It was announced recently that Silas Young and Jonathan Gresham will meet in a Pure Rules Match at the Best in the World pay-per-view on June 28 in Baltimore. So what exactly is a Pure Rules Match?
For those unfamiliar, this type of match is designed to emphasize scientific wrestling. The latitude referees typically allow competitors to have during “regular” matches is not part of the equation.
The specific parameters for a Pure Rules Match are as follows:
-- Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls. After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts on or under the ropes by the opponent are considered legal.
-- Closed-fist punches to the face are not permitted; only open-handed slaps or chops to the face are allowed. Punches to other parts of the body are permitted excluding low-blows. The first use of a closed fist will get a warning, and the second will be a disqualification.
Pure Rules matches were a part of ROH during the early years of the promotion. An ROH Pure Rules Championship was created in 2004, with AJ Styles defeating CM Punk in a tournament final to crown the inaugural champion.
Wrestlers such as Jay Lethal, Samoa Joe, Nigel McGuinness and Bryan Danielson went on to hold the title. In 2006, ROH World Champion Danielson defeated then-ROH Pure Champion Nigel McGuinness to unify the two titles.
Gresham, who is coming off a strong showing in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament in Japan, is regarded as one of the greatest technical wrestlers in the sport. Young, on the other hand, while certainly a skilled wrestler in his own right, has been a mockery of scientific wrestling as of late.
In two previous meetings between these two, Young -- who is now referring to himself as “The Technician of Honor” -- scored tainted victories by using a low blow in one contest and a hammer to Gresham’s head in the other.