Notes In Observance – ROH Wrestling 12/16/15: Primed For A Final Battle
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
Primed For A Final Battle
– The Adam Cole-Corey Hollis match served as a basic squash (guess Hollis doesn’t only job in NXT) but we still think Cole gave up more offense than necessary, but it did its job. Cole messed with first-row fans by telling them to get up and move acting like he’d throw Hollis over the barricade only to tease them by tossing him back into the ring. It wasn’t long before Cole put Corey to sleep and as expected, he promised to end Kyle O’Reilly at Final Battle once and for all.
– The announcement of the ROH Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders match between The Young Bucks, All-Night Express and The Briscoes made sense given the events of last week.
– The War Machine-Washington Bullets match was also another logical squash to build up the challengers for Final Battle where they’ll fight the ROH Tag Team Champions, Matt Taven/Michael Bennett. This was faster and made the point that they were ready.
– The Mike Posey-Dalton Castle match was the third logical squash, as Posey and his entourage came out with the accomplished goal of being as annoying as possible. Was this a knock at old-school John Cena? Thankfully, this didn’t last long as Castle ended it with a Bangarang with much emphasis. We got to the serious stuff when Castle cut a promo post-victory towards his foe, Silas Young that promised punishment with the word “ass” even thrown in there. We liked the angle with The Boys distracting Castle on the apron while Young attacked from behind. Headed in, Young holds the advantage but we have a funny feeling The Boys will return back to Castle come Final Battle.
– The in-ring segment with Kevin Kelly, Jerry Lynn, ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, Truth Martini and Taeler Hendrix accomplished its goal of setting the spotlight on the big AJ Styles-Lethal Final Battle World Title main event by putting heat on Lethal by having him insult a wrestling legend, who happened to have the mental advantage in bringing up that he knew his parents well and called the Champ “an arrogant prick” who was different from the man he used to know. Lynn also sported a haircut and was clean-shaven, which was a good look for him. No Styles here disappointingly given his history with both guys, but this was brief and got the Champ on the show.
– The recent Moose-“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin feud culminating in a match at Final Battle announced was no surprise and it was smart that they framed both guys as competitors who won their matches quickly.
– The tag team main event match between Roppongi Vice and Matt Sydal/ACH was high quality generally speaking, but with low quality hype for Final Battle. Why was this the show-closer and not the Lethal segment? ACH continues to impress in every way with his aerial maneuvers, but that was about it for the memorable parts. Alex Shelley on commentary was anticlimactic, as he offered no explanations for his stance on the relationship with Chris Sabin and only mentioned he was looking forward to teaming with Sydal/ACH against Sabin/The Addiction at Final Battle in a six-man tag.
- Adam Cole def. Corey Hollis via pinfall
- War Machine def. The Washington Bullets via pinfall
- Dalton Castle def. Mike Posey (w/The Entourage) via pinfall
- Matt Sydal/ACH def. Roppongi Vice via pinfall
Posted on December 20, 2015, in ROH and tagged ACH, Adam Cole, Alex Shelley, Corey Hollis, Dalton Castle, Final Battle, Jay Lethal, Jerry Lynn, Kevin Kelly, Matt Sydal, Mike Posey, Nigel McGuinness, Roppongi Vice, Silas Young, Taeler Hendrix, The Boys, The Entourage, The Washington Bullets, Truth Martini, War Machine. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.