In “I Was There” 3MBooth provides a first hand account of a things we attend.
Since 2006, Ring of Honor has held their last Pay Per View of the year – Final Battle – in New York City. This year is no exception; the difference is that instead of being in the Hammerstein Ballroom (or the Manhattan Center, which is in the Hammerstein Ballroom), Final Battle will be at Terminal 5. This year’s main event will be Jay Briscoe versus Adam Cole in a Fight without Honor match for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship. Based on this interview at Busted Open, which quickly escalated into a scuffle, this fight is going to be good:
But before we can look forward to this year’s show, which will also have Jay Lethal versus Matt Sydal – formerly Evan Bourne – for the ROH Television Championship and reDragon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) versus the Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida) for the ROH Tag Team Championships and many more matches – we want to look back at arguably the greatest feud in ROH Final Battle History. Kevin Steen and El Generico waged war with each other; it started at Final Battle 2009 and culminated in 2012. We were there for each instance.
Final Battle 2009 was our first ever Final Battle. Back then, Steen and El Generico were a tag team, believe it or not. They faced The Young Bucks, believe it or not. And this wasn’t the main event!
The Bucks were victorious but after the match is when things really took place. Steen grabbed the microphone to announce his retirement. He thanked the fans, he thanked the wrestlers, he thanked his wife – who was in attendance – and he thanked his tag partner, El Generico. Then he gave Generico a low blow, proclaimed, ” I hate your f*cking guts” and nailed him with a chair. THE WAR WAS ON!