Q&A: Christopher Daniels on ROH Final Battle 2016, The Young Bucks, The Briscoes

Days before Final Battle 2016, The Fallen Angel explains why he and Addiction teammate Frankie Kazarian are MIA.

It’s Ring of Honor’s biggest weekend of the year:  Final Battle 2016 takes place Friday at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, and the inaugural Decade of Excellence Tournament takes place Sunday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The tournament matches will be part of ROH’s final TV tapings in 2016, and tickets are still available at ROHWrestling.com.

For results of Final Battle 2015, click here. For results of Final Battle 2014, click here.

Final Battle 2016’s lineup:

Adam Cole defends the ROH World Championship against Kyle O’Reilly.

In a four corner survival match, Marty Scurll puts his recently acquired ROH World Television Championship up for grabs against former title holders Will Ospreay, Bobby Fish and Dragon Lee.

The Briscoes seek their record-setting ninth ROH World Tag Team Titles as they battle The Young Bucks.

In the tournament finals to crown the first ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions, Lio Rush & Jay White & Kushida face either the Kingdom or Team CMLL.

Silas Young battles the legendary Jushin “Thunder” Liger.

The Motor City Machine Guns team with Donovan Dijak to take on The Rebellion.

Colt Cabana faces Dalton Castle, accompanied of course, by The Boys.

And in his ROH debut, Cody Rhodes meets former ROH World Champion Jay Lethal.

The Youtube pre-show starts at 8:40 p.m. EST with the Tempura Boys vs. Cheeseburger and Will Ferrara in Lucha Rules.

Final Battle 2016 kicks off at 9 p.m. only on PPV or IPPV.

Conspicuous by their absence are the two-time ROH World Tag Team Champions, The Addiction. Christopher Daniels spoke with Wrestledelphia Radio this week to discuss why he and Frankie Kazarian are not on the card.

On The Addiction not scheduled for Final Battle 2016:

Daniels: “Well, we’re playing that a little close to the vest. Just because we’re not scheduled doesn’t mean we won’t be there. I’m not going to let the cag out of the bag, but rest assured that Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian will be in attendance. We’re certainly not going to let Ring of Honor’s return to the Hammerstein Ballroom go without us making some type of appearance.”

On The Young Bucks defending the ROH Tag Team Titles against The Briscoes:

Daniels: “I’m very interested to see who wins this match. Despite the fact that The Young Bucks were victorious at Ladder War at All-Star Extravaganza, they have yet to beat us one-on-one. They’ve never pinned us. It’s a bone of contention for me and Frankie, and it’s something we’ve brought up to Ring of Honor time and again. No matter who wins, we feel we’re top contenders automatically as two-time champions. If The Young Bucks retain, we’ll be knocking on their door. If the Briscoes become nine-time champions, we certainly know where to find them.”

On ROH’s success in 2016:

Daniels: “It’s been a year of growth. Our pay-per-views have been home runs every time. You look at the guys trying to get to Ring of Honor, guys that have just joined like Marty Scurll and Will Ospreay. Look at the young talent coming up like Dalton Castle, Sho Tanaka and Komatsu from New Japan. There’s all kinds of growth happening right now.

Ring of Honor has become a destination for guys who want to break out and show a national wrestling audience what they’re all about. As long as we’re a goal for wrestlers coming up, we’re going to continue to see guys who are wrestling on their A-game.”

On what he hopes to see from ROH in the next year:

Daniels: “Hopefully more and more syndicated stations, more access across the United States. I’d love to see a set date and time for Ring of Honor so we can say, ‘watch Ring of Honor Saturday at 8 p.m. or Saturday at 10 p.m.’ I’d love to be able to say that sometime soon, but who knows. All I know is that we can continue to move forward and Sinclair continues to support us in the best way possible.”

Daniels also reveals why he kept going back to ROH throughout his career, how much longer he plans on wrestling and his thoughts on AJ Styles’ WWE run. For the full interview, listen to Wrestledelphia Radio this Friday at noon.

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