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Ring of Honor 'Final Battle' 2013 Results

Spoilers ahoy, obviously. Find out what happened as Matt Hardy and few more surprise guests hit the scene in New York City for a card headlined by a three-way dance for Adam Cole's title.

We hyped the card last week, but full disclosure - I haven't seen it. What follows are the match results that are available in several places across the internet and some reactions to the report from pwponderings and always awesome Ring of Honor (ROH) super-correspondent Ari Berenstein.

ROH World Champion Adam Cole vs "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin vs Self Proclaimed REAL World Champion Jay Briscoe

Cole retains after rolling up Elgin (who has now been on the losing side of title shots to the last three champions, and may be in need of a turn or some kind of re-packaging at this point). Interference by Matt Hardy helped the champ retain, and those shenanigans, plus having not been pinned himself, probably leaves Briscoe able to keep walking around with his belt.

After the match, Cole and Hardy were hugging it out when this guy


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showed up and announced that he is back with the company. Laying out the champ and "The Icon" puts him right into the main event scene, too.

ROH World TV Championship Match
ROH World TV Champion, Matt Taven w/ Truth Martini vs "The Sicilian Psychopath" Tommaso Ciampa

Ciampa wins in a short match that saw him knee Taven and Truth Martini's valet Scarlett in the head - the first of a couple of incidents of violence against women in the show. But, hey, they're heels, right?

ROH World Tag Team Championship
reDragon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly) defend against Outlaw Inc (Homicide & Eddie Kingston)

Reports vary on whether this was just a bad match, or a horrible one. The champs retain, but styles didn't mesh, there were botches and apparently Homicide and Kingston may have legitimately gone in the crowd after some rowdy fans. Yeesh. Not sure how many more chances those two get with the company - outside of Homicide's presence in the early days of ROH, neither has ever accounted for themselves very well.

Stretcher Match - Loser Must Stop Using The Piledriver
"Mr. Wrestling" Kevin Steen vs Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis

Chairs, nutshots and brainbusters, oh my. Steen wins and then gave Maria a package piledriver, telling her "Merry Christmas, bitch." I'm sure the crowd loved it; sounds like fail to me, and I love Mr. Wrestling.

Special Tag Team Match
Roderick Strong & Jay Lethal vs "Die Hard" Eddie Edwards & a Mystery Partner

Eddie's mystery partner was BJ Whitmer, given clearance to wrestle "one more time" by matchmaker Nigel McGuinness following his injury in a match against Bennett earlier this year. They win, and Jay Lethal and the crowd said goodbye to Edwards, who is presumed to be heading to WWE and NXT.

In his speech, Die Hard thanked Whitmer, who then said that his career is far from over and assaulted the departing American Wolf with help from Strong and Jimmy Jacobs. Those three are a new faction called "Decade", in reference to their having always been there for ROH while others use the company to jump to bigger promotions.

Tag Team Attraction
IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, The Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson) vs Adrenaline Rush (ACH & Tadarius Thomas)

The Bucks win and were super over in a match that sounds like about what everyone expected, meaning all four men got a "this is awesome" chant from the Hammerstein Ballroom faithful.

Strap Match
Mark Briscoe vs Silas Young

Briscoe did the job for the youngster in a cleverly booked finish where he piggybacked to three of the corners before Young touched the fourth one first.

Special Challenge Match
Matt Hardy vs Adam Page

Twist of Fate won the opener. Hardy was said to get a major league reaction, which helped set the stage for the main event.


Any of you Cagesiders in Manhattan last night for the show? Or just have reactions to the results? We want to hear from you either way below!

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