Ring of Honor (ROH) showcased a night of high-stakes wrestling during its latest extravaganza, ROH Final Battle, where the spotlight shone on a new titleholder. In an intense Survival of the Fittest six-way elimination match, a new ROH World Television Champion was crowned amidst the fervor of wrestling enthusiasts.
The championship, left vacant by one of the most dominant figures in the title’s history, Samoa Joe, became the center of a storied battle. Joe, the longest-reigning ROH World Television Champion, relinquished the belt while setting his sights on the AEW World Championship, leaving an opening for a new contender to rise.
In the build-up to the anticipated event, four wrestlers punched their tickets to the championship match through Eliminator bouts. These formidable competitors included Dalton Castle, Lee Moriarity, Lee Johnson, and Kyle Fletcher. The pre-show, dubbed Final Battle Zero Hour, saw Bryan Keith securing his spot by overcoming Jack Cartwheel, solidly claiming the final berth in the six-way showdown.
The battle for the championship kicked off with a swift showcase of skill from Lee Moriarity, who first forced Lee Johnson into submission, followed by pinning Dalton Castle to score back-to-back eliminations. However, Moriarity’s momentum met an abrupt halt when Bryan Keith executed a flawless Tiger Driver to oust him from the competition.
The match rapidly escalated into an electrifying exchange between the remaining contenders. In the thick of the action, Kyle Fletcher, representing The Don Callis Family, displayed a remarkable performance. With the crowd at the edge of their seats, Fletcher eliminated Bryan Keith and, in a climactic finale, secured his victory over Komander with a decisive Hammerlock Piledriver.
Kyle Fletcher’s triumph marks his inaugural reign as the ROH World Television Champion, etching his name in the annals of ROH history with a victory that will be long remembered by fans and peers alike. The dramatic 26-minute match encapsulated the essence of ROH’s competitive spirit and the unrelenting determination of its wrestlers.
Samoa Joe’s tenure as the champion, under the ownership of Tony Khan, spanned 574 esteemed days. His formidable defenses were scattered throughout AEW and ROH events, successfully retaining against a roster of notable adversaries including Mark Briscoe, Christopher Daniels, Willie Mack, Tony Nese, and Keith Lee. Joe’s formidable run officially concluded when the championship was vacated on the November 8 episode of AEW Dynamite.
With the mantle now passed to Kyle Fletcher, the wrestling world watches intently as a new chapter unfolds for the ROH World Television Championship. Fans await with bated breath to see the lengths Fletcher will go to in defending his newly acquired title and to witness the battles that lie ahead on his championship horizon.