Results from New Japan Pro Wrestling’s World Tag League in Hyogo!
With only the shows remaining before we hit the conclusion of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s World Tag League Tour in Iwate this Saturday, the action resumed today in Hyogo after an event in Kochi yesterday (find those results here).
Today’s lineup at Kobe Sanbo Hall again saw seven more World Tag League matches including EVIL and SANADA taking on Juice Robinson and David Finlay, Best Friends meeting Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano, plus more. In addition to that, the main event was another battle as Kazuchika Okada led a team up against Jay White and The Bullet Club in an 8-Man Tag Team Match. Below are the results with the World Tag League continuing Thursday in Yamagata:
- World Tag League: The Guerrillas Of Destiny defeated Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino
- World Tag League: Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page
- World Tag League: Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
- World Tag League: Killer Elite Squad defeated Toa Henare & Togi Makabe
- World Tag League: Jeff Cobb & Michael Elgin defeated Takashi Iizuka & Minoru Suzuki
- World Tag League: Best Friends defeated Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii
- World Tag League: David Finlay & Juice Robinson defeated SANADA & EVIL
- Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, Gedo & Taiji Ishimori defeated Rocky Romero, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada & KUSHIDA
Results c/o NJPW1972
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: RAW Changes, CM Punk RAW Reunion And More! (7/22/2019)
News Involving RAW Changes, CM Punk RAW Reunion And More!
News Here! RAW Changes, CM Punk RAW Reunion And More!
Paul Heyman Wants Changes To RAW
Many WWE superstars, fans, and media are hoping for big changes to RAW with the recent role change for Paul Heyman. According to the Wrestling Observer, Paul Heyman wants RAW to change as well. Heyman is pushing for interviewees to be more realistic, rather than fake and hokey sounding. He would also like to see better continuity between RAW angles each week, as there have been angles in the past that have made no sense, or never followed up on in subsequent weeks.
RAW has been very watchable the past two or three weeks, and some of that may be do to the input of Paul Heyman. However, as always, the buck stops with Vince McMahon. Does Heyman have enough influence to convince Vince McMahon of changes that are needed ?
Former Divas Returning To RAW
Tonight’s RAW Reunion special is shaping up to be a huge show. In a bit of an interesting note, some former WWE Divas are returning to RAW that have not been on TV in some time, even with the women’s evolution. Candice Michelle, Milena, Jillian Hall and Eve Torres are all scheduled to be a part of the the reunion tonight.
All four of the women have had a part in various time periods for women in WWE. I am excited to see Milena back on WWE TV, as I had thought she would have been part of the Evolution pay per view, or would have made a women’s Royal Rumble appearance.
CM Punk At Starrcast III
CM Punk is a name that never seems to go away when it comes to rumored returns to wrestling. While there are no signs of him ever returning, he will however be appearing at the upcoming Starrcast III according to Sports Illustrated. Conrad Thompson had this to say about Punk appearing at Starrcast:
“We wanted to bring something unique and that hasn’t been done before at Starrcast. I’ve always wanted to have Punk at Starrcast but the timing was never right, and I’m really excited that the stars have aligned for this August. Fans are going to get what they’ve wanted for a long time, and that is CM Punk with a live mic. It’s going to happen at Starrcast.”
If All Out being held in Chicago didn’t stir the CM Punk rumor mill enough, then Punk’s appearance at Starrcast certainly will. While it’s unlikely that Punk will appear, it is really hard to say never when it comes to wrestling.
Bischoff Not Involved With Creative
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter had some interesting notes regarding Eric Bischoff’s new role in WWE. According to Meltzer, the creative team have been told that Bischoff will not be involved in the creative process, and he will be working to interface with all departments and FOX as SmackDown readies for it’s move to the network in October.
Greg DeMarco and many other Chairshot writers had speculated that the previous television network executive experience of Bischoff and WWE’s move tot FOX was one of the main reasons for his hiring. And it looks like that may be the case.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Mickie James Update, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More! (7/17/19)
News Involving: Mickie James, Finn Balor, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More!
News Here! Mickie James Update, Jeff Hardy, RAW Ratings and More!
Latest On Jeff Hardy
In Monday’s shuffle I discussed the news on Jeff Hardy’s latest public intoxication arrest. Since then, more details have been released regarding the incident. TMZ is reporting that Hardy smelled of booze and was passed out in a public stairwell before being arrested.
Once again, Hardy’s struggles with addiction have been well documented in the past, so I am not going to comment on them. Here is hoping that he is able to get things in order and get his life on track.
RAW Ratings See An Increase
RAW continues to slowly climb out of the ratings hole, as this weeks ratings showed an increase in viewership. The hourly breakdown looks like this:
Hour 1 – 2.379 million viewers
Hour 2 – 2.503 million viewers
Hour 3 – 2.478 million viewers
This is good news for WWE, RAW, and USA, as RAW typically has had a hard time keeping viewers into the third hour. RAW was actually a very solid show last night, and one of the first RAW’s in a very long time that I watched from start to finish while it aired live. Slowly, but surely, WWE will do what they can to climb out of the hole.
Mickie James Undergoes ACL Surgery
Earlier today, WWE star Mickie James went under the knife to repair her injured ACL. The injury looks to keep her out of the ring into next year. Her husband, Nick Aldis, took to Twitter to update fans on the successful surgery.
UPDATE: Surgery was a complete success. I’m sure when she’s feeling up to it she’ll share more. Thank you all! 🙌 https://t.co/RxCHyko2UQ
— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) July 16, 2019
Mickie James is still a very talented wrestler who adds depth to the women’s division. There is still a place for her on the roster, and one can assume that the WWE will want to keep her when she fully recovers.
Finn Balor Taking Time Off?
Finn Balor lost the Intercontinental championship at Extreme Rules, and the loss had many scratching their heads. However, it appears there is reasoning behind it according to Pro Wrestling Sheet, as Balor has requested time off from WWE to recharge. Though he requested time off, it appears that it will not be granted until after the upcoming SummerSlam pay per view.
It will be interesting to see how Balor will be written off of TV. One could assume a SummerSlam match with Bray Wyatt will lead to his exit. Perhaps on his return, he could join his friends in The Club ?
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