I was looking forward to this match when it was originally announced for G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden over WrestleMania 35 weekend, as it was supposed to be title for title with both the ROH World Tag Team and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships on the line. That contest ended up getting changed when The Briscoes lost the ROH tag titles to Villain Enterprises shortly before the pay-per-view, making it a Fatal 4-Way instead with The Briscoes, Guerrillas of Destiny, Villain Enterprises and Los Ingobernables de Japon.
G.O.D. walked out of that bout with both pair of belts and have been feuding with The Briscoes on social media ever since over how they feel they're above the titles. I'm not overly familiar with G.O.D.'s work, but seeing Tama Tonga trade verbal blows with The Briscoes on Twitter for a month got me excited for this match. It was eventually made clear that although this would be a part of Ring of Honor's War of the Worlds tour with the New Japan Pro Wrestling crew, it would air exclusively on HonorClub and not on FiteTV or anywhere else.
The energy from the audience when these two tandems first faced off in the ring was awesome. I wholeheartedly believe they are among the best tag teams in the world right now and this matchup proved that. It had a big fight feel straight from the get-go, and after starting out slow, they picked up the pace nicely in the second half and delivered a hard-hitting affair. It didn't matter much that both The Briscoes and G.O.D. are heels; the crowd was engaged in the action all the same but were especially behind G.O.D.
I fully expected G.O.D. to drop the titles at some point during the War of the Worlds tour, but that didn't happen, even against The Briscoes. The nearfalls were suspenseful because how there was uncertainty surrounding the outcome and the final stretch was a ton of fun. I'm not normally a fan of fluky finishes, but it made sense to do one here from a storyline standpoint with G.O.D. already pulling everything out of their arsenal and nothing working until they used the title belt behind the referee's back. It also keeps the feud alive if they want to revisit it down the road.
So, what happens to the ROH World Tag Team Championship from here? I have no clue when we'll see G.O.D. in ROH again, and while they're a terrific tag team, I fear that this means we won't be seeing the straps defended regularly on ROH TV for the foreseeable future, nor do I know who would ultimately beat them for the belts. If nothing else, it'll be a memorable moment because of how G.O.D. haven't cared for the championship whatsoever thus far. Definitely put the 25 minutes aside to check this contest out on HonorClub.