A number of names have been added to ROH's upcoming tournaments.
Ring Of Honor announced that Marty Scurll will be competing in the tournament to crown the next ROH Pure Champion. Scurll has been in the championship hunt as of late as he is set to challenge NWA World Heavyweight champion Nick Aldis at the Crockett Cup on April 19.
In his third night and third match in Ring of Honor, “The Villain” Marty Scurll captured the Ring of Honor World Television Championship. From then on, Scurll has been 1/3rd of the longest-reigning ROH World Six-Man Champions as the CEO of Villain Enterprises and firmly entrenched in the ROH World Title hunt.
Now, “The Villain” has his sights set on the newly re-christened Ring of Honor Pure Championship!
Already a master mat technician in bending the rules around the ropes, now, Scurll will become more dangerous, particularly with his ability to catch opponents in pinning combinations on the mat and in his devastating, Championship-winning Chicken Wing!
How far Scurll will go may depend on the match-ups within the tournament: will he face a mentor like Doug Williams who has taught him so much of his own repertoire over the years or will he face a young upstart in the first round? Either way, the man with the Championship pedigree has an opportunity to end the tournament with a new piece of gold around his waist!
The road to the Pure Title starts in Columbus! Keep it locked into ROHWrestling.com for the announcement of all 16 competitors and first-round match-ups you will see in Columbus and Pittsburgh!
Scurll isn't the only one recently announced for the ROH Pure title tournament as Fred Yehi has also been added to the field and it will be his in-ring debut for the company.
One of the best, unsigned technical wrestlers in the world makes his Ring of Honor debut in the Pure Championship Tournament! Fred Yehi has twisted and tied up his opponents from coast to coast in his brief career and gets the opportunity of a lifetime in the Pure Championship Tournament!
Yehi has mastered the Koji Clutch, a devastating submission that has the potential to take him far into the tournament. The 26-year old has seen significant success in tag team action, particularly with former tag team partner “Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams but is no stranger to taking on the best in singles finding success early in his career against former ROH stars TJ Perkins, Chris Hero, and Chuck Taylor.
Yehi may have the X Factor needed to make it to the Finals and ultimately capture the title, the perfect blend of sharpened talent and just enough mystery to capture his opponents on their heels. Yehi’s ROH debut is the perfect opportunity to make a splash for this native of Georgia!
In other tournament news, ROH announced that Mandy Leon has been added to the 16-woman tournament to crown the new Ring of Honor Women's World Championship. Leon is now competing in a tournament that includes the likes of Sumie Sakai, Angelina Love, Tasha Steelz, Session Moth Martina and more.
Mandy Leon has been a key figure in the women’s division in Ring of Honor over the past five years, but championship gold has eluded “The Exotic Goddess.”
As one of 16 competitors in the tournament to crown a new ROH Women’s World Champion, Leon will have a golden opportunity to rectify that. The tournament kicks off with eight first-round matches at Quest For Gold in Philadelphia on April 24.
Love’s partner in The Allure, Angelina Love, was announced as a participant in the tournament last week. They both have claimed it doesn’t matter which of them wins it as long as the title ends up with The Allure.
A graduate of the ROH Dojo, Leon made history in 2015 by competing in the first match in the officially branded Women of Honor division. Since then, Leon’s journey has taken her across the globe, competing with the best in ROH and Japan’s Stardom promotion.
In 2017, she had a strong showing in Stardom’s prestigious 5 Star Grand Prix in Japan, highlighted by a victory over eventual winner Toni Storm.
Has Leon’s time to shine arrived?