ROH World Championship Match: [C] Roderick Strong vs. Davey Richards
If there was ever a Mark-Out Moment of the Year Award, it would go to Davey Richards. Despite training to be a fire fighter, and stating numerous times that 2010 would be his final year, Richards has re-signed with Ring of Honor for one more year. When Jim Cornette revealed the news at Glory By Honor IX, and granted him a World Title match for the next time ROH invaded New York, the Grand Ballroom went nuts for Davey Richards.
After three months of anticipation, this Saturday ROH finally returns to the Manhattan Center for Final Battle. Davey Richards, as promised, will headline the internet pay-per-view (iPPV) against the champion Roderick Strong. But who will walk out NYC the ROH Champion?
The last time ROH was in NYC for Glory by Honor IX, their future was on the line. The face of the company, Tyler Black, had signed with WWE and threatened to take the belt with him. An act likely to cripple the company, much like Madusa did to WWE’s Women’s Division. But Roderick Strong, who joined the House of Truth, was given the inspiration and guidance needed to become champion.
Wrestling fans already knew, for the most part, that Strong would win the belt. Because the time-honored tradition in professional wrestling is that you lose on the way out. So how meaningful is a World title if won under those circumstances? This main-event will not only test Davey Richards in his decision to stay with Ring of Honor for another year, but it will showcase Roderick Strong as either a fighting champion or a paper champion?
ROH Legends Collide: [C] Christopher Daniels vs. Homicide
The World Title bout between Strong and Richards should be one for the record books, but it may be interrupted by the two men whom have made their triumphant returns this year: Christopher Daniels and Homicide.
Disgusted by the failed WCW direction Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are taking TNA, “The Fallen Angel” and “The Notorious 187” returned to Ring of Honor with one goal in mind: to become the ROH World Champion.
Christopher Daniels, who has had some excellent matches thus far against the likes of Austin Aries and Davey Richards, is determined to prove that he is the best wrestler in the world. And despite defeating Eddie Edwards to become the Television Champion, Daniels is set on becoming ROH’s World Champion. But Homicide already set the challenge to Strong at GBHIX, however, Cornette saw fit to keep him away from Final Battle‘s main-event. So will Homicide make a statement by the end of the night?
Either competitor would do well as a future number one contender, but how about a Fatal Four-Way at ROH’s Ninth Anniversary Show?
The Final Battle At Final Battle – Fight Without Honor: El Generico vs. Kevin Steen
The year-long feud between Kevin Steen and El Generico will finally come to an end at Final Battle. But the stakes are higher than ever in this Fight Without Honor finale, if Generico loses he will unmask, and if Steen loses he will quit Ring of Honor. These former best friends, former Tag Team Champions, will put everything on the line to end the other’s career. That’s right, because even though Generico’s career isn’t on the line per-say, what possible career can he have once he unmasks? His gimmick is that of a Canadian Luchador, without the mask he is just a Canadian, eh. Their feud started at last year’s Final Battle, ROH’s first live internet pay-per-view, after a loss to The Young Bucks (Generation Me), Steen turned heel by attacking El Generico. Since then, their feud has been bloody: steel cages, double chains, no disqualifications, steel chairs, ladders, tables, thumb tacks… and now their careers.
Six Man Tag Team Grudge Match: Jay, Mark, and Mike “Papa” Briscoe vs. [C] The Kings of Wrestling and Shane Hagadorn
Shane Hagadorn has managed some of the best Tag Teams in Ring of Honor history, but his methods have been questioned time and time again. His method: make his champions look strong by feeding them weak opponents. Not to say that The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) have not had some hard-fought bouts, but do they really need short cuts?
This Saturday, Hero and Castagnoli face off against long-time rivals The Briscoes (Mark and Jay) in a non-title grudge match. However, as a result of an attack on Mark and Jay’s father at a ROH event, Mr. Briscoe was set to sue Shane Hagadorn until he came to an agreement with Jim Cornette. The match will now be a six-man tag team match, to include Shane Hagadorn and Mike “Papa” Briscoe.
Former six-time tag team champions, Mark and Jay have said before, this match is not about titles, it’s about getting even.
Final Thoughts: I will be in attendance in the Grand Ballroom at The Manhattan Center for Final Battle. This will be my fourth ROH event since the start of 2010. The others being: ROH’s Eighth Anniversary Show, Supercard of Honor V, and Glory By Honor IX.
Unlike all of main-stream professional wrestling, the man you see in the ring is who Davey Richards is. He does not fall into categories of babyface or heel, he is simply an in-ring competitor looking for the best matches possible. Truly in love with the sport, that’s right… sport, of professional wrestling, Richards has never needed a title to be considered one of the greats. Just watch his matches to see for yourselves.
Homicide already knows what it means to be ROH Champion, having defeated Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) years back, but can he be the second in the company’s eight-year existence to be a two-time World Champion? The only former two-time ROH Champion is Austin Aries.
The rest of ROH Final Battle card is as follows:
First Time Ever Meeting
Eddie Edwards vs. Kenny Omega
Women of Honor- Tag Team Challenge Match
Daizee Haze and Awesome Kong vs. Sara Del Rey and Serena Deeb
Colt Cabana vs. TJ Perkins
Tag Team Challenge Match
The All Night Express vs. Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole