Tossing Salt Presents:
ROH Final Battle 2019
Thoughts & Predictions
December 13, 2019
Coming up tomorrow night, live on pay-per-view from the great city of Baltimore, Maryland, is Ring of Honor’s Final Battle, the 2019 edition. I almost missed this one because on a weekend that has Smackdown live on Fox on Friday, the NWA Into The Fire pay-per-view from Atlanta on Saturday and WWE TLC on the Network on Sunday, ROH is just like that middle child, screaming “Look at me! Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”. But I caught it just in time and that means, for the second time today (with one more to come tomorrow or Saturday afternoon), it’s prediction time. It’s time to shake hands and show some love for the forgotten child lost in the shuffle. I’m wearing my “ring of honor” and it’s time to get this party started. Let’s do this…
ROH World Champion Rush vs PCO.
Rush is the current ROH Champion and while he’s done a fine job carrying that title and upholding the honor and standards of ROH, his reign really hasn’t set the world on fire either. He’s definitely no Jay Lethal or even James Gibson (Jamie Noble), former ROH Champs who meant something and made an impact. PCO is starting to show his age and brings new meaning to the words “Middle Aged And Crazy”. This man does some wild stuff and win, lose or draw, when he’s in that ring, you will be entertained and know that you’ve seen a match. So will PCO end up adding the ROH Championship to his resume? I think he’ll come close and it’ll be a match of thrills, chills and plenty of two counts as PCO comes just so close, but in the end, Rush will find a way, get the pin and remain the ROH World Champion.
Winner and STILL ROH World Champion: Rush
ROH World Tag Team Champions The Briscoe Brothers vs. Jonathan Gresham and Jay Lethal.
This is Lethal’s first match back after being out from an injury, a broken arm I believe, and he’s teaming with Jonathan Gresham, who has been on fire as of late and is a fantastic heel. And they’re facing the premiere team of ROH, the Briscoe Brothers. So will Lethal go all out and turn heel here? Will the Briscoes, who have dominated the tag team scene for so long manage to once again hang on to their titles and remain champs? Lethal is a prime time player and I think that coming back and immediately wearing some gold is exactly what ROH needs to do to reintroduce him in a major way. The Briscoes don’t need the belts and a loss won’t hurt them a bit. They really are that good. I’m calling new champions here.
Winners and NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions: Jonathan Gresham and Jay Lethal
ROH TV Champion Shane Taylor vs. Dragon Lee.
This one should be a really good match featuring a contrast of styles and be a clinic for action and excitement. It could possibly be the match of the night. Taylor has been an unstoppable force for a while now with ROH and also just signed a deal to make some spots for New Japan in the near future so he’s definitely a talent to watch. And Dragon Lee, he’s just fun to watch and really good in that ring. It would totally change the mood for ROH to have Lee wearing that TV gold and I think that might be exactly what ROH needs to avoid being overshadowed by the other companies as they have been as of late. I say title change here.
Winner and NEW ROH TV Champion: Dragon Lee
Matt Taven vs Vincent.
This one should be a kick-ass brawl to end all brawls. Taven has been in a bit of a slump since losing the REOH World Championship and then, he lost “The Kingdom”. It’s time for Stella to get her groove back and Taven to get his ROH mojo back as well. Taven will have a fight on his hands and Vincent will give him 150% plus more, but when the dust settles, it’s Taven who will take home the big win.
Winner: Matt Taven
Mark Haskins (with Vicky Haskins) vs. Bully Ray – Street Fight.
Talk about battles and brawls and this will be one. Buly Ray will kick some ass, get some shots in and look like, well like a bully for most of the match, but I expect that we’ll see a little distraction from Vickie and Haskins, who has been beaten on and dominated by Bully for so long, will get his payback with a resounding victory over his tormentor and a kiss from Vickie to seal the deal.
Winner: Mark Haskins w/ Vicky Haskins
Jeff Cobb vs. Danny Maff
Maff just came back and resigned with the company so he needs to look great and be kept strong, but he’s fighting Jeff Cobb, one of the strongest talents in ROH and a legit top guy. I think this one has Maff taking the fight to Cobb and giving him everything but Articles of Impeachment, but Cobb coming back at the end to score a hard fought win. That way, both men look great and both men stay strong. And the battles can continue.
Winner: Jeff Cobb
Angelina Love vs. Maria Manic
Maria is new to the company and has been brought in and presented as the next big thing for the Women of Honor franchise. Love is an established name and winning or losing, it won’t really matter one way or the other. I predict a quick match and a borderline squash.
Winner: Maria Maniac
Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll and Flip Gordon) vs. Bandido and Flamita
The speculation for this match is has Marty Scurll signed a new deal with ROH or not? If he’s leaving, then of course he should take the fall and put the other guys over on the way out. I saw on Twitter where Scurll teased and offered Luke Harper, or should I say Brodie Lee, a possible spot in Villain Enterprises. That won’t matter to this match or what Lee decides, be it ROH, Impact, AEW or anywhere else when his no-compete from WWE is over, but he would be a great talent to see in ROH if it happens. As for this match, I think thatScurll is staying with ROH and has probably signed a new deal, but has just kept it hush hush. And if that’s the case, then as good as Bandido and Flamita are (and they are very good), I think Villain Enterprises should get the win.
Winners: Villain Enterprises
And I guess that’s it. Thoughts, comments and any questions are welcome. Thanks for reading and check out ROH if you get the chance. They’re often overlooked as of late, but the show is good, the talent is incredible and it’s almost always worth a look-see. Until the next time, take care and I’ll see you at the matches.