In addition to the Stellar main event of Jay Lethal defending his Ring of Honor World Championship against Cody, ROH has also announced two more major matchups. The first being a Four Corner Survival Match for the Women Of Honor Championship:
FOUR CORNER SURVIVAL MATCH FOR WOH WORLD TITLE
WOH WORLD CHAMPION SUMIE SAKAI vs. MADISON RAYNE vs. KAREN Q vs. KELLY KLEIN/JENNY ROSE WINNER
Sakai, who won the tournament at Supercard of Honor in April and has reigned ever since, has proved to be a fighting champion. Her willingness to defend the title against anyone anywhere around the globe led to the championship being renamed the WOH World Title a few months ago.
The veteran billed from Jersey Shore, Japan will face arguably her toughest test yet when she puts her championship on the line against three top contenders at Final Battle.
Rayne and Karen Q each won qualifying matches to punch their ticket to the championship match. The remaining spot will go to the winner of the bout between rivals Klein and Rose, which will air on a future episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling.”
Rayne, a 13-year veteran who is no stranger to winning titles, defeated Dr. Britt Baker in a qualifying match at Survival of the Fittest in Rayne’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 4.
Karen Q, who handed Klein her first loss in ROH (by count-out) and also has defeated Sakai (before Sakai won the title) and Deonna Purrazzo, earned her place in the match by tapping out international star Kaitlin Diemond during a stop on the Global Wars tour in Diemond’s hometown of Toronto this past Sunday.
Regardless of whether it’s Klein or Rose who gains the final spot in the Four Corner Survival Match, it’s certain that Sakai will be in the ring with three worthy contenders.
Will Sakai defy the odds and retain her title, or will a new champion be crowned?
In addition to that, ‘Real’ World Champion Matt Taven will ‘defend’ against rival Dalton Castle:
“REAL WORLD CHAMPION” MATT TAVEN VS. DALTON CASTLE
Taven’s obsession with defeating Castle dates back to May when then-ROH World Champion Castle was scheduled to defend his title against him. Castle was not medically cleared to compete, however, and the match was called off. Taven still has yet to receive a one-on-one match for the championship.
He did, however, compete in the Four Corner Survival Match for the title in June, which was won by Jay Lethal and also included defending champion Castle and Cody. During the match, Taven had Castle pinned for eight seconds, but the referee’s attention was diverted. Taven believes he was robbed of the title and thus has declared himself to be the real world champion.
Taven, wanting to erase any doubt of his superiority over Castle, challenged “The Peacock” to a “title match” for Final Battle during a stop on the Global Wars tour in Buffalo, N.Y., this past Sunday. He did more than simply issue a challenge, though.
Taven and fellow Kingdom member Vinny Marseglia were booked to face Castle’s Boys in a tag team match, but Taven had other plans. Just before the opening bell was about to ring, Taven and Marseglia attacked The Boys. They dished out a brutal beatdown that included the use of chairs and a leather belt and Marseglia delivering a brainbuster to one of The Boys on the floor.
Taven grabbed the microphone and said the beating would continue until Castle came out to stop it. A furious Castle, who had been getting examined by the New York State Athletic Commission, appeared on the stage. Before Castle could answer the challenge, he was ambushed by The Kingdom’s TK O’Ryan, who was Castle’s scheduled opponent.
Despite being hampered by the back and hamstring injuries that had kept him out of action for several months, Castle managed to defeat O’Ryan. He then accepted Taven’s challenge, stating that Taven’s belt is fake but the fire Taven ignited inside him is real.
Will Taven successfully “defend” his disputed title, or will Castle exact revenge for Taven brutalizing his Boys?
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ROH FINAL BATTLE
Friday, Dec 14, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom
311 W 34th Street
New York, New York 10001
Two Major Matches Confirmed For ROH Final Battle