By Dave Meltzer, WrestlingObserver.com
Our live coverage of Ring of Honor’s Best In The World 2015 PPV will kick off Friday night at 9 PM EST, headlined by a title vs. title match. The event — coming out of New York City’s Terminal 5 — is available for $34.95 on traditional PPV, the Flipps app, and ROHWrestling.com.
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MARK BRISCOE VS. DONOVAN DIJAK
Mark Briscoe won with an elbow off the top rope. ODB was in Mark’s corner and really didn’t do much aside from tearing Truth Martini’s book, well the cover of the book. Dijak is big and athletic but still green. He worked over Mark’s back most of the way with a crazy move where Dijak heaved him over the top rope to the floor.
MATT SYDAL & ACH VS. B.J. WHITMER & ADAM PAGE
Page pinned Sydal with the Omori driver. Decent match, ACH did a Fosbury flop dive at the end. Two sets of heat by the heels, one on Sydal, the second on ACH. Sydal hot tagged in flipping over the top into a huracanrana. Sydal had Page pinned with a shooting star press but Colby Corino pulled Sydal out of the ring to set up the dive. At that point Page hit his finisher.
They announced Okada, Nakamura and Kushida on 8/21 in Philadelphia and 8/22 in Brooklyn after G1.
DALTON CASTLE VS. SILAS YOUNG
The finish saw Castle on the rop rope but Young shoved ref Todd Sinclair into the ropes. Castle lost his balance and was crotched. But Sinclair started yelling at Young. While they were arguing, Castle gave Yong a low blow and schoolboyed him. After the match, Young gave a spinning TKO to one of the boys. Crowd wasn’t that into this asde from funny chats like “Fan up.” Castle does some good suplexes and has a good act, but the TV match he had with Jushin Liger was tons better than this.
CAPRICE COLEMAN & CEDRIC ALEXANDER VS. RAY ROWE & HANSON
War Machine pinned Coleman with fallout in 3:00, which is Rowe using back suplex while Hanson came off the top rope with a legdrop and Hanson pinned Coleman. Alexander never tagged in. Alexander wanted to tag in right before the finish but Coleman wouldn’t tag him in. Alexander had a wrech in his hands. After the match Alexander told Coleman they were done as a team. Everyone though he was going to hit Coleman with the wrench, but he never did. He just walked out on him.
It feels like they are rushing through the prelims so maybe a long main event.
MOOSE VS. MICHAEL ELGIN VS. RODERICK STRONG FOR THE TOP CONTENDER
Strong was a one man wrecking crew here carrying the match. Crowd was more into him than anyone else so far. The finish saw Strong use a running sick kick on Moose and then pinned him with a gut buster. Best match so far, largely due to Stong. A lot of highlights including Strong giving both guys superplexes, Moose doing a run up the ropes and plancha onto both of them and Elgin doing a running flip dive. After the match, Veda Scott slapped Moose twice for losing and then shaking hands with Strong. Scott was throwng a fit. Cedric Alxander hit Moose after with the wrench and also knocked out Stokley Hathawy with the wrech. So Scott is now with Alexander.
Strong will challenge for the title on iPPV on 7/24 from Baltimore.
A.J. STYLES & YOUNG BUCKS VS. MICHAEL BENNETT & MATT TAVEN & ADAM COLE
Crowd went crazy when they showed the graphic for this match on the screen. Crowd loved the match. The finish saw Cole first take an elevated indie taker from the Bucks and then they handed Cole to Styles who finished him with the Styles clash. All kinds of crazy spots, not quite as wild as their match in Toronto but still great. They did a spot where both Bucks superkicked Maria at the same time Styles used a Pele kick on her. Cole came off the ropes with a Canadian Detoyer at one point. Tons of big moves and near falls.
CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & FRANKIE KAZARIAN VS. BOBBY FISH & KYLE O’REILLY FOR TAG TITLES
Daniels & Kazarian won with Celebrity Reab on Fish on a chair for the pin in a no DQ match. Lots of usages of chairs. They had a hard time following the prior match and sometimes between weapons shots it was quiet. All four worked real hard. Ther was a spot where Kazarian was backdropped off the stage and wiped out Daniels & Fish. O’Reilly was slammed onto a barricade on the floor supported by chairs. They used Chasing the Dragon on Daniels and had him pinned but Chris Sabin pulled the ref out of the ring after the count of two.
JAY BRISCOE VS. JAY LETHAL ROH TITLE VS. TV TITLE
Nigel McGuinness is at ringside announcing. They have time for a 40 minute main event. They ended up going 27:00 with Lethal winning clean with a Jay driller followed by the Lethal injection. Earlier in the match, Briscoe used a Jay driller off the apron and through a table while Briscoe kicked out of a first Lethal Injection. So this sets up Lethal vs. Strong on 7/24.
Really good match. Started slow but built and tremendous heat down the stretch. Both men shook hands when it was over. They showed both families at ringside. Nigel McGuinness kicked Truth Martini out after he distracted the ref, which allowed Lethal to a hit a low blow earlier in the match. It was put over as a clean win and fans were chanting “You deserve it” when he won.