Ring of Honor: How Will Final Battle Play Out?
Final Battle is upon us! The annual Ring of Honor event will be held December 15th in New York City. It’s a card that will have exciting matches that are going to be highlighted by Cody and Dalton Castle for the ROH World Title. What can we expect from one of the most prestigious ROH PPV’s of the year?
Cody vs. Dalton Castle-
This is a great match. Dalton Castle has been one of the best workers in Ring of Honor for some time. He’ll get his shot at Cody for the title at Final Battle. It’s an interesting match, as I could see Castle walking out with the title. But it’s not going to happen. Cody has been an ideal champion and it’s highly unlikely ROH wants to take the belt off him, especially as he heads to Wrestle Kingdom against Kota Ibushi.
Jay Lethal vs. Marty Scurll-
My most anticipated match of the night, this could wind up being a late addition to the match of the year conversation. There hasn’t been much buildup to this fight, but the history of the two in the wrestling world tells the story. Scurll has had an incredible 2017. Lethal is an ROH legend. I’m not banking on Scurll to win this match. Although it’s going to be a wrestling clinic, nobody will even care about the winner.
Kenny King vs. Punishment Martinez vs. Silas Young vs. Shane Taylor-
King has had no shortage of challengers for the TV title. This will be an exciting match. I’m a huge mark for Punishment Martinez. Ideally, it makes the most sense for him to win, as he’s the future of ROH. This is the only instance that I see a title change hands at Final Battle. They need to push the new talent to the top. And even if King does keep the title, a feud with Martinez would be the next logical step.
Motor City Machine Guns vs. Best Friends-
Let’s be honest, Chuckie T is the greatest indie wrestler ever. And after seeing Trent Beretta face off against Kenny Omega, I’m more than impressed with his 2017. But the Motor City Machine Guns are the choice here. While it’s a good story for Best Friends, the Guns have looked great. Would it surprise me if ROH pulled the upset? Yes.
Young Bucks vs. Flip Gordon, Dragon Lee and Titan-
If Flip Gordon was teaming with coast to coast I’d give him more of a shot at the this. I doubt ROH will have the Bullet Club fall to a team consisting of Dragon Lee and Titan. This is probably the easiest match to call. Bullet Club makes too much money for them. This also sets up the mega 6-man match with The Kingdom.
War Machine vs. The Addiction-
Billed as a grudge match, these two teams know how to put on a good show. War Machine has had a great run in Ring Of Honor. The Addiction are Ring of Honor legends and draw the most heat out of any wrestlers in the promotion. I truly believe ROH is setting up War Machine for a tag title run. If that’s the case, I’d expect Hanson and Rowe to defeat Kaz and Daniels.
Will Osprey vs. Matt Taven
Not much has been told about this match. Taven and The Kingdom are more than likely on the path to the 6-man or tag team titles. Osprey, who has been absent from ROH, will be a nice addition to Final Battle. This seems that it’s just a one-off match. I expect Osprey to pull off the victory, even with The Kingdom at ringside.
These are my predictions for Final Battle. I do play favorites (Punishment Martinez) at times, but I fully expect every match will be outstanding. Ring of Honor knows how to do a show and this isn’t going to be an exception.Follow @DGentleman9288