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ROH reveals bracket for Pure title tournament

The full bracket for Ring of Honor's Pure Championship tournament has now been revealed.

The bracket was announced on today's episode of ROH Week By Week. The first round matches for the tournament are:

Block A --

  • Jay Lethal vs. Dalton Castle
  • David Finlay vs. Rocky Romero
  • Fred Yehi vs. Silas Young
  • Tracy Williams vs. Rust Taylor

Block B --

  • Jonathan Gresham vs. Wheeler Yuta
  • Delirious vs. Matt Sydal
  • Josh Woods vs. Kenny King
  • PJ Black vs. Tony Deppen

If a wrestler is unable to compete, Dak Draper is the alternate for Block A and Brian Johnson is the alternate for Block B. 

The tournament will begin airing on ROH television this coming weekend and will play out over eight weeks. ROH returned to TV production in Maryland last month with only essential personnel in attendance.

The rules for Pure matches are:

  • 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.

The winner of the tournament will be ROH's first Pure Champion since 2006. The title was introduced in 2004 and was then unified with the ROH World Championship two years later.