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NJPW News: Chris Jericho Talks Why He Won’t Work G1 Special

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After winning the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Tetsuya Naito at Dominion this past weekend, there’s been a lot of questions regarding Chris Jericho’s next appearance for New Japan Pro Wrestling and if it would be at the G1 Special at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California on July 7th.

‘Y2J’ appeared on Inside The Ropes prior to Dominion and spoke about working the G1 Special, as well as the All In event in Chicago on September 1st:

“I got asked to do Long Beach, I said ‘no.’ I got asked to do Cow Palace, I said ‘no.’ I got asked to do “All In,” I said ‘no.’ I don’t want to do that. You should see how many indie promoters have contacted me over the last six months. … You guys have to understand, this is not just me…it’s a calculated, big money proposition. Big money for me, big money for the company doing it. I’m not going to work anywhere else, unless you want to pay six f—— figures, I’m not bragging, but this is where we’re at. This is McGregor-Mayweather type s— for me. I’m not saying I’m making $55 million like those guys, but what I’m doing it’s the most I’ve made for the least amount of matches in my entire career. So, it’s very calculated, everything I do has to be very smart.”

Jericho would also state that he felt like working in the United States would be “a real slap in the face to Vince”:

“It’s not a matter of just going out and doing indies – and like I said – I always felt like the unwritten rule is I don’t want to go into the states. I felt like that would be a real slap in the face of Vince [McMahon]. Ya know if something ever went down with us, I probably would do a show in the states and we could probably fill the Cow Palace. Jericho and Kenny [Omega] rematch, or whatever it may be. “All In” I’d love to be a part of that, but ‘A’ it’s in Chicago and ‘B’…at the risk sounding like an ass—-, but I can’t lower my value by working one of these shows. It’s about picking my spots with the right guys at the right places for the overall contract I’m signing.”

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All In News: Competitor Announced For Over The Budget Battle Royal

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Recently Cody and The Young Bucks announced that the first hour of ALL IN an event that they are producing on their own dime will be broadcast on WGN America. On that hour long broadcast will be an over the top rope battle royal that they are calling “Over Budget”.

Numerous of competitors have already been announced for the battle royal. The current ROH World Champion Jay Lethal even took to Twitter to announce that he would defend his championship against the winner of the battle royal.

Today a new competitor was announced for the 15 man battle royal. “The Machine” Brain Cage was announced as the latest competitor. You can check out the announcement below.

Fans know Brian Cage as he is a member of both the Lucha Underground and IMPACT rosters. Cage is even the current IMPACT X-Division Champion after winning the title from Matt Sydal at last month’s Slammiversary PPV. Brian Cage has been undefeated since coming to IMPACT. He hasn’t been pinned or submitted, his only loss comes via count-out to Matt Sydal in an X-Division Championship match due to Jimmy Jacobs and Kongo Kong.

Here are the names of the participants of the Over the Budget Battle Royal:

  • Jordynne Grace
  • Moose
  • Rocky Romero
  • Ethan Page
  • Colt Cabana
  • Brian Cage

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WWE Rumors: Has Rey Mysterio Finally Agreed To A WWE Contract?

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For months now, Rey Mysterio has remained in contract negotiations with the feeling being that it’s an inevitability he will be signing with the WWE for a return. Of course, we’ve seen him make a couple of appearances for the company this year as he entered the Royal Rumble back in January as a surprise participant, as well as took part in the Greatest Royal Rumble back in April.

While there were some reported hangups in talks such as schedule and remaining appearances that he’s already booked such as the All In event on September 1st (read more about that here), today there’s some indication that the two sides have finally agreed to terms on a deal. Northeast Wrestling will be in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on August 24th which Mysterio had initially been advertised for. However, the promotion posted the following to Facebook today:

Unfortunately due to his upcoming contractual situation with WWE Rey Mysterio is unable to appear on August 24th. If…

Posted by Northeast Wrestling on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

 

Of course at this time, nothing has been confirmed and Mysterio is still scheduled to compete at All In, teaming with Bandido and Fenix to take on The Young Bucks and Kota Ibushi.

EA’s Take: There’s been so much talk about Mysterio signing with WWE, I felt I had to call this “rumor” just because at this point, who knows when it will actually happen. I don’t see why NEW would put that out though if it’s untrue, so I tend to believe it. I do find it interesting with All In now just over two weeks away that this has come out since that was reportedly one of Rey’s sticking points in the negotiations. So that would mean if he has agreed to a WWE deal, the company finally budged on letting him compete at the show despite all the talk that they’ve been trying to prevent talents from doing so. They already signed Deonna Purrazzo which forced her to be pulled from All In, but she doesn’t have the same kind of stroke or leverage, so to speak, that Rey would have.

 

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WWE News: Big Show Says He’s Ready To Return To The Ring

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It has been nearly a year since the last time we saw WWE Superstar The Big Show inside of the squared circle, competing last September 4th, 2017 on Monday Night RAW in a Steel Cage match against Braun Strowman. The finish of the match that saw the multi-time World Champion crash through the cage wall was booked in order to write Big Show off of television, as he was in need of hip resurfacing surgery (an alternative procedure to a hip replacement).

Rumors surrounding Big Show’s future popped up earlier this year with many believing he had retired from the business, although that wasn’t exactly the case. While the former Giant of WCW had stated he would likely return around WrestleMania 34 and was even advertised for the Greatest Royal Rumble back in April, he unfortunately suffered a setback in his recovery (read about that here) which forced him to miss even more time. While he has been on the shelf still recuperating, Big Show revealed that he had also signed a new contract with WWE (find that here).

Big Show spoke with ESPN while appearing at a charity event yesterday at the Hackensack Meridian Health Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, New Jersey, stating that he will be looking to get cleared for action this weekend:

“Hopefully within the next couple of weeks, I will be back in the ring. That’s the main goal. I’m actually going to try and get cleared Sunday, by [WWE’s] doctors; moving around the ring a little bit. I could be back as soon as the Monday Night Raw after SummerSlam, if they have something for me. Just because I’m healthy, doesn’t mean our creative team is healthy for me yet.”

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