*WARNING – If you don’t want any spoilers, back out now*
In case you missed it, WWE was back at Full Sail University last night for the second day of tapings for this year’s Mae Young Classic. The Semi-Finals of the tournament saw two NXT Superstars clashing as Rhea Ripley took on Tegan Nox for a spot in the Finals at WWE Evolution in October. If you remember, Tegan (formerly known as Nixon Newell) was scheduled for last year’s Mae Young Classic, however suffered a torn ACL and was forced to withdraw.
During the match, Nox went for an outside dive onto Ripley that did not go as planned, as she suffered a leg injury that forced the match to stop briefly. Tegan attempted to fight through it and the match continued, however it didn’t last long as she screamed out in pain after taking a dropkick. The match was quickly stopped and awarded to Ripley, with Tegan needing medical attention and help to get to the back. While no specifics on the injury have yet to be revealed, the early word is that she may have suffered a broken leg.
Due to this, Tegan has received an outpouring of support on social media and responded on Twitter very early this morning with the following:
“This isn’t how I planned to finish the Mae Young Classic in any form but the last 2 days have been the best experience of my life, despite the obvious! My match with Rhea is something I’ve wanted for a while because, damn that girls is talented (even if she is very moody *laughing emoji*). Freak accidents happen, it’s part of the job but to hear that she had a killer match with one of the best wrestlers in the world, Io Shirai made my heart swell with happiness *hearts*.
This is more mentally draining than it is physically but you can guarantee that this isn’t going to keep me down! I have the best friends and support system a girl could ever ask for!
I worked so hard for over a year to be able to compete in this year’s MYC, so you know for a fact, I’m fighting back stronger than ever!
Every message I’ve received tonight on twitter, Facebook, Instagram, text etc has been absolutely overwhelming! The fact that my hospital room was full of people really warms my heart and honestly meant the absolute world to me!
I said it before and I’ll say it again, everything happens for a reason, so no matter what the full extent of the injury is, I’ll be back and I’ll be Shinier than ever”
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WWE News: Who Was Added To The Women’s Royal Rumble Today?
All the names added to the Women’s Royal Rumble today!
As was noted yesterday, WWE announced that they would be revealing more participants in next Sunday’s Women’s Royal Rumble Match via Twitter today, with a new name being confirmed every thirty minutes (see the announcement here).
Up until today, only twelve entrants in the match had been revealed after Sasha Banks was removed since she will be facing RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey for the title that night. Here are all the names that were officially added today:
- Charlotte Flair
- Peyton Royce
- Billie Kay
- Dana Brooke
- Nia Jax
- Nikki Cross
This now leaves nine spots remaining in the Women’s Royal Rumble Match, giving plenty of room for surprise entries.
EA’s Take: I’m not sure why anything with wrestling fans surprises me anymore, but it’s amazing how much complaining there was that WWE was going to do this. A lot of people assumed they were going to release the rest of the competitors and not save any surprises, even though it was NEVER stated that they were going to do that. Personally, I thought it was a good idea to keep people paying attention to WWE’s Twitter on Championship Sunday in the NFL.
WWE News: Matt Hardy Says He’s Ready To Return, In Best Shape In Years
Matt Hardy gives a big update on his in-ring return!
It’s been a number of months now since WWE Superstar Matt Hardy was forced to step away from the ring after years of abuse on his body was beginning to show its affects with his pelvis beginning to fuse with his spine (read about that here).
Last month, Matt revealed in an interview that everything with his rehabilitation has gone “better than expected”, stating that he didn’t have an exact timetable for when he would be back in the ring, but it would happen “sooner than later” (read all of Matt’s comments here). Today, the WWE legend revealed that he has finally been “greenlit”:
No, I am not retired & not going to be retiring anytime soon. I’ve worked my ass off to rehabilitate & have physically been greenlit. My body is in the best shape it’s been in in years & I’m the lightest I’ve been in 20 years. https://t.co/XE1GzBP58A
— The BROKEN One, Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 20, 2019
At this time there’s still no word on when exactly we could see Hardy back in a WWE ring, but this is certainly exciting news for fans who thought his career was over.
EA’s Take: Sounds like everything went well and although there are going to be some fans who think he should just stay out of the squared circle, at the end of the day it’s his life. If Matt wants to keep going and feels he can still contribute without damaging himself further, I’m all for it. Random guess here, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see him enter the Royal Rumble Match as a surprise entrant.