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COMPLETE ROH BEST IN THE WORLD 2018 COVERAGE: PERHAPS THE BEST TOP TO BOTTOM RING OF HONOR SHOW IN YEARS

By Stuart Carapola on 2018-06-29 23:43:00

Welcome to PWInsider.com's live coverage of ROH Best In The World 2018!  You can watch the show live or catch the VOD replay by signing up for the Honor Club at rohwrestling.com!

The show opens with a video package showing the ROH experience and running down the top matches, then Ian Riccaboni and Colt Cabana welcome us to the show and throw it to the ring for our opening match...

World Six Man Title Match: The Kingdom vs Los Ingobernables

TK and EVIL start us off in a pretty big size mismatch.  TK circles EVIL and Taven cheapshots him from behind, but EVIL fights Taven off and then turns TK inside out with a shoulderblock.  TK tags Taven in, and he walks right into a side suplex, and then tags Sanada in.  Sanada hits a back elbow and standing moonsault on Taven, then they fight over a standing switch until they just decide to tag out, though all six men wind up in the ring and Los Ingobernables wind up getting the advantage.  TK is trapped in the ring and on the receiving end of some double teams from EVIL and Sanada, but that only lasts a moment until TK and Marseglia hit a double hotshot on EVIL, who is now in peril.  Marseglia looks like Elias' less well-kempt younger brother, but he unloads some hard hitting punishment on EVIL before TK tags in to flatten EVIL with a spinebuster for 2.  TK goes for a superkick, but EVIL catches the foot and superkicks him in the thigh, and makes the hot tag.  Sanada comes in and cleans house on the Kingdom, ties Taven's arms and legs up, TK comes in and tries to do the same to Sanada but Sanada reverses him, and stacks him next to Taven and hits a running dropkick to both their butts.  Sanada goes to the top, but Marseglia distracts him with a batch of red balloons, and all heck breaks loose with both sides going for their finish and failing.  Taven drills Sanada with a running knee to the face for 2, he goes for the 1% but Sanada gets out and dropkicks him in his bad knee.  Now everyone comes in and a spotfest breaks out, with kingdom hitting a flurry of high impact moves on Bushi.  TK drills EVIL with a Pelle kick, then the Kingdom hits Bushi with the Rockstar Supernova for the win.

Winners: The Kingdom

A little disjointed at times, but otherwise solid opener.

Bully Ray vs Flip Gordon

Gordon jumps Bubba as soon as he hits the ring, driving him to the floor and taking him out with a dive.  Gordon heads back into the ring and hits another dive, this one with...a flip!  Bubba moves away from the ring, but Flip hits yet a third dive, this time from the top rope, and hammers Bubba with right hands for good measure.  Bubba tries to beg off, but Flip doesn't let up for one second, kicking Bubba in the ribs and ramming him into the ringpost.  Flip has the fans hold Bubba's arms so he can beat him up some more, then rolls him back into the ring.  Flip hits a Samoan drop, a standing shooting star press, and a second rope moonsault for 2.  This has been all Flip, but he backs off just long enough for Bubba to rip his head off with a HUGE clothesline.  Bubba goes to the second rope, but misses the Vader Bomb, starting a Vader chant for the recently-departed WCW World Champion.  Flip springboards off the ropes for the STar Spangled Stunner, but Bubba kicks him in the ding ding on the way down, causing the ref to call for a DQ.

Winner by DQ: Flip Gordon

Bubba is a man possessed, attacking Flip and repeatedly bashing both his legs with a steel chair.  An ROH dojo guy tries to run in and make the save, but Bubba lays him out and goes back to beating on his legs with the chair until Cheese burger runs in.  He unloads on Bubba and...gets powerbombed into next week for his trouble.  He gets a table from under the ring and sets it up inside, shoving the referee down when he tries to intervene, and suddenly Colt Cabana jumps up from the broadcast booth and runs in with a chair of his own.  He and Bubba have a standoff until Bubba decides to fight another day and head back up the ramp while Colt checks on the youngsters Bubba destroyed.

Before the next match, Ian personally appeals to Joe Koff to take action against Bully Ray, up to and including getting rid of him altogether.  Colt rejoins him as we go into our next match...

Sumie Sakai, Jenny Rose, Mayu Iwatani & Tenille Dashwood vs Kelly Klein, Hazuki, Kagetsu & Hana Kimura

Sumie Sakai starts off with Kagetsu, and they have a quick exchange before Kimura and Dashwood come in.  Tenille gets the better of that, then tags Rose in to hit a corner splash and Perfectplex on Kimura for 2.  Kimura hits dropkick and tags Klein in, and she puts the boots to Rose and goes for a German suplex, but Rose reverses to a victory roll for 2.  Klein takes her out with a hard clothesline for 2, Jenny gets a rollup for 1, and Hazuki and Iwatani tag in, Iwatani hits a slingblade and she and Sakai hit a double team before Sakai gets tripped from the floor and winds up in the wrong part of town.  Sumie hits a DDT on Klein and tags Tenille, who comes in and cleans house on everyone, dumps Kelly to the apron, and hits a neckbreaker over the second rope on her before hitting a double crossbody in the corner on Kimura and Hazuki.  Someone fell on top of a cameraman as Tenille gets a tarantula on Klein, then Tenille comes off the top with a crossbody for 2.  Rose spears Hazuki into next week, Iwatuni comes off the top with a splash on Kimura, and everyone breaks it up at 2.  Sumie catches Kimura in a front guillotine choke, but Kimura powers out and vertical suplexes Sakai into the air, delaying before dropping her for a very close 2.  All heck breaks loose with everyone brawling in the ring, then out of the ring as Sumie wipes everyone else out with a crossbody as Sakai picks Kimura up and hits a SWEET dragon suplex for the win.

Winners: Sumie Sakai, Jenny Rose, Mayu Iwatani & Tenille Dashwood

Good match, and glad to see the ladies get showcased.

The show continues on Page 2!


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