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RADICAN'S ROH/NJPW "GLOBAL WARS 2015" iPPV REPORT 5/15: Bullet Club vs. ROH All-Stars main event, Okada vs. Alexander, more!

May 16, 2015 - 10:37:42 PM


MAY 15, 2015

(1) Silas Young & Watanabe vs. Moose & Gedo (w/Veda Scott & Stokely Hathaway).

Gedo refused to shake Watanabe’s hand. The crowd seemed to be split on Moose with one group chanting Moose and another group responding with a "sucks" chant. Moose wiped out Young with a nice dropkick and tagged in Gedo, but he got cut off and Young and Watanabe took turns working him over. Moose finally got the tag from Gedo and he ran wild, as the crowd seemed to turn in favor of him with the Moose chants. Moose got a running start and stepped up on the ropes and hit a splash off the top to take out both of his opponents. Watanabe caught Moose with a German a short time later. He went for a clothesline twice, but Moose wouldn’t go down. Moose then elevated Watanabe as he came off the ropes and wiped him out with a lariat for a two count. Watanabe caught Moose with a knee to the head as he charged at him. Young yelled at Watanabe and walked right into a spear from Moose.

After the match, Watanabe tried to shake Young’s hand. Young shook it and then nailed him with a clothesline.

WINNERS: Gedo & Moose

Star rating: (**1/2) – This was a fine opener designed to get Moose over as he was talked up as a potential challenger to Briscoe for the ROH World Title.

Kevin Kelly pitched to a video package and talked about the formation of the KRD with Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels, and Kazarian. They showed Daniels & Kazarian beating ReDRagon for the ROH World Tag Team Titles. The footage showed Fish unmasking a man that turned out to be Sabin with Kazarian and Daniels turning heel with him.

Chris Sabin was out first for the next match. It was supposed to be Sabin vs. KUSHIDA, but it’s now a Triple Threat match with Kyle O’Reilly. Kelly said Bobby Fish was unable to make it because of travel woes, O’Reilly wanted into the match to get revenge on Fish.

Radican note: Bobby Fish was unable to get into Canada after getting stopped at the border.

KUSHIDA was the last man out and he got a mild pop from the crowd.

(2) Chris Sabin vs. Kyle O’Reilly vs. KUSHIDA in a Triple Threat match.

KUSHIDA and O’Reilly both wanted to get their hands on Sabin during the early going. They had a really good exchange that ended with a triple dropkick spot and the fans applauded. O’Reilly and KUSHIDA agreed to go after Sabin, but he slid to the floor. They did some cool three-way spots, including Sabin backdropping KUSHIDA into O’Reilly, who was hung upside down in the corner. Kelly said he was shocked that Sabin was involved in the KRD. Corino pointed out Kelly was wrong to accuse The Kingdom being involved with the KRD and was upset with Corino for pointing out that he was wrong. A short time later KUSHIDA had a rollup on Sabin and ended up hitting a German with a bridge on O’Reilly for a double near fall and the fans applauded. KUSHIDA had a kimura on Sabin, but O’Reilly grabbed a guillotine choke. O’Reilly and KUSHIDA ended up alone in the ring and they exchanged kicks and strikes until O’Reilly hit a Regal-plex for a 2 count. All three men ended up going at it in the middle of the ring and O’Reilly hit a double rebound lariat on KUSHIDA and Sabin. He went for a cross-arm breaker on Sabin, but KUSHIDA broke it up with a moonsault off the top. KUSHIDA blocked a cradle shock attempt and got a kimura on Sabin. Sabin tried to escape, but KUSHDIA held on and Sabin tapped.

Sabin refused to shake hands after the match. KUSHIDA and O’Reilly did end up shaking hands and the fans applauded.


Star rating: (***1/2) – This was a very good, albeit short match. They put together some fun three-way spots and the fans really got into the match down the stretch. This was a really good showing for KUSHIDA hear, but Sabin and O’Reilly were up to the task as well.

The Kingdom came out first for the next match to face Matt Sydal & Jushin Liger. Sydal was out next to a good reaction. Jushin Liger came out last to a big reaction from the crowd. He also had a ton of streamers thrown at him as well. The fans started a big Liger chant before the match started. Both teams shook hands before the match began.

(3) IWGP Hvt. Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Mike Bennett & Matt Taven w/Maria Kanellis) vs. Matt Sydal & Jushin Liger in a Non-Title match.

The Kingdom heeled on the crowd during the early going. Bennett took down Liger with a shoulder tackle and the fans booed. Liger sent Bennett to the floor and set up for a dive, but Bennett got out of the way. Liger hit his pose and the fans applauded. Liger set up for a dive on Bennett a short time later, but Maria grabbed his foot. Bennett then nailed him with a superkick and the fans booed. Corino mentioned that Jim Ross doesn’t like him because he didn’t play football, which was pretty funny. Liger took a beating for a long period of time until he ducked a superkick from Bennett that connected with Taven. Sydal got the hot tag and ran wild on Bennett. Sydal blocked a kick from Taven and tripped him into a standing SSP for a 2 count. The action broke down and Liger sent The Kingdom to the floor with a double clothesline. He set up for a dive, but Maria got up on the apron and started grinding around. The Kingdom tried to jump him, but he wiped them out with a double clothesline two times. Maria continued to dance for Liger and she put his head into her chest for a good ol’ fashioned motor-boating. He turned right around into a double superkick from The Kingdom. Sydal went for a SSP off the top on Bennett, but he got out of the way and Taven nailed him with a superkick. The Kingdom then hit a spiked piledriver on Sydal for the win.

Liger was left alone in the ring after the match and he got a huge ovation as he posed for the fans.

WINNERS: Matt Taven & Michael Bennett.

Star rating: (**3/4) – This was a fun match while it lasted. The highlight was Liger motor-boating Maria, but there was some solid action as well.

Kelly reset things on commentary and said a year ago Alexander was injured and couldn’t face Okada. This year, he gets the match.

Alexander came out first to a good reaction. Okada was out next with Gedo and he got a big pop. The fans chanted Okada’s name after he hit his pose on the turnbuckles and streamers filled the ring. Both men shook hands and the crowd was really amped before they locked up.

(4) Cedric Alexander vs. Kazuchika Okada (w/Gedo).

Okada did his signature clean break during the early going and hit the rainmaker pose. Both men went back and forth and came to a stalemate and the fans applauded. Alexander slid under Okada and nailed him with a huge dropkick, but he only got a 1 count. Alexander took control and began working over Okada. The announcers speculated that Alexander needs someone like Gedo in his corner for advice. Okada fired back and hit his signature dropkick sending Alexander off the top to the floor. Okada sold the effects of Alexander’s previous dropkick and the lights went out in the arena. The lights came back on and the fans fired up big time. The announcers said nothing and then came back to life when the lights came back on. Okada hit a DDT off the apron to the floor and the fans fired up. Okada slowed the pace as he worked over Alexander inside the ring. Alexander finally fired back and nailed Okada with a spinning kick. Okada rolled to the floor and nailed him with a huge flip dive over the top to the floor. The lights went out again, so they used a spotlight to follow the action as best they could. The lights came back on and the fans popped again. Alexander hit a big lariat off the top on Okada followed by a Michinoku driver for a two count. Okada fired back and hit a big DDT on Alexander a short time later. Okada hit an elbow off the top and hit the rainmaker pose and the fans fired up. Alexander ducked the rainmaker and hit a springboard tornado DDT and both men were down. The fans fired up as both men tried to recover. Okada hit a big neck breaker over his knee and then a DVD a short time later for a two count.

Alexander blocked a tombstone and hit Kick to Kill pt. 2. He followed up with a series of dropkicks in the corner on Okada. Okada fell on his face after the third dropkick and Alexander covered him for a near fall. The fans fired up as Alexander sold shock that Okada had kicked out. Okada ducked a dropkick attempt and hit a step-up kick off the ropes. Okada countered a suplex and caught Alexander with a dropkick off the ropes. He followed up with a tombstone and signaled for the finish. Okada hit the rainmaker and the fans applauded as the ref counted to three.

Okada offered Alexander a handshake after the match, but he bailed from the ring. Okada then posed in the ring as the fans applauded.

WINNER: Kazuchika Okada

Star rating: (***3/4) – This was a really good match. Alexander wrestled one of the more memorable matches of his career against Okada and even though it was hard to believe Okada would lose, he got the fans into the match. Alexander got some good nearfalls, especially after the Kick to Kill pt. 2. The lights going out a couple of times threw a wrench into things, but Okada and Alexander worked around it well.

Kelly mentioned the four corner tag team survival match would now feature three teams with ReDRagon out of the equation.

(5) RPG Vice (Rocky Romero & Beretta) vs. The Decade (Adam Page & B.J. Whitmer w/Colby Corino) vs. ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addiction (Frankie Kazarian & Christopher Daniels) in a Non-Title Triple Threat match.

Beretta and Kazarian exchanges pinning combinations during the early going before coming to a stalemate. RPG Vice got some shine wiping out Page and then Daniels with a series of double team maneuvers. Whitmer eventually got the upper hand on Romero and the fans chanted that Whitmer sucked. Beretta eventually got tripped by Kazarian from the outside and Daniels immediately followed up with a springboard moonsault for a two count. The Addiction nailed Beretta with a series of double team maneuvers. Beretta blocked Daniels’s attempt at the angel’s wings and drove him into the corner, but Whitmer tagged himself in and continued to work him over. Whitmer tossed Beretta to the floor and Page ended up nailing him with a SSP off the apron and the fans fired up. Whitmer covered him back inside the ring for a two count.

Daniels and Page began jawing at each other. Daniels told him he’s the official main eventer here. Page called Daniels and old man and pie faced him. Daniels sent Page to the floor and Beretta hit him with a double stomp off the top and tagged in Romero. Romero ran wild on The Addiction inside the ring. The fans fired up as Romero hit his signature clotheslines opposite corners on The Addiction. The Decade went for the all seeing eye on Romero, but Beretta pulled Page to the floor. The action picked up and The Addiction got a near fall on Romero with a power bomb/neck breaker combination. Everyone hit spots and they ended the sequence with Daniels and Romero hitting a double clothesline that left everyone down on the mat. RPG Vice hit a springboard stuffed dude buster on Page, but Daniels and Kazarian tossed them to the floor and stole the pin for the win.

O’Reilly ran down to the ring after the match and attacked Daniels and Kazarian. They bailed to the floor and O’Reilly held one of the tag titles up on the turnbuckles and the fans fired up.

WINNERS: The Addiction

Star rating: (***1/4) – This was a good action packed match. The crowd wasn’t super-hot for the action like I expected, but this was fun to watch while it lasted.

They showed Kevin Steen vs. Shinsuke Nakamura from last year during intermission.

A.C.H. was out first to face Shinsuke Nakamura. A.C.H. didn’t get much of an ovation from the fans making his entrance. Nakamura was out next and he got a big reaction when his music hit. The ring flooded with streamers once Nakamura hit the ring. Both men shook hands before the match began.

(6) A.C.H. vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.

A.C.H. was wearing tights for the match. Corino said A.C.H. missed his first flight and got re-routed. He has been all over the place and his luggage got stuck in Buffalo. Corino said A.C.H. was wearing tights that he borrowed from a local wrestler. Nakamura did his signature rope break and told A.C.H. to bring it. A.C.H. ducked a kick and told Nakamura to bring it. A.C.H. mocked Nakamura. Nakamura tried to engage A.C.H. in a dance-off. Nakamura clapped after A.C.H. danced and the fans fired up. Nakamura offered A.C.H. a handshake and went for a kick, but A.C.H. caught it and tripped him to the mat. A.C.H. rolled through on Nakamura coming off the ropes and nailed him with a dropkick. Nakamura fired back and began working over A.C.H. He went for the vibration boot in the corner, but A.C.H. blocked it and hit a big chop.

A.C.H. set up for a springboard, but Nakamura shoved him to the floor. Nakamura set A.C.H. up over the guardrail and nailed him with a running knee. He set A.C.H. up over the apron and nailed him with another running knee from the floor. Nakamura then hit a big jumping knee strike to A.C.H.’s head on the apron and the fans fired up. Nakamura toyed with A.C.H. and hit him with some light kicks. Nakamura hit several knees to the chest in the corner and then got the vibration boot. He charged at A.C.H. in the corner, but he nailed Nakamura with a dropkick. A.C.H. lit up Nakamura with a series of kicks and hit his pose on the ropes. A.C.H. followed up with a big running clothesline, but Nakamura kicked out at two. The fans fired up and chanted for both men. Nakamura fired back and caught A.C.H. with a big kick to the head after A.C.H. had ducked his initial kick attempt.

Both men traded forearms in the middle of the ring. The pace picked up and they traded blows at a faster pace. Nakamura ended up sending A.C.H. into the corner with an enzuguri. He then hung A.C.H. up on top of the turnbuckles and nailed him with his signature running knee for a two count. A.C.H. blocked a reverse power slam attempt and hit a stunner on Nakamura. The fans fired up and chanted for A.C.H. Both men went back and forth trying to hit a suplex. Nakamura finally hit a knee to the gut and then dumped A.C.H. face-first into the mat. Nakamura missed a running knee strike and connected with the turnbuckle. A.C.H. hit a slingshot facebuster for a two count. A.C.H. went up top and hit a double stomp to Nakamura’s head for a two count. The fans fired up and chanted this is awesome.

A.C.H. ended up ducking a clothesline from the apron and he sent Nakamura to the floor with a clothesline. A.C.H. got a running start a short time later and hit Air Jordan to the floor. The fans fired up big time as both men were down on the floor. A.C.H. was up first and he sent Nakamura into the ring and went for the 450, but missed. Nakamura then nailed him with a huge running knee to the head and both men were down. Nakamura recovered and made the cover, but only got a two count. Nakamura hit his reverse powerslam and set up for a Boma Ye, but A.C.H. nailed him with a moonsault dropkick. A.C.H. charged at Nakamura and ate the Boma Ye for the win.

WINNER: Shinsuke Nakamura

Star rating: (***1/2) – This was another good match on this card. It lacked a big-time feeling, as the outcome never seemed in doubt, but Nakamura worked hard here and A.C.H. looked good going at it with one of the top guys in the world. The crowd was hot for the action, but not at the level I was expecting.

Naito was out first to face Lethal for the ROH TV Title. Lethal was out next without Truth Martini. Donovan Dijak was in his corner. Instead of mentioning that Truth Martini had issues getting into Canada, the announcers covered for it by saying it was part of Lethal’s plan to just have Dijak with him.

Naito got a mixed reaction when he was introduced. Lethal was introduced to boos. Both men shook hands and Dijak grabbed Naito’s boot right before the bell ring and Lethal jumped him from behind.

(7) ROH TV champion Jay Lethal (w/Donovan Dijak) vs. Tetsuya Naito - ROH TV Title match

Naito quickly fired back and hit his signature arm drags. Naito sent Lethal to the floor and was about to go for a dive, but Lethal got out of the way. Naito followed Lethal to the outside. Naito charged at Lethal, but he tripped him right into a chair that Dijak had been sitting in. Lethal went to work on Naito back inside the ring a short time later. Lethal fired back and sent Naito to the floor. He hit Naito with a series of dives through the ropes. Dijak and Lethal slapped hands and Lethal posed on the apron with Naito down on the floor. Lethal began working over Naito back inside the ring a short time later. Naito fired and took Lethal down with a swinging neck breaker. Naito then went up top and connected with a missile dropkick. Naito followed up with his signature slingshot dropkick in the corner a short time later for a two count. Lethal fired back and went for the Lethal injection, but Naito countered it. Lethal slipped around Naito and hit the Lethal combination. He then went up top and hit hail to the king for a two count. They went back and forth and Naito nailed Lethal with a rolling kick to the head and both men were down on the mat.

Both men got up and began exchanging blows. Both men hit big forearms, but neither man would go down. Naito went to bounce off the ropes, but Dijak grabbed his leg. The ref saw it and kicked Dijak out from ringside. Naito nailed Dijak with a dropkick through the ropes. He went up top, but Lethal cut him off. Naito slipped out from under Lethal and hit a super hurricanrana and the fans fired up. Naito made the cover, but Lethal kicked out at the last second. Naito blocked another Lethal injection attempt a short time later and hit a German with a bridge for a near fall. Naito hit a big slam and went up top. He went for the star dust press, but Lethal rolled out of the way. Naito sold his knee after landing. Lethal went for a rollup with his foot on the ropes, but Naito kicked out. Lethal then grabbed a handful of tights and rolled up Naito for another near fall. They went back and forth and Lethal hit the Lethal injection for the win.

Lethal said he is the best in the world after the match. Naito signaled that he wanted another chance at the title after the match. He offered a handshake and Lethal shook his hand and then posed on the turnbuckles with his title.

WINNER: Jay Lethal to retain the ROH World TV Title

Star rating: (***1/4) – This was a good match, but the crowd was flat at times and didn’t seem to be into Naito. The finish seemed to come when the fans weren’t expecting it, which made the end of the match a bit flat, but overall this was good.

Kelly and Corino previewed the upcoming Elgin-Tanahashi match. Corino pointed out that Elgin had the home field advantage.

Elgin came out first with the Canadian flag draped on his shoulders. Elgin got a mixed reaction when he help up the Canadian flag on the turnbuckles. Tanahashi was out next to a big pop from the fans, although the crowd noise seemed muted. Tanahashi was clearly much taller than Elgin, despite what was listed in the tale of the tape. Both men shook hands before the match began.

(8) Michel Elgin vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi.

The fans chanted for both men at the start. Tanahashi tossed Elgin to the floor, but he ran into the ring and hit a shoulder tackle. Corino tried to say Tanahashi should be DQ’d for tossing Elgin over the top rope. Tanahashi tried to fire back and hit a cross-body off the second turnbuckle. Elgin ended up tripping Tanahasi to the floor. He tried to whip Tanahashi into the barricade, but Tanahashi reversed it and Elgin went crashing into the barricade. Elgin ducked a shoulder tackle through the ropes and hit a knee strike. Elgin then hit a flipping leg drop on Tanahashi, who was draped over the ropes, for a two count. Elgin hit a delayed vertical suplex a short time later, but only got a two count.

Elgin blocked a sunset flip and tried to sit down on Tanahashi, but he got out of the way. Elgin and Tanahashi went back and forth and Elgin hit a northern lights suplex with a bridge for a two count as the announcers continued to put over Elgin’s strength. Tanahashi fired up and mounted a comeback. He caught Elgin with a flying forearm and the fans fired up. Tanahashi hit a senton off the second turnbuckle, but only got a two count. They went back and forth and Elgin ended up hitting a dead lift German for a two count. Tanahashi fired back and hit a dragon screw. He went up top for a cross body, but Elgin caught him and rolled through. Elgin put Tanahashi on his shoulders, but he fought out of it. Elgin caught Tanahashi with a big rolling forearm a short time later, but he only got a two count.

They ended up on the apron a short time later. Tanahashi blocked a piledriver attempt on the apron. He sent Elgin to the floor, but Elgin tripped Tanahashi into the apron. Tanahashi countered Elgin on the floor and hit an awkward swinging neck breaker. Tanahashi went up top and hit the high fly flow to the outside and the fans went nuts. Both men ended up colliding in the ring a short time later in an awkward looking spot where it appeared they just collided. Both men were slow to get to their feet and eventually began exchanging blows from their knees. The fans seemed to be behind Tanahashi during the exchange.

Tanahashi missed a sling blade attempt and Elgin rolled through on him a short time later and hit a double stomp to the back for a two count. Tanahashi went for a straightjacket German with a bridge and hit it for a two count. Tanahashi went up top and hit the high fly flow to Elgin’s back. He went up top again for another high fly flow, but Elgin got his knees up. Elgin fired up and hit a buckle bomb, but Tanahashi took him down with a sling blade. Tanahashi then went up top and hit the High Fly Flow for the win.

WINNER: Hiroshi Tanahashi

Star rating: (***) – The match was good, but it was hurt by a crowd that was mostly flat. Tanahashi worked hard in this match and hit all his signature spots, but I never thought Elgin ever had a chance to win the match the way it was put together.

Kelly and Corino previewed the ROH All-Stars vs. Bullet Club 10-man main event tag match. A video aired for ROH’s Best in the World PPV on June 9. The announcer said all the titles would be on the line.

The ROH All-Stars came out first to a good reaction from the crowd. The Bullet Club came out next to a big pop. The crowd flooded the ring with streamers once The Bullet Club entered the ring. All ten men faced off in the ring before the opening bell. The crowd broke out in a big chant for the Young Bucks. Anderson then got a chant and did his machine gun routine and broke his gun over his leg. The fans chanted for Gallows and then a Bullet Club chant broke out. Instead of a hand shake, Bullet Club told the ROH All-Stars to suck it. Everyone then started to brawl.

(9) ROH All-Stars (Roderick Strong & Hanson & Raymond Roe & ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) vs. The Bullet Club (IWGP Jr. Hvt. Tag Team Champions Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson & Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & IWGP Hvt. Champion A.J. Styles) - 10-man tag match

Everyone brawled on the floor while Strong and Nick went at it inside the ring. Nick got the upper hand on Strong and used his hand do to a crotch chop while working an arm submission. The action settled down back inside the ring. There’s just too much action to call here. They went to a dive sequence with Styles hitting a big dive into a bunch of people on the outside and then Nick hit a corkscrew dive onto everyone on the floor. Mark went for a cactus elbow off the apron, but The Young Bucks nailed him with a double superkick and the fans popped big. The action settled down and Strong took a beating from Gallows and Anderson inside the ring. Bullet Club continued to work over Strong for a long period of time. Matt hit a handspring back rake on Strong and told the ROH All-Stars to suck it. Strong fired back on the Young Bucks and ended up suplexing Nick into Matt. Mark got the hot tag and ran wild on Matt. Matt did a series of suck it punches on Mark and the fans chanted along. Mark fired back and did some redneck Kung Fu on Matt. The action continued at an unreal pace. Rowe tagged in and hit a series of impressive moves on Nick capped by a big powerbomb and the fans applauded. Nick continued to take a sustained beating from the ROH All-Stars. The fans tried to rally behind Bullet Club and chanted or them. Strong hit a dropkick on Nick and posed in front of Styles. Nick ended up nailing Hanson with a superkick and Styles got the tag and ran wild. He set up Hanson for the Styles clash, but he countered it with a backdrop. Hanson and Gallows went at it and Hanson finally decked him with a cartwheel clothesline.

Bullet Club ended up isolating Hanson and they nailed him with a combination of moves in the corner capped by a five man superkick for a near fall, but it got broke up! Holy s—t! The Young Bucks and Styles hit a triple moonsault off the apron to the floor to wipe out a pile of men. Nick hit a 450 on Hanson. Styles then came off the top with a 450 on him. Matt followed with another 450, but Hanson kicked out! Gallows and Anderson went for the magic killer on Hanson, but it got broken up. Everyone ended up brawling on the outside and the fans went nuts. Styles ended up going for a dive, but Hanson tripped him. Hanson then went up top and hit a swanton to the floor to wipe out everyone. Holy s---! The fans lost their minds after that spot.

Strong ended up hitting a series of suplexes on the various Bullet Club members. He began with Nick, then he hit one on Styles. Finally he hit one on Anderson to cap the sequence. Gallows tried to come off the top, but Strong nailed him with a big running kick. The fans chanted for Strong as he set up for another superplex, but Nick broke it up. Strong got the upper hand and set up Nick for a superplex to the floor. He ended up hitting it onto everyone on the floor and the fans lost their minds again. Wow! Just wow! They went to a series of rapid fire spots in the middle of the ring on Rowe. Styles went for the Styles clash on Rowe, but Strong broke it up with a sick kick. The action continued at an incredible pace. Strong hit the end of heartache on Matt. Jay then hit the Jay-driller on Matt. Mark then finished him off with a froggy-bow for the win! Wow that was insane!

After the match, Jay called Styles into the ring. He went to shake hands with him, but Lethal ran down to the ring and hit Styles with a belt shot. Lethal then wiped out Jay with a belt shot and the fans booed. Lethal raised his title and said he’s the greatest this company will ever see. Kelly asked if Jay Lethal is the Best in the World and signed off.

WINNERS: Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe & Hanson & Raymond Rowe & Roderick Strong

Star rating: (****1/2) – This was an insane match that is well-worth going out of your way to check out. They put together some insane sequence here, including the five man superkick on Hanson and Strong’s series of superplexes capped by a superplex to the floor. The fans were red hot for this match and although some might not be a fan of this style, I really enjoyed it.

Quick overall thoughts: (8.0) – There wasn’t a bad match on the show and even though this was a very good iPPV it lacked the match quality I was expecting until the blow-away 10-Man Tag main event.

The highlights of the show were Alexander-Okada, A.C.H.-Nakamura, KUSHIDA-O’Reilly-Sabin, and the 10-Man Tag main event. The crowd was into most of the action, but they just didn’t get into the action at the level I expected outside of the main event.

Alexander-Okada came close to being an excellent match, as the crowd seemed to invest in the match and it was wrestled in a way where you thought perhaps Alexander had a chance to beat Okada. The other singles matches featuring an ROH talent vs. a NJPW talent just didn’t have that element to them removing the Naito-Lethal match from the equation.

Tanahashi-Elgin was good, but I was expecting a better match out of these two. Although Tanahashi had his working boots on and hit his signature spots in this match, including a high fly flow to the floor, there were a couple of clunky spots in the match that took things down a notch.

The 10-Man Tag main event set the crowd on fire. It was a collection of spectacular spots and exchanges and the crowd really elevated the match. I thought it was a notch below the Bullet Club vs. ROH Six Man Tag match that aired on TV earlier this year, but it was still an excellent match.

ROH’s production continues to improve, as I thought the show looked good and they incorporated replays and slick graphics into the broadcast of the show. I also liked the addition of a big video screen above the entrance ramp. This was a really good show overall and although some of the matches fell below their lofty expectations, I definitely give a strong recommendation for the replay.

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