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COMPLETE COVERAGE OF ROH FINAL BATTLE 2014: EDDIE EDWARDS' MYSTERY PARTNER ENDS WITH A SHOCKING TWIST, A NEW CHAMPION IS CROWNED, A FAMILIAR FACE RETURNS, AND MORE

By Stuart Carapola on 2013-12-14 22:37:45
Welcome to PWInsider.com's live, ongoing coverage of Ring of Honor's Final Battle 2013 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City!

Adam Page vs Matt Hardy

The fans get on Hardy's case before the match, and he grabs the mic and teases like he's going to say something, but drops the mic instead. He tosses his shirt out to the crowd, and the fans chant at the guy who caught it to throw it back, which he indeed does. Hardy outwrestles Page to start and acts like he's big timing Page, but Page slaps him in the face to show that he's not intimidated. Page catches Hardy with a nice pair of dropkicks, but Hardy backdrops Page out to the floor and goes out after him. They wind up on the ring apron and Hardy goes for the Side Effect, but Page shoves him off the apron and takes him out with a running shooting star press. I can't quite catch what is happening now because they're on the other side of the ring from me, but they wind up back inside with Page covering Hardy for 2. Page catches Hardy with a leg lariat for 2, then bulldogs him into the top turnbuckle and heads to the top rope. Hardy shakes the rope and knocks Page off, then hits the Side Effect for 2. Hardy is undeterred and hits another Side Effect and gets another 2 count, he goes for a third, but Page counters to a backslide for 2. Hardy shuts down more offense from Page and goes for the Twist of Fate, but Page gets out and hits a short powerslam for 2. Hardy goes for the Side Effect a third time, but Page gets a nice reversal to a victory roll for 2. Hardy backdrops Page out to the apron, Page nails him and goes up top, but Hardy dodges a flying bodypress and hits the Twist of Fate for the win without even hooking a leg.

Winner: Matt Hardy

Pretty good opener, Page got a lot of offense and looked competitive.

Strap Match: Silas Young vs Mark Briscoe

Young is now sporting a hairy chest to go with his real man character. Mark Briscoe is sporting a longer beard every time I see him. It's the Battle of the Hairiest Dudes In ROH! Young doesn't appreciate the streamers like usual, but the fans in turn aren't really appreciating him. Both guys get strapped together and proceed to pummel each other with right hands. Mark seriously looks like he's spent weeks in the mountains, but even if he has, he's still sharp enough to nail Young with the strap and knock him out to the floor. Mark goes out after him, but Young uses the strap to yank Mark back and forth from barricade to barricade. They go back inside and Mark ducks a punch and pops Young over with a gargoyle suplex. He follows that up with a vertical suplex and unleashes Redneck Kung Fu as I wonder whether they have to touch all four corners or pin the opponent to win this. Mark must be reading my mind because he starts doing the corners, but only gets to 2 before Young yanks the strap, which is running between Mark's legs, so hard that Mark does a full front flip into a back bump. Young uses the strap to short clothesline Mark, then they go back out to the floor where they do more stuff I can't see. They come back inside and Young lashes the strap around Mark's ankles and tries to drag him from corner to corner, but Mark puts up a fight and Young turns around and gives him a shot with the strap. Mark recovers and unleashes more Redneck Kung Fu, then starts BEATING on Young with the strap before hitting a rolling Samoan drop. Mark goes to the top rope, pauses to soak in the fan admiration, then hits Froggy Bow. He goes to the corners and gets to 3 before Young stumbles around and falls out of the ring, landing just far enough from the fourth corner that Mark can't get to it. Mark goes after Young and winds up getting the strap wrapped around his neck by Young, who proceeds to Beell him to the floor. They go back inside and Young picks Mark up in a fireman's carry while going around to all the corners, with Mark tagging the corners behind him. They get to the fourth corner and Mark drops behind Silas and tries using the strap to pull him away from the corner, but Young grabs onto the referee and uses him to pull himself to the fourth corner to get the win.

Winner: Silas Young

Really good match, and they took some really nasty bumps in this one.

IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks vs Adrenaline Rush

The crowd informs the Bucks of what they like to do with their mouths in their spare time as Matt and ACH go at it. ACH does flippy stuff and cheapshots Nick off the apron, then tags in Tadarius for a double back elbow and a 2 count. Tadarius gets a rolling snapmare and a swinging kick for 2. Tadarius mocks the Bucks by doing their muscle pose, gets backdropped to the apron, and gets caught by a double team from the Bucks, who take a shot at ACH for good measure. The Bucks trap Tadarius in their half of the ring and work him over, hitting the hiptoss into a double cartwheel dropkick. Nick does a double cartwheel handspring into a chest rake, but Tadarius finally gets away and tags in ACH, who goes nuts hitting spotspotspotspotspotspot. They take turns hitting one dive after another to the floor, then come inside for a superkick party. The Bucks hit six or seven Epsenhart Specials, then a series of double teams on ACH and cover for 2. ACH foils a double team attempt and punts Matt in the head and then covers for 2, and Thomas foils a double team as well and suplexes Nick out of his boots. The Bucks knock the hell out of Adrenaline Rush with more superkicks, then the buckle bomb/enziguiri combo. They set up More Bang For Your Buck, Thomas escapes it, but gets his shoulder run into the ringpost. Thomas is blocking More Bang For Young Buck by holding onto the rope, so Nick double stomps his arm instead and goes out to the apron to put ACH in the face. Nick springboards off the top rope for an assisted tombstone, but ACH breaks up the pinfall at 2 and does a double Frankensteiner that sends both Bucks to the floor. ACH nearly kills himself when the Bucks nail him during a plancha attempt, and the Bucks put Thomas away with More Bang For Your Buck.

Winners: Young Bucks

Lots of action in this one, it got really spotty a lot of the time, but there isn't a team right now with better chemistry and crisper double teams than the Young Bucks.

The Stretcher Match is up next on Page 2!


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