DEARBORN, Mich. -- Bandido pinned two-time former ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe to score the biggest victory of his career in the thrilling main event of Global Wars Espectacular last night.
In other matches on the card: Villain Enterprises battled a team of CMLL rudos in a crowd-pleasing eight-man tag match; ROH World Champion Matt Taven and Volador Jr. were on opposite sides in a tag match ahead of their title bout tonight in Chicago; RUSH put his undefeated streak on the line, and more!
The three-city Global Wars tour, which features the top stars in ROH and CMLL, started with a bang and now rolls into Chicago before concluding in Milwaukee tomorrow night. Both shows will stream live for HonorClub.
-- Top Prospect Tournament Semifinal: Dak Draper defeated Haitian Sensation
-- Silas Young and Josh Woods defeated The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas)
-- RUSH defeated Triton
-- Mark Haskins defeated Rhett Titus
-- Kenny King (w/Amy Rose) defeated Tracy Williams and Jeff Cobb in a Triple Threat Match
-- Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham defeated Dalton Castle and Joe Hendry
-- Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO, Brody King and Flip Gordon) defeated Team CMLL (Barbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Okumura and Rey Bucanero)
-- Volador Jr. and Stuka Jr. defeated ROH World Champion Matt Taven and Vincent
-- Bandido (w/Mark Haskins) defeated Jay Briscoe (w/Mark Briscoe)
Top Prospect Tournament Semifinal: Dak Draper vs. Haitian Sensation
Draper used a mix of athleticism and aggressive tactics to gain the advantage. Haitian Sensation fired back with a flurry of chops and clotheslines. He hit a scissors kick on Draper for a near fall. Draper answered with a fireman’s carry slam for the victory.
Draper advances to the tournament finals, where he will face the winner of tonight’s semifinal match between Dante Caballero and Austin Gunn.
The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brawler Milonas) vs. Silas Young and Josh Woods
The Bouncers hit Last Call on Young, but Woods made the save with a running knee to Bruiser’s head. With Milonas and Young brawling on the floor, Woods hip-tossed Bruiser off the apron onto both of them. Back inside the ring, Woods hit a German Suplex on Bruiser into a bridge for a near fall. The Kingdom (Vincent and TK O’Ryan) came down to ringside. Milonas left the ring to confront them. That gave Woods an opening to roll up Bruiser to score the upset.
After the match, Woods participated in the Toast of Honor with The Bouncers, but Young declined and exited.
RUSH vs. Triton
Triton connected on two suicide dives, but RUSH side-stepped a third attempt and Triton landed face first on the floor. RUSH threw Triton into the barricade twice and tossed him back into the ring. RUSH landed an overhead throw into the corner and followed with Bull’s Horns for yet another impressive victory to remain unbeaten in ROH.
Mark Haskins wants a match
Haskins came to the ring and said that even though he isn’t scheduled to wrestle tonight, he loves competition and wants a match. Rhett Titus came out. Titus thanked Haskins and the rest of LifeBlood for restoring honor to ROH. He said he’s been in ROH for 14 years, but he lost his way at some point. Titus said that his son being born in July changed his perspective on life. He accepted Haskins’ challenge.
Mark Haskins vs. Rhett Titus
Haskins went for a springboard move from the apron, but Titus caught him in mid-air and turned it into a Northern Lights Suplex for a near fall. Titus hit a facebuster off the top rope for a near fall and an elevated DDT for another near fall. Haskins survived the onslaught and caught Titus in a Sharpshooter to score a hard-fought victory. Haskins and Titus shook hands after the match.
The Allure’s Angelina Love (w/Mandy Leon) calls out Kelly Klein
Love said that she deserves a shot at the Women of Honor World Title, but ROH officials won’t give it to her, so she has to take matters into her own hands. She called out Klein. Klein came to the ring and said they could have the match right now. Love said she’d rather do it under the bright lights of Las Vegas at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view on Sept. 27 instead of “this trashy city.”
Love and Leon started to exit the ring. Klein called Love a coward. Love said she’ll prove she’s not a coward by shaking Klein’s hand. Before Klein could accept the handshake, Leon hit her with a cheap shot to the face. Leon and Love double-teamed Klein. Sumie Sakai came out for the save, but fell victim to the numbers game. Jenny Rose came out, and Love and Leon departed, satisfied with the damage they had done.
Jeff Cobb vs. Kenny King (w/Amy Rose) vs. Tracy Williams
King rammed Cobb into the post and then went to work on Williams while Cobb was down. King hit a blockbuster on Williams for a two count. Eventually, Cobb got back in the ring and dominated King and Williams. Williams rallied and hit a piledriver on Cobb. He went for a cover but Flip Gordon came down to ringside and broke up the pin out of the referee’s view. King rolled up Williams and held his tights for the win.
Dalton Castle and Joe Hendry vs. Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham
This match was described on commentary as an odd couple (Castle and Hendry) against a team at odds (Lethal and Gresham). After Castle tried to humiliate Gresham by rubbing his head like he was a child, Gresham tried to bring a chair into the ring. Lethal calmed him down. In an impressive display of strength, Hendry hit a fallaway slam on Lethal and Gresham simultaneously. Castle, obviously feeling that Hendry was overshadowing him, tossed his partner out of the ring. Castle and Hendry argued, which gave Lethal and Gresham an opening. They hit the Cornette Cutter on Castle for the win.
Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO, Brody King and Flip Gordon) vs. Team CMLL (Barbaro Cavernario, Hechicero, Okumura and Rey Bucanero)
This was an entertaining free-for-all that took place inside and outside the ring. King once again displayed his freakish agility for a man his size during the match, as the raucous crowd gave him a standing ovation. PCO hip-tossed Hechicero onto a pile of competitors on the floor and then hit a moonsault off the top rope onto them. Scurll had Okumura stretched out over his legs, and King hit a senton onto the defenseless Okumura for the win,.
ROH World Champion Matt Taven and Vincent vs. Volador Jr. and Stuka Jr.
This match was fast and furious right from the start. Stuka Jr. hit a torpedo splash on Vincent, but Taven made the save. Volador Jr. hit a super hurricanrana on Taven, and then monkey-flipped his partner onto both Taven and Vincent. Vincent came back and hit Redrum on Volador Jr., but Stuka Jr. made the save. Volador Jr. hit a Spanish Fly off the top rope on Vincent for the victory.
Volador Jr., who has pinned Taven multiple times over the past year -- including last weekend in the CMLL Grand Prix -- heads into his title match against Taven tonight in Chicago with all the momentum.
Alex Shelley makes a surprise appearance
Shelley talked about his match against ROH World Champion Matt Taven at Summer Supercard last month and coming up just short. He said free agents in pro wrestling like himself can go anywhere, but he wants to be in ROH to face top competition such as Taven, Jay Lethal, Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams.
Jonathan Gresham came out. Gresham said that he and Shelley had talked about restoring honor to ROH, but Shelley dropped the ball by losing to Taven. Gresham said he’s been in ROH a few years now and hasn’t been handed opportunities like Shelley has, and that angers him. Shelley said if Gresham wants to find out how good he really is, they should wrestle each other at Glory by Honor in New Orleans on Oct. 12. Gresham walked away without answering. Shelley said he believes Gresham will accept the challenge.
Jay Briscoe (w/Mark Briscoe) vs. Bandido (w/Mark Haskins)
Even though they adhered to the Code of Honor, Briscoe quickly turned the match into a brawl. He whipped Bandido into the barricade multiple times and choked the luchador with a camera chord. Briscoe continued to punish Bandido and looked to finish him off with a Jay Driller. Bandido shocked the crowd and Briscoe by kicking out of the devastating finisher. Bandido rallied and hit a moonsault fallaway slam, but the double-tough Briscoe kicked out strong.
Briscoe spiked Bandido with a hurricanrana and hit a running clothesline for a near fall. Bandido answered with a GTS, followed by 21 Plex to score a three count over the two-time former ROH World Champion and 11-time ROH World Tag Team Champion. Bandido and Haskins will challenge Jay and Mark Briscoe for the tag titles on the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view on Sept. 27.
After the match, Briscoe shook Bandido’s hand and raised his arm. Suddenly, ROH World Champion Matt Taven came out and nailed both guys from behind with his title belt. RUSH came out and decked Taven. RUSH set up for Bull’s Horns, but Taven slipped out of the ring. RUSH will challenge for the ROH World Championship (against either Taven or Volador Jr.) in the main event of Death Before Dishonor.