Ring of Honor & New Japan Pro Wrestling
War of the Worlds – Night Two
May 13, 2015
2300 Arena (ECW Arena)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling make their return to the historic 2300 Arena (formerly ECW Arena) for the second night of War of the Worlds. Night two is highlighted by a few potential show stealing singles matches (Michael Elgin vs. KUSHIDA, Kyle O’Reilly vs. Tetsuya Naito), NJPW legend Hiroshi Tanahashi taking on Mr. ROH Roderick Strong as well as a Ring of Honor World Title match between champion Jay Briscoe and challenger, one-half of reDRagon, Bobby Fish. The main event features IWGP Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles teaming with his fellow Bullet Club members The Young Bucks to take on the returning Adam Cole and The Kingdom.

 

Night 2

Adam Page vs. Takaaki Watanabe

Rich Kraetsch (@voiceswrestling): I’m not a Page fan at all and have never really seen the appeal, Watanabe is fun but I expect this to be a dud.

Prediction: Adam Page

Warren Taylor (@teddynoir): Adam Page showed flashes of brilliance in late 2014. Could he possibly break through against Watanabe? I think he will.

Prediction: Adam Page

Aaron Bentley (@aaron_bentley): I have zero interest in this. I blame Page’s proximity to BJ Whitmer. I just hope it’s short.

Prediction: Adam Page

Rob McCarron (@ShakeThemRopes): Not every match can be a winner.

Prediction: Adam Page

KUSHIDA vs. Michael Elgin

Rich Kraetsch: Elgin gets another great opponent and KUSHIDA gets another featured singles match. This has show-stealer written all over it and could be the first of many great matches on this card.

Prediction: Michael Elgin

Warren Taylor: KUSHIDA is another great opponent for Elgin and this should be a good big man/little man match.

Prediction: Michael Elgin

Aaron Bentley: I’m pumped for this. Assuming that Elgin doesn’t struggle with the pressure to perform that I mentioned for his Night 1 match, this could be special. I would like to see Elgin stay grounded and just be the hoss that he is, which would play nicely off of KUSHIDA’s offense. It would also show that he can fit in with the style of Ishii, Makabe, Goto, etc., in the G1.

Prediction: Michael Elgin

Rob McCarron: Junior Heavyweight vs a Heavyweight. KUSHIDA getting the win over Strong, and rebounding in Toronto, allows him to take the loss here that doesn’t really hurt him at all.

Prediction: Michael Elgin

Kyle O’Reilly vs. Tetsuya Naito

Rich Kraetsch: If there was ever a match booked specifically for me, this is it. Two of my favorites going, in this atmosphere, position as they are on the card, in a single match. It’s all there. There is a 0% chance this match is anything but really, really good.

Prediction: Tetsuya Naito

Warren Taylor: O’Reilly and Naito are work horses. No way this match falls below the three star threshold.

Prediction: Tetsuya Naito

Aaron Bentley: I have a really hard time imagining what this match might look like. But I love both guys and if they mesh well, this could be really fun. I just can’t shake the concern that it could be slightly awkward. Here’s to being proved wrong!

Prediction: Tetsuya Naito

Rob McCarron: Tetsuya Naito can actually be the guy, ahead of Strong and KUSHIDA, that steals the week. He has sneaky chances against Elgin and O’Reilly to be the MVP of these cards. Let’s hope, for our entertainment sake, that he aspires to that.

Prediction: Tetsuya Naito

Jay Lethal vs. Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Mark Briscoe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Rich Kraetsch: What the hell is this match? I’m not complaining but what is this madness? Of course, Mark Briscoe is once again taking the fall so let’s try and predict what finishing move does him in. I’m guessing Boma Ye to protect Nakamura but it would be fun to see Lethal steal a victory here. I’ll go chalk with Nakamura though I’m secretly hoping for a Liger sentimental victory.

Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura

Warren Taylor: I believe this match will be mindless fun. Mark Briscoe will job again.

Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura

Aaron Bentley: Four-ways are usually terrible but this bizarre grouping of wrestlers has me excited anyway. Liger or Briscoe could take the pin but it’s definitely happening after a Boma Ye.

Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura

Rob McCarron: I was surprised that Nakamura was getting put into a Four Corner Survival when the cards were first announced, but wasn’t disappointed. I look for Jay Lethal to be highly entertaining here, Nakamura and Liger to come across as true worldwide superstars, and Mark Briscoe to, well, take the fall.

Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Roderick Strong

Rich Kraetsch: Get the ice hot ready, Hiroshi, your back is going to need it after this one. We all know the story of this match, Strong (the master of the backbreaker) against NJPW legend Tanahashi (and his achy, achy back). I mentioned in the Night 1 match preview that if Tanahashi has his working boots on, he can have a great week. I think regardless of his effort level in the tag matches, this match is going to be the standout and has a chance to be one of the best matches of the four ROH/NJPW cards.

Prediction: Hiroshi Tanahashi

Warren Taylor: The story for the this match is obvious. Roddy attacks Tanahashi’s bad back. “The Ace of the Universe” makes his usual comeback and wins via High Fly Flow.

Prediction: Hiroshi Tanahashi

Aaron Bentley: I very rarely enjoy Roderick Strong matches but putting him in there with Tanahashi does at least have me intrigued. Tanahashi hasn’t worked very hard in quite some time but it’s going to be difficult for him to coast through this match. Roddy’s back-based offense is going to be a slog for him but I expect Tanahashi to be up to the task for this match and the Elgin match since he gets tags on the other two shows.

Prediction: Hiroshi Tanahashi

Rob McCarron: Tanahash’s back is all kinds of f%&!ed up. Roderick Strong is a back breaking machine. This will not be pleasant for Mr. Tanahashi. Truly, it is a match I’m highly looking forward to because Roderick Strong is my all time favorite member of Generation Next not named Alex Shelley.

Prediction: Hiroshi Tanahashi

The Addiction vs. Gedo & Kazuchika Okada

Rich Kraetsch: Meh. I like everyone in this match but the pairing is odd and I’m having a lot of trouble getting a read. I’m guessing this is more of a “day off” match for Okada and won’t feature him much. Look for Gedo to do most of the work and take the fall.

Prediction: The Addiction

Warren Taylor: This will be a short and hopefully sweet match. The Addiction needs the win more than CHAOS in my opinion.

Prediction: The Addiction

Aaron Bentley: Night 2 is packed with totally random pairings and this match is no exception. I know Gedo is here to do the honors but it seems like it would be really fun to see Christopher Daniels sell a Rainmaker.

Prediction: The Addiction

Rob McCarron: Daniels is pinning Gedo and this match won’t be an all time classic, but not every match has to be. So why do I even present it like that? I don’t know. I shouldn’t. This will be a fun match and I look forward to seeing Okada and Daniels interacting.

Prediction: The Addiction

ROH World Championship – Jay Briscoe © vs. Bobby Fish

Rich Kraetsch: The long journey of Bobby Fish finally comes to a head as he’s crowned NEW Ring of Honor World Champion on a non-live, non-featured, semi main event. Or not. Sorry Lanza but Mr. Briscoe is winning. Regardless of the result, this should be a lot of fun and I fully expect Fish to rise to the monumental occasion and put together a standout performance. Will it be MOTY levels? Doubtful but it could surprise a lot of people.

Prediction: Jay Briscoe

Warren Taylor: I saw these two wrestle in Nashville last January. The match was not very good. Under the bright lights of the ECW Arena I think these two will redeem themselves in what should be a solid and successful title defense for Jay Briscoe.

Prediction: Jay Briscoe

Aaron Bentley: Will Joe Lanza see his dream of a Bobby Fish World Championship run come true? No, no, he won’t. But this should still be a hell of a match. Sure, Fish isn’t a spring chicken but this is a big spot on this show and my guess is he pulls out all he has.

Prediction: Jay Briscoe

Rob McCarron: Having worked with Bobby Fish in the mid-2000’s when he was struggling to find himself, break through, and become what he is today, I am so excited to see how far he has come. This, even though most people don’t see it as such because of the more high profile NJPW matches, is a huge showcase for Fish. I hope he can do what he has done over the year, and deliver over expectations and turn heads his way.

Prediction: Jay Briscoe

A.J. Styles & The Young Bucks vs. The Kingdom (Adam Cole, Matt Taven & Michael Bennett)

Rich Kraetsch: I’m not looking forward to this at all. The crowd is going to be nuts as they love their god damn Bullet Club so expect a lot of TOO SWEETS, Suck Its, crotch chops and various other things I was really bored with in 1999. Look, you can enjoy this all you want, it’s probably going to be a lot of fun but I’ll be in my own little corner bitching about it. The Bucks will make it fun and match-wise it’ll hopefully be a lot of fun but the Bullet Club act plus the Kingdom just isn’t for me.

Prediction: A.J. Styles & The Young Bucks

Warren Taylor: Taven and Bennett will do what they do best in this match, act like jackasses and get superkicked back to the Stone Age.

Prediction: A.J. Styles & The Young Bucks

Aaron Bentley: Anything with The Kingdom is going to take my interest down several notches. However, Styles and the Bucks are two of the best things going, so you know there are going to be fun parts to this match. Overall, I expect it to be slow to start with some fun spots in the middle and way too long for me to continue caring.

Prediction: A.J. Styles & The Young Bucks

Rob McCarron: The Kingdom are gross. Thank God that Adam Cole is back to save the day. AJ and the Bucks work so well together, and Cole won me over more than most independent wrestlers ever have. I’d be excited to see this one live, as I feel it is the type of match that works twice as well in person than on video.

Prediction: A.J. Styles & The Young Bucks