The Chad Dukes Wrestling Interview with IWGP Champion AJ Styles

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Just over 3 days out from the ROH 13th Anniversary Pay-Per-View, IWGP Champion AJ Styles joined the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show Thursday afternoon to discuss a number of topics.  From ROH’s recent talent infusion, the Bullet Club in Ring of Honor, his opponent Sunday ACH, the return of Samoa Joe, the Styles Clash controversy, smart marks, the growth of New Japan in the states, and much more.

Much has been made in the past few days about the return to Samoa Joe, a name Styles is intimately familiar with, to the ROH ring.  Not only are fans around the country excited but his former opponent is pumped for his return.

“Joe coming back to Ring of Honor is huge.  He and I talked before he released his statement but I was excited about him maybe having the opportunity for him to come back to Ring of Honor because it’s exciting to have a guy who you know works hard and can do unbelievable things and has a history at Ring of Honor.  I’m excited to see the welcome he gets when he comes back, not just from the guys in the back, because I know they will welcome him, but from the fans waiting on him.”

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Bad News Barrett to Defend the Intercontinental Championship In a Ladder Match at WrestleMania

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It looks like WWE has figured a way to get Money in the Bank back at WrestleMania…sort of.

Just announced via WWE on Facebook, Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett will be defending his title in a Ladder Match against “multiple opponents” on March 29th in Santa Clara, CA at WrestleMania.  The identity of these opponents has yet to be revealed, but judging by recent events you can probably pencil Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, & R-Truth into 3 spots.  Another possible contender? Watch tonight’s SmackDown opening segment and some strong hints are being dropped for a huge name being the 5th man.

Another possible contender? Watch tonight’s SmackDown opening segment to see some strong hints being dropped for a huge name to become the 5th man in the match.

As always…stay tuned.

Smackdown Preview 2/26/15

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Live on tape from Badstreet, Atlanta, GA it’s the Thursday Night Delight, WWE Smackdown!  Did you know Frogman LeBlanc attended these tapings but didn’t tweet anything on @DukesWrestling about it?  That’s because he don’t love you like I do.

It’s a Fast Lane Rematch, as tonight’s main event will see the parties from the opening contest at Sunday’s PPV hooking it up again in six-man tag team action.  The trio of Ryback, Rowan, & Ziggler are looking for payback against the Authority team of Kane, The Big Show, & Seth Rollins.

Opening tonight’s show will be the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan addressing the WWE Universe about WrestleMania 31.  An opening promo?  I’m sure it will go on without a hitch!

And judging from the match listing for the show, the drama over the Intercontinental Championship will be front and center with both Dean Ambrose and Bad News Barrett in action as well as R-Truth making another commentary guest spot.

Here’s your full lineup:

  • Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz
  • Natalya vs. Naomi
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News Barrett
  • Fandango vs. Curtis Axel
  • Goldust vs. Adam Rose
  • Ryback, Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler vs. Kane, Big Show and Seth Rollins

WWE Network Announces WrestleMania Week Programming and a Promotional Poster Featuring the Undertaker

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I can’t believe Daniel Bryan’s getting buried on the WrestleMania poster! \sarcasm

In an email to subscribers today, WWE Network has announced their initial slate of programming for WrestleMania week leading up to WrestleMania itself, Sunday March 29th at 7PM on the WWE Network.

On Thursday March 26th and February March 27th WrestleMania Today returns for its second year, featuring previews, updates, and interviews leading up to the show.  Saturday Night March 28th, WWE Network will once again carry the WWE Hall of Fame Induction ceremony of Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Rikishi, The Bushwhackers, & Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Another interesting aspect of the email was the promotional art shown above featuring the Undertaker, the first instance of the Deadman in WrestleMania promotions for this year that I can recall.  It’s a minor but interesting detail considering the (kayfabe) story currently up on WWE.com questioning whether the Phenom will answer Bray Wyatt’s challenge.  If we’re to believe this artwork, as if we didn’t already know, the answer is yes.

 

The Morning Roundup 2/26/15

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Roman Reigns Rumor Killer – PWInsider

A reddit user posted a rumor that the reason Brock Lesnar stormed out of Raw Monday due to WWE refusing to suspend Roman Reigns for a purported Wellness Policy violation.  Because people love to hate on Reigns the story took on a life of its own, so much so that WWE had to come out and respond to the “report.”  In addition to their statement to PW Insider that the rumor was untrue, Dave Meltzer backed it up by saying there was nothing to the rumor. 

Chris Jericho Starring in Sharknado 3 - With Spandex

He’s the best in the world at what he does and now what he does is fight Sharknados.  Jericho will join Tara Reid in the third installment of the SyFy original movie series.

ROH & New Japan Partner for 3 North America Shows in May – ROH

Ring of Honor’s annual partnership with New Japan for select North American super shows is back again this year.  Philadelphia will host “War of the Worlds” on May 13th and Toronto will host “Global Wars” on May 15th & 16th.

 

 
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