Ring of Honor (ROH) Wrestling has announced the return of the Pure Championship to the company. The belt, which was removed 14 years ago, will return to circulation next April.
The championship will be reintroduced with a direct elimination tournament. First-round meetings will take place during the Pure Excellence tour on two nights: first on Friday, April 10 from Columbus, Ohio and then on April 10 from Columbus, Ohio. At the moment no wrestler has been announced for the competition nor has it been informed when it will be the final.
It should be remembered that the Pure Championship has a series of special rules, called “Pure Rules”. Under these rules, punches with the closed hand are not allowed and each competitor may use the ropes three times to break account attempts or submissions. Once sold out, accounts under the ropes or keeping submissions will be legal.
The belt was created in 2004, with AJ Styles defeating CM Punk in the final of the tournament to crown the first champion. After that, the title was ported by Doug Williams, John Walters, Jay Lethal, Samoa Joe, Nigel McGuinness, and Bryan Danielson. The title was deactivated in August 2006, during the unification fight of the World and Pure Championships between Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuinness.
Rumors of the return of the Pure Championship came a few days ago, following a Twitter message from New Japan Pro Wrestling star Will Ospreay in which he said he loved the belt and its rules. After that, the official ROH account asked his followers if he should return the title. The fans of the company responded positively to the question, causing its return.
should we bring it back? 🤔 https://t.co/rIRDlvAXN6
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 15, 2020