Expect To See More Of Dan Maff; Jay Lethal Will Compete At Final Battle; Mark Haskins-Bully Ray Street Fight Signed For Final Battle

By Kevin Eck 

There was a lot of great action and noteworthy developments at ROH’s The Experience and Unauthorized shows last weekend, but one of the biggest stories coming out of the events was the return of Dan Maff to ROH after a 14-year absence.

Maff, a two-time former ROH World Tag Team Champion who appeared in the very first ROH show in 2002, wrestled in the main event on both shows over the weekend and clearly hasn’t lost a step. In fact, Maff made such a strong impression that ROH officials have already discussed plans to bring him back in the future.

On Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Maff filled in for the injured Brody King to help Villain Enterprises’ PCO and Marty Scurll successfully defend the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship. Maff scored the winning pinfall for his team.

The next night in Columbus, Ohio, Maff and PCO tore down the house with an ultra-violent, anything-goes match. PCO, who will challenge RUSH for the ROH World Title at the Final Battle pay-per-view on Dec. 13 in Baltimore, ultimately prevailed, but Maff gave the monster all he could handle.

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I’m still in shock over Vincent’s heinous attack on longtime friend Matt Taven, who was rendered a bloody mess after Vincent sliced his head open with his axe at The Experience.

Everyone knows how twisted and sadistic Vincent is, but I thought his sole redeeming quality was loyalty. Unfortunately, Taven — who was responsible for Vincent getting a job in ROH — learned first hand that Vincent is pure evil.

We now know the backstage “attacks” on Vincent and TK O’Ryan were a ruse masterminded by Vincent, but questions remain. Was O’Ryan a victim, or is he a co-conspirator? If O’Ryan wasn’t in on it — and he has said on social media that he wasn’t — did Vincent act alone? Why did he do it?

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The ROH World Tag Team Title Match pitting champions Jay and Mark Briscoe against Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham will go on as planned at Final Battle. Lethal suffered a broken arm during the Honor United UK tour two weeks ago, but he has informed ROH officials that he will be ready to go for the pay-per-view.

Also at Final Battle, Mark Haskins will face Bully Ray in a street fight. Haskins’ wife, Vicky, will be in Haskins’ corner.

Stay tuned for more Final Battle match announcements next week.

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Soldiers of Savagery (Moses and Kaun) have officially signed with Shane Taylor Promotions. S.O.S. accompanied ROH World Television Champion Shane Taylor to the ring at Unauthorized.

Moses and Kaun feel that they made an immediate impact in ROH but ROH officials continued to overlook them. Taylor has long felt overlooked and underappreciated, which is why STP was created.

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2019 Top Prospect Tournament winner Dak Draper apparently is waiting for just the right time to cash in his shot at the ROH World Television Title, which he earned by winning the tournament.

As dominant as Taylor has been, I don’t blame Draper for not being in a hurry to step into the ring with him.

By the way, Draper is now handing out participation ribbons to opponents after he defeats them.

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What is newcomer Bateman’s beef with Tracy Williams? No one seems to know, including Williams.

At Unauthorized, Bateman cost Williams a victory in his Last Man Standing Match against Flip Gordon. Bateman powerbombed Williams through a table, and Williams was unable to make it to his feet before the referee counted to 10.

This is the second time Bateman has attacked Williams; he also did so at Death Before Dishonor Fallout on Sept. 28 after Williams had defeated Gordon. 

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I’m not sure what to make of the backstage interactions between RUSH, Kenny King and Amy Rose. Are they forming some sort of an alliance? Is King angling for a title shot?

This is a situation that bears monitoring.

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A former multi-time champion in WCW is rumored to be appearing at Final Battle Fallout on Dec. 15 in Philadelphia.

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The first two episodes of “Future of Honor,” featuring the likes of Draper, S.O.S. and second-generation star Austin Gunn, are now available on HonorClub.

Kevin Eck is a veteran pro wrestling journalist who has worked for The Baltimore Sun, WWE and WCW before joining ROHWrestling.com.