Greg DeMarco’s first Daily DeMarco focuses on the biggest ROH card of the year: Final Battle 2018!
Daily DeMarco? What’s that?!?!
So as you should know, The Chairshot is my website. Now by “my” I mean I own it and am ultimately responsible for running it, although that isn’t possible without Eric Ames, Andrew Balaz, Steven Mitchell, and Jordan Fox. On a day-to-day basis, the five of us make this thing go ’round.
But I started the website as a sort of “bet on myself” proposition, and I want to up the ante. While the 2019 goal-setting isn’t done yet, I will have a personal goal to meet a set number of daily blog-style posts on the site. And since alliteration is one of the easiest principles of marketing, it’ll be called your Daily DeMarco!
As luck (and the calendar) would have it, ROH is on the menu. It’s only appropriate, as my experiences with the once “fiercely independent” instilled a desire in me to do something–my something–in this business. Thanks to 2018 The Chairshot is definitely my biggest something.
Side note: If you like The Chairshot, or more importantly you think you can contribute to it, go here and hit me up. We can use you! We’re barely a year old, so this is still getting in on the ground floor.
ROH presents what could truly be a Final Battle
Final Battle 2018 truly is a “fork in the road” event for Ring Of Honor, as they are staring down the barrel of six departing talents in Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Hangman Page, Christopher Daniels, and Frankie Kazarian. I’ve been vocal about this–I don’t know that it’s truly going down the way everyone expects it to. But even so, the company needs to shift, because even if The Elite and SoCal Uncensored stick around, it won’t be a forever proposition. Not at all.
And ROH is getting ready for that! They signed Brody King and PCO, and I have to imagine more signings are on the horizon. Still, life without The Elite has to be scary. Cody Rhodes is the hottest talent not in WWE, The Young Bucks are insanely over, and Adam Page is one of the top prospects ready to break through to the main event level. All four would be great in an All Elite Wrestling start-up, even if that isn’t a weekly product. The business is changing in 2019, and these guys will be a part of that change no matter where they go.
What happens at The Hammerstein Ballroom?
Here are the results I see coming out of tonight:
- Kenny King vs. Eli Isom
King is a consistent performer, but you’d have to think if ROH was going to push him hard, they already would have. It’s time to see what you have in Eli, and a win there will help answer that question.
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Zack Sabre Jr
Sabre fits in with the old ROH perfectly (Pure Championship anyone?), and if a transition is happening, he’s a guy you lock in as much as possible. He can be a big part of ROH in 2019 if he so chooses.
- Women of Honor Championship – Sumie Sakai (c) vs. Madison Rayne vs. Karen Q vs. Kelly Klein
ROH needs to do more in 2019 to truly establish that division, and a dominant champion in Kelly Klein would go a long way towards that.
- Fake World Title Match – Matt Taven (c) vs. Dalton Castle
Two guys that have ot factor prominently into ROH’s plans, assuming Castle doesn’t leave. Taven is a great heel, and I think ROH is pushing him hard in 2019.
- I Quit Match – Bully Ray vs. Flip Gordon
ROH put out a great Pinnacle video on this match, focusing on Bully Ray. The story lends itself to Flip finally overcoming the bully here, but how? I can’t help but think this is where we see PCO make his first ROH appearance, setting up a program between the two veterans to kick off 2019.
- Scurll’s Title Shot At Stake – Marty Scurll vs. Christopher Daniels
I don’t think Christopher Daniels leaves here, but if he does it’s a bigger loss than The Elite. Even if he stays, Scurll is going to win the ROH World Championship at G1 Supercard (in my opinion), and he gets the win here.
- ROH World Television Champinship – Jeff Cobb (c) vs. Adam Page
I question the logic of putting each of the “departing” talents in these matches if they are really leaving. But in this case, it makes sense for Cobb to win. He’s a “super athlete” (but not Bulgarian), and he just joined the company. He has Samoa Joe potential for ROH, and he shouldn’t lose here.
- Ladder War for the ROH World Tag Team Championship – SCU’s Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky (c) vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe vs. The Young Bucks
This style of match is one all six competitors have experience with, and if this is the last call in ROH for The Bucks, you know they’ll want to go out with a bang (pun intended). I expect the first show on “the swerve” to drop here, with The Bucks winning the ROH World Tag Team Championships, potentially crashing Twitter’s servers in the process.
- ROH World Championship – Jay Lethal (c) vs. Cody Rhodes
After the comment I just made, you probably didn’t expect to see Cody’s name in bold. Cody and The Bucks can do 2-4 All Elite Wrestling events per year and still work for ROH and New Japan. I think they’d rather spend time in the US (especially The Bucks) for family reasons, so sticking with ROH makes sense with their outside goals. I think Cody is going to have this match won, but Lethal will turn heel and retain. It’s a nod to Cody’s ROH debut at Final Battle 2016, where he beat Lethal with a low blow. Lethal’s long term success, to me, is as a heel. If I were booking this, Truth Martini would be hiding in a broom closet until the lights go out after Cody connects with Cross Rhodes, revealing himself in a shocking return and aligning with Lethal to reform The House of Truth.
This event and the TV taping on Saturday will go a long way towards defining the next year for ROH. Give me your predictions on Twitter!
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