Final Battle Hour One To Air For Free; Two More Matches Signed For Final Battle; Crowbar To Compete In Philly

By Kevin Eck

Ring of Honor’s biggest show of the year just got even bigger and better.

The Final Battle pay-per-view, which takes places Friday, Dec. 13 at Baltimore’s UMBC Event Center, has been extended to four hours, and ROH is offering the first hour to all fans for free.

“Final Battle Hour One” airs live at 7 p.m. Eastern on Ring of Honor Wrestling Facebook Live, FITE TV and all major cable and satellite operators. The pay-per-view portion of Final Battle, which also streams live for HonorClub, begins at 8 p.m.

ROH is presenting “Final Battle Hour One” as a thank you to its fans for their support and to show everyone why it’s still the “best wrestling on the planet.”

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Two matches have just been added to what is already a loaded Final Battle card. In tag team action, Dalton Castle and Joe Hendry will take on Silas Young and Josh Woods, who are now known as Two Guys, One Tag. Also, former tag partners Rhett Titus and Kenny King will meet in a grudge match.

Titus versus King was originally scheduled for Final Battle Fallout in Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena on Sunday, Dec. 15, but Titus said he’s waited long enough to get his hands on King. He asked the ROH Board of Directors to move the match to Final Battle, and his request was granted.

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Former WCW star Crowbar has been signed for Final Battle Fallout in Philadelphia. It will be his first appearance in ROH since 2012.

Crowbar, a former WCW World Tag Team, Hardcore and Cruiserweight champion, has remained active on the indepenent circuit for nearly 20 years and has kept himself in great shape. He had been teasing that something was in the works on social media the past couple weeks.

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2019 Top Prospect Tournament winner Dak Draper will compete in a TV exclusive match in Philadelphia.

Final Battle Fallout begins with an hour of TV exclusive matches at 6 p.m. Eastern. The live stream portion of the show begins at 7.

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It appears unlikely that Brody King will be medically cleared to compete during Final Battle weekend. King, a co-holder of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Titles with fellow Villain Enterprises members PCO and Marty Scurll, has been out of action since suffering a knee injury during the Honor United UK tour in late October.

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Brian Zane of the “Wrestling With Wregret” YouTube channel will be at the show in Baltimore and Philadelphia gathering content for his segments on “Ring of Honor Wrestling.”

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Look for some talented male and female international competitors to make their ROH debuts early next year.

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Gia Scott continues to impress trainers at the ROH Dojo. It’s just a matter of time before she makes her Women of Honor debut.

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In between Final Battle and Final Battle Fallout, a Future of Honor show will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Joppa, Md.

Among the scheduled bouts is the Shane Taylor Promotions Battle Royal, the winner of which receives a match against Taylor for his ROH World Television Title -- if he retains against Dragon Lee at Final Battle the night before, that is.

“The Mercenary” Flip Gordon also will appear on the show.

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