“Final Battle” ends 2012
Ring of Honor ended its year on a high note Sunday with “Final Battle,” an afternoon show emanating from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
Most fans report a positive experience with ROH’s new integrated streaming functions, with the ability to rewind and pause the live stream as a big plus.
Benjamin requests release from ROH contract
Reports surfaced earlier this week that Shelton Benjamin, one half of Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team, requested to be released from his Ring of Honor contract before his match at “Final Battle.”
Despite WWE reportedly showing interest in Benjamin’s services, the wrestling juggernaut would not engage in any serious talks with Benjamin while he remained under contract to ROH, fearing these talks would be perceived as tampering.
Currently, Benjamin will continue to work for Ring of Honor on a pay-per-appearance basis while he negotiates with WWE.
Despite Benjamin ending his contractual ties to ROH, the company still went through with their original booking idea of having Haas and Benjamin defeat Titus and Whitmer in their streetfight.
Tommaso Ciampa injury update
After making a surprising appearance at “Final Battle,” the “Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa updated us on his progress after sustaining a major injury earlier this year. You can read the update here.
January cards coming together
Ring of Honor announced some matches and appearances for their upcoming shows in January.
As alluded to at “Final Battle,” the Briscoes will defend their Ring of Honor Tag Team Championships against Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander at the company’s first set of television tapings for 2013 in Baltimore, MD. on Jan. 5.
Matt Hardy is also set to appear on the tapings, as well as on the Jan. 19 live event in Milwaukee, Wis.
Should the Briscoes retain their titles against Coleman & Alexander on Jan. 5, they will defend against the American Wolves on jan. 18 in Dearborn, Mich. Also on the Dearborn card, current TV Adam Cole will face Jimmy Jacobs in a proving ground match.
The Jan. 19 show from Milwaukee, Wis. is headlined by the return of ROH’s “Defy or Deny” match, a four-way elimination featuring ROH world champion Kevin Steen, Eddie Edwards, Roderick Strong, and Michael Elgin. The stipulation says that if Steen is eliminated, the winner of the match will receive a shot against Steen, but if Steen wins, the final man he pinned will never receive another title shot as long as Steen is champion.
Also on the Milwaukee card, Kyle O’Reilly and Davey Richards will face each other in what should be an excellent match.
This Week on ROHWorld.com
Our final ROHCast of the year is here, talking “Final Battle” in great detail.
That’s all for this week. Remember to keep checking ROHWorld.com for all your Ring of Honor news, notes, and analysis. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your holidays!