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Jim Cornette, Cary Silken, and Nigel McGuinness make their way out to ringside.
Bobby Cruise welcomes the crowd to the show and gets them hyped up, letting them know that very shortly, they will begin broadcasting. McGuinness is introduced, along with his broadcast partner, Kevin Kelly, and so are Jim Cornette and Cary Silken, who both get warm reactions. Joe Kauff is also introduced, he’s a member of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, and it seems as though many fans aren’t too sure who he is. We’re back on standby as we wait for the iPPV to begin.
We get the ten second countdown, and it’s time for this show to begin.
We get a neat little video package, and the show has started.
We start the show, but there’s no audio as Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness stand in the ring. The crowd looks amped up as Kelly turns to Cornette. Cornette says everyone in attendance is part of history as this is the biggest live gate in company history. He says they won’t have the figures until Monday, but it looks as though more people will see this event live, than any other event in ROH history.
Cornette introduces Joe Kauff and Cary Silken. Kauff takes the mic and thanks Silken, saying he’s the reason everyone is here tonight. Kauff wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy Festivus to all the Seinfeld fans. The announcers exit the ring, and it looks like it’s time for the matches.
The opening contest for the evening will see Michael Elgin taking on TJ Perkins. Elgin is out to the ring first, with a ridiculously dressed Truth Martini leading the way. Elgin gets a bit of a mixed reaction from the crowd.
TJ Perkins is out next, and he gets a nice reaction from the crowd, making his way quickly into the ring.
Michael Elgin vs. TJ Perkins
The bell rings and we’re ready to begin Final Battle 2011. We get a lock up and Elgin tosses Pekins across the ring right away. Another lock up and Elgin tosses Perkins to the ground and kicks him in the face. Perkins scores with a kick, but Elgin shrugs it off. Elgin his a shulderblock but misses a clothesline and eats a dropkick to the back. Perkins sends Elgin to the outside and he follows, leaping from the apron, but he’s caught and slammed into the ringside barricade, thrown into the ring, and pinned for two.
Elgin picks Perkins up and slams him right back down to the mat. Perkins fights back, but Elgin hits him with a big clubbing blow to the back. Elgin picks Perkins up for a suplex but Perkins fights out and hits a kick to the face. Perkins tries for a headscissors, but Elgin counters, slamming Perkins into the mat and pinning him for another near count. Elgin takes Perkins over and locks in a seated bear hug, clasping his hands around Perkins’ waist.
Perkins fights out of the hold and ties himself up in the ropes, but he’s distracted by Martini. Perkins hits an inventive headscissors that sends Elgin to the outside and he follows with a dive over the top rope, scoring this time. Perkins sends Elgin into the ring and scores with a springboard dropkick for a near fall of his own. Perkins tries for a roll up, but Elgin stays on his feet. Elgin goes for a splash, but Perkins moves, and hits a standing corkscrew senton for a one count.
Perkins goes to the top, but he’s stopped by Elgin. Elgin lays in with a big chop before going up after Perkins. Perkins is able to fight him off and shove him away, but when he leaps off, he’s caught in a suplex position, and driven down into the mat hard for a close two count. Elgin goes for a powerbomb but Perkins reverses out. Perkins takes Elgin off his feet, but Elgin is right back up hitting a backbreaker and a tourture rack drop, pinning Perkins for another two count. Perkins avoids a charging Elgin in the corner and connects with a big neckbreaker. Perkins goes for double knees in the corner but Elgin counters, catching him and hitting the buckle bomb. Elgin goes for a powerbomb, but Perkins reverses into a reverse ‘rana, good for another near fall.
Both men are slow to make it to their feet. TJ tries to shoulder Elgin, but it doesn’t work. Perkins hits a superkick and tries again, but Elgin scores with a backfist, hits a second buckle bomb, and hits a twisting sit-out powerbomb for a three count.
Winner: Michael Elgin
Elgin celebrates with Truth holding up his arm, as Kevin Kelly questions what Truth has in store with Roderick Strong later.
They seem to be having some audio issues, which isn’t really a surprise, as they’ve had minor issues with all of their pay-per-views so far.
Nigel and Kevin Kelly begin discussing the upcoming match between Tomasso Ciampa and a returning Jimmy Rave.
Ciampa is out first with his posse the Embassy in tow. He’s led to the ring by Prince Nana, Princess Mia, Ernie Osiris, and Barrister RD Evans.
Nana has a mic and he says something about a fat pig somewhere. He asks Jimmy Rave why? RD Evans grabs the mic and he says that he thinks Nana is having trouble putting words to his thoughts. Evans doesn’t get a warm welcome from the New York crowd. He says the crowd needs to watch their language in the presence of true royalty. He says Rave showing up tonight is like a desperate ex-girlfriend crashing Christmas dinner. But if Rave wants to spend dinner with Ciampa it’ll be a silent night.
The lights go out, and the crowd goes nuts. When they come back on, Jimmy Rave comes through the curtain, and the crowd is happy to see him back.