Tony Khan follows up AEW Full Gear with Ring of Honor’s pay-per-view Final Battle in December, and now a new report reveals what the main event is expected to be. According to PWInsider, the main event of the Ring of Honor: Final Battle will be between ROH World Champion Chris Jericho and Claudio Castagnoli of the Blackpool Combat Club, although it’s not just any match. Aside from the fact that the ROH World Championship is on the line, it will include a stipulation that if Claudio loses, he must join the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Jericho is the one who dethroned Castagnoli as the ROH World Champion, and Claudio has wanted another shot at the champion ever since. Now he has that chance, but if he loses, it will be very interesting to see him join the ranks of the JAS, which are pretty much the antithesis of the Blackpool Combat Club.
It’s also a group that has been dealing with a lot of internal issues thanks to William Regal’s actions at Full Gear. Regal turned on Jon Moxley at Full Gear and gave MJF brass knuckles so he could knock out Moxley and become the new AEW World Champion. Now the future of the group, which also includes Claudio, Wheeler Yuta, and Bryan Danielson, remains to be seen, but at least we know that Claudio is still very much in the mix of the title scene.
This is the latest in Jericho’s quest to eliminate all former ROH champions, and he only wants to make matters worse by having Claudio switch sides. It probably wouldn’t hurt to have someone of Claudio’s skills in the whole group either, but that’s even if Claudio decides to hit a ball.
No other matches have been announced for Final Battle, but another match that could very well happen is Mercedes Martinez vs Athena for the ROH Women’s Championship. Martinez recently came out to run off Athena after turning her full heel and they seem to be in each other’s sights, so we could see that announced at some point.
What do you think of the main event for ROH Final Battle? Let us know in the comments!
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