WHAT HAPPENED, THIS WEEK, @ RING OF HONOR TV

Posted May 12th, 2016 by jshannon

This week’s Ring of Honor show was basically an informercial for the Global Wars PPV.

Kevin Kelly and Mandy Leon hosted this episode.

The first segment looked at Tomohiro Ishii and the TV title. Roderick Strong was the TV title until he went to Japan and lost to Ishii. Bobby Fish was supposed to have the shot and, in Japan, Bobby got inside Strong’s head.

Roderick Strong vs Tomohiro Ishii
World TV Title Match

The Finish:

During the match, Ishii hit a wicked Lariat that nearly took Strong out. Strong nailed the Jumping Knee. Ishii blasted Strong with a Headbutt and hit the Slider Lariat. 2 count. Ishii connected with a brutal Brainbuster to take the title.

Your Winner (and NEW Ring of Honor TV Title): Tomohiro Ishii

Tomohiro Ishii vs Bobby Fish vs Roderick Strong
Triple Threat for the TV Title

The Finish:

Ishii hit a hard Headbutt and Slider Lariat on Strong. Vertical Drop Brainbuster!

Your Winner: Tomohiro Ishii

In Dallas, Fish and Strong fought to become number one contender. It was a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.

Roderick Strong vs Bobby Fish

Strong took the first fall. Fish came back to even things up with a simple Roll Up. In the final fall, both men threw hard strikes and kicks. Strong seemed to have this one won but Fish flipped into a Heel Hook. Strong Tapped Out!

Your Winner: Bobby Fish

Fish would go on to Global Wars to face Ishii.

After the break, Kevin and Mandy bean to discuss Kyle O’Reilly vs Tetsuyo Naito.

Adam Cole vs Kyle O’Reilly (from Dallas)

The Finish:

Kyle used a Superplex to send Cole through the table that was set up in the ring. The ref started to count both men down. Kyle crawled onto Cole for a pin but Cole still kicked out. Cole flipped off Kyle in sheer defiance. The two tore into each other with hard strikes. They ended up sitting down in chairs to rest. Hockey Fight! Cole kicked Kyle in the leg. Brainbuster on the chair by Kyle. Kyle brought in a long length of chain and wrapped up Cole before applying the Cross Armbreaker. Cole tried to lift Kyle to get free but passed out.

Your Winner (by Submission): Kyle O’Reilly

Adam Cole disappeared after the Dallas show. Kyle then set his sights on the new IWGP World Champion, Naito.

Break time.

There was a wild tag team match set for Global Wars. Michael Elgin and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Moose and “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada. Stokely Hathaway set up this match, in Dallas. Stokely said Gedo called him to express his respect to Moose. Stokely then announced the pending battle. Moose struck the Rainmaker Pose to honor his tag team partner.

Moose vs Kazuchika Okada

The Finish.

The two exchanged Uppercuts and Strikes. Okada hit a Neckbreaker after lifting the huge Moose up. 2 count. Okada went to the top rope. Savage Elbow by Okada. Rainmaker Pose! Moose dodged the Rainmaker and it a Crossbody off the ropes. Moose set for the Spear but showed disrespect by striking Okada’s pose. Okada avoided the Spear. Wild Dropkick by Okada. Rainmaker! 1-2-3.

Your Winner: Kazuchika “Rainmaker” Okada

There was an eight man match set to go. The Bullet Club members (Nick Jackson, Matt Jackson, Tama Tonga and Tanga Roa) vs KUSHIDA, Matt Sydal, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin.

KUSHIDA, Matt Sydal and ACH vs The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks)
NEVER Open Weight Six Man Tag Team Title Match

The Finish:

Kenny nailed Matt, in the corner. Swanton onto the ropes by one of the Bucks. Snap German Suplex by Omega to Matt. Dang. Triple Superkick by the Bullet Club ACH broke up the pin, at the last possible moment. Hattori Drop but Matt came back to hit a Hurancanrana and C4 to the Bucks. Standing 450 and Midnight Star combination by Matt and ACH. Tombstone on the floor to KUSHIDA> AACH was dropped. Five Star Indeiedriver into the One Winged Angel.

Your Winners: The Bullet Club

By the way, Tanga Roa was formerly known as Micah (TNA) and Camacho (WWE).

It was time to look at War Machine vs The Briscoes. The rivalry has been building for about 2 years. The feud was put on hold when Raymond Rowe was hurt in a life-threatening motorcycle accident. War Machine would return to win the World Tag Titles.

War Machine vs The Briscoes

This happened, sometime before War Machine got the tag belts.

The Finish:

Mark pushed Hanson off the ropes to prevent Fallout. Jay lifted Rowe but Raymond battled free. Doomsday stopped as Mark was pushed off the top. Double Chokeslam by War Machine. 2 count. Mark and Rowe fought on the floor. Mark dropped Rowe onto the barricade. Bronco Buster by Hanson. Hanson then swatted away Mark Briscoe. He also Powerbombed Rowe onto Mark. Jay escaped Fallout and sent Rowe crashing into Hanson. Doomsday! Mark hit a Blockbuster, off the apron, to take out Rowe. Hanson hit a Mongolian Chop and Dead Lifted Jay. Briscoe escaped and hit a Jay Driller. Hanson kicked out at two. Wow! Jay couldn’t believe it. Jay kicked Hanson in the face, a few times. Jay Driller!

Your Winners: The Briscoe Brohers

The Briscoes cut a promo about what they planned to do to War Machine. Jay and Mark made it clear that War Machine has failed, four times, to defeat Dem Boys. The Briscoes haven’t held the tag belts for 3 years and they needed to prove that they were still able to go.

It was time to look at the Main Event. Jay Lethal had taken out Leo Rush, in Dallas and then started to run off at the mouth. Lethal felt there was no one left to fight him. Suddenly, Colt Cabana showed up. Colt wanted to be remembered as something other than someone’s friend. He loves being an Indy Wrestler. Colt has toured the world, a million times, to ply his trade. I got to talk with Colt, for a moment, in Dallas. His enthusiasm about the business is contagious. Smile. Jay told Colt that the ROH World title makes you great, not the fans. Lethal mocked Colt about going to small, out-of-the-way places like India and Germany to wrestle. Lethal said no one wanted Colt in RoH. Colt said he didn’t care about the money or TV, he needed the World title to complete himself.

The next day, Lethal was facing Cheeseburger. Colt came out to challenge Jay. Lethal refused to fight Colt. Colt kept pushing and Lethal snapped. The two fought it out. Jay went for the Lethal Injection but Colt rolled up Lethal and PINNED HIM! The title was NOT on the line. It would be at Global Wars.

Colt Cabana vs C.M. Punk

This was from a long time ago. Colt took Punk over and applied a Leg Scissors. This went down in Chicago (Punk’s home town). Not sure who the announcers were on this one. Punk kicked loose and Kipepd Up. Colt blasted Punk and then joked around. Punk got upset and pushed Colt. Colt jumped up and grabbed a Side Headlock. Punk sent Colt into the ropes. Criss Cross but Colt stopped and told Punk to look up. Punk wouldn’t do it. This was so funny. Colt kicked Punk in the leg.

Top Rope Hurancanrana by Colt. Boston Crab by Colt. Punk made the ropes to force the break. I love these classic matches. This was a 2 out of 3 match and each man had earned a fall. Samoa Joe was at ringside. Colt got planed with a Reverse Hurancanrana. RoH took a final break.

Punk unloaded on Colt with wild strikes and a Standing Shining Wizard. Punk went up top but Colt caught him. Colt up Colt in position and hit a horrific Inverted DDT that could have broken Punk’s neck. Todd Sinclair began to count both men down. They got up and Punk flipped Colt into the Anaconda Vise. Colt scooted over to get to the ropes.

Punk screamed for the Pepsi Plunge. Punk went up top and pulled Colt up with him. This was a Flying Pedigree that Punk never used in WWE. Colt fought out of the move and hit a Super Samoan Drop, off the ropes. Crucifix Pin failed. Punk and Colt traded straight fists. Punk cursed Colt to motivate his friend/foe. Punk kicked away on Colt and tried to set for the Shining Wizard. He got it but still couldn’t get he pin. Colt got the ropes. Colt escaped a Vertical Suplex. The wo went back and forth with pin attempts. In the end, Colt held Punk down and got the win.

Your Winner: Colt Cabana
Honor Roll Ranking: 4.95 out of a possible 5

That match was from 2004 and it was Punk’s final match in Ring of Honor (before he headed to WWE).

Kevin Kelly finished things up by running down the full card for Global Wars.

Peace

–Jay Shannon
WordSlingerJay@Gmail.com

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