ROH has been riding a wave of success due to its focus on in-ring action and the creation of intricate storylines within the wrestling ring. Fans are eagerly anticipating ROH Final Battle this week.
This year’s ROH Final Battle pay-per-view event is scheduled for Friday, December 15th, at 8 PM ET, with Zero Hour airing at 7 PM ET. The event will be hosted at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, and will also be available for ordering and viewing on the Honor Club service.
The main event of Final Battle will not feature the ROH World Championship, as it is currently tied up with the Continental Classic. Instead, the main event will see Athena defending her ROH Women’s Championship against Billie Starkz in a storyline that has been in the works for over a year.
Fans can also look forward to other highly anticipated matches, such as FTR teaming up with Mark Briscoe to take on the Blackpool Combat Club in a tribute match honoring the late Jay Briscoe, and a six-man Survival of the Fittest contest to crown a new ROH World Television Champion.
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The pre-show commenced with Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman, the broadcast team, elegantly seated ringside, providing us with a rundown of the evening’s card. Serving as the ring announcer for the event was Bobby Cruise.
A video package was played, recounting the compelling storyline between Athena and Billie Starkz, featuring new voiceover promos from both of these talented women.
Following the Code of Honor handshake, Allure quickly found herself on the receiving end of a powerful boot from Valkyrie. Valkyrie unceremoniously hurled Allure across the mat by her hair, then subjected her to a barrage of chops in the corner. Allure managed to counter with a series of kicks and attempted a wheelbarrow maneuver but was caught by Valkyrie. Valkyrie then placed her on the ropes and executed her trademark sliding German suplex, before slamming Allure’s face into the mat and the turnbuckles.
Valkyrie followed up with a devastating double knee strike in the corner, which earned her a close two-count. She continued her offense with some hammer and anvil-style elbow strikes, eventually securing a double wrist lock that Allure managed to escape from. Allure countered with a series of forearm strikes and a thunderous superkick before ascending to the top turnbuckle.
However, Valkyrie swiftly intercepted Allure’s aerial attempt, climbing up to meet her. Valkyrie executed a punishing superplex followed by a double underhook slam maneuver. To finish the match decisively, Valkyrie landed her signature surfboard stomp, securing the pinfall victory.
Taya Valkyrie emerged victorious over Jazmin Allure via pinfall.
In the early stages of the match, it was all about the Von Erichs. The Outrunners managed to catch Ross Von Erich and began working him over. Despite the Outrunners’ efforts, the crowd was incredibly supportive of the Von Erichs. Ross continually fought to break free and reach for the tag, but the Outrunners consistently cut him off.
However, Ross found an opening and delivered a double mule kick, allowing him to tag in Marshall. Marshall entered the ring and swiftly cleaned house, evading a double team attempt and even causing one of the Outrunners to inadvertently monkey flip his partner. The Von Erichs then executed a perfectly synchronized double hip toss on one of their opponents, while the other Outrunner fell victim to a double dropkick. To cap it off, they unleashed stereo claw holds, much to the delight of the crowd.
The audience was ecstatic as The Von Erichs emerged triumphant in the match!
It’s worth noting that The Outrunners played their roles excellently as foils to the Von Erichs, providing a thrilling contest.
To cap off the celebration, Kevin Von Erich made his way to the ring to join his sons, exuding sheer joy at being part of the moment.
A video segment highlighting the ROH TV Championship Survival of the Fittest bout for tonight’s event was broadcasted.
There was a significant and enthusiastic reaction from the crowd for Keith, who has been a fixture on the local wrestling scene for many years.
The match featured some incredibly entertaining back-and-forth action right from the start. Cartwheel showcased his acrobatic prowess with a cartwheel followed by a precision moonsault, earning a two-count from the referee. The crowd was thoroughly entertained by Cartwheel’s flashy style, appreciating the unique gimmick he brought to the match. Meanwhile, Keith relied on his physicality and hard-hitting shots, embodying the spirit of early ROH with a focus on pure wrestling talent.
Cartwheel continued to impress with a cartwheel into a Dragon Screw Legwhip, showcasing his creativity in the ring. Keith momentarily tossed Cartwheel out of the ring, but Cartwheel landed on the apron and retaliated with a kick before reentering the ring and nearly securing a pinfall with a leaping elbow strike. Cartwheel followed up with a powerslam and displayed his agility by cartwheeling back to his feet before attempting another pin.
As Cartwheel climbed the top rope for a high-risk maneuver, Keith grabbed his leg, attempting to halt his progress. However, Cartwheel managed to kick Keith and proceeded to the top rope again, only for Keith to sit up and confront him. The two competitors engaged in a thrilling back-and-forth exchange, delivering some truly enjoyable wrestling action that inspired the audience.
Keith eventually made his way to the outside of the ring, prompting Cartwheel to execute an impressive springboard twisting dive, which ignited chants of “ROH” from the crowd. Back inside the ring, Keith retaliated with an enziguiri and followed up with a devastating knee strike and a Tiger Driver to secure the pinfall victory.
In the end, the winner of the match was Bryan Keith!
A video segment was aired, focusing on the Fight to Honor Jay Briscoe, paying tribute to his significant moments at past Final Battle events.
Following the video, Tony Khan made his way to the ring and reflected on Jay Briscoe’s memorable moments at previous Final Battle events. Khan acknowledged that this venue marked Briscoe’s last appearance at Final Battle, expressing gratitude to the audience for being a part of Briscoe’s storied legacy. He encouraged everyone to tune in to the upcoming pay-per-view, emphasizing that it was an event not to be missed.
The match kicked off with a lock-up, and they found themselves in the ropes, breaking cleanly. They locked up once more, but this time, it escalated into the corner with Blake Christian slapping Daniel Garcia. In response, Garcia retaliated with a sharp back elbow. The two competitors engaged in a spirited exchange of forearm strikes, keeping the crowd engaged.
Garcia executed an impressive double underhook suplex, showcasing his technical prowess. Despite Garcia’s relentless kicks, Christian continued to battle back, delivering a powerful kick to the face while in the corner. He followed it up with a handspring into a wheelbarrow maneuver, earning a close two-count in the process. Blake continued to pepper Garcia with a flurry of forearm strikes, but Garcia fought back with his own brutal-looking strikes.
Garcia then sent Christian into the corner with a punishing suplex. With Christian positioned on the ropes and trapped in the tree of woe, Garcia delivered a massive skateboard dropkick in the corner. The match remained highly competitive as they continued to trade blows and engage in compelling sequences, demonstrating their exceptional work ethic.
Christian attempted a springboard 450 legdrop, but Garcia swiftly snatched his leg and applied an ankle lock. Christian managed to roll through, sending Garcia to the outside of the ring. Seizing the opportunity, Christian executed a spectacular dive to the floor, tossing Garcia back into the ring. He then nailed a springboard 450 splash for a remarkably close two-count.
The match continued with a back-and-forth exchange between the two competitors until Daniel Garcia managed to catch Blake Christian in a Sharpshooter variation. With relentless pressure, Garcia forced Christian to submit.
The winner of the match was Daniel Garcia, and the performance was indeed excellent, showcasing the skill and determination of both wrestlers.
Backstage, ROH Champion Eddie Kingston expressed his desire to compete that night. Anthony Henry came forward and issued a challenge for a Proving Ground match. Tony Khan, confirming the match, made it official.
The event then proceeded to run down the rest of the lineup for the evening.
In the AAA Championship match between El Hijo del Vikingo and Black Taurus, the action was fast-paced and intense right from the start. Taurus rejected the customary Code of Honor handshake, as was common in AAA Championship matches. Instead, he slapped Vikingo and demonstrated his power by tossing him across the ring into the turnbuckle. Vikingo attempted a head scissors but was caught and thrown off by Taurus. An ambitious springboard move by Vikingo ended with him eating a shoulder block from Taurus. The two competitors then engaged in a heated exchange of corner strikes, which ultimately led to Taurus being dumped to the ringside area.
Vikingo didn’t hesitate to follow up with a high-flying dive, but he was caught by Taurus and powerbombed on the outside. Taurus pressed and threw Vikingo back into the ring, showcasing his incredible strength. He continued his assault with a ripcord snap powerslam, coming close to a pinfall.
Taurus then threw Vikingo over the top rope to the outside with a chokeslam-like maneuver, setting the stage for a spinning dive through the ropes that splattered Vikingo on the outside. However, Vikingo managed to mount a comeback, hitting a bulldog, a running crucifix driver, and a popup Samoan drop, but it wasn’t enough for the three-count.
Taurus attempted high-risk maneuvers, including a turning senton off the top, but he missed his mark. Vikingo capitalized on the opportunity, landing a spinning kick to the face and a step-up enzuigiri. He followed up with an inverse shooting star press into a hurricanrana, maintaining the momentum.
Vikingo executed a spinning head-scissors that sent Taurus to the outside. He then attempted a running move but recalibrated his footing before performing a springboard moonsault press. Back in the ring, Vikingo ascended to the top rope and delivered a shotgun dropkick, but Taurus countered with a powerful pushing spear.
The match continued with both wrestlers displaying incredible athleticism and resilience. They fought on the top rope, leading to a dramatic Frankensteiner while standing on the ropes. An attempt to suplex Taurus into the ring resulted in both competitors landing on the apron. Vikingo then executed an escalator powerbomb on the apron, drawing “This is awesome” chants from the crowd.
Vikingo further amazed the audience with an inside-out twisting 450 splash but only managed to secure a two-count. He followed up with a running dropkick from the post to the turnbuckle. Taurus answered with a suplex-like throw that sent a running Vikingo into the turnbuckle. Taurus ascended to the top rope once more, bringing Vikingo with him, and executed a press slam off the top, resulting in another near fall.
The exchange of strikes and kicks continued, with Vikingo hitting a crucifix driver and Taurus responding with a spear, leading to a double down moment. The crowd erupted in a “Fight Forever” chant.
Taurus delivered a massive headbutt and posed for the audience. Vikingo responded with a series of kicks, causing Taurus to attempt a moonsault, but Vikingo tossed him to the floor. Vikingo then performed a breathtaking rope-walking 720 to the back of Taurus. Back inside the ring, Taurus executed a backbreaker, followed by a brutal-looking powerbomb backbreaker and a discus lariat, yet he couldn’t secure the victory.
Taurus tried his move again but was countered by a crucifix driver from Vikingo. Vikingo seized the opportunity, hitting a running meteora in the corner and then a top-rope 630 splash, ultimately pinning Taurus for the victory.
El Hijo del Vikingo emerged as the winner, retaining the AAA Mega Championship in an electrifying match that left the crowd in awe. The broadcast team then proceeded to run through the rest of the lineup for the event.
The match began with a showcase of clips illustrating TMDK’s previous tag team victory over Gates of Agony in New Japan, which led to this title match opportunity. Notably, Brian Cage had a separate entrance from Gates of Agony, which was somewhat unusual.
Fujita and Kaun kicked things off with some technical arm work. Kaun gained momentum with a powerful running elbow strike, securing a one-count pinfall attempt on Fujita. Liona tagged in and proceeded to work over Fujita in the corner with punches and a foot choke. Liona and Kaun continued to dominate Fujita in the corner, but Fujita managed to counter with a running boot. Tito entered the match and executed a suplex on Kaun, resulting in a one-count pinfall attempt. Tito and Kaun engaged in a chop exchange.
Tito impressed with a T-bone suplex that earned him a two-count. Haste then entered the ring and delivered a snapmare-dropkick combination to Kaun. Fujita was tagged in and was tossed onto Kaun by Haste, earning a one-count pinfall attempt. Kaun responded with a powerful clothesline that left Fujita reeling, and Cage was tagged in.
Cage unleashed a flurry of forearm strikes on Fujita, followed by a press powerslam that garnered a two-count. He followed up with a brutal Saito suplex, but Fujita managed to kick out at two. Cage demonstrated his immense strength by curling Fujita for a full set of ten before tossing him overhead. Fujita tried to rally but was met with a devastating knee strike from Cage.
Desperation set in for Fujita, who executed a German suplex on Cage to create some separation. Tito and Liona entered the ring, with Tito suplexing Cage onto Liona and then diving onto Kaun on the outside. Tito followed up with a crossbody from the top rope onto Liona and a tornado DDT for a two-count.
Haste re-entered the match and landed a cannonball and a running knee strike on Liona for another two-count. The crowd chanted for “Nana” as Liona responded with a massive uranage on Haste, followed by a spear for a two-count. Tito executed a DVD on Cage, and TMDK took turns attacking Kaun in the corner.
Fujita executed a springboard dropkick on Kaun for a near fall. Fujita and Kaun traded forearms in the center of the ring, showcasing their resilience and determination. Kaun responded with a shotgun dropkick, and Cage executed his signature deadlift suplex on Fujita for a two-count, which Tito managed to break up.
Cage hit a pumphandle driver on Tito, and Haste came in and received a double clothesline from Gates. Fujita briefly fought off all three champions before succumbing to a series of big running moves. Finally, Gates tossed Fujita to Cage, who executed a sit-out powerbomb for the pinfall victory.
Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun, and Toa Liona retained the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Titles by defeating “TMDK” Shane Haste, Kosei Fujita, and Bad Dude Tito via pinfall in an entertaining match.
The event continued with a video package setting up the Tony Nese and Ethan Page “I Quit” match.
During the match, there was an attempt to handcuff Sterling to the ring post, but he vehemently argued against it. Mark Henry made an appearance, confronting Sterling briefly before Sterling ultimately relented and allowed himself to be handcuffed to the post. While this was happening, Tony Nese took advantage of the distraction and blindsided Ethan Page, launching a vicious attack with punches and kicks.
Page, however, quickly rebounded with a running elbow strike and proceeded to unleash a series of mounted punches on Nese in the corner. Page then tossed Nese to the ringside area and started to stalk Sterling, who was in his corner. Nese intervened, diving onto Page to protect Sterling, and the two combatants continued to exchange blows outside the ring, slamming each other into the barricades.
Afterward, Nese rolled Page back into the ring. Inside the ring, Nese executed his version of the Savage hotshot maneuver, creating further damage. Sterling, sensing an opportunity, retrieved a large bottle of protein powder and attempted to throw it into Page’s eyes. However, his aim was off, and the powder ended up hitting Nese instead, leading to an unexpected turn of events.
Page relentlessly pursued Sterling, but Nese intervened, forcing Sterling to seize Page’s leg. With a brutal knee strike, Nese sent Page crashing into the ring steps. Nese demanded Page’s surrender, but Page defiantly declined. Another knee strike from Nese left Page bloodied, yet he remained unwavering. Nese taunted Page, likening him to the unyielding crowd.
While Nese sought assistance from Bobby Cruise for a key, Page caught up to him and delivered a powerful punch. Page then hurled Nese into the barricade, causing him to tumble into the audience. Nese resorted to eye-raking and executed an elbow drop off the barricade. He even attempted to slam a 45lb weight onto Page’s hands, but narrowly missed. Back inside the ring, Nese lashed Page with a jump rope. Page retaliated with punches and a whip of his own using the jump rope.
Nese grabbed the microphone, pleading for respite, exclaiming, “I can’t take it anymore.” Seizing the opportunity, he struck Page’s throat with the mic, then tossed him out of the ring and dove onto him. Nese even incorporated the jump rope into his offense. He retrieved two tables from under the ring and set them up at ringside, all while the crowd chanted their disdain for Sterling, who engaged in a heated argument with them.
Page smashed Nese’s face onto a table and followed it with a devastating superkick that left Nese sprawled across the table. Climbing the turnbuckle, Page was intercepted by Nese, but they battled their way down. Page executed his signature slingshot stunner, known as the “Killshot,” and subsequently a cutter off the apron through the tables. Despite Nese’s resilience, he steadfastly refused to quit.
Nese finally obtained the handcuff key from Cruise, despite the referee’s attempts to thwart him, pushing the official aside. Sterling and Nese subjected Page to a relentless beating in the ring, urging him to submit, but Page remained steadfast. They threatened to handcuff him and smash his head with a 45lb weight, vowing to send the table to Page’s daughter. Enter Scorpio Sky, who rushed to the ring, subdued Sterling, and rallied behind Page. Nese attempted to strike Page with the weight, but his fingers became trapped beneath it. Page stomped on Nese’s fingers and delivered a devastating blow to his head with the weight. Page then turned his attention to Sterling, delivering a crushing blow with the weight and executing Ego’s Edge on him before tossing him to Sky, who escorted him up the ramp.
Page attempted to use Ego’s Edge on Nese, but Nese managed to slip out and strike Page with a chair. Nese proceeded to handcuff Page’s hands behind his back and, brandishing a chair and microphone, offered him one final chance to surrender. Page’s defiant response was a resounding “Fuck You!” Nese’s chair swing missed its mark, and he received a punishing boot to the face from Page. Page followed with a back body drop and a shoulder block, prompting the referee to unlock the handcuffs, much to the delight of the crowd. Page unleashed a barrage of punches, but Nese retaliated with spinning kicks. Finally,
Page delivered a brutal chairshot to Nese’s head and choked him with the handcuff chain until Nese reluctantly uttered his surrender.
Rose unleashed a relentless assault on Vert Vixen, peppering her with fierce forearms and a brutal knee lift. With tremendous strength, Rose hoisted Vert Vixen into the air and hurled her across the ring before crashing down with a punishing splash. Rose then attempted to execute her devastating Beast Bomb, but Vert Vixen valiantly fought her way out of it. Rose countered with a vicious throat punch that momentarily halted her opponent’s momentum.
In a surprising turn of events, Vert Vixen countered with an innovative outside-in stomp, showing her resilience. However, Rose swiftly put an end to Vert Vixen’s springboard maneuver with a bone-crushing chokeslam, nearly securing a one-count pinfall. Rose then raised Vert Vixen to her feet, only for Vert Vixen to make another daring attempt with a springboard move, which was met with a punishing forearm from Rose.
Seizing the advantage, Rose ascended to the top rope and delivered a devastating knee strike, followed by her signature move, the Beast Bomb. This powerful combination spelled the end for Vert Vixen, as Rose secured the victory with a pinfall.
Nyla Rose emerged triumphant, defeating Vert Vixen in this hard-fought contest.
Following the match, a video package set the stage for the Survival of the Fittest match for the vacant ROH TV Title, building anticipation for the upcoming showdown.
At the beginning of the match, the crowd fervently chanted for Keith. Castle and Moriarty began with a cautious feeling-out process, but the dynamic changed when Fletcher tagged in, delivering a powerful shot to Castle’s back. Fletcher and Moriarty engaged in a series of arm wringers before Moriarty executed a headlock takeover. Castle re-entered the ring only to be promptly tossed out by Fletcher. Johnson and Moriarty displayed their agility with a sequence of running reversals, culminating in Johnson’s impressive dropkick. However, Castle charged back in, only to find himself once again ejected by Johnson.
Komander entered the ring, locking an abdominal stretch on Johnson before executing a head scissors. Castle attempted another charge, but Komander promptly dumped him out. Komander then tried for a dive, but Keith intervened, cutting him off. Keith and Komander exchanged punches in the center of the ring, with Keith ultimately connecting with a powerful boot to Komander’s high-speed assault. Castle attempted another charge, paused, and then rushed at Keith, only to be hurled into the front row by Keith. Fletcher then entered the ring, delivering a brutal boot to Keith and maintaining control while dispatching anyone who tried to intervene.
Fletcher thwarted Keith’s comeback with a well-timed back elbow. Castle re-entered the ring, fired up, and after a series of reversals, sent Fletcher flying out to the ringside area, earning thunderous applause from the crowd. Moriarty delivered a hefty boot that sent Castle to the outside and followed up with a running dive onto a pile of competitors. Johnson followed suit with a dive of his own onto the same pile. Fletcher and Komander found themselves perched on opposite turnbuckles.
Komander charged at Fletcher, who skillfully ducked, causing Komander to soar over the ropes and onto the ringside pile. Komander then executed a spectacular super hurricanrana on Fletcher from the top rope. Keith and Castle traded strikes before Johnson hit a DVD and a standing moonsault on Keith. Moriarty unleashed a flurry of strikes on Johnson before employing his signature finger-breaking spot. Moriarty followed with a flatliner move and then secured the border city stretch, forcing Johnson to submit.
Lee Johnson was eliminated by Lee Moriarty by Submission.
The Boys gave Castle a pat-down massage, and Castle responded by targeting Moriarty’s ankle. Moriarty retaliated with a palm thrust to Castle’s throat. Castle showcased his strength, suplexing everyone with his T-bone suplexes. Meanwhile, on the outside, Johnny TV delivered superkicks to The Boys while Castle continued suplexing Moriarty. Castle eventually noticed TV’s interference and attempted to confront him. TV tossed one of The Boys into the ring, but The Boy rolled out the other side. Moriarty capitalized on the distraction and pinned Castle after hitting his flatliner move.
Dalton Castle was eliminated by Lee Moriarty by pinfall.
Moriarty celebrated in the ring with a dance. Keith and Moriarty engaged in a chop exchange in the center of the ring, with Fletcher eventually joining in. Keith and Komander then put boots to Fletcher and Moriarty, executing a dosi-do spot. Komander followed up with a springboard tornado DDT on Keith. As Komander ascended the ropes for another high-risk move, Fletcher pushed him off, sending Komander crashing to the ringside area. Keith caught Fletcher on the top rope, and Moriarty joined them, with Komander climbing back up for a tower of doom spot. The crowd erupted in chants of “ROH.” Komander managed to roll up Moriarty twice for two-count nearfalls.
Moriarty countered with big boots, while Keith responded with a powerful running enzuigiri and then executed an ushigoroshi on Moriarty for a near fall. Keith followed up with a headbutt and a Tiger Driver Powerbomb for the pinfall.
Lee Moriarty was eliminated by Bryan Keith by pinfall.
Fletcher wasted no time attacking Keith immediately after the pinfall, launching a barrage of punches. However, Fletcher’s attempt to set up a running boot took too long, and he paid for it with a suplex from Keith. Keith followed up with a running knee and tried to execute his tiger driver once more, but Fletcher countered into his hammerlock tombstone for the pinfall.
Bryan Keith was eliminated by Kyle Fletcher by pinfall.
Fletcher knocked Komander down with a forearm, but Komander fought back with a superkick. The two competitors engaged in a thrilling exchange of running strikes. Komander delivered a low dropkick and followed it up with a springboard poisonrana that sent Fletcher to the outside. Komander attempted to dive on him, but Fletcher caught him. Komander, however, managed to escape, but Fletcher responded with a tombstone piledriver on the apron, leaving both competitors sprawled on the floor. The referee initiated the count-out, and Abrahantes desperately urged Komander to recover.
Komander managed to beat the referee’s count at 19 (in ROH, it’s a 20-count). However, as he got back into the ring, Fletcher struck him with a devastating big boot followed by a brainbuster, but Komander resiliently kicked out at two. Fletcher then positioned Komander on the top rope, attempting a super brainbuster, but Komander fought back, executing a 619 targeting Fletcher’s legs. He followed this up with a spectacular springboard destroyer, causing the crowd to erupt in chants of “This is awesome.”
Komander continued to impress as he performed a slingshot into the bottom rope, followed by a slingshot stomp onto the apron. The crowd’s reaction was electric. Komander climbed to the top rope and executed a breathtaking rope-walk 450 onto Fletcher, who was on the apron. The crowd responded with a resounding “Holy shit” chant. Komander didn’t stop there; he ascended the top rope once more, delivering a picture-perfect 450 splash and securing a two-count.
The crowd continued to rally behind Komander, chanting his name, but Fletcher sprang to life, targeting Komander’s leg with a well-placed kick. Fletcher then executed a brainbuster on the turnbuckle and earned another close two-count. Finally, Fletcher unleashed his finishing move, the hammerlock tombstone, securing the three-count victory.
Kyle Fletcher emerged victorious in the Survival of the Fittest match, earning the vacant ROH TV Championship.
A video package teased the upcoming All In pay-per-view scheduled for August 25, 2024, building anticipation for the event.
Before the entrances, Bobby Cruise provided a clear explanation of the rules for the Pure Rules match. Additionally, he introduced the judges who would oversee the match, ensuring that it adhered to the Pure Rules. The judges were none other than wrestling veterans Christopher Daniels, Jimmy Jacobs, and Jerry Lynn, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to officiate the contest.
Before the entrances, ring announcer Bobby Cruise provided a comprehensive rundown of the Pure Rules match. To ensure fairness and adherence to these rules, three highly respected judges were designated for the match: Christopher Daniels, Jimmy Jacobs, and Jerry Lynn.
As the match began, the crowd erupted into chants of “Holy shit” when Tom Lawler removed his daisy duke shorts to reveal his trunks. The contest commenced with both competitors engaging in some impressive chain wrestling before breaking away from each other. Lawler attempted a Kimura lock, but Wheeler Yuta managed to push him off. Lawler then transitioned into a cross arm breaker, compelling Yuta to use his first rope break of the match.
Yuta responded with a dropkick and stomped on Lawler, aiming to wear him down. He went for a pin attempt but only secured a two-count. The two men traded chops in the center of the ring, but Yuta resorted to a closed-fist punch behind the referee’s back. Lawler retaliated with a closed fist of his own, earning a warning from the referee.
Yuta executed a chop block on Lawler’s knee and followed it up with a leg grapevine submission, targeting Lawler’s knee. Lawler fought back with a series of kicks and strikes. The two wrestlers resumed their chop and forearm exchange until Yuta employed another closed fist, which the referee caught, resulting in a warning for him as well.
Yuta focused on Lawler’s knee with kicks and a key lock on the ankle. Lawler eventually fought back with his own kicks. The back-and-forth continued until Lawler hit a spear, followed by a high knee and a flying spear in the corner. He then delivered a suplex but only managed a two-count. Yuta wasn’t deterred and hit a dragon screw on Lawler, locking in a sitting octopus hold. Lawler stood up, but Yuta transitioned into an abdominal stretch and then rolled up Lawler for another two-count.
Lawler countered with a massive stalling back suplex for a near fall. Yuta executed a roll-up for a one-count and immediately transitioned into another half crab submission. Lawler managed to reach the ropes, forcing Yuta to break the hold and use his second rope break. Yuta utilized a closed fist once more, receiving his own warning from the referee.
Yuta climbed to the top rope, but Lawler interrupted his plans. However, Yuta fought back, connecting with a series of elbows. He then locked in a double wrist lock and executed a superplex while keeping the wristlock applied. Yuta’s strategy had clearly taken a toll on Lawler’s arm. Lawler countered with a double wrist lock of his own and then a Fujiwara armbar. Yuta reached the ropes again, using his last rope break.
Lawler transitioned into a Fujiwara armbar, but Yuta managed to escape and locked in an ankle lock on Lawler. Lawler stood up, but Yuta responded with a German suplex. Lawler then applied a crossface chicken wing, but Yuta rolled into a pinning position, bumping the referee out of the way. Yuta’s roll-up secured him the three-count victory. It’s important to note that during the pin, Lawler’s foot touched the rope.
Wheeler Yuta retained the ROH Pure Championship by defeating Tom Lawler via pinfall.
Following the match, Yuta displayed unsportsmanlike conduct by delivering a low blow to Lawler and attempting to DDT him on the title belt. However, Hook came out to check on Lawler, causing Yuta to retreat. But Yuta couldn’t resist one more dirty move, as he low blowed Hook and then DDT’d him inside the ring.
The broadcast team then presented a video recap of the ongoing feud between Keith Lee and Shane Taylor, setting the stage for their impending clash.
In this intense showdown, there was no traditional Code of Honor handshake exchanged between the two competitors. Instead, there were scattered and fractured attempts from the crowd to initiate a “Bask in his glory” chant, reflecting the electric atmosphere in the arena.
The match began with Keith Lee and Shane Taylor engaging in a knuckle lock, leading to a test of strength. However, as the knuckle lock concluded, Taylor seized an opportunity and swiftly delivered a quick jab, signaling the start of their hard-fought encounter.
The highly intense and brutal match between the teams of Mark Briscoe and “FTR” (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) and “Blackpool Combat Club” (Claudio Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson, and Jon Moxley) unfolded with a series of chaotic and violent exchanges.
Initially, the bout ended in a double count-out as all six competitors brawled relentlessly inside and outside the ring. However, Mark Briscoe took matters into his own hands by grabbing a microphone and insisting on a restart, proclaiming that it would be a “Fight Without Honor.” The match was officially restarted, allowing anything and everything to happen.
In the ensuing madness, various weapons and implements came into play. Wheeler threw coffee into Moxley’s eyes, and Moxley resorted to using a fork to target Harwood’s eye and ear. Briscoe introduced a barbed wire-wrapped ladder into the match, leading to more gruesome violence.
The combatants utilized chairs, barbed wire, and other dangerous objects as they relentlessly punished each other. Claudio, Danielson, and Moxley repeatedly targeted FTR, preventing them from getting back into the fight. Moxley, in particular, was vicious with his use of weapons.
Ultimately, Briscoe hit Claudio with a chair and set him up on the barbed wire ladder outside the ring. As he climbed the turnbuckle for a high-risk move, Moxley cut him off with a chair shot to the back and pushed him onto the ladder. Danielson, who had been absent from the action for a period, had his eye patch partially falling off.
Moxley continued to assault Harwood, using a fork on his face, causing him to bleed profusely. Wheeler also suffered severe bleeding. The relentless onslaught by “Blackpool Combat Club” seemed unending as they repeatedly used chairs to keep FTR down.
Moxley wrapped barbed wire around Wheeler’s face while Danielson applied a LeBell Lock. Briscoe tried to intervene, raking Moxley’s eyes, but Moxley locked in a sleeper hold. FTR broke free from their sleepers and fought through the pain, ultimately breaking up the sleeper on Briscoe.
As the carnage continued, FTR found themselves being sent back to ringside, colliding with the barricades. Claudio set up another table at ringside while Moxley continued to brutalize Briscoe, even planting a kiss on his opponent. Wheeler speared Claudio through the table at ringside, adding to the chaos.
Harwood managed to execute a piledriver through a table covered in tacks at ringside. Meanwhile, Danielson relentlessly kicked Briscoe in the ring, receiving defiant middle fingers from Briscoe in response. Despite the punishment, Briscoe delivered his signature move, the Jay Driller, on a pile of chairs in the ring to secure the hard-fought and brutal victory.
Mark Briscoe and “FTR” Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood emerged victorious over “Blackpool Combat Club” Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, and Claudio Castagnoli in a Fight Without Honor.
After the match, FTR and Briscoe celebrated in the ring while streamers flew to mark the culmination of this grueling and unforgettable battle.
After the intense and brutal “Fight Without Honor” match, the broadcast team took the opportunity to replay the All In video package, building anticipation for the upcoming event. As this was happening, it’s likely that the crew was busy changing the ring mat and clearing the debris, including the tacks and other remnants from the chaotic match.
The match between Eddie Kingston and Anthony Henry started with an initial feeling-out process, featuring kicks and jabs exchanged between the two competitors. Kingston gained an early advantage by delivering a palm strike under Henry’s chin, but the action quickly escalated.
Henry displayed his aggression by dumping Kingston to the ringside area and smashing him against the barricade with a powerful running knee strike. He continued his assault by executing a double stomp from the top rope onto Kingston’s back, aiming to weaken his opponent.
Throughout the match, Henry used various tactics to target Kingston’s vulnerable areas, including his neck and feet. Kingston, however, proved resilient, absorbing Henry’s kicks and responding with chops and strikes of his own.
As the contest raged on, both competitors traded blows, demonstrating their determination and toughness. Henry attempted a high-risk maneuver from the top rope, but Kingston managed to evade it. Kingston capitalized on the opportunity, landing a backfist and then locking Henry in his arm stretch hold.
Eddie Kingston secured the victory over Anthony Henry by submission in a Proving Ground match, showcasing his skills as the ROH and NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
Following the match, Daniel Garcia made his presence known, attempting to engage Kingston in a staredown. Kingston, however, chose to ignore him, as they were scheduled to face each other in a Continental Classic match on Collision.
Additionally, a video recap highlighted the ongoing feud between Athena and Billie Starkz, with a new twist as Athena declared, “If you beat me, I’ll leave ROH forever.”
The title match between Athena and Billie Starkz was set to begin, with both wrestlers making unique entrances. Billie Starkz sported a rabbit head that didn’t remain on her head for long, while Athena donned a Bane mask and Venom gauntlets. When she removed the Bane mask, it was revealed that Athena was also wearing a protective mask due to a deviated septum. The audience welcomed Athena with a warm ovation, acknowledging her hometown of Garland, Texas.
The match for the ROH Women’s Championship between Athena and Billie Starkz began with the referee attempting to enforce the Code of Honor, but neither competitor responded, so the bell was rung to start the action. Starkz initiated the match aggressively with a powerful forearm strike to Athena.
Starkz continued her offense with a head scissors attempt, but Athena countered with a cartwheel. However, Athena fell victim to a dropkick from Starkz, who gained momentum early in the contest. The crowd expressed their appreciation for the action with chants of “This is wrestling.”
Outside the ring, Athena took control, repeatedly ramming Starkz’s head into the barricades that surrounded the ringside area. Athena maintained her dominance by running Starkz into the ring post and showing her heelish side by choking Starkz on the ropes and delivering stomps to her back.
Starkz fought back with some forearms, but Athena responded with a uranage on the apron, displaying her ruthless approach. Athena continued her assault, utilizing various methods to target Starkz’s vulnerable areas. She locked in fish hooks and delivered a forearm to the chest, prompting the crowd to chant “One more time.”
Starkz displayed resilience, attempting to mount a comeback, but Athena thwarted her efforts with clubbing blows to the back. Athena executed a brutal drop-down dropkick on the apron, targeting Starkz’s face. She then threw Starkz to the ringside area and proceeded to pull on her shoulder while biting her hand.
Despite Starkz’s efforts to fight back, Athena maintained her control, including hanging Starkz in the tree of woe and delivering punishing blows. Starkz managed to flip out and kick Athena, leading to a sequence where she hit a dragon suplex for a two-count.
The match continued with both competitors exchanging offense and displaying their determination. Starkz attempted her swan dive maneuver but only scored a two-count, much to the crowd’s excitement. Athena took the action to ringside, where she dominated Starkz, eventually slamming her onto the floor.
Athena then took off the padding on the top of the barricade and slammed Starkz’s head onto it, creating a brutal moment. She pulled Starkz onto the barricade and hit a slamming bulldog onto the floor. Afterward, Athena climbed the turnbuckles with Starkz on her shoulders, executing a massive German suplex from the top rope, resulting in a two-count.
The crowd chanted “Fight Forever,” showcasing their appreciation for the incredible match. Starkz and Athena continued to battle fiercely, trading blows, forearms, and chops. Starkz managed to hit Athena with a palm strike, followed by a series of forearms.
Athena retaliated with her Bayonet forearm, and after a double down, both competitors stood up and traded forearms and chops once more. Starkz hit Athena with a palm strike and executed her Despicable Knee, but Athena remarkably kicked out after a one-count.
The crowd chanted “Billie” in support of Starkz as she exchanged kicks with Athena. Athena attempted to execute her finisher, O-Face, but Starkz countered and rolled her up for a two-count. Starkz then delivered a PK (penalty kick) and tried to execute Star 10, but Athena resisted and attempted her own version of Star 10.
Athena rolled Starkz up into a pretzel-like submission, but Starkz showed her resilience by not submitting. Despite Starkz’s tenacity, Athena finally managed to secure the victory with the submission victory.
Athena successfully retained the ROH Women’s Championship, and afterward, tensions remained high between the two competitors. Starkz offered a handshake to Athena, but Athena declined. However, the situation took a surprising turn as Starkz hugged Athena, and the two competitors raised their hands together in the middle of the ring, seemingly forming an unexpected alliance.