Scott Brooks was in attendance at last night's Ring of Honor live event in Florida. He filed the following report:
Ring of Honor returned to Florida for their first time since Lakeland's TV taping in October 2014 in the building that they were in prior to that taping for two live IPPVs "Showdown in the Sun" the weekend of Wrestlemania 28. This was a house show/DVD Taping on the "Road to Final Battle" tour, the last stop for ROH before the Final Battle PPV live from Philadelphia, PA on 12/18/15.
Seemed close to 500-600 for attendance and the crowd was very energetic.
Kevin Kelly and Mr Wrestling III were on commentary while Bobby Cruise handled ring announcing.
Dark Match) Colby Corino & Shaheem Ali defeated Martin Stone & Aaron Solo w/Trina Michaels via a Falcon Arrow from Colby and a Frog Splash by Shaheem on Aaron Solo for the pin.
Match 1) Mark Briscoe defeated Will Ferrara via Froggybow in about seven minutes. Mark Briscoe was over with the crowd.
Match 2) Kyle O'Reilly w/Bobby Fish defeated Tim Hughes in less than five minutes via a Butterfly Suplex into an armbar.
Kyle took a microphone and said that Tim Hughes learned tonight what happens when you piss off Kyle O'Reilly. On December 18th, Adam Cole will learn that lesson the hard way. He will kick Adam Cole's ass all over Philadelphia and he will become the next ROH World Heavyweight Champion.
Match 3) Adam Cole defeated Kenny King in about eleven minutes via brainbuster over the knee.
Match 4) War Machine (Hanson and Raynond Rowe) defeated The Dirty Blondes via Fallout in a quick match.
Match 5) In an ROH TV Championship Match, Roderick Strong defeated Delirious via Gutbuster/Sick Kick/End of Heartache combination to retain the championship.
Match 6) In a Four Corner Survival Match, Moose w/Stokely Hathaway defeated Dalton Castle, Rhett Titus, and Cheeseburger following a Spear on Cheeseburger in about ten minutes. At this point, this was the most over match of the show.
Before the next match, ACH took a mic and said as much as he would like to give the match of the night with Bobby Fish, he knows that the fans would like to get their money's worth. He said his partner Matt Sydal is busy tonight so he introduces a true specialist in tag team wrestling: Alex Shelley.
Match 7) ReDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly) defeated Alex Shelley & ACH via Chasing The Dragon on ACH in just over 13 minutes. All four posed after the match although Alex Shelley left when ReDRagon lifted ACH's arms.
Match 8) Jay Briscoe defeated Matt Sydal via JayDriller in about 12 minutes.
Match 9) The Young Bucks defeated ROH World Heavyweight Champion Jay Lethal and Donovan Dijak w/Truth Martini and Taeler Hendrix in about 17 minutes via More Bang For Your Buck on Dijak.
- Lethal pulled out Todd Sinclair towards the end. Taeler Hendrix got superkicked. A fan actually stole Truth's Book of Truth and got kicked out during the shenanigans.
Most acts were very beloved by the crowd. Among the most were The Young Bucks, Alex Shelley, The Briscoes, Dalton Castle, Cheeseburger, Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, War Machine, Matt Sydal, Kyle O'Reilly, Kenny King, and Moose.
No return date was announced and they reminded fans to check out Final Battle on PPV to send them home.
King Mo was in attendance for the show as was Lei'd Tapa and Royal Red with them.