Taylor Rust def. Tracy Williams in a Pure Rules Match
Rust and Williams are the perfect two people to be facing off in a Pure Rules match and I liked how this was a rematch from last year's ROH Pure Championship Tournament. Rust is right at home in Ring of Honor, it's just a shame his stint will be short-lived with the company going on hiatus starting next month. Nonetheless, this was an extremely well-worked opener with both men coming away from it looking great. Rust winning was certainly a surprise with Williams being so prominently featured in ROH this year.
Holidead def. Vita VonStarr, Trish Adora and Quinn McKay in a ROH Women's World Championship No. 1 Contender's Four Corner Survival Match
It was already established weeks ago that a series of matches would be held to determine the number one contender to the title at Final Battle. I don't think any of these women will be included, but it's weird that they had an easier time of getting a title shot than the women who will be involved in the upcoming three-way matches on ROH TV. I applaud the effort of all four women, but this simply wasn't any good. Holidead is talented but her character isn't for me, McKay is still very inexperienced, VonStarr is fine and Adora is the best of the bunch. This never really clicked for me and felt like a mess on the whole.
GCW World Tag Team Champions The Brisoces def. Effy and AJ Gray
The Briscoes invaded GCW not too long ago and took their tag titles, so it was cool that two of GCW's most notable names in Effy and Gray came to ROH looking to bring them back to GCW. This ROH-GCW working relationship would have been fun if ROH wasn't going on hiatus. I assume matches in GCW don't have disqualifications because this match had no disqualifications and they didn't act like it was anything out of the ordinary. It was a wild brawl and they made the most of the time they had. Briscoes can continue working with GCW regardless of what's going on with ROH, but they'd also be awesome in AEW's tag team division.
Jonathan Gresham def. Brody King in a ROH World Championship No. 1 Contender's Match
These are two of the very best wrestlers ROH has right now and they're going to have a lot of options when the company closes next month. Either one of them could have gone on to contend for the ROH World Championship and I wouldn't have complained, but Gresham was the better choice as he's been ready for that spot for a while. They beat the hell out of each other here and had an excellent outing. I liked how Gresham went over clean and that King showed him respect afterward. Gresham vs. Bandido sounds like a wonderful way for ROH to go out at Final Battle.
The OGK def. La Faccion Ingobernable (ROH World Television Champion Dragon Lee and Kenny King) to Win the ROH World Tag Team Championship
Matt Taven's emotional backstage promo beforehand was one of the very best I've heard him cut. The OGK have been on quite the roll since reuniting and I think putting the belts on them here was the right call. This was an enjoyable affair and The OGK winning their first tag titles together in nearly six years was a really cool moment. I just wish a crowd was there to give it the reaction it deserved. The OGK feel like the appropriate people to be holding the tag titles as this chapter in ROH's history comes to a close.
ROH World Champion Bandido def. Demonic Flamita in a No Disqualification Match
With Gresham challenging for the ROH World Championship at Final Battle and Flamita getting the shot here, I don't know where Vincent factors into the title picture despite earning his shot by beating Taven a few months ago. That said, Flamita was the last person to beat Bandido one-on-one, so it was logical for them to go back to this. These two always work wonderfully together and the No Disqualification stipulation certainly helped add to the excitement. I didn't think the title was actually in jeopardy of changing hands, but they busted their asses and ended the evening on a high note.
It was sad to watch this show without a crowd in attendance. ROH is the only company I follow that doesn't have fans on a regular basis. They were bringing people in for the bigger shows, but apparently Honor for All wasn't big enough to justify having a crowd. The card for Final Battle is coming together nicely and I appreciate that ROH isn't phoning it in until then. This show had plenty of quality wrestling and the last three matches in particular are worth checking out.