Tomorrow marks the end of an era for Ring of Honor, and now we now “The Franchise” Jay Lethal will get one more chance to fight with honor.
ROH has announced that Jay Lethal will replace ROH World Champion Bandido, who tested positive for COVID-19 and face Jonathan Gresham at the company’s Final Battle pay-per-view event, tomorrow night.
With ROH World Champion Bandido unable to appear at the Final Battle pay-per-view this Saturday night, ROH officials have signed a new match as part of a double main event that truly encapsulates what Ring of Honor has represented for two decades.
Two-time former ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, who for years was regarded as “The Franchise of ROH” before signing with All Elite Wrestling last month, is returning to take on Jonathan Gresham in a headline attraction at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena in Baltimore.
Gresham had been scheduled to face Bandido for the world title, but ROH announced yesterday that Bandido tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be on the show.
“This match is about more than winning or losing, more than who’s the best or what championship we hold,” Lethal said. “This match is about showing the world what this era of Ring of Honor is and I can’t wait to get back into the ring with one of the best wrestlers I know tomorrow night, Jonathan Gresham.”
ROH also announced that they’ll address the World Title situation during the first hour of Final Battle which airs for free at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT on Honor Club, YouTube and Facebook the pay-per-view begins at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
The final card for ROH: Final Battle can be found below.
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Jay Lethal
- OGK (Mike Bennett & Matt Taven) vs. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe) — ROH World Tag Team Championship
- Rok-C (C) vs. Willow — ROH Women’s World Championship
- Dalton Castle (C) vs. Rhett Titus vs. Silas Young vs. Joe Hendry — Four-Way Survival Match, ROH World Television Championship
- Josh Woods (C) vs. Brian Johnson — ROH Pure Championship
- Shane Taylor Promotions (Moses, Kaun & O’Shay Edwards) (C) vs. The Righteous (Vincent, Bateman & Dutch) — ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship
- Kenny King vs. Shane Taylor — Fight Without Honor Match
- Dragon Lee vs. Rey Horus
- VLNCE UNLTD (Brody King, Homicide & Tony Deppen) vs. Tracy Williams, Eli Isom & Taylor Rust
- Chelsea Green & The Hex (Allysin Kay & Marti Belle) vs. Miranda Alize & The Allure (Angelina Love & Mandy Leon)