Chris “Sarge” Melendez Leaving TNA
Chris “Sarge” Melendez revealed on his Twitter that he is leaving TNA Wrestling.
.@IMPACTWRESTLING I've decided to move on to the next chapter of my life.I learned alot in & out of the ring.Thank You for the opportunity!— Chris Melendez (@ChrisMelendez) June 15, 2016
Melendez had been with TNA Wrestling since 2014.
Jim Ross Comments On Upcoming WWE Brand Split
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross updated the blog section of JRsbarbq.com. A highlight is his thought on the upcoming brand split:
“Thoroughly reviewing the potential upside of a successful, WWE brand spilt and the opportunity to potentially present two, distinctly different TV products to the world, and have come to the conclusion that for stockholders, investors and for the overall growth of the WWE Network that this is potentially the most significant, strategic maneuver that @WWE has enacted in decades. They have an opportunity to launch another, new feeling brand, create their own competition and open the doors to better highlight and promote more new talents.”
ROH Announces Big NYC Show
Ring of Honor announced that they are returning to the Hammerstein Ballroom for the Final Battle event on Friday, December 2. Below is the official press release:
Ring of Honor Wrestling will be returning to New York City this year for Final Battle and we are coming back to our longtime home, The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center!
This storied venue has hosted some of the biggest events in Ring of Honor history, and Final Battle promises to be the biggest yet.
The date is Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Traditionally, Final Battle is where scores are settled, reputations are forged and unforgettable moments are made.
The ROH World Title has changed hands twice at Final Battle. In 2004, Austin Aries ended Samoa Joe’s 645-day reign (a record that still stands), and in 2006, Homicide defeated Bryan Danielson, who had held the championship for 462 days.
There also have been several memorable successful world title defenses at Final Battle, including in 2009 when Aries and challenger Tyler Black wrestled to a one-hour draw, and last year when current ROH World Champion Jay Lethal defeated AJ Styles to solidify his status as the best wrestler in the world.
One of the most storied feuds in ROH history -- Kevin Steen vs. El Generico headlined two Final Battle events.
In 2010, the friends-turned-enemies brutalized one another in an unsanctioned Fight Without Honor in which El Generico prevailed. Two years later, Steen gained retribution by successfully defending the ROH World Title against his arch rival in the aptly named Ladder War.
Another highly personal rivalry that culminated at Final Battle was between Danielson and Takeshi Morishima. Danielson, who had suffered a detached retina during a match against Morishima in 2007, finally exacted his revenge by beating Morishima in a Fight Without Honor at Final Battle 2008.
The main event at Final Battle 2005 was historic because it featured the Japanese-based GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship being defended on American soil, as Japanese superstar KENTA turned back the challenge of Low Ki in a match that is regarded as a classic.
Those are just some of the great matches that have taken place over the years at Final Battle, where the best wrestlers on the planet always look to end the year with a bang.
Tickets for Final Battle 2016 will be going on sale soon so be sure and check back here for all of the on-sale information!