It was announced earlier this year that ROH would be bringing back their long dormant Pure Championship. A title was due to be held in April to crown the first champion since the belt was retired after being merged with then ROH Champion Daniel Bryan’s top title.
With the pandemic taking grip of the world, the tournament was postponed earlier in the year. It will now begin later this month and Ring Of Honor have released the full bracket. The tournament will be a 16 man, single elimination format.
The brackets are as below:
- Jay Lethal vs. Dalton Castle
- David Finlay vs. Rocky Romero
- Silas Young vs. Fred Yehi
- Tracy Williams vs. Rust Taylor
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Wheeler Yuta
- Delirious vs. Matt Sydal
- Josh Woods vs. Kenny King
- PJ Black vs.Tony Deppen
For those that don’t recall, the Pure Championship has always had a set of unique rules that encourage straight athletic competition. The updated version of those rules for the tournament are as follows:
— Every match begins and ends with the Code of Honor handshake.
— Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls. After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts on or under the ropes by his opponent are legal.
— Closed-fist punches to the face are not permitted; only open-handed slaps or chops to the face are allowed. Punches to other parts of the body are permitted, excluding low blows. The first use of a closed fist will get a warning; the second will be a disqualification.
— As in standard ROH matches, there will be a 20-count when a wrestler is on the floor.
— Outside interference will result in automatic termination from the roster for the wrestler that interferes.
— There will be two blocks, single-elimination format.
— Round 1 matches have a 15-minute time limit.
— Block semifinals have a 20-minute time limit.
— Block finals have a 30-minute time limit.
— The tournament final has a one-hour time limit.
— There will be three judges for each match, and time-limit draws will go to a judges decision.