With just a few days to go until WrestleMania Backlash, Monday Night RAW once again came from us from the ThunderDome as the go-home show for WrestleMania Backlash. While not as bad as previous weeks, Raw once again felt slow and painful to go through as RAW once was again hurt by rematches from previous RAW episodes, multi-person tag team matches, as well as a slow pacing as RAW’s three-hour time slot, continued to hurt the flagship show. Despite all the negatives, I am here to once again bring you the positives for RAW as I once again bring you the top 5 moments from this week’s edition of Monday Night RAW ahead of WrestleMania Backlash.
5. Humberto Carrillo and the United States Champion, Sheamus push each other to the limit
Before Humberto Carrillo and Sheamus could face each other, The United States Champion would cut a short promo just before the match on his Championship reign as well as talk about Humberto Carrillo and Mansoor talking about how dominant he was after giving both men a Brogue Kick last week on RAW. Humberto would start the match strong against The United States Champion as he sent Sheamus outside the ring, however, The United States Champion would quickly regain the advantage as he threw Carrillo over the barricade near the timekeeper’s area as RAW went to an ad break.
Sheamus would continue to inflict pain on Humberto Carrillo with Sheamus taking Carrillo to the rope to hit the Beats of the Bodhran on Carrillo. However, Carrillo would fight back and would eventually hit The Celtic Warrior with a slingshot sunset flip powerbomb with both men landing outside the ring awkwardly as Sheamus’s body landed on the knees on Carrillo. This would eventually lead to the referee calling for the bell as the match was called a no-contest with Carrillo’s status being unknown as it was not clear as he suffered a legitimate injury after the referee called the match off.
While it is unfortunate that the match was called short due to a booking decision or a legitimate injury suffered by Carrillo. Both men still put on a solid effort in the short time they had with Carrillo looking like a legitimate threat as he pushed The United States Champion to his limit. With Carrillo potentially being injured after the bump, it will be extremely interesting to see who the next challenger for Sheamus’s United States Championship will be.
4. Randy Orton, Riddle, Xavior Woods and Kofi Kingston take on AJ Styles, Omos, Elias and Jaxson Ryker in an eight-man tag team match
After Jaxson Ryker and Elias were defeated by Riddle and Randy Orton and Omos and AJ Styles defeated The New Day all eight men would have a chance to face each other in an eight men tag team match. All eight men would put on a solid match as the massive Omos continued to look strong once again as he dominated The New Day once again. The match also did a solid job in advancing the tag team story of Riddle and Randy Orton as Riddle and Orton continue to rise up the tag team division as they continue to work well together. Before the match started, Riddle would talk to The New Day backstage talking about his reaction to seeing The Viper get tomatoes thrown at him by Ryker and Elias last week. This would lead to Orton confronting The King Of Bros telling him how he found killing legends and burning people fun showing his sadistic side to Riddle.
Riddle and Elias would start the match off for their teams with The King Of Bros getting the early advantage over Elias. However, the momentum would quickly change as Elias tagged in the giant Omos who dominated Riddle despite Riddle’s best efforts. Omos would then once again dominate The New Day making quick work of Woods and Kingston. The Viper would confront Omos as both men stared at each other to send us to the ad break. After the ad break Elias, Styles and Ryker would continue to work over Riddle. Riddle would then tag in Woods but the heels would quickly get the upper hand over Woods.
Woods would continue to fight on for his team and would eventually get the hot tag to Riddle who took the fight to the team of heels, leading to Riddle hitting the Bro-Derek on Elias. Omos would stop the pin with the match breaking down with Riddle tagging Orton in the chaos. Orton would then wait outside the ring as The New Day distracted Omos by attacking AJ Styles outside the ring. This would allow Orton to hit the RKO on a vulnerable Elias to get the win for his team. After the match, Orton would show his true colours as he gave an RKO to Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods before leaving Riddle in the ring as RK-Bro remains to be undefeated despite the massive difference in attitudes between Orton and Riddle.
3. John Morrison and Damien Priest fight for the stipulation ahead of The Miz’s match with Priest
After Damien Priest beat John Morrison in a solid match last week, Priest would talk to WWE official Adam Pearce this week with Damien Priest adding high stakes for his rematch against Morrison this week with the stakes being the winner gets to choose the stipulation for the match between The Miz and Damien Priest at WrestleMania Backlash. Despite The Miz’s objection to this, John Morrison would accept the challenge further creating miscommunication between the two men as The Miz cost John Morrison his match against Damien Priest last week on RAW after Miz accidentally distracted the referee when Morrison had Priest pinned for a three count. Both men would exchange strikes early in the match with both men showing off their agility in the process, however, the numbers game would hurt Priest as Morrison sent Priest outside the ring allowing The Miz to hit a cheap shot on The Archer Of Infamy outside the ring with Morrison following the cheap shot up with a neck breaker for a close nearfall.
The Archer Of Infamy would then fight back against Morrison hitting Morrison with a roundhouse kick then would hit Morrison with the Shinjiro Otani spinning wheel kick. Both men would continue to go back and forth late in the match Preist hitting Morrison with a diving spinning wheel kick late in the match for another nearfall. Unfortunately for Morrison, The Miz would once again cost him the match as The Miz distracted the referee when Priest tried to connect with Hit The Lights, however, Morrison would reverse it into a crucifix pin for a 3 count only for The Miz’s distraction to cost Morrison, allowing Priest to connect with Hit The Lights to pin Morrison for the win with Priest later going back to Adam Pearce later in the night and making his match against The Miz a lumberjack match so that The Miz cannot run away from Priest in their match.
This was a great match from two men who work extremely well together as their agility and style mix incredibly well. The continued miscommunication between John Morrison and The Miz continues to be an interesting dynamic as both men continue to get in each other’s way. It will be interesting to see if this will lead to either The Miz breaking up with John Morrison, or Morrison breaking up with The Miz and becoming a singles star for the first time since his recent return to WWE.
2. Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander face each other in a grudge match
Shelton Benjamin would have a chance to get revenge on his previous tag team partner as Benjamin took on Alexander this week after Alexander insulted Benjamin, breaking up with his tag team partner, blaming Shelton with their recent poor form. Both men would put on a great match as they told a simple but effective story in the time they were given. Alexander would start off the match strong against Benjamin with Alexander taking out the knee of Benjamin after hitting him with a dragon screw through the ropes then locking in a heel lock on Benjamin, inflicting more pain on the injured leg of Benjamin.
Despite Benjamin’s best efforts, Cedric Alexander would cut off Benjamin every time he tried to get back into the match. Benjamin would continue to get dominated by Alexander as Alexander began to insult a hurt Benjamin. Alexander would continue to run his mouth as he even called out the announce table. Unfortunately for Alexander, his ego would cost him the match as it allowed Benjamin to recover to hit the t-bone suplex on Alexander for the win over his former tag team partner.
This short match told a simple but extremely effective story as it made Cedric Alexander look strong in a sense as he dominated his former tag team partner, while still showing the inexperience of Alexander as his ego and trash-talking cost him the match. Hopefully, this is not the last we see of Alexander and Benjamin on tv as both men struggled to remain relevant before joining The Hurt Business despite both men being extremely talented and gifted.
1. Drew Mcintyre and The All-Mighty Bobby Lashley face each other in a WrestleMania rematch
Drew Mcintyre would have a chance to get revenge on the All-Mighty WWE Champion Bobby Lashley this week on RAW as both men main evented RAW this week in a rematch to their match at WrestleMania this week. Before the match happened MVP, would once again play a factor heading into the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania Backlash this Sunday as MVP confronted The Monster Among Man, Braun Strowman. MVP would talk about Drew Mcintyre costing Braun Strowman his match against Bobby Lashley the previous week. MVP would then suggest that Strowman and Bobby Lashley should team up and take out Drew Mcintyre making their match at WrestleMania Backlash a singles match. Strowman would tell MVP to leave with Strowman not giving a straight answer. MVP would later get more time on the mic as he talked about how Bobby Lashley beat Drew at WrestleMania and how Lashley will stay WWE Champion at WrestleMania with MVP once again doing a great job at being the manager for Bobby Lashley as his skills on the mic are a highlight for RAW every week.
Things would start off hot between Lashley and Mcintyre as Lashley tried to put Drew in The Hurt Lock early up in the match with Drew reversing. Both men would go back and forth, showcasing their incredible strength as they put on a great main event. Late in the match, Lashley would throw Mcintyre into the ring post face first. Lashley would then attempt a spear only for Drew to send Lashley into the turnbuckle and do a Ric Flair flip in the process. Mcintyre would then hit the leaping neck breaker and would try to hit the Future Shock DDT only for Lashley to block it. Lashley would then attempt to put Drew in the Hurt Lock, once again with Drew reversing and surviving a fisherman suplex from Lashley to hit the Claymore on Lashley only for The Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman to come out and attack Drew.
Strowman would then go and help Lashley to his feet and looked ready to accept the offer from MVP earlier in the night, however, Strowman would show he wanted to side with no one as he suddenly hit Lashley with a running powerslam. Strowman would then hit another powerslam on Drew, however, Strowman wasn’t done there as he hit Lashley with a powerslam through the barricade and would hit another powerslam on Drew as he stood tall against Lashley and Strowman as RAW went off the air.
These were my top 5 moments from an average but improved edition of Monday Night RAW this week. What were your top 5 moments from Monday Night RAW this week and what are your predictions and thoughts for the RAW matches heading into WrestleMania Backlash? Let us know in the comment section down below.
Steve Cook’s Fave Five: November 2021
It’s Thanksgiving week, and you know what that means!
This is the time we give thanks for our favorite professional wrestlers. And other things, I’m sure. Many of you reading this have other things to be thankful for. I don’t know what those are, but I do know which wrestlers I’m thankful for here at this moment. Let’s dive into the Fave Five!
5. Eddie Kingston
As somebody that was into the independent wrestling scene back in the mid-2000s, I’ve been aware of Eddie Kingston’s existence for a long time. I’ve known that the man was a better talker than almost anybody in the wrestling business. I’ve also known that the man was his own worst enemy, much like Buddy Landell was his own worst enemy back in the 1980s & 90s. If Eddie could somehow find the right place and right time, nothing could hold him back.
This seems like Eddie Kingston’s right place & time. He got a spot with AEW, and he kept getting over. His piece with The Player’s Tribune got him even more sympathy than he already had. The feud with CM Punk heading into Full Gear was perfect. It got Punk into the state people wanted him in. The match at Full Gear was great, even if Punk ended up winning. The only issue? The feud isn’t continuing. But that’s AEW. Feuds don’t last long unless they’re on BTE. Punk & King have already moved onto other things, and we can only hope they get back to each other in a year or two.
4. Bryan Danielson
I know that Bryan’s biggest run came when he was the underdog going against The Authority, and many folks took to him as that underdog. I was one of those guys that followed Bryan during his indy career, and his best run came when he was a total dickhead heel in Ring of Honor. Yeah, he was still short or whatever mainstream fans complained about at the time, but he could out-wrestle anybody put in the ring with him, and he was supremely confident about that fact. Not over-confident, supremely confident. He’d tell the referees the rules, because he was the Best in the World.
AEW fans are now getting that side of Bryan Danielson, and fortunately he has the right opponent to do it against. Hangman Adam Page has been accepted as a folk hero by hardcore AEW fans. They won’t turn against the Hangman for anybody, even when it’s really tempting since Bryan Danielson is a pretty amazing professional wrestler. One of the best I’ve seen! He’s getting to be a total dickhead again while he runs through Page’s Dark Order friends, and it’s amazing.
He’s not lying either. He wrestled the day after he won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania! Bryan Danielson has never lied. Maybe you don’t like what he says, but he’s always been honest. And the second he mentioned WrestleMania, those hardcore AEW fans were ready to jump on him. Bryan didn’t bury WWE like other folks that previously worked for them did. He had his reasons, and this was one of them.
3. The IInspiration
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) November 21, 2021
I was asked to be part of 411’s Fact or Fiction this week, since this week was decided to be the blowoff for a tournament from way too long ago where Len Archibald & myself made it to the finals. Bad news for me, as Len is much better with the written word than I am. 411 readers will sacrifice me at the temple of the Tribal Chief that is Len Archibald. I can’t blame them. One of the questions of this particular Fact or Fiction column asks us if underutilized people are better off getting released. Two of the most underutilized people in the history of WWE were Cassie Lee & Jessie McKay. WWE never knew what they had with them. Not the slightest idea. The only time they ever put them over was to spite Bayley & Sasha Banks for reasons. They never followed up on that because they didn’t care.
Cassie was supposed to be the breakout single star, except they never followed through with it. Jessie had the personality, and she had the look too but WWE did the best they could to take the look away from her. It was so weird. That’s why I’m so happy they found a place to let them be them. Impact Wrestling is a strange place. Certain people find their place there. The IInspiration seem to fit like a glove.
2. Dalton Castle
The Party Peacock was somebody that original Ring of Honor fans would have rejected in an instant. Some will try to tell me I’m wrong about that, but they in fact are wrong. The very first segment on “The Era of Honor Begins” featured the Christopher Street Connection getting squashed by Da Hit Squad because their sort of flamboyance wasn’t what ROH was going to be all about. It was 2002, a different time. I remember it well, as I graduated from high school. Way too many things have happened since then and I feel way too damn old.
Dalton Castle would not have been a favorite to original ROH fans in 2002. By the time he came around, he was just what the promotion needed. He had a personality the likes of which hadn’t been seen in pro wrestling for quite some time, which was great because the main knock against ROH was that their wrestlers didn’t have personality. Dalton Castle was ROH’s answer to that criticism. Unfortunately, Dalton’s body broke down at the same time he won the company’s World Championship. He fought through a broken back to have a reign worthy of the championship, but nearly killed himself in the process.
Castle wasn’t the same for a long time afterward. Only recently, we started to see shades of the old Dalton Castle. The man was revitalized by the promise of Television. He wanted to make Ring of Honor the best show on TV, even though he was a very busy man. Very busy. We’re lucky to see him when we do. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with him now that Ring of Honor is letting their people go. If he’s back to being the Dalton Castle we remember from a few years ago, the sky’s the limit. Any company would be lucky to have his talent & personality.
1. Cora Jade
I realize that I am in the minority of people around here when it comes to NXT 2.0. I can’t really say it’s a good wrestling show, but I do find it interesting. You have to know a little bit about my rasslin fan background. I ended up in Louisville during the time when Ohio Valley Wrestling was WWE’s developmental territory. While I never got the chance to attend a show at Davis Arena until years afterward, I enjoyed getting to watch the future stars of WWE on television learning their craft before they made it to Raw or SmackDown. Some were really good in the ring. Some were not. But it was all interesting to me.
Here in 2021, I have more interest in seeing the people that WWE thinks is going to be their future than seeing people I saw in Ring of Honor more than ten years ago having great matches just like they did in Ring of Honor more than ten years ago and having no chance of making it any bigger than “NXT TakeOver main eventer”. Which is fine if you’re into that kind of thing. Me…not so much.
I’m looking for the next big thing. Always have been, always will be. So when I take a look at Cora Jade, the youngest person under WWE contract, I see the potential. I see her work against Mandy Rose, who WWE wants to be the next big thing. I see Cora Jade get over, and I see the future, which is Cora Jade. People will try to tell me I’m wrong. They’ll be proven wrong eventually, but since they’re a lot louder, followers will act like the fools were right all along, even though they had the wrong opinions back in the day. That’s America for ya.
News From Cook’s Corner 11.22.21: Happy Eggsgiving
A few shows, some big news, and some more releases. This week had everything! For better or worse… – and Cook gives you the lowdown!
Hi, hello & welcome to News From Cook’s Corner! This is the week where we think about all of the things we’re thankful for. So I might actually do a Fave Five this week, considering the annual Thanksgiving column was the inspiration for the gimmick anyway! Gonna be a pretty busy week though, so we’ll see how that goes.
Before you gorge yourself on turkey, here’s the latest going on in the rasslin world…
More WWE Releases!
There’s a pretty good chance that this will become a regular section of the ol’ column. Eighty wrestlers have been released by WWE during 2021, with one (Samoa Joe. Remember him?) being rehired. Let’s put this in perspective for a minute, as looking at the numbers can explain a lot of what’s going on here.
Raw currently has forty-three wrestlers. SmackDown has thirty-six. NXT has forty-one male wrestlers & twenty-one female wrestlers. NXT UK has forty-three wrestlers. Wikipedia lists four wrestlers under 205 Live, six wrestlers as free agents, then twenty-two wrestlers as Performance Center trainees. If I had to guess, Wikipedia doesn’t have a complete list of Performance Center trainees, so we really have no idea how many people are still hiding there. I seem to recall Nick Khan talking about signing a bunch of people when he was doing that media tour around SummerSlam.
The point I’m trying to make is that WWE has a ton of people under contract and really doesn’t have that many spots. Most of those people listed under Raw & SmackDown haven’t done much of anything in quite some time. The NXT & NXT UK rosters are freaking immense, and NXT is where a lot of the recent cuts have come from. There are going to be more people coming in, therefore there will be more cuts. It’s just best to accept this now instead of getting all sad & depressed every time it happens over the next few months or however long we have before Nick Khan engineers a sale. Don’t spin this as me being happy about people getting canned, I’m just saying “it is what it is”.
So who was it this time?
A few of them were connected to the previous releases. John Morrison would be the longest tenured wrestler of this batch, considering his wife (known as Franky Monet on NXT & Taya Valkyrie elsewhere) was part of the last crop of releases this wasn’t as big of a surprise as one may think. Kind of a dick move from WWE since they’d just moved from California to Florida to facilitate her training at the Performance Center. Other people will have to learn from these events. Johnny has been more entertaining during his stints outside of WWE than he has been in WWE, so I think he’ll do just fine.
It's beautiful that in kayfabe, Jinder & Shanky released a diss track so hard and so fire that it caused Hit Row to never show their faces again in embarrassment.
— Toru Yano Fan Account (@ToruYanoFanAcct) November 22, 2021
Remember when B-Fab was released and everybody thought it was kind of random to get rid of one of Hit Row’s members right after they debuted on SmackDown? Now they’re all gone. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott had been a featured act in NXT and was a top star in the indies before signing with WWE. Ashante thee Adnois was fairly new but had potential, and then there’s Top Dolla. This seems to come down to Top Dolla rubbing people the wrong way, including burying colleagues on social media & complaining to management about B-Fab’s dismissal.
It’s easy to understand why Top Dolla might have gotten a big head & thought his opinions mattered. He was featured on the Most Wanted Treasures show before ever appearing on NXT, so he was obviously a favorite of Paul Levesque’s. He also became the featured member of Hit Row upon their arrival on SmackDown, as his 6’5 330 pound frame played better with main roster decision makers than Swerve Scott’s lack of size. Dude moves pretty well for his size too, so there’s some potential there. Apparently he didn’t show enough potential to make up for whatever headaches he was causing, and the other two guys didn’t have enough appeal without him.
It’s tough, because I like it when people cause trouble backstage & stand up for themselves. Gives me more to write about here. However, I can’t recommend such things in today’s WWE. They’re looking for excuses to fire anybody. Oh, and I also wouldn’t recommend talking smack about the competition’s executive vice presidents like Top Dolla did either. Maybe it’ll impress Tony Khan, who knows.
Tegan Nox’s NXT tenure had more ups & downs than anybody else’s, I’d figure. Whenever she was about to get a push, she tore her knee up. They kept her around though, and finally moved her up to the main roster in July. She was placed in a team with Shotzi and they beat the Women’s Tag Team Champions multiple times, but never got a title shot. Then they got split in the draft, and Nox never even made an appearance on Raw. I don’t have any clue what happened other than somebody wasn’t impressed with Nox for some reason. Seemed like a solid talent to me, but I’m just a dork with a column.
Drake Maverick was released back in April 2020, but was kept around to work the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament and ended up getting his job back due to popular appeal. Of course, he didn’t do a damn thing of note before getting released again, but I think we expected that. Got an extra year & a half of paychecks though, so there’s that. Seems like a nice bloke, he’ll land on his feet.
Shane Thorne disappeared from television once Retribution split up. He did a couple of dark matches recently with a Outback Jack-style Aussie gimmick, but nothing came of it. One would expect him to re-form the TMDK tag team with Mikey Nicholls at the earliest possible opportunity.
Jaxson Ryker was the final name of the list, and was another one that hadn’t done anything notable in awhile. He did outlast his fellow Forgotten Sons in the company, but did not outlast his tag team partner after that group split, Elias. Ryker got some heat back in 2020 when he tweeted political views that his boss agreed with, but it turns out that was the most attention he ever got while working for WWE. How bout that.
We’ll be back with more releases soon enough, I’m guessing. Again, we’re not celebrating these things, but we’re not going to act shocked either. As people have told me, it’s the wrestling “business”.
Did anything interesting happen at Survivor Series?
— WWE (@WWE) November 22, 2021
Becky Lynch beat Charlotte Flair by holding the ropes on a roll-up. In fairness, Charlotte tried to do it first. Also in fairness, it was the same referee that Charlotte took issue with and beat up back in April, so she probably should have seen it coming. Who says WWE doesn’t do long-term storytelling? Prior to the show, Fightful reported the match order, which had this as the main event and everything else in the reverse of which it happened. It’s a good thing Fightful got some egg on their face, as this sure wouldn’t have worked as the finish of the event.
Seth Rollins was the sole survivor in the Men’s Survivor Series Elimination Match, because he needed the win. Of note here was Austin Theory having a pretty long run in the match, Kevin Owens walking out on his team like he was Bad News Brown, and Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley doing a double countout spot because they didn’t need to lose.
Omos won the Rock 25th Anniversary battle royal, eliminating twelve people in the process. My takeaway from the match was they were trying to make Omos a star. Then I realized the the match was for Pizza Hut pizza, like how kids read books in school so they can win the Book It contest and get a class pizza party, I guess. I’m confused. How does The Rock feel about Pizza Hut? Never mind, one of the few things worse than political conversation is pizza conversation. If we go down this road we have to talk about pineapples and various cities’ styles of pizza, and I just don’t care about all that.
RK-Bro beat the Usos, and I think I’m the only person that doesn’t go completely crazy whenever Randy Orton does an RKO. We know he’s going to do it in a weird spot. It’s been a thing for like a decade now. Maybe I’m just jealous of these people that are able to react like they saw something for the first time evry time. In any event, Randy Orton has now wrestled more WWE PPV matches than anybody in the history of the universe.
Bianca Belair was the sole survivor of the Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match. I thought the crowd was a little harsh, but it was a pretty sloppy piece of business & the booking was hella questionable. At least Bianca got to win.
Roman Reigns beat Big E to become the Universal Ultra Mega Champion of the Galaxy. Dude needs a few more nicknames so I’m trying to help him out. Big E got to do a big things, but we all knew what was going down here. Seems to hurt the drama factor to me. I may be wrong though, saw a bunch of people online calling it the best thing they ever saw. So what do I know?
The Rock didn’t show up. Apparently I was supposed to expect him to? People sure seemed mad about it.
The big tease for Monday night? Oh, this is one for the books. Vince McMahon got a Cleopatra Egg from The Rock, apparently part of his Netflix movie. Allegedly worth $100 million. Somebody stole it. All the WWE Superstars get to go to Raw tomorrow night so Adam Pearce can question them about it. If this doesn’t equal a record rating, I don’t know what will.
To answer my question of whether or not anything interesting happened at Survivor Series…I’d lean towards no, but it wasn’t an awful show or anything.
Kenny off of TripleMania Regia?
Kenny Omega might have lost his AEW & Impact Championships fairly recently, but he still has the AAA Megachampionship to his name. Omega was scheduled to defend that title against El Hijo del Vikingo at the upcoming TripleMania Regia event in Monterrey, but Dave Meltzer reports that the champion will be pulling out of the event due to upcoming surgeries.
Yep, surgeries. Kenny has a torn labrum, an abdominal hernia, a bad knee, and a septum issue as well. He’s been working through the pain for awhile now, and is expected to be out at least through February. Seriously though, if anybody deserves some time off it’s Kenny Omega. Dude has put the work in, whether you like him or not. It’ll also give him some added time to focus on the AEW video games division.
New Japan & NOAH Working Together
NJPW v NOAH at Wrestle Kingdom January 8 pic.twitter.com/X8eqsnMDcd
— Super J-Cast (@thesuperjcast) November 20, 2021
Last week in this column, I wondered why New Japan was holding three different Wrestle Kingdom events, including one in Yokohama on January 8 that didn’t have a fun IWGP Heavyweight Championship match announced for it yet. Turns out that the January 8 show will be a cross-promotional effort also involving Pro Wrestling NOAH. New Japan is reportedly planning on running a number of cross-promotional events in 2021 as part of celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary. DDT, All Japan & Dragon Gate have apparently talked with NJPW about participating.
These reports indicate to me that NJPW isn’t exactly bullish on the idea of borders being opened up anytime soon. It’s good news for Japanese wrestling fans though, and will help New Japan fill some cards. It’ll be fun to see Keiji Mutoh back in a New Japan ring, won’t it?
Well, that’s all we have time for this week. Thanks for reading, and until next time, keep your stick on the ice.
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