ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 328
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ROH celebrates the best of 2017!
Join Ian Riccaboni on a Ring of Honor retrospective of ROH and their partners in NJPW, CMLL and RevPro putting on some of the best wrestling in the world during the War of the Worlds UK event.
2017 Highlights include:
- 8/18/17: ROH World Television Championship Kushida VS Titán; Kushida wins and retains.
- 8/19/17: Jay Lethal VS Josh Bodom; Lethal wins.
- 8/18/17: 10 Man Tag, Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World Television Championship: Kushida VS Titán!
NJPW and CMLL fight over ROH gold across the pond in London!
The fans are already hot as Kushida and Titán circle. The two tie up, Kushida gets the waistlock and takedown, float over to facelock. He holds on as Titán rolls, but Titan slips out for a cover. Kushida slips out, they go back and forth on the front facelock. Titán kip-ups to arm-drag, he and Kushida trade tripping takedowns and covers, the two handspring and staredown. The fans applaud how evenly matched these two men are, and cheer for “ROH! ROH!” that brought them together. Things speed up, Titán springboard arm-drags Kushida and sends the Time Splitter out. Titán speeds up but Kushida dodges so he has to cancel his flight. Instead, he hops down and hits Kushida with a running huricanrana!
The fans cheer for “Lucha! Lucha!” while Titán drags Kushida up and into the ring. Titán takes aim as Kushida stands up, and he hits a springboard crossbody! They speed up again, Titán handstand walks over Kushida. He then back handsprings but Kushida blocks the headscissors, and hands it off to the referee!
Referee Todd Sinclair wants nothing to do with this, but has no choice as Kushida kicks Titán’s arm out. Kushida is reprimanded while Titán rolls out of the ring. Kushida pursues and kicks him down, then borrows an empty seat from the fans. A shoulderbreaker sits Titán down, Kushida gets a big running start for a big dropkick!
The fans are thunderous for “Kushida! Kushida!” The champion drags Titán up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Kushida drags Titán up, and wrenches that arm back in a hammerlock. He stands on the hammerlock, fans rally for the stomp! Fans keep rallying, Titán gets to ropes. Kushida backs off before bringing him over for the face scrape and cartwheel dropkick! TWO, to Kushida’s surprise. He returns to going after Titán’s arm, fans rally for the luchador. He gets the ropebreak, Kushida lets go but then comes right back to that arm. Kushida shoulders, elbows and chops Titán down before whipping him to the ropes. Titán counters with a sunset flip, Kushida waves his arms to stay up, then swivels those hips before checking the time. Time for the Hoverboard! But Titán scrambles to ropes for the break. Fans applaud again as Kushida brings Titán back up. Titán chops Kushida sharply, Kushida kicks back just as sharp. Kushida runs, Titán goes Matrix to dodge, and retaliates with a rolling sobat kick. Titán runs at Kushida in the corner but is put on the apron. Kushida swings but Titán ducks to retaliate with a swing kick. Titán goes to springboard but Kushida uses a PELE to knock him down. Kushida runs, Titán slingshots to bodyscissor Kushida out of the ring! That’s not all, Titán mule kicks Kushida away to then springboard ASAI MOONSAULT onto him and barriers!
Both men go down from that insane landing, we go to break.
ROH returns, Titán blocks a kick to hit a dragon screw! And then wraps on a top-loaded Figure Four with an ankle lock!
Kushida endures this Titán Lock, avoids a cover but comes so close to giving up. He drags himself to ropes for the break! Titán lets go, then brings Kushida up. Fireman’s carry, Michinoku Driver! Titán then climbs up, fans rallying for him, but Kushida springs up to his feet! He runs and gives Titán a handspring heel kick. Kushida then climbs up, he and Titán fight up there. Hoverboard! Kushida uses that to sit Titán down, but then stands him up for a SUPER ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!
Titán endures and resists, then rolls to a ropebreak. Kushida lets go at 4, the fans cheer him on as he stands back up. He runs at Titán and dropkicks that bad arm. London declares “This is awesome!” Kushida runs, Titán strikes back with a back kick, but then Kushida hits back with a spinning forearm. Titán unleashes kicks then ducks the fast ball to mule kick. He whips but Kushida reverses, Titán handsprings into another armbar!
Titán resists, and rolls his way into La Mahistrol, TWO! They get up and speed up again, flying-headscissor takedown into ghost pin, TWO! The fans are applauding and hope these two “Fight Forever!” Kushida and Titán get up, Titán hoists Kushida up. He chops Kushida a couple times, but Kushida blocks the third to then yank Titán down by his mask! Titán kip-ups and PELE Kushida! He gets the fans rallying before running over, but Kushida catches him into the fisherman! However, Titán slips out and kicks Kushida again. SPRINGBOARD SUPER STEINER!
But wait! Kushida rolls through, rolls back to grab Titán into the Hoverboard!
Titán is stuck in the middle of the ring, but he won’t give up. He gets up, reaches for ropes, but Kushida rolls him away. Kushida tries to go Back to the Future, but Titán resists and slips out, to then hit a spinning roundhouse! Kushida staggers to the corner, Titán feeds off the fans’ energy, but runs into a buckle shot! Time to finish this, Kushida rolls Titán into Back to the Future!
Kushida wins and retains the ROH WTVC!
Jay Lethal VS Josh Bodom!
ROH’s Franchise Player gave a big spotlight to the up-and-coming RevPro star in Liverpool.
The two uphold the Code of Honor, and the bell rings. Fans cheer for “Lethal! Lethal!” as he and Bodom circle and tie up. Lethal gets the wristlock, Bodom spins and rolls to reverse the hold. Lethal reverses it back, Bodom uses ropes to acrobatically reverse it back. Bodom gets the waistlock and brings Lethal down for the facelock, but Lethal spins it around to put on a headlock. Bodom powers out but Lethals runs him over. Things speed up, Lethal blocks Bodom’s hip toss to hit a neckbreaker. Bodom rolls out of the ring, Lethal fires up the fans. He starts to run but Bodom hops up, so Lethal dropkicks his feet out to send him back down. Now Lethal builds speed, but Bodom again interrupts, so Lethal sends him out the other side, knocking him down with a triangle dropkick.
Lethal rallies the fans, but Bodom drags him to the outside with him. Bodom gets in the ring, he builds speed, but Lethal stops him. Bodom slips out of the back suplex, and even the standard suplex, then headscissors Lethal down. Lethal ducks the roundhouse but takes the enziguri, cover, TWO. Fans rally for Lethal, but Bodom isn’t deterred. He stands Lethal up and gives him a sharp chop and a sharp kick, cover, TWO. Bodom gets fans rallying before giving Lethal a snap suplex. Standing moonsault from Bodom, TWO. The young star isn’t deterred, he puts Lethal in a corner. Lethal blocks then reverses the whip corner to corner, but Bodom boots back. Bodom runs, Lethal counters with a hip-toss and dropkick! Lethal covers, TWO. Fans rally again, Lethal brings Bodom up and hits a scoop slam. Elbow drop on top, cover, TWO. Lethal keeps doing, stiff dropkick to the back of Bodom’s head, cover, TWO. Bodom chops back, Lethal gives him a European Uppercut and a sharp chop of his own. Liverpool wants that “One more time!” so Lethal obliges, chopping Bodom off his feet! The Franchise is in control as we go to break.
ROH returns, Lethal climbs up top. Bodom stands up, ducks under as Lethal jumps over. Bodom grabs Lethal in a waistlock but Lethal elbows him away. Lethal runs, Bodom is ready, pop-up press knee. Bodom runs now, Lethal boots him back. He whips Bodom into his enziguri, then calls for the Injection. Instead, he gets the Poison-Rana from Bodom!
Lethal rolls out and staggers about. Bodom takes aim, builds speed, and DIVES!
He then climbs up, for a springboard ASAI!
The fans are thunderous as Bodom puts Lethal back in the ring, then climbs up top. He takes aim at Lethal, DumDum stomps to the running Shooting Star! TWO! Bodom was close, and he knows it. The fans rally for their local boy as he hoists Lethal up to the top rope backwards. Bodom climbs up but Lethal elbows him down. Bodom falls but Lethal gets caught in a Tree of Woe. Seeing this, Bodom runs in to dropkick Lethal in the ribs. Lethal tumbles out of the Tree, fans rally again as Bodom takes aim. He swings, but ends up in the Lethal Combination! Lethal stands up and hurries to the top rope. He takes aim, and hits Hail to the King!
TWO, but Lethal holds on, for a Figure Four! Bodom endures the legendary lock, and as he gets the ropebreak, look he’s walking out to ringside.
The Last Real Man, Silas Young, appears to look at his Best in the World opponent, and talk trash to him, too. Lethal takes notice of Silas, and tells him to go away. Bodom pounces in that moment, waistlock and roll up, but Lethal rolls him up. TWO, but into the LETHAL INJECTION!
Lethal wins! But immediately has to fight off Silas!
They throw hands, but Silas throws the first kick. He then rains rights down on Lethal, until referees rush in and pull him off. The Last Real Man leaves, but this will continue in Edenborough, and of course at Best in the World. As for Lethal’s opponent in Liverpool, the Franchise shows his respect to the young RevPro star. Perhaps will see Josh Bodom in ROH again someday.
10 Man Tag, Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The Bullet Club!
The entirety of LIJ takes on the American Nightmare, the Hangman, the Villain & The Young Bucks in this epic showdown that bridges NJPW and ROH, with the one and only Daryl Takahashi the cat joining commentary.
The native Marty Scurll starts against Hiromu Takahashi. Scurll doesn’t take kindly to the Ticking Time Bomb’s attitude, so he shoves him. Hiromu doesn’t take kindly to that, so he takes Scurll’s umbrella! London boos, they’re not going to let their hometown villain be disrespected. Hiromu threatens to lick the umbrella, so Scurll knocks him down. Scurll flaps his wings, fans cheer “Woop woop woop”. Scurll whips but Hiromu reverses, Scurll uses the corner to change direction and slip under Hiromu. The Villain gets around behind Hiromu with a hammerlock, then leap-frogs to slip back under. Hiromu turns around, Scurll flaps his wings in Hiromu’s face.
“Too Sweet! Woop woop!” echoes out again, even as Hiromu kicks Scurll low. Hiromu whips but Scurll reverses. Things speed up and Hiromu hits Scurll with a running headscissors, to then mock the wing flapping!
Hiromu runs in and gives Scurll a corner clothesline then throws him out to the center of the ring. Scurll dodges the low dropkick but Hiromu dodges the clothesline, fireman’s carry but Scurll slips out. Hiromu denies the chicken wing, and the two find themselves in a stalemate as both go to swing haymakers. Villain and Time Bomb back off, to tag in Cody and Sanada respectively. London gets a preview of the upcoming ROH World Heavyweight Championship match between the American Nightmare and the Cold Skull. Cody grins as fans chant his name. He and Sanada circle, tie up, Cody gets the headlock. Sanada powers out but Cody runs him over, Sanada immediately kip-ups. Fans sing a song for “Cody Rhodes~! Cody, Cody Rhodes~!” which amuses the ROH WHC. He and Sanada circle again, tie up, Cody gets another headlock and Sanada powers out again. Things speed up, Sanada trips Cody up, cover, kick-out and Cody reverses the roles, double dropkick! No one is hit, so both men stand up, fans applaud this evenly matched match-up. Cody regroups with the Bullet Club while Sanada regroups with LIJ. Fans sing for Cody again as he and Sanada return to circling. They go for a test of strength, but Cody kicks low and drops down for the uppercut. Cody runs, Sanada jumps up and over a couple times to then drop Cody with a dropkick. Cody takes his frustration out by shoving Hiromu in the face! LIJ floods the ring, as does the Bullet Club!
The referee tries to keep peace between all ten men, fans want to “Let them fight!” However, it is the LIJ philosophy of “Tranquilo” that calms things down. Fans grow impatient, they sing “We want some Superkicks~! We want some Superkicks~!” The Young Bucks promise that’ll come later. For now, Cody tags in the Hangman, Adam Page. And he calls out the captain of LIJ! Sanada obliges, and tags in Naito! The Problem Solver will match-up with the Uncontrollable Charisma, after the break.
ROH returns, Naito dodges Hangman’s lunge and tells him to calm down. Fans chant “Tranquilo! Tranquilo!” then rally behind Naito as he fires himself up. He and Hangman lunge at each other, but Naito dodges to tag in Evil. The man formerly known as Watanabe also tells Hangman to calm down while he enters the ring. Hangman gets an idea, so he spits into his hand… He offers Evil that gross handshake, but instead pie-faces Naito with it! Hangman swings on Evil, but Evil dodges and grabs him by the hair. Evil brings Hangman over to Naito, Naito spits on Hangman!
Hangman swings wild, his kick is blocked and Evil hands it off to the referee. Todd Sinclair again has no choice but to be accomplice to something, as Evil mule kicks Hangman in the hip. London declares “This is awesome!” while Evil clotheslines Hangman out of the ring. Evil tags Naito back in, Naito fires up and builds speed, for True Tranquilo!
The Bullet Club is furious, but it’s The Villain who gets in and stomps Naito out! Hangman returns and continues stomping, then tags Scurll back in. “Woop woop!” echoes out as Scurll flaps his wings. He drags Naito up and throws hands and chops. Scurll runs, but into Naito’s back elbow, Evil comes in to add a back senton. Bushi comes in, and the rest of LIJ trips up the rest of Bullet Club while Naito stands on Scurll’s head and mocks the flapping wings.
While Naito enjoys himself in the ring, LIJ is picking apart the Bullet Club on the outside, even throwing The Young Bucks into barriers. Naito chokes Scurll at the ropes and even forces Scurll’s eye open. Scurll gets himself to a corner, Evil gives him a spank before Naito tags Hiromu back in. Hiromu chops Scurll once, twice, then whips corner to corner for a big clothesline to big low dropkick. Cover, TWO, tag to Bushi. The luchador of LIJ climbs up while Hiromu drags Scurll up, Bushi hits a missile dropkick. Bushi gives us the Bushi-roonie, then uses his own shirt to choke Scurll. The referee tells Bushi to stop that, but he’s distracted by LIJ starting an argument with the Bullet Club. Scurll powers his way out of the choke, to put it on Bushi, and then hit the backstabber. Fans rally as both men crawl for their corners. Scurll gets the hot tag to Matt Jackson but both Bucks come in to rally on LIJ. Double dropkicks for Evil, alley-oop dropkick for both Bushi and Hiromu! Sanada comes in, double hip-toss and dropkicks for Cold Skull. Nick runs at Bushi while Matt positions Hiromu, but is put on the apron. Matt runs in and they combine for a clothesline and kick. Fans cheer them on as Nick goes up and Matt prepares Bushi, double stomp dominator for Bushi, somersault into the draping backstabber on Hiromu!
Naito gets on the apron, but gets knocked off with the handspring dropkick! Scurll returns, he hops out to the apron to SUPERKICK Naito down. The Bullet Club then regroups in the middle of the ring and the fans start up the Terminator drums. The Young Bucks rise, build speed and DIVE!
It doesn’t end there, American Nightmare and Hangman get to the corners for a simultaneous Shooting Star and flying clothesline!
The fans are thunderous as Nick gets Bushi back in the ring. Scurll whips Bushi, and brings into the tilt-o-whirl, reverse crucifix driver! Matt is on the top rope, hits a big elbow drop! Nick adds on a frog splash!
Matt covers, Sanada breaks it. Nick comes back and pounces on Sanada to throw him out. Matt tags Hangman in, he drags Bushi up and puts him in a corner. Hangman chops away as we go to break.
ROH returns once more, Hangman is legal again as he brings Bushi up and hits a scoop slam. He climbs up top, goes for the moonsault but flops! Nick comes back in, stomps Bushi out, then claims he’ll hit it. He jumps up for a moonsault, but he flops as Bushi dodges again. Matt comes in and hammers Bushi down, he goes for the moonsault, but Bushi dodges again! Cody and Nick come back in and they both stomp Bushi out. The fans call for “Marty! Marty!” but he’s reluctant to try. The Bullet Club wants him to, the fans want him to, “YES! YES!”, so he has no choice. He says his prayers as he climbs up, fans assure him, “You Can Do This!” Scurll climbs up, and moonsaults!
But he misses all the same… Fans rally as Scurll and Bushi crawl for their corners, hot tags to Hangman and Sanada. The other members of Bullet Club intercept but Cody, Nick and Matt take dropkicks from Cold Skull. Hangman comes in now, but Sanada gets behind him to give him an Atomic Drop. Sanada trips Hangman up to then tie him in a knot! Hangman finds himself in the “Paradise Lock”, Sanada backs up and takes aim. Sanada runs in to dropkick Hangman out of Paradise!
Hangman writhes while Sanada tags in Naito. He and Evil come in to double whip Hangman corner to corner. Evil gives him a corner clothesline and then throws him down, the other members of LIJ give Hangman a quadruple dropkick!
Naito covers, the Bullet Club rushes in to break it up. LIJ throws them all back out, Naito brings Hangman up. Hangman elbows him away, runs back in but is put on the apron, he slingshots for the Buck Shot! Evil returns, lifts Hangman in the fireman’s carry, Darkness Fall! Cody comes in, and hits Evil with Cross Rhodes! Sanada comes in, he steals Cross Rhodes!
Scurll returns, he goes to borrow Cross Rhodes but Sanada reverses, Scurll denies the second attempt at theft to grab that hand! The Villain takes Cold Skull’s fingers and… SNAP! Hiromu comes in, Scurll runs at him, Hiromu throws him overhead into buckles! Nick comes in, SUPERKICK! Matt runs in, SUPERKICK for Bushi! Sanada returns, double SUPERKICKS! Evil and Naito return, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!
Wait, what’s Nick doing? He’s taking Daryl hostage!
The fans are torn, some want this and others don’t. Daryl is vulernable as The Bucks call for a “SUPERKICK PARTY~!” However, Evil and Sanada drag them out. But wait, The Villain gets back in the ring. He sees Daryl all alone, and gets a sinister idea. Fans are again torn, but Scurll still fires up, does his little spin and “Chicken Wing!” Hiromu returns to SUPERKICK Scurll and save Daryl! However, he celebrates with Daryl a little too long, the Bucks return to double SUPERKICK Hiromu! Daryl goes flying, Cody catches him! The Bucks are out for stuffed animal blood as Cody passes Daryl to Matt. Nick gets to the apron, Matt puts Daryl in position… Springboard Five Star Meltzer Driver!!
Daryl goes down! Is he even still alive?! Hiromu sees the fallen Daryl, fans boo the Bullet Club’s lack of compassion. Fans demand they “Say You’re Sorry!” When the Bullet Club refuses, the Ticking Time Bomb goes off and throws hands on all five of them! He hits Matt, Hangman, Nick, Scurll and Cody in that over several times, then fires up to run, into a QUINTUPLE SUPERKICK!!
Naito returns, Scurll grabs him, but Naito ducks so that Scurll takes the double SUPERKICKS! He then sends Nick’s kick into Matt, enziguris Nick down, then ducks the double clothesline to shove Hangman into Cody. Sanada distracts the referee, Hangman gets the Green Mist!
Naito gives Hangman an Atomic Drop, Evil runs Hangman over with a lariat, Naito rolls into the jackknife cover. TWO! The members of LIJ keep the Bullet Club anchored on the outside, Naito hits Hangman with Destino!
First off, I didn’t expect this episode of ROH to actually feature full matches. I thought it was going to be a full recap show with simply highlights and video packages. But, seeing as how it featured full matches, it was only fair to give them full play-by-play reporting like always. The War of the Worlds UK event was a great hit, so I’m glad we’re all getting to see even just the three matches chosen for this episode. Everything was PPV level quality, and it really showcases why wrestling fans should be fans of ROH, NJPW and their partners.
My Score: 8.5/10