Following this week’s episode of ROH TV on HonorClub, we have two matches announced for the Final Battle pay-per-view event, which takes place on December 15th from the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.
You can check out the updated ROH Final Battle 2023 card below:
ROH Women’s World Championship Match:
Athena vs. Billie Starkz
ROH World Television Championship Survival Of The Fittest Match:
Dalton Castle vs. Komander vs. Four More TBD
Lee Moriarty is currently a member of Shane Taylor Promotions in Ring of Honor, and he recently spoke with “Wrestle Inn” to discuss why he decided to join the group, who he would add to the group, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On why he joined STP: “I joined Shane Taylor Promotions because I respect Shane’s work ethic and commitment for success. He’s a former ROH Television and Six-Man Tag Team Champion. I don’t see myself as being under Shane’s tutelage necessarily, but I do think there’s things he can help me with and vice versa. As for what I want to accomplish, I want to reach and sustain being on the next level of success within AEW and ROH.”
On who he would add to the group: “I think there are a few options out there that could work well. The first name that comes to mind is ‘Big Shotty’ Lee Johnson. The invitation to join has been sent out, but we’re still waiting for a final answer. Another option could be reuniting the Pretty Boy Killers if Shane and Keith ever decide to stand on the same side again… of course, they’re still on a Collision course to fight it out (see what I did there).”
And finally, Mickie James’ Empower promotion will be heading to Australia next year.
On Thursday, it was announced that the WWE Hall of Famer’s event will be part of Starrcast Downunder, which will take place from April 10th to the 15th in Ballarat.
You can check out the official announcement below:
Oceania Pro Wrestling (OPW) and GLO Sports are thrilled to announce the much-anticipated arrival of Starrcast, the world-renowned wrestling convention, to Australian shores for the very first time.
Set against the picturesque backdrop of regional Victoria, Ballarat will play host to this unparalleled event featuring none other than the legendary WWE Hall of Famer, Bret “The Hitman” Hart.
Scheduled just one week after WrestleMania 40, Starrcast Downunder, in partnership with OPW, promises four days of electrifying fan engagement and top-tier wrestling action from Wednesday, 10th April, to Sunday, 15th April, across various venues in Ballarat.
Joining Bret Hart on the marquee is female wrestling trailblazer six-time WWE Women’s Champion and five-time TNA Knockouts Champion Mickie James.
Approximately 12 wrestling legends and 30 talented Australian and international wrestlers will make Starrcast Downunder a must-attend event.
The event will showcase signing sessions, dedicated stage shows, and a myriad of activities synonymous with the Starrcast brand. Three nights of intense wrestling, including the highly anticipated second edition of “Empower”, the groundbreaking all-female wrestling show initiated by Mickie James in 2021.
Complementing these will be a second international wrestling supershow led by Bret Hart and Dungeon Wrestling, in addition to the second Australian Wrestling Showcase, which will captivate audiences throughout the event.
The wrestling events, set to stream domestically and internationally with a diverse mix of wrestling genres, represent a groundbreaking move for Starrcast and Empower, marking their inaugural events outside the USA and shining a global spotlight on Ballarat as a central hub for wrestling enthusiasts.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos:
“Starrcast Downunder will attract fans from across Victoria – and further afield – to Ballarat for an incredible five days of action.”
“The Victorian Government is proud to support Starrcast Downunder – not just for the boost it will deliver to the region’s tourism sector, but because it will showcase Ballarat’s capacity to host exciting international events.”
Quotes attributable to Bret Hart:
“It is extremely exciting to be coming back to Australia for the first time in 20 years, in an event showcasing other legends and wrestling talent from around the world and from Australia. The Australian fans have always been so great to me, and I look forward to being a part of this event, along with the best from Dungeon Wrestling.”
Quotes attributable to Mickie James:
“I cannot express how excited I am to return to Australia for the first time in six years. There couldn’t be a more perfect time, place, and opportunity to host a second Empower event with a whole new feel than Australia and the City of Ballarat. I poured my heart and soul into the 1st one and wasn’t sure it would happen again.”
Quotes attributable to Conrad Thompson, Starrcast:
“I am excited to finally announce that Starrcast is coming to Ballarat in Australia. This is my first trip Downunder, the first time Starrcast has been held outside the USA and there will be many other firsts announced in the coming weeks”.
Quotes attributable to Cameron Vale, Managing Director, GLO Sports:
“The combination of these wrestling shows is a first for Australia, a hotbed for wrestling fans and wrestling talent, where we can really put our best foot forward on an international wrestling stage, in a major regional location such as Ballarat”
Starrcast Downunder promises to be a unique, all-ages event catering to fans spanning generations, providing an extraordinary opportunity for Australia’s wrestling talent to shine on the global stage, right in their own backyard.
OPW in collaboration with international co-promoters Conrad Thompson and Mickie James, extends sincere gratitude to Visit Victoria for their invaluable support as the destination partner in bringing this event to Australia and strategically positioning it in a significant regional market like Ballarat.
Ticket information will be released on Monday 18th December with fans encouraged to subscribe through oceaniaprowrestling.com to keep updated with all the latest information and special offers.
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ROH Final Battle 2023 Matches Announced
This week’s episode of ROH TV on HonorClub revealed two matches that will take place at the Final Battle pay-per-view event on December 15th. The event will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.
The first match announced is for the ROH Women’s World Championship. Athena will defend her title against Billie Starkz. This will be a highly anticipated match as both competitors are incredibly talented and have been making waves in the women’s division.
The second match announced is the ROH World Television Championship Survival Of The Fittest Match. Dalton Castle will defend his title against Komander and four more wrestlers who are yet to be determined. This match is known for its high stakes and intense competition, as multiple wrestlers battle it out for a chance to become the new champion.
Lee Moriarty Joins Shane Taylor Promotions
Lee Moriarty, a rising star in Ring of Honor, recently joined Shane Taylor Promotions. In an interview with “Wrestle Inn,” Moriarty discussed his decision to join the group and his goals for the future.
Moriarty expressed his respect for Shane Taylor’s work ethic and commitment to success. While he doesn’t see himself as being under Shane’s tutelage, he believes there are things they can learn from each other. Moriarty’s goal is to reach and sustain success within AEW and ROH, and he believes being a part of Shane Taylor Promotions will help him achieve that.
When asked about potential additions to the group, Moriarty mentioned “Big Shotty” Lee Johnson as a name that comes to mind. He also hinted at the possibility of reuniting the Pretty Boy Killers if Shane and Keith ever decide to stand on the same side again.
Mickie James’ Empower Heading to Australia
Mickie James, WWE Hall of Famer and founder of Empower, announced that her promotion will be heading to Australia next year. Empower will be part of Starrcast Downunder, a wrestling convention taking place from April 10th to the 15th in Ballarat.
Starrcast Downunder promises four days of electrifying fan engagement and top-tier wrestling action. Mickie James will be joined by other wrestling legends and talented Australian and international wrestlers for this must-attend event.
The convention will feature signing sessions, dedicated stage shows, and three nights of intense wrestling. One of the highlights will be the second edition of Empower, the groundbreaking all-female wrestling show initiated by Mickie James in 2021.
Starrcast Downunder marks the inaugural event outside the USA for both Starrcast and Empower. It will shine a global spotlight on Ballarat as a central hub for wrestling enthusiasts.
The ROH Final Battle 2023 card is shaping up with two exciting matches announced. Fans can look forward to Athena defending her ROH Women’s World Championship against Billie Starkz and Dalton Castle putting his ROH World Television Championship on the line in the Survival Of The Fittest Match.
Additionally, Lee Moriarty’s decision to join Shane Taylor Promotions brings a new dynamic to the group, and Mickie James’ Empower promotion heading to Australia for Starrcast Downunder is generating buzz among wrestling fans. It’s an exciting time for wrestling enthusiasts, and these events are sure to deliver thrilling moments and unforgettable matches.