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NEW ROH CHAMPION CROWNED: COMPLETE ROH FINAL BATTLE COVERAGE

By Mike Johnson on 2017-12-15 20:01:00
 

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Welcome to PWInsider.com's live, ongoing coverage of Ring of Honor 2017 from the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC!

Tonight's event is sold out in NYC but will be available via all PPV outlets, including The Fite App, which you can download for free for your cell phone or mobile device by clicking here.    Fite can be streamed from your phone to Samsung Smart TVs and recently debuted a Roku channel as well. The app is HIGHLY recommended by yours truly and is free to download as well with tons of weekly free programming, including ROH's weekly TV series, Booker T's Reality of Wrestling and more.

PRE-SHOW NOTES:

Ring of Honor has added several new wrinkles to the live production aspect of the show, including new video screens on the lighting truss and additional screens on the stage.

Jeff Jones, who worked behind the scenes here before leaving for a position producing reality TV, is backstage helping out.

The next ROH event here will be Saturday 3/3/18.  Tickets will go on sale Friday with a pre-sale for ROH Ringside Members on Wednesday.

ROH is selling official Ring of Honor Christmas tree ornaments and a Mark Briscoe Ugly Christmas Sweater.

The Amazing Red and Brian XL are backstage visiting.  

Noelle Foley celebrated her birthday visiting at the show.

PRE-SHOW MATCHES, FILMED FOR YOUTUBE

The Dawgs vs. Cheeseburger & Mystery Partner

The mystery partner was Delirious.  He started out with Will Ferrara.   They went back and forth on the match.   Cheeseburger tagged in.  The Dawgs worked him over.  Paul Crockett, apparently delirious, just told me the Dawgs should be in the main event of the Tokyo Dome.   Delirious tagged in and ran Ferrara into the turnbuckles face-first.   Ferrara cut him off with a knee to the mid-section.  Rhett Titus nailed a slingshot on his own partner, who was sent flying into Delirious, nailing a clothesline.   They continued double teamed Delirious for a long time.  Titus nailed a running Facewash in the corner. 

Cheeseburger finally made the hot tag and hit a carthwheel into a bodypress.  He nailed a big superkick followed by a German suplex for a two count.  Ferrara charged Delirious who nailed a drop toehold into the buckles.  Titus charged but was laid out as well.   Cheeseburger nailed a pescado to the floor on Titus. He ascended to the top for a big knee.  Burger and Delirious both covered him for the pin but Titus broke it up.   They nailed a double team double underhook slam on Delirious and scored the pin.

Your winners, The Dawgs!

Paul Crockett was beyond excited they won.  Good to have Paul and Chris Boyce here tonight.

Josh Woods vs. Jonathan Gresham

Lots of good grappling early. They went back and forth with some good mat wrestling.  Gresham stole the win with a surprise pin.

Your winnerm Jonathan Gresham!

Realy fluid, good matwrestling.  I enjoyed the hell out of this.

 

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ROH FINAL BATTLE 2017

The PPV opened with a very good video previewing all the top matches for the show.  I am here at Hammerstein but also streaming it on Fite TV to my cellphone and it's flawless.

They had some really cool camera angles looking down on the entire venue as the show opened.  

Colt Cabana and Ian Riccaboni ran down the top matches.

Matt Taven (with Vinnie Marseglia and TK O'Ryan) vs. Will Ospreay

The fans were hot for Ospreay, chanting his name.  SUPER hot opening with dives from Ospreay hitting a big kick and then hitting a dive to the members of the Kingdom on the floor.  Taven then hit an Awesome Dive to the floor.  When they returned to the ring, all sorts of back and forth until Ospreay kicked Taven to the floor, then faked out a dive.  Taven cut him off and worked him over in the corner.  Ospreay kicked off a charge.  He went to the top but was knocked to the apron.  He rebounded with a springboard enziguri.  vOspreay was knocked out of the ring and sent into the guard rail by Marseglia.  He was tossed back in, where Taven worked him over.   The crowd tried to rally Ospreay, who went for a leaping rana but was caught, powerbombed and kicked in the head.  Ospreay made a comeback and nailed a flying clothesline.  Ospreay nailed a standing shooting star press for a two count.  Ospreay dove up for a back elbow.   Taven kicked him in the head.  Taven worked him over and locked on a Liontamer.  Ospreay fought his way out but was taken back down by Taven.

Ospreay rolled him up for a two count but Taven cut him off with a knee to the mid-section.  Ospreay nailed a crescent kick.  They went back and forth.  It was very good stuff.  Lots of good chemistry. Taven nailed a frog splash but Ospreay pulled him into a small package in mid-air, which looked awesome.  Ospreay went for the Ozcutter but Taven caught him and turned it into a DDT variation for the pin.

Your winner, Matt Taven!

Good opener with lots of solid wrestling and big aerial spots.  Enjoyable as heck.

 

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War Machine vs. The Addiction

Everyone starting brawling at the bell.  Hanson worked over Daniels.   The Addiction caught Hanson and worked him over with strikes and kicks, beating him down in the corner.  Kazarian nailed a clothesline in the corner;.  Daniels followed.  They hit them again and again.  Rowe returned to the fray and dropkicked both members of the Addiction at the same time.  He picked up Kazarian and nailed an overhead throw suplex.    He suplexed Kazarian from the outside in, but Daniels tripped him.  The flow of the match returned to the Addiction as they teamed to work over Rowe.  Hanson tried to get in to make the save but was held back by the referee.

Rowe mounted a comeback and drilled Daniels atop of Kazarian with a big Uranage.  He made the hot tag to Hanson, who cleaned house with big right hands on each.  They nailed several kicks to try and stop him but the effort was fleeting.  Hanson slammed them both atop of the buckles, stacked up and beat them with big shots, then hit a big bronco buster.     War Machine hit a Doomsday Device combo with a back suplex on Daniels but Kazarian broke it up.

Daniels rolled up Rowe for a two count but the referee saw him hook the tights and stopped the pin.  Daniels then tried to use the ropes to cheat and score a pin.  Kazarian nailed a backcracker on Rowe, followed by a Tomakaze.  Hanson broke up the pinfall and drilled both of them with hard shots to the chest.  Kazarian and Daniels grabbed him and nailed a back suplex on Hanson, slamming him atop of Rowe,  Daniels went for a tombstone on Rowe but Hanson prevented it.    Everyone battled.  Kazarian nailed a slingshot into a cutter.

They continued battling back and forth.  Hanson hit a handspring elbow on each of the Addiction, then hit a tope suicida to the floor on Kazarian.  War Machine nailed their finisher on Daniels and scored the pin.

Your winners, War Machine!

They aired a recap on Jay Lethal vs. Marty Scurll with the idea that Scurll has challenged him to bring out the rulebreaker Lethal.

 

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Marty Scurll vs. Jay Lethal

Back and forth chants for each at the bell.  They shook hands with animosity.  They locked up, feeling each other out early.  Lethal's arm was worked over but he fired up with punches and a hiptoss.  Lethal nailed a chop in the corner.  He hit the handspring into a dropkick.  Scurll tried to hide behind the referee and used that to take over on Lethal.  Scurll nailed a superkick on the apron, sending Lethal to the floor. They battled on the floor and back to the ring.  Lethal nailed a springboard dropkick out of the corner.  Lethal nailed a pair of dives.

They fired back and forth with big kicks.    Scurll tied him up for a two count but Lethal kicked out.   Lethal locked in a Human Torture Rack and slammed Scurll for a two count.   They ended up on the floor again, fighting back and forth.   Scurll nailed a DDT off the apron to the floor.  They battled to the apron, where Scurll chopped Lethal down and nailed kicks.  They fired back and forth with chops.  Lethal nailed an Ace Cutter off the apron to the floor.

Lethal tossed him back in the ring and went for a handspring elbow but was caught in the Chickenwing.  Lethal rolled over him and scored a two count.  Scurll shoved Lethal into the referee and snapped Jay with a superkick.  Scurll went under the ring and grabbed a steel chair.  He went to use it but instead did the Eddie Guerrero bit, tossing it to Jay and laying down.  Jay outsmarted him and put the chair around his neck and laid down.  Big Eddie chant.  Scurrll protested to the ref he didn't do anything.  Lethal nailed a small package for a two count.

Scurrl scored with some kicks but was locked inside the figure four leglock.  He fought and finally made it to the ropes, forcing a break.  Scurll retreated to the floor.  He grabbed an umbrella from under the ring but Jay snatched it.  The referee took it away, but Scurll got another and smashed it over Lethal as the ref removed the other.    Lethal was worked over but made a comeback with the handspring elbow and finally scored the pin.

Your winner, Jay Lethal!

Great, hard fought back and forth match.  This really was a great, great match.

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