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ROH News: Ring Of Honor No Longer Heading To Madison Square Garden In 2019

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Coming on the heels of news that Madison Square Garden management has been displeased with their long-standing relationship with WWE over the past couple of years (you can find that here), we’ve noted how ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’ has been reaching out to other wrestling promotions about running the venue.

Last week, Sinclair Broadcasting (the parent company of Ring Of Honor) CEO Chris Ripley revealed that they were looking to secure the building for an event in 2019 (check that out here). The speculation was that it could be for a possible All In 2 show, as well as having it take place during WrestleMania 35 weekend. As we know, WrestleMania 35 will be coming to the area at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey with all of the WrestleMania week events taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Today, Mike Johnson of PWInsider spoke with ROH COO Joe Koff to promote the upcoming Best In The World pay-per-view on June 29th and asked about them running Madison Square Garden:

“You know, I’m going to tell you Mike because you are asking.  I’m not going to discuss beyond this statement because I am not going to litigate this in the press.  We had a deal with [Madison Square] Garden and they then told us they were backing out after communications from the WWE.  We are not able to get any other dates in any kind of discussion.  I’m expecting that our lawyers will be contacting all the parties involved and the best we can hope is that we can find a resolution, so we can bring the kind of energy and excitement that ROH and our partner New Japan to a bigger audience and to bigger arenas and to the fans of New York City.”

When asked if there was still a possibility of running the venue at all, Koff responded with the following:

“There is no date and the discussion is going to end here on that.”

Currently, the Mexico-based promotion AAA still is looking to get into MSG in September and there’s no word yet on if that is also no longer going to take place.

EA’s Take: Not even remotely surprised. I’m sure this will lead to hatred towards WWE, but quite honestly, the bottom line is that’s the agreement that Madison Square Garden reached with them. I’d love to know the exact details of it and I’m assuming there has to be something in writing for WWE to be able to do it. Either that or WWE made a commitment to start running there for television again. Our own Greg DeMarco speculated that perhaps NXT TakeOver over WrestleMania weekend gets shifted to The Garden. If that’s the case and I’m MSG management, I’d be more than happy to do that over ROH because you know for a fact that TakeOver will sell the place out. It still remained to be seen if ROH could pull that off.

 

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IMPACT News: Tonight’s IMPACT Wrestling Non-Spoiler Preview (7/19/18)

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Tonight’s episode of IMPACT Wrestling is the go-home show for Slammiversary. IMPACT has been building towards their biggest show of the summer and the card is shaping up nicely. All the titles will be on the line and someone will either lose their mask or hair that night.

With Slammiversary just three short days away here is the rundown for what IMPACT is advertising on the go-home show:

  • Aries and Moose Confrontation

Austin Aries and Moose have been going back and forth with each other for weeks now since the match was announced. We have seen video packages of how they got into the wrestling business and their personal lives. Last week we got to hear an update on Moose’s training from hiw friend and former professional football player DeAngelo Williams. This eventually lead to Aries assaulting Williams which lead to Moose “calling into the show” and telling Aries that he will be there next week and that he has made this personal. What will happen when champion and challenger come face to face for the first and only time before their huge match at Slammiversary?

  • The Prestigious One’s IMPACT Debut

Two weeks ago on IMPACT Wrestling in a backstage segment “The Prestigious One” Joe Hendry made his IMPACT debut and was introduced as Grado’s friend. Last week he accompanied Grado to the ring along eith Katerina for his match against former IMPACT World Champion Eli Drake. Drake would go on to win the match and try to flirt with Katarina before Hendry would step in. This post-match altercation lead us to tonight’s match. Hendry will be making his in-ring debut against Eli Drake. How will Hendry fare against the former world champion?

  • Sami Callihan

Last week oVe defeated Pentagon Jr, Fenix, and Rich Swann in a six man lucha rules tag team match. The match was highly praised and in the end Sami Callihan was able to pick up the win for oVe. Tonight will be his last match before his mask vs. hair match with Pentagon Jr. Will this be the last time we see Sami Callihan with hair or will he add another one of Pentagon’s mask to his collection?

  • Killer Kross vs. Petey Williams

Two weeks ago Killer Kross made his in-ring debut against Fallah Bahh. Kross would go on to win the match and begin a post match beatdown which lead to KM getting involved to save his partner. Unfortunately KM would suffer the same fate until Petey Williams would run down with a steel chair to make the save. Petey hasn’t forgotten about the attack backstage and is out for revenge. Will Petey get his revenge or will Killer Kross continue his reign of dominance?

  • Desi Hit Squad

Last week KM and Fallah Bahh were trying to get back on the same page and be friends again when they ran into the Desi Hit Squad. Words were exchange and Gama talked down about Americans which lead KM to challenging them to a tag match for tonight. Will the Desi Hit Squad add another W to their win column or wil KM and Fallah Bahh hand them their first lost?

  • Konnan addresses The OGz

Last week on IMPACT The OGz laid down a challenge to LAX in a 5150 street fight for the tag titles. Tonight Konnan will address the challenge and The OGz. What will Konnan have to say?

All this and more will be on tap tonight. Who will get the last bit of momentum heading into the 16th Anniversary show known as Slammiversary?

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*SPOILERS* Full Results From Tonight’s NXT Television Tapings (7/18/18)

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With tonight’s previously recorded episode of NXT hitting the WWE Network at 8PM EST, the Superstars of WWE’s third brand were at Full Sail University in Orlando this evening for its next set of television tapings that will run up until NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III on Saturday, August 18th, the night before SummerSlam.

Per usual, it’s not known if the events are taped in the same order they will air on the WWE Network, however here are the results courtesy of @MrJacobCohen on Twitter:

  • Two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is in attendance tonight
  • Jeet Rama defeated Chase Adams
  • Adam Cole defeated Sean Maluta, Ricochet out after the match to challenge Cole to a match at TakeOver Brooklyn. Cole declines and out comes Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly, but War Raiders come out to even the odds. The Undisputed Era looks to sneak away, but runs into Moustache Mountain instead.
  • Lacey Evans defeated Tenilla Price
  • Heavy Machinery defeated The Mighty after a distraction from Street Profits
  • Moustache Mountain defeated State Line
  • EC3 defeated Kona Reeves, The Velveteen Dream attempted to distract EC3 to no avail
  • Shayna Baszler defeated Candice LeRae, Shayna continues attacking after the match and Kairi Sane makes the save
  • NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa defeated Aleister Black to become the new NXT Champion
  • Nikki Cross defeated Amber Nova
  • Ricochet makes his way out for a match, but The Undisputed Era ambushes him
  • Kassius Ohno defeated Adrian Jaoude
  • Keith Lee defeated Marcel Barthel in his NXT debut
  • Mae Young Classic Qualifier: Taynara Conti defeated Vanessa Borne
  • Street Profits defeated The Mighty
  • NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa comes out and cuts a promo about how he’s won again, Aleister Black makes his way out, but Johnny Gargano sprints by him to attack Ciampa. Aleister decks Gargano with Black Mass then blames him for costing him the title.
  • Kairi Sane defeated Aliyah
  • Tyler Bate defeated Roderick Strong
  • The Velveteen Dream comes and cuts a promo on EC3
  • Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black gets thrown out after Tommaso Ciampa attacks both guys. NXT General Manager William Regal makes his way out and announces Black vs. Gargano vs. Ciampa for the NXT Title at TakeOver: Brooklyn

 

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*SPOILERS* Big Title Change At Tonight’s NXT Television Tapings

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While NXT is on the air right now on the WWE Network, the brand is simultaneously holding its next set of television tapings at Full Sail University that will run up to NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III on August 18th. Tonight’s episode has been previewing next week’s big NXT Championship match as Tommaso Ciampa challenges Aleister Black.

Ciampa has had the NXT Title in his crosshairs since defeating Johnny Gargano at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II in a Street Fight. ‘The Blackheart’ has looked to put Gargano behind him and played mind games with the current champion leading up to next week’s contest, however the match was filmed tonight.

Tommaso Ciampa has gone on to defeat Black, becoming the new NXT Champion. According to MrJacobCohen on Twitter, who has been a solid source for spoilers, the referee went down in the match which led to Johnny Gargano making his way out after Ciampa. However, ‘The Blackheart’ was able to thwart off the distraction and Aleister Black, picking up the pinfall to win the title:

 

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