This coming weekend sees Ring of Honor return to the UK with its War of the Worlds UK tour, hot off the back of its 2016 tour which took the country by storm. This time round the promotion are heading to London (August 18th), Liverpool (August 19th) and finishing up in Edinburgh (August 20th) and will be bringing along not only ROH talent but NJPW and CMLL talent.
With so many great performers due to take place across the three days I could recommend so many matches to watch, but looking through the card in advance of the shows I have whittled down five must see matches which I genuinely do not think you can miss:
Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA) Vs Bullet Club (“The American Nightmare” Cody, The Young Buck, “The Villain” Marty Scurll & Adam Page)
I am not usually a huge fan of big multi-person tag matches but how can you not be pumped for this match featuring some of the best talent in the World right now. It features the winner of this years G1 tournament, the current ROH World Champion and the ROH Tag Team Champions so its fair to say this is a pretty stacked line up. The intimate venue of York Hall will be perfect for this style of match and you can expect the crowd to be red hot from the opening music right to the end bell. There will undoubtably be plenty of comedy spots, high spots and hard hitting stuff which will provide entertainment for any kind of wrestling fan and will be a great main event to end the first night of the tour in the capital city, London.
ROH World Championship
“The American Nightmare” Cody (c) Vs SANADA
For me SANADA is often overlooked but is a great member of LIJ and has recently really come into his own in the singles division. Its very easy to hide in those big tag team matches which he has been a part of in New Japan for a number of months but its the singles matches which he really gets to shine and prove that he is a star in the making. A Title shot against Cody is exactly the kind of platform he deserves and I expect this match to be a great showcase match for both men. Cody just continues to improve from match to match and is always interesting to see a first time meeting which takes place on the Liverpool stop of the tour.
Hiromu Takahashi Vs Mark Haskins
These two last met back in November 2013 and Mark Haskins scored the victory under the RevPro banner. Fast forward four years and these two men are very different to what they were back then. Takahashi has won the NJPW Jr Heavyweight Title, Haskins the PROGRESS World Title and now both men will be looking to get the upper hand over each other. These two men are expected to get huge reactions from the Edinburgh crowd with both being huge fan favourites and the main question will be just who has progressed the most since their initial meeting four years ago?
Mark Briscoe Vs Ryan Smile
Its always a joy to watch Brit Ryan Smile and this match with Mark Briscoe should be no different. Briscoe is known for his brawling style in Tag Team matches with his brother, but he will be alone with one of Britain’s top high flyers on the London stop of the tour. Smile has been a pivotal part of the Brit boom and if you haven’t checked out any of his past matches then I strongly recommend you do. This matches poses an interesting clash of styles but as we got to see in the last ROH tour, the Briscoe Brothers can fly and so expect lots of big spots in this match which should be a barn burner from the get go.
ROH World Television Championship
Kushida (c) Vs Hiromu Takahashi Vs “The Villain” Marty Scurll Vs Dalton Castle
Well arguably four of the very best talents on the tour all sharing the ring in Liverpool can only end in greatness right? I am hugely disappointed that this one won’t be taking place in London for selfish purposes alone and think that this match could be the show stealer over the weekend. Kushida has a hell of an uphill task ahead of him to reclaim the Title against three incredible opponents and the crowd will certainly be hoping for Brit Marty Scurll reclaim the Title he won during the last ROH UK tour. Dalton Castle will be looking to add the TV Title to his Six Man Tag Title he currently holds with the Boys and Takahashi will be hoping to win his first ever ROH Title in Liverpool.