With Best in the World only two weeks away, things are starting to hot up in Ring of Honor, and what better way than to showcase five of the main competitors from the upcoming PPV in one epic main event.
Before we got to the first match of the night, Bullet Club members Adam Page, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll and Cody were talking about their opponents for the evening Los Ingobernables de Japon. Marty was asking the other members of Bullet Club what the “J” stood for in LIJ. After various incorrect guesses like “jokers” and “jobbers,” Marty told the group it stood for “jabronis.” Concluding the segment, The Young Bucks member Matt Jackson asked if they could sellout 10,000 tickets in only 30 minutes, referring the their upcoming wrestling event, All In.
It’s been a fortnight since Austin Aries took out Kenny King after the two-time ROH TV Champion came to his aid, but it didn’t look as though his recent troubles were playing on his mind. Kenny and Chuckie T exchanged handshakes and hugs, until Chuckie turned one into a belly to belly suplex. Both guys started to pull out the big guns, with Chuck hitting Sole Food followed by a Falcon Arrow. King fought back with a Spinebuster, but it seemed over when Chuckie T caught him with a wicked snap piledriver. Luckily, Kenny King got back up and dropped Chuckie with a Royal Flush for the win. It wasn’t the greatest of matches, but there were some laughs halfway when both King and Chuckie T took some selfies with a fan at ringside.
In a video package from The Briscoes’ home in Delaware, they had a message for The Young Bucks. They brought up how people are asking them why they are so reckless and out of control at the moment. They made jokes about The Young Bucks being best in the world at selling t-shirts and making YouTube videos, but they would not take the ROH World Tag Team Titles away from them.
Before the second match, we got a recap of Shane Taylor losing to Josh Woods at Bound for Honor back in April, thanks to an assist from MMA fighter King Mo. Before the match between Shane Taylor and Josh “The Goods” Woods got under way, Taylor couldn’t help but mock the crowd, demeaning their hometown, making jokes like Woods popping faster than Derrick Rose with an ACL. It wasn’t a long match or even a thrilling one, but there were definitely some highlights, such as Taylor’s cannonball into Josh Woods through one of the barricades at ringside. Woods managed to get some good chains together, especially when he hooked in a rear naked choke, followed by a couple of suplexes and ending with a flying knee. But it would be Shane Taylor that got the win, using a huge right hand to knockout Woods, covering him for the victory.
The 10-man tag main event was everything you’d hope it would be. The Bullet Club (Cody, Marty Scurll, The Young Bucks and Adam Page) took on Los Ingobernables de Japon from NJPW, and it was a chaotic treat full of lots of different styles. Just before the main event, the current ROH World Champion Dalton Castle joined commentary and provided some great humour to proceedings. After the long but exciting entrances finished, the match kicked off. The chinks in the Bullet Club’s armour were visible from the get go, as Marty Scurll tagged himself in when Cody had no wish to leave.
After plenty of Superkicks by The Young Bucks, a Ghostbuster by Scurll, and a double clothesline by Adam Page, things were going in the favour of the Bullet Club. However, Punishment Martinez came to the ring and fought Adam Page to the backstage area, making it 4v5 inside the squared circle. Bushi hit the Bushi Destroyer, followed by a Magic Killer by EVIL and SANADA on Matt Jackson, but Nick pulled the referee out of the ring. Cody’s pal Bernard the Business Bear decided to get involved and got a load of mist to the face thanks to Bushi. Cody grabbed Bushi allowing Marty Scurll to grab his umbrella and strike Bushi in the ribs. Unfortunately, Bushi moved and he hit Cody instead. Things seemed to unravel for the Bullet Club, but thanks to the athleticism of The Young Bucks they finished the match with a Superkick Party and the glorious 5-star Meltzer Diver on Bushi for the win.
This may be the last we see of Cody and Scurll before Best in the World, and things have been left on very uneven ground. Dalton Castle seemed confident as the match ended, but it was The Young Bucks who stole the show and proved that they are the only team in ROH worthy of taking the Tag Team Titles from The Briscoes. Episode 352 was a relatively dull affair, but the main event more than made up for it. The 10-man tag match was incredible, and going into BITW it’s clear we are going to see a firework or two.
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