ROH has announced Joe Hendry for the upcoming 16-man tournament to crown a new ROH Pure Champion. Below is the updated line-up for that tournament:
* Joe Hendry
* Yuji Nagata
* Fred Yehi
* Marty Scurll
* Tracy Williams
* Mark Haskins
* Rocky Romero
* Alex Shelley
* Doug Williams
* Jonathan Gresham
* 5 spots TBA
ROH has also announced a new participant for the 16-woman tournament to crown the inaugural ROH Women's World Champion - Ashley Vox. The updated line-up for the women's tournament looks like this:
* Ashley Vox
* Alex Gracia
* Mandy Leon
* Tasha Steelz
* Session Moth Martina
* Jenny Rose
* Nicole Savoy
* Angelina Love
* Sumie Sakai
* 5 spots TBA
As we've noted, ROH is bringing the Pure Title back and the new champion will be crowned with the tournament that kicks off at ROH Pure Excellence night one in Columbus, OH on Friday, April 10. Night two will take place on Saturday, April 11 in Pittsburgh, PA, and the quarterfinals will be held at ROH Battlestarr 2020 in New York City on Thursday, April 23. There's no word yet on when the semifinals and the finals will take place.
ROH previously retired the Pure Title back in 2006 after first introducing it in 2004. Pure Rules matches are bouts where closed-fist punches are illegal, and each competitor is allowed three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls during the match, and after that, pinfalls and submissions on or under the ropes would be legal.
The women's tournament will begin with eight first-round matches on Friday, April 24 in Philadelphia, PA at the ROH Quest For Gold event.
Stay tuned for updates on both tournaments.
•Pure Title Tournament•— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) March 5, 2020
Tournament to crown ROH Pure Champion begins at #PureExcellence in Columbus, OH on April 10 and Pittsburgh, PA on April 11.
Signed to compete: @joehendry
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•Quest For Gold•— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) March 5, 2020
ROH Wom'n's World Title Tournament #QuestForGold begins in Philadelphia April 24th at the 2300 Arena!
Signed to compete: @ashley__vox
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