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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
Stretcher Match: Kevin Steen vs Michael Bennett

Steen charges Bennett and kills him with a clothesline in the corner, bollowed by a cannonball and another clothesline that sends Bennett flying over the top rope to the floor. Steen goes out after him and gets whipped into the barricade, and I must have missed it, but it looks like Bennett got busted open hardway at some point because he has blood running down the back of his head. Steen regains control and repeatedly picks Bennett up as if going for an atomic drop, but runs his ding ding into the ringpost instead. Steen rolls Bennett inside and brings a chair in with him, but Bennett gets ahold of the chair and starts working Steen over with it. Steen ducks a chairshot and gives Bennett the Codebreaker using the chair, then puts the chair over Bennett in the corner and hits the running cannonball. Bennett hoists Steen up and hits a TKO, but the crowd reminds Bennett of what they think of him as he goes for a piledriver. Steen backdrops him, Bennett responds with a superkick, but Steen pops Bennett up into a powerbomb and hits the package piledriver. Steen rolls Bennett onto the stretcher and two heavily muscled gentlemen start to carry him to the back, but Maria blocks them from leaving. Steen casually dives over the top rope and hits a somersault senton onto Bennett, then pummels him with the stretcher. Steen dumps Bennett into the ring and gets a mic to inform Maria...well, I'll just quote him: "Listen bitch, if you don't want him to leave, then I guess I'll just have to beat him until he can't stand up anymore." That plan doesn't seem to work, because Bennett gets ahold of the chair and starts hammering Steen with it Wrestlemania X-7 style. Bennett then gets the spot of the night as he puts the chair over Steen's package, then piledrives it with a second chair. Well, looks like something might not be standing up anymore, but it's not Bennett! Bennett hits a spinebuster, then goes out to the apron to try for the killer piledriver. Steen keeps his base and tries for a package piledriver, but Bennett blocks and hits the Box Office Smash off the apron. They're across the ring from me so I couldn't tell if they went through a table or just landed on the floor, but Bennett rolls in and gets a nice long rest before Steen is able to haul himself inside. Bennett immediately swoops in and hits the piledriver, then picks Steen up and goes for a second one, but Steen gets fired up by Ole chants and plants Bennett with a brainbuster. Steen sets up a chair and goes to package piledrive Bennett through it, Maria gets in the ring to try and stop him, but Steen knows it's just a distraction and nails Bennett when he comes in, then lays him out with a Stunner before hitting him with a package piledriver. Steen sets up his annual Final Battle Chair Platform, picks Bennett up, and package piledrives him through it. The referee has seen enough and stops the match.

Winner: Kevin Steen

Now THAT was a hell of a finish! As a result of this loss, Bennett can no longer use the piledriver in ROH. Maria gets in the ring and slaps Steen, but Steen just shakes his head and holds the ropes open for her to leave. She starts to exit the ring, but Steen grabs her by the hair, drags her back to the middle of the ring, and gives her the package piledriver. Steen, the master of the verbal exclamation point, gets a mic and says "Merry Christmas, bitch!"

INTERMISSION

Prince Nana comes out to the ring to start the second half, puts over his brother Nelson Mandela, and talks about how he signed two of the best wrestlers in the world, Homicide and Eddie Kingston, and brought them back to Ring of Honor. He's interrupted by reDRagon, and Fish says that he thinks Nana's having a little too good of a time and thinks he needs some of what Nana is smoking. He says that Outlaw Inc isn't bringing the title home, then they proceed to attack Nana and lay him out with Chasing The Dragon. Outlaw Inc's music hits and they come out of the crowd and attack reDRagon to start the next match.

ROH World Tag Team Title Match: reDRagon vs Outlaw Inc

Homicide works O'Reilly over and then tags Kingston in to hit a double stomp, yank O'Reilly's shirt over his head, and lay a further beating on him. O'Reilly is in trouble as he continues to get double teamed by Kingston and Homicide, but Fish grabs Kingston's foot and drags him out to the floor. O'Reilly joins him and they try to double team Kingston, but Homicide joins the fray and they lay O'Reilly out and chase Fish into the ring. reDRagon quickly regains control by dumping Kingston out to the apron where O'Reilly drills him with a leaping enziguiri before hitting the running dropkick off the apron. O'Reilly dumps Kingston back inside and they trap him on their side of the ring and work him over for the next several minutes. O'Reilly pummels Kingston with a series of quick strikes, but he dodges a charge from O'Reilly and then nails Fish with a leaping enziguiri and dives for the tag...JUST as O'Reilly yanks Homicide off the apron and out of range of the tag. They go back to working Kingston over, but Kingston hits the roll of the dice on O'Reilly, suplexes him into the corner, rolls under a kick from Fish, and makes the hot tag. Homicide comes in like a house of fire, destroying Fish and monkey flipping him across the ring before nailing a running clothesline for 2. Homicide goes for Iconoclasm, but Fish doesn't seem to realize what move he was taking and ends up taking a face bump. Homicide follows that up by cracking O'Reilly with a leg lariat, then he and Kingston wipe both of reDRagon out with stereo dives to the floor. They come back inside and Homicide hits the Three Amigos on Fish, but O'Reilly comes in and drills him with a huge kick and mocks him by doing the Eddy Guerrero shimmy. reDRagon hits a series of double teams and a kneedrop version of Demolition's old finisher, but Homicide gets out at 2. O'Reilly mocks Homicide as he gets to his feet, but Homicide suddenly pops up and hits an Ace Crusher, then Kingston nails O'Reilly with a diving forearm and covers for 2. The referee clearly puts himself in position to take an errant blow from Kingston, who then knocks O'Reilly out with the spinning backfist. Fish comes right in and knocks Kingston out with a kick to the skull, then Homicide dumps Fish out to the flor as the fans, who haven't appreciated the action in this one, chant for them to end this match. Fish slides one of the belts in and Kingston grabs it, and the referee gets distracted paying attention to them and doesn't notice fish nail Homicide with a chair before hitting Chasing The Dragon for the win.

Winners: reDRagon

They tried, but they just never seemed to get going in this one and the fans turned on it halfway through. Kingston doesn't look happy and mouths some very bad words at the crowd before telling Homicide to do what he's gotta do, and Homicide lays a ringside attendant out with the Cop Killa. He tells the fans not to clap for that (so of course they do), and he says they tried to play by all us suckas' rules, and now they're going to do things their way.

What follows is a scary scene that saw Homicide and Kingston go out into the crowd and get in the faces of the fans who were getting on their case. In a scene I thought I'd never see, the New York fans turned on Homicide and Kingston as they proceeded to challenge fans to fights and toss guardrails and garbage pails around in the crowd area. Security actually had to hold a couple of guys back as the crowd chanted "you still suck" at them. Not a pretty scene, and the crowd was unjustly rough on them in my opinion. The match wasn't good, but wasn't so bad to deserve that response.

TV Title Match: Matt Taven vs Tommaso Ciampa

Ciampa grabs Taven as he makes his entrance and German suplexes him out of his shoes. Taven nails Ciampa with a leg lariat as the crowd chants "this is better" and then dumps Ciampa out to the floor. The crowd now chants "Pauly Shore" at Taven as he goes for a dive, but Ciampa nails him on the way out, then proceeds to absolutely squash Taven, bringing him back in the ring and just pummeling him with almost no offense from Taven. Ciampa goes for the running knees in the corner and Scarlett throws herself over Taven to try and stop Ciampa, but he hits the running knee anyway and knocks her out cold. Truth Martini comes in and is quickly flattened with Project Ciampa, then the other girl (whose name escapes me) makes faces at him and comes off the top rope with a flying headscissors. Taven quickly hits a frogsplash and makes a cover, but Ciampa kicks out at 2 and rolls Taven right into the Rings of Saturn. Taven tries to escape, but has nowhere to go and submits away the TV Title.

Winner and new ROH TV Champion: Tommaso Ciampa

Now THAT was a squash! Ciampa laid waste to the entire House of Truth enroute to a diminant title win that lasted all of maybe five minutes.

Eddie Edwards' mystery partner is revealed next on Page 3!


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