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The Morning Roundup 5/23/17


Extreme Rules – WWE

Following last night’s Raw, June’s Extreme Rules show is taking shape. The Hardys will face Sheamus & Cesaro in a Steel Cage Match, the Fatal Five Way #1 Contenders Match is being billed as an “Extreme Rules Fatal Five Way”, the Cruiserweight Championship match between Austin Aries and Neville will be under Submission Rules, and Dean Ambrose could lose his title via Disqualification when he takes on The Miz.

Broken Hardys Trademark Update – Pro Wrestling Sheet

Anthem President Ed Nordholm is currently deep in a game of “He Said/She Said” with Reby Hardy. Nordholm is claiming that he’s not keeping the Broken Universe from Matt and Jeff Hardy and further suggesting that WWE has no interest in the gimmick. Reby Hardy, on the other hand, has said Anthem has been ignoring the Hardys’ lawyers for weeks as the brothers attempt to reach a settlement and avoid suing the company. FWIW, Dave Meltzer doesn’t believe Nordholm’s claim that WWE wouldn’t be interested in the gimmick.

War of the Worlds UK – Wrestling Observer

And finally, Ring of Honor announced a UK War of the Worlds tour which will be a joint venture with New Japan, CMLL, and Rev Pro this August.

The Morning Roundup 5/19/17


NXT Injury – WrestleZone

A participant in one of the top matches for NXT Takeover: Chicago was reportedly injured at last night’s NXT Live Event in Kentucky. During his match with Johnny Gargano versus SAnitY, Tommaso Ciampa was rushed to the back limping abruptly ending the match. Unless the injury causes plans to change, Ciampa and Gargano are set to challenge the Authors of Pain in a Ladder Match for the NXT Tag Team Championship Saturday at Takeover.

G1 USA Special Details – Wrestling Observer

New Japan Pro Wrestling held a press conference yesterday announcing more details on the July 1st and July 2nd G1 USA shows in Long Beach, CA. The July 1st show will air live on AXS TV at 8 PM ET and July 2nd’s show will air live on the New Japan World streaming service with a second airing on AXS TV the following week on July 7th. In addition, the IWGP Heavyweight, IWGP Intercontinental, IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team, and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles will all be defended over the course of the two shows. NJPW previously announced the tournament to crown the IWGP United States Champion will take place on the show.

Punk’s Million Dollar Offer – Cageside Seats

UK’s 5 Star Wrestling has offered CM Punk $1,000,000 to enter a 128-man tournament that will span from June 10th to December 3oth in the UK.  Punk obviously is under an exclusive contract to UFC and not likely to accept the offer.

The Morning Roundup 5/17/17


Backlash Card – WWE

SmackDown Live finalized Sunday’s Backlash card last night on their broadcast and the Talking Smack post show. Joining the previously announced matches (Orton/Mahal, Owens/Styles, Usos/Breezango, Nakamura/Ziggler, & 6 Woman Tag) will be Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin, Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan, and Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden English in your kickoff match.

BOSJ Begins – Wrestling Observer

The 24th Best of the Super Juniors Tournament began this morning in New Japan Pro Wrestling featuring Will Ospreay versus Marty Scurll and Dragon Lee versus IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Takahashi.

WWE Signs Independent Women’s Wrestler For New Role  – With Spandex

WWE has been scouting and signing independent female wrestlers in the weeks heading up to the Women’s Tournament for the WWE Network but they’ve signed a local Maryland women’s wrestler to an interesting role. Kennadi Brink, a regular with MCW Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor, has been signed to WWE as a referee. If she makes it to WWE television, the 25-year-old will be the first female referee in WWE since the 1980’s.

The Morning Roundup 5/16/17


Extreme Rules – WWE

Five matches now make up the Extreme Rules card for Baltimore in June, including the main event, a fatal-fiveway for the #1 contendership to the Universal Championship.

Ross to Takeover – Wrestling Observer

Jim Ross will be heading to NXT Takeover: Chicago to call the UK Championship match with Nigel McGuinness. This comes on the heels of Ross and McGuiness calling Friday’s UK Championship Live special.

Strowman Update – Cageside Seats

As said on last night’s Raw, WWE is reporting Braun Strowman will be out of action for up to six months. There are conflicting opinions right now however as to whether the company is exaggerating his hiatus to make his return a surprise. If not, Strowman would be returning around Survivor Series rather than Summer Slam as originally hoped.

The Morning Roundup 5/15/17


ROH War of the Worlds Results – Wrestling Observer

Ring of Honor presented a very well received War of the Worlds pay-per-view on Friday evening, which saw a MOTY candidate between Will Ospreay and Jay White, a triple threat for the ROH World Championship, and the end of the Superkliq faction of the Bullet Club.

IWGP United States Championship – New Japan Pro Wrestling

Also at the War of the Worlds Show, ROH & New Japan announced the creation of the IWGP United States Championship. The first champion will be decided on July 1-2 during New Japan’s G1 Specials in Long Beach, CA.

WWE UK Championship Special Airs This Friday – WWE

WWE Network will air the United Kingdom Championship Special this Friday, May 19, at 3 p.m ET and again at 8 p.m. ET.  The special features Champion Tyler Bate versus Mark Andrews, Pete Dunne vs. Trent Seven in a #1 Contenders Match, and a tag match featuring the stars of 205 Live. Jim Ross and Nigel McGuinness were previously announced as the announce team for the show.

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