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IMPACT News: X-Division Championship Match Announced, Vegas TV Taping Details

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Tonight’s episode of IMPACT Wrestling on Pop TV will be the big ‘Final Hour’ episode, featuring a clash between X-Division Champion Brian Cage and Sami Callihan.

IMPACT will then be off to Las Vegas, Nevada for its next television tapings at the Sam’s Town Casino beginning on Sunday for three straight nights. Today, the first match for the tapings has been revealed, as IMPACT announced Sami Callihan will battle Brian Cage once again, this time with the X-Division Championship on the line.

IMPACT has also issued the following today in anticipation of all three Las Vegas shows:

IMPACT Wrestling Returns to Las Vegas for Tapings of Weekly TV Show, Nov. 11-13

TORONTO | LAS VEGAS — IMPACT Wrestling returns to The Fight Capital – Las Vegas, Nevada – for the first time in five years, with three consecutive nights of action-packed professional wrestling at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Nov. 11-13.

The IMPACT roster is led by World Champion Johnny Impact, who also has been capturing headlines this fall as one of the most popular contestants on the current season of Survivor, airing Wednesday nights on CBS TV. Impact is married to Taya Valkyrie, who is the No. 1 contender to the IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Championship, now held by third-generation wrestler Tessa Blanchard, who is following in the wrestling boots of her dad (Tully Blanchard), her stepfather (Magnum TA) and her grandfather (Joe Blanchard).

IMPACT Wrestling also features Kevin “Killer” Kross, a Las Vegas resident who works as a private executive protection bodyguard for world-renowned celebrities and musicians.

Another noteworthy name on the IMPACT roster is Moose, who played 62 games in the NFL from 2006-2012 after a career at Syracuse University.

The shows in Las Vegas will be taped to air on the company’s flagship weekly TV show IMPACT!, which airs every Thursday night (10 p.m. ET) on Pop TV across the U.S. The live events will kick off nightly at 6p.m. PT.

Johnny Impact has been wrestling professionally since 2002 and is a crossover star, appearing on various TV shows and adding numerous film credits to his resume, including Boone: The Bounty Hunter, which he created, co-wrote and served as executive producer. Impact’s latest film project is the horror-thriller film Strange Nature, which premiered on Sept. 22.

The three November IMPACT Wrestling shows in Las Vegas will be followed by three more shows in Las Vegas, also held at Sam’s Town, on Feb. 15-17, 2019.

About IMPACT Wrestling
IMPACT Wrestling is one of the world’s largest wrestling entertainment properties, creating more than 200 hours of original content annually across television and other digital platforms. IMPACT Wrestling specializes in creating premium content, events, products, merchandise and music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. The roster features such greats as Johnny Impact, Eli Drake, Moose, Eddie Edwards, Sami Callihan, Brian Cage, Pentagon Jr., Fenix, Matt Sydal, Rich Swann, the high-flying X-Division, plus the lovely and lethal Knockouts, including Tessa Blanchard, Su Yung, Allie, Rosemary and Taya Valkyrie. Its highly successful flagship, IMPACT!, broadcasts in more than 120 countries around the world, including Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Pop TV in over 80 million homes in the United States, Fight Network and GameTV in Canada, Sony ESPN in India, 5Spike and Fight Network in the United Kingdom, SuperSport in Africa and ranFIGHTING in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, among others. IMPACT Wrestling also streams a 24-hour channel on Twitch.tv and is a top 10 sports video producer on YouTube with over 1.8 million subscribers, 36 million monthly views and 1.5 billion all-time views. IMPACT Wrestling launched the exclusive Global Wrestling Network (GWN) app in October 2017, showcasing over 3,000 hours of library and current programming, as well as content from leading independent professional wrestling organizations around the world.


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WWE News: Royal Rumble Kickoff Matches Revealed, Updated Card

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A look at the updated lineup for Sunday’s Royal Rumble!

Now that WWE’s Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live are in the books, the WWE Universe’s attention turns to this weekend’s big events, more specifically Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

Since WWE revealed a number of participants this for the Women’s Royal Rumble Match this past Sunday on Twitter, there haven’t been nearly as many updates to the card as we saw the previous couple of weeks. That’s not to say there weren’t any however, as it looks like WWE may be removing John Cena from the Men’s Royal Rumble (see the latest here), while Titus O’Neil declared his entry this past Monday on top of Alexa Bliss announcing her return for the women’s side, as well as Lacey Evans revealing she too will enter.

Tonight during SmackDown Live, WWE officially moved two matches over to the Kickoff which will now see Rusev defend the US Title against Shinsuke Nakamura, plus a Fatal 4-Way for the Cruiserweight Championship when Buddy Murphy faces Hideo Itami, Kalisto and Akira Tozawa.

Here’s a look at the updated card for Royal Rumble this Sunday, airing live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network at 7PM EST with the Kickoff beginning at 5PM and also available on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter:

Men’s Royal Rumble Match
R-Truth (#30), Drew McIntyre, Xavier Woods, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Dean Ambrose, Jinder Mahal, Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin,
Elias, Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali, John Cena, Titus O’Neil

Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Carmella (#30), Natalya, Bayley, Ember Moon, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan,
Lacey Evans, Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Mickie James, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Lana,
Charlotte Flair, Dana Brooke, Zelina Vega, Nia Jax, Tamina, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Naomi, Nikki Cross

Universal Championship
(C) Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor

WWE Championship
(C) Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles

RAW Women’s Championship
(C) Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks

SmackDown Women’s Championship
(C) Asuka vs. Becky Lynch

SmackDown Tag Team Championship
(C) The Bar vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon

Kickoff – United States Championship
(C) Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Kickoff – Fatal 4-Way for the Cruiserweight Championship
(C) Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami


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WWE News: Update On JoJo’s Recent Absence From WWE

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Where has JoJo Offerman been lately?

Over the past couple of weeks, some members of the WWE Universe have taken notice that the usual Monday Night RAW ring announcer, JoJo Offerman, has been absent from the program and instead Mike Rome has stepped in to fill the duties.

There have been some rumors that perhaps JoJo had left the company or perhaps was in some hot water, however that doesn’t seem to be the case. According to PWInsider, JoJo has merely been off the road recently to deal with what’s being called a “personal situation”, but it’s not known when she will be back.

Of course we learned today that she will not be at Sunday’s Royal Rumble in Phoenix, Arizona, as WWE announced that Mike Rome and regular SmackDown Live ring announcer Greg Hamilton would be emceeing the event.

After first joining the company in 2013 and being a cast member on the inaugural season of E! Network’s Total Divas, JoJo’s in-ring career was short-lived and she quickly was moved into the ring announcer’s role. She would start in NXT before being moved to the main roster in 2015.


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