Welcome one and all, to your weekly irrelevant round up of the weeks hottest stories in pro wrestling. As always, I, “Smart” Mark Blake, have scoured the internet to find the biggest, strangest, and most interesting stories. So kick back, put your feet up and feast your eyes on this
IMPACT Loses More Talent
Sonjay Dutt and TNA Original Abyss have left IMPACT Wrestling and according to PWInsider, are on their way to the WWE.
Dutt, recently has been working backstage on the IMPACT writing scene, while Abyss was inducted into their Hall of Fame last year and was also working behind the scenes as a producer.
IMPACT emailed their roste, stating that both departures were amicable and didn’t want to stand in their way of “great opportunities”.
With their departures, IMPACT have added Konnan and Tommy Dreamer to their creative teams.
Could either be surprise entrants in tonight’s Royal Rumble match? I’m not sure Dutt has the name power to be included but surely Abyss could? It was heavily rumoured that he was going to join WWE in 08/09 to feud with The Undertaker, that’s some name power right there….
NJPW New Beginning Cards Announced
New Japan Pro Wrestling announced their heavily hit New Beginnings USA 2019 tour this past week. They began by apologising for the lack of home grown Japanese stars, stating that due to the on-going US government shutdown, visa issues were to blame.
There were plans for Yuji Nagata, Jushin Thunder Liger, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, and Satoshi Kojima to be featured on both dates but again, due to those visa issues, none of those mentioned will be appearing.
New Beginnings Los Angeles card –
Alex Coughlin v Clark Connors
Jonathan Gresham v Tyler Bateman
Colt Cabana v Shane Taylor
Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll & Brody King) v Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr)
Jeff Cobb v Karl Fredericks
Chuckie T v David Finlay
Juice Robinson & Tracy Williams v Roppongi Vice (Trent Beretta & Rocky Romero)
New Beginnings Charlotte card –
Karl Fredericks V Clark Connors
Colt Cabana & John Skyler v Lance Archer & Shane Taylor
The Great-O-Kharn v Tracer X
Jeff Cobb & Jonathan Gresham v Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll & Brody King)
Davey Boy Smith Jr v Alex Coughlin
Chuckie T & Rocky Romero v David Finlay & Tracy Williams
IWGP US Title Match – Beretta v Juice Robinson (c)
New Beginnings Nashville card –
Karl Fredericks v Alex Coughlin
Colt Cabana & Jonathan Gresham v Lance Archer & Shane Taylor
The Great-O-Kharn v Harlem Bravado
Marty Scurll v Clark Connors
Jeff Cobb v Brody King
Beretta, Chuckie T, Rocky Romero v Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Tracy Williams
No Demon Balor At The Royal Rumble?
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding this weekend’s Royal Rumble, is about Finn Balor. And more importantly, will we see the Demon Balor against Brock Lesnar. At a recent ESPN interview, it seems we shouldn’t be holding our breath for a Demon appearance….
“I feel like maybe I leaned on the Demon too much there in the past as a crutch, and I can assure you that the man that faces Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble will be Finn Balor, the man”
He was quickly asked if he had any special plans at all for Sunday night….
“Honestly, this match just kind of came about so fast that I haven’t had much time to think about it. I don’t have any new gear, I don’t have any new looks, I don’t have any new ideas right now, but you know, we’re six days away (at the time of this interview), so I’m sure I’ll come up with something”
A little tease there at the end of the interview. Is he really coming out as Finn? Or we being worked here? Who know? I do know that if Brock has his working boots on, we could be looking at a match of the night!
Kenny Omega Documentary Airs In March
Canadian sports station TSN announced that their Kenny Omega documentary will be premiering on March 27 at 7.30PM ET and will be 60 minutes in length.
The official title of the film is Omega Man: A Wrestling Love Story and will be about Kenny’s rise in NJPW and internationally too. Below is the official synopsis –
“Winnepeg born Tyson Smith, better known by his ring name Kenny Omega, is the most famous wrestler you’ve never heard of. After opting out of a career with WWE to pursue a role in New Japan Pro Wrestling, he skyrocketed to fame. Produced by Jockumentary Productions Inc. in association with with Bell Media, directed by Yung Chang and executive produced by Dale Burshtein”
And that folks brings to an end this week’s Week In Review.
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