ROH Best in the World 2016
Concord, North Carolina
Commentators: Kevin Kelly & Nigel McGuinness
Kyle O’Reilly vs. Kamaitachi
Interestingly enough, in the tale of the tape it lists Kamaitachi as 5’7 and O’Reilly as 6’1, but they’re definitely around the same height. I’m guessing O’Reilly is billed as taller than he is.
It doesn’t take long for both of these guys to start striking each other. O’Reilly goes for an armbar early, but Kamaitachi gets to the ropes, and O’Reilly attempts to work over the arm, along with some great looking strikes in order to wear Kamaitachi down.
The match has a bit of a turn around when Kamaitachi when he goes for a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on O’Reilly, but O’Reilly reverses and lands on his feet, but hurts his knee. This gives Kamaitachi the chance to work over the knee and attempt to wear O’Reilly down. The injured knee plays into the story of the match quite well, as a lot of O’Reilly’s offence would be weaker with an injured knee.
After O’Reilly escapes a kneebar with the ropes, he locks on an armbar while out on the apron. Very cool.
They come back into the ring and exchange strikes, and O’Reilly hits a brutal looking knee.
As they stand up, O’Reilly hits a great kick and the action spills outside as he hits some hard kicks. O’Reilly goes for a kick but misses and hits the ring post with his injured knee. Kamaitachi hits a crazy dropkick of the apron and then hits a super senton.
The match continues to go back and forth and O’Reilly pulls a Nigel McGuinness with a middle rope rebound clothesline after Kamaitachi with a super kick. O’Reilly goes for a brainbuster but his knee can’t handle it. Kamaitachi hits a belly-to-belly into the corner. O’Reilly dodges the double knees from the top, but Kamaitachi hits a powerbomb, but O’Reilly reverses the pin into a triange choke.
Kamaitachi escapes, and they have and awesome exchange of strikes. O’Reilly hits the brainbuster, but Kamaitachi kicks out, but before he can do anything, he locks the armbar onto the injured arm, and gets the tap out! Kamaitachi refuses to shake hands after the match.
RATING:3.5/5 – Great match to start the PPV! Outstanding work from both men.