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Kenny Omega Extends NJPW Contract For Another Year

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Kenny Omega just came off of a great showing at Wrestle Kingdom 12 against Chris Jericho, where the IWGP United States Champion was able to defeat the Alpha to prove his better nature. What Jericho and Omega did for New Japan Pro-Wrestling was huge, and they alone brought in major subscribers to the New Japan World stream service. A little over 20,000 in fact, and this should be celebrated.

Kenny Omega consistently proves himself to be a valuable asset to NJPW, and it is made clear by his use in the company most of the time. However, he has yet to win the only title that he actually cares to have. While Omega may say he loved being the first IWGP United States Champion, he will also tell you he’d rather have the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Who can blame him? He’s earned the title and NJPW has yet to give it to him, which is sad to see for sure. What Kenny Omega has done for the company is massive and cannot be overlooked. However, he is also not dumb enough to continue to wait on something he’ll never see when he could go win World Titles somewhere else that gives him a fair shake at it. So, does he know something we don’t here?

Kenny Omega Signs New Deal With NJPW

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According to The Wrestling Observer, Kenny Omega decided to re-sign with New Japan recently, with the deal only being for one extra year. It will expire in January of 2019. While the actual amount he is making was not specified, it does appear that he made a hefty sum to stick around. The feeling among most experts regarding NJPW is that they would be willing now more than ever to have Omega become the World Champion.

The reason has to do mostly with parody. Often times when people are used in the title mix a lot, especially someone more than any other…fans start to need something fresh and new to keep their interest. Without interest being there, people tend to sort of fade out from what could normally be a good program with someone. All because one person has been seen too much.

Kazuchika Okada has been the IWGP Heavyweight Champion longer than any champion in the history of the title. His reign is stuff of legend, and he should be commended for all his hard work. However, fans are tired of Okada and it’s showing. Most Japanese fans wanted to see Tetsuya Naito defeat him at Wrestle Kingdom, but New Japan extended the reign rather than start a new one with Naito.

Kazuchika Okada Is Becoming What John Cena Became To WWE

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There is a theory that Okada has reached John Cena-hatred levels in Japan and around the world if this continues. Meaning, fans may like him but they’ll get tired of always seeing him at the top and boo him instead. This happened just recently at New Years Dash and other events Okada has been to since WK12. That means now more than ever Kenny Omega becoming the champion, even for a short while, is likely.

New Japan is like the WWE in that they see something working and making money, so they want to squeeze as much out of it as possible. What WWE never did with Cena was let him pass a year-long WWE Title reign, though they were close sometimes. An injury may have even prevented one. Only CM Punk has seen such a mark in the modern-era.

WWE knows Cena was too big to fail, but that confidence meant that they could have him lose and still be at a top spot. Whereas New Japan does not seem to grasp this with Okada. They ultimately seem to feel that Okada is the reason for New Japan’s success while Kenny Omega has been the ultimate reason for the attention they have gotten since AJ Styles departed for WWE. They seem to like Kenny, but they don’t seem to trust him. It’s clear he needs to be their World Champion at some point in 2018 to keep Okada fresh, however.


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WWE Results: SmackDown In Amsterdam, Update On Big Cass (5/19/18)

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As it was noted earlier, the WWE Superstars of SmackDown Live were in Amsterdam, Netherlands tonight as the company’s European Tour rolls into its final few days. It was reported that Big Cass may have suffered a leg injury (which you can check out here), as he was badly limping through a tag team match where he paired with The Miz to take on Tye Dillinger and Daniel Bryan.

Since then, it has now come out from numerous fans who had attended previous events on the tour that Cass has been limping at every show. This is to sell the beat down given to him by Bryan this past Tuesday on SmackDown. Below are results from tonight’s show in Amsterdam:

  • SmackDown Tag Title Triple Threat: The Bludgeon Brothers retained over The New Day & The Usos
  • NXT Champion Aleister Black defeated SAnitY’s Alexander Wolfe
  • Charlotte Flair, Asuka & Naomi defeated Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose & Lana
  • Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas defeated Sin Cara
  • Daniel Bryan & Tye Dillinger defeated The Miz & Big Cass
  • United States Title: Jeff Hardy retained over Rusev
  • SmackDown Women’s Title: Becky Lynch defeated Carmella by DQ
  • AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson defeated The Bar & Shinsuke Nakamura

Results c/o WrestlingInc

 

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Impact News: Did Impact Bounce Back In Viewership?

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This week’s episode of Impact Wrestling featured a tag team main event of Austin Aries and Matt Sydal losing to Pentagon Jr. and Fantasma, as well as the crowning of New Impact Tag Team Champions, the team of Z&E. This episode brought in 326,000 viewers which is up from last week’s 295,000 viewers, an increase of 10.5%.

This is a great sign that things are on the upswing for Impact after two weeks in a row of low viewership numbers. This is also the highest for the month of May. Impact was ranked #108 on the top 150 this week while last week was ranked #133. Once again this week, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation topped the Top 150 list for the 18-49 demographic.

Below is breakdown of Impact’s weekly ratings for 2018:

January 4th Episode: 309,000 viewers
January 11th Episode: 276,000 viewers
January 18th Episode: 309,000 viewers
January 25th Episode: 310,000 viewers (Genesis episode)
February 1st Episode: 319,000 viewers (Reboot)
February 8th Episode: 294,000 viewers
February 15th Episode: 300,000 viewers
February 22nd Episode: 262,000 viewers
March 1st Episode: 365,000 viewers
March 8th Episode: 325,000 (Crossroads episode)
March 15th Episode: 350,000 viewers
March 22nd Episode: 362,000 viewers
March 29th Episode: 399,000 viewers
April 5th Episode: 294,000 viewers
April 12th Episode: 381,000 viewers
April 19th Episode: 373,000 viewers
April 26th Episode: 308,000 viewers (post-Redemption episode)
May 3rd Episode: 299,000 viewers
May 10th Episode: 295,000 viewers
May 17th Episode: 326,000 viewers

2017 Total: 16.147 million viewers
2017 Average: 311,000 viewers per episode

Source: Showbuzz Daily

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WWE Rumors: Possible Injury To Big Cass

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It hasn’t been very long since WWE Superstar Big Cass made his return on SmackDown Live back in April. The seven footer had been off since the previous Summer recovering from a torn ACL, but was thrust immediately into a feud with Daniel Bryan upon his comeback.

As it’s been noted, the WWE’s tour of Europe continues this weekend and tonight, the Superstars of SmackDown Live were in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Cass was in tag team action with The Miz to face Bryan and Tye Dillinger and it looks as if the big man has suffered another leg injury:

At this time, there are very little details on what happened or when the possible injury occurred.

EA’s Take: As always, I’m a little weary of any and everything at first. Initially, I had only seen the second video which shows Cass walking out under his own power at the very end. My first questions were; Did they work the leg during the match or is he simply just selling? Then I saw the first video and it quelled those questions for me. Cass was visibly frustrated, slamming his hand on the mat in anger, therefore something is definitely not right. Some are jumping to the conclusion that he may have re-injured his knee, however to me I’m wondering if perhaps it’s a foot/ankle injury just based off how he walked. Personally, I’m hoping it’s just minor.

 

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