On the go-home show leading to Best in the World on pay-per-view, Ring of Honor television from Toronto features ROH all-stars vs. Bullet Club in an eight-man tag team match. Elsewhere, Tomohiro Ishii circles his prey and Steve Corino threatens BJ Whitmer. Also on the show, Dalton Castle shines ahead of him challenging Bobby Fish for the TV title at the PPV.
Dalton Castle (with the Boys) beat Gedo
They did some comedy early on in the match. At one point at ringside the Boys began fanning Gedo, angering Dalton. He charged out after him. It was all a ploy as in getting the babyface to chase the heel around the ring. As Gedo slid into the ring, he cut off Dalton in one of the oldest tricks in the book.
Castle fired up moments later though Gedo countered the bang-a-rang. Gaining revenge for being dupped earlier in the match, the Boys smacked Gedo with punches and he fed into Dalton for the finish. After a bang-a-rang, Dalton covered him for the pinfall.
In a backstage promo, Adam Cole promised he would not get involved in the main event at Best in the World. He also promised to be the next ROH world champion.
Tomohiro Ishii beat Will Ferrara
Far from a squash match, the story was still the bout was a mismatch. Ferrara got a lot of offense and even got a nearfall on a small package. Even though Ferrara would knock him down, the “Stone Pitbull” would rise again to pummel his smaller prey. Ishii would hoist him up to deliver a vertical drop brainbuster for the pin.
Afterwards, Ishii was at ringside ranting at announcer Kevin Kelly in Japanese. As Ishii stormed off, Kevin said, “There you have it.”
In an in-ring promo, Steve Corino cut a go-home promo vowing to rid ROH of BJ Whitmer at Best in the World. Corino talked about all the evil things he’d done throughout his career. “I am what I am,” he kept saying. He tried to change his ways, fell in love and got married. That was all a fairytale he said. He is what he is. Corino said he was an evil man. He called Whitmer “trash” and mentioned all the evil things Whitmer did. He then said after the Fight Without Honor at BITW, Whitmer would no longer be in ROH as Corino will “take out the trash.”
Jay Lethal & Roderick Strong & the Briscoes beat Bullet Club (Matt Jackson & Kenny Omega & Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)
Kenny Omega subbed for Nick Jackson in the match. Despite being pre-taped, no mention of the substitute until just before the match began. A subplot of the match was Jay Briscoe teaming with Jay Lethal as they will meet in the world title main event at Best in the World. However, they hardly teased dissension in this match. Also notable was Roderick Strong in the match in what could be one of his last appearances on ROH TV before departing the company.
Lots of tags and lots of action in the eight-man tag match itself. Almost too much to call. In the most dramatic showdown of the match, Lethal squared off with Omega for a heated exchange. Everybody exchanged moves in rapid fire succession in the closing moments. Eventually, Jay Briscoe executed the Jay driller on Tanga Loa to score the deciding pinfall.
Closing out the show was a series of promos hyping Best in the World which airs tonight on PPV. Our Dave Meltzer will have coverage starting at 8 PM EST.
Next week on ROH TV is an entire episode devoted to the Women of Honor.