Final Battle opponents Jeff Cobb and Dan Maff join forces to face new ROH World Champion PCO and “The Villain” Marty Scurll. Also on this episode: Highlights from Final Battle, Top Prospect winner Dak Draper in action, and more!
“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #433
Airdate: Weekend of Jan. 4, 2020
Cold Open: PCO puts RUSH through a table with a moonsault and pins him to win the ROH World Title at Final Battle.
RUSH makes a blockbuster announcement
Two days after the Final Battle pay-per-view, Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll, PCO, Brody King and Flip Gordon) came to the ring to celebrate PCO’s victory over RUSH to become ROH World Champion.
On the video screen, RUSH interrupted and introduced his new faction: La Facción Ingobernable, consisting of himself, his brother Dragon Lee, Kenny King and Amy Rose.
Silas Young and Josh Woods have a challenge for PJ Black
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) December 18, 2019
Dak Draper vs. Shaheem Ali
Ali seized the advantage with a flurry of offense, including a running dropkick in the corner and a Doctor Bomb for a near fall. Draper answered with a springboard back elbow before landing the Magnum KO for the win. After the match, Draper dropped a participation ribbon on Ali.
Highlights from Final Battle: Matt Taven vs. Vincent
Taven was out for revenge against his former best friend, and he went on the offensive right from the start. Vincent, however, proved to be remarkably resilient. Taven hit Climax, but Vincent got his foot on the rope. Taven hit his finisher again, and Vincent kicked out just in time. Taven brought Vincent’s axe into the ring, but Vincent caught him with Sliced Bread to score the upset.
After the match, newcomer Bateman ambushed Taven and planted him with a tombstone piledriver. Vincent then brought in a wooden block, placed it between Taven’s feet and smashed Taven’s right ankle with a chair.
Highlights from ROH Unauthorized: A bad night for Brian Johnson
Johnson angered his teammates (Shane Taylor and his Shane Taylor Promotions crew) so much that they abandoned him in a 10-man tag match against Colt Cabana, commentator Ian Riccaboni, referee Todd Sinclair, ROH official Gary Juster and cameraman Gator. Sinclair leapfrogged Johnson and nailed him with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat-like chops. Juster also got in a chop (as Cabana held Johnson). Riccaboni hit a flying elbow off the top rope, and Cabana covered Johnson for the win.
Backstage: PJ Black makes his pitch to Brian Johnson
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 6, 2020
Highlights from Final Battle: ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe vs. Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham
It appeared the Briscoes were going to retain the title after Jay Briscoe hit the Jay Driller on Lethal, but Gresham pulled the referee out of the ring before he could complete the three count. The Briscoes prepared to hit Doomsday Device on Lethal, but Gresham pushed Mark Briscoe off the top rope, and Lethal rolled up Jay Briscoe and grabbed a handful of tights to steal the win.
Backstage: Jay Lethal to Jonathan Gresham: You were right
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) December 19, 2019
Video Package: Wrestling with Wregret’s Brian Zane’s Top 5 Final Battle moments
5. Dan Maff vs. Jeff Cobb
4. Maria Manic mauls Angelina Love in debut
3. Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll) vs. Bandido and Flamita
2. Bully Ray vs. Mark Haskins in a Street Fight
1. Three new champions crowned
Jeff Cobb and Dan Maff vs. Villain Enterprises (ROH World Champion PCO and Marty Scurll)
Cobb and Maff, who were opponents at Final Battle two days earlier, made an impressive team, but they had a few miscommunications during this bout and ultimately came up short against two-thirds of the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions. Scurll scored the win for his team after slipping out of Maff’s attempt at a Burning Hammer and pinning him with an inside cradle.