Ring of Honor star and current dojo student Joe Key recently won a four-man gauntlet matchup to earn himself a future shot at Jonathan Gresham and the ROH Pure championship. The title, which is contested under a strict set of in-ring rules, was recently re-introduced to the promotion last summer.
ROH has since issued the following press release hyping Key’s victory and his future showdown with Gresham. Check it out below.
Like all ROH Dojo students, Joe Keys is required to wear plain black trunks and black boots when he competes. In the very near future, however, Keys could be wearing the ROH Pure Championship belt around his waist.
Keys won a four-man gauntlet match over fellow Dojo students Dante Caballero, Ken Dixon and Eric Martin to earn a title shot against Pure Champion Jonathan Gresham. The match was shown in its entirety on this week’s episode of “ROH Week By Week” on YouTube.
The title match between Gresham and Keys will take place on an upcoming episode of “Ring of Honor Wrestling.”
Dojo coaches Gresham and Will Ferrara proposed the four-man gauntlet match between the Dojo students for a shot at Gresham’s title to the ROH Board of Directors because they were impressed by how well Keys, Caballero, Dixon and Martin performed in a tag match on “Ring of Honor Wrestling” a few weeks ago.
Dixon and Martin began the gauntlet match, with Dixon prevailing with a snap powerslam. Caballero was in next, and he defeated Dixon after transitioning from a crossface into a pinning combination. Dixon attacked Caballero afterwards, which disappointed Gresham and Ferrara, who were sitting in on commentary.
It came down to tag team partners and friends Keys and Caballero. After several minutes of back-and-forth, hard-hitting action, Keys forced Caballero to tap out to the Lion Tamer.