ROH/NJPW Honor Rising 2017: Day 1
By Big Red Machine
From February 26, 2017
KUSHIDA, JUICE ROBINSON, & DAVID FINLAY JR. vs. SILAS YOUNG, JADO, & GEDO - 4.75/10
NEVER OPENWEIGHT SIX-MAN TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH:
Los Ingobernables de Japon(c) vs. Delirious, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, & Tiger Mask IV - 4.25/10
BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, & the Guerrillas of Destiny) vs. CHAOS (Will Ospreay, Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, & Kazuchika Okada) - 6.75/10
WAR MACHINE vs. THE YOUNG BUCKS - 7.25/10
Seeing the Bucks be the heels against much larger opponents will never not be weird. War Machine pick up a win which could have been used to set them up for the ROH World Tag Team Title shot at the 15th Anniversary Show, but instead we're getting Young Bucks defending against Roppongi Vice with absolutely no build in a match that is also a street fight for absolutely no reason.
HIROSHI TANAHASHI, RYUSUKE TAGUCHI, & DALTON CASTLE vs. PUNISHMENT MARTINEZ & LOS INGOBERNABLES DE JAPON (Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito) - 6.5/10
Tanahashi and Taguchi are dressed up like Dalton's Boys. The match was fine.
JAY LETHAL & KATSYORI SHIBATA vs. BULLET CLUB (Adam Page & Cody Rhodes) - 7.5/10
Cody and Shibata had a bit of a brawl afterwards.
THE BRISCOES vs. BULLET CLUB (Adam Cole & Kenny Omega) - 9/10
Well... that certainly exceeded my already high expectations. This was one hell of an amazing match with an outstanding last few minutes and lots of great twists and turns.
A GREAT show from ROH and New Japan. Great action once you get past the usual New Japan-style opening dregs, and an excellent main event.