The full lineup of entrants for Ring of Honor’s Pure Championship tournament has now been revealed.
The final three participants for the tournament were announced on today’s episode of ROH Week By Week. They are: Fred Yehi, Delirious, and Silas Young.
Yehi, who formerly wrestled for EVOLVE, is making his ROH debut in the tournament. He was supposed to debut for ROH in the tournament when it was originally scheduled to begin in April. The tournament was delayed when ROH paused running events in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham, Matt Sydal, David Finlay, Tracy Williams, Josh Woods, Wheeler Yuta, Rocky Romero, PJ Black, Tony Deppen, Kenny King, Dalton Castle, Rust Taylor, Yehi, Delirious, and Young are the full list of entrants for the tournament. ROH has noted that “”there will be alternate competitors in each of the tournament’s two blocks in case any of the participants are unable to compete.”
The full bracket for the tournament will be revealed on ROH Week By Week next Monday. It was announced today that Sydal vs. Delirious will be one of the first round matches.
The tournament will begin airing on ROH television the weekend of September 12 and will play out over eight weeks of TV. ROH returned to TV production this month with the Pure title tournament as the focus of the tapings. The tapings were done with only essential personnel in attendance.
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The following rules have been announced for the tournament and Pure matches:
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.
The Pure title was originally introduced in 2004 but was unified with the ROH World Championship in 2006