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EC3 to make ROH debut at TV tapings

Ring of Honor's return to television production will include the debut of a wrestler who was part of April's WWE releases.

PWInsider reported today that former TNA World Heavyweight Champion EC3 is in Baltimore and will make his ROH debut at this week's TV tapings. Their report has been confirmed by our Dave Meltzer.

In June, ROH responded to a video where EC3 teased that he'd be coming to the promotion.

EC3 also made his return to Impact Wrestling via a video that aired at the end of last month's Slammiversary pay-per-view. On this week's Impact episode, he laid out self-proclaimed TNA Champion Moose and stole his title belt.

ROH announced last week that -- for the first time since stopping events in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic -- they are returning to producing TV in Maryland this month. "ROH will adhere to a very stringent protocol as well as the regulations set in place by the Maryland State Athletic Commission," the promotion's announcement said. "ROH will be instituting the necessary testing and safety measures in a continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There will be no fans or staff who are not essential to the production present during these events."

The tapings will focus on ROH's Pure title tournament. Ten of the 16 entrants for the tournament have been announced: Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham, Matt Sydal, David Finlay, Tracy Williams, Josh Woods, Wheeler Yuta, Tony Deppen, PJ Black, and Rocky Romero.