Ring Of Honor & New Japan Pro Wrestling
War Of The Worlds 2017: Toronto
May 7th, 2017
Ted Reeve Arena – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Bell Time – 7:00 PM EST

This first event of the tour will be a VOD live event, and ROH (hopefully) will be able to make the show available on their website in quick fashion. Unfortunately, their track record says otherwise, but we’ll see.

Hiroshi Tanahashi & The Addiction vs. The Elite (Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks)

For the second year in a row, Kenny Omega is only working the Toronto leg of the War Of The Worlds Tour, but he’s certainly involved in a big match, as The Elite are coming together in ROH as part of their larger “world tour” (they recently had a series of trios matches in the UK & Ireland). I expect the Toronto crowd to be really behind The Elite in this one. Here, they’re taking on Hiroshi Tanahashi & The Addiction in what could be the best match of the night. Of course, The Addiction & The Young Bucks know each other extremely well, so I would expect to see a lot of fun things when those two teams mix it up. As for Omega & Tanahashi, they had a history, but it’s been awhile since they’ve faced off. I’m not sure if this will be as wild as some of the matches The Elite had in the UK & Ireland, but the fans in Toronto are certainly in for a treat regardless. Prediction: The Elite

Jay Lethal vs. KUSHIDA

These two actually met in the first War Of The Worlds event in 2014, back when Jay Lethal was only a month and change into (what would end up being) his record-setting reign as ROH World TV Champion. That match was really good, but this rematch could be even better. KUSHIDA always delivers whenever he shows up in ROH, while Lethal always performs in big singles matches on major shows. Aside from the main event, this has a strong chance of being one of the best matches of the night. Since Lethal will be challenging for the ROH World Title in New York City (along with Cody, as it’s a triple threat match), I would imagine Lethal gets the win here, but it wouldn’t shock me if KUSHIDA managed to score the victory. Prediction: Jay Lethal

Cody vs. Will Ospreay

Now this is a very interesting singles encounter, not with regards to the winner, because that one is obvious (especially since Cody’s challenging for the ROH World Title in New York City), but pertaining to how the match itself will turn out. With Will Ospreay involved, it has the potential to be great, but at the same time, Cody really has yet to produce that standout singles match. I can’t imagine this not being good, so the big question is how good will it end up being. If Cody works hard, I think it legitimately has the chance to be his best match since leaving WWE, but whether that ends up happening remains to be seen. Prediction: Cody

The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Vinny Marseglia) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Natio & BUSHI)

This tag team encounter involves a number of title contenders. Matt Taven is challenging Christopher Daniels for the ROH World Title in Dearborn, while Tetusya Naito & BUSHI will be challenging The Young Bucks for the ROH World Tag Team Titles in New York City. As far as this match is concerned, it certainly has the potential to be good. As I’ve said many times since their re-debut, The Kingdom have always been good, but they’ve never been able to produce matches beyond that level. They haven’t done much since TK O’Ryan got hurt, but this could end up being their best outing yet, since they’re going up against one of the best in the world in the form of Tetsuya Naito. Since Vinny Marseglia is the odd man out (in that he’s the only one out of the four that isn’t challenging for a title on this tour), I would imagine that he’s going to be eating the pin here. Prediction: Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI

NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto vs. Shane Taylor

In some alternate universe, Keith Lee would be the guy stepping up to face Goto here in a big singles match. Alas, that’s not the case, as Keith Lee is now in EVOLVE. Instead, his former tag team partner Shane Taylor is getting the opportunity to face Goto. I’m not sure why the NEVER Openweight Title isn’t on the line here. The negative is that the outcome would be so much more obvious, but I don’t think anyone is giving Shane Taylor much of a chance here, so why not? While the result isn’t really in question, but it’ll be very interesting to see how the match itself turns out. We had no idea what to expect when Punishment Martinez faced Goto back in February, but when the dust settled, it ended up being a lot better than people were expecting. This match with Shane Taylor has the potential to play out in a similar way (Taylor is a unique opponent for Goto), but we won’t find out until it happens. Prediction: Hirooki Goto

Triple Threat Tag Team Match – The Briscoes vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL & SANADA) vs. Silas Young & The Beer City Bruiser

It’s fair to say that, out of the two triple threat matches on the card, this one is way more interesting. It has the potential to be really good. The Briscoes are always awesome, and as they proved in the World Tag League last year, EVIL & SANADA are a very strong tag team in their own right. That being said, don’t overlook Silas Young & The Beer City Bruiser. Over the last few years, they’ve proven to be a very solid team that can really excel when a match breaks down into a brawl, and that’s probably what will happen towards the end of this one. Since they’re part of the trio that’ll be challenging The Briscoes & Bully Ray for the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Titles in Dearborn, I could easily see LIJ scoring the win here. Keep an eye on this match, but it could end up being one of the best on this show. Prediction: EVIL & SANADA

Dalton Castle & The Boys vs. CHAOS (Roppongi Vice & Gedo)

Here we’re getting a rare in-ring appearing by The Boys, as they team up with Dalton Castle to take on the CHAOS contingent of Rocky Romero, Trent Beretta, and Gedo. This has the potential to be incredibly entertaining. I’m sure we’ll see plenty of comedy, but the match itself should be pretty solid as well. Roppongi Vice never fails to disappoint when they show up in ROH, and Dalton Castle is always good. It should be fun to see how The Boys do in this one. It’s easy to forget that those two are very capable wrestlers, and going up against the current IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions is a big opportunity for them. The winner is a tossup. I could easily see Gedo getting pinned by Castle, but whenever The Boys are in a match, they never win. The safe bet is probably CHAOS, but it would shock me if Castle & The Boys sneak away with a win. Prediction: Roppongi Vice & Gedo

Triple Threat Match – “The Hangman” Adam Page vs. Bully Ray vs. Punishment Martinez

So this is an incredibly random match. To be completely honest, Adam Page vs. Punishment Martinez would’ve been more appealing, but since both are heels, I suppose a babyface was needed? I’m not sure how this one will play out. If Page & Martinez bust out some of their dives, it could be entertaining, but I could easily see this being the worst match on the show. Even though Bully Ray doesn’t need to win, he probably will. Prediction: Bully Ray

The Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Rebellion (Caprice Coleman & Rhett Titus)

Kenny King is absent on this entire tour, as he’s currently taking part in filming for the next season of The Bachelorette. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley, along with allies such as Jay White, Jonathan Gresham, Donovan Dijak, & Lio Rush (the latter two left ROH in the last few months) have been feuding with The Rebellion since the end of the last year. With the aforementioned absence of Kenny King, Caprice Coleman & Rhett Titus are representing The Rebellion here. That pairing doesn’t sound that enticing, but given that facing The Motor City Machine Guns, I’m sure this will be a fine undercard tag team affair. I don’t think the winner matters too much in this one, but I’ll go with Sabin & Shelley to take the win. Prediction: The Motor City Machine Guns