Here’s a preview of the ROH Pure Title tournament first-round matches that will take place on this weekend’s episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling.”
Silas Young vs. Fred Yehi
Silas Young has been a fixture in ROH for the better part of the past eight years and is a two-time former World Television Champion. Fred Yehi spent those same eight years competing on the independent circuit and has never stepped inside an ROH ring.
While their careers have taken different paths, both men are more than capable of making a deep run in the tournament.
Young has a well-deserved reputation for being a tough-as-nails brawler who’s not unwilling to take short cuts. However, “The Last Real Man” also has shown that he’s one of the best technical wrestlers in the sport when he chooses to wrestle that style and adhere to the rules.
Yehi, one of the top free agents in pro wrestling, is an outstanding technical wrestler in his own right. “The Savageweight” holds victories over stars such as former ROH World Champion Eddie Edwards, Jonathan Gresham, Flip Gordon, Matt Riddle, Killer Kross, MJF, Brian Cage, Sammy Guevara and Darby Allin. Yehi is a former Evolve Tag Team Champion with Tracy Williams and won the Full Impact Pro Title in 2016 and held it for a record 562 days.
Fast facts: Young is 11-6 against participants in this tournament. … Yehi has made it to at least the semifinals in eight of the past 11 tournaments he’s competed in.
Josh Woods vs. Kenny King
As an 18-year veteran, two-time former ROH World Television Champion and former ROH World Tag Team Champion, Kenny King has a significant edge over Josh Woods in pro wrestling experience and accolades. In their only previous one-on-one match, King successfully defended the World Television Title against Woods in 2017.
So under normal conditions, King undoubtedly would be the favorite against Woods. However, in a match contested under Pure rules, all bets are off.
Woods, the 2017 ROH Top Prospect Tournament winner, was an outstanding collegiate wrestler at Central Florida, where he won a national championship and was a four-time All-American. He also was the captain of the 2012 US MMA team and has run camps for MMA stars such as King Mo, Seth Petruzelli, Alex Nicholson, Mike Perry and Tom Lawlor.
Woods is determined to become a champion in ROH, but King is just as motivated to once again wear gold around his waist, as he is currently the only member of La Faccion Ingobernable not to be a champion.
Fast facts: Woods broke into pro wrestling in 2014 when he signed a developmental deal with WWE. He spent two years at NXT and trained under Billy Gunn and former ROH star Adam Pearce before coming to ROH. … King has an 8-1 record in one-fall matches in Baltimore (the site of the tournament), since April 2012.
To view the tournament bracket and complete schedule for the first round, click here.
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