ROH/NJPW War Of The Worlds 2016: Night 3
Terminal 5 – New York City, New York.
Bell Time – 7:00 PM

So this card has undergone some pretty significant changes in the last day or two. Part of that had to do with injuries (Specifically Nick Jackson, and possibly Rocky Romero), but Bullet Club, with the additions of Adam Cole & Adam Page, also played a big role in this card being reshuffled. In the end, however, I think the changes may work out for the better.

I should also note, before I begin the preview, that I will be attending this show live! If you’re going to be at the show, I’ll be wearing the new ACH/Dragon Ball Z T-Shirt (I’ll stand out like a sore thumb), so look for me and say hello! I will also be tweeting out pictures and results as the show happens, so if you want updates on the show, follow me on Twitter @SASedor2994. I’ll be front row on the stage for those of you looking out for me on the VOD, whenever it comes out.

Triple Threat Tag Team Match – Bullet Club (Adam Cole & Matt Jackson) vs. Chaos (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii) vs. ROH World Champion Jay Lethal & Roderick Strong

The originally scheduled main event was going to be a Six-Man Tag with Lethal, Strong, & Jay Briscoe teaming up against Tanahashi, Okada, & Ishii. Now even though I’m a tad disappointed that we won’t get to see Tanahashi & Okada on the same team (in what would have been a very huge and unique moment), I think this match is actually much more interesting. Before all the changes occurred, I had a sneaking suspicion that this was actually going to turn into a Three-Way Trios Match with Bullet Club team added in, as The Young Bucks had no announced match for this show, and with Adam Cole being revealed to be the newest member of Bullet Club at Global Wars. I’m not saying that was definitely the plan, but it made a lot sense (as least, to me it did). Of course, with Nick Jackson evidently out with a broken rib, that’s forced a change. At the end of the day, I think this Triple Threat Tag Team Match might have been the best option all along. A three-way trios match would have been fun, but I think there would have been just too many people in that match for it to be really great. With the number of participants reduced, this has the potential to be a lot more exciting, and it’s honestly a lot more unpredictable. I expect it to be pretty wild, and in the end, I think Bullet Club comes out on top with the win here (probably over someone from Team ROH). Prediction: Bullet Club

ACH vs. IWGP Heavyweight Champion Tetsuya Naito

Now this is one match that I’m really looking forward to seeing. ACH is just a fun guy to watch in the ring, and seeing his jovial personality clash with someone like Naito is going to be a real joy to see. From an in-ring standpoint, this has the potential to be one of the best matches on the show. Even if it’s not an amazing match, it will be, at bare minimum, an entertaining match. Of course, being that he’s the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, I fully expect Naito to pick up the win. Prediction: Tetsuya Naito

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Matt Sydal

Now this is arguably the most amazing addition to the show after the card was reshuffled. After facing off against Okada in Toronto, Matt Sydal is now facing one of the other top stars of New Japan in the form of Tanahashi. Much like ACH/Naito, this has potential to be, at the very least, a fun match, but at the very most, an incredible encounter. Sydal, as I’ve mentioned previously, has really become an amazing performer since he’s left WWE, and seeing him square off Tanahashi will be an incredible sight to behold. While Sydal is practically a regular in New Japan now, you really aren’t going to see a singles match like this on a regular New Japan show, so this is definitely a dream matchup of sorts. Again, I don’t think the winner here is in question, but watch out for this one. I think it could end up being one of the best matches on this show. Prediction: Hiroshi Tanahashi

ROH World Tag Team Titles – The Addiction vs. War Machine

For those of you who may have been living under a rock in the last week, The Addiction captured the ROH World Tag Team Titles from War Machine in an unscheduled match at War Of The Worlds ’16: Night 1 in Dearborn, Michigan this past Monday Night. Out of all of the booking decisions made surrounding ROH in the last week, this one is arguably the most egregious, especially after Christopher Daniels was pinned, clean, by Cheeseburger at the Global Wars PPV in Chicago. With that said, they are the new ROH World Tag Team Champions, and they’re defending their titles against the former champions, War Machine. I’m sure this match will be good, but the fact that this whole thing unfolded the way it did still bothers me. Since the title match for the next PPV, Best In The World ’16, was already set at the TV Tapings in Toronto on Wednesday, I fully expect The Addiction to retain their titles. I mean, War Machine could win the titles back, but that would just bring into question why they did the title change in the first place. Prediction: The Addiction

Four-Corner Survival – Lio Rush vs. Moose (with Stokely Hathaway) vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin vs. Dalton Castle

Even though this match had a lot of ROH regulars, I think this has the potential to be really good. I like all four guys in this match (to varying degrees), and I think this could be crazy and a ton of fun. Even with all of the big New Japan names on the show, this match in particular stood out to me as soon as the card was originally announced, and I’m actually glad it wasn’t changed. As for the winner, Castle has a shot, since he’s getting a future ROH World TV Title shot, but I’m going with Michael Elgin here. Prediction: “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin

The Briscoes & Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs. Bullet Club (“The Hangman” Adam Page & The Guerrillas of Destiny)

Good news! Liger appears to be okay after being dropped on his head by The Addiction at Global Wars. This is another match that I think was a positive result of the card changes. Seeing The Briscoes teaming up with Liger is going to be a real treat, and this match could be a lot of fun, as long as Tanga Loa doesn’t suck too bad (but I don’t think that’s likely, as he’s not that good). I actually think The Briscoes & Liger will win this match, and with the news that The Briscoes apparently made it known on Wednesday in Toronto that they want an IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match, I wouldn’t be shocked if either Tama Tonga or Tanga Loa get pinned here. Prediction: The Briscoes & Jushin “Thunder” Liger

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA vs. Silas Young

I’m actually really happy that Silas Young is getting an opportunity here against a New Japan regular. I don’t expect this to be the best match on the show, but I think this could be a very solid undercard match. KUSHIDA always puts on a good match, no matter who he’s up against, and I think Silas Young will step up in this shot. As I’ve said in other previews this week, if there’s any New Japan guy who can lose, it’s KUSHIDA, but unless Young is being considered for a New Japan Tour in the future, I don’t think it’s that likely here. Prediction: KUSHIDA

CHAOS (Trent Beretta & Gedo with Rocky Romero) vs. The Motor City Machine Guns

So I guess Rocky Romero is injured? That has to be the case, right? Otherwise, him being removed from this match doesn’t make a lot of sense. I’m actually very intrigued to see how the Beretta & Gedo work here as a team. They do team very regularly in New Japan in multi-man tags, but I don’t think they’ve ever been partners in a straight two-on-two tag team match. This should be a pretty entertaining contest. Even though I think it’s pretty obvious that Sabin & Shelley are winning (and even more obvious that Gedo will be taking the pin), this should still be a fun undercard match. Prediction: The Motor City Machine Guns

Cedric Alexander (with Veda Scott) vs. Donovan Dijak (with Prince Nana)

Here we have the lone match on the card that doesn’t have at least one wrestler with ties to New Japan. Alexander noted on Twitter that this will be his final ROH appearance, which is pretty disappointing, as he’s someone who could have done much better things in ROH, and was on his way to becoming a top star until booking and a general de-push slowed his momentum. Since Cedric is on his way out, I think Dijak is the obvious winner here, but on the flip side, I think Alexander will want to go out with a bang, and will try really hard to have a great match here with Dijak. Prediction: Donovan Dijak

reDRagon vs. The All-Night Express

Out of all the changes to the card, this might be the most important change. Why, you ask? On the original card, ANX was scheduled to face The Guerrillas of Destiny. Yes, you read that right. Kenny King & Rhett Titus vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa, two heel teams, was a match originally scheduled for this show. Could you imagine how bad/boring that match would have been?! I know some might see this as a waste of reDRagon, but keep it mind, we could have gotten one of the most uninteresting matches on this entire tour instead, so be thankful for that. As for the winner, reDRagon takes this. There’s no reason for ANX to win this match. Prediction: reDRagon