You might remember Ring of Honor. Wrestling has changed a lot in recent months as AEW has shaken things up in a way that has not been seen in decades. There is now a second major promotion in the United States and while they are a long way off from truly challenging WWE, they have offered wrestlers another big place to go. That being said, they have had some negative impacts elsewhere, though those other companies are still going.

One of the bigger casualties has been Ring of Honor, which has gone from one of the biggest independent wrestling companies in the world to one that looks more like the rest. Their attendance has been severely damaged during the year and the company has not been at such a lot point in years. They are still around though and one of their biggest events of the year took place this weekend.

Ring of Honor held its annual Final Battle event on Friday night in Baltimore, Maryland. The event serves as the biggest show of the year for the company and three title matches took place. First up was Shane Taylor losing the Television Title to Dragon Lee, ending Taylor’s reign at 219 days. Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham defeated the Briscoes to win the Tag Team Titles, making Lethal’s first reign with the titles. Finally, PCO defeated Rush to win the Ring of Honor World Title, making him the oldest champion in the title’s history.

The show certainly was a huge one. Check out the Pre-Show, including three full matches:

Final Battle 2019: Hour One

Opinion: I know Ring of Honor is in a different place at this point and now things are getting even stranger. PCO winning the World Title was quite the surprise and I’m not sure where the company can go from here. He had a great career renaissance, but I don’t know if I see the same amount of star power in him that Ring of Honor has. Maybe he can surprise us, but this does not seem like a long term plan.

Which title change means the most? What do you see from Ring of Honor in 2020? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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