By Graham "GSM" Matthews
The Tempura Boyz def. Cheeseburger and Will Ferarra
Joey Daddiego was on commentary for this match and talked about training with Cheeseburger and Ferrara in the ROH Dojo. There really wasn't of a story behind the bout other than that, but it was wisely slotted in the opener where the audience was engaged in the action. The fun little match was a fun way of kicking off the night, even if it didn't have much storyline significance. Donovan Dijak coming out afterward and beating up the babyfaces with Daddiego confronting him was a good transition into the subsequent match.
Donovan Dijak def. Joey Daddiego
I assumed Dijak was in babyface mode at Final Battle when he teamed with The Motor City Machine Guns, but he was still a heel here. Then again, this was taped over a month ago, so perhaps the turn has yet to play out on TV yet. Prince Nana hardly elicits any real heat as a manager, so I'm glad Dijak is presumably parting ways with him soon. The crowd couldn't have cared less about this match, and I can't blame them since I believe Daddiego was a heel prior to this point as well.
War Machine vs. BJ Whitmer and Punishment Martinez Ended in a Double Disqualification
I must say, the ongoing angle with Whitmer, Martinez and Kevin Sullivan is one of the dumber things going in wrestling today, at least in my opinion. The crowd was quiet for their attack on War Machine, though it was a cool brawl. Worse yet, Steve Corino came down to the ring to confront the trio, and nothing happened. This was such a waste of time, and perhaps the best thing I can say about it is that Corino's impending departure from Ring of Honor will end his involvement in this awful storyline once and for all.
The Motor City Machine Guns, Jay White and Lio Rush def. Jay Lethal, Silas Young and The Briscoes
There is little doubt that this match featured a ton of star power, but what was the point? They must have known this would be airing after Final Battle because this wasn't relevant to anything going on right now. That said, it was a well-wrestled match and an enjoyable main event. It was cool to see the up-and-coming babyfaces score the big win over the established stars, but without a story being told, I wonder how much it actually meant.
You could definitely tell this was a post-pay-per-view edition of ROH TV, and as a result, it was one of the weaker all-around episodes in some time. ROH did tape a bunch of TV a few days after Final Battle, but I suppose that won't be airing for a while because next week the show will be Women of Honor-themed and then the holidays are here. This was a pretty basic albeit forgettable show, so no need to go out of your way to catch anything this week.
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