By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Lio Rush def. Jonathon Gresham
Well, this match really didn't have much to do with anything, so it seemed out of place on the go-home show for the pay-per-view. Don't get me wrong, it was a well-wrestled match and a nice showcase for both guys, but I'm not sure what point it was supposed to serve. Alex Shelley was fine on commentary and did a good job of putting over Rush throughout the bout as well as afterward, but they won't even be in the same match at Final Battle, so again, it felt random. Speaking of Rush, he will replacing ACH in the finals of the ROH Six-Man Tag Team Championship tournament because of ACH's departure from the company. They explained it in storyline by saying ACH's spot was reserved for Rush the entire time, which is true.
The Briscoes def. The Addiction
Unlike the previous bout, this match actually did have some Final Battle implications considering The Briscoes will be challenging for the ROH World Tag Team Championship on Friday night, in addition to The Addiction being the former tag champs. Thus, it made sense for them to overcome the former champs before they could conquer the current ones. Solid storytelling. This was a great match that featured excellent in-ring action, especially down the stretch, and it's a shame The Addiction don't currently have a match at Final Battle after headlining All Star Extravaganza a few months back.
The hour largely consisted of hype and video packages for Final Battle, and of the two matches, The Briscoes vs. The Addiction is the only one worth watching. That said, definitely check out this edition of ROH TV for the interviews with Kyle O'Reilly and Adam Cole because both are absolutely exceptional. I am beyond hyped for that main event title match and the rest of the card looks stacked as well. On that note, check out my exclusive interviews with Cole and Jay Lethal talking Final Battle and much more this Friday on Bleacher Report!
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