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David Finlay will miss the New Japan Cup due to the dislocated shoulder he sustained on the second night of the Honor Rising event. Yujiro Takahashi will also not compete due to an eye injury at New Beginning in Osaka. The tournament has been doubled from 16 to 32 wrestlers. Mikey Nicholls (one half of NOAH's TMDK and Nick Miller of NXT's TM61) will make his debut while Hikuleo (Leo Tonga) and Mike Elgin return from injury.

The current New Japan Cup bracket is as follows:

  • Yuji Nagata vs Tomohiro Ishii
  • Juice Robinson vs Chase Owens
  • Tomoaki Honma vs Taichi
  • Manabu Nakanishi vs Yoshi-hashi
  • Toa Henare vs Lance Archer
  • Will Ospreay vs Bad Luck Fale
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Mike Elgin
  • Mikey Nicholls vs Hikuleo
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs TBA (David Finlay's spot)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Shota Umino
  • Evil vs Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Kota Ibushi vs Tetsuya Naito
  • Toru Yano vs Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Satoshi Kojima vs Minoru Suzuki
  • Hirooki Goto vs Sanada
  • Togi Makabe vs Colt Cabana

NJPW also announced that it has secured work visas for everyone so US shows will have full cards.

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After suffering a near career-ending injury against Dragon Lee at G1 Special in San Francisco, Hiromu Takahashi is set to announce that he's ready to return full-time to the ring. He plans to make the announcement at an upcoming NJPW live event.

Rosemary is staying with Impact Wrestling as she signed a new 2-year deal.

Oh boy, the war of words between Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch has gotten completely off the grid. After Becky posted a photo of her armbar to Rousey and put Travis Browne's photo over the fist, Rousey lost it and apparently went "Full Russo" on Lynch, calling er by her real name and promising to beat the crap out of her despite what the script says. To make matters worse, WWE officials are not happy with some of the wording used in this Twitter war.


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If the Ronda/Becky trading of words is a work, it's certainly an interesting one. A lot of wrestling fans seem to be attacking Rousey for her whole "fake" thing and now it has crossed the line into "personal" territory. Maybe WWE writers are doing something right?

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Catch up with the walkin, talkin, book of Wrestling knowledge, he's been there, and bought every T-Shirt, it's James E.Cornette.







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WWE signed a TV deal with Belgian broadcaster SBS to show RAW and Smackdown in that country.

Many people believe that Lucha Underground is finished as the website is having a 70% off sale on everything. This comes a month after Ivelesse, Kobra Moon, King Cuerno, Joey Ryan & Texano all filed a lawsuit over contractual issues.

Michael Nakazawa of the Japanese promotion Dramatic Dream Team (where Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi first became stars) has signed with AEW.

Ryusuke Taguchi has jumped up to the heavyweight division to take David Finlay's place in NJPW's New Japan Cup. 

Former MSW and WWE star King Kong Bundy passed away yesterday. He was 61.

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AEW has added Ace Romero to their Over Budget Battle Royale for Double or Nothing.

The New York Post recently interviewed Cody Rhodes/


NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa is undergoing anterior cervical fusion on his neck. The fate of the title is still up in the air.

Stardom talent Kris Wolf is retiring due to post concussion syndrome. Her retirement show will be in London, England on April 26.

Sports Illustrated interviewed Tama Tonga about Bullet Club.


NJPW 47th Anniversary Show results:

  • G.O.D., Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale & Hikuleo defeated M.V.P., Ren Narita, Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-hashi defeated Yuji Nagata & Toa Henare.
  • Tiger Mask, Dragon Lee, Satoshi Kojima, Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taka Michinoku.
  • Roppongi3K defeated Bushi & Shingo Takagi to win the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag titles.
  • Taiji Ishimori retained the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title against Jushin Thunder Liger.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada & Hirooki Goto defeated Evil, Sanada & Tetsuya Naito.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Champion Jay White defeated Never Openweight Champion Will Ospreay

At the New Japan Cup press conference, Jushin Thunder Liger announced that his retirement match will take place at WrestleKingdom13 in 2020.

Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer has died at the age of 88. He is most famous for being the only man to beat Rikidozan, Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki. His match with Rikidozan on May 24, 1963 drew a 64.0 rating on NTV and was only passed by the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He also captured the WWA title from Freddie Blassie at the LA Coliseum that same year and later held the AWA title as Doctor X. 

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New Japan Cup results

Night One:

  • Yoshi-hashi submitted Manabu Nakanishi
  • Taichi defeated Tomoaki Honma
  • Chase Owens shocked viewers by pinning Juice Robinson
  • Tomohiro Ishii defeated Yuji Nagata

Night Two:

  • Lance Archer defeated Henare
  • Mikey Nicholls won his debut match against Hikuleo
  • Will Ospreay pinned Bad Luck Fale
  • Kazuchika Okada defeated Mike Elgin

On night one, there was a promo showing RevPro's El Phantasmo.


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WWE FastLane Results:

  • The New Day (Xavier Woods and Big-E) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev
  • The Usos retained the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The Miz and Shane McMahon. Post-match, Shane attacked the Miz.
  • Asuka successfully defended the SmackDown Women's Title against Mandy Rose.
  • The Bar defeated Kofi Kingston in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match thanks to Mr. McMahon.
  • The Revival retained the Raw Tag Team Championship against Aleister Black and Ricochet and Bobby Roode and Chad Gable in a Triple Threat Match.
  • Samoa Joe retained the U.S. Championship against R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, and Andrade in a Fatal 4-Way Match.
  • The Boss n' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) retained the WWE Women's Tag Team Titles against Nia Jax and Tamina. Post-match, Nia and Tamina confronted Beth Phoenix and Natalya
  • "The New" Daniel Bryan remains WWE Heavyweight Champion after defeating Kevin Owens and Mustafa Ali in a Triple Threat Match.
  • Becky Lynch will be going to WrestleMania thanks to Ronda Rousey unleashing a punch to Lynch when Charlotte Flair put Lynch in the Figure-Eight Lock. It will be, as long rumored, a Triple Threat Match for the Raw Women's Title at 'Mania.
  • AJ Styles went after Randy Orton after Elias was performing and was RKO'd by Orton.
  • The Shield reunited for their final match together and successfully stopped the trio of Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntryre.

It is being rumored that current NXT star Kairi Sane might be having a match at 'Mania this year.

On Total Bellas last night, Brie Bella announced she has now retired (her final match was after Evolution) and she and husband Daniel Bryan are moving to Phoenix, Arizona.

Sad news on the WWE front. Yusuke "Wally" Yamaguchi, who was best known for his stint as Kaientai's manager (remember the Val Venis incident?) passed away at the age of 60.

Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows have opted not to renew their WWE contracts and will be leaving the company at the end of September (unless they get a push, but that's unlikely according to sources).

There is a rumor that now that Jim Ross has amicably parted ways with WWE, he may be going "All-Elite". But right now, it's just a rumor.

Lars Sullivan has been seeing professional help for his anxiety and WWE has shown their support by helping him through his time of need. He was set to make his main roster debut in January, but he suffered a severe anxiety attack on the day of his debut and it was called off. He is now in a "good place" and is happy for the recent NXT call-ups.


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Kurt Angle has made the announcement that he will compete in his farewell match at WrestleMania. His opponent has yet to be named. However, he did compete in the ring last night in his hometown of Pittsburgh, where he defeated Apollo Crews by submission. The two shared a sportsmanlike moment at the end of the match.

Batista will be at WrestleMania, facing Triple H in a No Holds Barred Match

Ronda Rousey has gone full heel...


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