Final Battle more than lived up to its billing as Ring of Honor’s biggest show of the year.
The star-studded event at The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City saw the crowning of new champions, a shocking twist to a much-anticipated debut, an ominous warning from a “broken” outsider and much more.
The show kicked off with Kenny King, Rhett Titus and Caprice Coleman – now known as The Rebellion rather than The Cabinet — making a statement by notching an impressive victory over The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) and Donovan Dijak. After The Rebellion withstood the offensive assault of the MCMG and Dijak, Titus hit the Big Dog Splash on Sabin for the pinfall.
“The Last Real Man In Professional Wrestling” Silas Young continued his recent run of success by knocking off Japanese legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger. Aided by the repeated interference of Beer City Bruiser, Young went on to hit Misery on Liger for the win.
Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) gained a measure of revenge on short-lived former tag team partner Colt Cabana, as “The Party Peacock” pinned the veteran in the middle of the ring after connecting with Bang-A-Rang.
Cody Rhodes made quite a first impression in his ROH debut, although it certainly wasn’t a very honorable one.
Rhodes and Jay Lethal went hold-for-hold in an exciting match between two fantastic athletes, but after Lethal and the referee inadvertently knocked heads, Rhodes showed his true colors. He kicked Lethal low and then finished him off with Cross Rhodes.
After the match, Rhodes mocked Lethal and the fans. The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian), who had sat in on commentary during the match, hit the ring and prevented Rhodes from doing further damage to Lethal.
Before departing, Rhodes shoved down color commentator Steve Corino for good measure.
In the finals of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Title Tournament, The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) became the inaugural champions by defeating Lio Rush, Jay White and Kushida in a frenetic contest.
As Rush covered O’Ryan, Marseglia dove off the tope rope and landed on the referee. While the referee was dazed, Taven hit Rush with his cane, and then Marseglia and O-Ryan assisted Taven on a powerbomb on Rush for the win.
In a match that Corino aptly dubbed “an instant classic,” newly crowned ROH World Television Champion Marty Scurll successfully defended the title against Will Ospreay and Dragon Lee in a Triple Threat Match. Bobby Fish was originally scheduled to be in the match, but he did not appear due to a death in his family.
After Ospreay hit a springboard cutter on Lee, Scurll tossed Ospreay out of the ring, and “The Villain” applied the Crossface Chicken Wing to the CMLL star, who had no choice but to tap out.
In a match between the two greatest tag teams in ROH history, The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) successfully defended the ROH World Tag Team Title against eight-time former ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe.
With the fans on their feet and enthusiastically chanting for both teams, The Young Bucks and The Briscoes kicked out of each other’s finishing maneuvers before the Bucks finished off the Briscoes with a series of rapid-fire, brain-rattling superkicks.
As soon as the match ended, the lights went out and a surreal scene unfolded that sent the fans into a frenzy. “Broken” Matt Hardy appeared on the video screen and said that he and “Brother Nero” Jeff Hardy must come to ROH to render The Young Bucks and The Briscoes obsolete.
In the thrilling, ultra-violent main event, Kyle O’Reilly defeated arch rival Adam Cole to achieve his dream of winning the ROH World Championship.
Per O’Reilly’s request, the bout was turned into a no-disqualification match, and both men ended up severely lacerated as a result. O’Reilly and Cole assaulted one another with tables, chairs, garbage cans, a chain, the championship belt and thumb tacks.
No matter how much punishment Cole inflicted, O’Reilly would not be denied on this night. With thumb tacks sticking in his back, O’Reilly caught Cole in the Cross Armbreaker and forced him to tap out.
Don’t miss your chance to witness this historic, amazing event by catching the replay of Final Battle.
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