Shibata Hospitalized – New Japan Pro Wrestling
Katsuyori Shibata was hospitalized following his match with Kazuchika Okada on Sunday Morning at Sumo Hall in Japan. Shibata was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and underwent surgery. A subdural hematoma is caused by a “head injury strong enough to burst blood vessels” which can cause blood to pool and push on the brain.
DJZ Major Surgery in Mexico – Pro Wrestling Sheet
Impact Wrestling’s DJZ suffered a fractured colon and internal bleeding after being injured by a 450 splash in Mexico resulting in having to be rushed to the ER and undergoing “major surgery.” DJZ is recovering from the surgery under doctor’s observation.
Ranallo Not Expected to Return – CBS Sports
CBS Sports is reporting Mauro Ranallo’s run as the voice of WWE’s “SmackDown Live” and “205 Live” shows appears to is not expected to appear on camera for the remainder of his WWE contract which runs until August of 2017. According to the report, Ranallo has also deleted mentions of WWE from his Twitter bio and a number of WWE related retweets. Ranallo has been missing from WWE TV since March 14th reportedly dealing with bipolar disorder.
Simon Gotch Granted Release – WWE
The Vaudevillians are no more. WWE announced yesterday that the company and Simon Gotch have mutually agreed to part ways.
Aron Rex Gone From Impact – Pro Wrestling Sheet
Speaking of departures, Aron Rex aka Damien Sandow announced in an interview this weekend that he’s done with Impact Wrestling after a brief run. During his time Rex held the Impact Grand Championship shortly, turned heel, and worked a brief Liberace gimmick with Rockstar Spud.
Hardys Finishing Up Independent Dates – PW Insider
Possibly your last chance to see the #BROKEN gimmick, for the time being, could be at several upcoming independent dates the WWE will be allowing the Hardys to fulfill before returning to WWE full-time, including an iPPV double shot with House of Hardcore on April 21st and 22nd.
WWE kept their rumored promise of making the SmackDown after Mania into an event like the Raw after Mania with a return and several NXT call-ups highlighting last night’s program.
Shinsuke Nakamura – YouTube
Most notably, two-time NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura made his debut interrupting the Miz and Maryse’s John Cena parody. Nakamura would also wrestle in the dark match main event of the evening after 205 Live against Dolph Ziggler.
Tye Dillinger – YouTube
The first NXT call-up of the evening was The Perfect 10, Tye Dillinger answering Curt Hawkins’ open challenge.
Erick Rowan – YouTube
Erick Rowan returned from his injury hiatus on last night’s show aiding Bray Wyatt in his war against Randy Orton with a new gas mask/sheep mask combo. He would team with Wyatt later in the evening to face Luke Harper and Randy Orton, much to my chagrin, Harper did not rejoin the family…yet?
The Raw After Mania is over and while it was less earth-shaking than in past years, a number of newsworthy events took place on and after last night’s show.
Superstar Shake-up – WWE
Wasting no time in hitting the reset button, Mr. McMahon appeared on last night’s show to declare a “Superstar Shake-up” on next week’s Raw and SmackDown. According to the WWE.com article, both sides will have “an opportunity to make trades, deals and other moves that they feel fit.”
New Raw GM – YouTube
Kurt Angle was named the General Manager of Raw under Stephanie McMahon. For the short-term, Angle will be the only authority figure on the program with McMahon recovering from her Nestea plunge into a ringside table at WrestleMania.
The Revival Debuts – YouTube
Two-time NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival answered The New Day’s open challenge, defeating the longest reigning champions with the Shatter Machine and attacking Kofi Kingston’s ankle for good measure.
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Like the rare Ivory Billed Woodpecker, it’s a special weekend edition of the Morning Roundup bringing you some of the highlights of what’s gone down so far during WrestleMania Weekend.
NXT Takeover: Orlando Results – WWE
NXT held another highly regarded Takeover Special last night at the Amway Center in Orlando which saw all three NXT Championships defended. Say what you will about their week-to-week show, the Takeover Specials are almost always impeccably booked and paced.
Drew McIntyre Returns…to NXT – Wrestling Observer
Shortly after being seen in the crowd at NXT Takeover and missing a match at the WWN Live Supershow, Drew Galloway aka Drew McIntyre announced he has signed with NXT and is targeting the NXT Championship.
Supercard of Honor Results – Wrestling Inc
Ring of Honor held it’s Supercard of Honor show headlined by a Ladder Match which saw the Bucks of Youth defeat the Broken Hardys to regain their Superkick Titles and the Ring of Honor Tag Team Championships. Worth noting, the Hardys put over the Bucks in a big way on the microphone post-match, calling them the best team they’ve ever faced and closed with Jeff singing they’ll “fade away and classify ourselves as obsolete.” Add some fuel to the Hardys to WWE fire…
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