27th Jun2018

‘Ring of Honor: Best in the World 2018′ PPV Preview & Predictions

by Nathan Favel

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Best in the World is the next pay-per-view from Ring of Honor, taking place at the UMBC Event Center in Catonsville, Maryland on June 29th 2018. The event marks the the ninth annual ROH Best in the World PPV and wrestlers from New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), and Japanese women’s promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom – with whom ROH has partnerships – will also appear on the card – with the pay per view airing this Friday, I thought I’d bring you my brief predictions of each match of the night:

1. Jay Lethal vs. KUSHIDA

This is guilt-free wrestling. I bet this goes on first, just to give every-one a great fight to start the night. I can’t see this as being a failure. Prepare for fast action with lots of mat work in the match’s first act. I’m going with Lethal for the win to further the redemption angle for the former World Heavyweight Champion.

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

This will be a quick, fun match that gives lots of women a chance to show Vince McMahon that women can do more than be the sexuality segment for Monday Night RAW. Sumie and her team will win.

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3. Flip Gordon vs. Bully Ray

Ray will win a good brawl that leads to Flip chasing Ray for respect.

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4. Adam Page vs. Punishment Martinez

This match was re-branded as the Television Title match after Punishment won the strap from Young at a house show last weekend. This should be a No Holds Barred Match, if the press release is adhered to. This match, in any form, holds lots of promise. Punishment will retain his title.

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5. Austin Aries vs. Kenny King

Austin Aries and Kenny King put their friendship aside when the two meet for the first time one-on-one in Ring of Honor! Aries, clearly frustrated after missing out on what appeared to be a ROH World Television Championship win, blames King for interfering and now the two will meet at Best in the World!

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6. ROH WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: The Kingdom (c) vs. EVIL, SANADA, and BUSHI

This should be an absolute thrill ride that sees the champions retain.

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7. ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: The Briscoes (c) vs. The Young Bucks

This could be the match of the show. I expect this to be one of, if not the, best match between these two teams we will ever see. I say the Bucks get the straps here, but it could go the either way, simply because both teams are so strong right now.

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8. ROH WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Dalton Castle (c) vs. Cody (Rhodes) vs. Marty Scurll

This also has the potential to steal the show. I expect this to be a match that embraces little character moments as much as action. I think Marty steals the title here and creates a rift between Cody and Marty, which should build towards a big grudge/title fight between the two of them.

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What do you guys think? Agree or disagree with my predictions? Either way I’ll be back this weekend to review ROH Best in the World 2018 and let you know what happened.

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