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ROH: Final Battle 2010 (2010)

DVD Cover (Ring Of Honor Wrestling)
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Wrestling: ROH
> ROH: Salvation (2010)
> ROH: Final Battle 2010 (2010)
> ROH: The Summer Of Punk (2012)
> ROH: Future Of Honor 2 (2014)
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Sports, Wrestling
Starring:
Sara Amato Sara Amato
Shelton Benjamin Shelton Benjamin
Mike Bennett Mike Bennett
Retesh Bhalla Retesh Bhalla
Michael Briscoe Michael Briscoe

8.3 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Final Battle 2010 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by Ring of Honor. It took place on December 18, 2010, at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It was the eighth annual event in the Final Battle chronology, with the first taking place in 2002, but only the second to be broadcast live. It was the fifth ROH event to be shown as an online pay-per-view. The event saw the culmination of two rivalries, a yearlong battle between former tag team Kevin Steen and El Generico, as well as the feud between The Kings of Wrestling and The Briscoe Brothers. Also on the card Davey Richards, who had originally planned to stop wrestling after this event, challenged Roderick Strong for the ROH World Championship. Five other matches also took place on the undercard. --Wikipedia
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Review by Chad
Added: November 02, 2014
I've been in a wrestling mood for the last few months, so tonight, I thought that I would pop in another DVD from Ring Of Honor. I've got a nice stack of them sitting here, and I basically just picked one at random. The one I chose turned out to be the Final Battle pay-per-view, which took place on December 18th, 2010, at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It features a nice mix of wrestlers, with some that you may know from WWE and TNA, and others that may be new to you. Those not familiar with ROH may recognize Serena Deeb (Serena from CM Punk's Straight Edge Society stable in WWE), Amazing Kong (Kharma in WWE), Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards (The American Wolves in TNA), Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro in WWE), El Generico (Sami Zayn in WWE), and Kevin Steen (soon to debut in WWE). That's a solid lineup of talent, and although there were a few duds, the card was pretty damned stacked.

Speaking of the card, let's run down it and see how things played out, shall we?

1. The All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus) vs. Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly
Truth be known, this match was my introduction to all four men... but what an introduction it was. This was one hell of a way to open the show, with everyone involved giving 110% and delivering a match that got the crowd into the show in a big way. Lots of great spots, excellent double-team maneuvers, and great chemistry all around.

2. Colt Cabana vs. T.J. Perkins
After that opening match, I was incredibly excited for the rest of this show... and this one brought me down a bit. I'm a fan of Cabana's wrestling style and humor, but this match simply did nothing for me. I wouldn't go so far as to label it a horrible match, but it's certainly not memorable either.

3. Sara Del Rey and Serena Deeb vs. Daizee Haze and Amazing Kong
This was another match that brought me down. Kong got a massive pop when she came out, and she was the obvious attraction here, but she looked a little off her game and didn't do much in the ring. Daizee looks downright sickly here, and it's hard to disbelieve the rumors of an eating disorder after seeing the way that she looked. Her timing and some of her spots didn't fare much better. I've heard a lot of good things about Del Rey, but I didn't see much of that here - perhaps it was an off night for her, or maybe things weren't clicking with her opponents, but she just seemed average at best in this outing.

4. Eddie Edwards vs. Sonjay Dutt
Things start to pick up here, with a match between two guys who can usually be counted on to deliver. This particular match wasn't amazing, but it was certainly a step up from the previous matches and did keep me entertained.

5. Homicide (with Julius Smokes) vs. Christopher Daniels
Here's another match where I have to wonder, what happened? What went wrong? I know that both of these guys are capable of great matches, but this had to be an off night for them or something. There are a few nice spots and a couple of memorable moments, but as a whole, this was not nearly as good as I had expected it to be.

6. The Briscoe Brothers and Mike "Papa" Briscoe vs. The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli) and Shane Hagadorn
I'll admit to being a huge fan of The Briscoes, and with that being said, I thought that this was a great match. It was far from a scientific clinic, and it did bring in some of the "sports entertainment" elements that ROH purists dislike, but it was entertaining all the same. The Briscoes and The Kings kept the match going with some solid wrestling action, while Papa and Shane brought a little story and humor to the mix.

Singles match for the ROH World Championship
7. Roderick Strong (with Truth Martini) vs. Davey Richards
Now this is what ROH is known for. This match ran for thirty minutes, with no outside interference, no weapons, and no shenanigans - just two men competing in a wrestling match with a belt on the line. And what a match it was. These two men showed what can be done to tell a story in the ring, and they also showed that you do not have to rely on microphones or backstage skits to tell said stories. Just put two talented guys in the ring together and let them tell the story the old-fashioned way. I will say that the first ten minutes (give or take) were a little slow, but once it picked up, it never once stuttered and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

Unsanctioned match for El Generico's mask vs. Kevin Steen leaving ROH
8. El Generico vs. Kevin Steen
The final match of the evening caps off an intense feud between two ex-partners, and all I could say was "Holy shit." While the previous match was just pure wrestling action, this one was an insane brawl that incorporated weapons, pints of blood, and jaw-dropping moves. It was almost a little hard to watch at times, as these two left nothing on the table and gave it everything they had. Some of those bumps were incredibly dangerous, and I'll admit to cringing more than once. It told an amazing story though, and it capped off the feud in the perfect way, so what more could you ask for? Easily the match of the night.

Overall, I think that I'm going to go with an 8/10 for this show. There were three amazing matches (#1, #7, #8), one great match (#6), two average matches (#2, #4), and two duds (#3, #5). That may seem like too high of a rating with that split on the numbers, but when you consider that just two of those "amazing" matches ran for a combined time of over an hour while the two duds didn't even crack a combined total of twenty minutes, I think that it's more than fair. Final Battle 2010 is definitely one for the collectors to put on the shelf.
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