Ring of Honor Final Battle ’14
Report by Mike Killam for Wrestlezone.com
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Because tonight’s iPPV stream through ROHWrestling.com was plagued by issues, cutting in and out for most of the show, we have limited our full live coverage to just basic results. Fans have sent in word that the regular PPV broadcast through cable providers has been solid all night long, presented in full HD. So if you’re going to order the replay, the actual PPV is the way to go if that option is available to you.
(1) Hanson def. Caprice Coleman, Jimmy Jacobs and Mark Briscoe in a 4-way match. Hanson and Coleman are the stars of the match, with CC doing a lot of high-flying moves and multi-man suplexes. Hanson does a suicide dive to the floor to take out everyone, rolls Coleman back in the ring and turns him inside-out with a lariat for the win.
-Jimmy Jacobs talks about grabbing brass rings, and young stars having chances to make big names for themselves. BJ Whitmer steals the mic from him, and claims Adam Page will beat Roderick Strong tonight and earn a full-fledged spot in The Decade.
(2) Roderick Strong def. Adam Page. Whitmer and Jacobs got involved trying to save The Decade, but Roddy locked in the Strong Hold and Page passed out.
-Jacobs shakes Page’s hand after the match. Whitmer tries to get on Corino’s headset and say that Page is “one of them”, but Steve freaks out for some reason and goes after him. Kevin Kelly holds him back after they cut to a video package.
(3) Michael Elgin def. Tommaso Ciampa. There’s a referee bump near the end of the match; it was accident by Ciampa but there’s a stipulation in place that if he attacks ANY official again he’ll be fired. Elgin hit him with everything he normally does, then pulls out a new DDT for the win. This was where the streaming issues started.
(4) The Young Bucks & ACH def. The Addiction & Cedric Alexander. The Bucks and ACH carried the majority of the offense, with Daniels and Kaz getting a few brief moments to show off. What we saw was excellent, but half the match was ruined by stream lag. It was definitely a superkick party. The Bucks hit the Meltzer Driver on Cedric, followed by More Bang for Your Buck for the win.
(5) Moose def. RD Evans. Veda Scott came out mid-match after Moose had destroyed RD for several minutes. Veda did the obvious heel turn and attacked RD, letting Moose win with a lariat.
(6) Jay Lethal def. Matt Sydal to retain the ROH TV title. Truth Martini involvement after a decent, lengthy match. Again, at least half of it was non-existent for iPPV viewers. Sydal tried for the Shooting Star Press on Truth, but Lethal did the “RKO Outta Nowhere Spot” to retain.
(7) reDRagon def. Alex Shelly & KUSHIDA to retain the ROH Tag Team titles. The first few minutes were jumpy, but the stream cleared up for probably the best match of the night. Classic tag team match for the first half that turned into a ton of great spots, good exchanges and a really good showcase of everyone involved.
(8) Jay Briscoe def. Adam Cole to retain the ROH World Championship. Briscoe hit the Jay Driller in the first 15 seconds teasing the early win, but Cole kicked out. The toys came out early, including Cole using a staple gun to attach a “Mama Briscoe” sign to Jay’s forehead. Cole gets busted open mid-match and a sea of trainers and zebras tried to work on him, but Briscoe chased them off. Two tables ended up breaking. There was a brutal spot later where Briscoe got a mouth full of thumb tacks, and took a superkick to the face, spraying blood. Cole took two more Jay Drillers, the last one on top of the top belt to end the match.
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