1.Gresham vs Woods ***1/2
I'll be adding a review for 476 in a bit, too. The two episodes cover the semi and finals for the Pure Tournament, crowning a new champ. I love that they finally revived this title and while I have numerous issues with ROH, I applaud them for being one of the better at handling the virus by all accounts.
So, the final four are Gresham, Lethal, Woods, and Hotsauce. A great group of talent that represent the style well. I have hopes for the division and know ROH intends to tighten up the divisions. I have no idea why dipshit Flip is working matches against them, though.
Up first, The Goods versus The Octopus. I am excited about The Foundation. I wanted Lifeblood to be great but things didn't line up. This should be the Catchpoint of Ring of Honor! But yea, I love the pure rules and am very happy they are a thing again in ROH and the style and rules were utilized super well here. This was very good and a highlight of what I expect from such a match.
We see Vincent taking out Taven next in a decent segment and then a spotlight on EC3.
Lastly, the almighty Tracy Williams against Jay Lethal. I've been a huge fan of Tracy since his days in CHIKARA and have followed him closely. He continues to be used as a bit player but I honestly think the Pure Championship returning gives him a shot at a major run as champ sooner than later. But yea, another nice example of why I love the genre here and some nice storytelling mixed in for good measure. Great stuff and MOTN. Nah, fuck it...that was fantastic!
Can we get Hechicero and Virus in for a Pure Championship match, please?
In all, this was a very enjoyable episode and I love the format switch they've been doing. I have no idea if they kept the style after the tournament, but I hope they did. The promos, clips, etc work perfectly and it feels like Ring of Honor actually has real, true direction right now. Also, Quinn rocks.
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Overall Rating: 85/100%