Tossing Salt Presents:
Ring Of Honor: Final Battle
Thoughts & Predictions
December 12, 2018
Coming up on Friday, December 14, 2018, Ring of Honor will present Final Battle, live on pay=per-view and also airing live for Honorclub subscribers. I don’t usually cover ROH, but I have been watching occasionally every Saturday night when I get the chance and trying to follow things and keep up. And it is a wrestling pay-per-view, right? So even with my limited knowledge of ROH, I’m going to go ahead and break out the Sister Cleo outfit and do my prediction thing. It’s a stacked show and should be one top notch event for the arguably #2 North American wrestling promotion. Let’s do this…
ROH Champion Jay Lethal vs. Cody.
This is Cody’s last contracted match with ROH so far as we know so that means that Jay Lethal will retain the title, right? Not necessarily. Cody wasn’t working for the NWA, but he became the NWA Champion, didn’t he? Cody has a reputation for pulling off the surprises and exceeding expectations and I don’t think that anyone can take him or this match for granted. Jay Lethal is an amazing talent and so is Cody and I expect this match to be one for the ages. And it could easily go either way. I think we’ll see a surprise here and a new Champion when that final bell rings. Lethal won’t go down without a fight and there will be controversy as I have a feeling things around ROH might be getting a little “elite”.
Winner and NEW ROH Champion: Cody
ROH Tag Team Champions Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky vs. The Young Bucks vs. The Briscoes – Ladder War
This match will be having the three teams channel their inner Hardys, Edge & Christian and Dudleys as these men tear each other up and put on an encounter to remember. It might even have the fans going WW.., Who? when the match comes to an end. I like the Briscoes, but they’re the old reliable and go to team for ROH. When ROH needs them, they’re there, but ROH doesn’t need them right now. Kazarian and Sky are a good team too, but I think this will be a night of Elite domination.
Winners and NEW ROH Tag Team Champions: The Young Bucks
ROH TV Champion Jeff Cobb vs. Adam Page.
I’ve aleady predicted two title changes so will there be three? I don’t believe so. Page and Cobb are two young up and coming stars of the future and the men have some tremendous talent and will put on a fantastic match. It’ll be as close as brand new Congresswomen from New York and brain death, but in the end, the title will stay home and with Cobb.
Winner and STILL ROH TV Champion: Jeff Cobb
Matt Taven vs. Dalton Castle.
Dalton Castle just came back to ROH and action and he’s the hottest thing going in ROH right now. There is no way that he’s losing here.
Winner: Dalton Castle
Flip Gordon vs. Bully Ray – I Quit Match.
This should be a great match between one of the best veterans in the business against a hot, young talent who is definitely one of the biggest up and coming stars of the future. I can’t picture Bully saying “I Quit”. It just doesn’t fit his character or image. And thus, I think history will be made and we’ll see the swerve as Flip takes a beating of a lifetime and then turns things around and guess what. He makes Bully say those magic two words.
Winner: Flip Gordon
Jonathan Gresham vs. the debuting Zack Sabre Jr.
Zack Sabre Jr. is making his ROH debut. An incoming star, if the company plans on doing anything with them, does not lose his debut match, especially if he’s a guy with the international reputation of Sabre. Sabre wins and wins easily.
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr.
Marty Scurll vs. Chris Daniels.
I’m a big fan of the “Fallen Angel” and he’s one of the best talents working today. Normally, I’d be rooting for Daniels all the way, but look who will be standing at the other side of the ring. It’s Marty Scuril and he’s one of the biggest names in Indy wrestling today. This guy is a big star waiting to bust out and make that big impact and this might be the match and event where he can do just that. At the end of this match, the “Fallen Angel” will have fallen victim to the power and talent that is Marty Scurll. Scurll wins.
Winner: Marty Scurll
Women of Honor Champion Sumie Sakai vs. Madison Rayne vs. Karen Q vs. Kelly Klein.
I don’t care who is in this match. I’m pulling for Madison Rayne to win because she’s married to Bully Ray and any woman who can deal with the former Bubba Ray Dudley is a true champ in my eyes. Also, she’s the only one who I’ve witnessed wrestle more than once of these four. So look for Rayne to capture the gold and become the fop Woman of Honor.
Winner and NEW Woman Of Honor Champion: Madison Rayne
Eli Ishom vs. Kenny King.
I’ve watched Kenny King work a few times on ROH TV and Impact Wrestling and he’s got that something about him that makes him stand out and be a top guy to keep an eye on as a future star. Eli Ishom? Never heard of him. Thus, I shall bow my head to the royalty in this match and say that the winner will be Kenny King. Check and mate.
Winner: Kenny King
And there you go. Am I right or wrong? Tell me what you think and who you think will stand out and get their arms raised at the ROH Final Battle on Friday night. And with that, I’m out of here. Until the next time, have a great one and don’t forget to support your local Indy wrestling events and wrestlers. Thanks for reading.