Fred Yehi def. Silas Young in an ROH Pure Championship Tournament First-Round Match
Yehi's pre-match vignette didn't do him many favors as he didn't really mention what stands out about him, but he was impressive during the match itself and him winning was a pleasant surprise. I was thinking about how Ring of Honor brought in several stars from the independent scene for this tourney, so I'm glad at least one of them won to show that anything can happen. As for Young, he's usually great with whatever he does and he helped make Yehi look credible.
Josh "The Goods" Woods def. Kenny King in an ROH Pure Championship Tournament First-Round Match by Split Decision
I'm a fan of both of these guys, but like the opener, I figured King would win because he's the bigger star of the two. However, I was happy to be wrong (again) because Woods benefits more from advancing to the next round. Both guys are heels, but that didn't seem to take away from this at all. It was an enjoyable outing and I like how it went to split decision. King wasn't pinned or submitted and yet Woods moves on. That was well done and established what happens when the wrestlers reach the time limit.
The presentation and execution of the ROH Pure Championship Tournament continues to be excellent. This week's matches were not only entertaining but also featured unexpected finishes. The profile pieces are a terrific idea because they give viewers a better idea of who the combatants are and their motivation for being in the tourney. It'll be interesting to see how the show is handled once we reach the later rounds, but for now, ROH TV has been a breath of fresh air and I strongly recommend checking it out if you haven't already.