12/14/18 - Final Battle - New York, NY
The greatest tag team in Ring of Honor history made history once again, as Jay and Mark Briscoe won the ROH World Tag Team Titles for the 10th time by outlasting The Young Bucks and defending champions SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) in a brutal and bloody Ladder War that headlined the Final Battle pay-per-view Friday night at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
In the other title matches on ROH’s biggest show of the year, ROH World Champion Jay Lethal and ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb successfully defended their championships, but Sumie Sakai’s eight-month reign as Women of Honor World Champion was ended by Kelly Klein in a Four Corner Survival Elimination Match.
-- Kenny King defeated Eli Isom
-- ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb defeated “Hangman” Adam Page
-- Kelly Klein won the WOH World Title in a Four Corner Survival Match over defending champion Sumie Sakai, Madison Rayne and Karen Q
-- Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Jonathan Gresham
-- Matt Taven defeated Dalton Castle
-- Marty Scurll defeated Christopher Daniels
-- Flip Gordon defeated Bully Ray in an I Quit Match
-- ROH World Champion Jay Lethal defeated Cody
-- The Briscoes won the ROH World Tag Team Titles in a Ladder War over defending champions SCU and The Young Bucks
Kenny King vs. Eli Isom
Before the opening bell, King grabbed a microphone and talked down to the rookie. King said Isom represents the new ROH Dojo, but he’s old school. King then hit Isom in the head with the microphone. Thanks to that cheap shot, King controlled the match in the opening minutes. King appeared to have the match won after hitting a springboard Blockbuster, but he chose to pick up Isom before the three count so that he could dish out more punishment to the youngster.
King’s arrogance nearly came back to bite him, as Isom rallied and scored a couple near falls. King ultimately prevailed, however, as he used a fireman’s carry into a modified Michinoku Driver for the win.
ROH World Television Title Match
ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb vs. “Hangman” Adam Page
Page charged at Cobb and went on the offensive immediately after the opening bell sounded. He quickly went for one of his signature moves -- a running Shooting Star Press off the apron -- but Cobb caught him and landed an overheard belly-to-belly suplex on the floor. As the match went on it became apparent that Page was able to match strength with Cobb, and Cobb was able to match Page in agility.
After Cobb hit a Tombstone Piledriver for a near fall, Page answered with a Buckshot Lariat. Page set up for Rite of Passage, but Cobb rolled through, deadlifted Page and sent him flying across the ring with an F-5. Cobb went for Tour of the Islands, but Page countered with a crucifix for a near fall. Cobb attempted to hit Tour of the Islands again, and this time he was successful. Sensing that Page still had some fight in him, Cobb hit another Tour of the Islands and covered Page for the three count.
Women of Honor World Title Match
Women of Honor World Champion Sumie Sakai vs. Karen Q vs. Madison Rayne vs. Kelly Klein
Klein and Karen surprisingly worked together early in the match, but, not surprisingly, their alliance didn’t last long. Klein scored the first fall by hitting her K-Power finisher on Karen. Later, Rayne scored near falls on both Klein and Sakai, but her momentum was halted when Sakai hit Smash Mouth on her. The opportunistic Klein tossed Sakai aside and pinned Rayne.
Now it was down to Sakai and Klein. Sakai hit Smash Mouth, but Klein kicked out. Sakai then kicked out of Klein’s K-Power. Klein finally put away the resilient Sakai with a Super K-Power off the middle rope.
Sakai, who had defeated Klein in the finals of the tournament to crown the first champion at Supercard of Honor last April, saw her reign end at 251 days.
Jonathan Gresham vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
This matchup of two of the best technical wrestlers in the world began with Sabre slapping Gresham in the face. It set the tone for a match that featured hard strikes, mat wrestling and submissions.
After a brutal strike to the face stunned Gresham, Gresham answered with an Enziguri and German suplex for a near fall. Gresham and Sabre continued to go back and forth, with neither of the master technicians able to sustain an advantage. After a series of reversals, Gresham went for a bridge pinning combination, but Sabre rolled over into a bridge of his own for the victory.
Dalton Castle (w/The Boys) vs. Matt Taven (w/TK O’Ryan)
Before the match began, Taven made it known that his “real world title” championship belt was on the line. Just a few minutes into the match, Taven attempted a dive over the top rope, but Castle moved out of the way and Taven landed hard, ribs-first, on the guardrail. Somehow he managed to avoid a serious injury and was able to continue.
Taven went on the attack and targeted Castle’s ailing back throughout the match. The Boys, O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia (who had been lurking under the ring) eventually all got involved in the action behind the referee’s back. Castle, meanwhile, hit a Bang-A-Rang outside the ring that sent Taven into the ring post. Back inside the ring, Castle hit a Doctor Bomb and went for a cover, but O’Ryan threw one of The Boys into the ring and onto Castle to break up the pin. The referee had seen enough and he ejected everyone from ringside.
Castle hit Bang-A-Rang, but Taven grabbed the bottom rope to break up the pin. Castle went for his finisher again, but Taven avoided it, hit the Just the Tip knee strike and followed with Climax for an impressive win.
Christopher Daniels vs. Marty Scurll
The stipulation for the match was that if Daniels won, he would get the ROH World Title shot Scurll had earned by winning Survival of the Fittest. A loss here would likely mean that Daniels is finished in ROH, as ROH COO Joe Koff said back in January that Daniels’ contract would not be renewed after Final Battle.
Scurll targeted Daniels’ neck, which is still less than a hundred percent after he was on the receiving end of Jay Briscoe’s Jay Driller on the stage recently. Scurll hit a Tombstone Piledriver for a near fall and then did the finger break move on both of Daniels’ hands. Daniels rallied and scored a couple near falls of his own, but Scurll eventually locked on the Chicken Wing, and Daniels tapped out.
After the match, the crowd chanted, “Thank you, Daniels.” As an emotional Daniels took it all in, Bully Ray suddenly hit the ring and nailed Daniels with a low blow. Bully demanded that his I Quit Match with Flip Gordon start now.
I Quit Match
Bully Ray vs. Flip Gordon
Gordon was all over Bully right from the start. After the fight spilled to the floor, Bully grabbed a chain and nailed Gordon in the face with it. The blow busted Gordon open. Bully then shoved ring announcer Bobby Cruise and referee Todd Sinclair and threatened ROH ambassador Cary Silkin with a kendo stick. Just as Bully was about to blast Silkin with the weapon, Christopher Daniels ran out and threw his body over Silkin to absorb the kendo stick shot. Daniels then clotheslined Bully with the kendo stick.
After Bully recovered, his next target was Gordon’s girlfriend, who was seated in the front row. Bully pulled her over the guardrail and got her in position for a powerbomb. Gordon pleaded with Bully not to do it as Bully demanded that Gordon say, “I quit.” Silkin then hit Bully with the kendo stick, and Bully released Gordon’s girlfriend. As Bully threatened Silkin, Gordon’s girlfriend came up behind Bully and delivered a low blow.
Gordon punished Bully with a kendo stick, but Silas Young came out and attacked Gordon. Young poured lighter fluid on a table in the ring. Cheeseburger and Colt Cabana (who had been on commentary) both ran in to thwart Young, but they were overpowered by Young and Bully.
Young pulled out a lighter, but before he could set the table ablaze, the lights went out. When they came back on, ECW icon The Sandman -- a recent ally of Gordon’s -- was in the ring. Gordon hit the Star-Spangled Stunner on Bully and then was handed a kendo stick from Sandman. With a kendo stick in each hand, Gordon nailed Bully with one shot after another. When the referee asked Bully if he quit, Bully screamed, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” After the match, the triumphant Gordon shared a beer with Sandman.
ROH World Title Match
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal vs. Cody (w/Brandi Rhodes)
It’s no secret that Cody has been dealing with an injured left knee, and Lethal focused his attack on it. Sensing that her husband was in serious jeopardy, Brandi entered the ring while the referee was distracted and speared Lethal. Cody then hit Cross Rhodes for a near fall. Brandi went for another spear, but this time Lethal moved and she speared Cody. The referee wanted to disqualify Cody for Brandi’s interference, but Lethal, not wanting to win by DQ, talked him out of it.
Lethal set up for Lethal Injection, but Cody pulled Brandi in front of him and she ended up on the receiving end of the move. Cody hit Cross Rhodes again for a near fall. Cody then put Lethal in the figure-four leglock. The bell rang even though Lethal didn’t submit. It was Adam Page who rang the bell, and then Page handed the ROH World Title belt Cody. Of course, the referee waved it off and ordered the match to continue.
After several more minutes of back-and-forth action, Lethal nailed Cody’s bad knee with the title belt while the referee was temporarily incapacitated. He followed up with two superkicks, Lethal Injection, and two more superkicks. Then he applied the figure-four leglock and Cody tapped out.
After the match, Marty Scurll entered the ring. Meanwhile, NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis came out to the stage, applauded Lethal and left. Scurll snatched the ROH World Title belt away from Lethal and then tossed it back to him.
Ladder War for the ROH World Tag Team Titles
ROH World Tag Team Champions SCU (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) vs. Jay and Mark Briscoe
This match was 22 minutes of non-stop action and chaos. The Briscoes set the tone for the violent affair from the outset and continually raised the violence quotient in a battle that featured countless insane moves and the repeated use of ladders, chairs, tables and trash cans as weapons. Before it was over, Jay and Mark Briscoe and Kazarian were all bleeding profusely.
Near the latter stages of the match, Nick Jackson climbed one of the ladders, but Jay Briscoe pushed over the ladder, sending Nick Jackson soaring over the top rope and crashing through a table outside the ring.
As Kazarian and Jay Briscoe slugged it out on top of a ladder, Mark Briscoe threw a chair at Kazarian. The chair shot knocked Kazarian off the ladder and through a table. That allowed Jay Briscoe to unhook the title belts hanging above the ring to give the Briscoes the win and their 10th ROH World Tag Team Title reign.