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Tony Deppen to make ROH debut in Pure title tournament


The lineup for ROH's Pure title tournament is almost fully set.

ROH announced today that Tony Deppen will make his debut in the tournament. He's the 15th entrant confirmed for it.

There's only one entrant left to be announced for the tournament. Doug Williams, Jonathan Gresham, Alex Shelley, Rocky Romero, Mark Haskins, Slex, Tracy Williams, Marty Scurll, Fred Yehi, Yuji Nagata, Joe Hendry, Dalton Castle, Ren Narita, and Josh Woods are the other wrestlers set for it.

Deppen is a regular for Game Changer Wrestling. He also made his PWG debut last year and was an entrant in the Battle of Los Angeles.

ROH hyped up Deppen in their announcement:

A young man with many years experience, Deppen’s growth accelerated in 2019 and into 2020, competing in top independent organizations like Beyond, Game Changer Wrestling, PWG, and Chikara. Deppen has begun to compete internationally and is an amateur and submission expert.

Deppen’s ROH debut comes in this tournament and is one of the most highly-touted free agents in the world. Deppen could not only capture the Pure Championship but negotiate himself an even bigger money contract should he capture the title!

The first round matches in the Pure title tournament are 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 will then be held at ROH Battlestarr 2020 in New York City on Thursday, April 23.

The winner of the tournament will be ROH's first Pure Champion since 2006. The title 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."