Ring of Honor closed out an era on Saturday with ROH Final Battle.
ROH has plans to return in April with Supercard of Honor, but as of now, the promotion will go on hiatus. Final Battle closed with Cary Silkin, as he has done so often throughout the years, handing the original ROH World Title to Jonathan Gresham, who defeated Jay Lethal in the main event.
Appearing on Busted Open Radio, former ROH owner Cary Silkin described the feeling at Final Battle.
"When things happened recently, like this past Saturday, it's fresher in your mind. How much bigger, more emotional, and a pinnacle can there be than Maidson Square Garden? I don't know if there can be, but it almost felt that way on Saturday. it was a different feeling. The range of emotions that was going on at that place...some people process with sadness, anger, joyful memories. It was all there. At that show on Saturday, of course Madison Square Garden was the pinnacle of Ring of Honor. The Garden, the chance of me sitting ringside and presenting the belt to Matt Taven and getting to walk out, it was like hitting the Powerball," Silkin said, describing what it was like at Madison Square Garden for G1 Supercard. "Yet, this past Saturday almost equaled it, just in a different way. It was very special. The energy in the building was much better than it was on TV, although it wasn't bad on TV. In the building, it had that old Ring of Honor, Hammerstein, Manhattan Center. I'm not talking about back of the stage, I'm talking about the front. 'We're all in this together.' It was very overwhelming. Since I sold the company to Sinclair, Baltimore has been our home base. A lot of the fans have been regulars. Some of the old school fans, not a lot of them, but some, it was cool. It was such an outpouring of love and appreciation that it was super hard for me to process. The guys in the back, the guys that thanked me, like Josh Woods. He's only been around four or five years and I'm like, 'What do you mean thank me?' "If it wasn't for you...' It was super emotional. As a wrestling show, it delivered."
While ROH will go on hiatus, their respective champions will continue to carry on the legacy. Gresham mentioned needing to face Bryan Danielson and CM Punk to establish the belt as the best wrestling title while ROH Women's Champion Rok-C seemingly has a date with Deonna Purrazzo and ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes set up a program with The Briscoes.
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