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War of the Worlds Tour
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Promotional poster for the tour
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW)
Ring of Honor (ROH)
Date May 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2018
Venue Night 1:
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Night 2:
Ted Reeve Arena
Night 3:
Royal Oak Music Theatre
Night 4:
Odeum Expo Center
City Night 1:
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.[1]
Night 2:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada[2]
Night 3:
Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.[3]
Night 4:
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[4]
Pay-per-view chronology

Supercard of Honor XII War of the Worlds Tour Best in the World (2018)
War of the Worlds chronology

War of the Worlds UK War of the Worlds Tour War of the Worlds Tour (2019)

War of the Worlds (2018) was a professional wrestling tour co-produced by the American Ring of Honor (ROH) and Japanese New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotions. The tour's four events took place on May 9 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 11 at the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 12 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan and May 13 at the Odeum Expo Center in Chicago, Illinois. The third night aired live on pay-per-view (PPV), while fourth night would be taped for future episodes of ROH's weekly television program, Ring of Honor Wrestling, while also being broadcasted by ROH and NJPW's streaming services Honor Club and NJPW World.[5] 2018 was the fifth year in which ROH and NJPW co-produce events under the War of the Worlds name.

ProductionEdit

BackgroundEdit

In 2014, Japanese promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and Ring of Honor (ROH) formally forged a relationship, which saw them present the first War of the Worlds show on May 17, 2014, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York. The following year, War of the Worlds was held over two days at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in 2016 it was expanded to a three-show tour with shows taking place in Dearborn, Michigan, Toronto, Ontario and New York City[6] and later it was expanded to a four day tour. The 2018 War of the Worlds tour was officially announced in January 2018, when ROH put tickets on sale for the events.[7][8][9] These will mark the fifth annual shows co-promoted by NJPW and ROH.

ROH began announcing the NJPW wrestlers for the tour on April 10, starting with Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, EVIL and SANADA).[10][11] Later ROH annnounced other NJPW wrestlers for the tour that are Jushin Thunder Liger,[12] Roppongi 3K (Sho, Yoh and Rocky Romero)[13][14] and IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Jay White.[15][16] ROH wrestlers announced for the tour included ROH World Champion Dalton Castle, Jay Lethal, ROH World Television Champion Silas Young, Cheeseburguer, Punishement Martinez, ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky), The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O'Ryan, and Vinny Marseglia), Women of Honor Champion Sumie Sakai, ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes (Mark and Jay), The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) in addition to Bullet Club (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson, Cody, Adam Page and Marty Scurll), Chuckie T. and Flip Gordon.[17][18][19][20]

StorylinesEdit

The War of the Worlds tour featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[21]

On April 14, ROH announced the first match for the tour, which would see Dalton Castle defend the ROH World Championship against Matt Taven on May 10.[5] In April, Taven defeated former ROH World Champions Cody, Christopher Daniels.[22] Following his victories, ROH granted Taven a title shot for the ROH World Championship at War of the Worlds.[5] During this time, Taven also won CMLL's NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship.[23] Taven and Castle had a history involving the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship with Taven, Vinny Marseglia and TK O'Ryan defeating Castle and The Boys to retain the titles in 2016.[24] The Toronto show will also feature an also feature a match for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship with defending champions, SoCal Uncensored (Christopher DanielsFrankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) defending against NJPW's Roppongi 3K (Rocky RomeroSho and Yoh).[25] The two trios faced each other before at NJPW's Strong Style Evolved, with Roppongi 3K winning the match.[26]

In the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Jay White will make his second title defense against Punishment Martinez. In June 2016, White left NJPW and went on learning excursion to the United States, working mostly for Ring of Honor.[27] White would face Martinez on April 29, 2017, in a winning effort.[28] Later White and Martinez took part in a three-way match for the ROH World Championship, but none of them could win the championship.[29] On June 24 at Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings, White received a match for the ROH World Television Championship shot against KUSHIDA in a losing effort. After the match, White was attacked Martinez, setting up a match between the two. On September 22 at Death Before Dishonor XV Martinez would defeat White in a Las Vegas Street Fight match.[30] Shortly after, White returned to NJPW as the "Switchblade" [31] and in January 2018, White won IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.[32] This will mark the third time the White and Martinez face each other.[33]

The War of the Worlds tour will also include two more title matches an ROH World Television Championship match between Silas Young and Austin Aries[34] and a Women of Honor Championship between Sumie Sakai and Jenny Rose.[35] In the ROH World Television Championship match, on March 9, 2018, Aries returned to ROH at ROH's 16th Anniversary, challenging Kenny King for a championship match.[34] However, King would lose the ROH World Television Championship to Silas Young at Supercard Of Honor XII on April 7, which was on commentary.[34] Following the announcement of the War of Worlds tour, ROH granted Aries a championship shot.[34] In the Women of Honor Championship, on April 14 at Women of Honor tapings, Sakai was challenged by Jenny Rose for a title match, which Sakai accepted.[35] The match was later announced for the War of the World tour.[35]

ResultsEdit

Night 1Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) defeated Flip Gordon and Jushin Thunder Liger Tag team match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship 11:55
2 Tenille Dashwood and Sumie Sakai defeated Deonna Purrazzo and Skylar Tag team match 7:59
3 Coast 2 Coast (LSG and Shaheem Ali) defeated The Kingdom (TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) (with Matt Taven) Tag team match 8:36
4 Cheeseburger defeated Bully Ray via countout Singles match 5:04
5 Bullet Club (Cody, Hangman Page and Marty Scurll) defeated Roppongi 3K (Rocky Romero, Sho and Yoh) Six-man tag team match 14:37
6 Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL and SANADA) defeated Silas Young, Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas Six-man tag team match 9:09
7 Chuckie T. defeated Jay Lethal and Jay White Three-way match 10:41
8 The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) defeated SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) (c) Six-man tag team match for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship 14:29
9 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi) Tag team match 15:22
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match

Night 2Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Jay White (c) defeated Punishment Martinez Singles match for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship 11:00
2 Cheeseburger defeated Bully Ray by disqualification Singles match 3:16
3 Tetsuya Naito defeated Beer City Bruiser Singles match 12:35
4 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) defeated Super Smash Bros. (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson) Tag team match 17:26
5 Tenille Dashwood and Jenny Rose defeated Alexia Nicole and Xandra Bale Tag team match 6:28
6 SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) defeated Roppongi 3K (Rocky Romero, Sho and Yoh) Six-man tag team match 12:35
7 Silas Young (c) defeated Hangman Page Singles match for the ROH World Television Championship 7:32
8 Cody defeated Jushin Thunder Liger Singles match 12:06
9 Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi and SANADA) defeated Dalton Castle, Jay Lethal, Kenny King and Colt Cabana Eight-man tag team match 22:44
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match

Night 3Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1D The Dawgs (Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara) defeated Buddy Hanlon and Facade Tag team match
2 EVIL defeated Shane Taylor Singles match 13:25
3 Tenille Dashwood and Jenny Rose defeated Sumie Sakai and Stella Grey Tag team match 7:45
4 Marty Scurll defeated Kenny King, SANADA and Matt Taven Four corner survival match 11:52
5 Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) (with Rocky Romero) defeated The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) and The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) Three-way tag team match 16:25
6 Silas Young and Beer City Bruiser defeated The Boys (Boy 1 and Boy 2) Tag team match
7 SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) defeated Flip Gordon, Cheeseburger and Jushin Thunder Liger Six-man tag team match 16:10
8 Cody defeated Hiromu Takahashi Singles match 16:55
9 The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) (c) defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito and BUSHI) Tag team match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship 13:50
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Night 4Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1D The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas) defeated Brian Johnson and Justin Pusser (with Miss Jasmine) Tag team match
2D Stacy Shadows defeated Stella Grey Singles match
3 Karen Q defeated Tenille Dashwood Singles match
4 Cheeseburger and Jushin Thunder Liger defeated The Dawgs (Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara) Tag team match
5 Sumie Sakai (c) defeated Jenny Rose Singles match for the Women of Honor Championship
6 The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) (c) defeated Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) (with Rocky Romero) Tag team match for the ROH World Tag Team Championship
7 Silas Young (c) defeated Austin Aries by disqualification Singles match for the ROH World Television Championship
8 Kelly Klein defeated Deonna Purrazzo Singles match
9 SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) defeated The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) (c) by disqualification Six-man tag team match for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship
10 Kenny King defeated Chuckie T. Singles match
11 Shane Taylor defeated Josh Woods Singles match
12 Bullet Club (Cody, Hangman Page, Marty Scurll, and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)) defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, and Tetsuya Naito) Ten-man tag team match
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

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