Thursday, January 17, 2019

Updated Card for NXT TakeOver: Phoenix

WWE has confirmed another championship match for NXT TakeOver: Phoenix.

Ricochet will defend the NXT North American Championship against Johnny Gargano on the special airing live on January 26 during the Royal Rumble weekend.

Already announced for the show is Tommaso Ciampa defending the NXT Championship against Aleister Black, while The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong) defend the NXT Tag Team Championships against The War Raiders.

NXT star scheduled for surgery today

NXT star Dakota Kai announced she would be undergoing surgery on Thursday to repair a torn ACL. Kai suffered the injury at a recent NXT live event in Green Bay.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Updated WWE Royal Rumble Card

Here is the updated card for the Royal Rumble as of Monday night:
Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Names confirmed:
R-Truth (No. 30)
John Cena
Dean Ambrose
Seth Rollins
Samoa Joe
Drew McIntyre
Kofi Kingston
Big E
Xavier Woods
Apollo Crews
Baron Corbin
Elias
Jinder Mahal
Jeff Hardy
Bobby Lashley
Andrade “Cien” Almas
Rey Mysterio
Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Names confirmed:
Carmella (No. 30)
Natalya
Bayley
Ember Moon
Ruby Riott
Sarah Logan
Liv Morgan
Mickie James
Alicia Fox
Mandy Rose
Sonya Deville
Zelina Vega
WWE Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Finn Bálor
WWE Championship
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles
RAW Women’s Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Smackdown Women’s Championship
Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch
Smackdown Tag Team Championships
The Bar (c’s) vs. Shane McMahon and The Miz
WWE United States Championship
Rusev (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Buddy Murphy vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami

Mike And Maria Kanellis Recently Requested Releases From WWE

Pro Wrestling Sheet has learned Mike and Maria Kannellis recently asked for WWE officials to release them from their contracts. 
Sources tell us the Kanellis’ have been unhappy with the way they’ve been used in WWE for awhile and finally made the decision a few weeks ago to request their releases.
Mike Kanellis has also once again started selling new shirts on Pro Wrestling Tees
Mike and Maria Kannellis signed with WWE in April of 2017 and debuted in June at Money in the Bank. Months later, Mike revealed he had been battling addiction and Maria announced she was pregnant. The duo weren’t used much on TV after that, until recently resurfacing on 205 Live.
According to CageMatch.net, Mike Kanellis wrestled on SmackDown Live a total of four times since signing with WWE. The rest of his appearances were largely relegated to Main Event and live events. 
FYI — WWE doesn’t always grant release requests, so it’s possible nothing comes of this and the couple are simply paid to sit at home until the deal expires. 

Opinionated View- If there ever a time to bring this back it's now CUE THE JOKER LAUGH

This is just beyond funny. Because I remember all the shit they both talked about Impact as they left. They have both been total kiss asses since returning to the WWE. Hell just go check any tweet Mike Bennett has made since joining the company. Maybe you should have held on and worked with Callis and D'Amore because I could see them doing good thing with Bennett. 


Jungle Boy Nate Coy Agrees To Terms With All Elite Wrestling

Jack Perry, son of actor Luke Perry, and also goes by his ring-name, Jungle Boy Nate Coy, has come to terms on an agreement with All Elite Wrestling. 
Perry has gained mainstream attention as of late at just the age of 21. Jack will start with the company later in the year after he finishes his contractual obligations. AEW wanted a longer term for the young man, however, Jack, his father and his legal team felt it was best for him to not sign a deal over 2 years at this point in his early career.

The Revival Rumored to be Preparing to Leave WWE

– According to a new report from Fightful, there is concern backstage in WWE that the tag team, The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder), could soon be finishing up with the promotion and preparing their WWE exit. Apparently, there are several people within WWE who are fearful that Dawson and Wilder “are done or finishing up with the company.”


The report also mentions this happened “after a situation unfolded at WWE Raw.” There are no details on what the situation was or what it could be. Fightful indicates that Dawson and Wilder are not guaranteed to receive a release, and WWE plans to handle everything on a case-by-case basis.

Additionally, the report notes that the multiple sources on The Revival currently see the recently announced All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as where the tag team would likely go next. However, that’s merely speculation on the part of the sources. Another former WWE Superstar, PAC (formerly Neville), has already signed with the promotion. Chris Jericho also announced his signing with AEW at the rally.

Fans of Being The Elite will note that there was a long ongoing gag on the show where The Revival were subjected to the “F*** The Revival” line.

Dash Wilder hasn’t posted any tweets since last Monday, where he had an exchange with Maria Kanellis after Wilder took some shots at Matt Taven. Earlier this week, Scott Dawson did retweet a WWE fan poll asking if there’s “a conspiracy theory against The Revival?

Opinionated View-Well you gotta be careful with reports like this. Even in this report they admit its not a lock they would even be allowed to leave. Plus there also a chance "Squeaky Wheel gets the grease." They could be acting like this to try and force a push or something. Now that said if I were them I would packing my bags  while DM'ing the Bucks saying "Just hold some spots we are coming as soon as we can." 

Remember the Revival was the team everyone was saying going to revitalize tag team wrestling in the WWE. People were saying they were the beat tag team in wrestling.And since moving up to the main roster they have done NOTHING. And I know part of it was injury at the worst possible time. But they have been healthy now long enough something should have been done. But they have unused or just used to job to the Lucha House party. And all these shit teams like New Day, The Bar, The Usos, The B Team, Eaters of Worlds have been pushed hard.

Given some of the comments the Bucks have made and the fact Wilder and Dawson have played into the FTR clearly this some kind of relationship that has developed. Even if you don't go to AEW you can sign with Impact work TV vs. OVE, LAX, Lucha Bros and pick up Indy dates. Go to ROH or MLW and give those divisons some much needed depth. New Japan could use a new tag team.

And I know some will say something like "Just send them back to NXT." 1 you make less money in NXT and several people have confirmed that. 2 say they do go back to NXT and they become the top team in NXT again so they can just wait around and than get called up and wasted again.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas Undergoes Name Change

Looks like the latest name-chopping victim in WWE is Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas.


On SmackDown Live this week, Almas was simply referred to as Andrade. In addition, his WWE.com profile only lists his first name now.

This wouldn’t be the first person in WWE who’s had their name cut. Notable people include Cesaro (formerly Antonio Cesaro), Big E (formerly Big E Langston) and Rusev (formerly Alexander Rusev).

Apollo Crews also had his last name dropped last year, but it was brought back months later.

No word at this time on the reason for Andrade’s name change.

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ROH Announces Signing Of Rush To U.S.-Exclusive Deal, MLW Responds

ROH announced today via Twitter that they have signed Rush to a United States-exclusive deal following his appearance at the ROH TV taping in Philadelphia last month.

BREAKING: International star Rush (@rushtoroblanco) has signed an exclusive contract with #RingOfHonor!

Who would YOU like to see Rush compete against in the #ROH ring?? pic.twitter.com/wUtva4KQ6t

— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) January 15, 2019

PWInsider reports that Rush will continue to wrestle for CMLL in Mexico, but will no longer work with MLW. Rush is considered one of the top names in Mexico.


MLW posted the following on their website, announcing that Rush would no longer work his scheduled match against LA Park on April 4th.

With great reluctance Rush has been forced to withdraw from his April 4th match against LA Park.

Despite efforts by MLW Rush was pulled due to the insistence of a third party promoter.

“This is a match and organization Rush wanted to be a part of but sometimes politics get in the way and that’s what this comes down to: politics,” said MLW CEO Court Bauer.

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Joey Ryan Supports Ivelisse In Contract Dispute With Lucha Underground

Ivelisse isn’t the only wrestler looking to get out of their Lucha Underground contract, as Joey Ryan released a statement which implies he’s going through a similar battle.


As we previously reported, Ivelisse says she’s been requesting a release from her Lucha Underground contract for over a year and now feels like she’s being “legally held hostage.”

Joey echoed similar sentiments in a tweet on Tuesday saying, “I back Ivelisse 100% on this.”

Adding: “Prior to S4, we were told anybody who requested a release would be granted one. Some did and left after the tapings. Others showed faith in the product and now seems are being punished for it. With no S5 in sight, it’s petty to keep anyone locked up.”

Sources tell us the creative team behind the show are all for the cast working as much as possible and feel terrible about Dorian Roldan not granting release requests. One source says if it were up to the creative team making the show, talent would be allowed out of their contracts.


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Lars Sullivan Reportedly Still Under Contract With WWE

– PWInsider had a brief update on the status of Lars Sullivan. As previously reported, there have been some conflicting reports over his current WWE status. He was reportedly set to wrestle dark matches before Raw and Smackdown last week. However, a rumor from the Wrestling Observer indicated that Sullivan was sent home due to an anxiety attack.

Another rumor from WrestleVotes reported that Lars Sullivan never actually showed up to Raw or Smackdown at all and that he wasn’t backstage. According to PWInsider’s report, Sullivan is still under contract with WWE. Additionally, the report states that Sullivan was set to originally appear at the TV events in Florida last week but did not work them. Also, he was not scheduled to be at the TV events this week.

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