ROH Final Battle 2022 featured five title matches. including Athena challenging for the ROH Women’s Championship; Juice Robinson challenging Samoa Joe for the ROH Television Championship; FTR vs. The Briscoes for the ROH Tag Team Championships and a main event of Chris Jericho vs. Claudio Castagnoli for the ROH Championship.
The main event saw Castagnoli shockingly defeat Jericho via submission after 33 rotations of his patented swing.
Bolstered by Chris Jericho’s first world title defense at an ROH pay-per-view, ticket sales have been impressive for ROH Final Battle, with almost 3,000 tickets sold at the College Park Center.
Viewership for AEW Dynamite, essentially the go home show for ROH Final Battle, was 840,000. This was down from 870,000 the week prior, but up in the key 18-49 demo, which drew 0.29 rating compared to 0.26. Meanwhile, AEW Rampage Fast Nationals were up significantly from last week’s record lows.
ROH Final Battle 2022 Results
- Blake Christian and A.R. Fox def. La Faccion Ingernoble
- Athena def. Mercedes Martinez | ROH Women’s Championship
- Swerve in our Glory def. Shane Taylor Promotions
- Wheeler Yuta def. Daniel Garcia
- The Briscoes def. FTR | ROH Tag Team Championships
- Samoa Joe def. Juice Robinson | ROH TV Championship
- Claudio Castagnoli def. Chris Jericho | ROH World Championship
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ROH Final Battle 2022 Venue: College Park Center (Garland, Texas)
ROH Final Battle 2022 Tickets Distributed: 2,539
ROH Final Battle 2022 Tickets Available: 1,035
Blake Christian and A.R. Fox def. La Faccion Ingernoble
A.R. Fox has immediately become one of the hardest-working men in AEW ever since he was signed. He seems to be ubiquitous, and you love to see it. RUSH, on the other hand, isn’t booked to the level of his talent.
Dralistico showed well for many parts of this match. If he ever competes for AEW, he’ll have to bolt that mask to his face because AEW loves removing masks as part of a cheap finish.
Dralistico seemed to kick out during the finish, but the referee counted three anyway, leading to a very confusing finish.
Athena def. Mercedes Martinez
Fans were very much behind Athena, who is a Texas product and—to be fair—a bigger star in the wrestling world. Mercedes Martinez, meanwhile, got a lot of heat when she was on offense, particularly late in the match.
Athena continued to antagonize the referee, even to the point where she tossed a turnbuckle pad into the crowd. Fans chanted “give it back!”
Though she was a babyface in the arena, the heel Athen won the ROH Women’s Championship clean with the Oh Face.
Shane Taylor Promotions def. Swerve in our Glory
This time, it was Swerve Strickland who left Keith Lee hanging during his entrance. Between that, and the fact that Keith Lee walked out on Strickland, Keith Lee only has himself to blame if and when Swerve turns on him.
Fans immediately chanted “bask in his glory” before the match even started. There were also “Swerve’s House” chants.
JD Griffey tagged in Shane Taylor in response to chants of “we want Shane!” Fans were very much into the Big Man vs. Big Man matchup of Lee and Taylor, especially given their history. Their showdown received “holy s—t” chants.
One of the biggest pops of the night came when Lee caught Shane Taylor in midair and held on to him.
Keith Lee went soft when he caught JD Griffey and refused to slam him because Griffey threatened him by saying “mom will kill you!”
Though Swerve Strickland is supposed to be the heel in this storyline, it’s Keith Lee who walked out on him and couldn’t be bothered to helped Swerve when he was in dangerous predicaments throughout this match.
Swerve Strickland predictably walked out on Lee (I don’t blame him), but Lee took advantage of miscommunication between Shane Taylor Promotions and pinned JD Griffey for the win.
The Embassy def. Dalton Castle and The Boys
No wrestler in history has ever worn their tights higher than Dalton Castle, who was very much over with this ROH crowd.
Toa Liona hit a violent-looking senton splash on the apron, which is the only type of senton splash you one do on an apron.
The results have been very AEW-leaning throughout this show.
Wheeler Yuta def. Daniel Garcia
Prior to this match, Angelo Parker cut a never-ending promo on why ROH died.
During an opening exchange of strikes, both Wheeler Yuta and Danial Garcia were issued a warning for using a closed fist per ROH Pure rules. This was booed vociferously by this crowd.
The ring announcer is almost as involved in these Pure matches as the wrestlers. He’s like a hall monitor announcing rope breaks, closed fists, etc. There are far too many rules in these matches and they work to slow the match to a halt. It’s pro wrestling in its purest form, but that doesn’t draw without an element of entertainment.
The Briscoes def. FTR
FTR wore the dates “12/11/21 to 12/10/22” to commemorate this yearlong feud.
Within the first five minutes of this match, both Briscoes were bleeding and Dax Harwood lost a tooth. By the end of the match, everybody was bleeding. Even the referee Mike Posey.
Dax Harwood had trouble wrapping the chain around his head for a flying headbutt because it kept slipping off due to all the blood.
Mark Briscoe took an insane bump to the outside through a pile of chairs.
While tossing chairs into the ring, Cash Wheeler screamed “f—king murder him!”
Samoa Joe def. Juice Robinson
There was a lot made of Samoa Joe having the busiest schedule in all of wrestling. I wonder if this will play into him eventually dropping the titles.
Juice Robinson has gone from “wrestler to watch” to “most underrated.”
Samoa Joe is quietly building a world title resume, but he’s being built up to eventually drop the TNT Championship to Wardlow, which is the right move.
Claudio Castagnoli def. Chris Jericho
Not only did Chris Jericho refuse to shake hands before the match, he delivered a cheapshot to Claudio and then chased Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman out of the announce table.
This match had the vibe of a chess match with one wrestler overcoming another and maintaining an advantage until they were countered.
Claudio Castagnoli beat Jericho clean via submission, after 33 swing rotations, which is a shocking result. The Jericho ROH Title run was just getting going, and while this was a good match, Claudio as champion is certainly a downgrade for this promotion ahead of a likely TV or streaming deal.