ROH has had a serious issue over the last few months: important ROH matches happening on AEW programming. As noted last week, several ROH champions have yet to even appear on Honor Club. With Final Battle approaching, I understand why MJF and the Hung Bucks hold titles. They’re big names that can sell a pay-per-view. That said, if they’re big enough to sell a pay-per-view, they’re big enough to sell Honor Club subscriptions.
The poster for Final Battle has been released. It features all of the current champions, including MJF (Cole is obviously excluded from the card due to injury). The Hung Bucks are on this poster, the first time they’ve been shown with their belts since winning them on Rampage: Grand Slam.
The biggest question will be whether or not MJF and the Hung Bucks will appear on Honor Club to build a feud with their Final Battle opponents or if it will play out on AEW programming.
Last Friday, there was a four way match on Rampage with the winner getting a shot at the ROH World Championship. The match featured one half of the former ROH tag team champions, Penta El Zero M. It also featured Komander, who has wrestled on Honor Club several times.
The match also featured two men who’ve never competed in ROH: Johnny TV and Lince Dorado. Komander won and earned a title match against Kingston. Where did this title match take place? Not on Honor Club, but Collision.
Since Kingston won the World Championship, Jay Lethal has had his sights on the title. Kingston told Sonjay Dutt that the only way his buddy would get a shot is to prove himself as the old Lethal, not the current one hanging out with “carny” Jeff Jarrett. Since then, Lethal has wrestled one time where he defeated Trent Beretta.
Following this week’s Dynamite, Lethal confronted the champion in a backstage segment. He said his track record is reason enough for him to get a title shot. He also took shots at Kingston’s friend and mentor, Homicide’s, ROH title reign. Jarrett got involved, so ROH Board of Director member Stokely Hathaway decided that Kingston must face Jarrett in a Memphis Street Fight. If Jarrett wins, Lethal gets a title shot.
Kingston told Jarrett he knows about Memphis wrestling and knows the tricks he uses to try to get the win. While the match will be good, this is a match that should be happening on Honor Club. ROH films before and after Collision tapings, so they still could have done a Memphis Street Fight. If AEW is betting on Jarrett selling tickets, they could have advertised it for the ROH tapings since everyone knows that it’s like Rampage and filmed ahead of time.
Assuming Jarrett wins and Lethal gets a title shot, hopefully that match actually takes place on Honor Club.