BUFFALO, N.Y. -- On the opening night of the War of the Worlds tour at Buffalo RiverWorks on May 8, the dream match between Flip Gordon and Bandido finally happened, and it did not disappoint. Afterwards, Bandido’s fellow LifeBlood members Mark Haskins and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams offered Gordon a spot with the group.
There also were three title bouts on the card: ROH World Tag Team Champions The Guerrillas of Destiny put their belts on the line against Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham; ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) defended against ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb and Japanese legends Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata; and Women of Honor World Champion Kelly Klein’s title was at stake against Buffalo native Kate Carney.
-- PJ Black defeated Alex Coughlin
-- WOH World Title Match: Champion Kelly Klein defeated Kate Carney
-- The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) defeated Karl Fredericks and Clark Connors
-- Shane Taylor defeated Hikuleo
-- Los Ingobernables de Japón (EVIL and SANADA) defeated LifeBlood (Mark Haskins and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams)
-- RUSH defeated Silas Young
-- ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match: Champions Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) defeated ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb, Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata
-- ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Champions The Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) defeated Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham
-- Flip Gordon defeated Bandido
PJ Black vs. Alex Coughlin
Coughlin, a Young Lion from the New Japan Pro-Wrestling L.A. Dojo, went hold for hold and chop for chop with the veteran Black for the majority the match. Coughlin nearly pulled off the upset, rolling through Black’s springboard crossbody for a near fall. Black halted Coughlin’s momentum with a superkick and then finished him off with a moonsault into a double stomp.
WOH World Title Match: Champion Kelly Klein vs. Kate Carney
Just after the opening bell sounded, The Allure (Angelina Love, Velvet Sky and Mandy Leon) made their dramatic entrance and sat in on commentary. Klein was momentarily distracted, and Carney took advantage and went on the offensive.
Carney hit a DDT for a two count and continued to take the fight to Klein on the floor. The challenger charged at Klein outside the ring, but Klein moved and Carney crashed into the ring post. That was the opening Klein needed. The champion hit a fallaway slam and later connected on a clothesline before hitting K-Power for the victory.
After the match, Klein grabbed the microphone and challenged The Allure to come into the ring and fight her. The Allure walked down to the ring and hopped up on the apron, but then they laughed and made their way to the back.
Karl Fredericks and Clark Connors vs. The Kingdom (TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia)
The NJPW L.A. Dojo Young Lions seized the advantage in the early going and seemed to catch The Kingdom off guard. The Kingdom weathered the storm and isolated Connors. Connors eventually tagged in Fredericks, who trapped O’Ryan in a Sharpshooter. O’Ryan appeared to be on the verge of tapping out before Marseglia made the save. The Kingdom went on to hit House of 1,000 Horses on both of their opponents for the win.
Hikuleo vs. Shane Taylor
Hikuleo, the younger brother of The Guerrillas of Destiny, extended his hand in adherence to the Code of Honor, but Taylor spit on it and said, “Welcome to Ring of Honor.” That incensed the 6-foot-8 Hikuleo, who went on the attack. Hikuleo had Taylor reeling after a Samoan Drop and a big clothesline, but Taylor caught Hikuleo with Greetings From 216 out of nowhere for the win.
Los Ingobernables de Japón (EVIL and SANADA) vs. LifeBlood (Mark Haskins and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams)
Two of the best tag teams in the sport went back and forth for nearly 20 minutes. During the latter stages of the match, Williams trapped SANADA in an ankle lock. Out of desperation, SANADA grabbed referee Todd Sinclair, who chose not to disqualify him. While Sinclair was tied up with SANADA, EVIL nailed Williams with a chair. SANADA rolled up Williams, but Haskins made the save. EVIL and SANADA hit a Magic Killer on Haskins and then another Magic Killer on Williams to give the two-time former IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions the win.
Silas Young vs. RUSH
Dalton Castle took a seat at the ringside table prior to the start of the match. Young gained the advantage by targeting RUSH’s knee. Young took the match outside the ring, and after diverting the referee’s attention, he put a chair around RUSH’s neck and rammed him into the ring post. RUSH could’ve been seriously injured but, amazingly, the dangerous move only fired him up. RUSH repeatedly tossed Young into the barricades, and then he finished him off with Bull’s Horns to remain undefeated in ROH.
After the match, Castle popped up on the apron with a chair in his hand, but then backed off.
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Match: Champions Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll, PCO and Brody King) vs. ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb, Satoshi Kojima and Yuji Nagata
ROH World Champion Matt Taven, who will defend his title against PCO at War of the Worlds in Toronto on May 9, sat in on commentary for the match. Even though Cobb, Kojima and Nagata had never teamed together before, the three hard-hitting athletes proved to be a formidable combination.
As the match neared the 20-minute mark, all six men were in the ring and a series of rapid-fire, high-impact moves ensued. After Cobb and Nagata were knocked out to the floor, Villain Enterprises went to work on Kojima. King hit a running senton on Kojima as he was draped across Scurll’s legs, and PCO followed with a moonsault for the victory.
As Villain Enterprises celebrated their hard-fought win, The Kingdom’s TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia attacked from behind. They took out Scurll and King and then went to work on PCO, but PCO grabbed them by their throats and tossed them over the top rope. Taven hit the ring and nailed PCO with the ROH World Championship belt. As Taven stood over the fallen PCO and taunted him, PCO suddenly popped up, and a stunned Taven quickly retreated.
ROH World Tag Team Title Match: Champions The Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) vs. Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham
G.O.D., also the reigning IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, jumped Lethal and Gresham just before the opening bell, but the challengers quickly regrouped and hit stereo suicide dives. After several minutes of back and forth action, Lethal hit Hail to the King on Tonga for a near fall. While the referee was distracted by Loa, Lethal went for Lethal Injection, but Tonga nailed him in the back of the head with one of the championship belts. Gresham countered Tonga’s cutter attempt with a German suplex for a near fall. As Gresham charged across the ring, Tonga caught him with a cutter for the win.
After the match, the Briscoes came down to the ring. Jay Briscoe said that will be G.O.D.’s first and only successful defense of the ROH World Tag Team Titles because they are going to beat them at War of the Worlds in Chicago on May 12. A standoff between the two sets of brothers quickly turned into a brawl. It took a locker room full of ROH and NJPW dojo trainees to separate them. Jay Briscoe was bleeding from above his eye as a result of the fight.
Bandido (w/Mark Haskins and “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams) vs. Flip Gordon
The two fast-rising, young stars were mirror images of one another in the early stages of the match, as neither of them could sustain an advantage until Bandido began targeting Gordon’s right knee. After the action spilled outside the ring, Bandido planted Gordon with a reverse hurricanrana. Back inside the ring, Bandido hit a moonsault slam, but the resilient Gordon managed to kick out. Gordon rallied with a Star-Spangled Stunner for a near fall. After a superkick to the back of Bandido’s head, Gordon hit Flip-5 for the win.
After the match, Haskins praised Gordon and said that he has a spot waiting for him in LifeBlood when he returns from Japan after The Best of the Super Juniors tournament if he wants it.