Ring of Honor returns to the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for its final event of 2016 on Friday live on pay-per-view and IPPV at 9:00 p.m. EST, headlined by the World Title match between former tag team partners, now bitter enemies Kyle O’Reilly and ROH Champion Adam Cole.
Both men are looking to finish 2016 in style by walking out of New York City as the ROH World Champion, the two have been bitter enemies since Cole turned on his former partner at 2015’s All-Star Extravaganza, The Champion regained his title in August this year by becoming one of only three men to hold the prestigious ROH World Title on two separate occasions in the promotion’s 14 year history.
O’Reilly is one of the best wrestlers on the planet today, while Cole has been defending the title against all comers including new ROH signee Will Ospreay and cementing himself and the US Leader of Bullet Club, O’Reilly has been having outstanding matches on a consistent basis, namely with Katsuyori Shibata. The reDRagon member fell short in his last three title opportunities with Jay Lethal, one at All Star Extravaganza, a ROH television shot and later in a three way with Cole at the companies 14th Year Anniversary show, could this however be Kyle O’Reilly’s defining moment or will the leader of the Bullet Club prevail over his former team match.
The ROH World TV Title will also be on the line at Final Battle with the new Champion Marty Scurll defending against former Champions Will Ospreay and Bobby Fish, the three men will also face the number 1 contender Dragon Lee, in a match of the night contender.
Recently during the UK Tour, Bobby’s Fish 6 month title reign came to an end as Will Ospreay picked up a shock victory in Liverpool to only lose it 2 days later in London to Marty Scurll, the two former champions have automatic rematch clauses so they have been added to the title match at Final Battle with the impressive number 1 contender Dragon Lee, this honestly have match of the night written all over it.
The Young Bucks defend the ROH World Tag Team Title against multiple time Champions and arguably the greatest tag team in ROH history The Briscoes, both teams have held a number of Championships in 2016 but it’s The Young Bucks whom continue to dominate Tag Team Wrestling, recently though in London Mark and Jay defeated The Young Bucks in a non title match which has been widely praised by those in attendance online.
ROH’s Franchise Jay Lethal squares off against Cody Rhodes in the former WWE superstars first ROH appearance, Rhodes in a recent interview said this was the biggest match and event of his career as he faces off with the franchise and the face of ROH Jay Lethal, the former Champion Lethal showed nothing but respect to his Final Battle competitor stating that this is what ROH is all about, putting two of the best together inside the ring to determine who truly is the best in the world.
The first ever ROH 6 man Tag Team Champions will be crowned as the new Kingdom ( Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) face off with the highly impressed team of Lio Rush, Jay White and Kushida.
Also Friday night you will see a grudge match between Colt Cabana and Dalton Castle, Cabana recently turned on his tag team partner following a title match defeat to The Young Bucks, Castle looked to make up recently on ROH TV but Cabana turned his back and hit Dalton with a low blow, setting up an excellent match to finish off the year.
Also on the card…
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Silas Young
The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) and Donovan Dijak vs. The Cabinet (Rhett Titus, Kenny King and Caprice Coleman)