By TE: This year’s Final Battle will take place on Friday, December 18 at the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore, Maryland with a start time of 8 PM ET and features 8 big matches. The event will be available on traditional PPV, through Fite.tv, & via HonorClub. Due to COVID restrictions there will be no fans in attendance.
Unfortunately, two scheduled matches have been cancelled due to COVID testing protocols. These matches were the grudge match between EC3 and Jay Briscoe as well as the 6-man tag title match in which Mexisquad was set to defend their titles again Shane Taylor Promotions.
There will be two matches contested under Pure Rules, for those unfamiliar these rules are as follows:
- Every match begins and ends with the Code of Honor handshake.
- Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls. After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts on or under the ropes by his opponent are legal.
- Closed-fist punches to the face are not permitted; only open-handed slaps or chops to the face are allowed. Punches to other parts of the body are permitted, excluding low blows. The first use of a closed fist will get a warning; the second will be a disqualification.
- As in standard ROH matches, there will be a 20-count when a wrestler is on the floor.
- Outside interference will result in automatic termination from the roster for the wrestler that interferes.
The feature match for the free hour will be four counters survival match between Josh Woods, Dak Draper, LSG, & Tony Deppen, where the winner will receive an ROH TV title shot against Dragon Lee Later in the night. All four men have recently been focused on the pure division so it will be interesting to see how they adapt under standard ROH rules.
The eccentric Danhausen will face the brash Brian Johnson. This is a must win situation for Danhausen as if he does not win, he will not receive an ROH contract & Johnson has been very clear that he would be more than happy to keep Danhausen out of ROH.
In an ROH first we will have a tag match contested under Pure Rules, as the Foundation’s Tracy Williams & Rhett Titus will take on Fred Yehi & Wheeler Yuta. This will be an interesting one to watch as in addition to the standard Pure Rules the following will also be in effect:
- A legal tag requires the wrestler on the apron to reach over the top rope and tag his partner hand-to-hand while holding the tag rope with his other hand.
- Each wrestler has five seconds to exit the ring after a tag is made.
- Each time a team breaks up a pinfall or submission, that team will lose a rope break. Breaking up a pinfall or submission when a team is out of rope breaks will result in a disqualification.
In a feud that has been brewing for over a year The OGK (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett) will take on The Righteous (Vincent & Bateman). At last years Final Battle Vincent and Bateman crushed Matt Taven’s ankle and put him on the shelf. Since returning from injury Taven has always been at a number disadvantage, until his former Partner and founding member of the Kingdom Mike Bennet made his return to ROH. Lots of bad blood in this match, expect a hard-hitting affair.
The ROH Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham will defend his title against Flip Gordon. Gordon Recently defeated a stable of the Pure Division Josh “The Goods” Woods on ROH TV. An impressive feat considering not only Josh’s armature wrestling background, performance in the ROH pure tournament & his recent defeat of former ROH World Champ Jay Lethal. Many were unsure if Flip would be able to excel under Pure rules, but his victory over Woods shows he should not be taken lightly.
The second title match of the night will feature the TV Champion Dragon Lee taking on the winner of the four counters survival match earlier in the night. Granted no knowing who his opponent is would normally put the champion at a disadvantage but keeping up with Dragon Lee on a normal night is no small task let alone when his opponent will need to pull double duty if they hope to take the TV title home.
Speaking of double duty, Jonathan Gresham & Jay Lethal (Representing the Foundation) will defend the ROH tag title against the newly formed team of Mark Briscoe & PCO. This is technically the Briscoes rematch after losing the tag title to Lethal & Gresham, however Mark was permitted to choose another partner as Jay Briscoe has had his sights set on EC3.
The Final battle Main event will feature Brody King taking on Rush for the ROH world Championship. Brody earned this opportunity by defeating Shane Taylor on a recent episode of ROH TV. Though most of Brody’s success in ROH has been as a tag team competitor he may have the advantage in this match has he has been competing in ROH and NJPW regularly where Rush has been largely sidelined during the pandemic. Never count Rush out but we very well see ring rust become a factor in this match.