The stars of Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling converged on Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom before a sellout crowd Friday night for the War of the Worlds Pay Per View, and they showed why these are two best wrestling companies in the sport.
In a wild opening bout, Dalton Castle won a Four-Corner Survival Match over Bobby Fish, Silas Young and KUSHIDA. Each man had their chances to win, but it was Castle who ultimately got his hand raised in victory after he hit Bang-A-Rang on Fish and pinned him.
The nasty feud between Kazarian and Bullet Club’s Adam Page got even nastier, as the two bitter rivals took turns spitting in each other’s faces in addition to trading punches. Page ended up winning this battle by using the ropes for leverage to pin Kazarian, but it’s unlikely that the war between them is over.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions War Machine (Hanson and Ray Rowe) notched an impressive victory over Search and Destroy (Chris Sabin and Jonathan Gresham) and Los Ingobernables de Japon’s EVIL and SANADA in a three-way non-title bout. Rowe scored the winning pinfall on Sabin.
In a match between two of the sport’s most spectacular, young, international stars, “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay defeated Jay White in a hard-hitting, high-flying match that sent the crowd into a frenzy. After a number of thrilling near falls, Ospreay hit the OsCutter on White for the win.
As the two competitors shook hands after the match, the crowd gave them a standing ovation and chanted, “That was awesome!” Unfortunately, the moment was spoiled by Punishment Martinez, who ambushed Ospreay after White left the ring. White came back to aid Ospreay, but he was overpowered by Martinez.
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Briscoes (Jay and Mark) and Bully Ray successfully defended their title against CHAOS members Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) and Hirooki Goto in a no-disqualification match. Bully Ray -- who announced during his entrance that the match would be no-DQ -- came off the middle rope to powerbomb Beretta through a table, and then he and the Briscoes finished off Romero with 3D.
ROH World Television Champion “The Villain” Marty Scurll successfully defended his title with a convincing victory over Matt Sydal. Scurll got his knees up when Sydal attempted Air Sydal, and then he locked on The Chicken Wing, forcing Sydal to tap out.
ROH World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) turned back a strong challenge from IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito and BUSHI of Los Ingobernables de Japon. The Bucks looked to be in trouble after BUSHI spit his mysterious mist into Matt Jackson’s eyes (which led to a blinded Matt delivering superkicks to BUSHI, Naito, and -- inadvertently -- his brother and referee Paul Turner), but the Bucks rallied and won the match with a Meltzer Driver.
In a dream match pitting three-time former ROH World Champion Adam Cole against seven-time former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi, the NJWP superstar prevailed after hitting a frog splash for the victory. After the match, the fans showed their appreciation for Cole, and he was joined in the ring for a curtain call by Bullet Club teammates The Young Bucks.
As Cole and The Bucks embraced, the lights suddenly went out. In a shocking turn of events, Kenny Omega of Bullet Club’s Elite appeared on the video screen and fired Cole from Bullet Club. Omega then introduced the faction’s newest member -- “The Villain” Marty Scurll!
When the lights came back on, Scurrll was standing in the ring with Cole and The Bucks. As Cole tried to assess the situation, The Bucks blasted him with stereo superkicks. Scurll then nailed Cole in the head with an umbrella that had the Bullet Club logo on it.
In the main event, ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels continued his improbable reign by retaining the title over “The American Nightmare” Cody and Jay Lethal in a triple threat match.
It appeared that a new champion would be crowned after Daniels was sent flying off the apron and through a table as a result of Lethal whipping Cody into him. With Daniels incapacitated, Cody countered a Lethal Injection with Cross Rhodes for a near fall. Cody then applied a Figure-Four Leglock to Lethal, but Daniels recovered and hit the Best Moonsault Ever on Cody for the win.