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CM Punk, Tully Blanchard Signs With AEW, Smackville Announced, Joey Janela & RAW Reunion News | Wrestling News Update, July 18th, 2019

With news on Tully Blanchard signing to AEW, WWEs newest live event and Rhinos first appearance back in Impact, Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

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CM PUNK ANNOUNCED FOR STARRCAST III

Former WWE star CM Punk has been announced for Starrcast III. Click here to read our full article.

TULLY BLANCHARD SIGNS MULTI SHOW DEAL WITH AEW

One of the original Four Horsemen, Tully Blanchard, has signed a multi show deal with AEW.

The announcement came in the form of a press release on their website.

Blanchard had a fantastic career between the ropes, starting in Southwest Championship

Wrestling in 1975. In 1984 he moved to Jim Crockett’s Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. In the second half of 1985, he feuded with Dusty Rhodes and formed the Four Horsemen with Ole Anderson, Arn Anderson, and Ric Flair. In September of 1988, Blanchard left the NWA after a disagreement with Jim Crockett and Dusty Rhodes over payment. Blanchard would move to the WWE where he would win the WWF World Tag Team Titles once with Arn Anderson. Tully Blanchard was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

The press release contained the following quote from AEW President and CEO Tony Khan:

“Shawn Spears’ new advisor Tully Blanchard is a legendary retired wrestler and a canny tactician known worldwide for his vicious streak and penchant for chicanery. Given the challenge that Shawn has issued to Cody for a match at ALL OUT as well as the long, bitter history between Tully and the Rhodes family, plus Shawn’s recent behaviour in AEW, it appears that Tully Blanchard has a great deal of influence over Shawn’s intents and actions. This indicates that going forward Shawn Spears will be one of the most feared and unpredictable wrestlers in AEW.”

WWE ANNOUNCES SMACKVILLE NETWORK SPECIAL

WWE has announced that an event previously scheduled as a house show will now host a Network special called “Smackville”. The event will take place at the Bridgestone Arena, Tennessee, on the 27th of July. So far two matches have been announced, Kofi is set to defend his WWE Championship against Samoa Joe and Dolph Ziggler in a triple threat match, and Shinsuke Nakamura will put his newly won Intercontinental Championship on the line against Finn Balor.

WWE wrote on their website:

WWE is proud to announce the SMACKVILLE special event, featuring a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship and streaming live from Nashville, Tenn. exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network on Saturday, July 27.

Smackville will begin at 9pm ET on the 27th of July.

JOEY JANELA ANNOUNCED FOR BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES

Joey Janela has become the latest and thirteenth entrant into 2019’s Battle of Los Angeles tournament. Announced in the usual way via Twitter, this will be Janela’s third BOLA, competing in both 2017 and 2018. In 2018 Janela defeated David Starr in round one, CIMA in the second round, before losing to Bandido in the Semi Final.

MORE NAMES ANNOUNCED FOR RAW REUNION

In seems a few more names can be added to the already star-studded list of attendees for the upcoming RAW Reunion show. The Amalie Arena, which is hosting the event has announced that Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar will be attending the event. DX in the form of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, X-Pac, and Road Dogg has also been announced. The updated list of stars in detailed below:

  • Alundra Blayze
  • Booker T
  • Christian
  • D-Von Dudley
  • DX (Triple H, Shawn Michaels, X-Pac and Road Dogg)
  • Eric Bischoff
  • Gerald Brisco
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Hurricane Helms
  • Jerry Lawler
  • Jimmy Hart
  • Kelly Kelly
  • Kevin Nash
  • Kurt Angle
  • Lilian Garcia
  • Mark Henry
  • Melina
  • Mick Foley
  • Pat Patterson
  • Ric Flair
  • Rikishi
  • Ron Simmons
  • Santino Marella
  • Scott Hall
  • Sean Waltman
  • Sgt. Slaughter
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Sid Vicious
  • Steve Austin
  • Ted DiBiase Sr.
  • The Boogeyman
  • The Godfather

RHYNO ADVERTISED FOR IMPACT EVENT

With Rhyno’s WWE contract expiring all of yesterday, Impact wasted no time at all before advertising him for their upcoming California Summer Tour.

Rhyno appeared under a mask at Slammiversary on July 7th, this was odd as he was still under contract with the WWE. At Slammiversary Rhyno attacked Michael Elgin.

The tour consists of three dates, spanning consecutive nights.

  • Unbreakable – August 2nd
  • Star Struck Twitch special – August 3rd
  • Impact Wrestling TV tapings – August 4th

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