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By Mike Johnson on 2016-02-19 07:13:00

Good morning!  Welcome to's live, ongoing coverage of Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling's "Honor Rising Night One" from Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall!

Jushin Liger & Matt Sydal vs. Dalton Castle & Ryusuke Taguchi

Castle did his full entrance with The Boys.    Taguchi got into the fun with his own Castle-style cape.

Liger and Castle started out with Castle quickly being caught on the mat and tied up by the legend.  Castle finally escaped and back off into the corner.  Castle psyched out Liger and dropkicked him to the floor.  He teased a dive but did some grandstanding with the Boys instead.

Back in the ring, Castle nailed several chops but was sent to the floor.  This time, it was Liger who faked the dive, then called in The Boys to do some grandstanding with him.  That was great!  The crowd loved it, but Castle didn't. Sydal and Taguchi tagged in.  They had some crisp back and forth action that led to Taguchi nailing a double stomp to the chest when Sydal attempted a sunset flip.

They exchanged kicks with Sydal finally nailing a spinkick.  Liger and Sydal whipped him into the ropes but Taguchi was able to use the old Iceman Parsons' Butt Butt to take them out.  Castle and Taguchi celebrated before they worked over Liger in their corner, tagging in and out.

Castle used Taguchi as a weapon, driving him into Liger.  Taguchi whipped Liger into the corner but was kicked off and nailed with the tilt-o-whirl backbreaker over the knee.  Sydal tagged in and snapped Taguchi with a rana before lighting him up with kicks to the body.

Sydal worked over Taguchi, who came back with a spinkick to the head.  Castle tagged in and charged but was nailed by Sydal.  Sydal came off the ropes but was caught and nailed with an overhead suplex  Castle pulled him over the ropes and dropped him back with a German suplex with a bridge for a near fall,  Sydal drilled Castle with a kick to the head and nailed a reverse rana,  He went to the top and nailed the shooting star press for the pin.

Your winners, Jushin Liger & Matt Sydal!

Decent opener.   Some nice athletic wrestling and some silliness with Liger and the Boys. 

All four men showed each other respect after the bout.

Delirious vs. Gedo

Who books the bookers?  Only the Watchmen know.

Lots of Delirious insanity at the bell.    Some nice back and forth wrestling before they faced off.  Gedo smiled but was kicked in the stomach.  Delirious ran him into the corner and then began biting his fingers.  He choked at Gedo, kicked him low and bit at his arm.

Delirious whipped him into the opposite corner but was kicked off every time he charged.  Gedo nailed a dropkick to the leg and Delirious began limping, grabbing at his quad.  Gedo grabbed him in a leglock, trying to force a submission until Delirious was able to make it to the ropes.

Gedo began nailing some Terry Funk-esque punches and followed up with a big right uppercut.  He nailed a jawbreaker and then walloped Delirious again with another hard shot for a two count.  Gedo went for a Camel Clutch but Delirious escaped and nailed a series of maneuvers, culminating with a leaping clothesline for a two count.

Delirious slammed Gedo down and went to the top rope.  He attempted a big splash but Gedo moved out of the way and rolled him up for a two count.  He nabbed Gedo in a crucifix and scored the pin.

Your winner, Delirious!

OK match.  They seemed to be having some fun out there with each other.

Frankie Kazarian vs. KUSHIDA.

They locked up for a test of strength at the bell.  Kazarian forced KUSHIDA to his knees on the mat, but KUSHIDA was able to power up.  Kazarian bridged him backward to the may and began drilling his knees into the mid-section, trying to take KUSHIDA down.  KUSHIDA caught him and nearly pinned him but Kazarian scrambled to the ropes.

Kazarian and KUSHIDA went back and forth working on the mat.  Kazarian took over and worked KUSHIDA down, scoring several two counts.  The battle went to the floor and returned to the ring.  Kazarian avoided a charge in the corner and nailed a kick but got caught in an armbar as he returned over the ropes.  He powered up to his feet and fought to break the move, finally accomplishing the task with a rake of the face.

KUSHIDA drilled him with forearms and strikes.  He finally took Kazarian down with a big kick.  Kazarian caught him going for a springboard move and dropped him with the Electric Chair, scoring a two count with a bridging pinfall attempt. 

KUSHIDA finally scored the win.  I apologize but my Internet connection went out as my router reset for some reason.

Your winner, KUSHIDA!

I apologize for the lack of play-by-play here but we should be back to normal from this point on.  What I did see was good.

Coverage continues on Page 2!


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