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ROH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – COLE vs ELGIN
The main event of Final Battle 20013 has been set by ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness. Adam Cole will defend his ROH World Championship against “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin! As previously stipulated, the man who could pin Adam Cole during the Champions vs. All-Stars match at Glory by Honor would become the #1 contender for the championship. Michael Elgin successfully pinned Adam Cole during that match to solidify his title shot at the Hammerstein Ballroom on December 14th at ROH’s biggest show of the year.
Since both Elgin and Cole were deemed “breakout stars” in 2011, their careers have taken similar paths. Since their breakout year both men have repeatedly competed in match of the year caliber contests. Their rise to the top collided in the finals of the World Championship Tournament at Death Before Dishonor just a few months ago. During that match, Michael Elgin appeared to have had Cole pinned to the mat, but the referee wasn’t in position to make the count. Michael Elgin himself and many ROH fans believed that the match could have ended at that moment. However, Adam Cole prevailed and was able to capture the ROH World Championship for the first time in his career.
In controversial style, Adam Cole blasted his newly won championship across the head of Elgin after delivering a super kick to former champion Jay Briscoe, who came to ringside to hand the title over. Jay Briscoe has yet to return to action following a serious injury that forced him to forfeit the World Championship. Jay Briscoe could not be reached to comment about this year’s Final Battle main event.
Will Adam Cole be able to successfully defend his championship on ROH’s biggest stage, or will Michael Elgin finally realize his dream of becoming champion? History may be against the champion, as Final Battle has had a history of crowing new champions. In 2004 Austin Aries ended the epic title reign of Samoa Joe at Final Battle. Two years later, Homicide captured the same championship from Bryan Danielson. Other historic Final Battle World Championship matches include an Austin Aries vs. Tyler Black time limit draw, Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards, and last year’s Ladder War between Kevin Steen and El Generico.
This year’s main event promises to be historic as two of the youngest and brightest stars in the world compete for the most prestigious World Championship in professional wrestling. Tickets are on sale now at ROHWrestling.com for the most important Final Battle event in ROH history. Don’t miss it Saturday December 14th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the heart of New York City.