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With NXT TakeOver: Chicago II on the horizon this Saturday at the Allstate Arena, WWE’s Triple H took part in a media conference call for the event that has just wrapped up. There were many topics discussed from TakeOver, to questions about specific Superstars, the Performance Center and more. Below are the highlights from the call:

  • Triple H starts by talking about NXT’s trip overseas, explains they’re back in the US for TakeOver and then heading back to England for the United Kingdom Championship Tournament.
  • Next set of NXT tapings at Full Sail will be June 21st.
  • There are no plans right now to expand the Performance Center, but he’s open to it.
  • He’s ready for Lars Sullivan to “knock it out of the park” at TakeOver.
  • Global localization is something that will continue and he would like to see something similar to the territory days down the road as technology gets better.
  • There was no “space” for Danny Burch previously, but Triple H kept watch of him which led to his return to NXT under contract.
  • When it comes to social media, people will make mistakes, but that’s part of what is taught at the Performance Center.
  • Triple H says that Ricochet tweaked his shoulder in Paris, but is not injured and was held off of last night’s show in Belgium as a precaution.
  • As for why the UK Championship Tournament won’t be airing live, HHH said that he was approached by Royal Albert Hall to bring NXT there and those were the only dates he could get, so he jumped on the chance and just “worked out better” for it to be taped.
  • He wants to work again with Paul Ellering provided the situation makes sense and Ellering is available.
  • The plan for the UK Division has taken longer, but has mostly stayed the same with some tweaks.
  • When asked if NXT could come to cable, HHH replied, “It depends on what comes up”.
  • Triple H said he likes to give fans something special as we’ve seen with The Revival and Tyler Breeze making surprise appearances at NXT events and would love to do more of that.

EA’s Take: I’d say this is a pretty standard conference call, we really didn’t learn a whole lot that we weren’t previously aware of. We reported earlier on the possible injury to Ricochet (which you can check out here), but I never felt that he was in jeopardy of missing TakeOver based off the information. Turns out, spot on. We also got to find out why the UK Tournament is happening on such an odd schedule, but it’s not anything that I’d deem “breaking news”. More of a pretty logical explanation. Lastly, he puts to bed the rumors of a bigger Performance Center in the works, which I also never bought. Roode was quoted as saying he had heard that, yet everyone who reported it also posted the interview in question and Roode said no such thing. So I never really knew where that came from to begin with.

 

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: WrestleMania To Get Stone Cold? Alexa Bliss Returns To The Ring, Gronk To WWE? and more!

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Is WrestleMania Getting Stone Cold?

WrestleMania is often the time many legends of wrestling’s past return to WWE for the weekend festivities. According to PWInsider, WWE is looking at having arguably their biggest star in history involved with WrestleMania, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin has not been on WWE TV since the RAW 25th Anniversary show in January 2018.

Jason’s Take

To me, and many others, the card and storylines leading up to the pay per view have seemed the weakest they have been overall in years. Bringing in a few big names may help spark more interest.

Alexa Bliss Returns To Ring At Live Event

This past week, I discussed Alexa Bliss and her absence from the ring. It had been rumored that Bliss had been injured, however that no longer seems to be the case as Bliss returned to in ring action Friday night for WWE’s Trenton, NJ live event.

Jason’s Take

So there it is, don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Looks like Alexa Bliss wasn’t injured after all. or the injury was minor.

Rob Gronkowski Retires From NFL

I know what you are thinking, why are you posting NFL news in a wrestling news article? Bare with me. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski retired today. The timing of this is interesting, as WrestleMania is two Sunday’s away. Also, let me point out to you what HHH had said to Sports Illustrated last month:

“Gronk has mentioned WWE before, that he loves it and said had so much fun doing it. I don’t know if it’s something he’d be seriously interested in, but that’s how the conversation started with Ronda Rousey, too. Certainly, the door is open for him at WWE.”

Jason’s Take

I am purely speculating here. But, when you break it down, Gronk to the WWE makes perfect sense.

Huge Match For SmackDown This Week

After all the backlash the WWE has received regarding Kurt Angle’s retirement match opponent, it looks like they are doing something right with Angle for a change. It was announced today that Kurt Angle will be taking on AJ Styles on this weeks episode of SmackDown Live. This is being announced as Kurt Angle’s final match on SmackDown Live.

Jason’s Take

Now why couldn’t something like this be Angle’s retirement match at WrestleMania? I know Styles isn’t as big of name as John Cena, but the match would be a hell of a lot better with him in it than Baron Corbin.

 

 

 

 

 


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Flaming Pearl Oracles: Event Results and Schedules

Welcome everyone to Flaming Pearl Oracles!  This will be the article discussing future events and match results through out Asia. 

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Welcome everyone to Flaming Pearl Oracles!  This will be the article discussing future events and match results through out Asia.

Before I begin, know that Asian and many in the Pacific do not provide results like you are accustomed to.  First, the promotions do not provide complete results, rather only one or two matches.  Secondly, unless you watch the matches (a few promotions are on ‘Nothing Else on TV’ livestream) you will not be provided details regarding how a match took place.

Finally, many of their articles are more advertisement than substance.  I will work to get as much information as I can to provide you the fullest account possible.

  • Event Results March 15-20
    • World Series Wrestling Championships.  Melbourne Australia
      • 17 March 19;
        • (Progress Women’s Champion) Jordyn Grace (PWR) defeated Joey Ryan (yes that Joey Ryan) to become the first World Series Wrestling Champion (WSW).
        • Emi Sakura (SPW) defeated Crystal (PWR)
        • WSW tag team title (Brody King/Marty Scurll) defeated Brian Cage/Adam Brooks with Flip Gordon.  The victory makes Villain Enterprise the new WSW tag team champions.
    • Melbourne Championship Wrestling (MCW)
      • 17 March 19; Clash of Titans
        • JK Moody (The Antidote) pinned Taylor King (The Child Star) with the Syringe Driver.
        • (Loverboy) Lochy Hendricks placed Fun Time Phil in the grapevine ankle lock submission hold.  Phil refused to submit, but valet Aria threw a towel into the ring, thus ending the match.  
        • This match determined whether Phil’s valet Aria would be forced to leave MCW. In exchange for allowing Aria to remain in MCW, Phil became the first in the loverboy’s ‘kiss my ass’ club.
        • Robbie Eagles defeated (Smashmouth)Ritchie Taylor defeated Taylor by submission.
        • The Brat Pack defeated The LAW (Dowie James and Adam Brooks)(c) in a TLC Match to win the MCW Tag Team Championships.  
        • DCT pinned Mike Burr:  With the ‘knee of DCT’.
        • Avary pinned Indi Hartwell to win the triple threat match with KellyAnne.  Avary hit the “Daddy Issues” cradle DDT.
        • Belt vs Belt Championship match• Slex (Inter Commonwealth Championship) pinned Gino Gambino (MCW World Heavyweight Championship).  Slex hit the Slexecution for the win.
    • Singapore Professional Wrestling (SPW) Event
      • 17 March 19;
        • Queen of Asia Champion Riho defeats Makoto  This championship match is a tribute to Emi Sakura as both ladies were trained by this Japanese legend.
        • SPW announced that co-founder and top wrestler Andrew ‘The Statement’ Tang will be representing Gato Move Professional Wrestling while touring Japan.
    • Malaysia Pro Wrestling (MyPW);  
      • 17 March 2019 Wrestle Nation
        • Greg Glorious won the 20 man battle royale
    • 19 March Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) Path of Gold Championship 2019
        • PWR Champion Ralph Imabayashi defeated former partner Rederick Mahaba.  The champion placed Mahaba in the crossbow arm lock submission hold until the challenger lost consciousness.  Throughout the match, the champion expressed regret at facing his friend.
        • NOTE: Following the victory, the Ralph Imabayashi spoke to the audience “I don’t want to be champion anymore.” then challenged the future victor of the ‘Path of Gold’ to defeat the champion at Wrevolution X.  
        • ‘Light Bringer’ Trabajador Quatro won the tournament; giving him the choice of what champion to challenge at Wrevolution X.
        • Title match Ralph Imabayashi © vs Trabajador Quatro.
    • 19 March;  New Horizons Pro Wrestling (NHPW) Perth Australia
      • At Battle of Honor, Aaron O’Malley upset submission victory over King Shahil.
      • Following the match O’Malley attacked a downed Shahil. Shahil’s injury will make him unable to compete in next month’s main event,
  •  Scheduled Events
    • PWR
      • April 28, 2019 Destino IV
        • Destino IV match 5 vs 5; QUATRO, Naughty Boys (Evan Carleaux, Trian Dela Torre), Kapitan Tutan, and valet Jhemherlhynn vs. Kampeon, Ralph Imabayashi, PWR Tag Team Champions The YOLO Twins, and the Kakai Bros
      • Wrevolution X (Date Unknown)
    • NHPW Fallout;
      • 23 MARCH NHPW Fallout
        • NHPW Title match: Aaron O’Malley vs Johnny Hardway
        • Hair vs. Career: Rogan Karguis vs. London Hargreaves
        • AOF Championship: “The Don” Michael Morleone vs. Julian Ward – Pro Wrestler
    • Riot City Wrestling Australia:
      • 23 March 19; Strength Cup tournament Quarter finals
        • Kurt Baron vs Steve Miller (group A)
        • Dean Brady vs James Kray  (group B)
        • Cadie Tre vs Tony Toro       (group C)
        • Rocky Menero vs Chris Basso (group D)
      • 27 April 19; Strength Cup Tournament Semi Finals
        • Winner (group A) vs Winner (group B)
        • Winner (group C) vs Winner (group D)
        • Winner 1 (A/B)  vs  Winner 2 (C/D)
        • Winner receives a RCW Title shot
    • NTW and OWE
      • 30 March 19 Doubles Champion Defense War.  NTW vs OWE
        • A-Yong-go, the Joker (King group) v. S CIMA, LO (Challenger group)
        • Sky, porco (NTW) v.s. Hengha (OWE)- NOTE; FUNNEST MATCH to Watch.
        • Women’s match;  Zhu Shung vs Hibiscus Mii  NOTE; This will be a great women’s match.
        • Top Tag team; È wáng kazuya/Tajiri (NTW)  vs. lindaman/T-Hawk (OWE)
    • Redemption event  (Singapore Pro Wrestling (SPW), Malaysian Pro Wrestling (MPW), Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR))
      • 30 March 19Title Match; MYPW Champion Gotham vs Greg Glorious.
      • Triple Threat Title match; (Asian Wrestling Grand Championship Jr. Heavyweight)  Shaukat (MYPW) vs Smart Dave (HKWF) vs Ronald (HKWF)
      • Women’s match  Legendary Emi Sakura (GMPW) vs Nor Phoenix Diana (MYPW)
      • Tag Team Match; Glitched Tony Abel/Mad Scholar vs Jaki G/Yusri
      • SPW vs PWR;  ‘The Statement’ Andrew Tang (SPW) vs Ken Warren (PWR)
    • Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling;
      • March 24th
        • Exhibition Match Set 1 LIFT 3 minutes;  Hyde vs Earth
        • Single Match Set 1 for 10 minutes.  Johnathan Johnson vs P-Nutz
        • Triple Threat Match Set 1 Lift 15 minutes (Shivam’s debut match)  Shivam vs Hideo vs force
        • SPECIAL SINGLE MATCH 1 Round 10 minutes.  Dr.Gore vs Emi Sakura
        • Tag Team Match Set 1 Lift 15 minutes (Drew’s debut match)  Blick Drewz & Moth vs Blue Lotus & Jibzy
        • SPECIAL 3-way match. Set 1 for 15 minutes.   Thai Golem vs Ek Baki vs Masa Takanashi
      • 22 March Emi Sakura vs Blue Nomi (Mikoto Akeno) Kiba Japan


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