Original Air Date: October 30, 2020
Event Date: ?
Commentary: Ian Riccaboni, Caprice Coleman
Ring Announcer: Nick Lendl
Pure Tournament Judges: Gary Juster, Will Ferrara, Sumie Sakai
It’s been a long journey, but it’s the day to crown a new ROH Pure Champion.
Quinn McKay welcomes us to the finals of the Pure Tournament, and she talks about the journeys of Jonathan Gresham and Tracy Williams. She also says Matt Taven and Vincent have been fined for their recent unprofessional conduct and destruction of property.
A look at how EC3 ended up in a six-man tag match with the Briscoes versus Shane Taylor and his friends.
Kaun & Moses & Shane Taylor vs The Briscoes & EC3
(referee: Joe Mandak)
Result: Shane Taylor pins Mark Briscoe after a belly-to-belly piledriver
Time: 8:17 (1 break)
Good match. We got to see a little out of everyone, but this really just felt kind of like an introduction for EC3 while establishing Shane Taylor Productions as a strong team. The action was fun, but it left things wide open for much more to come.
Tracy Williams feels like he’s finally exactly where he needs to be in Ring of Honor.
Jonathan Gresham says he and Tracy Williams can work together to restore honor in ROH tonight.
ROH Pure Tournament Final Match
“Hot Sauce” Tracy Williams vs “The Octopus” Jonathan Gresham (ROH Tag Champ)
(referee: Todd Sinclair)
Result: Jonathan Gresham wins via submission with an octopus hold
Time: 14:36 (2 breaks)
Great match. This was very evenly fought throughout with both guys doing what they’ve been doing the entire tournament. Williams was strong on the mat and forced Gresham to use up his rope breaks, something Gresham hasn’t done throughout the entire tournament. Gresham was, of course, also strong on the mat, but he also mixed things up with some had strikes and slams whenever the opportunity presented itself. Williams came into the match with an injured shoulder, but he was able to protect it well for the most part. Gresham didn’t get tunnel vision for Williams’ shoulder though. Without really knowing what to expect from either man, the tension and the excitement of the match was kept high. This was a fitting and satisfying finish to a great tournament.
The six-man tag was fine, but this show was really built around the tournament finals. I wouldn’t have minded if the tournament match had been the only match on the show. Given that it had a 60 minute time limit, they could have easily filled a complete episode of TV with jut that one match. But the match was still great as it was, and adding a six-man tag was probably a way to try to entice people to watch next week and beyond. So that’s fine.
Match of the Night
Tracy Williams vs Jonathan Gresham
My first reaction is to say that this was the best match of the tournament. There were a bunch of very entertaining matches over the past few weeks, but this is probably the one I’ll go back to watch the most. The emotion of it at the end definitely helped boost the already great action.