ROH Recap: Jonathan Gresham Puts Clamps On Tracy Williams To Win Pure Title Tournament; EC3 Makes In-Ring Debut

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #476
Airdate: Weekend of Oct. 31, 2020

Host Quinn McKay welcomed viewers to the final week of the ROH Pure Title Tournament, as Block A winner Tracy Williams takes on Block B winner Jonathan Gresham.

McKay also noted that Matt Taven and Vincent have been fined by ROH officials for their recent attacks on one another.

Here’s the official statement: “In our efforts to restore the core values of Ring of Honor, Matt Taven and Vincent’s unprofessional behavior, which included destruction of property, will not be tolerated. As a result, they have been fined and warned that continued violations will result in harsher disciplinary action.”

Shane Taylor and Soldiers of Savagery (Moses and Kaun) vs. EC3 and the Briscoes

This match marked EC3’s highly anticipated in-ring debut in ROH. He wanted to start the match against Taylor, but Taylor opted to tag in Kaun. EC3 controlled Kaun initially. Eventually, SOS used double-team moves on Mark Briscoe to gain the advantage. Taylor hit a cutter on Mark as he was draped across the top rope. Taylor later hit a running knee strike to Jay Briscoe for a two count.

After Mark was tagged back in, he hit a flurry of offense on all three of his opponents, including a twisting moonsault off the top rope to the floor. Mark set up for Froggy Bow on Taylor, but Taylor moved. Mark landed on his feet, but Taylor snatched him and hit Welcome to the Land for the win.

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Tracy Williams and Jonathan Gresham discussed the call Williams made to Gresham before the start of the tournament. Williams said he told Gresham that regardless of what happens in the tournament, they will build the company together on the foundation of pure wrestling.

ROH Pure Title Tournament Final: Tracy Williams vs. Jonathan Gresham

Williams had his banged-up left shoulder wrapped. Gresham applied a standing armlock, and Williams used his first of three allotted rope breaks. Williams applied a hold on Gresham’s neck, and Gresham used his first rope break. Gresham speared Williams, but Williams answered with a series of chops.

Gresham connected on an Enziguri to Williams’ left shoulder and hit a German suplex into a bridge for a two count. Williams rocked Gresham with a clothesline for a two count. Williams landed a brainbuster for a near fall and then transitioned into a crossface. Gresham appeared on the verge of tapping, but he managed to get to the ropes for his second rope break.

Gresham hit another German suplex into a bridge for a near fall. Williams landed two running forearms to the face followed by one to the back of the head for a near fall. Williams planted Gresham with a piledriver, but Gresham used his final rope break. Gresham got back to his feet and caught Williams in the Octopus Stretch. Maintaining the hold, Gresham dropped to the mat and leaned back to increase the pressure on Williams’ left shoulder. Williams tapped out at 14:37.

After the match. Jay Lethal, Gresham’s best friend and ROH World Tag Team Championship partner, came into the ring to celebrate with Gresham and shake the hand of Williams, who had defeated him in the Block A final.

Gresham becomes the first ROH Pure Champion since 2006 and joins AJ Styles, Doug Williams, John Walters, Lethal, Samoa Joe, Nigel McGuinness and Bryan Danielson as the only men to hold the title.