The War Of The Worlds 2016 Tour continues tonight with a set of big TV Tapings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada!
ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds 2016: Night 2
Ted Reeve Arena
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bell Time – 7:00 PM
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal (with Taeler Hendrix) vs. Donovan Dijak (with Prince Nana)
Being billed as the “Main Event”, this is a match that started during the TV Tapings in Las Vegas back in February, where Donovan Dijak returned from his excursion in Europe (with Prince Nana by his side) and put Truth Martini in the hospital. In theory, this feud makes sense, since Dijak got kicked out of The House of Truth, but the execution has been strange. The way this feud has been portrayed thus far (at least, on television), seemingly makes Dijak & Nana out to be the heels, and Lethal as a babyface. They did do some build to this match recently at a live event in Rhode Island (where Dijak took out Lethal and posed with the ROH World Title), but other than that, this feud has been seemingly ignored, especially after Colt Cabana return. Now with Jay Lethal becoming a target of The Bullet Club, this feud seems like even more of an afterthought. Despite all of that, I’m actually very intrigued by the match itself. It’s easily Dijak’s biggest match in ROH to date, and he’s got a real chance to show what he can do here. Since this is a non-title match, I fully expect Dijak to get the win here over Lethal (thus setting up a future World Title match), but I wouldn’t be shocked if The Bullet Club becomes involved somehow Winner: Donovan Dijak
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA vs. Kyle O’Reilly
I firmly believe that this show in Toronto has some of the best matches on this entire tour. Here we have Exhibit A. This is actually the third singles encounter between these two. Of course, their first match was the incredible Finals of the Best Of The Super Juniors Tournament last year, which was won by KUSHIDA, and was a legitimate Match of the Year Contender. Their second encounter actually took place in Revolution Pro Wrestling at Uprising 2015 last October, which was one of RPW’s two joint shows with New Japan in the UK. O’Reilly won that encounter, which means this is the rubber match. What makes this match even more interesting is that they’re actually having a fourth match on the opening night of this year’s Best Of The Super Juniors Tournament in Korakuen Hall. The bottom line is that the fans in Toronto are in for a treat. This match should be nothing short of fantastic. As far as the winner goes, I think who you think is going to win here depends on who you think is winning their match during the Best Of The Super Juniors Tournament. Personally, I’m going to go with O’Reilly to win this one. Prediction: Kyle O’Reilly
Kazuchika Okada vs. Matt Sydal
Here we have Exhibit B of Toronto having some of the best matches of this entire tour. This is a certifiable dream match, without question. Since he really got settled back into the independent scene following his release from WWE, Matt Sydal has been on fire pretty much everywhere he’s been, becoming easily one of the most underrated wrestlers in the world. The guy is just so good right now. It’s insane. He’s taking on arguably one of the best wrestlers in the world in Okada. This will be another match that has the chance to be utterly fantastic. Even though the winner isn’t really in doubt, this should still be an incredible match. Prediction: Kazuchika Okada
IWGP Heavyweight Champion Tetsuya Naito vs. Moose (w/ Stokely Hathaway)
This isn’t the first time that these two have been in the ring together. They were on opposite ends of a tag team match at Honor Rising: Night 2, where Moose teamed with KUSHIDA, while Naito teamed with his Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemate BUSHI. My thoughts on this match are similar to Moose’s recent match with Tomohiro Ishii. It’s a very intriguing singles match that could be just be ok, but could also be really good. Hopefully it’s the latter. Again, we have another match where the winner really isn’t in question, but a solid performance here by Moose could got a long way. Prediction: Tetsuya Naito
NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Elite (Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, & Yoshi Tatsu
This match was just officially announced today. Now, the announcement article didn’t specify whether the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles would be on the line here, but I don’t see why not. These titles have been so much fun, going back & forth between a variety of different trios, and these two teams in particular have had some solid trios matches in New Japan. This one should be no different. I would have liked to see Kenny Omega in a singles match, but The Elite are such an entertaining trio, so I’m not that bothered by it. Regardless of whether the titles are on the line or not, I fully expect The Elite to win here (especially since this is Omega’s only match on the tour). Prediction: The Elite
Now the next three matches haven’t “officially” been announced by ROH, but were included in the announcement of the aforementioned Trios Match, so I’ll include them here as well.
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Will Ferrara
This match is arguably the most puzzling of the entire tour. Look, I have nothing against Will Ferrara. He’s a very solid wrestler, but it feels odd that he’s getting a match here against Tomohiro Ishii, when Ishii could be facing off against more interesting opponents. As far as the match goes, I’m sure Ferrara will get some shots in, but more than likely, he’ll just get tossed around like a rag doll. Prediction: Tomohiro Ishii
The All-Night Express vs. Jushin “Thunder” Liger & Cheeseburger
Of course, this match is still subject to change, given that Liger was dropped on his head by The Addiction at Global Wars. Liger was pulled from his scheduled match against Roderick Strong in Dearborn, Michigan on Monday, but still made an appearance, and did commentary for one of the matches on that card. Hopefully Liger is feeling better. If the match happens, I’m sure it’ll be similar to the match Liger & Cheeseburger had with The Addiction. The only difference is that this match actually has a bit of a story to it, since ANX cemented their heel turn by attacking Cheeseburger several weeks ago on ROH TV. Unlike the PPV, I’m hoping ANX wins this one. Prediction: The All-Night Express
The Bullet Club (The Guerrillas of Destiny & The Young Bucks) vs. ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, The Briscoes, & Roderick Strong
Now it’s not totally uncommon to see guys wrestle more than once on ROH TV Tapings. At the same time though, given all of the other names announced for this show, it don’t think Jay Lethal & The Young Bucks being in this match is necessary, when you’ve got new members of The Bullet Club in Adam Cole & Adam Page, as well as other talents announced for this card who could step into Lethal’s spot. If this match does happened as announced, I’m sure it’ll be a wild one, which will seem Team ROH lose when Lethal & The Briscoes can’t get along. Prediction: The Bullet Club
Also announced for this set of TV Tapings include Colt Cabana, The Motor City Machine Guns, Adam Page (who is now know as “The Hangman” of The Bullet Club), Roppongi Vice, Dalton Castle, ACH, Silas Young, Gedo, Cedric Alexander (with Veda Scott), Caprice Coleman, & BJ Whitmer, so I would expect a number of other matches to take place.