More participants have been added to the upcoming ROH tournaments.
First, Slex has been added to the ROH Pure Title tournament. Haskins is the fifth participant announced, joining Mark Haskins, Alex Shelley, Jonathan Gresham, Rocky Romero and Doug Williams. The tournament will begin on Apr. 10.
The tournament to crown the first Ring of Honor Pure Champion since 2006 begins at Pure Excellence on Friday, April 10 in Columbus and Saturday, April 11 in Pittsburgh. Sixteen entrants representing at least six countries will battle to put their names alongside Jay Lethal, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Nigel McGuinness, Bryan Danielson, and other ROH forefathers who fought by the Pure Rules. The rules gave a distinct flavor to each Pure Rules match: closed-fist punches were illegal and each competitor was allowed three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls during the match; after that, pinfalls and submission holds on or under the ropes would be legal.
Business will be booming in the Pure Championship Tournament when Australia’s Slex enters the field of sixteen to vie for Championship Gold! Slex enters the tournament as one of its biggest wildcards to the other previously-announced stars but not a secret to the international scene.
Slex’s impressive resume in Melbourne City Wrestling, including rivalries with Adam Brooks and a dream match against the IWGP Heavyweight Kazuchika Okada, has led him to international stardom and to a Ring of Honor contract. The question marks around how stars like Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley, Doug Williams, and others might handle him are reciprocated but one thing is for sure: Slex only goes where the biggest dollars and the biggest competition is, with the fastest way of getting the biggest bucks being winning the Pure Championship!
Slex’s power is one of his biggest strengths but he has been able to stretch his opponents limb-from-limb and his impressive submission arsenal will help Slex compete under the Pure Rules! Don’t be surprised if Slex is the man with the Championship around his waist when the tournament concludes!
Elsewhere, Jenny Rose has joined the ROH Women's Title tournament. Previously announced competitors include Katarina, Angelina Love, Sumie Sakai, Nicole Savoy, and Kellyanne. The tournament will begin on Apr. 24.
Jenny Rose has steadily climbed the ranks in Ring of Honor since making her debut a decade ago, and she believes the time has arrived for her to reach the top.
Rose will have her opportunity when she competes in the 16-woman tournament to crown a new ROH Women’s World Champion. The tournament kicks off with eight first-round matches at Quest For Gold in Philadelphia on April 24.
A Philadelphia native, Rose began training at the ROH Dojo when she was 17. Just a few years later, she was wrestling in an ROH ring against the likes of Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze. Rose continued to hone her craft in Japan, where she has competed extensively since 2011.
She has scored victories over the likes of Mandy Leon, Brandi Rhodes and Holidead in ROH and come close to winning the Women of Honor World Title on several occasions.
Last year, Rose competed in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, where she and Oedo Tai (Hazuki and Kagetsu) defeated Sumie Sakai, Hana Kimura and Stella Grey in a six-woman tag match at G1 Supercard.
Will Rose’s big-match experience, determination and home-field advantage carry her to the next round of the tournament?