With NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV coming up this Saturday night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Triple H:
- Triple H opens up the call running down the card for TakeOver
- With Aleister Black’s injury, all options were considered for the TakeOver main event, including adding a third man but ultimately the decision was made to keep it Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa due to their history
- Should there be more call-ups to the main roster after SummerSlam, Triple H believes NXT will be just fine unless they are “totally stripped”
- When asked about NXT possibly being a part of the Superstar Shake-Up in the future, Triple H believes that they already are, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see main roster talent come back to NXT
- With regards to the FOX deal for SmackDown Live, he’s happy with NXT being on the WWE Network right now although anything is possible in the future
- Concerning the length of WWE pay-per-views and NXT TakeOver specials possibly being longer, Triple H isn’t worried about the length of time
- Triple H is satisfied with NXT being only an hour long show as it allows him to not overexpose talent and believes it works well the way that it is now
- As for talent possibly crossing over from NXT to NXT UK, the rosters are split because he wants NXT UK to stand on its own legs, but we will see some of that
- Triple H was asked about Neville’s status and the chances of him working NXT UK, but he’s not sure what Neville’s status is and would have to look into it more
- A caller stated that they are looking forward to TakeOver more and believe SummerSlam will go too long, asking if NXT’s approach could be applied to the main roster to which Triple H replied he wishes he “could fly and walk on water”, but everyone has different opinions and they’re always listening
- When asked about NXT coming to Germany, HHH says that there are always logistics issues but that there are some announcements coming
- Regarding when NXT UK will air, Triple H repeated that there are announcements coming
- When asked about any specific New Japan talent he’d like to bring in, Hunter says that talent is talent and if people are free he’s always open to using performers that he can utilize meaningfully
- As for the chances of NXT doing a show for television as well as the Network, Triple H said “never say never”
- Another question about Aleister Black’s injury and Tegan Nox, Hunter says he isn’t sure yet about Black, but was heartbroken for Tegan. Says she is doing just fine and will be out for a while, but will come back better than ever
- Hunter says Moustache Mountain are incredible talents and their match with The Undisputed Era could steal the show at TakeOver
- When asked about putting The Undisputed Era with Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke, HHH says anything is possible
- Regarding possibly doing post-TakeOver press conferences, everything is on the table
- Triple H was asked about MMA talents picking up wrestling faster than most, to which he replied that’s not always the case as some people pick it up quicker regardless of their background
- Final question was about the Mae Young Classic episodes being released in batches and how it’s worked out, but Hunter says he’s not a numbers guy and that’s up to the numbers people
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Asia & Europe Independent Schedules
A little update on the Asian and European Independent schedules!
A little update on the Asian and European Independent schedules!
No news regarding match results has come out from any promotions. Many of Asia’s promotions are preparing to participate in events throughout Asia. With so little news taking place, I will provide what event dates and matches coming up in Asia and Europe.
Due to the vast number of promotions in the United Kingdom, these promotions are excluded.
Australia (Includes Australia and New Zealand)
New Horizons Pro Wrestling:27 April 19, Judgement Call
- Jay ‘Prince of Perth’ Taylor vs Julian ‘Future Legend’ Ward<//li>
- Kaha ‘Tribal Powerhouse’ Edmonds vs Salem ‘Nightmare of NHPW’ Sixx
- David Nero vs Vincent Sterling
- Society’s Unwanted/Aaron O’Malley vs The Flashbacks/Rory Holmes
- Future Legends (Karguis/Petreski) vs Wrecking Crew (Rockefeller/McLane)
- Mystery Opponent vs Cannon Conners © Warrior Rising Championship match
Riot City Wrestling: RCW Live #46 27 April 19
- Savannah Summers vs Miki Fortune
- Zak Sabbath (RCW Champ) vs Matt Hayter
- Menero vs Brady (Strength Cup Championships: Semi-Final)
- Baron vs Tre (Strength Cup Championships: Semi-Final)/li>
- Tag Team Title Match: Armstrongs (Nick & Jett) vs Parea (Gabriel Aeros & Eli Theseus)
Impact Pro Wrestling Australia: Next Event” 4 May 19.
China (Includes China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)
Hong Kong Wrestling Federation (HKWF)
Next Event: 15 and 16 May 19 Dragon Storm
- Jeff Man & Kevin Man (King / space) Vs Hyun-Wen & Lee Jason (Challenger / HKWF)
- [Awgc lt battle] Smart Dave (King / grapple max) vs the chan (Challenger / space)
- What (King / space) vs Michael Su (Challenger / MKW)
- Big day z vs Mikey man
- Exorcism Ronald (Hong Kong wrestling) vs Ash Silva (Mkw)
- May 15, Susumu Yokosuka vs Masato Yoshino
- May 16, Jason Lee (HKWF) vs Masaaki Mochizaki.
Founder Ho Ho Lun will be touring UK from 22 May though 8 July, (current Asian Wrestling Grand Champion) Tag Team champions Jeff and Kevin (HKWF) arrived in Japan, to compete in a round robin-contest on April 21. They will face European team’s red eagle & mad dog maxx, and two Japanese teams. A Dragon Gate sponsored Wrestling Ring has been completed and will be set up for the 15 May event. HKWF’s original ring was damaged leading Dragon Gate to step in.
Middle Kingdom Wrestling (China)
- New Tag Team ‘C.S.U’ (Can’t Stop Us) is the largest tag team in Chinese Wrestling history.
Oriental Wrestling Entertainment (China)
Both major events taking place in OWE’s schedule has been quite secretive.
- OWE Championship Tournament
- Road to Double or Nothing Tournament
Last Friday the promotion asked fans which event should be focused on NEO TV first? Poll resulted in a 68% support for Double or Nothing so announcement should be coming soon.
New Taiwan Wrestling:
Focus is on Hong Kong events and Nepal Ring Wrestling Association.
Pro Wrestling Society Seoul Next Event: 14 April 19 Seoul Domination
- PWS Champion, Ryan Oshun
- On 2 April Pro Wrestling Society’s Facebook page announced a partnership deal with Middle Kingdom Wrestling (MKW) and Ryukyu Pro Wrestling (Japan)
- Kid Rain vs Ultimo Sombra
- Mad Bull vs ??
- Kim Mir vs Ray Xi
- Uncle Money (MKW) vs ???
- Hibiscus Mii vs Ann Chamu
- Shiho vs ‘Outlandish’ Nicky Dice
- Kim Min Ho/Jok Yong Ho vs Ryan OShun/Adam Mayhem
Nepal Ring Wrestling Association
Belt and Road Championship Tournament 2019
- 2019 event will not be a tournament, but kept the name due to the significance of the event
- Former WWE Developmental star Zeda Zhang
- (2018 B & R Champion) Black Mamba (MKW) vs Ash Silva (HKWF) vs Tommy Combat (NZ) vs Nuwakote Tiger (NRWA)
- 6 man tag team: Zombie Dragon (MKW)/X Hero (MKW)/Thaku (NRWA) vs KC (NTW)/The Yuv (NRWA)/Chattan (NRWA)
- Curry Boy (Canada) vs Uncle Money (MKW)
- JD Lee (Pro Wrestling Seoul) vs Bamboo Crusher (NRWA)
Pro Wrestling Federation Pakistan: 28 APR 19: Rumble in Pakistan
- Ultimate Wrestling Championship Title match – Champion Raja Naveed vs Sammy Guevarra (AEW)
- Philippine Wrestling Revolution: Next Event: Destino 28 April 19
Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling (Thailand), Next Event Date: May 18, 2019
- Chinsuke Nakamura vs Hiroshi Tanabota
Kingdom Wrestling Federation (Thailand, Jordan, and Erbil Iraq) Next Event: 28 June 19
Saigon Pro Wrestling Club: Battle of Honor 6 April 19
- Danish Pro Wrestling (Midtjylland, Denmark) – Next Event: 1 June 19 Battlefront
- Association les Professionnels du Catch (FRANCE) – Next Event: Not Scheduled
- Maximum Mayhem Wrestling (Kiel, Germany) – Next Event: Not Scheduled
- Italian Championship Wrestling (Paiva, Italy) – Next Event: 6 April 19: Wrestlerama
- Total Combat Wrestling (Italy) – Next Event: 13 April 19
- Mayhem Wrestling (Italy) – Next Event: 11 May 19
- Milan Wrestling Federation (Italy)- Next Event: 20 April 19 Freedom Town
- Federation Italian Wrestling (FIW) – Next Event: Unknown
- Norwegian Wrestling Federation (Oslo, Norway) No info
- (UEWA) Romania Wrestling Alliance Next Event: 11 May 19.
- Independent Pro Wrestling: Moscow, Russia Next Event: 20 April 19.
- Stockholm: Freedom Pro Wrestling
- (UEWA) GBG Wrestling (Gothenburg, Sweden) – Next Event: 20 April 19. (Facebook Event)
Dean Malenko Reportedly Quits WWE
Favorite of many sadly departs WWE…
Strong sources suggest Dean Malenko has left WWE after 8 years behind the scenes as a producer.
According to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Dean Malenko has left WWE after 8 years with the company. The report doesn’t share any details, but noted that he has been responsible for many of the tag team matches. This is is the third high profile departure of a long-term backstage personality, with Arn Anderson and Road Dogg Jesse James both leaving in recent months.
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