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This Friday, June 24, 2016 on PPV
Mark Briscoe vs. Roderick Strong- It’s been well publicized that Roddy is done with ROH after this show. That just leaves us to wonder if he will go out after a win, or a loss. If I know Roddy, I suspect he puts Mark over here, and I believe he should. For too long Mark hasn’t been taken very serious, even though he is an extremely good wrestler. I look for Roddy to work hard to prove that Mark is legit, and should be taken as serious as anyone on the ROH roster. As such, this will be a terrific match.
Moose & War Machine vs. Bullet Club (Adam Cole, Young Bucks)- War Machine seems to be on a slide as of late. Having lost the tag titles to The Addiction, and having failed to get them back, they most recently lost a tag team tournament to Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser! There are strong rumors that Moose is headed to NXT. So I am left thinking that these three may not get as well as the might Bullet Club always does. Cole’s trajectory is increased dramatically since joining with The Bullet Club, and The Young Bucks are coming off a big win where they captured The IWGP Junior tag titles for the fifth time! I see momentum on the side of The BC guys, and while the match will be as fun as hell, Cole and The Bucks pull off the win.
Donovan Dijak (w/ Prince Nana) vs. Lio Rush- If you saw Rush vs Punisher Martinez during the Top Prospect Tournament, you know that you cannot count out the much smaller Rush here. While the size difference will be almost unbelievable, Rush is known for taking big men down. As much as I like, and respect Punisher, Dijak is just a little bit different. He’s been on a tear on the indy scene, proving that he is to be taken very seriously. He also left the hottest stable in ROH, and isn’t the least bit intimidated by “The House of Truth,” including ROH World champion, Jay Lethal. I look for Rush to be an amazing as ever, but just come up a little “short” against the rising tide of Donavan Dijak.
Kyle O'Reilly vs. Kamaitachi- Kyle O’Reilly is so far past the point of deserving the ROH World title that it’s kind of ridiculous. His team with ROH TV champion, Bobby Fish, reDRagon, is one of the greatest teams in all of professional wrestling, and in NJPW he has defeated some of the best names on that roster. Here he faces one of NJPW’s hottest stars in Kamaitachi, and it will be a great back and forth match that may steal the show, however this is Kyle’s house, and he’s not going to allow himself to lose this one. Kyle will move on with a win to face the winner of the main event for the ROH World title.
In a “fight without honor” it’s BJ Whitmer vs. Steve Corino…I don’t even know what to say about this other than it should be freaking brutal. This has to be the most drawn out, slowly built, match that I can remember for quite some time. Then again, it’s not going to be a “match,” it’s going to be two guys beating on each other with pure hatred. I suspect Corino wins it, because he pretty much has to. This is going to be “different’ but still should be very entertaining.
ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Addiction (c) vs. Motor City Machine Guns
It’s odd to me, though not bad, that two teams that many thought were washed up are facing off for the world titles here. The Addiction get some heat from ROH fans and I’ll never understand why. Kaz and Daniels are two of the greatest pure workers in the world. They gel well as a team, and are extremely entertaining. The MCMG once owned TNA at a time when TNA was very, very good, and had an amazing roster of top stars. They not seemed to have lost a step in any way. This match should be seen as a dream match, but I’m annoyed that many fans are ho-humming it. I guess that shows you how good ROH wrestling is, but I suspect the MCMG pull of the victory and become the new champs.
ROH WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Bobby Fish (c) vs. Dalton Castle (w/ The Boys)
Most know that I am not a Dalton Castle fan. That doesn’t mean that I think he’s a bad wrestler, it’s just that his “gimmick” is so far over the top that I struggle to take him seriously no matter how talented he is. He also doesn’t fit ROH’s mold, and I know that’s why so many love him, and that’s fine, I’ve learned to accept him at this point…for the most part. That said though, I see this match being incredible. I look for Castle to wrestle better than he ever has in his life, mostly because he’s in there with Bobby Fish, one of the best pure “wrestlers” in the business. I think the fans will be on their feet for most of this match, and like O’Reilly, I see Fish possibly stealing the show here with Castle. After numerous near falls, Fish will win a mind blowing match.
ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jay Lethal (c) (w/ Taeler Hendrix) vs. Jay Briscoe
What an amazing year for the ROH World champion Jay Lethal. He’s held the ROH title for over a year now, and defeated every single challenge placed in front of him. If there is a modern day Ric Flair, at least in regard to how he’s being booked, it’s Jay Lethal. Jay Briscoe however is the ROH darling, the man who has lived ROH wrestling for his entire career. However, Jay is also incredible in the ring. He has it all, the looks, the skill, and the charisma. If there are two guys that should be representing everything ROH has to offer it’s the two Jay’s in this match. These men will prove why they are the main event of the show, and while predicting a winner is very difficult, I believe Lethal retains to keep his unbelievable streak going, and his next challenger may be the man to finally stop him, that man being Kyle O’Reilly.
A thrown together team of Captain New Japan, Yoshitatsu, and Makabe will do their best, but The Bullet Club should win this one. We really need to see Page shine here, since he is new to BC and Japan.
Team Chaos vs Los Ingobernables de Japan should be a barn burner. Ishii having just lost the ROH TV title to Bobby Fish will be angry, but I look for Sanada and Bushi to do any and everything they can to win here, and get the job done when Sanada pins Hashi
No title in all of wrestling gets swapped around like the IWGP Junior tag titles do. Many fans complain about this, but I see it as proof that there is no greater competition in all of wrestling than there is in the NJPW Junior division. I'd like to see the Young Bucks get the belts again to keep the swapping alive!
The IWGP tag division really needs freshened up, and bringing in The Brisco Brothers to do that is a smart move. In fact, bringing in a few ROH teams would be a very smart move. However, I feel the G.O.D. need to be pushed harder, and further, and why not keep Bullet Club on top? Should be an amazing match!
This has been a very enjoyable feud between two amazing wrestlers. I want to see this continue, and to do that I feel that you've got to give Evil the win again. You need to make Evil the thorn in Goto's side, the "bad guy" that keeps cheating to win, and have Goto chase him around to prove he is the better man. I suspect Goto wins here, and if so, I don't see how you continue this feud.
Nagata got the upset win for the title a little while back, and has had a nice little run. Kyle O'Reilly recently said that he wanted to move up into the heavyweight division, so if for no other reason, I'd put the title back on Shibata so he could be challenged by O'Reilly for the title. Both of these guys will kill each other, as usual, and make for one of the best matches on the card!
I don't remember the last time I saw a wrestler pushed like Ospreay has been pushed since signing with NJPW. He won The Best of the Super Juniors tournament, the youngest winner ever, and now earned this shot against one of the best wrestlers in the world today in KUSHIDA. I really suspect Ospreay win the title, and continues in his amazing push in NJPW. No matter who wins though, this is a dram match up.
An amazing opportunity for Elgin, who has gotten himself pretty over in NJPW. Omega, the new leader of not only Bullet Club, but "The Elite" of them all consisting of himself, and The Young Bucks, has been the talk of the wrestling world since kicking AJ Styles out, and winning the IC title. This is the first ever ladder match in NJPW, and seems more suited for Omega's style, but if Elgin can hit Omega with a power move, and get him out of the way, he can win the match without pinning or submitting Omega. Something to think about here...
Naito has been on fire since bringing out the Los Ingobernables de Japan faction, going so far as to defeat the Rainmaker Okada for the precious IWGP championship. Okada is "the man" in Japan, but no way do I see Naito dropping the title in Okada's first rematch for it. The match up will be an edge of your seat battle though and both men represnt NJPW as well as any men could.