Arena Reports SHOW RESULTS - 5/13 ROH vs. New Japan in Philadelphia - Night 2: Second report on Briscoe vs. Fish, Tanahashi-Strong, Nakamura, Kingdom-Bullet Club, more
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Ring of Honor Results
ROH vs. New Japan Night 2
May 13, 2015
Report by VIP member Tyler Blue
The crowd was hot from the start and did not get tired throughout the whole show.
(1) J. Diesel beat Romantic Touch. I missed the majority of the match getting a picture with Shinsuke Nakamura, though I know it was a fairly quick match with Diesel winning. Moose was originally supposed to be in the match, but Veda Scott said that he refuses to wrestle until he receives a World Title shot.
(2) Adam Page beat Watanabe. Watanabe was pretty over with the crowd hitting some stiff forearm strikes and a few nice suplexes warranting a "Suplex City" chant. Page won via interference from Colby Corino.
(3) Michael Elgin beat KUSHIDA. KUSHIDA was very over with the Philly crowd and Elgin was the polar opposite. Overall, a solid match with some nice feats of strength from Elgin including a beautiful deadlift suplex to a seated KUSHIDA. Elgin eventually picked up the win.
(4) Naito beat Kyle O'Reilly. The crowd was split in their support of these two, which lent itself to some good comedy spots in the opening of the match. These two played off the crowd energy perfectly. Following a hard-fought match, Naito picked up the pinfall win.
(5) Shinsuke Nakamura beat ROH TV champion Jay Lethal, Mark Briscoe, and Jushin "Thunder" LIger in a non-title Four Corners match. Before break, this was a wonderful match featuring Nakamura, who is the most over man in the entire world. When I say that Nakamura is over, it does absolutely no justice for the love that this man receives. Easily the pop of the night for his entrance. This one turned out to be a fast-paced match and the dynamic with only two men being legal at one time made the match quite interesting. Nakamura eventually won with the Boma Ye to the legend Jushin Liger. Liger was left in the ring to a standing ovation as a show of respect.
(6) Tanahashi beat Roderick Strong with the High Fly Flow. Following the intermission was my personal favorite match of the night with Mr. ROH Roderick Strong taking on Hiroshi Tanahashi. This match was hard-hitting and stiff. Only a few minutes in Strong was busted open by what I believe was a stiff strike from Tanahashi. After a damn good match, Tana picked up the win via frog splash. Post-match, they shook hands and showed each other mutual respect.
(7) ROH Tag champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) beat Kazuchika Okada & Gedo in a non-title match. This one was a little disappointing for me. It was by no means a bad match just with some of the stellar work on the card this one seemed to fall short despite the abundance of talent in the ring. Gedo ended up taking the fall. Post-match, Okada evened the score with a beautiful dropkick and the Raiiinmakaaaaa. Note: Very nice pop for Okada; the crowd was behind him.
(8) ROH World champion Jay Briscoe beat Bobby Fish to retain the ROH World Title. This started with a slow, methodical pace as the crowd took some time to regain energy after a long night of chanting and shouting, but it wasn't long before the pace quickened. There were many cool spots in this match leading to the finish. In the closing minutes, Fish kicked out of a Jay Driller, only to be dropped viciously o the ring apron and given a second Jay Driller for his trouble. Briscoe won by pinfall. Post-match, Moose came down to the ring and hit Briscoe with a vicious spear. It appears that his sights are set on the ROH World Title.
(9) The Kingdom (IWGP World tag champions Michael Bennett & Matt Taven & Adam Cole w/Maria Kanellis) beat Bullet Club (IWGP World Hvt. champion A.J. Styles & IWGP Jr. Hvt. tag champions Young Bucks) in a six-man tag main event. The Bullet Club was super-over, as was expected, and so was Adam Cole in only his second night back from injury. This match was so fast-paced and spot-heavy. Highlights included a three-man "More Bang for Your Buck," flips and more flips, and a triple superkick to poor Maria Kannelis. The crowd loved every second of it. In the final stretch of the match, Matt Jackson had Taven up for a three- man Meltzer Driver when Styles and Nick Jackson were pulled off of the apron and Michael Bennett clocked Jackson with the Tag Title belt. He then comically dragged Adam Cole onto the fallen Buck for the three count.
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