Ring of Honor announced that Dalton Castle will challenge ROH Champion Cody at the December 15th ROH Final Battle event. Here is the announcement:
MAIN EVENT: ROH WORLD CHAMPION “THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE” CODY vs. DALTON CASTLE
“The American Nightmare” captured the ROH World Championship from Christopher Daniels at Best in the World. Since then, Cody has maintained an open challenge for his championship, defending it against everyone from Cheeseburger to KUSHIDA, Minoru Suzuki, and more. Cody was accepting all challengers, and announced he believed that he defeated everyone following a victory over Sanada at War of the Worlds: Liverpool before being confronted by Dalton Castle!
Castle went nose to nose with the champ and it looked like the two would go at it right then and there! But Cody rolled out of the ring and fans would have to wait.
They would wait for a few months. The next night, Cody sneak attacked Castle, injuring Castle’s shoulder in the process, while yelling at Castle that he did not deserve a title shot. Fast forward two months later to Global Wars: Chicago, the last night of the most financially-lucrative tour in ROH history. Cody had made a habit of taking selfies with fans after his victories on the tour and decided to address the crowd and take selfies before the match. Cody selected what appeared to be a fan with an American flag ski mask to take a photo with him.
By the time Cody had his phone ready, he was accidentally taking a video instead. And that video revealed what all the fans in Chicago and those watching on IPPV saw even clearer—the fan was Dalton Castle and he was there to get revenge!
In Philadelphia, Cody promised to take on “the man everyone wanted to see him face”. With the crowd chanting for Castle at a fever pitch, Cody instead brought out ROH Dojo graduate Ryan Nova. Cody picked up the victory in short order before Castle confronted him once more.
With the challenge officially issued, Cody’s management team has come to terms with Castle, and the ROH World Championship will be on the line in the Big Apple! For Castle, this match is not only an opportunity to reach the pinnacle of professional wrestling but also to shove every word back down the champion’s throat. Cody, just over one year after his ROH debut, has an opportunity to walk into ROH’s premier event as World Champion defeating a man who he looks down on, a man he calls only a gimmick, a man who he doesn’t truly believe is a championship-caliber wrestler.
If Cody successfully defends his championship from now until Final Battle, with at least one defense scheduled against Rocky Romero in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at ROH Elite, it will be Cody versus Dalton Castle at Final Battle with not only a grudge to be settled but also the ROH World Championship on the line! Who will leave the City That Never Sleeps ROH World Champion? Join us to find out!
Every year, Final Battle is the biggest event on the Ring of Honor calendar! Following the fastest sellout in Final Battle history, the only way you can see Final Battle LIVE is by joining ROH on Pay Per View, available on all major Pay Per View providers, ROHWrestling.com, Fite.TV, and Playstation Network on Friday December 15 at 9 PM EST!
ROH FINAL BATTLE 2017
Local Time: Friday, Dec 15, 2017 09:00pm EST
The Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom
311 W 34th Street
New York, New York 10001