Daily Update: WWE weekend notes, The Destroyer, Ciampa surgery
Honor Rumble match set for G1 Supercard pre-show
El Phantasmo ‘coming soon’ to NJPW
Tag match added to WWE Fastlane pre-show
New Japan Cup night one results: The tournament begins
ACH debuts, Sasha Banks & Bayley appear at NXT house show
F4D: Lance Storm on Ronda, Becky, The Shield, tons more! 3/8
WOL: It’s fake bro 3/8
Wrestling Weekly: The Destroyer, Liger, booking Lynch & Rousey 3/8
B&V&G: Granny, NXT, WWF Superstars of Wrestling from 1992! 3/8
NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING AT 8 P.M. TONIGHT ON AXS TV
Taiji Ishimori vs. Ryusuke Taguchi for IWGP jr. title
Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale
CMLL TONIGHT FROM ARENA MEXICO AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN HERE
Stigma & Oro Jr. vs. Nitro & Sangre Azteca
Rey Cometa & Fuego & Star Jr. vs. Virus & Kawato San & Tiger
Titan & Triton & Esfinge vs. Shocker & Rey Bucanero & Vangellys
Atlantis & Dragon Lee & Valiente vs. Sanson & Cuatrero & Forastero
Diamante Azul vs. Gilbert El Boricua
Angel de Oro & Niebla Roja & Caristico vs. Bestia del Ring & El Terrible & Rush
NEW JAPAN CUP ON SATURDAY MORNING AT 4 A.M. EASTERN FROM NAGOYA ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Mikey Nicholls vs. Hikuleo
Lance Archer vs. Toa Henare
Will Ospreay vs. Bad Luck Fale
Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin
UFC ON ESPN+ FROM WICHITA, KANSAS AT THE INTRUST BANK ARENA AT 5 P.M. EASTERN
Dan Moret (155.5) vs. Alex White (154.5)
Alex Morono (170.5) vs. Zak Ottow (170)
Matt Schnell (135) vs. Louis Smolka (135.5)
Maurice Greene (264.5) vs. Jeff Hughes (254)
Grant Dawson (145.5) vs. Julian Erosa (145)
Yana Kunitskaya (135) vs. Marion Reneau(134.5)
Anthony Rocco Martin (170.5) vs. Sergio Moraes (171)
Omari Akhmedov (184) vs. Tim Boetsch (185)
Beneil Dariush (156) vs. Drew Dober (156)
Blagoy Ivanov (254.5) vs. Ben Rothwell (264.5)
Tim Means (171) vs. Niko Price (170.5)
Curtis Millender (170) vs.Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos (170.5)
Junior Dos Santos (246.5) vs. Derrick Lewis (265.5)
WWE has shows on Saturday with Raw in Rochester, NY, Smackdown in Detroit and NXT in Crystal River, FL. We’re looking for reports on those shows to email@example.com.
NEW JAPAN CUP ON SUNDAY MORNING AT 2 A.M. EASTERN FROM AMAGASAKI ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shota Umino
Evil vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Tetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi
WWE FASTLINE FROM THE QUICKEN LOANS ARENA IN CLEVELAND AT 6 P.M. EASTERN
Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch – Lynch must win to get into WrestleMania
Daniel Bryan vs. Kevin Owens for WWE title
Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax & Tamina for women’s tag title
Asuka vs. Mandy Rose for Smackdown women’s title
Usos vs. Shane McMahon & The Miz for Smackdown tag titles
Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade (pre-show match)
Big E & Xavier Woods vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev (pre-show match)
NEW JAPAN CUP ON MONDAY MORNING AT 6 A.M. EASTERN FROM TAKAMATSU ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Togi Makabe vs. Colt Cabana
Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Toru Yano
Minoru Suzuki vs. Satoshi Kojima
Seiya Sanada vs. Hirooki Goto
Raw is Monday night from Pittsburgh. Ronda Rousey, Dave Bautista, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins are all scheduled.
Smackdown and 205 Live will be taped on Tuesday night in Dayton. 205 Live has the semifinals of the tournament for a WrestleMania shot at Buddy Murphy’s cruiserweight title with Tony Nese vs. Drew Gulak and Oney Lorcan vs. Cedric Alexander.
F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Roman Reigns announces his leukemia is in remission
“When I made my announcement, I said that I was going to swing for the fences. We did better than that, y’all. We didn’t just swing for the fences, we hit a home run.”
The entire professional wrestling world breathed the sigh of relief they’ve been waiting four months for as Roman Reigns announced last Monday that his leukemia is in remission.
Reigns shared the positive update while appearing on WWE television for the first time since revealing his battle with leukemia, which had returned 11 years after he was first diagnosed with the disease.
WON NEWSLETTER: March 11, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Death of King Kong Bundy
Read the update on the situation with Roman Reigns as the lead story in the new issue of the Observer, talking about his leukemia diagnosis with more details as to the strain, his health situation and what he did in his four months away as well as other athletes with similar strains.
This issue has a major story on the career of Chris “King Kong Bundy” Pallies. Look at how he broke into wrestling, the irony of his very first match, his first role, his first push, where the King Kong Bundy name came from, where the five count came from, what pop culture characters he inspired, the story behind his famous WrestleMania matches including one that has rarely been talked about.
Also look at Jushin Liger’s retirement announcement. Read about his background, how he got started in pro wrestling, his New Japan Dojo legendary class, who he idolized and copied, his first match with the gimmick and what the plans are for his retirement.
This issue has an update on Tommaso Ciampa regarding the nature of his surgery, and what decisions NXT has to make.
Look at the career of Harley Race, how he broke into wrestling, the run that made him a national star and how he got the NWA world title, and how close he came to being champion a second time before it happened more than a year later.
Read full coverage of UFC 235, with all the highlights, business notes, and match-by-match coverage and poll results. Also look at contracted base pay for the show.
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE
For the weekend house shows, Ronda Rousey will be working all the Raw shows this week. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins are only working Fastlane. On the Smackdown side, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, The Miz, A.J. Styles and Daniel Bryan are working the weekend tour this week.
There has been a ton of pub in upstate New York on the death of The Destroyer. We’ll have a special show on The Destroyer on Sunday. A good article from the Buffalo News is here and some photos can be seen here. (thanks to Tom Mehs)
WaleMania has been announced for 4/4 at Sony Hall in New York. MLW is not affiliated with this show as in years past.
Tommaso Ciampa had his neck surgery yesterday. WWE.com has photos of the surgey.
UFC announced a main event of Ronaldo Jacare Souza vs. Yoel Romero for 4/27 in Sunrise, FL. Romero was originally to face Paulo Costa.
Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks at bantamweight (Eubanks had been fighting at flyweight but had trouble making the weight) has been added to the UFC’s show on 5/18 in Rochester, NY.
Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat will appear on 6/23 at the Collar and Elbow Comic Expo in Texas City, TX.
World Series Wrestling from earlier today in Melbourne, Australia before just under 400 fans: Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky b Flamita & Bandido, Kellyanne b Indi Hartwell, Abyss won three-way hardcore match over Syd Parker and Gino Gambino, Slex b Austin Aries, Marty Scurll & Brody King b Brian Cage & Adam Brooks, Jordynne Grace b Joey Ryan, Robbie Eagles b Christopher Daniels. Flamita & Bandido were great. Scurll match said to be ****1/4. Flip Gordon was there and said he wasn’t ready to return but still came. Grace vs. Ryan said to be very funny. Main event was great as well. (thanks to Dave Roughton)
Impact is partnering with TNT Pro for a Twitch show on 4/12 (air date 5/11) for Fort Campbell, KY at the Fort Campbell Army Post. It’s a military show. UFC once ran an event from the same building.
Innovative Wrestling’s Smoky Mountain Cup on 3/30 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium.
Combate Americas announced the signing of Daniel Barez from Valencia, Spain, who faces Ivan Flores Hernandez on their 4/12 show in Monterrey, Mexico. Barez is the BAMMA flyweight championship in Europe.
Teddy Hart was announced for the Battle Riot special on 4/5 on Bein Sports for MLW from the Melrose Ballroom in New York.
Undertaker is doing a signing on 3/23 in Friendswood, TX.
AAW on 3/16 in Chicago at the Logan Square Arena has Sami Callihan vs. Jake Something for the AAW title, Kylie Rae vs. Jessicka Havok for the women’s title and Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mance Warner.
559 Fights on 3/16 in Fresno, CA at the Rainbow Ballroom at 7 p.m.
Glory airs tomorrow night on UFC Fight Pass starting at 3 p.m. Eastern time from Strasbourg, France.
The PFL announced that Sarah Kaufman has signed and will be part of their 155 pound women’s tournament. Kaufman had been fighting at 135. Two-time Olympic gold medal winning judoka Kayla Harrison and Kaufman are the two biggest stars in an eight-woman tournament with the winner getting $1 million.
Dr. Oz features Daniel Puder on The Dr. Oz Show – How to solve bullying using EQ.
Daily Pro Wrestling History: The Wild Samoans win WWF Tag Team titles
Ed in San Antonio presents the WRESTLEMANIA Weekend Events (more to be added):
Saturday, April 6th, at 12:00 pm: Lunch (all you can eat) at Churrascaria Plataforma ($90 per person), located at 316 W. 49th street in Manhattan. Purchase tickets here~!
Luxury Bus to MetLife Stadium for Wrestlemania: We will depart from the Hilton Midtown (site of Wrestlecon) located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas. Departure time is 4:00 pm and will return from MetLife approximately 30 mins after the event. Times are subject to change, and cost $67.00 per person for the round trip. Purchase tickets here~!
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