ROH Recap: Pure Title Tournament Kicks Off With Jay Lethal Versus Dalton Castle, Jonathan Gresham Versus Wheeler Yuta

“Ring of Honor Wrestling” #469
Airdate: Weekend of Sept. 12, 2020

Host Quinn McKay welcomed viewers to the start of the ROH Pure Title Tournament. She recapped the history of the Pure Title, revealed the bracket and 16 competitors for the tournament, and explained Pure rules.

A video presentation featured sit-down interviews with first-round opponents and former ROH World Champions Jay Lethal and Dalton Castle.

Block A First-Round Match: Dalton Castle vs. Jay Lethal

Lethal took the first of his allotted three rope breaks within the opening minute. Castle seized control with a series of throws and suplexes. Lethal answered by working on Castle’s hamstring and punishing him with chops to the chest. Castle went for Bang-a-Rang, but Lethal escaped and hit Lethal Injection for a near fall.

Later, Castle hit Bang-a-Rang, but his knee buckled slightly while delivering the move. Castle went for a cover, but Lethal got his foot on the bottom rope (his second rope break). Lethal stunned Castle with a superkick and followed up with Lethal Injection for the victory in 13:10.

Lethal advances to the Block A semifinals, where he will meet the winner of next week’s match between David Finlay and Rocky Romero.

A video presentation featured sit-down interviews with first-round opponents Wheeler Yuta and Jonathan Gresham.

Block B First-Round Match: Jonathan Gresham vs. Wheeler Yuta

The 23-year-old Yuta was the aggressor early and forced the veteran Gresham to go on the defensive. Gresham survived Yuta’s initial attack and went on to trap him in the Indian Deathlock. Yuta used his first rope break. Feeling that Gresham did not release the hold quickly enough, Yuta punched Gresham in the face, which resulted in a warning from the referee. Another closed first punch to the face would result in Yuta being disqualified.

Yuta used a backslide for a near fall. Gresham went for a suplex, but Yuta shifted his weight and came down on top of Gresham for another near fall. Yuta hit a springboard crossbody for a two count, and scored another two count on a crossbody off the top rope. Gresham applied the figure-four leglock, but Yuta rolled toward the ropes. They crashed to the floor with the hold still applied, which hurt both of them. After a rapid series of pinning combinations and counters, Gresham stomped on Yuta’s left ankle twice. With Yuta lying on his stomach, Gresham grabbed his left leg and began slamming into the mat repeatedly. Yuta tapped out at 10:24

Gresham advances to the Block B semifinals, where he will meet the winner of next week’s match between Delirious and Matt Sydal.