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  1. Fri, Dec 18th - 2300 Arena - Philadelphia, PA
    After more than a decade, FINAL BATTLE RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA! On December 18th, Ring of Honor will present FINAL BATTLE 2015 on Pay-per-view. Plus, the very next night, we will return for the AFTERMATH and a huge television taping!

    The heart and soul of ROH is in its Philadelphia roots. For the first time since 2004, FINAL BATTLE heads home! This year, we will be LIVE on PPV from the legendary 2300 Arena! FINAL BATTLE marks the culmination of a year's worth of rivalries and competition. There's no telling who will show up and who will leave as a champion. FINAL BATTLE is a must-see event for all professional wrestling fans! And the next night, all of the fallout will spill into a massive ROH television event!

    Hatred. Jealousy. Vitrol.

    What drives a man to break another man’s hand?

    What drives a man to try to saw off another man’s hand?

    “Brutal” Bob Evans had been seen quite transparently in his time in Ring of Honor as an old school, money-hungry trainer that was looking to take his top star, protégé Mike Bennett, to the Ring of Honor World Championship. Evans was a man living vicariously through Bennett, a man with his last, and perhaps best, lottery ticket in hand looking to play his last dollar in the wrestling slot machine. Evans, perhaps sensing his time was almost up, poured his heart and soul into Bennett as a trainee only to have Bennett stab him in the back.

    It wasn’t long before Evans saw something special in a young man nicknamed Cheeseburger in 2013 that unlocked a side of Evans very few had seen. Evans experienced a metamorphosis from bullheaded, old school trainer to tough love father figure, guiding him and ‘Burger to tag team wins in consecutive years in New York at Final Battle as one of the most popular teams in ROH history, Brutal Burgers.

    With Final Battle returning to Philadelphia, Brutal Burgers is no more. Chinks in the armor began to emerge when ‘Burger and Evans lost to Caprice Coleman and Will Ferrara in Baltimore in November 2014. When Ring of Honor returned to Baltimore in March 2015, things got worse. After a loss to Joey Daddiego and Donovan Dijack, Evans' frustration turned a teachable moment into a merciless assault. Despite Cheeseburger’s pleas with Matchmaker Nigel McGuiness for a one-on-one encounter as soon as possible, McGuiness insisted that ‘Burger heal from the beating he took. In Toronto at Global Wars, ‘Burger and Evans met one on one for the very first time. Instead of honoring the Ontario heritage of such mat greats as Bronko Nagurski or “Whipper” Billy Watson, the two had a brawl that would have made nearby Oakville, ON native Stan Stasiak proud, culminating in Evans side suplexing Cheeseburger through the timekeeper’s table, in what appeared to be an effort to end ‘Burger’s career. Anyone hoping for one last glimpse of the nurturing but fair father figure Evans had become was surely disappointed.

    But late that night, while Cheeseburger was being treated by medical professionals, wrestling legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger stopped by to see the Cheesey One. While the details of the meeting have generally been kept quiet, chatter has circulated that Liger applauded ‘Burger’s fighting spirit and showed him the final adjustment needed to master the Shotei, or palm strike, that Liger has won championships around the globe with.

    With the endorsement and knowledge in hand, Cheeseburger was granted a rematch against Evans in Baltimore. Evans got the upper hand early but let his emotional intelligence, or lack there of, get the best of him. With the winner’s side of the purse in tow, Evans set up a table in an attempt to replicate the violent display of disregard for Cheeseburger’s career. What Evans didn’t know was that in the time it took for him to set up the table, ‘Burger was charging the energy needed to power the Shotei. When “Brutal” Bob took to the apron to get back into the ring, he was greeted with a Shotei to the jaw and a trip through the table.

    Evans had a hospital visit of his own that night. A young competitor by the name of Tim Hughes, who had gained notoriety at the World Famous Monster Factory and was a standout at ROH Training Camps, had lost to the Decade’s Adam Page that evening in nearly record time. Hughes had been attempting to reach out to Evans to deliver a message. With an extreme physical resemblance, we can only imagine what that message was, but it certainly rang loud, clear, and true to Evans.

    While under Evans’ spell, Hughes viciously attacked wrestling legend Bushwacker Luke in Philadelphia before being chased away by Cheeseburger. With Hughes as Evans’ tag team partner in Lockport, Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara picked apart the younger Hughes while Evans watched studiously. Did Evans sacrifice Hughes, a man who he has an unexplainable connection to, to ‘Burger and Ferrara on a scouting mission?

    It seems very likely. In Kalamazoo, MI, Evans proclaimed Hughes to be the odds-on favorite for the 2016 ROH Top Prospect Tournament before he sent “Tough Tim” into a one-on-one encounter that ended with the Shotei and a 1-2-3 for ‘Burger. The actions following the match were almost too graphic to air on television. Following the match, Evans grabbed one of the ROH staff’s chairs and threw it into the ring and Pillmanized ‘Burger, breaking his left hand. With Hughes back to his feet and cackling, the pair tried to saw off Cheeseburger’s hand, in their delusional minds the only way to stop the Shotei.

    Thankfully, the despicable and deplorable act was avoided but ‘Burger was put out of action for the next night in Dayton, OH at Champions v. All Stars. Evans, with lookalike Hughes in tow, took Cheeseburger’s place in a fatal-four way, ultimately being pinned by Cliff Compton after Cheeseburger unleashed a Shotei before proclaiming, “You broke the wrong hand, you idiots!”

    In the weeks since, “Brutal” Bob has labeled Cheeseburger an ungrateful mascot and has warned that this will not just be at Final Battle but it will be Cheeseburger’s final battle. Because of the potential intense nature of the match, Matchmaker Nigel McGuiness has restricted this contest to be a YouTube exclusive to be shown at a later date. Evans seemingly has the advantage and the cards stacked in his favor with Hughes in his corner and ‘Burger ailing with a broken hand. But, in the City of Brotherly Love, the city Brutal Burgers was formed, Cheeseburger may hold the trump card needed to end this once and for all!

    As always, is the place for the latest updates on stars and matches signed for December 18th and 19th, but don't wait to get your tickets. ROH events in Philadelphia SELL OUT, and FINAL BATTLE 2015 is a can't miss conclusion to our best year yet!

    To get your tickets to FINAL BATTLE, click HERE! And to be there the very next night and witness the AFTERMATH, click HERE!

    Ring of Honor Wrestling Presents:
    Final Battle '15 Live on Pay Per View
    Friday, December 18th, 2015
    2300 Arena - Philadelphia, PA
    Doors open 7:30pm / 9pm Bell Time

    **MAIN EVENT**
    Jay Lethal w/ Truth Martini vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles

    War Machine vs. The Kingdom w/ Maria Kanellis

    Bobby Fish vs Roderick Strong or Delirious

    “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin vs Moose w/ Stokely Hathaway

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