Ring of Honor held its annual Final Battle event on Friday night, and it caused a bit of internet drama.
There was a particularly silly spot in the The Young Bucks and Adam Page vs. Flip Gordon, Dragon Lee, and Titan. Someone tweeted a clip of it. UFC heavyweight Chase Sherman tweeted dismissively about it.
More people weighed in, including Daniel Cormier.
Yes, the real fighters don’t like the theatrical fighters. Nothing really new there. But all of that is simply a lead in to another bit of kayfabe-breaking from the Ring of Honor crew.
The night after Final Battle, ROH taped a bunch of episodes of their TV show at the 2300 Arena, formerly the ECW Arena. (Based on how long this taping was, I’m going to guess ROH taped its entire 2018 season.) As the taping rolled over into a sixth hour, Nick Jackson—one of the people in the clip, and member of the Bullet Club faction—announced that it was time for a singalong.
That’s when Marty Scrull took the mic and led the crowd in a version of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” The ECW Arena had played host to singalongs of “Enter Sandman” before, but this was a new one. You can watch it in the incredible high-quality video above. The entire time, Cody (Rhodes) and Matt Jackson had people locked in submission holds.
Anyway, it was all very realistic, and perhaps this will make UFC fighters look at wrestling in a new light. Perhaps.