In what is the final big Ring of Honor event of 2018, the 17th edition of Final Battle takes place Friday night at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The show is available to watch on pay-per-view, the Honor Club streaming service via ROHwrestling.com, and the Fite TV app beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Four championships will be on the line, including the ROH world title with Jay Lethal defending against Cody, while the ROH tag team titles will be up for grabs in a ladder war between SCU (Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian), The Young Bucks, and The Briscoes in what should be a wild affair.
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This could be a historic night with Cody, The Young Bucks, and Adam Page — all part of the ultra-popular group The Elite, a spinoff of Bullet Club — likely leaving the company with their contracts ending. That could lead to a night of swerves, surprises, and new talent debuting.
Sporting News will provide live bell-to-bell coverage of ROH FInal Battle 2018 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.
(All times Eastern.)
ROH Final Battle 2018 live updates
Marty Scurll vs Christopher Daniels
9:56 p.m.: Good back and forth technical wrestling early on with Scurll mocking Daniels by patting him on the head. It’s a slow build early on.
9:51 p.m.: Big stakes on the line here as Scurll is putting his future shot at the ROH World Championship on the line while Daniels needs a win if he wants to extend his career in Ring of Honor. A loss and it could mark the end for him.
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Matt Taven defeats Dalton Castle
9:48 p.m. FINISH: Castle connects with another Bangarang inside the ring but Taven barely gets to the ropes before losing. Castle tries the move again but can’t hit it and Taven hits his Climax finisher to score the big win and keep his “real” world championship.
9:46 p.m.: Castle is on fire with a reverse huricanrada outside the ring, ducks a clothesline from O’Ryan and hits him with one of his own. He picks up Taven and connects with Bangarang into the post. Back in the ring, Castle seems to have the win but O’Ryan picks up one of The Boys and throws him on them to break the pin. The ref has seen enough and sends O’Ryan to the back.
BANGARANG! @theDALTONcastle drives Taven into the ringpost! #ROHFinalBattle #HonorClub
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9:43 p.m.: Castle is fighting through the pain and hits a few suplexes but Taven counters with a DDT. Then it’s Castle with a clothesline that drops Taven and hits a DDT of his own. But Castle is moving slow due to his bad back as the crowd gets behind him. The ref turns his back and TK O’Ryan gets a shot in on Castle before The Boys knock him off the apron and then hit a tandem dive on him. As they celebrate, Vinny Marseglia crawls out from under the ring and hits them both with an inverted DDT and pulls them under the ring. O’Ryan distracts the ref and Taven clocks Castle with his title but can’t get the win.
Oh boy! It’s @Twin_Thing_One and @Twin_Thing_Two! #ROHFinalBattle #HonorClub
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9:38 p.m.: Castle gets thrown out of the ring and Taven hits a big dive from the ring. He goes for another one and Castle moves out of the way with Taven landing flush on the guard rail. Luckily, he’s not seriously hurt and comes back by tossing Castle hard into the steps back first. He’s focusing on his weak spot now.
Impressed with @MattTaven in this match… cruising along business as usual after that wild landing on the guardrail. #ROHFinalBattle #HonorClub
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9:35 p.m.: Taven thinks he’s knocked Castle to the floor and turns his back but The Boys catch their man and prop him back on the apron. Always good to have a few of them to help.
9:32 p.m.: The bell rings and they instantly brawl both in and outside the ring. Back inside, they each duck multiple clotheslines before Castle poses and hits a big punch. He’s quite the peacock.
Heeeeee’s Matt Taven… but HE is @theDALTONcastle! #ROHFinalBattle #HonorClub
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9:30 p.m.: Taven makes the referee hold up what he claims is the “real” world title that is now on the line in this match.
9:28 p.m.: As you can expect, Castle makes quite the entrance with The Boys and exclaims on his way to the ring that “I’m a forest fire of color!” This marks Castle’s first one-on-one match since returning from his back injury that sidelined him for three months. He still has to wear a brace.
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9:25 p.m.: The story of the match is that the former ROH world champ Castle is ticked at Taven for claiming to be the “real” champion and carrying out his own title.
Zack Sabre, Jr. defeats Jonathan Gresham
9:23 p.m. FINISH: Gresham briefly has an ankle lock, but that doesn’t last long. This is fast and furious, with the two men crisscrossing across the ropes and once it’s back on the mat, Gresham tries to get a bridge for a pin, but instead it’s Sabre rolling him up with a bridge to score the win in his ROH debut. Very good British style technical wrestling that was both incredibly fast and creative.
9:19p.m.: These two are amazing, twisting one other into uncomfortable positions and then countering out of it. They exchange more technical wrestling on the mat before Sabre has enough of hits a paif of huge European uppercuts with Gresham firing back. Now the two have a wild slapping exchange with Gresham getting the better of it and hits a huge forearm for a near pin. He then slows it down going for a single-leg Boston Crab, but Sabre turns it into a triangle choke and Gresham barely survives.
[email protected] challenging @TheJonGresham… and the Octopus rises to the occasion! #ROHFinalBattle #HonorClub
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9:13p.m.: Gresham gets Zabre on the mat and tries to work on his leg, but the NJPW star uses a slick counter to get out of it. Sabre then gets in control and twists Gresham into a pretzel and then a head-scissors which Gresham gets out of before they exchange slaps. Sabre goes for a bow and arrow, but Gresham counters and nearly gets the win.
9:08 p.m.: This should be a technical back and forth between these two submission specialists.
Kelly Klein defeats Sumie Sakai, Madison Rayne, and Karen Q in a Four Corner Survival Elimination Match to win the Women of Honor championship
9:04 p.m. FINISH: Klein goes out of her comfort zone on the top rope and hits a huge K-Power to dethrone the champ. Solid action although the crowd died midway through the match. Afterwards, Klein walks over to Sakai and gives her a hug.
9:02 p.m.: Sakai hits connects with Smash Mouth on Klein put she kicks out. That’s the first time someone has kicked out of that move. Klein comes back and connects with her K-Power finisher but Sakai survives.
8:59 p.m. Rayne hits a cutter on the champ who comes back with Smash Mouth. With Rayne down, Klein takes advantage and rolls her up for the pin. We’re down to Sakai and Klein.
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8:55 p.m.: We have out first elimiation as Klein hits Karen Q with her K-Power slam to score the pin. We’re down to three.
8:52 p.m.: Sakai gets tossed out of the ring, leaving Klein and Karen to beat up on Rayne. That backfires with Karen Q hitting Klein by accident. All of them are back in the ring, as Klein throws down Rayne and Karen hard from the corner, but then gets caught by Sakai off the top rope.
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8:48 p.m.: Madison Rayne gets paired up early with Karen Q and connects with a flying cross body off the apron to the floor. Rayne gets back in the ring with Sakai across the ring. The Japanese star tries to get a submission win, but Karen Q folds both over in a submission move of her own before it gets broken up.
8:42 p.m.: Another championship match coming up with four women battling for the gold. The 47-year-old Sakai goes into the match as the champion for the past eight months.
Jeff Cobb beats Adam “Hangman” Page to retain the ROH Television Championship
8:40 p.m. FINISH: A lot going on here as Page flips over the top rope and connects with a massive clothesline, but Cobb comes back with a piledriver that Page somehow kicks out of. Page again goes from the apron over the top rope, but Cobb catches him with the Tour of the Islands. He gives him another for good measure to get the win and retain the title. Fantastic match with a super hot crowd.
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8:35 p.m.: Cobb goes a dive off the middle rope, but Page shows his strength by catching him and hitting a suplex. Page then with a pair of standing inverted moonsaults, but can’t get the win and follows that with a big dive off the top rope onto Cobb on the floor.
8:29 p.m.: Page is on the second turnbuckle and Cobb gets behind him and tries to hit a suplex. Page fights him off at first, but then come back and drills Page with a huge delayed suplex followed by a standing moonsault. Great agility for the big guy.
8:26 p.m.: Page comes quick out of the gate with some kicks to the face and he knocks Cobb outside the ring. Page then goes for a Shooting Star Press, but Cobb catches him and delivers an overhead suplex on the floor. Wow.
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8:22 p.m.: There was a dark match before the PPV went on the air, as Best Friends defeated TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia and The Bouncers. As for this match, this is expected to be Page’s last one for a while with his contract expiring and talk that he will be moving on. That includes being a part of the rumored All Elite Wrestling promotion if it happens.
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Kenny King defeats Eli Isom
8:19 p.m. FINISH: King had the match in hand, but Isom with a reversal and rolls him up, but can’t get the win. Another roll up and again King gets out of it. He was out of chances after that as King hits him with a Fireman Carry Driver to finish him off. After the match, Isom is ready to shake his hand, but King brushes him off and walks away. Nice opener and Isom has some talent, especially for only making his wrestling debut last year.
8:16 p.m.: Isom with some nice offense and is taking the fight to King now. Big side slam and he goes to the top rope, but the veteran King hits the ropes and Isom falls down. King hits a Blockbuster off the top and goes for the pin, but before the ref hits three, King pull Isom up. He’s getting cocky.
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8:12 p.m.: King with the upper hand early against the younger wrestler, but he got lazy and Eli nailed him with a dive over the ropes to the floor.
8:08 p.m.: Eli Isom is a relative newcomer to ROH, but earned a huge upset win against Grand Slam winner Christopher Daniels. Kenny King is on the mic before the match running Eli down, talking about how he is just there to promote the ROH dojo and he can stand next to him.
8:05 p.m.: Ian Riccibani and Colt Cabana are handling the boradcasting duties and announced that Ladder Wars will be closing the show. It’s going to be tough to top that match which has huge expectations.
8:00 p.m.: Here we go!
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7:50 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News live coverage of Ring of Honor Final Battle 2018. The show is slated to go at least three hours and maybe four hours of non-stop action. Follow along here all night long.
ROH Final Battle 2018 lineup
— Jay Lethal vs. Cody for the ROH world championship
— SCU (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. The Briscoes vs.The Young Bucks in a ROH tag team championship ladder war
— Jeff Cobb vs. Adam “Hangman” Page for the ROH television championship
— Sumie Sakai vs. Madison Rayne vs. Karen Q vs. Kelly Klein in a Four Corner Survival Match for the Women of Honor championship
— Dalton Castle vs. Matt Taven
— Flip Gordon vs. Bully Ray in an “I Quit” match
— Jonathan Gresham vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
— Christopher Daniels vs. Marty Scurll
ROH Final Battle 2018 predictions
— Jay Lethal retains the championship in what will be Cody’s final match with Ring of Honor in the near future.
— The Briscoes become new ROH tag team champions in a high-flying spectacle with The Young Bucks leaving the company.
— Jeff Cobb holds off Adam Page to remain ROH television champion.
— Madison Rayne finally gets her big ROH victory and captures the Women of Honor championship.
— Matt Taven wins as he continues to claim that he is the “real” ROH champion.
— Flip Gordon finally puts a stop to Bully Ray tormenting him by making him say “I quit.”
— Jonathan Gresham scores a big win over the submission specialist Sabre.
— Marty Scurll beats Christopher Daniels and turns his eye towards the ROH title.
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