ROH Pure Title Tournament To Start In September, Final Competitors To Be Revealed Soon

The ROH Pure Title tournament is set to begin in the coming weeks.

ROH announced that the tournament, set to crown a brand new Pure Champion, will begin on the weekend of September 12 and added that it will play out over the course of eight weeks. As of this writing, only 13 of the 16 names have been announced for the tournament with the remaining three set to be revealed on August 31.

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In addition, ROH announced that there will be alternate wrestlers for the tournament in case anyone is unable to compete. Below are the confirmed names for the tournament.

  1. Jay Lethal
  2. Jonathan Gresham
  3. Matt Sydal
  4. David Finlay
  5. Tracy Williams
  6. Josh Woods
  7. Wheeler Yuta
  8. Tony Deppen
  9. PJ Black
  10. Rocky Romero
  11. Rust Taylor
  12. Kenny King
  13. Dalton Castle

Here are the rules for the tournament:

-- 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.

ROH resumed television production this month. It is unknown when new episodes of ROH TV will air.

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