Sin City is known for a number of different things, and on Friday February 26th, it was known for Ring of Honor's 14th Anniversary. The event had a number of different moments and matches that stood out. One of the most interesting things to note was that it wasn't simply the stars of ROH competing, but the stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling as well. The card was stacked, as it included not only the ROH tag team champions, War Machine, television champion Tomohiro Ishii and ROH World champion Jay Lethal, but several of the IWGP champions as well. In the first major pay per view since AJ Styles left the Bullet Club, Matt and Nick Jackson competed along with their NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion partner “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega in a show stopper of a match. Fans that weren't familiar with Ishii, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kushida and Kazuchka Okada were familiar with them after this night.
Each moment or match that took place wasn't always a positive, but it certainly left fans talking, and that is part of what made this event as effective as it was. This list won't simply reflect what happened in each of the matches, but particular spots that may have stood out during this evening and garnered a reaction from fans either in attendance watching or on pay per view. They say that everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but Ring of Honor 14th Anniversary had the world watching. As one of their signature pay per views, Ring of Honor didn't disappoint. Each match appeared to be better than the next, but only a couple stood head and shoulders above the rest. What follows are the 15 most significant moments from ROH's 14th Anniversary.
15 Mr Wrestling 3 On Commentary
14 War Machine Gets VIOLENT Against the All Night Express for the ROH Tag Team Title
13 Hirooki Goto and The Party Peacock was Thoroughly Enjoyable
12 Ishii Plex on Bobby Fish
11 Castle's Deadlift German Suplex
10 10 Alex Shelley and Christopher Daniels Work the Crowd
9 Motor City Machine Guns Reunite
8 Micheal Elgin & Hiroshi Tanahashi HIT STIFF and Often with The Briscoes
7 The Rainmaker and The Moose
6 The Grudge Between B.J Whitmer and Adam Page
5 Most Underrated Match of the Night Goes to Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish and Tomorhiro Ishii for the ROH TV Title
4 Showstopping Match of the Night Goes to ACH, Matt Sydal and Kushida Against Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks
3 "New Day Sucks"
2 Match of the Night Goes to Jay Lethal, Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly
1 Kyle O'Reilly with an Ankle Lock and Triangle Choke Simultaneously
It didn't influence the night and didn't determine a winner, but it was pretty damn impressive to see happen. O'Reilly is a master of submission type maneuvers, and on this evening he locked Lethal into a variation of a triangle choke with his legs. Cole attempted to break this up, but O'Reilly caught his former tag team partner in an ankle lock submission. Two men have simultaneously applied submissions to one competitor, but it's very rare to see one man apply holds to two different men simultaneously. It was a striking visual and generated a reaction from the fans in attendance.
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