Ring of Honor has revealed when their Pure title tournament will begin airing.
In this week's edition of his Eck's Files column for ROH's website, Kevin Eck wrote that the tournament will start airing on ROH television the weekend of September 12. The tournament will play out over eight weeks of TV.
Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham, Matt Sydal, David Finlay, Tracy Williams, Josh Woods, Wheeler Yuta, Rocky Romero, PJ Black, Tony Deppen, Kenny King, Dalton Castle, and Rust Taylor have been confirmed for the tournament thus far. It will feature 16 wrestlers in total, with the remaining three entrants set to be revealed on this coming Monday's episode of ROH Week By Week on YouTube.
Eck wrote that "one of the final entrants is another outstanding independent wrestler." It was also noted that "there will be alternate competitors in each of the tournament’s two blocks in case any of the participants are unable to compete."
The following rules have been announced for Pure matches:
- 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.
Prior to ROH halting events in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pure title tournament was originally supposed to begin in April. It was announced this month that ROH was returning to TV production with no fans in attendance at the tapings and only essential personnel on hand.