As most fans have their sights set on next month’s WWE Money In The Bank pay-per-view on June 17th, we also have the next installment of the United Kingdom Championship Tournament coming up. If you missed it, WWE has already announced that the first round of the 16-Man tourney to determine Pete Dunne’s next challenger will kickoff at Download Festival (for that story, go here). The action will then move onto Royal Albert Hall in London on June 18th and 19th.
Today, Cathy Kelley revealed the first eight participants for the tournament:
- Zack Gibson
- Joe Coffey
- Gentleman Jack Gallagher
- Dave Mastiff
- Kenny Williams
- El Ligero
- Joseph Conners
- Amir Jordan
EA’s Take: Go ahead and roast me people, but I’m sorry. I’m familiar with barely anyone on this list, so thankfully Cathy Kelley gave a little bit of info on each guy (I’m always thankful for Cathy Kelley regardless). I find it very unusual that there are so many new names involved because I’m under the impression WWE may want to back someone they have under contract in this tournament. I also think it will be interesting to see how this is approached in-terms of when it airs. Will it be live? I’ve seen some places state that it will be, however we still have yet to hear anything from WWE on that. With the time difference, they certainly could do it and be finished before RAW and SmackDown Live since June 18th and 19th are a Monday and Tuesday.
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ROH News: Jay Lethal Re-Signs With Ring Of Honor
ROH World Champion Jay Lethal has a new Ring Of Honor contract!
One of the ongoing stories wrestling fans have been following throughout the year is the impending free agency of top stars Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page, especially as we get closer to their deals expiring (Cody’s already has).
With Cody, The Young Bucks and Page all being top talents for Ring Of Honor that point to being lost, they have now locked down their top titleholder. According to PWInsider, ROH World Champion Jay Lethal has signed a new contract to remain with the promotion, as his current deal would have also expired at the end of 2018. At this time there’s no word on how long the deal is for.
Lethal has spent the last seven years with ROH after a six year stint with TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. The 33-year old is in the midst of his second ROH World Title reign and will defend next against the aforementioned Cody in his final match with the company at Final Battle on December 14th.
Additionally, PWInsider has noted that Ring Of Honor have been diligently working on re-signing a number of stars while also venturing out to find new talents in what’s being called a “seek and sign mode”.
Update On David Arquette & Marko Stunt After Joey Janela’s LA Confidential
An update on the injuries suffered last night by David Arquette and Marko Stunt!
Last night, GameChanger Wrestling presented Joey Janela’s LA Confidential in Los Angeles, California (see results here), oddly enough without Janela himself who is recovering from knee surgery.
Two performers didn’t come away from last night’s brutal action unscathed as we noted. First, Marko Stunt lost to Eli Everfly via referee stoppage after suffering a leg injury, many believing it was a break of some kind. Since then Marko has updated everybody via Twitter, confirming he suffered a broken leg and is undergoing surgery today:
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to check on me, or wished me a speedy recovery! Unfortunately I did suffer a bad break in my leg tonight. I have to have surgery in a few hours, and will keep everyone updated
— Mr. Fun Size (@MarkoStunt) November 17, 2018
Additionally, the main event which followed Stunt vs. Everfly, David Arquette took on GCW Champion Nick Gage in a bloody, violent match with the title on the line. During the course of the bout, numerous weapons were used including light tubes and after one spot saw Arquette suffer a cut to his neck, he appeared to briefly shoot on Gage before eventually being pinned for a quick three count (as the tweet says, do not watch if you are bothered by violence or blood):
Please don't watch this video if you are bothered by blood, hardcore wrestling, profanity, Nick Gage, or David Arquette. With that said, I'm posting it due to questions being asked by the wrestling community. #JJLAC pic.twitter.com/MdHJE2KqM0
— GIF Skull (@GIFSkull) November 17, 2018
Arquette would no sell the fall and immediately leave the ring while holding onto his neck, but has also utilized Twitter to provide an update after receiving some stitches. Doesn’t look like he’ll be putting himself into any more hardcore matches anytime soon either:
Thank you to all the fans for your love I’m a stitched up. Miss Elizabeth is crying pic.twitter.com/hOJbPgd1Fl
— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) November 17, 2018
Turns out Death Matches aren’t my thing
— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) November 17, 2018
EA’s Take: I know his WCW run was a total joke, but I actually respect Arquette for his recent wrestling run because it’s not being treated like a joke. Props to the dude for having the gall to actually give it a go now at the age of 47. Especially after seeing that video. That was scary.