Global Wars Espectacular Chicago Recap: Did Volador Jr. Win The ROH World Title?

VILLA PARK, Ill. -- Volador Jr. entered the main event of Global Wars Espectacular last night having pinned ROH World Champion Matt Taven on multiple occasions, but with the gold on the line, Taven defeated the CMLL star to retain his title.

In other matches: LifeBlood (Bandido, Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams) battled arch rivals Villain Enterprises (PCO, Brody King and Flip Gordon) in a brutal Chicago Street Fight; Joe Hendry faced ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor in a Proving Ground Match; RUSH put his unblemished record on the line against CMLL star Barbaro Cavernario, and more!

The Global Wars Espectacular tour concludes tonight in Milwaukee. If the first two shows are any indication, it will be must-see viewing. The show will stream live for HonorClub,

QUICK RESULTS

-- Top Prospect Tournament Semifinal: Austin Gunn defeated Dante Caballero

-- Josh Woods and Silas Young defeated PJ Black and Okumura

-- Sumie Sakai and Jenny Rose defeated The Allure (Angelina Love and Mandy Leon) by disqualification

-- Proving Ground Match: Joe Hendry went the 15-minute time limit with ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor to earn a future shot at the title

-- Non-Title Triple Threat Match: ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe defeated The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) and Hechicero and Rey Bucanero

-- RUSH defeated Barbaro Cavernario

-- Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and Jonathan Gresham defeated Team CMLL (Caristico, Triton and Stuka Jr.)

-- Four Corner Survival Match: Colt Cabana defeated Dalton Castle, Marty Scurll and Kenny King (w/Amy Rose)

-- ROH World Title Match: Champion Matt Taven defeated Volador Jr.

-- Chicago Street Fight: Villain Enterprises (PCO, Brody King and Flip Gordon) defeated LifeBlood (Bandido, Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams)

RECAP

Top Prospect Tournament Semifinal: Dante Caballero vs. Austin Gunn

Caballero hit a German Suplex from the floor onto the edge of the apron. Gunn rallied and went for a running clothesline in the corner, but Caballero moved and Gunn inadvertently hit the referee. Caballero took a drink from his flask and tried to spit it in Gunn’s face, but Gunn ducked and Caballero sprayed the referee. Caballero chop-blocked Gunn, but Gunn came back with the Famouser for the win.

Gunn advances to the finals against Dak Draper.

Josh Woods and Silas Young vs. PJ Black and Okumura

After a flurry of offense from all four competitors, Woods caught Okumura in an armbar/head scissors combination and forced the CMLL veteran to tap out.

After the match, The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas), who had been sitting in on commentary, entered the ring and offered beers to Young and Woods. Woods accepted, but Young left the ring. The Bouncers and Woods did the Toast of Honor while Young looked on from the floor. The Bouncers tossed Young a beer. He opened it, took a drink and raised the beer to The Bouncers in an apparent show of respect.

The Allure (Angelina Love and Mandy Leon) vs. Sumie Sakai and Jenny Rose 

Taking a page out of The Allure’s book, Sakai and Rose attacked Love and Leon from behind before the opening bell. Sakai caught Leon in a rowboat stretch, but Loved sprayed Sakai in the face with hair spray right in front of the referee, who disqualified The Allure.

After the match, The Allure attacked Sakai and Rose. They set up a table, but the lights suddenly went out. When they came back on, Maria Manic was in the ring . Leon ran away as Manic grabbed Love and prepared to powerbomb her through the table. A bunch of security guys intervened, and Love slipped away. Manic chokeslammed one of the security members through the table.

Proving Ground Match: Joe Hendry vs.  ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor

The stipulation is that if Hendry can defeat Taylor or take him to a 15-minute draw he will receive a future shot at the ROH World Television Title. These two battled back and forth, exchanging a series of jaw-rattling punches, stiff forearms, and brutal chops. Hendry refused to back down from the bad man from the mean streets of East Cleveland. Taylor charged at Hendry, but Hendry caught him and delivered an impressive fallaway slam for a near fall. As Hendry and Taylor continued to slug it out, the time limit expired. Hendry is now owed a shot at the title. 

Non-Title Triple Threat Match: ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) vs. Hechicero and Rey Bucanero

Considering who the six competitors were, it’s not surprising that this was a brawl throughout. The three teams went at it both inside and outside the ring. Jay Briscoe hit a neckbreaker on Bucanero, and Mark Briscoe followed with Froggy Bow for the victory.

After the match, the Briscoes, Hechicero and Bucanero headed to the back. Before The Bouncers left the ring, Vincent from The Kingdom attacked them from behind with a chair. Silas Young and Josh Woods came out with chairs, and Vincent quickly retreated. The Bouncers, Young and Woods all raised each other’s hands.

RUSH vs.  Barbaro Cavernario

These two are no strangers to one another, having teamed together and fought on opposite sides numerous times in CMLL. This was their first meeting in an ROH ring and just their second-ever singles match against one another. Cavernario, one of the top stars in CMLL, took the fight to RUSH, nailing him with a series of dives to the floor and ramming him into the barricade. RUSH was bleeding from his right shoulder. RUSH rallied and went on to hit Bull’s Horns to remain unbeaten in ROH.

Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and Jonathan Gresham vs. Team CMLL (Caristico, Triton and Stuka Jr.)

Cobb’s strength and agility once again were on display. At one point, he held Stuka Jr. in a vertical suplex position for what seemed like an eternity before finally completing the move. Cobb also scooped up Caristico and Triton and hit a fallaway slam on both of them. He followed with a standing moonsault on Stuka Jr. for a near fall. Later, the three members of Team CMLL hit simultaneous suicide dives. Stuka Jr. hit a torpedo splash on Lethal, but Gresham made the save. Lethal and Gresham hit the Cornette Cutter on Triton, and Gresham pinned him.

Four Corner Survival Match: Kenny King (w/Amy Rose) vs. Dalton Castle vs. Marty Scurll vs. Colt Cabana

All of the participants in this match are entered in the upcoming No. 1 Contender tournament, which will determine the challenger in the ROH World Title Match at Final Battle in December. Before the match, King came out with a bandage around his head that covered his right eye. He threw to footage from the previous night’s show in Dearborn, Mich., which showed him accidentally running face first into a camera. King said that PCO -- who is King’s opponent in the first round of the tournament -- wouldn’t compete a couple weeks ago after getting “a scratch” over his eye (PCO actually received 17 stitches), but he will compete tonight despite his eye injury. 

During the match, King revealed that his “injury” was all a ruse. Cabana responded by poking him in the eyes. Now legitimately unable to see, King inadvertently school-boyed the referee. Cabana went on to score the victory after hitting a frog splash on Castle.

ROH World Title Match: Champion Matt Taven vs. Volador Jr.

Volador Jr. was the last man to pin Taven in a singles match, accomplishing the feat in Mexico just over a year ago. He also pinned Taven last weekend en route to winning the CMLL Grand Prix.

Volador Jr. hit a frog splash on Taven for a near fall. Taven later scored near falls on a DDT and Just the Tip knee strike. Volador Jr. pulled off a Super Hurricanrana, the same move he used to pin Taven at the Grand Prix. This time, Taven managed to kick out just in the nick of time. Volador Jr. came back with Code Red for a near fall. The challenger went for another frog splash, but Taven got his knees up. Taven connected on a draping Climax for the win.

Chicago Street Fight: LifeBlood (Bandido, Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams) vs. Villain Enterprises (PCO, Brody King and Flip Gordon) 

Gordon nailed Williams in the back with a chair before the bell. An incensed Williams challenged Villain Enterprises to turn this match into a Chicago Street Fight (it was originally booked to be a traditional six-man tag match). Villain Enterprises accepted.

Chairs and tables figured prominently in the match. Haskins hit Falcon Arrow on Gordon on a chair. Gordon answered by DDT’ing Haskins on a pile of chairs. PCO attempted a cannonball from the top rope onto Haskins, but Haskins moved and PCO crashed into the chairs. King put Williams through a table in the corner with a Death Valley Driver.

Later, Williams DDT’d Gordon off the top rope onto a trash can, but PCO made the save. Bandido hit a sunset flip bomb on PCO over the top rope, sending both of them crashing through a table. Gordon, with blood flowing from the back of his head down his neck and back, hit a low blow on Williams and pinned him after landing Flip-5.