Willow def. Mandy Leon in an ROH Women's World Championship No. 1 Contender's Match
I was worried that Leon was going to win here and possibly go on to win the title at Final Battle before she's been with the company for a long time and has never held gold. She's definitely loyal, but she's also not very good in the ring despite improving a bit from a few years ago. Thus, I was happy Willow won instead. To their credit, they had a quality match and both women had solid showings. By virtue of her victory, Willow will now challenge Leon for the title at Final Battle this coming weekend.
ROH World Champion Bandido def. PJ Black by Disqualification; Bandido and Rey Horus def. Black and Flip Gordon
The commentators mentioned the history these two have from their days in Lifeblood, but I believe Bandido's Ring of Honor debut came against Black a few years ago, so he came full circle here now that he's ROH World Champion ahead of the company's final event for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, although it was a nice little match while it lasted, it was quickly cut short and served as a setup for the tag team match. In other words, it felt like something WWE would do, and I don't mean that as a compliment. On the bright side, the tag team matchup was a blast with all four guys working hard.
ROH TV airs on television in most markets over the weekend, but I get the feeling more people watch it on FITE TV or on the website on Mondays like I do, so for a lot of people, this was the go-home show for Final Battle coming up on Saturday. They did a terrific job of making the main event between Bandido and Jonathan Gresham feel important with that video package in that last two minutes and the other video packages promoting the pay-per-view throughout the episode. We were also treated to a few well-wrestled matches on this show, so this gets an easy thumbs-up from me. More episodes of ROH TV will be airing until the end of the year if I'm not mistaken, so it's not the end quite yet.
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