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The Morning Roundup 7/7/17

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WWE Security Breach – Cageside Seats

WWE users were the victim of a security breach after a database containing home and email addresses, birth dates, age ranges and genders were found on an Amazon Web Services server with no username and password protection. WWE says no credit cards were exposed.

Velvet Sky Retires – Pro Wrestling Sheet

Two-time TNA Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky announced her retirement after deciding to return to college and become a trainer at boyfriend Bully Ray’s Team 3D Academy wrestling school in Danbury, CT.

Half of Mae Young Classic Field Set – With Spandex

Rhea Ripley (aka Demi Bennett from Australia) and Sage Beckett (aka Andrea in Shine and Rosie Lotta Love in TNA) are the latest names to be announced for the upcoming Mae Young Classic tournament on the WWE network. Beckett was recently signed to a developmental deal at the same time as Abbey Laith (Kimber Lee) and Ruby Riot (Heidi Lovelace).

The Morning Roundup 7/6/17

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DeAngelo Williams – Pro Wrestling Sheet

Free agent running back DeAngelo Williams is one and done in the wrestling industry after his successful debut at GFW’s Slammiversary this past Sunday. Williams made the announcement on Adam Schefter’s podcast that the match was to honor his late uncle and that, “It was my debut and my retirement all at the same time.”

NJPW Expansion – With Spandex

New Japan’s owner revealed more plans for New Japan’s United States expansion in an interview with Tokyo Sports. In addition to returning for another G1 Special next year, the company would be opening a Los Angeles office by the end of the year, and that a dojo in LA is expected to open by the beginning of 2018.

Battleground – WWE

With Great Balls of Fire’s card set for this weekend, SmackDown has begun announcing more matches for their next PPV, Battleground. Joining the Punjabi Prison Match will be a tag title rematch between the New Day and the Usos, AJ Styles challenging Kevin Owens for the United States Championship, and John Cena vs Rusev in a Flag Match.

The Morning Roundup 7/3/17

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New Japan G1 USA Special Results: Night 1, Night 2 – Wrestling Observer

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s foray into the United States market took place at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA this weekend with a two-night extravaganza which crowned the inaugural IWGP United States Champion.

Slammiversary XV Results – Cageside Seats

The latest “new era” for TNA/Impact/Global Force Wrestling kicked off last night in Orlando with the unification of Impact and GFW’s top singles championships at Slammiversary. On the men’s side, Alberto Del Rio defeated Bobby Lashley and Sienna defeated Rosemary to become the Unified Women’s Champion. Also of note, former NFL running back DeAngelo Williams made his wrestling debut in a tag match with MOOSE against Eli Drake and Chris Adonis (Masters).

Impact Rebranding…Again – With Spandex

Speaking of Impact, if you noticed both Global Force Champions winning the unification matches, it probably wasn’t an accident. After first merging with and later purchasing Global Force Wrestling from Jeff Jarrett last week, Anthem announced Slammiversary weekend their intentions to rebrand the company as Global Force Wrestling. The Impact name will still remain the name of the television promotion, but Global Force, not TNA or Impact will be the “sanctioning body” if you will.  No word on if Anthem also got all the Global Force Gold in the deal.

Four More Mae Young Classic Names – Pro Wrestling Sheet

Stardom’s Kari Hojo (now Kari Sane), Scotland’s Viper (now Piper Neven), New Zealand’s Evie (now Dakota Kai) and Bianca BelAir are the latest names confirmed for July’s Mae Young Classic tapings.

 

 

The Morning Roundup 6/28/17

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Still Ms. Money In the Bank – WWE

Carmella won the second ever women’s Money in the Bank Match last night on SmackDown Live to regain the briefcase she won a few weeks ago at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view. James Ellsworth did interject himself into the match despite being banned from the arena, but this time Carmella was able to grab the case herself to win the match.

Punjabi Prison Match – Wrestling Observer

Also announced on last night’s show, the Punjabi Prison Match is back. Jinder Mahal will defend his WWE Championship against Randy Orton in the Prison match, which hasn’t been seen in WWE in 10 years.

Tyson Kidd– Pro Wrestling Sheet

Tyson Kidd, who hasn’t wrestled since 2015 after an injury during a match with Samoa Joe, is reportedly set to start a non-wrestling role with WWE. No word yet if that means he will be a backstage agent, performance center coach, announcer, or something else entirely.

The Morning Roundup 6/27/17

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Matches Added To Great Balls of Fire – Wrestling Observer

Several new bouts were announced for July 9th’s Great Balls of Fire last night on Raw. Sasha Banks won a #1 Contenders Gauntlet Match to earn a shot at Alexa Bliss’ Raw Women’s Championship, Akira Tozawa will challenge Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship, and Bray Wyatt will clash with Seth Rollins.

Ross and Lita To Call The Mae Young Classic – Pro Wrestling Sheet

WWE Hall of Famer Lita will be joining fellow Hall of Famer Jim Ross on the broadcast of the upcoming Mae Young Classic women’s tournament on WWE Network. The show tapes in two weeks with the first four episodes available on demand on August 28th, the second batch of four episodes available September 5th, and a live finale from Las Vegas, NV on September 12th at 10 PM.

Lucha Underground Stars to Impact Slammiversary – Cageside Seats

Drago and El Hijo de Fantasma (King Cuerno on Lucha Underground) will be part of a four-way tag team match against LAX and two additional international teams to be named later for the Impact Tag Team Championships at Slammiversary on July 2nd.

Omega-Okada III Highlights G1 Climax Block Announcement – With Spandex

The blocks for the round robin G1 Climax tournament have been announced and we now know that part three in the trilogy of Kenny Omega versus Okada will take place during the tournament. With Okada holding one win and the second match ending in a draw, you have to think Omega takes match three setting up a match to settle it all down the line.

 
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