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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ROH News: Nature Of Chris Sabin’s Knee Injury Revealed, How Much Time He’ll Miss
Chris Sabin has provided an update on his knee injury!
As was previously noted, Ring Of Honor’s roster took a couple of blows at their last shows on January 13th and 14th, as both Chris Sabin and Flip Gordon suffered knee injuries at Saturday Night At Center Stage and Honor Reigns Supreme respectively (see the initial story here).
While we got an update on Flip’s status yesterday, as it was revealed that he’s dealing with a complete MCL tear, but should be able to return in time for the G1 Supercard event at Madison Square Garden in April (check that out here). However, we had yet to hear anything about Sabin’s injury, that is until today.
The former Motor City Machine Guns member took to Twitter this morning, revealing that he has suffered an ACL tear:
Complete ACL tear. 8 – 12 months.
— Constellation Chris Sabin (@SuperChrisSabin) January 23, 2019
This is now the third time in his career that Sabin has needed surgery to fix a torn ACL, previously suffering from the injury in 2011 and 2012 during his tenure with TNA/IMPACT Wrestling.
ROH News: WOH Title On The Line At Road To G1 Supercard San Antonio
Kelly Klein will defend her WOH Title at Ring Of Honor Road To G1 Supercard San Antonio!
As we noted this morning, Ring Of Honor is back on the road starting tomorrow night for three Road To G1 Supercard events in Texas, concluding in San Antonio on Saturday.
The first match for San Antonio was revealed earlier as Marty Scurll will meet either Jonathan Gresham or Mark Haskins depending on the results of Tag Wars (see that announcement here), but now Ring Of Honor has added a big title match to the card.
Now set for Road To G1 Supercard in San Antonio is a WOH World Championship confrontation, as the former champion Sumie Sakai looks to regain the title from Kelly Klein:
The road to Madison Square Garden begins deep in the heart of Texas as the stars of Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling do battle on Road to G1 Supercard – Houston on Jan. 25!
Your favorite stars will be in action, jockeying for position as ROH heads toward 17th Anniversary in Las Vegas, the final stop on the Road to G1 Supercard in Baltimore, and finally, The World’s Most Famous Arena!
ROH’s return to San Antonio features Night 3 of Tag Wars, the semi-finals and finals of a 12-team tournament for a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Titles at 17th Anniversary on March 15 and a spot in the Crockett Cup, a tag team tournament co-promoted by the NWA and ROH, on April 27.
In addition to the semi-finals and finals of Tag Wars, the Women of Honor World Championship is on the line when the Women of Honor World Champion “The Gatekeeper” Kelly Klein defends her Championship against the very woman that she pinned to capture the title, and the woman that pinned Kelly to become the first Champion, Sumie Sakai!
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPION “THE GATEKEEPER” KELLY KLEIN vs. SUMIE SAKAI
During the live Supercard of Honor 2018 pre-show, Kelly Klein, still never pinned or submitted, defeated international superstar Mayu Iwatani while Sumie Sakai defeated Tenille Dashwood. By winning, each athlete earned the right to compete during the main card to become the very first Women of Honor World Champion. It was Sumie that shocked the world, pinning the previously never-pinned Kelly to make history as the first-ever Women of Honor World Champion!
For over eight months, Sumie took on all challengers, with victories on two continents against athletes from four countries, holding the Women of Honor World Championship with great pride. But question marks lingered – the very woman that Sumie defeated to become the very first Champion had not yet received a title match.
At Final Battle, that changed. Sort of. Kelly was a part of a four-woman field that competed for the Women of Honor World Championship. One-by-one, Kelly pinned Karen Q., Madison Rayne, and Sumie to become the second-ever Women of Honor World Champion. But the question remains – was Sumie’s victory over Kelly at Supercard really the upset many described it to be or was Kelly’s victory at Final Battle truly indicative of what Kelly was capable of? Join us LIVE in San Antonio to find out as the Women of Honor World Championship is on the line in San Antonio!
All three nights of Road to G1 Supercard in Texas Jan. 24-26 will stream LIVE worldwide for HonorClub. Keep it locked to ROHWrestling.com and the ROH App for more match announcements.
ROAD TO G1 SUPERCARD – SAN ANTONIO
SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2019
BELL TIME @ 07:00 PM CT
AUSTIN HIGHWAY EVENT CENTER
1948 AUSTIN HWY
SAN ANTONIO , TX 78218
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
WOMEN OF HONOR WORLD CHAMPION KELLY KLEIN vs. SUMIE SAKAI
TAG WARS FINALS
TAG WARS SEMI-FINALS
“THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL vs. JONATHAN GRESHAM OR MARK HASKINS
MATCHES FEATURING COMPETITORS FROM THE FIRST ROUND OF TAG WARS
SIGNED TO APPEAR:
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal
ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb
ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia)
Villain Enterprises (PCO, & Brody King)
PLUS MUCH MORE!
CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE