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Mike Bennett to challenge for Pure title at ROH Best in the World


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Mike Bennett is getting a Pure Championship shot at ROH's next pay-per-view.

On this week's edition of ROH Week By Week, it was announced that Bennett will challenge for the ROH Pure Championship at Best in the World on Sunday, July 11. Jonathan Gresham is the current Pure Champion. He's defending his title against Fred Yehi on the ROH TV episode that premieres this weekend.

Bennett won a Pure Rules gauntlet match that aired on ROH's YouTube channel last week. Bennett eliminated PJ Black, Joe Keys, and The World Famous CB (Cheeseburger) during the match. It was the first Pure Rules match that Bennett has ever wrestled in.

Bennett said after the gauntlet match that he's coming after the Pure Championship. Bennett said he respects Gresham, but Gresham told Bennett that he doesn't belong in the Pure division.

Gresham became Pure Champion by winning a tournament for the title in 2020. After having been unified with the ROH World Championship in 2006, the Pure title was reintroduced in last year's tournament.

Best in the World is taking place at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. It will be the first ROH show with fans in attendance since February 2020. Here's the updated card for the PPV:

  • ROH World Champion Rush defends against Bandido
  • ROH Television Champion Tony Deppen defends against Dragon Lee
  • ROH Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham defends against Mike Bennett
  • Brody King vs. Jay Lethal
  • EC3 vs. Flip Gordon
  • Last Man Standing match: Josh Woods vs. Silas Young