Jim Ross says Ring of Honor Final Battle was fun to watch.
The former WWE and WCW commentator watched Ring of Honor's end of the year pay-per-view on Saturday. The show featured nine bouts including four championship matches. Ross wrote in his Monday blog about the unique challenge facing the main event Ring of Honor World Championship match.
"I'm of the mindset that one of the toughest challenges in the business might well be closing the show at a ROH PPV which is what Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly were booked to do Friday night. When one is in a ROH Main Event they are forced to follow EVERYTHING under the sun that precedes them on the show. That's no small feat. Cole and O'Reilly delivered as the top pros that they are by telling a realistic story that was not overthought with high spots and stunts. Their selling helped me to ride along with them on their journey which I still embrace," wrote Ross.
The undercard also impressed Ross. He was pleased with the inclusion of international talent. According to Ross, the atmosphere at the show rivaled any big show.
"Loved the ROH TV Title match as did the live audience who, by the way was a hotter crowd that we saw Sunday night in Dallas at TLC, helped make this show more fun to watch. Marty Scurll, Will Ospreay, and Dragon Lee were terrific in their outing on the PPV.All three are excellent "gets" for ROH and should have an impactful 2017 for ROH," wrote Ross.
Even though Ring of Honor is different from the type of shows Ross was involved with in his heyday, he can enjoy Ring of Honor for the environment it creates.
"ROH's strength especially on PPV is their emphasis of quality bell to bell minutes from their talents who hold nothing back to protect the latter bouts on the card, or so it seems. It creates a pressurized, competitive environment for ROH to fuel what they do on their big shows," wrote Ross.
Ring of Honor Final Battle was broadcast live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. The venue is famous for hosting ECW pay-per-views like Guilty as Charged 2001.