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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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SOTB!!!'s ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds '15 Preview

Once a year, for the past two years, NJPW and ROH have teamed up for an incredible showcase of each promotion's talent. Now I know that ROH is typically Nathan's turf, but I wanted to step up to give a bit of a preview to the upcoming War of the Worlds '15 PPV. I'm Speed on the Beat, and this isn't WIRTB Review.

Our event card looks something like this, per Wiki:

Night 1
1Delirious vs. GedoSingles match
2Kushida vs. Roderick StrongSingles match
3Jay Lethal (with Truth Martini) vs. Takaaki WatanabeSingles match
4The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) vs. The Kingdom (Matt Taven and Michael Bennett) (with Maria Kanellis) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)Three-way tag team match
5Michael Elgin vs. Tetsuya NaitoSingles match
6Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jushin Thunder Liger vs. reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)Tag team match
7A.J. Styles vs. TBASingles match
8The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) vs. Chaos (Kazuchika Okada and Shinsuke Nakamura)Tag team match
Night 2
1Adam Page vs. Takaaki WatanabeSingles match
2Kushida vs. Michael ElginSingles match
3Kyle O'Reilly vs. Tetsuya NaitoSingles match
4Jay Lethal (with Truth Martini) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Mark Briscoe vs. Shinsuke NakamuraFour-way match
5Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Roderick StrongSingles match
6The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) vs. Chaos (Gedo and Kazuchika Okada)Tag team match
7Jay Briscoe (c) vs. Bobby FishSingles match for the ROH World Championship
8Bullet Club (A.J. StylesMatt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. The Kingdom (Adam ColeMatt Taven and Michael Bennett) (with Maria Kanellis)Six-man tag team match
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Essentially, while there are few overarching storylines, there don't need to be many. The lineup sells itself, as you have two types of matches. First, you have matches where you see guys such as Jay Lethal going up against (for at least the second time this year) Jushin Liger. In other words, you see the new talent getting to rub elbows (and potentially throw elbows) with some of the most legendary wrestlers. Secondly, you have the overarching feud between The Kingdom and Bullet Club, one which has also managed to ensnare The Addiction. This is the type of feud that, for instance, The Invasion angle wishes it could be.

But, that's another post for another time.

Until next time.


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