Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WWE Smackdown Preview

WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Advertised for tonight is a rematch from the Extreme Rules PPV featuring Shinsuke Nakamura defending the United States Championship against Jeff Hardy.
Tonight will also feature the fallout from Extreme Rules this past Sunday, including AJ Styles retaining the WWE Championship over Rusev, Carmella finding a way to beat Asuka again to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship and The Bludgeon Brothers retaining the Smackdown Tag Team Championships over Team Hell No.

Monday, July 16, 2018

WWE Raw Preview

WWE Monday Night RAW is live tonight from Buffalo, New York. Set for tonight is the fallout from last night’s Extreme Rules PPV and the beginning of the build to the Summerslam PPV in five weeks’ time.
Also set is what will Brock Lesnar’s response be to RAW GM Kurt Angle’s ultimatum that he either show up on the broadcast tonight to agree to terms to defend the WWE Universal Championship, or Angle will strip him of the title.

Former WWE star and Japanese legend Masa Saito passes away at the age of 76

It was reported on Monday by Weekly Wrestling out in Japan that former WWE star and Japanese wrestling legend Masa Saito passed away over the weekend at the age of 76 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Saito is known for his then-WWWF Tag Team Title reigns with the late Mr. Fuji back in the 1970s and an infamous two-hour long Island Death Match with WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Inoki for New Japan in 1987, but is most known for a famous incident in 1984 when he and Ken Patera were arrested and put in jail for two years for throwing a boulder through a McDonald’s drive-thru window following a WWE show in Wisconsin.
Saito is also heavily regarded as one of the first international stars to come from Japan and have success in the United States, winning many titles in NWA territories throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Saito finally found success in AWA, becoming one of the last AWA Champions during the company’s final year in 1990.

Friday, July 13, 2018

All In Announces Official Broadcast Team

– All In has announced its broadcast team for the stadium event. The All In Twitter account announced via Twitter that the team will consist of Alicia Atout, Sean Mooney, Don Callis, Ian Riccaboni, Bobby Cruise, Justin Roberts, and Excalibur:


Injury Updates For Dean Ambrose, Charlotte Flair And Others

The Wrestling Observer (Via Wrestling Inc) has injury updates on several WWE wrestlers, including Charlotte Flair, Dean Ambrose, Jason Jordan and more.

– Charlotte Flair took time off to have surgery for a ruptured breast implant. She is expected to be back in three weeks, just in time to begin the build for Summerslam.

– Jason Jordan has been cleared to return for over a month but WWE hasn’t figured out a story for him yet. There have been rumors that he will reunite with Chad Gable as American Alpha. He had neck surgery in February.

– Dean Ambrose is expected to be back at the end of the summer. He was in Birmingham, Alabama this week to meet with doctors and rehab. He was also at the Performance Center. He has been out with a triceps tear that happened in December of last year.
– Fandango had left shoulder surgery earlier this week in Alabama. There’s no word on when he’ll be back. Fandango himself said on Twitter that he could be out for around six months but he’ll know more now that the surgery was successful.
– Goldust had successful surgery on both of his knees in Alabama, but there’s no timetable on his return.

 R-Truth has been backstage at Smackdown TV tapings and is said to be cleared to return after getting injured in a match with Elias in October of last year. He’s been in backstage segments and online videos after having shoulder surgery on December 4. He was in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 34 but he hasn’t wrestled since.

– Meanwhile, Lars Sullivan was said to be out with a broken jaw but that’s a storyline injury. He’s being kept off TV events and live events to sell the injury. It’s possible he returns at the NXT TV tapings on Wednesday 

Rey Mysterio returning to New Japan Pro Wrestling for G1 Finals in August at Budokan Hall

New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced that Rey Mysterio will be returning to the promotion to wrestle at the upcoming G1 Finals on August 12 at Budokan Hall.

Mysterio’s opponent was not yet revealed for the event in Tokyo. He made his New Japan debut at the company’s Dominion event in Osaka teaming with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jushin Thunder Liger against Cody Rhodes, Marty Scurll and Hangman Page.

The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online reports that Mysterio remains in discussions with WWE about a deal and the commitments he has left. Mysterio is still slated to wrestle on the upcoming ALL IN card on September 1 in Chicago during Labor Day weekend.

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Ring of Honor and New Japan running Madison Square Garden during WrestleMania weekend

Ring of Honor and New Japan issued the following on Thursday, announcing that they will be running a co-branded event entitled “G-1 Supercard” on April 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York City during Wrestlemania 35 weekend.

ROH/NJPW Present “G1 Supercard” – LIVE FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!

Baltimore, MD [07/12/18] – For 16 years, Ring of Honor Wrestling has created some of the top stars in professional wrestling, and for nearly 50 years, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has brought Japanese Strong Style to the world. Together, these two companies have delivered world class shows such as “War of the Worlds,” “Strong Style Evolved,” “Global Wars,” “Honor Rising,” and the “G1 Special,” which NJPW has launched as a special kickoff in the United States to their annual “G1 Climax,” known as one of the most elite tournaments in professional wrestling.

ROH and NJPW are proud to announce that on April 6th, 2019, the companies will join forces to present the ultimate wrestling event, “G1 Supercard,” to fans from around the world, LIVE from Madison Square Garden in New York City!

“Three years ago, one of our best fans told me in confidence that Supercard of Honor just didn’t feel “super” anymore, said Greg Gilleland, ROH General Manager. “He was right and we took that to heart with the huge events we delivered in Lakeland, FL in 2017, and New Orleans, LA just a few months ago. With consecutive record breaking attendances, the question became, how can we top that in 2019? More importantly, how can we give the fans more of what they want and what they deserve? The G1 Supercard is an event that can only represent the absolute best possible matches with both NJPW and ROH stars, and Madison Square Garden is the perfect venue for them.”

“This is a historic initiative for ROH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling,” Harold Meij, President of NJPW proudly commented. “This gives us a great chance to expose fans to NJPW in the building which housed so many memorable and compelling matches.”

Already confirmed for this show from NJPW are Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Tetsuya Naito, in addition to all of the top ROH Stars. This show is set to be massive in magnitude including many matches to be announced with championships from both companies defended. Fans will not want to miss this marquee event at a venue with such an amazing storied history of wrestling.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ring of Honor Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling to Madison Square Garden for the much anticipated G1 Supercard,” said Joel Fisher, Executive Vice President, MSG Marquee Events. “We expect April 6th to be another memorable night of wrestling at The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

ROH Chief Operating Officer Joe Koff is equally proud. “This is destined to join a long list of historical wrestling moments and where better to hold it than at Madison Square Garden. I am extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve as a company and am very appreciative of how great our relationship with New Japan Pro-Wrestling has become. However, none of this would be possible without our fans, who are truly the best in the world. Madison Square Garden would not be possible without them and for that I am most grateful.”

G1 Supercard is sure to be a historical event in New York City that promises to exceed all expectations.

Tickets will go on-sale on Wednesday, August 8th at 10:00 AM ET for HonorClub members and Friday, August 10th for the General Public.

Stay tuned to ROHWrestling.com for more information on G1 Supercard and other important Ring of Honor Wrestling news. Visit NJPW1972.com to follow your favorite NJPW wrestlers and for any other NJPW news or event information.

Ring of Honor had previously announced last month that they had a hold on a date for MSG in 2019, before coming out to say the date was pulled due to WWE’s long-time deal with Madison Square Garden. The co-promotion with New Japan now seems to have changed that opinion from Madison Square Garden.

This will be the first non-WWE wrestling event held in MSG in over 50 years. AAA also has a potential date for MSG for later this year, but have said it will more likely be in 2019.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Backstage Update on Raw Not Mentioning Brock Lesnar

– The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com) this week had an update on WWE not mentioning Brock Lesnar at all this Monday on Raw. As previously reported, Brock Lesnar made an appearance at UFC 226 last Saturday, challenging new UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Additionally, Lesnar has re-entered the USADA drug-testing pool in order to become eligible to fight again in the UFC due to his previous failed drug tests in 2016.

According to the Observer report, Vince McMahon personally made the decision not to mention Lesnar on Raw last Monday in order to focus on the build for Extreme Rules this weekend. Also, the report states that McMahon informed those backstage at a production meeting ahead of Raw that Lesnar’s name would not be mentioned during the show, and WWE could start talking about Lesnar again, “When he’s being offered to our audience and we can capitalize on it.”

Additionally, McMahon is said to be “adamant” about creating the idea that Lesnar is turning his back on WWE fans and leaving the organization for the UFC. WWE wants to push the idea that Lesnar is trying to leave without losing the WWE Universal title in the hopes that fans will support Roman Reigns when they possibly face each other again.

Opinionated View- So it sounds like Vince got pissed and than later came up with a reason. 

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Impact Wrestling Preview

Impact airs tonight at 8:00 PM ET on Pop TV. Set for tonight is the following:
* Former NFL star D’Angelo Williams returns
* Fallout from the implosion of LAX
* oVe vs. Pentagon Jr., Fenix and Rich Swann

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WWE NXT Preview

WWE NXT airs tonight at 8:00 PM ET on WWE Network.
Set for tonight is the following:
NXT Tag Team Championships: Moustache Mountain (c’s) vs. The Undisputed ERA
* NXT Champion Aleister Black makes an appearance
* Kairi Sane vs. Vanessa Borne
* NXT North American Champion Adam Cole vs. Danny Burch