Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling came together for the first of four shows for the Global Wars Tour tonight, kicking things off at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.
This evening’s card was loaded with big matches including an 8-Man Tag Team Match featuring Los Ingobernables de Japon taking on a team led by ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, Dalton Castle and The Boys challenging The Kingdom for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Titles, The Briscoes vs. Cody and ‘Hangman’ Page, plus The Young Bucks in tag team action among more.
Below are the results with the tour continuing tomorrow night in Lowell, Massachusetts and available to stream live via Honor Club. It should be noted that there were a number of issues with the stream this evening as the power in the arena kept going out:
- Flip Gordon defeated Eli Isom
- Non-Title: ROH World Tag Team Champions SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) defeated The Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas)
- Non-Title: ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb defeated Cheeseburger
- ROH World Six-Man Tag Titles: The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinny Marseglia) retained over Dalton Castle & The Boys
- The Briscoes (Mark & Jay) defeated Cody & ‘Hangman’ Page
- Juice Robinson defeated Christopher Daniels
- Bully Ray & Silas Young defeated The Young Bucks
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA) defeated ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham, Chris Sabin & KUSHIDA
Results c/o PWInsider
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WWE News: Royal Rumble Kickoff Matches Revealed, Updated Card
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
(C) Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor
(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
WWE News: Update On JoJo’s Recent Absence From WWE
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.