Ring of Honor
Date: April 20, 2016
Location: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Commentators: Kevin Kelly, Mr. Wrestling 3
This is an interesting show as we’re taking a look at matches from Honor Rising 2016, which took place over in Tokyo….in February. Yeah instead of moving forward with the post Supercard of Honor tapings, we’re going back to a bunch of matches that really don’t mean much. I’m not sure why they would do this but in theory it’s to set up Global Wars in May. Let’s get to it.
Jushin Thunder Liger/Matt Sydal vs. Ryusuke Taguchi/Dalton Castle
Castle has the Boys with him, Taguchi has his own peacock style look and Sydal is half of the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Castle and Liger get things going as the announcers talk about how exciting this will be even though it was filmed back in February. Liger takes him down to the mat and rocks Castle into a modified surfboard.
That means it’s time for some fanning but Castle would rather strut than dive onto Liger. As you might expect, Liger slides back in, chases Castle off, and poses with the Boys instead. Back from a break with Taguchi shoving Sydal away to break up a headlock. Taguchi can’t hit his hip attack so Matt gets in a spinwheel kick. Wrestling 3 to Kelly: “Now you’re a guy with strong hips.”
Liger comes back in and counters another hip attack into an atomic drop but Castle lifts Taguchi up to drive him into Liger in the corner. Sydal fires off some kicks for two on Taguchi but it’s off to Castle for some running shots in the corner. An overhead release belly to belly gets two on Sydal as everything breaks down. Sydal kicks Castle down and hits the shooting star for the pin at 8:20.
Result: Matt Sydal/Jushin Thunder Liger b. Ryusuke Taguchi/Dalton Castle – Shooting star press to Castle (8:20)
Video on the set being built.
Delirious vs. Gedo
These guys are the bookers for the promotions and Delirious is insane. Delirious kneels in the corner and doesn’t respond to Gedo’s attempt at a handshake. The bell rings and Delirious goes nuts, as is his custom. After a half lap around the ring, Delirious comes back inside to do a quick wrestling sequence. Some rakes to the chest and back have Gedo in trouble and we take a break.
Back (after a video on Moose making his New Japan debut) with Delirious charging into two boots in the corner and getting caught in a figure four. That goes nowhere so Gedo punches him in the face a few times instead. A low superkick knocks something out of Delirious’ mouth as the announcers talk about a match taking place in two and a half months, or a week depending on which timeline you follow. Delirious misses a top rope splash and gets rolled up for two, only to come back with a crucifix for the pin at 7:53.
Result: Delirious b. Gedo – Crucifix (7:53)
Roderick Strong is ready to defend the title when Bobby Fish pops up to say he’s going to win the title in Las Vegas.
Long video on Dalton Castle in Japan.
TV Title: Roderick Strong vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Ishii, a very tough man, is challenging. Strong’s chop has no effect and Ishii scares him out to the floor. Back in and Ishii keeps hammering on him while no selling any of the champ’s strikes. With nothing else working, Strong stomps on the open toes and we take a break. Back with Strong dropping him spine first onto the apron for his first real offense. Strong kicks him in the face again before staying on the back, meaning the chops have more of an effect this time.
An Angle Slam gets two for the champ but Ishii comes back with a powerslam. A Saito suplex on Strong takes us to another break and we come back with Strong suplexing Ishii off the apron and down to the floor. Ishii starts no selling strikes again and gets two off a big powerbomb. Strong comes back with a top rope superplex and the Sick Kick for two. Some jumping knees to the head don’t do much to Ishii as he headbutts Strong down and gets two more off that sliding lariat. A brainbuster gives Ishii the title at 20:07.
Result: Tomohiro Ishii b. Roderick Strong – Brainbuster (20:07)
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