Ring of Honor held their annual “Final Battle” event on Dec. 14 and it saw, not one, but two huge returns as well the final Ring of Honor match for Eddie Edwards as he heads to the WWE. Here is the Ring of Honor “Final Battle 2013” results and recap.
The show opened with what is scheduled as Matt Hardy’s final match under his Ring of Honor deal. His opponent is Adam Page. The two of them had a solid match, with Page looking good, but Hardy picked up the win with the Twist of Fate.
Up next was the Strap Match between Silas Young and Mark Briscoe. This turned out to not just be a strap match but was also wrestled under bull rope rules, where the person had to touch all four buckles to win. In what has to be seen as an upset, Silas Young beat Mark Briscoe in the match.
The IWGP junior tag team champion Young Bucks made a special ROH appearance next to battle Adrenaline RUSH. In what was called a spotty match, The Young Bucks picked up the win when they pinned Tadarius Thomas.
The stretcher match was next between Michael Bennett and Kevin Steen. The match also had the rules that whoever lost could never use a piledriver again. The match ended without the stretcher coming into play when the referee stopped the match when Steen piledrove Bennett through a stack of chairs. After the match, Maria slapped Steen so he piledrover her as well.
After the break, reDRagon defended their tag team titles against Outlaw Inc. The match was not that great and the fans all turned on Outlaw Inc. reDRagon won the match, and after the match, Outlaw Inc. went into the crowd to face off with the fans who turned on them.
The TV title match was next. Matt Taven is the longest reigning ROH TV champion of all time, which made the fact that Tommaso Ciampa squashed him to win the title surprising. It sounds a bit like the Ultimate Warrior ending Honky Tonk Man’s streak in the WWE.
The next match was supposed to be Jay Lethal and Roderick Strong vs. The American Wolves, but Ring of Honor cut Davey Richards and said they would find a new partner for Edwards. That partner was BJ Whitmer, who retired after breaking his back against Michael Bennett. The deal was that Whitmer was never able to have his “final match” so they put him in one here where he could go out on his own.
Edwards won the match when he pinned Strong. After the match, Jay Lethal thanked Edwards and left. Then Edwards thanked Whitmer and said that he was proud to team with him in his final match and was ready to move on. Then, from out of nowhere, Whitmer laid out Edwards. Strong then jumped up and the two laid into Edwards until Jimmy Jacobs came out to the ring. Jacobs cut a promo about hearing too many wrestlers thanks ROH fans before leaving for other companies and he was sick of it. He then blasted Edwards with the steel spike and then he, Whitmer and Strong left the ring together.
The main event saw Adam Cole defend his title against Jay Briscoe and Michael Elgin in a three-way. The match was long, and hard fought, but ended when Matt Hardy came down and interfered, bringing out Mark Briscoe as well. The actual pin came when Briscoe was going for a Jay Driller on Elgin, but Cole came in and superkicked both men and pinned Elgin.
After the match, Hardy and Cole celebrated together when, from the audience, Chris Hero jumped the rails and laid out Hardy with the Roaring Elbow. When Cole turned around, he used his golden elbow pad to knock him out as well. Hero said it wasn’t Ring of Honor “Final Battle” without him, and that he is now back in Ring of Honor.