Here is the updated card for the April 6th Impact vs. Lucha Underground event. The show will air live and for free on Impact’s Twitch channel…
* LU’s Aerostar & King Cuerno & Drago vs. Impact’s DJZ & Andrew Everett & Dezmond Xavier
* Knockouts Title Match: Champion Allie vs. Taya Valkyrie
* Impact Tag Team Title Match: Champions LAX (Santana and Ortiz) vs. Lucha Underground’s The Mack (Willie Mack) and Killshot (Shane Strickland)
* I Quit Match: Impact’s Eddie Edwards vs. LU’s Jeremiah Crane (Sami Callihan)
* Austin Aries & Rey Fenix vs. Penta 0M
Anthem and Impact Wrestling issued the following press release today announcing that the company would be returning to the UK for the first time in more than two years to present a live event in Manchester as part of Wrestling MediaCon 2018 this September.
You can check out the full press release below.
IMPACT Wrestling Returns to U.K. on Sept. 9 for Live Event at MediaCon 2018
TORONTO | LONDON – IMPACT Wrestling announced today a return to the U.K. as part of Britain’s biggest wrestling convention – Wrestling MediaCon 2018 – on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester.
The show marks IMPACT Wrestling’s first live event in the U.K. in more than two years, coming as part of a huge convention with some of the biggest names in professional wrestling and media coming together for a weekend of non-stop wrestling action and interactive fun.
“IMPACT Wrestling has always maintained a strong dedicated fan base in the U.K.,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “We are excited to be working closely with Trident Vision Media founder Alex Shane to bring an action-packed show to Manchester and we look forward to a phenomenal weekend of activities featuring IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest stars and some of the most passionate professional wrestling fans in the world.”
A subsidiary of Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions LLC, IMPACT Wrestling’s return to the U.K. will feature top stars such as IMPACT World Champion Austin Aries, Alberto El Patron, Johnny Impact, Eli Drake, Moose, Sami Callihan, Eddie Edwards and Matt Sydal. Matchups will be revealed in the coming months and all participants are subject to change.
Wrestling MediaCon 2018 will feature a full weekend of live wrestling shows, meet and greets with the stars, panel interviews and fan Q&As, signings, merchandise including hundreds of rare items, and much more. A host of special attractions will include the first-ever Wrestling Media Hall of Fame awards and a Screening Arena where fans can relax and watch hours of televised wrestling footage on the big screen. Everything takes place in three arenas over two days under one roof.
Tickets for IMPACT Wrestling’s live event on Sept. 9 will go on sale next month and can be purchased as standalone tickets or along with a Wrestling MediaCon ticket. Wrestling MediaCon attendees must purchase a separate ticket for the IMPACT show unless they are a Platinum VIP ticket holder.
Tickets for Wrestling MediaCon 2018 are available at www.wrestlingmediacon.com. Prices start at £22.50 for a standard one-day ticket. Two-day tickets, gold packages and Platinum VIP packages are also available.
Rey Mysterio was in Birmingham, Alabama undergoing testing with doctors as part of his negotiations with WWE according to a report by PWInsider.com.
This report by Mike Johnson would seem to indicate that negotiations between WWE and Mysterio are getting even more serious since his last appearance in the Royal Rumble.
Mysterio suffered a grade one, partially torn left bicep while making an appearance for Northeast Wrestling in Connecticut earlier this month. The injury is believed to have forced Mysterio to pull out of a planned match against Jushin “Thunder” Liger at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Strong Style Evolved live special that airs this Sunday night on AXS TV.
Hulk Hogan has reportedly been in discussions with WWE in recent weeks according to a new report by Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com on Thursday.
WWE issued a statement on Thursday admitting they have had discussions with the WWE Hall of Famer, in what is believed to be some of the first dialogue between both parties since Hogan was released by the company back in July of 2015.
While WWE admitted to the conversations, they reiterated he hasn’t signed a new deal.
“We have had discussions with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) about how he can help others learn from his mistakes, however, he is not under any contract with WWE.”
WWE has worked hard to separate itself from Hogan after tapes were leaked of Hogan making racially charged comments back in the summer of 2015. In the years to follow, Hogan would remain in the spotlight winning a lawsuit against the website Gawker and being awarded a reported $140 million in damages.
The media had continued to press the possibility of a Hogan return to WWE, although the company was quick remain committed to their decision to part ways with Hogan as recent as this past January in an interview with the Associated Press. Mark Henry told TMZ Sports that Hogan would be welcomed back if he apologized to African American talent.
Whether or not the new discussions would lead to Hogan returning to WWE television in an on-air role or some kind of ambassador role remains to be see
On Wednesday night, New Japan announced the full card for this Sunday’s NJPW Strong Style Evolved live special airing on AXS TV at 8:00 PM ET from Long Beach, California.
Rey Mysterio, who was scheduled to face Jushin “Thunder” Liger on the show, is now off the show because of the partially torn bicep he sustained a few weeks back during a match for Northeast Wrestling in Connecticut.
IWGP Jr. Champion Will Ospreay will now be taking Mysterio’s place to face Liger.
Here is the full card for Sunday’s live special:
* Main Event: The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi) vs. The Young Bucks
* IWGP US Championship: “Switchblade” Jay White vs. Hangman Page
* IWGP Jr. Champion Will Ospreay vs. Jushin Liger
* IWGP Champion Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii vs. IWGP Intercontinental Champion Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr.
* Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Dragon Lee and Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi and BUSHI)
* Cody Rhodes and Marty Scurll vs. The Guerrillas of Destiny
* The Killer Elite Squad vs. Toru Yano and Chuckie T.
* NEVER Champion Hirooki Goto and Gedo vs. Juice Robinson and David Finlay Jr.
* ROH 6-Man Tag Team Champions SoCal Uncensored vs. Roppongi 3K and Rocky Romero
The first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will conclude on tonight’s WWE NXT airing on the WWE Network beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT).
Scheduled for tonight’s show is Roderick Strong and a partner of his choosing vs. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch in the final first round match of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament. Also advertised is Kassius Ohno vs. Adam Cole, NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon vs. Aliyah and the latest involving Tommaso Ciampa.