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ROH Liverpool: ‘War of the Worlds UK’ results

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This was my first time watching a pay per view through the FiteTV app, and it’s a really fun experience for anyone looking to test it out for future live streams. I’d also like to add that the venue in Liverpool was a beautiful back drop to this event, creating the type of atmosphere that makes independent wrestling feel so much different from the big brand.

But, I digress, enough talk of apps and venues, let’s get into the wrestling!

KENNY KING (W) vs. ADAM PAGE (L)

This was a solid bout of two well-matched opponents. King would finish this back and forth fight with a Royal Flush to close it down and defeat Hangman Page, of Bullet Club fame.  Kenny King’s aptitude in the ring makes a statement that he deserves a rematch for the ROH TV Title, an opportunity he was previously robbed of thanks to Page and other Bullet Club members interrupting his title match.

ULTIMO GUERRERO & REY BUCANERO (L) vs. MISTICO & TITAN (W)

This was a fun, fast paced, and solid Lucha match up. As you would expect, there were lot of high impact maneuvers and top rope action, but mainly, I felt this really served as a highlight of how good Mistico is.  He performed a diving hurricanrana to the outside that was a thing of absolute beauty.  His agility and dominance really stood out and led to a win for his tag team.

NON-TITLE MATCH

JAY LETHAL (W) vs. BRITISH CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION JOSH BODOM (L) 

Josh Bodom came out and showed the athleticism that he’s known for, but the Franchise Jay Lethal just proved to be too much.  This was a pretty standard match with Jay Lethal dominating as you would expect.  Lethal’s fluid movement and speed in the ring is truly remarkable for a competitor his size.  

After the match: Silas Young came to the ring to confront Jay Lethal, continuing their running feud.  Young threw blows that could not quite be returned by a match weary Lethal.  Referees ran to the ring to intervene, but were thrown off by Young as he left Lethal battered in the ring.

BULLY RAY & THE BRISCOES (JAY & MARK) (W) vs. LOS INGOBERNABLES DE JAPON (BUSHI, EVIL, & NAITO) (L)

This fight was dirty and gritty, just as we’ve all come to expect of a bout involving Bully Ray and the Briscoes. Of course, a lot of shenanigans took place as Japanese Luchador, Bushi, teased Bully Ray, leading to a collective, “you f#!ked up” chant from the audience. This led to Los Ingobernables taking advantage of mental mistakes made by the Briscoes, and an eventual assault on Bully Ray’s lower extremities. Personally, I wanted to see Los Ingobernables pull out this win, and for a time it seemed like it would happen, but the tides turned back in favor of The Bully and the Briscoes who would ultimately pull out the win.

After the match: Naito showed blatant disrespect to Bully Ray, spitting in his face after an offer of a handshake. The Bully would respond in kind, leading to an exchange of taunts. It went on like that for a few moments, as we would eventually lead into an intermission, and now I have a strong desire to see a solo match between Naito and Bully Ray.  Their attitudes are a perfect rivalry for one another.

—-INTERMISSION—

Returning from the intermission, the audience was treated to a match serving as a segue into the exciting title bouts of the second half …

“PRO WRESTLING’S LAST REAL MAN” SILAS YOUNG (L) vs. MARK HASKINS (W)

The young Haskins definitely went out to prove something in the ring, laying in loud strikes on Silas that echoed through the venue. Haskins’ high contact moves and submission abilities are impressive to say the least. The endurance and strength of Silas Young would overwhelm Haskins for a time, but it was Young’s arrogance that would open him up to more of an assault at the hands of Haskins than was possibly necessary. In the end, it was a distraction from Jay Lethal that would leave Young wide open for Haskins to steal an upset in his Ring of Honor Debut.

After the match: A rested Lethal, ready to answer for the onslaught earlier in the evening, and Young would exchange blows on the entrance stage. This feud is far from over, and we’re sure to see a major match between the two in future ROH events.

ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION KUSHIDA (W) vs. HIROMU TAKAHASHI vs. “THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL vs. ROH WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPION DALTON CASTLE (L)

This fatal four-way was one of my most anticipated matches, and it definitely lived up to expectations. The clash of personalities in this match was fantastic and was a great display of what good, fun wrestling is all about. Takahashi and his cat, Daryl, were in full effect with Dalton and Scurll easily willing to match his insanity. Not wanting to be one upped on the charisma factor, Kushida answered with his best Marty McFly dance.  All that being said, the fun and games would swiftly change into hard competition as each fighter clearly wanted this prestigious TV title match to go their way. Eventually, it would be the seemingly unstoppable Kushida with a Back to the Future on Dalton Castle to end the match and continue his title reign.

ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE YOUNG BUCKS (MATT & NICK JACKSON) (W) vs. THE ADDICTION (“ALMIGHTY” CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & “HEAVY METAL REBEL” FRANKIE KAZARIAN) (L)

The Addiction came into the ring with a chip on their shoulders having developed over the past few weeks with feelings that they’ve been turned on by the ROH crowd, unappreciated and undervalued. In contrast, The Young Bucks arrived as the fired up Ring of Honor tag-team champions, engaging the crowd with excitement and exuberance.  Addiction started the match aggressively and apparently seeking to make short work of this title bout. However, the speed and resilience of the Young Bucks would not be denied. After a grueling battle, the Young Bucks retain their belts.

MAIN EVENT

ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

ROH WORLD CHAMPION “THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE” CODY (W) vs. SANADA (L) 

Sanada entered the ring first, wearing a demon skull mask worthy of a fine art exhibit.  Cody entered in his usual fashion, announcing his place in wrestling’s “one true royal family.”  This match was full of mind games and the usual distractions. Cody seems to be more occupied with fighting the crowd at the beginning of his matches these days than his actual opponents. It does, however, seem to be an effective strategy as it throws his challengers off their game.  After a high paced competition between the two, with short-lived back and forths, it would be The American Nightmare digging out a sudden victory over Sanada after an exchange of reversals.

After the match: Cody bitterly asked the crowd at the end of his title defense, “Did you enjoy yourselves, tonight?”  If he was asking me, I’d have to answer with a resounding, “Yes.”  This pay-per-view had a lot of great talent, some fun matches were decided and we got many teases of what to expect on upcoming Ring of Honor episodes.  Not least of those teases was Cody laying down the question of who could possibly be left to challenge him. Who would’ve expected Dalton Castle to answer the call, saying, “I’m left b!+ch!” This viewer can’t wait to see if this becomes official!

All in all, War of the Worlds UK Liverpool was a really fun event that I would certainly recommend to any Ring of Honor wrestling fans.

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