Change to House of Horrors – Wrestling, Inc.
After initially being hyped as a WWE Championship match on television, the updated match preview for Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt’s House of Horrors Match on WWE.com has no reference to the WWE Championship being on the line. Something to keep an eye out for on television in the coming weeks.
War of the Worlds Update – PW Insider
The Cleaner Kenny Omega has been added to Toronto’s show on Ring of Honor’s upcoming War of the Worlds tour with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Other names announced so far include Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Hirooki Goto, KUSHIDA, Gedo, BUSHI, SANADA and EVIL.
Impact Merges with Global Force – Cageside Seats
On last night’s Impact, Karen Jarrett announced that Impact Wrestling has merged with Global Force Wrestling, which was apparently still a thing. We’ve already seen Cody Rhodes wearing the GFW Nex Gen Championship on Impact, as well as the returning Magnus with the GFW Championship in the last two weeks, and next week the GFW Women’s Championship is set to be defended on Impact. Additionally, after an interview with Magnus last night, it appears they are building towards a unification match between Magnus and Impact World Champion Bobby Lashley. Maybe then we’ll finally get belts that don’t say “TNA” on them?
Matt Anoa’i Passes – WWE
Matt Anoa’i, better known to WWE audiences as Rosey of Three Minute Warning, the older brother of Roman Reigns, passed away at the age of 47. CDW extends its condolences to the Anoa’i family and friends.
Broken Hardys Update – Cageside Seats
Dave Meltzer is reporting that the Hardys are still attempting to clear up the legal issues between themselves and Anthem/Impact Wrestling so the “Broken” gimmick can be used on WWE television. According to Meltzer, WWE realizes the Attitude Era act the brothers are currently running has a limited shelf life and there’s more money to be made with stories and merchandise with the brothers being #Broken.
Impact/AAA Partnership – Pro Wrestling Sheet
Mexico’s AAA and Impact Wrestling announced more details on their new partnership yesterday. First, they will be launching a co-branded live tour in the fall, AAA will help Impact with television clearances in Latin and South America, and Anthem, Impact’s parent company will help AAA expand using the Fight Network platform. Additionally, AAA talents will be at Impact’s Slammiversary and Impact talents will be at AAA’s Triple Mania.
Bennett & Kanellis – With Spandex
Speaking of Impact, two former talents are reportedly heading to WWE. Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis have reportedly signed with the company and will be headed to SmackDown. The Miz & Maryse heading to Raw is starting to make a little more sense, can’t have two heel power couples on one show.
Payback – WWE
Three new matches were added to the next WWE PPV, Payback. Joining Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton and the Hardy Boyz vs. Cesaro & Sheamus are Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe, Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss, and Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns.
Wilder Injury – Pro Wrestling Sheet
Bad news for the Raw tag division as The Revival’s Dash Wilder has suffered a broken jaw expected to sideline the duo for eight weeks until the summer.
War of the Worlds – ROH
KUSHIDA and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito are the first two names from New Japan Pro Wrestling announced for Ring of Honor’s War of the Worlds tour in May.
Rowan’s New Gimmick – It’s Still Real To Us
Dispatch from the WWE house show circuit. With the dissolution of the Wyatt Family (again), Erick Rowan is reportedly working a new hybrid sheep mask/clown gimmick on live events against Luke Harper.
Superstar Shakeup Pt 2 – Fox Sports
The trades are complete following last night’s SmackDown Live here’s how it breaks down for the blue brand. Coming to SmackDown: United States Champion Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Jinder Mahal, The Shining Stars, Charlotte Flair, Tamina, Sin Cara, Rusev, Lana, and The New Day.
Kane Running for Mayor – Wrestling Observer
Glenn Jacobs, better known as Kane, announced his candidacy for Mayor of Knox County, TN yesterday. Jacobs, a Libertarian, is running as a Republican with a slogan that has to be a play on his other career, “Lighting the Way for Our Future.”
Finn Balor Concussed – Cageside Seats
Finn Balor reportedly received a concussion from that brutal elbow from Jinder Mahal on Monday night. No official word from WWE has been released, however.
Superstar Shakeup – Fox Sports
Here’s the damage so far to SmackDown in the Superstar Shake-up: Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, The Miz & Maryse, Apollo Crews, Curt Hawkins, Bray Wyatt, Kalisto, Heath Slater, Rhyno, Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, and David Otunga (in exchange for Byron Saxton).
Payback – WWE
With Brock Lesnar as Universal Champion, the next Raw exclusive PPV needed a title match, enter Bray Wyatt. Wyatt, now on Raw, will get his rematch for SmackDown Live’s top prize against Randy Orton in a House of Horrors match. Also added to the card, Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho, The Hardyz vs. Cesaro & Sheamus, and Neville vs. Austin Aries.
Kofi Kingston’s Ankle – With Spandex
The New Day’s Kofi Kingston underwent ankle surgery yesterday as evidenced by his New Day replacement Blow-fi Kingston on last night’s Raw. The injury is being blamed by WWE.com on The Revival but it just might explain why the New Day was relegated to “hosts” of ‘Mania rather than competitors.