICHAEL ELGIN vs. TETSUYA NAITO
– REDRAGON (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) vs. JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER & HIROSHI TANAHASHI
– THE BRISCOES vs. KAZUCHIKA OKADA & SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
Still to be announced his IWGP champion A.J. Styles’ match. Styles defended his illustrious title at the Ring of Honor anniversary pay-per-view in March, defeating rising star ACH.
Night 2 of War of the Worlds is also taking shape. Also from ROHWrestling.com:
– ADAM PAGE vs. WATANABE
– MICHAEL ELGIN vs. KUSHIDA
– KYLE O’REILLY vs. TETSUYA NAITO
– “MR ROH” RODERICK STRONG vs. HIROSHI TANAHASHI
– ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE ADDICTION vs. “RAINMAKER” KAZUCHIKA OKADA & GEDO
– FOUR CORNER SURVIVAL
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION JAY LETHAL w/ TRUTH MARTINI vs. SHINSUKE NAKAMURA vs. MARK BRISCOE vs. JUSHIN “THUNDER” LIGER
– ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
JAY BRISCOE vs. BOBBY FISH
– THE BULLET CLUB vs. THE KINGDOM
Night 2 excites me less; I would have preferred seeing Jay Lethal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura as a one-on-one match, and the same with Mark Briscoe vs. Jushin Liger. Nevertheless, what a terrific two-show card ROH put together for Philadelphia, upping the ante on last year’s stateside installment of the May tour with NJPW.
Speaking of which, ROH and NJPW are headed North of the Border for Global Wars. Here’s the Night 1 card thus far:
– THE KINGDOM (MICHAEL BENNETT & MATT TAVEN) w/Maria Kanellis vs. MATT SYDAL & JUSHIN THUDER LIGER
– ACH vs SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
– CHRIS SABIN vs. KUSIDA (Editor’s note: The winner gets Alex Shelley!)
– GEDO & MOOSE w/STOKELY HATHAWAY & VEDA SCOTT vs. WATANABE & SILAS YOUNG
– CEDRIC ALEXANDER vs. KAZUCHIKA OKADA
…ACH vs. Shinsuke Nakamura?!
If you’re a wrestling fan, support these shows by ordering the IPPVs. Even if you’ve never watched a Ring of Honor or New Japan show, you’ll be impressed.