Ring of Honor announces Final Battle 2021 will be their final event
In a press release that was initially tweeted by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and later deleted. Ring Of Honor has announced that they will be closing their doors and releasing all talents from their contracts effective immediately following the closing of Final Battle 2021.
The Pay Per View is scheduled to air live on Fite.tv and Honor Club, the Ring Of Honor streaming service live from the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena on December 11th. Until recently, It was meant to serve as a grand return to the world of professional wrestling for one of the longest-running independent companies in recent years. Now it seems it may only mark the day that a once heralded company, recently marred by controversy and poor booking takes its final breath.
The press release cites keeping everyone on payroll regardless even when they were not running shows as the chief reason for why the promotion has no other choice but to close its doors following the final show. It states, “Throughout the pandemic, our top priority was to keep everyone healthy and safe, and despite not producing any live events over 18 months we were able to keep everyone fully contracted.”
The press release goes on to state that they anticipate a return to producing live events beginning in Q2 of 2022 with Super Card of Honor in April. Whether or not the same cast of performers will be returning or not is as of yet still to be seen. Though it was clarified by Sean Ross Sapp that according to his sources anyone whose contract initially extended past Final Battle will be paid through the end of March 2022.