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NJPW News: Chris Jericho’s First IWGP Intercontinental Title Defense Announced

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Today marks exactly four months now since Chris Jericho defeated Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back on June 9th at Dominion. Yet, ‘Y2J’ has still not had his first title defense.

After making a surprise appearance at King Of Pro Wrestling yesterday and attacking EVIL, it was likely only a matter of time before Jericho’s first defense of his championship was announced. With New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Power Struggle coming up on November 3rd in Osaka, it has now been revealed EVIL will be the challenger for Jericho:

 

Additionally, more matches have also been announced. While the Super Jr. Tag League Finals is not yet determined, the participants include BUSHI & Shingo Takagi, SHO & YOH, Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, KUSHIDA & Chris Sabin, Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr, ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi, Jyushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask. Here’s a look at the latest card for Power Struggle:

IWGP Intercontinental Championship
(C) Chris Jericho vs. EVIL

Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

NEVER Openweight Championship
(C) Taichi vs. Will Ospreay

The Golden Lovers vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay

Kazuchika Okada & Beretta vs. Jay White & Bad Luck Fale

Super Jr. Tag League Finals
TBD vs. TBD

 

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle:Nia Jax Surgery, WWE Network Changes, Joey Ryan and More! (4/26/19)

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News here! Nia Jax Surgery, WWE Network Changes, Joey Ryan and more!

 

Changes Coming To WWE Network

There has been discussion for months about possible changes coming to the WWE Network. It looks as if those changes are going to occur. Today, WWE hosted a conference call today in which Vince McMahon stated that the WWE Network will re-launch later this year. WWE Co-President George Barrios promised that the new platform would have things the fans have been asking for. Some of the discussions have included a tiered structure, downloadable content, and potential WWE live event specials.

Jason’s Take

The WWE Network was groundbreaking in terms of digital content when it launched over 5 years ago. There have been a lot of rumored changes the last year that have my attention, including the broadcasted house shows, potentially having a hand in voting for the Hall Of Fame, and the downloadable content for when you are on the go.

Nia Jax Undergoes Surgery

A few weeks ago, the news came out that Nia Jax had suffered an injury. Earlier Thursday, Jax underwent ACL surgery on both knees.

Jason’s Take

This is a tough break for Jax as her career seemed to be picking up again while teaming with Tamina. Hopefully, the recovery is a quick one, but I wouldn’t expect seeing Jax for some time.

Tag Team Moved To SmackDown Live

The superstar shake-up looks like it’s not quite yet done as the B-Team has been moved to SmackDown Live.

Jason’s Take

I don’t know what the point of having a shake-up over two nights is if the company is going to continue to have it over a week later. Regardles of what I think, I thought the B-Team was gold during their tag title run. They have fallen off quite a bit since then.

Luke Harper’s Contract Frozen?

Last week, we told you about Luke Harper asking for his release from WWE. , According to the latest addition of the Wrestling Observer News letter, the company is exercising a clause that allows them to add time to his deal because he was out for a few months due to a wrist injury.The company is adding six months after November, which means his contract will not expire until 2020.

Jason’s Take

Just because a wrestler requests his release doesn’t mean he is actually going to get released. Many have speculated that WWE handling his contract this way will lead to wrestlers being less vocal about asking for their release, or withholding their grievances with the company from the public.

Joey Ryan To WWE?

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter had quite possibly one of the more interesting news items I have read in some time. Reportedly, the WWE has interest in Joey Ryan. According to Meltzer, the company has reached out to him, asking if he was willing to relocate to Orlando with the potential of wrestling, then eventually becoming a coach.

Jason’s Take

Joey Ryan is 39 years old, so if he has a chance with WWE and want’s to go there, now would be the time. I don’t see where his gimmick will work in the company, however.


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A little update on the Asian and European Independent schedules!

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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.

NOTES:

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.

Korea

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

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)

Pakistan

Pro Wrestling Federation Pakistan: 28 APR 19: Rumble in Pakistan

  • Ultimate Wrestling Championship Title match – Champion Raja Naveed vs Sammy Guevarra (AEW)

Philippines:

  • Philippine Wrestling Revolution: Next Event: Destino 28 April 19

Thailand

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

Vietnam

Saigon Pro Wrestling Club: Battle of Honor 6 April 19

EUROPE

Denmark

  • Danish Pro Wrestling (Midtjylland, Denmark) – Next Event: 1 June 19 Battlefront

France

  • Association les Professionnels du Catch (FRANCE) – Next Event: Not Scheduled

Germany

  • Maximum Mayhem Wrestling (Kiel, Germany) – Next Event: Not Scheduled

Italy

  • 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

Norway

  • Norwegian Wrestling Federation (Oslo, Norway) No info

Romania

  • (UEWA) Romania Wrestling Alliance Next Event: 11 May 19.

Russia

  • Independent Pro Wrestling: Moscow, Russia Next Event: 20 April 19.

Sweden

  • Stockholm: Freedom Pro Wrestling
  • (UEWA) GBG Wrestling (Gothenburg, Sweden) – Next Event: 20 April 19. (Facebook Event)


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