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Doug Williams, Jonathan Gresham set for ROH Pure title tournament


Update --

ROH has confirmed Jonathan Gresham for their Pure title tournament, He's the second announced entrant.


Ring of Honor has revealed the first participant for their Pure title tournament.

ROH announced today that Doug Williams will take part in the 16-wrestler tournament. It will begin with first-round matches taking place at Pure Excellence night one in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, April 10 and Pure Excellence night two in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 11.

The quarterfinals for the tournament will then be held at ROH Battlestarr 2020 in New York City on Thursday, April 23. ROH hasn't revealed when the semifinals and finals will take place.

Williams was the second-ever Pure Champion in ROH history, holding the title for 42 days in 2004.

The Pure Championship has been dormant since 2006. Title matches featured rules where "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."

Williams is also set to wrestle at ROH Past vs. Present in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 14. He's facing Jonathan Gresham at that show.