ROH Final Battle 2011 Recap and Replay Info
The last ROH iPPV of 2011.
Ring of Honor Wrestling presents Final Battle 2011 on iPPV
December 23, 2011
New York, New York
- "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin Def TJ Perkins
- Tommaso Ciampa (w/ The Embassy) Def Jimmy Rave to remain Undefeated
- Jay Lethal Retained The ROH World TV Title Over "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett (w/ Maria & Brutal Bob) & El Generico
- Kevin Steen Def Steve Corino In A NO Dq Match - As A Result Steen Is Back In ROH
- The Young Bucks Def The Bravados, Future Shock, Coleman & Alexander And The All Night Express To Earn A Future ROH World Tag Team Title Shot
- Roderick Strong Def the returning Chris Hero in the Roderick Strong Open Challenge. According to WrestlingObserver.com, WWE still has their eye on Hero. There's just a medical issue that needs to be cleared up. Hopefully for his sake, he'll be reporting to FCW soon enough. WWE could use someone like him. His old tag team partner Claudio Castagnoli (Antonio Cesaro) is already in FCW.
- The Briscoes Def Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) To Regain The ROH World Tag Team Titles For A 7th Time
- Davey Richards (w/ Team Richards) retained the ROH World Championship against Eddie Edwards (w/ Dan the Beast Severn)
--Overall, action-packed show, but at four hours, with a 41 minute main event, I felt like it dragged too long. There were some notable production issues that a company with nearly 10 years of existence shouldn't be having, considering they're owned by a broadcasting company. Also, those unprotected chair shots and idiotic bumps in the Corino-Steen and WGTT-Briscoes matches were appalling. For a Jim Cornette-booked show, I was embarrassed. This company has a lot of promise and I hope they do well, but they could time their shows better and present great action with far less risks.
Do they not realize the health risks involved? Ask Chris Nowinski how those shots to the head affected him later in his life. Then again, why ask Nowinski when you can speak to commentator and former ROH Champion Nigel McGuinness/Desmond Wolfe about how he never got that big-time WWE run due to all his past concussions? Sometimes less is more in wrestling. I have faith in Cornette, but old habits will probably die hard for this roster. That being said, great effort by all involved, but don't be stupid, guys. We don't need ROH wrestlers in wheel chairs or early funerals 10 years from now.
Replay info for Final Battle 2011 via GoFightLive.TV:
Ring of Honor - Final Battle 2011
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ROH delivered on its final iPPV of the year with Final Battle 2011. The event was highlighted by some great wrestling, wicked chair shots and the rise of a new challenger to the ROH World Championship. With over 4 hours of action, this is a show you don't want to miss!
In the main event, Davey Richards defeated Eddie Edwards to retain the ROH World Championship after a kick to the head that was final able to keep Edwards down. These two grapplers embody the "American Strong Style" of wrestling and showed it in a match that went 40 minutes. Coming off the heels of their classic match at Best in the World 2011, Richards and Edwards caught lightning in a battle again as the two went toe to toe delivering every move imaginable. It was obvious the training that Edwards did with UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn took hold as Edwards had a mean streak in him that never presented itself before. But it was not enough as Richards proved once again he is the cream of the crop in ROH.