Arena Reports 12/26 ROH in Philadelphia, Pa.: Final Battle 2004 results including Foley, Joe vs. Aries
Dec 26, 2004 - 11:47:00 PM
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO BOOKMARK US & VISIT US DAILY
ROH Final Battle 2005
December 26, 2004
Report by J. Music, PWTorch.com reader
(1) Jimmy Jacobs defeated Trent Acid. This match was really good. It was exciting ring action, and Acid quit ROH at the end. He walked past me, so I patted him on the back told him "good job!"
(2) Lacey and Deranged defeated Angel Dust and Becky Bayless. This match was pretty good. Nothing too special.
(3) John Walters defeated Jimmy Jacobs. The match was pretty good, a little short, but I loved the twist at the end: Walters "sold out on the fans" and joined the Embassy. Half the crowd was yelling at Walters to join them anyway. I used to hate John Walters, but we'll see what will happen with him.
(4) Rockin Rebel defeated Unknown Jobber. This match sucked, the jobber got a little offense in and stuck a water bottle in Rebel's asscrack, then pantsed him (why?).
(5) B.J. Whitmer & Danny Maff defeated The Carnage Crew of Loc & Devito. Fight without honor was great, however I attended CZW's Cage of Death 6 which just all out topped this match in terms of violence. Mick Foley came to the ring and pulled out a Christmas stocking, saying it was a special Christmas socko: then he poured thumbtacks onto the ring. Foley's role gave this match something special.
Speaking of Foley, his interaction with Steamboat was GREAT. Both of them admit that pure wrestling is the foundation of ROH, but hardcore is a fun attraction that is necessary sometimes. Foley also says he was out of line when he disrespected Flair backstage at Raw. (Foley calls the skit he was in on Raw "the most distasteful, racially charged skit I've ever taken part in."). He also says Joe was out of line in disrespecting Joe. Joe comes out and shakes Foley's hand and then goes for a hug, but decks him. Mick grabs a kendo stick and Steamboat pulls them apart. Joe challenges Mick to a match. Intriguing.
(6) Homicide defeated Josh Daniels. Okay. I don't really like Daniels, and even Julius Smokes and Homicide didn't make this match that good.
(7) Jay Lethal defeated The Weapon of MASK Destruction #2. Okay. I wasn't into this match as much as I normally am into Lethal's matches. Technically a good match.
(8) C.M. Punk & Steve Corino defeated Generation Next's Alex Shelley & Roderick Strong.
This match was fun. Great ring work towards the middle and end with a LOT of comedy in the beginning. Aries turned on Shelley after the match and became the new leader of Generation Next.
(9) Lo Ki wrestled Bryan Danielson to a no contest. A lot of people thought this match was boring. I Loved it. Very slow paced but realistic wrestling, with fast flurries far between but exciting when they happened. Eventually they pulled out all the stops and brawled in the crowd. I ran over to where they were fighting. The ref threw the match out, and Homicide (he and the Rottweilers, along with all the faces in the locker room, had come out) was PISSED and threw a mop, which hit me.
(10) Austin Aries defeated Samoa Joe to become ROH World Champ. Best match I've ever seen live. I and everyone else was so into Aries winning that it was incredible. Throughout the match Aries attempted a brainbuster on Joe to no avail. Joe dominates a large portion of the match, and hits an Island Driver, which Aries kicks out of. Aries hits the 450 splash, which Joe kicks out of. Joe goes for the muscle buster, but Aries reverses, finally hits the brainbuster and hits the 450 for the 1, 2, 3. Crowd goes completely BANANA, myself included. I jumped up and down screaming about 5 times. An incredible match, the most excited I've ever been about a pro wrestling match.
QUICK TIPS FOR SENDING RESULTS
If you attend an arena event in future, either house shows or TV tapings, we encourage you to send us a report for publication. You can direct your reports to "matchresults" (@pwtorch.com).
We accept reports in any format, but if it's not much trouble, please format your report like you see above, with the matches numbered like this (1), (2), (3), with the opening line of each match paragraph stating who over whom (don't just say Wrestler A vs. Wrestler beat with the result listed later; instead, state up front who won so those readers who don't have time to read the entire report (i. e. their boss walks past their cubicle all the time looking over their shoulder) can at least quickly assess the results.
Also, please list tag teams using the "&" symbol as opposed to stating "and. " Reserve use of "and" when listing results in a three-way or four-way match where there are no teams (i. e. "Wrestler A over Wrestler B and Wrestler C in a three-way match") so it is easy to differentiate a handicap match from a three-way match.
If you know HTML coding for bolding, you can also bold out the first line of each match description. If you don't know HTML symbols, then we can add those ourselves.
Special thanks to everyone who helps us with reports on live events!
THE TORCH REACHES MORE COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT FANS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
PWTorch editor Wade Keller has covered pro wrestling full time since 1987 starting with the Pro Wrestling Torch print newsletter. PWTorch.com launched in 1999 and the PWTorch Apps launched in 2008.
He has conducted "Torch Talk" insider interviews with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Eric Bischoff, Jesse Ventura, Lou Thesz, Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman, Bruno Sammartino, Goldberg, more.
He has interviewed big-name players in person incluiding Vince McMahon (at WWE Headquarters), Dana White (in Las Vegas), Eric Bischoff (at the first Nitro at Mall of America), Brock Lesnar (after his first UFC win).
He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)
REACHING 1 MILLION+ UNIQUE USERS PER MONTH
500 MILLION CLICKS & LISTENS PER YEAR
MILLIONS OF PWTORCH NEWSLETTERS SOLD
PWTorch offers a VIP membership for $10 a month (or less with an annual sub). It includes nearly 25 years worth of archives from our coverage of pro wrestling dating back to PWTorch Newsletters from the late-'80s filled with insider secrets from every era that are available to VIPers in digital PDF format and Keller's radio show from the early 1990s.
Also, new exclusive top-shelf content every day including a new VIP-exclusive weekly 16 page digital magazine-style (PC and iPad compatible) PDF newsletter packed with exclusive articles and news.
The following features come with a VIP membership which tens of thousands of fans worldwide have enjoyed for many years...
-New Digital PWTorch Newsletter every week
-3 New Digital PDF Back Issues from 5, 10, 20 years ago
-Over 60 new VIP Audio Shows each week
-Ad-free access to all PWTorch.com free articles
-VIP Forum access with daily interaction with PWTorch staff and well-informed fellow wrestling fans
-Tons of archived audio and text articles
-Decades of Torch Talk insider interviews in transcript and audio formats with big name stars. **SIGN UP FOR VIP ACCESS HERE**