In a look back at some of the best action in Ring of Honor in 2017, three outstanding matches from the historic War of the Worlds UK Tour in August are featured.
ROH World Television Championship Match: KUSHIDA (c) vs. Titan
(Aug. 18 in London, England)
KUSHIDA worked over CMLL star Titan’s left arm before Titan turned things in his favor by hitting a springboard moonsault off the top rope onto Kushida outside the ring. Once they were back in the ring, Titan applied a modified figure-four leglock, but KUSHIDA got to the ropes.
KUSHIDA came back with a cross armbreaker but Titan turned it into a La Magistral Cradle for a near fall. Titan followed with a flying headscissors into an armbar into a crucifix cover for another near fall. Titan then hit a springboard hurricanrana out of the corner, but KUSHIDA rolled through and applied the hoverboard lock. Titan slipped out, blocked two Back to the Future attempts and landed an enziguri.
KUSHIDA responded with a flatliner face-first into the middle turnbuckle. With Titan stunned, KUSHIDA hit Back to the Future for the hard-fought victory in a match that had the crowd chanting “fight forever!”
Jay Lethal vs. Josh Bodom
(Aug. 19 in Liverpool, England)
This match pitted the “Franchise” of ROH against a rising Revolution Pro Wrestling competitor. Surprisingly, Bodom was one step ahead of Lethal in the early stages of the match. Lethal eventually took control and went for Lethal Injection, but Bodom was ready for it and regained the advantage. Bodom landed a double stomp off the top rope onto Lethal’s head and followed up with a running moonsault for a near fall.
Lethal rallied and hit Lethal Combination. The former ROH World Champion then connected with his Hail to the King flying elbow before applying the figure-four leglock. Bodom managed to reach the ropes to break the hold.
At that point, Silas Young -- Lethal’s nemesis at the time -- came down to ringside. With Lethal distracted by Young’s presence, Bodom tried to capitalize, but Lethal thwarted him and hit Lethal Injection for the win.
After the match, Young hit the ring and began brawling with Lethal. Young got the better of the exchange, thanks in large part to Lethal having just competed in a grueling match. Referees entered the ring and pulled Young off Lethal.
Bullet Club (Cody, Marty Scurll, Adam Page and The Young Bucks’ Matt and Nick Jackson) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, EVIL and SANADA)
(Aug. 18 in London, England)
Two of the most popular factions in the sport met for the very first time in this 10-man tag team match. After some initial back-and-forth action, Bullet Club gained the advantage and had BUSHI in a vulnerable position. Cody went for a moonsault but BUSHI rolled out of the way. Page then attempted a moonsault, but BUSHI moved again. Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson also missed. Scurll, looking extremely apprehensive as he climbed the ropes, tried to land the move, and this time BUSHI got his legs up.
Later, the Bucks threw a superkick party, and every member of LIJ was invited. With LIJ down, Nick Jackson grabbed Takahaski’s beloved stuffed animal Daryl from ringside. As the Bucks prepared to superkick Daryl, EVIL and SANADA pulled them out of the ring. Scurll called for the chicken wing on Daryl, but Takahashi superkicked Scurll and retrieved Daryl. The Bucks then superkicked Takahashi, and Daryl went flying right into Cody’s hands. Cody turned the “pet” over to the Bucks, who hit a Meltzer Driver on Daryl.
An enraged Takahashi landed a flurry of right hands on all five Bullet Club members, but when he bounced off the ropes for a move, he was met with a five-way superkick. Naito entered the ring and got on a roll, and BUSHI blew green mist into Page’s face. Naito and EVIL double-teamed Page, and Naito covered him for a near fall. Naito followed with Destino to win the wild, highly entertaining contest.