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Csonka’s Final Battle Review 12.02.16

December 3, 2016 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s Final Battle Review 12.02.16  

Csonka’s Final Battle Review 12.02.16

– The Rebellion defeated Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and Donovan Dijak @ 12:40 via pin [***]
– Silas Young defeated Jushin Liger @ 11:15 via pin [**]
– Dalton Castle defeated Colt Cabana @ 10:50 via pin [**¾]
– Cody defeated Jay Lethal @ 13:20 via pin [***]
ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship Tournament Final The Kingdom defeated Lio Rush, Jay White & KUSHIDA @ 12:40 via pin [**½]
ROH TV Title Match: Champion Marty Scurll defeated Will Ospreay and Dragon Lee @ 11:05 via submission [****]
ROH Tag Team Championship Match: Champions The Young Bucks defeated The Briscoes @ 16:10 via pin [****]
ROH Championship No DQ Match: Kyle O’Reilly defeated Champion Adam Cole @ 19:19via submission [****¼]

– A story time with Adam Cole (bay bay) opens the show, telling the tale of the Cole vs. O’Reilly feud.

Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and Donovan Dijak vs. The Rebellion (Caprice Coleman, Kenny King and Rhett Titus): The Cabinet is now The Rebellion. Commentary tells us Dijak is no longer with Prince Nana. The Guns & Dijak have matching gear; the Guns had been previously saying they were looking foe allies due to there being so many trios and units in ROH. Sabin and King did a nice back and forth to begin, Dijak tags in and Coleman does comedy, slipping as hr gets into the ring. Coleman sent the Guns to the floor and then The Rebellion took control for a bit, but The Guns and Dijak quickly fought back, working over Titus. The Rebellion took the heat on Sabin; solid stuff, good moving parts and more aggression than they usually show. Sabin used his speed to cause a miscommunication; he got the hot tag to Dijak, who ran wild on a good sequence, tossing fools around. Dijak doing a mix of cruiserweight moves and tossing dudes around is great. He got a near fall off the choke breaker, the Guns returned and the crowd loved it ad Dijak hit a springboard flip dive to the floor. Back in with Dijak and the Guns hitting a series of kicks, feast your eye by Dijak then got the near fall. It broke own, Dijak pulled to the floor and then dropkicked to the barricade. Coleman cut off skull and bones; and then hit the sky splitter and Titus hit a top rope splash for the pin on Sabin. The Rebellion defeated Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and Donovan Dijak @ 12:40 via pin [***] This was a good match to kick off the show. The crowd reacted well, The Rebellion got a much-needed win because of better teamwork (even if they didn’t play by the rules). They worked well together; it had a great energy to it and went home at the right time. Dijak came away as the star of this match, he has so much untapped potential.

Jushin Liger vs. Silas Young w/The Beer City Bruiser: Young attacked before the bell, because he’s a dick. Liger fought back and hit the cannonball to the floor. Back in the ring, Liger worked a surfboard as the Bruiser drank a 40. Young grabbed the ref to escape, and Liger did not appreciate this. Young predictably went for the mask, Liger tried to fight back, but Young cut him off with a neck breaker before laying the boots to him. The Bruiser then attacked Liger on the floor, sent him back in and went after the mask again. Young worked a solid, but bland heat. He made mean faces, but lacked any real aggression. The Bruiser again got involved; Liger and Young then did a double down spot. Palm strike by Liger, RANA into the pin by Liger then got a near fall. Young fought off a ligerbomb, and then hit a back breaker and a lariat for 2. Young took a drink of beer and spit it at Liger. Liger then hit a brainbuster out of nowhere, up top and Young cut him off. Liger sent him back to the mat, Liger took out the Bruiser, but the top rope splash hit knees. Misery connects for Young and he picks up the win. Silas Young defeated Jushin Liger @ 11:15 via pin [**] This was perfectly solid, but it felt as if it never got going (and also felt long). I’ve seen better from both this year. Young needed to win here.

Colt Cabana vs. Dalton Castle: Cabana got the generic “slowed down re-mixed theme, “ so you know he’s a heel. Castle came to the ring on a chariot, pulled by the Boys. Cabana looked to shake hands, but Castle shot in with a double leg takedown. After a fun back and forth, Cabana attacked the Boy and rolled then into the ring. Castle hit a dropkick, got fanned down and started to suplex Cabana around and then out grappled him. They worked to the corner; Cabana tripped up Castle and took the heat. Cabana’s heat was good, but I really wanted to see a more violent side to play or his disdain for Castle. They worked well together; Castle escaped the Billy goat’s curse, but got sent to the floor. Back in the ring and Cabana missed a lionsault, and Castle hit a German for the near fall. Castle countered the Chicago skyline, Cabana countered the bangarang the first rime, but Castle hit it on the second try for the clean win. Dalton Castle defeated Colt Cabana @ 10:50 via pin [**¾] Pretty good math overall, Castle winning was the right call and they didn’t go too long, but left enough on the bone for a rematch down the line.

– Pre-match, the Addiction arrived. They got “SHUT THE FUCK UP” Chants, and Daniels put over Dusty Rhodes. Daniels says he has lived his life for ROH, and Cody deserves the chance in ROH. The Addiction will sit in on commentary.

Cody vs. Jay Lethal: They worked a solid, and basic back and forth opening stretch. Lethal quickly took control, took Cody down and hit he basement dropkick. Cody made his comeback, grounding and working he arm. Lethal started to fire back, but Cody went back to the arm and maintained control. Lethal side-stepped Cody and then cut off the skin the cat with the dropkick. Suicide dive by Lethal, the second connects and then Cody cut off the third. Cody then WHIFFS on the step up high cross to the floor and hit the barricade. Back in and Cody hit the disaster kick, thy traded strikes and chops, but Cody then hit the lariat but walked into the Lethal combination for a near fall. Lethal worked the torture rack and then the cross face. Cody escaped and locked in the American nightmare (Indian deathlock). Lethal made the ropes, rushed Cody to the corner, and Cody got the O’Connor roll for a near fall. Cody then MISSED the moonsault press; Lethal then hit the Lethal injection. He elbow drop also connected, but Cody cradled him for 2. REF BUMP. LOW BLOW by Cody, cross Rhodes and Cody wins. Cody defeated Jay Lethal @ 13:20 via pin [***] Good back and forth match here, but the heel turn felt as if it was done just for the shock value, but it came off well and without the predictable Addiction interference. The match didn’t blow me away, but was very enjoyable.

– Cody knocked Corino out of his chair before leaving. Corino made mention that “he said” this would happen; teasing that Kevin Sullivan may have something to do with it. He then said that “The Father” said evil was coming, and the Evil is Cody.

ROH Six Man Tag Team Championship Tournament Final: Lio Rush, Jay White & KUSHIDA vs. TK O’Ryan, Vinny Marseglia & Matt Taven: The faces ran wild early, scoring near falls, with commentary noting that Taven has had bad luck at Final Battle. The faces worked a fast paced and fun opening stretch, playing to their strengths and making this feel very fun. The Kingdom cut off Rush, triple teaming him in their corner. The Kingdom’s heat was solid, but Rush’s selling and then ‘s comeback really shined here. KUSHIDA is so good, and is making everything The Kingdom does look great. It broke down into dives and the big move buffet as Rush hit a great series of dives, White and others hit dives and then KUSHIDA off the top with a senton onto the pile. Taven then wiped out the pile with a huge dive and the crowd is getting into it. Taven cut off rush hour into the climax, but White made the save. Marseglia broke up a pin with a senton that also hit the ref. Cane shots by Taven of the ref bump; Rush made the comeback with a series of kicks, cane shit again. Triple powerbomb to Rush and that’s all. The Kingdom defeated Lio Rush, Jay White & KUSHIDA @ 12:40 via pin [**½] This has a ton of fun moments, but the bullshit shows that the new Kingdom will be just like the old one, where all of the bullshit takes away from the good efforts. This was a mixed bag. What really annoyed me is that we already had a ref bump on the show. This felt lazy.

ROH TV Championship Match: Champion Marty Scurll vs. Will Ospreay vs. Dragon Lee: Fish is out due to a death in the family. (His mother passed during the UK tour). Fast paced beginning as you’d expect, I want to see Lee vs. Ospreay already. Lee and Ospreay did some nice exchanges here, Scurll cut off Ospreay with superkicks, but Lee took him out with a dive. Scurll then started to drop Ospreay on his head, Lee made the save. They then worked into some three-way spots, as Ospreay set Scurll up top, Lee sent Ospreay to the mat and hit the corner double stomp on Scurll. Sitout powerbomb by Lee onto Ospreay. Lee hit a RANA to the floor, but Ospreay landed on his feet. Ospreay hits the springboard forearm onto Scurll and then the dive onto Lee. And Scurll up top, Scurll escapes with kicks and Ospreay hits the cutter and then the shooting star press, but then Scurll locks in the chicken wing but Lee broke it up with the double stomp off the top. Really nice pacing, near falls and counters here, with Ospreay hitting the back handspring double PELE. Lee gets a near fall off of the German, and Scurll does the “finger break spot” on Lee. Ospreay hits the cutter on Lee, Scurll tosses Ospreay and applies the chicken wing on Lee to retain. Champion Marty Scurll defeated Will Ospreay and Dragon Lee @ 11:05 via submission [****] That was exactly what I wanted that to be and what it needed to be. It was worked at a great pace, had a lot of cool moves and counters and in the end all three guys looked awesome. I am cool with the division being built around these three right now. This felt fun, fresh and very energetic. Sometimes you just have to allow the guys to do what they do best and do what the crowd wants and that was this match. It was insanely fun

ROH Tag Team Championship Match: Champions The Young Bucks vs. The Briscoes: The Briscoes controlled early, even blocking superkicks, the crowd is very into this. Matt finally hit a superkick to cut off the Briscoes. The Briscoes were sent to the floor, a dive by Nick followed. The bucks took the heat, picking up the pace and working double teams before hitting apron bombs on the Briscoes. The Briscoes then cut off the attempted dives, suicide dive Jay followed, and Mark hit the Cactus Jack elbow to the floor. After a short period of control, The Bucks made the comeback and hit a tornado DDT onto Jay on the floor. Superkicks from both teams, more from the Bucks as they stopped the Briscoes’ attempts at double teams. Double team buckle bomb to Jay, but Mark makes the save. The doomsday superkick sends Mark to the floor. More bang for your buck on Jay, but it only gets 2. It breaks down into superkicks and some floor brawling, doomsday device stopped as Nick crotches Mark, Meltzer driver countered with a cutter from Mark. JAY DRILLER and then he froggy bow score a great near fall for the Briscoes. The crowd loves this. Mark then hits a blockbuster to the floor. Back in, doomsday device to Matt, but he manages to kick out. Nick makes a solo comeback with a series of kicks, MELTZER DRIVER to Mark, but Jay makes the save. Superkicks from the Bucks, but the Briscoes fire up after eating rapid fire kick and the Bucks cover and retain. Champions The Young Bucks defeated The Briscoes @ 16:10 via pin [****] This was a battle of two teams willing to do anything it took to prove who was the best. It was well paced, intense and was about what I expedited and was also the match they needed o deliver in the o-main event spot.

MY GOD BROKENMATT HARDY IS HERE ON THE BIG SCREEN! He and The Nefarious Brother Nero must come to ROH and delete and render both teams obsolete.

ROH Championship No DQ Match: Champion Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly: After O’Reilly’s request, Nigel made this a NO DQ match. They brawled to begin, with O’Reilly taking Cole down, working ground strikes an looking for submissions. They brawled to the floor, but when they returned to the ring O’Reilly worked knee strikes before being sent to the floor. O’Reilly landed on the previously injured shoulder, Cole took the heat once O’Reilly rolled back in. O’Reilly fired up, landing a series of kicks, and then ran off the apron and Cole hit him in the face with the ROH title. The cameraman was nice and made sure to show O’Reilly blading under the ring. Not much juice from O’Reilly, but commentary is selling this like a crazy Muta blade job. Cole then laid in shots with a trashcan, put it on O’Reilly and then superkicked it. Cole then laid in some chair shots, but it only fired up O’Reilly, who connected with kick. O’Reilly then suplexed Cole onto the chair, Cole flipped him the bird and spit at O’Reilly, who jumped into the arm bar. O’Reilly then beat on Cole with the trashcan, laid it in his lap as he sat in the chair and hit the dropkick off the apron. O’Reilly set up a table in the ring, laid Cole on it and went up top only for Cole to cut him off. They went back and forth; O’Reilly hit the belly to back suplex through the table for a near fall. They brawl on the apron, and they trade low blows. Guillotine by O’Reilly, but Cole jumps off the apron and they go through another table. O’Reilly then got the chain in a call back to their Dallas match; Cole is busted open here. Low blow by Cole, and then hits the last shot for a near fall. Cole then got a mystery bag, revealing thumbtacks. They teased the thumbtack spot, Guillotiner by O’Reilly but then transitions to the triangle, but Cole then powerbombs O’Reilly into the tacks. O’Reilly then hits the brainbuster, and lock in the triangle and lays in the tacks to do so and Cole finally tapped. Kyle O’Reilly defeated Champion Adam Cole @ 19:19 via submission [****¼] That was an excellent math and a great way to and their feud. Cole used the NO DQ stipulation to be a dick and to just inflict more punishment. O’Reilly wanted No DQ because he wanted revenge and did not want to be DQ’d if he crossed a line. Cole was more than willing to use all the toys, but when it came timer to fight, show heart and overcome, he failed because hw Is a pussy/heel. O’Reilly was so hell bent on revenge that he was willing to lay in the tacks and roll in them just to punish Cole, get his revenge and win the title. In the end, good prevailed and closed out the story on a happy note. On one hand, the feud ending here and O’Reilly winning made sense, but on the other hand it feels a bit late, a common theme with ROH. Anyway, the main event was about what I wanted out of it; great pacing, O’Reilly finally overcoming and no bullshit.

– End scene.

– Thanks for reading.

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“Byyyyyyyyyyyyyye Felicia.”

The final score: review Very Good
The 411
For a show with next to no buzz, ROH Final Battle 2016 was a very good show. The undercard was solid to good, the right people mostly won, Cody did the surprising heel turn, Broken Matt and The Nefarious Brother Nero are coming to ROH and the final three matches were all excellent, and completely different in their style and execution.