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War of the Worlds Philadelphia Preview

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ring of Honor Wrestling returns to Philadelphia, Pa. on May 14th. The show will be a TV taping from the historic ECW Arena – which is now named the 2300 Arena.

This show, “War of the Worlds Tour,” will feature ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling stars. This is the fourth straight year that the promotions have put on this series of events.

Bully Ray (Photo by Ring of Honor)

Bully Ray (Photo by Ring of Honor)

The event will start at 6 pm EST. This event is their fourth between the two promotions. The first is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Dearborn, Michigan; New York City and then Philadelphia.

The ROH World Television Championship is expected to be on the line if “The Villain” Marty Scurll retains his belt leading up to this event. Should he retain his belt, he’ll face Kushida with the strap on the line.

“The American Nightmare” Cody is slated to face “The Heavy Metal Rebel” Frankie Kazarian. “The Product” David Starr is also slated to face Josh “The Goods” Woods, the winner of the 2017 Top Prospect Tournament.

There will also be an eight-man tag team match. Los Ingobernables de Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Naito, Evil, Sanada and Bushi) will face off against the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Bully Ray & The Briscoes (Mark & Jay Briscoe). Dalton Castle will also be their partner.

There will also be other wrestlers in the house that are also slated to appear. This list includes ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels, The Young Bucks – The ROH World Tag Team Champions, Will Ospreay, Jay Lethal, New Japan’s Hirooki Goto, New Japan’s Hiroshi Tanahashi, New Japan’s Gedo and more.

This is Ring of Honor’s first event at this facility since Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. In the Decade of Excellence Tournament Quarterfinal, Daniels defeated Mark Briscoe to officially kick off the show.

Lio Rush also defeated Caprice Coleman. In a six-man tag team match, Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly and Castle defeated The Bullet Club (Adam Cole & The Young Bucks).

In the second Decade of Excellence Tournament Quarterfinal, Jay Briscoe defeated BJ Whitmer. Then, in tag team action, Beer City Bruiser and Silas Young defeated Alex Reynolds and John Silver.

In another six-man tag team match, The Kingdom (Vinny Marseglia, TK O’Ryan and Matt Taven) defeated Will Ferrara, Cheeseburger and Joey Daddiego.

Chris Sabin defeated Colt Cabana in the third Decade of Excellence Tournament Quarterfinal match. Rush — who was featured earlier in single’s action — returned with Jay White and Donovan Dijak to get the win over The Rebellion (Kenny King, Coleman and Rhett Titus).

Cody Rhodes also defeated Steve Corino. The final Decade of Excellence Tournament Quarterfinal match featured Lethal getting the win over Jushin Thunder Liger.

The main event featured Taeler Hendrix getting the win in a No Disqualification Match over Mandy León.

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