Ring of Honor wrapped up the build towards Final Battle this week, with an excellent tag team main event and a couple of fantastic video packages, hyping the main event of the biggest show of the year.
One of those packages closed out the show, as we were treated to ‘Story Time With Adam Cole’. The Panama City Playboy came across as a major star as he reviewed the long history between himself and Kyle O’Reilly, promising that Final Battle represents O’Reilly’s final chance at the ROH World Championship.
The in-ring main event of the show, saw Jay and Mark Briscoe, warm up for their impending ROH World Tag Team Championship match with The Young Bucks by picking up a win over former champions Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, better known as The Addiction.
Dem Boys picked up the win after hitting Daniels with a Jay Driller/Froggy Bow combo, and both teams adhered to the post-match Code of Honor. The Briscoes will be looking to win their ninth ROH World Tag Team Championships at Final Battle, and their first in four years.
The slightly messy situation regarding the final for the Six-Man Tag Team Championship tournament was addressed, as it was confirmed that ACH would be replaced by Lio Rush at Final Battle. Rush will join Jay White and KUSHIDA to battle The Kingdom to become the inaugural champions.
Rush opened the final ROH TV show before the big night, with a win over Jonathon Gresham. The two smallest men on the ROH roster put on a fascinating match of contrasting styles, with Rush picking up the win after an elbow drop/frog splash combo.
Following that match Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin (The Motor City Machine Guns) took to the ring to put over both Rush and Gresham, calling the two men the ‘future of Ring of Honor’ and hinting at an alliance further down the line for the four, aiming to bring honour back to ROH.
The rest of the Final Battle card was also hyped, including the ROH debut of Cody Rhodes who goes up against Jay Lethal, and the four-way match for the ROH TV Championship that could well steal the show. While certainly not a ‘must-see’ show, by any stretch of the imagination, this episode ticked all of the boxes it needed to before ROH Final Battle.
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