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WWE News: Shawn Michaels To Appear At WWE UK Championship Tournament

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WWE WrestleMania Shawn Michaels

Coming off the heels of WWE’s announcement that NXT Superstars EC3, Aleister Black, Ricochet and The Velveteen Dream will be competing at the United Kingdom Championship Tournament in London on June 18th, a WWE Hall Of Famer has now been revealed to appear.

Today, WWE has announced that ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels will also be in town for the two-day event:

Shawn Michaels returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall on June 18

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels will return to the iconic venue where he fought in the first-ever WWE match to take place at the Royal Albert Hall in 1991, appearing at the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament at the historic arena on Monday, June 18, alongside Triple H.

Michaels and his Rockers tag team partner Marty Jannetty took on The Nasty Boys in the opening match of the Battle Royal at the Royal Albert Hall event, which was screened live in the U.K. on Sky Movies and is available on-demand in its entirety on the award-winning WWE Network. The 1991 event is symbolic for WWE fans in the U.K., as it marked the start of 27 consecutive years of live events there, a streak that continues to this day. Now, members of the WWE Universe attending the WWE U.K. Championship Tournament event on June 18 can celebrate this historic occasion alongside HBK himself.

Currently a coach at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., Michaels will be sure to share his experience with competitors from Great Britain, Ireland and beyond, having appeared at three of the five WWE live events held at the landmark arena to date.

As if HBK’s return to the Royal Albert Hall wasn’t enough, WWE fans can look forward to an appearance from Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE’s Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative and the driving force behind the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament.

Triple H also appeared at the 147-year-old venue in October 1995 on the Full Metal Tour, the most recent WWE event to be held in the building opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria.

The WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament at the Royal Albert Hall on June 18 will feature competitors vying to earn an opportunity to challenge WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne the following night inside London’s most famous venue.

The BruiserWeight will also be in action on June 18, teaming with Moustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven) to face NXT’s Undisputed ERA.

In addition to Dunne’s title defense against the tournament winner, the event on Tuesday, June 19, will feature three NXT championship matches, including an NXT North American Championship Match, an NXT Women’s Championship Match and an NXT Tag Team Championship Match, as well as a tag team match pitting NXT Champion Aleister Black & Ricochet against Velveteen Dream & EC3.

Tickets to see HBK at the Royal Albert Hall are available now at www.bookingsdirect.com and www.livenation.co.uk.

 

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Road Warrior Animal Visits Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis

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The kids at Riley Hopital for Children in Indianapolis got a real rush when Joe Laurenitis aka Road Warrior Animal of the legendary Road Warriors paid them a visit on Friday.

Laurenitis is in town for the All American Championship Wrestling event in Kokomo, Indiana, and attendees will be asked to donate money to support the services and programs offered by the hospital and St. Vincent House, which helps families who have children being treated at Riley.

Laurenitis made the rounds, showing off one of his numerous championship belts to kids too young to have ever seen him wrestle, but there seemed to be plenty of smiles.

When he was asked about his visit, Animal said “My faith has taught me that you can conquer anything.”

Laurinitis, is of course, known to generations of fans as one half of the legendary tag team, The Road Warriors, aka, The Legion of Doom, who dominated tag team wrestling in the United States and Japan throughout the 1980s and early 90s, winning gold in every promotion they worked for. Michael Hegstrand, aka Road Warrior Hawk tragically died in 2003. In 2011, the Road Warriors and their manager, Paul Ellering were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

A little background on Riley Hospital: It was founded in 1916 by friends of Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley, who was very fond of children. The hospital opened in 1924 and serves 57,000 patients a year. Unlike St. Jude or Shriners’ (both wonderful institutions that always need donations), Riley takes care of children with myriad problems, from car accidents to cancer. Like St. Jude and Shriners’, children are treated at Riley, even if their family can’t afford the bills. They also have a Camp Riley, which allows kids with physical disabilities to experience summer camp and life without limits.

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WWE MITB: Men’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match

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Braun Strowman, Rusev, Kevin Owens, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, The Miz, and New Day member Kofi Kingston battled for the Men’s Money In The Briefcase in the final match of Chicago’s WWE Money In The Bank.

The festivities began with Kofi Kingston being revealed as The New Day’s representative in the match, his 7th MITB appearance (tying Kane).

Kevin Owens led an effort to eliminate Braun Strowman early, but that backfired and ended with Owens plummeting from a 20-foot height through a table set-up on the floor.


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Finn Balor added the second huge spot of the match, with the Coup De Gras off of the ladder on Bobby Roode.

In the end, it was Braun Strowman proving to be too much for the other seven competitors, as he was able to ascend the ladder and obtain the Money In The Bank contract.


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WWE MITB: Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss Cash In?

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Ronda Rousey entered Chicago for her second WWE match–her first singles contest–as she challenged Nia Jax for the Raw Women’s Championship in the second to last match at WWE Money In The Bank. Did the former UFC Champion become a champion in WWE?

Nia Jex stepped her game up early, proving her dominance over the inexperience of Ronda Rousey.


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Ronda Rousey had the match won–a match that delivered in so many great ways–when Alexa Bliss hit her with the Money In The Bank briefcase, causing a DQ. Bliss would then cash in, successfully, and became a 5-time Women’s Champion.


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