As part of an angle with The Briscoe Brothers, Bully Ray played up his concussion issues and teased retirement following the ROH Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view, where he took a shot to the head with a table. The feud culminated that the ROH Final Battle pay-per-view, where Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer lost to The Briscoes.
Bully Ray took to his Twitter account and teased that this could be his final match with the following tweet:
It was a hell of a year and a great 26yr career.
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) December 24, 2017